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Comment *sigh* (Score 1) 93

"Health Apps Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good, Warn Scientists"

Or, they could be doing more good than harm. Way to take a stand, guys. ANYTHING is possible.

A dozen articles a day that contain the phrase "scientists warn" is about as useful as Outlook telling me that attachments MIGHT harm my computer -- every... single... fucking... time.

And are these the same scientists that once said I shouldn't eat eggs, and now they say I should? Or that I should avoid cholesterol -- wait, sorry, now it's only *bad* cholesterol that I should avoid. And I should drink a bunch of water every day... but not *too* much. And I should eat lots of fruits and vegetables... well, not so much fruits, actually, because of the sugar.

"... they... force people to focus on ambitious goals that they will never reach."

Like when an overweight person goes to their doctor and is told for the tenth time in as many years that they should lose weight? Useful, that.

Comment Re:Cake or death (Score 4, Informative) 904

You and the morons who modded you up need to RTFA. Here, I'l bold the important parts so you don't have to work so hard.

Over the next few months, I began to meet more women engineers in the company. As I got to know them, and heard their stories, I was surprised that some of them had stories similar to my own. Some of the women even had stories about reporting the exact same manager I had reported, and had reported inappropriate interactions with him long before I had even joined the company. It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being "his first offense", and it certainly wasn't his last. Within a few months, he was reported once again for inappropriate behavior, and those who reported him were told it was still his "first offense".

Comment Bezels exist for a REASON, people (Score 1) 146

It's so you can HOLD the damn thing with HUMAN FINGERS comfortably, without covering the screen. My current phone has a mere 4mm between the left and right sides of the screen and the physical edge of the phone. My life would not be made better if the screen itself were 8mm wider or if the phone itself were 8mm narrower. It would, in fact, be a bit *worse* because my fingers would cover little bits of the content every so often.

Comment Re:Slashdot "experts" who were wrong. (Score 2) 164

I don't think scores need to be changed, but it is definitely annoying when idiots get to vote in numbers and "win" in ways that contradict provable facts just because there are more loud idiots than quiet smart people.* I lost a point (from +2 to +1) for taking the radical position of "[If] the results are inconsistent and non-repeatable... they should be tossed out until the root problem is discovered, regardless of if the fault is theirs or Apple's."

But no, CR would rather have CLICKSCLICKSCLICKSRIGHTNOW than calmly wait and post the truth once -- FIRST -- after all the facts are known. Sad. They used to be above that.

* Luckily, that is not a problem ANYWHERE outside of this site. :-/

Comment Re:*facepalm* (Score 1) 130

Tim Cook, 2014: Hardware sales are going well, but OBVIOUSLY they won't continue to climb FOREVER. We should think of some other things so we can keep making money once THE INEVITABLE happens. Maybe we can get into content. People will ALWAYS need content. And it takes time. You can't just build a substantial amount overnight. We'd better start thinking about this now.
The Market, 2016: Hardware sales slump.
The Internet, 2017: Shits itself writing about how Apple is doomed.

Comment Re:LOLgasm (Score 1) 564

Bah. Meant to fix a couple points above -- the report is about the "holiday season 2016" and some of my other numbers are for whole years. Still, we're in the ballpark. Assuming sales went UP -- drastically -- during the holidays, we're probably looking at 20k sales in the year. More likely something like 15k. If they're uninfluenced by the holidays and it was a typical quarter, that's still ~50k in the year. Still a ways to go to 250 billion. Hell, that's still less than 1/5th of 274,000.

Comment LOLgasm (Score 1) 564

O M F G. I clicked through to the report (warning: PDF) (more dire warnings: crappy infographic style; pages are portrait orientation) and it's even more hysterical than I thought. "Booming", you say?

There were 11,489 cassettes purchased during the Holiday Season (an increase of 140% over 2015).

Compare that to

AUDIO STREAMS reached a new record high of 250.7 BILLION, up 82.6% over 2015.

To an ant, a firecracker looks like an atomic bomb. There were TWENTY-TWO MILLION times more streams than cassettes sold. Even if you call 1 stream = 1 song and figure a cassette has 10 songs, that's still TWO MILLION to ONE.

Two words: statistically insignificant.

From Wikipedia: "Sales of pre-recorded music cassettes in the U.S. dropped from 442 million in 1990 to 274,000 by 2007." So 2016 saw ONE TWENTY-FOURTH of what was sold in disamal 2007, which was 1/1613 the size of the market in 1990. "Booming", indeed.

Fucking A. The numbers are fine but the "story" is BULLSHIT. What a complete waste of (virtual) ink.

In a related story, my sex life is booming -- there was a 100% increase from 2015 to 2016. (Got some twice last year, versus once the year before.)

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