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Comment Re:Slashdot "experts" who were wrong. (Score 2) 161

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) 562

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) 562

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.)

Comment Re: I don't see why they would change (Score 1) 268

Fuck you, and fuck whoever modded me down. Idiots, all.

"We learned that when testing battery life on Mac notebooks, Consumer Reports uses a hidden Safari setting for developing web sites which turns off the browser cache. This is not a setting used by customers and does not reflect real-world usage. Their use of this developer setting also triggered an obscure and intermittent bug reloading icons which created inconsistent results in their lab. After we asked Consumer Reports to run the same test using normal user settings, they told us their MacBook Pro systems consistently delivered the expected battery life."

Comment WTF?!? (Score 1) 165

Every $399-and-up iPhone at the Apple store is held in place with a cable. And these crazy-expensive prototype laptops weren't because...?

If it were my prototype laptop, I"d've specced it with not just one but two Kensington slots. And it'd go into a substantial locking box after hours, or into the hotel room of a trusted rep.

Comment Re:I don't see why they would change (Score 0) 268

Consumer Reports, as they said, is pretty careful with testing. But even if they were not quite as careful as they are, as long as they tested different devices in the same way and used consumer purchased models, they results they found should stand.

Unless the results are inconsistent and non-repeatable, in which case they should be tossed out until the root problem is discovered, regardless of if the fault is theirs or Apple's. To say "we stand by our tests, despite problems that we don't understand" is simply dumb.

Comment *sigh* (Score 1) 207

At Slashdot, we also avoid curly quotes -- and when we miss, you see them as weird characters on the site because our CMS is lame and can't deal with an ancient, well-known, well-understood problem that has been solved by multiple stable, mature, well-regarded open-source utilities for over a decade!


Comment No. (Score 1) 449

Computing *itself* is less fun... but now we have infinite free porn available instantly. I'd say that's a fair trade. :D

In all seriousness, you could say the same thing about cars now vs. the 80s... or you could have said it in the 80s vs the 50s. And I feel the same about computers as I do about cars: I can still tinker if I *want* to, but at the same time I like that I don't *have* to.

Strictly speaking, you can still go buy a C64 or Atari 800 or whatever you want on eBay and it'll be the same computer that it was back then... and if you want to solder or write a crappy text adventure game in BASIC, you still can. Give it a shot, see how fun it is.

Comment Re:Apple is guilty of similar stuff as well (Score 1) 254

My iPhone with iOS 9.x.y has the installer for 10.x.y taking up 1.2 GB on my 16GB device. If I delete it, it'll just re-download it next time there's another update. My device is perpetually low on room and it'll do things like delete downloaded game files to make room when it downloads, so I just leave it sitting there, taking up 10% of the entire usable space on my phone.

Not that I'm bitter about it or anything...

Comment nice. (Score 0) 93

Hackers fooled ad fraud blockers because they figured out how to build software that mimicked a real person who only surfed during the daytime -- using the Google Chrome web browser on a Macbook laptop.

Ugh. Who the hell would want to advertise to those assholes? I mean, Mac users are bad enough, but Mac users running Chrome... *shudder*

... who only surfed during the daytime...

Let me guess: IPs spoofed to look like they came from a Panera?

Comment *sigh* (Score 2) 69

> In an effort to help organizations respond quickly to
> ransomware threats, IBM's Resilient Incident
> Response Platform (IRP) is being enhanced with a
> new Dynamic Playbook for ransomware.

Here's my playbook:
Step 1: Have backups.
Step 2: Set up backups so they don't blindly overwrite good old data with newly-encrypted data.

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