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Comment Re:Long overdue (say what?) (Score 1) 261

What is this "truth in advertising" you refer to? The purpose of advertising is to sell things to people that they don't need and likely can't afford, and that can't be done through truth in advertising. I have yet to see an ad for a game that is not "enhanced" in some way. The same is true for most consumer products; they're photo-shopped more than supermodels

Comment Re: Kill cable (Score 1) 92

Sling? Seriously? They're another bundler of channels. We cut the cable years ago, went with a Roku and and now subscribe to Netflix and Acorn and get Amazon Prime video as a side benefit for using prime for shopping and textbook renting (and at the $50/yr student rate). The only thing we're even remotely interested in is a 100% ala carte channel subscription option. Any service that makes us pay for channels we never watch is a non-starter.

Submission + - Linux Kernel Development: How Fast It's Going And Who Is Doing It (helpnetsecurity.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Linux Foundation analyzed the work done by over 13,500 developers over more than a decade, to provide insight into the Linux kernel development trends and methodologies used by thousands of different individuals collectively to create some of the most important software code on the planet. This year’s data covers work completed through Linux kernel 4.7, with an emphasis on releases 3.19 to 4.7. The rate of Linux development continues to increase, as does the number of developers and companies involved in the process.

Submission + - Microsoft Buys AI-Powered Scheduling App Genee

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has announced that it has completed its acquisition of artificial intelligence-based meeting scheduling app Genee for an undisclosed amount. The app, which was launched in beta last year, uses natural language processing tools and decision-making algorithms to allow users to schedule appointments without having to consult a calendar. Prior to the acquisition, Genee supported scheduling across Facebook, Twitter, Skype, email, and via SMS. From September 1, Genee will close its own service and will officially join Microsoft, supposedly the Office 365 team. Microsoft believes the addition will help it ‘further [its] ambition to bring intelligence into every digital experience.’

Comment Long done (Score -1, Troll) 503

I switched to Windows 10 as early as I could. Those who have a pathological hate for MS will never switch, those who believe the haters and refuse to switch to Windows 10 get what they deserve, and those on the fence about switching to Windows 10 better move quick or risk paying for what they could have had for free.

Comment Wasted money (Score 3, Insightful) 111

If they put their money into making really good movies, instead of spending it playing whack-a-mole with torrent sites, maybe people would go to the movies again. The current method of remaking everything with ethnically diverse cast members is boring, as was the previous method of using 3 minutes of poorly written dialog masquerading as plot between CGI content segments.

Comment Re:Numbers have NOT been released (Score 1) 42

First, I never mentioned Apple. Apple has nothing to do with it. I said that the great accomplishment described in the article equals the less than stellar profits Samsung made in 2012. The fact that a company making a product someone buys is profitable does NOT mean the company is ripping anyone off, unless they're a non-profit entity. It means we live in a prosperous, capitalistic society where only profitable companies survive year to year. However, when I read detritus like this article which poses a 17% increase in profit as a great accomplishment, I cringe. In fact I cringe at most % increase accomplishments because what matters is what the increase is a percentage of. Samsung is a fine company with good devices, but they've done much better, profit-wise, in more recent years, and this year's increase is only part of a recovery from a dramatic reduction in profit.

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