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Comment Re:Steam (Score 1) 264

You mean the SteamOS and SteamMachines that have basically been left to wither on the vine? In the end, the SteamMachine was a platform that was trying to woo PC gamers to a console format, which is a very hard sell. I'd bet MS was watching very closely to all the points where SteamMachine failed. Personally, I'd love a console that I can throw a new "video module" into every few years. I have a Core2 Duo, w/ 16GB RAM and a GTX970 in it that will play every game I throw at it. Can I crank it all to the max? Not always, but the settings I DO play at surpass consoles every time. Point being, give it a decent CPU and enough memory and the only part that needs to be upgraded over time for *most* people is the video card.

Comment Re:getting money out without effecting share price (Score 4, Insightful) 80

"What does Solar City really bring to the table that they could just get as needed?"

The ability to provide an Apple like end to end ecosystem and the attendent lock-in. Solar hardware and storage optimized for your Tesla. Go ahead, laugh, but people will buy it, just like they buy Monster HDMI cables because the bits are cleaner.
Then again, maybe it's not bad. Imagine a person that would like to go solar and get an EV, but man that crap is expensive. What if Tesla/Solar City could give you a bundle deal? Maybe even amortize your Tesla payments out over the 20 years they estimate for a Solar City installation? Do an iPhone-like upgrade program, maybe every 5 years, you pay a fee and get a new car? Damn it, now I'm starting to get myself interested.

Comment oh if only... (Score 5, Insightful) 247

if only all media companies would just say "screw it" and not post anything about the Olympics. No athlete info, no sob stories, no results, nothing, nada, zip, anywhere. I'd love to see USOC's collective heads implode. Sorry guys, but I don't care enough about the games to be funneled through your approved channels. Likely the drama in Rio won't be the games, but the sad state of the host city/country anyway. Good luck squashing THOSE stories...

Comment Re:Oh yes! TOUGH! (Score 1) 729

yeah, i mean what kind of geek do you have to be to unplug connectors that go in only one way, unscrew 4 screws holding the PSU in place, then reverse the operation to install the new one. 5 minutes of google or youtube would show even the dumbest of people how to do it.

I blame Apple personally. They've created a ridiculous perception that computers (to include smartphones) are mysterious devices that the average person not only cannot fathom, but has no business even trying to mess with. They offer 'Genius' support for farks sake. How can any Apple user not be insulted by that? 'Just bring it in, we're smarter than you! If you don't pay for us to plug things in, who knows what might happen to the universe?' If this was limited to the relative minority of people that actually use Apple computers it would be sad, but not so harmful. Unfortunately, with their massive phone and tablet user base, this mindset expands to encompass any device more sophisticated than a toaster.

Comment Re:option for surrender (Score 2) 983

at the point that this guy was blown up, what was reported and what has not yet changed is that he was isolated in a parking garage and could no longer fire at random people. law enforcement, however, was unable to approach him without being targets. a stand off situation, but with no one in immediate danger. they could have sent a number of things on that robot that might have killed him, but would just as likely incapacitate him. they chose to send the one thing that was certain to kill.

do you see the problem here? deadly force is only authorized to stop someone in the act of, or in imminent threat of harming someone else. once you reach a standoff situation, with no hostages, you can't just kill the suspect because it's the safest solution. that's the kind of thing we criticize Russia for.

Comment Re:option for surrender (Score 5, Insightful) 983

" Next step is to eliminate the threat, if cops have to tie a bomb to a robot to do that, so what."

And this is where you are exactly, completely wrong. The role of CIVILIAN law enforcement is to apprehend the suspect using the least amount of force possible and turn them over to the judicial system. they are not there to assign guilt or innocence. they are not there to render punishment. they apprehend, collect the evidence, and that's it. The role of a MILITARY FORCE is to close with and destroy the enemy. I'm not comfortable with the blurring of that line. If they could strap a bomb on it, they could have put gas grenade or flash bang. The went instead for the most lethal option. If the suspect was in fact in a secured location with no means to escape then the correct choice was to wait it out. He will surrender or suicide eventually. It's been around 100 F in Dallas this week, and a few days in an open air parking garage without water would render him too weak to fight or unconscious.

Comment It's not just 'headphones' (Score 1) 771

The loss of the headphone jack doesn't just impact 'headphones'. For example I have a chronograph for getting velocities for my ammo reloading. They have a handy mobile app that records shot strings, calculates standard deviation, spread, etc, and allows you to export the data. Guess how they interface between the phone and the chrono? A 15ft cable that plugs into the headphone jack. Before you criticize, keep in mind that this interface has worked flawlessly for me over hundreds of rounds, is compatible with any apple or android smartphone that can still run the mobile app and the cord can be replaced for little cost if damaged or lost. No idea how many other things might use same method...

Comment Re:Is someone forcing you to buy an iPhone? (Score 4, Insightful) 771

The problem is millions of iPhone addicted people will buy the new phones and rationalize the loss of the headphone jack away. Other manufacturers will see the massive sales and rather than attribute it to the fact that iPhone users are unable to control themselves, they will decide that the lack of a headphone jack is what is driving sales. So of course they will remove it from their phones too...at that point it doesn't matter if I continue to refuse to by an iPhone, the options are just as crippled.

Comment Oh Trent... (Score 1) 428

My first exposure to Nine Inch Nails came from a friend who gave me a copy of Pretty Hate Machine. You can thank that bootleg tape I got in 1990 for all the money I've spent on NIN over the years since then. Tapes, CD's, concert tickets and shwag have all made you (and other bands) richer. I was turned on to NIN and the industrial/electronica genre in general by that one sale you lost out on. Likewise, I've become a fan of and supported many bands that I encountered while doing a little random YouTube browsing and clicking things that looked interesting. I'm so very sorry you don't get a cut of every single play (sarcasm), but you're still winning in the long run.

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