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  • America’s best-selling cars and trucks are built on lies: The rise of fake engine noise

    01/22/2015 3:16:47 PM PST · 59 of 76
    adorno to hlmencken3
    Anything more than entry-level vehicles have no trouble cruising 80+mph.

    Entry level vehicles? Would that be the 4 cylinder engines?

    But still, why would entry level vehicles has speedometers that show 110-120 if they're not supposed to reach that kind of speed, and if they do, they'll be calling for the "doctor"?
  • ECB unveils €1.1 trillion stimulus plan (European Central Bank; $1.25 trillion)

    01/22/2015 3:11:45 PM PST · 8 of 11
    adorno to stephenjohnbanker
    It made the crony capitalists on Wall Street happy today......

    Well, the rich will get richer, while the economy as a whole, will falter. Wall Streeters will rejoice at the money that government is handing them, and I wish I was one of them. But, that's no way to grow an economy.
  • America’s best-selling cars and trucks are built on lies: The rise of fake engine noise

    01/22/2015 3:07:07 PM PST · 57 of 76
    adorno to sparklite2

    Nothing is more fake in a car than a speedometer which says that, the car can go up to 110-120 miles per hour. First of all, it’s not allowed on the roads. Secondly, how many vehicles can withstand going over 80 MPH for extended periods, without crapping all sorts of things through the engine or transmission gaskets, not to mention that the lifespan of the vehicle will be shortened.

  • Kid Rock’s Response to Michael Moore and Seth Rogen

    01/22/2015 2:48:23 PM PST · 15 of 39
    adorno to AngelesCrestHighway
    It would be a pleasure to beat the crap out of Moore!

    From the looks of him, somebody already beat you to the punch. ;)
  • ECB unveils €1.1 trillion stimulus plan (European Central Bank; $1.25 trillion)

    01/22/2015 2:46:18 PM PST · 4 of 11
    adorno to yefragetuwrabrumuy

    The EU brainiacs believe that, the solution to failed socialism is, more socialism via government infusion of money.

    Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  • Greenfield: Suppose Islam Had a Holocaust and No One Noticed

    01/19/2015 12:08:58 PM PST · 8 of 32
    adorno to Louis Foxwell

    Rwanda killing fields: none of our business (with Bill Clinton in office).

    Nigeria slaughter of thousands in a week and massive number of kidnappings of young girls: none of our business (with Obama in the White House)

    Large numbers of Iraqis getting beheaded and shot: none of our business (Obama, again)

    Hundreds of children slain at school in Pakistan: none of our business (Obama)

    Meanwhile, the UN is also silent or paralyzed.

    There is no doubt that,if a democrat had been in office during the 9/11 attacks, that the event would have been declared an act of aggression, and the president and the UN would have issued letters of apologies for being the causes of that aggression.

  • The Prime Minister Of Australia Is Calling ISIS By A New Name That It Absolutely Hates

    01/13/2015 10:09:22 AM PST · 60 of 60
    adorno to Louis Foxwell
    I understand your statement was hyperbole. Logically you also condemned Jews.

    Well, if you understand that it's all hyperbole, then, did you also understand it to be hyperbole the numerous times that people here at FR and all over the internet, also made the same references regarding pigs and Islam? Do you also make the same conclusion that, when there have been millions of times that pigs and Islam have been mentioned, that those millions of people also feel the same about Jews?
  • The Prime Minister Of Australia Is Calling ISIS By A New Name That It Absolutely Hates

    01/13/2015 5:35:01 AM PST · 58 of 60
    adorno to Louis Foxwell

    Why would anything I said classify me as ‘anti-Semite’? What kind of reasoning or logic is it that makes you jump to non-sequitur conclusions?

    I am against radical Islam. But, the whole religion is radical anyway. So, what is your position on Islam and Jews? Are you able to think about the reality of the times?

  • The Prime Minister Of Australia Is Calling ISIS By A New Name That It Absolutely Hates

    01/12/2015 1:31:48 PM PST · 25 of 60
    adorno to marron
    Somehow, calling them names while they slaughter people left and right doesn’t impress me. I doubt the guys wielding the axe and rocket launcher is particularly impressed either.

    I somewhat agree.

    Calling the disciples of Muhammad names won't hurt them much. However, calling Muhammad names and insulting him, will get them riled up, and possible out into the open.

    Personally, I think members of ISIS and Al-Qaeda, are the descendants of pigs. That's why they won't eat pigs.
  • Obama to propose two free years of community college for students

    01/09/2015 5:36:48 AM PST · 121 of 139
    adorno to ClearCase_guy
    Spanish-speaking immigrants.

    With tattoos on their faces.


    Even immigrants, from wherever, will need some kind of compensation, so, education would still not be "free".
  • Obama to propose two free years of community college for students

    01/08/2015 6:18:58 PM PST · 43 of 139
    adorno to bryan999

    When education is really “free”, who’s going to do the teaching?

  • JAMEIS WINSTON TO OPT FOR NFL DRAFT

    01/08/2015 10:14:01 AM PST · 43 of 45
    adorno to C19fan

    Whatever team drafts him, will have to be keep the Kardsahian girls away from him. This time, the younger sisters, Kendall or Kylie, will be getting front-row seats, close to the team’s seats on the sidelines.

  • Cops: Mass. man killed wife in argument over Christmas gift

    01/04/2015 3:08:07 PM PST · 59 of 64
    adorno to Shimmer1
    That’s buddy-ette to you, FRiend !!

    I kinda suspected that, and I was actually expecting your correction.

    But, shouldn't it be "buddette", frienda? :)
  • Cops: Mass. man killed wife in argument over Christmas gift

    01/04/2015 7:39:02 AM PST · 51 of 64
    adorno to Shimmer1
    )(&8)&^%$^&^!!!!!!!!

    Same to you, buddy. ;)
  • Cops: Mass. man killed wife in argument over Christmas gift

    01/04/2015 7:28:54 AM PST · 48 of 64
    adorno to Shimmer1
    Wow, I didn’t receive anything and it never occurred to me to murder anyone.

    Your resentment and rage are building up. Eventually, you're going to explode, and then, the most unimaginable act of...

    (Just kidding!)
  • Cops: Mass. man killed wife in argument over Christmas gift

    01/04/2015 7:21:22 AM PST · 46 of 64
    adorno to ConservativeStatement

    If it wasn’t for Christmas, that woman would still be alive.

    Ban Christmas!

  • The Great Pause lengthens again (no global warming 18yrs 3 mos)

    01/04/2015 6:52:57 AM PST · 23 of 24
    adorno to Signalman
    The Great Pause lengthens again (no global warming 18yrs 3 mos)

    A liberal will say that, that's too short a period of time to make any conclusions about global warming not happening.

    But, a week of very high temperatures in the summer, or a summer of drought in the mid-west, will be used by liberals as major indicators of continued global warming.

    Global warming has been the longest running issue for the "Grubering" of Americans. Obamacare is a relative newcomer in that sense.
  • Sexual assault suspect severely beaten by acquaintance of victim

    01/02/2015 4:57:54 PM PST · 63 of 76
    adorno to servo1969

    Sort of reminds me of “Chucky”.

    He’s been through hell, and is still around.

  • Gladiator Fights Stopped in Rome 1611 Years Ago Today Because of This Saint

    01/01/2015 6:32:06 PM PST · 4 of 36
    adorno to millegan

    Somebody ought to declare communism and socialism illegal, because, for those ideologies to get implemented completely, they need to eradicate all opposition, resulting in millions of deaths every time. In fact, those ideologies can be easily classified and more cruel than the gladiator fights, since, more people have died via those 2 ideologies than through the horrible fights in Roman times.

    Similarly, Muslim terrorism should be declared illegal, but, to get anywhere with that idea, the whole Muslim religion and Koran would have to be declared illegal worldwide.

    Do we have any saints that want to take on those scourges?

  • 26 Ways the Media Botched Their Reporting on the Latest Benghazi Report

    01/01/2015 1:18:49 PM PST · 5 of 18
    adorno to DeweyCA

    Fact is that, Obama and his administration, and democrats, are winning on this issue.

    The idea is to stonewall all investigations, until Obama is out of the White House. And, even if charges were to be brought up, the case wouldn’t even come up before Obama was long gone.

    By the final year of Obama, people will have started to look at the next president, and Obama will begin to be viewed as the golfer-in-chief, who will not matter anymore and people won’t care about his or any of his administration’s member misdeeds. It will be, “let it go” time, or “what difference does it make” time.

  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    01/01/2015 12:16:15 PM PST · 44 of 44
    adorno to Swordmaker
    A June 2nd, 2014 report:

    CEO Tim Cook announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday that the company has sold "well over" 800 million iOS devices to date. Cook then broke down the numbers by type of device: Apple has sold more than 500 million iPhones, 200 million iPad units and 100 million iPod Touch devices to date.

    Granted, that was a bit more than 6 months ago, and by now, Apple has sold more than 200 million iOS devices, and undoubtedly, included in that figure are several new customers to iOS.

    The argument is still true, that, the number of devices sold does not equal the number of "currently active iOS users".

    Like I said, if the number of Windows devices sold in the last 10 years were still active, then, Windows would have at least 3 billion active users. But, it doesn't work that way, and the number of active Windows machines is likely 1 1/2 to 2 billion, and likely less than 2 billion.

    Android is the OS champion when it comes to the number of devices sold with that OS installed. If the sales numbers were to be converted to active users, with no de-activations and nobody leaving the ecosystem, then, Android would have several billion active users. Logic says that, that is impossible, and it's just as impossible for iOS devices.

    But, you can go ahead and imagine and use any numbers you wish to attach to iOS active users. Love is a very hard thing to let go. ;)
  • Sony hackers are now threatening CNN, FBI warns - and demand the network turn over Wolf Blitzer

    12/31/2014 3:41:44 PM PST · 62 of 74
    adorno to Libloather
    Wolf Blitzer, the popular host of CNN's 'Situation Room.'

    This whole story must be sarcasm or a joke.

    To be popular at CNN, CNN must first be popular. CNN is not popular, so, logically, Blitzer can't be popular.
  • Monster Methane Cloud Hovers Over Western U.S.

    12/31/2014 3:30:09 PM PST · 72 of 143
    adorno to smokingfrog
    Monster Methane Cloud Hovers Over Western U.S.

    Free gas?

    Looks like energy prices will be going down even further than anticipated.
  • Target Under Fire For Using White Model In 'Annie' Clothing Ads

    12/31/2014 1:06:57 PM PST · 58 of 105
    adorno to BillyBoy

    That 1978 movie was made before blacks started feeling empowered, and now, with Obama and Holder and the many other black “leaders” looking for the slightest of incidents to cry racism, things could be different today.

  • Fox News dominates ratings again, CNN lowest ratings ever, MSNBC mulls changes to fix ratings

    12/31/2014 1:01:00 PM PST · 38 of 54
    adorno to SeekAndFind

    Apple, the “faux news” mantra of the left is failing, or people do like “faux” news.

    The ignorant and dumb,will continue being “Grubered” by MSNBC and CNN, and the democrats will insist that they continue their formula for “no success”. It’s more important to the left-leaning networks to advocate for their liberal friends, than to actually try to be successful.

  • Target Under Fire For Using White Model In 'Annie' Clothing Ads

    12/31/2014 12:48:47 PM PST · 46 of 105
    adorno to SoFloFreeper

    Hollywood studios had better make sure that, Superman is never played by a black star, and the same for Batman and other well-known characters.

    Once a character goes black, he/she never goes back.

  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/31/2014 12:21:49 PM PST · 42 of 44
    adorno to Swordmaker

    Oh, btw, if Android reported that, as of June 30th of this year that, they had 1 billion active users, and Android sells a lot more smartphones than Apple, why do you believe that iOS has just a many active devices? Android outsells iPhones by a huge difference. BTW, I don’t love Android either, and my preference is WP, but, I just go with the real numbers, and your numbers don’t jive.

  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/31/2014 12:13:54 PM PST · 41 of 44
    adorno to Swordmaker

    Dude! You’re going bonkers, and all unnecessarily.

    Look, you’re still not reading for comprehension, and/or you’re failing to engage your brain, because, you’re too far gone with your devotion and love for Apple anything.

    Apple could have sold over 1 billion devices in the last 13 years, since 2001 when the iPod debuted. That does not mean that, there are 1 billion or more instances of “active” iOS devices. iOS does not have that many more than 400 million installed and active devices. Furthermore, iPods are lowing sales dramatically, and so are the iPads. The iPhones are the only devices setting records. But, even if iPhones were to sell 100 million in a quarter, the majority of them are to the same user-base, and not to new customers for iOS. It’s not a simple equation where the number of “new” sales adds to the count of current users. It just does not work that way. Get that through your thick skull.

    Compiling long post with quotes and links wont change the facts, and the facts don’t point to anything even close to 1 billion active iOS devices.

  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/30/2014 6:42:14 PM PST · 38 of 44
    adorno to Swordmaker
    Here's a report (from 2013):

    http://venturebeat.com/2013/02/06/800-million-android-smartphones-300-million-iphones-in-active-use-by-december-2013-study-says/

    "By the end of this current year (2013), 1.4 billion smartphones will be in use: 798 million of them will run Android, 294 million will run Apple’s iOS, and 45 million will run Windows Phone, according to a new study by ABI Research."

    Though the report is about a year old, there is absolutely no way that the figure for iPhones is going to surpass the "leader", that being Android, which had close to 800 billion.

    iPads are losing sales, and the only thing that will continue selling in high numbers will be iPhones. But, iPhones won't get anywhere to 100 new users any time soon, and not even in the next 5 years. People are content enough with devices which do all they need from smartphones, with plenty of features and power to spare.

    So, again, your 1 billion is about the number of iOS devices "sold", and not the number of active installations of the OS. People do retire their old devices, you know, and not all iOS devices sold in the last 13 years will still be around to keep the number at 1 billion active users.
  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/30/2014 6:20:14 PM PST · 37 of 44
    adorno to Swordmaker

    You are a very terrible exaggerator, or somebody that just loves Apple to death.

    Apple DOES NOT have anything even approaching the billion users mark. They may have sold close to a billion iOS devices, but, simple common sense says that, not all of them are still in use. People do upgrade their devices, and with Apple, people upgrade without even having a need to do so.

    I’ve owned about 30 PC devices over the last 30 years, and I’ve only got 4 of them in use right now. If one were to count the number of Windows devices that people bought over the last 20-30 years, and then assumed that they were active installations, then, Windows would have an installed active user base of some 40-50 billion. But, people don’t keep the old technology around when they purchase upgraded equipment. That would be ludicrous. Your figures are very faulty and ridiculous.

    I gave you a bit of logical interpretation of Apple’s own numbers, but you are so upset that I would even think about disputing your numbers, that you are failing to think rationally.

    The same kind of thing occurs with the Android faithful, who constantly mention the number of activations of Android devices, without regarding that, perhaps not all of them can get added to the number of active installations. Sales of devices does not equate to having that number added to the current installed base. It doesn’t happen that way..

  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/29/2014 6:18:04 PM PST · 35 of 44
    adorno to Swordmaker
    BTW, that "one billion iOS devices" in the field, has to be a pure pipe dream of yours.

    Apple may have sold close to a billion iOS devices, but, that includes iPods (all versions and years), iPhones (all versions and years), iPads (all versions and years), BUT, that the number of devices sold for all of the last 12-13 years, including the iPods.

    But you have to remember that, the number of devices sold, is not the same as the number of active installations. The number of active installations for iPhones and iPads, is less than 400 million, and the iPods will likely disappear from the tech landscape in the next 1-2 years. In fact, the number for the installed base of iOS devices, could be closer to 300 million. Remember that, the majority of iOS device sales is to the same loyal user-base. So, selling 100 million iOS devices doesn't mean the same as adding 100 million new iOS users.

    Here's a snippet from an article written Oct 15, 2013:

    On Sept. 23, Tim Cook announced that iOS 7 downloads had passed 200 million within an active device base of 350 million units. Fortune notes that this means that as of Monday, Oct. 14, 250 million were running iOS 7.

    So, that points to an "active device base of 350 million, and by now, if one were to be generous to Apple, by now, they might be at about 400 million active iOS instances. But, considering that the majority of new sales are to the same loyal users of iOS, the active users would have to be less than 400 million.

    But, nice try with your exaggeration in trying to defend Apple. Once the iPods ride into the sunset, the number of active instances of iOS, will drop by many millions.

    So, why are the Apple fanatics so defensive, and why do they have to make up their own facts in order to defend the hive?
  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/29/2014 5:38:15 PM PST · 34 of 44
    adorno to Swordmaker

    Only in a world that has Apple fanatics going bonkers if anyone dares to utter a single negative word about Apple, would market-share not matter. Market share, in any industry, is of the utmost importance, and though Apple is doing quite well with a lesser market share, it won’t be doing so hot once the Apple fanatics begin realizing that, they’ve been paying too much for something that isn’t really that much better, if at all, than the competition.

    You can write the same stupid comments, and copy and paste all you want, but, market share eventually wins, even if it takes a long time to show the benefits of that market share.

    Android, right now, is not much in profits for Google, and the device makers are barely scraping by, and Samsung might have to quite the Android space, but, the vast majority of devices will still be coming in with “no Apple tech inside”, other than the components and processors which are virtually the same for all smartphones.

    Apple, simply put, is a bubble,and that bubble will burst sometime in the future, perhaps not within the next 2 or 3 years, but, “soon”.

    I predicted the Samsung “meltdown” a couple of years ago, and I’m predicting that the whole Android space will also drop dramatically in the next 3-5 years, and Apple will still be the most profitable, but, not with the same stratospheric numbers they’ve enjoyed for the past 7 years. They’ll be coming back down to Earth, and the smartphones market will have makers and OS developers working in more or less, equal grounds, with no one company being so dominant, and no OS being so dominant.

  • OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN THE APPLE STORE: THE DECLINE OF CHRISTMAS AND THE LOOMING TECH NIGHTMARE

    12/28/2014 6:04:39 PM PST · 51 of 56
    adorno to Star Traveler

    I take nothing away from Apple for being highly successful.

    My comments refer to how stupid people have to be to be paying Apple’s premium prices for technology that can be had at much lower prices.

    Simple, ain’t it?

  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 6:02:59 PM PST · 150 of 163
    adorno to amigatec

    You keep failing to engage your brain.

    Look, what the iPhone can do, is already being don by others, and some of those others already had technology that the iPhone finally got in 2014, except that the others were already doing those things a couple of years earlier.

    I know, and I’ve used my daughter’s iPhone and there isn’t a single feature in it that I haven’t used, and there isn’t a single feature in the device which I can’t get with the competition. In fact, I hear that the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 7, might finally be getting features that already exist in the Nexus 4 and in Nokia phones. Heck big screens existed in the Nexus phones of 2011, and when Apple put the bigger screens in the iPhone 6, it was “new” to Apple’s blind followers.

    So, in a way, Apple is following the “leaders” and “innovating” after those leaders did the development.

  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 5:57:23 PM PST · 149 of 163
    adorno to amigatec

    Feature-wise, my smartphone can be used for talking, and for texting, and for playing games, and for using the social networks, and for e-mail, and for internet browsing, and for just about anything that the iPhone can do.

    Heck, my wife’s LG G2 was more advanced than the iPhone 6, and the G2 came out last year. The iPhone was just catching up to the technology that was already available in other phones from 2011-2014.

    I don’t have the fingerprint reader in my phone, but then, I was never going to use it, and neither are the vast majority of people who do use smartphones. I’ll be using the CurrentC type tech that will be available to the general public some time in 2015.

    So, basically, there isn’t anything in iPhones that people really do need to have that doesn’t exist in other phones.

  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 5:51:48 PM PST · 148 of 163
    adorno to amigatec

    You have got to be kidding!

    The price of the iPhone, no matter what version, is high, and people might think they’re paying virtually nothing by opting to get the device with a plan, but, the price is part of the plan, and it’s paid as part of the monthly charges, which includes the cell service plan plus the monthly payment for the device.

    So, in the end, the price of the iPhone still ends up being much higher than any other device.

  • OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN THE APPLE STORE: THE DECLINE OF CHRISTMAS AND THE LOOMING TECH NIGHTMARE

    12/28/2014 2:42:50 PM PST · 41 of 56
    adorno to Star Traveler
    It looks more to me to be more like “the religion of the anti-Apples”

    If that's a religion, then, it's nowhere close to the size of the "Apple religion".

    I don't hate Apple, and I actually think they make very nice devices, but, I don't see that they warrant being so much higher than the competitions' products. That's not a religious point; it's just a factual statement. Facts have very little to do with religion. Understand the difference?
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 2:37:37 PM PST · 143 of 163
    adorno to amigatec
    I rest my case.

    You have NEVER owed any Apple devise, EVER, so you speak with ZERO Authority.


    Oh, that's rich. You rest your case, without having a case. How silly.

    I just told you that my family already has several Apple devices, and I've used all of them. I don't need to own one in order to know and use and understand one. Heck, most companies that I worked at, I didn't own their equipment, and I knew what he equipment's capabilities were, and I used and understood them.

    Every time Apple or Samsung or HTC or Sony or Nokia/Microsoft release a "new" device, I make it a point to go and check them out, and to even try them at the local Best Buy or other tech vendor. I don't need to own every device on the planet to know their capabilities. I don't own a super-computer, and the closest I'll get to one, is by reading about it, but, I'll get a good idea about its capabilities from the reading material and from reviews.

    But the biggest point remains, and that is that, regardless of the features and capabilities and platform, no smartphone should have to cost $900 or even above $500, and in reality, none of them should cost more than, perhaps, $200. There is really nothing that iPhones offer that can't be found in lower-priced devices. Nothing at all!
  • OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN THE APPLE STORE: THE DECLINE OF CHRISTMAS AND THE LOOMING TECH NIGHTMARE

    12/28/2014 1:11:28 PM PST · 12 of 56
    adorno to SeekAndFind
    "OUR FATHER, WHO ART IN THE APPLE STORE"

    See? Apple devices fanaticism, is now "officially", a religion, no different from the "global warming" religion.

    ;)
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 1:06:16 PM PST · 141 of 163
    adorno to amigatec

    Nope! No Apple devices for me.

    However, my daughter and her husband own iPhones, and an iPad. I know first hand what they do and how they work and how much they cost. My daughter fell for the hype and so did her husband, and they now say that, their next device won’t be from Apple. Not that the iPhone and tablets aren’t nice devices, but, she has noticed that, they don’t need to pay high prices for good enough technology, especially when they don’t need that many apps, and the apps they do use, are also available with the other platforms.

    But, to reiterate, I myself never fell for the Apple hype. I’m too smart for that. ;)

  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 12:43:40 PM PST · 139 of 163
    adorno to amigatec
    The statement I made was the truth, just because YOU only want to pay $100 for an item doesn't mean that is what the item is worth. It means you are a CHEAPSKATE!!!

    No, you dimwit! It means I'm smart, and I don't see any value in having to pay many times as much for a device which doesn't offer anything more than my "cheap" device.

    With an iPhone I can sync all my contacts, music, emails, pictures, notes, movies, and maps, with my iPod, iPad, and my Mac. Do you even know that, those features are very recent for Apple devices? Fact is that, Apple had been selling their devices at very high prices before they improved on their OS platform. The devices being sold are still, basically, not that much better than the competition's, so, my comments about how stupid it is to pay premium prices for iPhones, are still very true.

    Furthermore, the syncing part of the various devices for Apple, is something that Microsoft had been working on before Apple even got into the game. Syncing devices isn't something for which people should have to pay 2 ro 3 or 5 times as much for a device; eventually, all OSes will have that feature, but, people like you will still be paying a lot more for basically the same.

    BTW, I don't use Samsung phones, and it's my wife who has an LG G2 with Android. My preference is WP, which is a superior platform to iOS or Android.

    And, who in their right minds would watch a movie on a tiny screen device? Eye doctors appreciate the business from people who do that kind of thing. If anything, movies should be watched on tablets or PCs, and preferably, on the bigger screens of TVs. If a person has to depend on wi-fi for movie watching, then, very likely, there is a big screen TV nearby, like in a home. ;)

    Microsoft did lose money on the Xbox for the first few years, and that's a well-known fact. However, they persisted and they now have a fantastic gaming system, second to none. The idea was to continue selling as many as they could, building up a user base, and a loyal base, and a system which people who identify as their primary gaming system. But, XBox is not "just" a gaming system, and it can serve as a media center, and many other function, including even being used as a PC.

    Your analogy using the Cadillac vs a Chevy is very flawed. Cars are, indeed, products that people might want luxury inside and out, asides from better specification. But, with smartphones, the technology inside is basically the same, no matter the make. The slight tweaks that Apple makes to the processors in order to claim differentiation, are not big enough or important enough to insist on premium prices. It's like GM loading up a Chevy engine with 10 cylinders and then installing it into a Cadillac. Completely unnecessary, and overkill for the functions of a Cadillac. Same with iPhones, where the tiny improvements in the iPhones are completely unnecessary and unwarranted for what people will do with them. Fact is that, most of the capabilities of iPhones go unused, but, people are being charged for them.

    Samsung, the company that also makes washers and dryers, is also the company with the biggest market share in smartphones, and that share is much bigger than Apple's share. However, another thing you don't realize is that, Apple was and still is, using technology developed by Samsung, and is still using components from Samsung in their devices. So, my question to you is, if the iPHones contain the basic components of most other smartphones, why do you feel you get any kind of different quality from them? Perception is big, but, perception can also be a big liar.
  • The Problem Factory: Where Apple problems get manufactured

    12/28/2014 12:07:26 PM PST · 25 of 44
    adorno to dayglored
    "Sure, I lose a little on each unit. But I make it up in VOLUME!"

    That's a good joke, and pretty much a losing proposition for most companies.

    But, the tech industry is quite a different animal, and oftentimes, market share is very important.

    An established market share that is much higher than the competition, no matter how profitable that competition is, can be a better long-term strategy. Android has a much larger installed user base, and, devices aren't being very profitable for Google and the makers. But, market share is very important for the after-market sales of products and services and software that can be used by that large installed base. Apple is very successful now, but, mostly as a result of the premium prices that people have to pay to own Apple's iPhone. The after market services for Apple are also profitable, but, that after-market revenue could disappear very quickly if iPhones were to take a tumble and lose the loyal following which keeps Apple in the stratosphere. Apple is playing with fire by continuing to count on its loyal base to keep upgrading to the newest minimally improved iPhone. While it's currently doing great, market share could take them to even higher places. But, huge market share is not possible for devices which are more costly than the competition. There are only so many people who want to pay premium prices for any device, not just Apple's.

    Microsoft doesn't make any money from the sales of Windows machines, other than their own, and the money they do get from Windows licenses, is not enough to justify continuing to keep Windows alive. So, the strategy for Microsoft is to make their money with the after-market sales of software and services. That strategy is about market share. Apple's strategy is about making most of their money up-front from higher prices on their devices.

    For now, Apple's strategy to make as much as they can while they can from higher prices, is seen as a great business strategy. It's working now, but, it won't last forever, and Apple will, undoubtedly, come down to Earth when people begin realizing that, there really is no need to pay premium prices for products which, other than looking good and perhaps of high quality, aren't really that much better than comparable devices selling for a lot less.

    It's not a matter of "if", but of "when" Apple has to start selling their devices at lower prices, then, market share will start to matter a lot.
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 7:10:17 AM PST · 134 of 163
    adorno to itsahoot
    You have a right to make your own decision, stupid or not.

    Nothing hateful at all.


    What the heck is hateful about telling other people about their stupidity? We do it all the time here on FR about how stupid liberals are, and, is that hateful?

    Nevertheless, it's still pretty stupid to pay $900 for a device with very limited usage, and that is not that much better than what the competition offers.
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/28/2014 7:01:01 AM PST · 133 of 163
    adorno to amigatec
    The reason you can buy a Samsung phone for $99 bucks is because all you get is $99 worth of value.

    That is a very arrogant and stupid comment.

    Fact is that, most people use their smartphones for 1-2 years, before they feel they "need" to upgrade to the latest iteration of the same phone, or get a new model or make.

    That's the same with Samsung or HTC or iPhones, or any other make and model.

    The pure and simple fact is that, no device that is going to be used for calling and/or texting, or playing games, should be worth more than $100-200, because, at the end of the first 1 or 2 years, it's going to be traded or given away or trashed. So, why the heck should somebody pay $900 or $800 or $700, for something of very limited value? Perceived value of the iPhone is not real value. Most smartphones are made with the basic same components, including iPhones. Value is in the eyes of the users, but, real value should be in the usage and lifetime of the devices, and mostly, in quality. But, quality is basically the same, even if they don't exactly look the same. I could've used my last LG phone for more than I did, but, I wanted to get the latest-and-greatest, and so, I got the LG-G2 last year, and now, there is a newer version called the LG-G3 and I want it, but, the G2 is still a perfectly functioning device with what are still high-end modern specs. It's the same stupid "need to get the latest" that has people spending money when they don't really have to, and that's especially true with the Apple fanatics.

    I won't be upgrading to the G3, and my wife will be getting the G2, and I'll be getting a new WP. But, unnecessarily. There is no real need to pay a premium price for something that is used for games and talking and texting, with some internet browsing in-between and looking at the latest Facebook or Twitter chats. One can do all of those on a $100 device, with a $20-$30 per month cell-plan and wi-fi.

    Apple does make their devices look enticing, but, the real value lies in what people can use them for, and I don't see any difference with what they provide and the competition. Samsung devices will last as long as any iPhone, and will work exactly the same. But, people treat their devices corresponding with the price they paid, and thus, Samsung devices might get trashed sooner, but, not for lack of capabilities.

    I could NEVER pay stupidly high prices for things are don't really provide more value than the competition at much lower prices.
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/27/2014 5:05:32 PM PST · 122 of 163
    adorno to itsahoot
    I am glad there are people smart enough to decide what I need.

    Very conservative attitude.
    Who the heck said that I'm making the decision for you? You have a right to make your own decision, stupid or not.

    I just think that paying a premium price for something that could be had for a lot less from other makers, is a stupid decision. But, like I said, you still have the right to make dumb decisions. I pride myself in being frugal, and mostly smart with my purchasing decisions. I just bought a $99 smartphone with WP as the OS. It can do basically the same things as the $900 iPhones. The only thing lacking on my smartphone, is the Apple logo that people like to flash around. BTW, I also own an Android LG G2, and I'm in the market for another smartphone, and I'm looking to get another WP, but a high-end one, but, it's still not going to cost me $900, and I'll have a much better camera and camera software, and Cortana. "Hey, Siri, which smartphone has the best intelligent personal assistant with voice?". "Siri: nope! not me! not even in the iPhone 6+"
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/27/2014 4:54:26 PM PST · 120 of 163
    adorno to Star Traveler
    Apple has been due to disappear for the last several decades

    Without the iPhone, Apple would not be what it is. If the iPhone hadn't "rescued" Apple, or given them the profits and market cap they enjoy, they would be valued at around some $20-40 billion, even with their Macs selling well. Samsung, in reality, is a company that should be worth more than Apple or Google.
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/26/2014 6:30:36 PM PST · 80 of 163
    adorno to Star Traveler
    Have you finally given up on the idea that Apple is due to collapse any time now?

    Apple won't be disappearing any time soon. It will take time. Palm and RIM and Nokia, were the brands that could do no wrong, and they had very big and loyal followings. Apple is bigger than any of those companies every were, so, it will take Apple much longer to come back down to Earth, and become just another tech company, with a market cap no bigger than HP or Dell or Samsung.

    Apple is still, basically, a one-trick pony, and the iPhones will eventually start to crumble, when people realize that they don't need to pay premium prices for things that are costing hundreds less to other people.
  • Apple And Samsung: Here’s What Happens When The Money Begins To Run Out

    12/26/2014 12:28:46 PM PST · 62 of 163
    adorno to Star Traveler
    Guess which high profile tech company is doing all that?

    It’s not Apple. It’s Samsung.


    Eventually, even the Apple loyal will begin to realize that, they're paying a premium price for what most others get at much lower prices.

    Loyalty to a brand makes no sense, and loving a company makes even less sense. Quality is nice, but, like some people here have already stated, good enough is all that's needed, especially with gadgets that are meant to become obsolete in 1-2 years, or that people will feel the "want" (not the 'need'; the 'want') to upgrade to the latest-and-greatest.

    When (not if, but when) Apple reaches the point where their loyal fan-base begins noticing how they didn't really need the iPhone to feel cool, then, Apple will be in worse shape than Samsung; Samsung is a more diversified company than Apple, where Apple's fortunes are mostly dependent on one device, that being the iPhone. But, writers as the one who wrote that article, don't really understand that companies need to worry about long-term success, rather than short-term WOW!-type figures.
  • Democrats go searching for a message ahead of 2016

    12/18/2014 3:14:14 PM PST · 37 of 40
    adorno to 2ndDivisionVet

    How about, “We promise not to ‘Gruber’ you anymore.

    (Problem with that is that, they would be “Grubering” the people with that statement.)

  • Windows 10 Preview Was Installed by 1.5 Million Users

    12/18/2014 2:36:31 PM PST · 4 of 15
    adorno to SeekAndFind

    1.5 million “test users”? Isn’t that more than the number of Linux desktop users on the planet?

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    Just kidding folks! Linux might actually have 5 or 10 more users than the number of Windows 10 users. ;)