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Posted on 19-11-12, 23:06
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I'll give 'em this. It is definitely better than Super Mario Brothers.

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Posted on 19-11-12, 23:12
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I have seen Super Mario Bros. I have it on VHS, in fact.

And it wasn't that bad.
Posted on 19-11-12, 23:15
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I have seen Super Mario Bros. I have it on VHS, in fact.

And it wasn't that bad.
I kinda love the movie, but as an adaptation of Super Mario, it is awful.

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Posted on 19-11-12, 23:41
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That's about the gist of it, isn't it?
Posted on 19-11-14, 12:20 (revision 1)
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MotorolaLenovorola revives the RAZR. This time, as an actual FLIP phone:
https://www.theverge.com/2019/11/13/20963294/motorola-razr-new-foldable-smartphone-android-hands-on-flip-phone-photos-video

Unfortunately I don't want one:
- $1500!?!?!??!
- Foldable screen, because they didn't heard about the Galaxy Fold fiasco
- What's wrong about having a physical numpad?! Ah yeah, I'm a dinosaur, I forgot :/
- No user-replaceable battery (every good ol' RAZR had one)
- No memory card slot (this is why I rejected the original incarnations of the RAZR, but even ol' Motorola was wise and fixed that with the V3i/V3m)
- No headphone jack (once again, a weakness of the original design too - I don't miss the unobtanium dongles or proprietary headsets that were incompatible across CDMA/GSM models... but once again, Motorola managed to address that on the VE20!)
- Bigass screen. Definitely not the charm of the original form factor (although I didn't liked the KRZR either, despite owning a K1m for 3 years)
- eSIM, because Verizon owns Qualcomm and Qualcomm hates you (CDMA died outside 'murica for very good reasons!)
- It's still a smartphone, so nope!

But then the stupidass reviewers only care about SPECS SPECS SPECS (since when a 16MP camera and 6GB RAM is "mediocre"?!? Hell, I'm composing this reply from a 6GB laptop!)

At least they kept the chin...

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Posted on 19-11-15, 00:50

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You'll hate Nokia's latest "Feature" phones, too! They're actually running a smartphone OS, called KaiOS, which is Linux kernel based, and runs the Firefox browser engine, and the entire UI is a web view. Enjoy your modern "Feature" phone.

I'll just stick to something that does what I usually do on phones: Browse web pages and use apps. I so rarely actually use phones for actually making phone calls.
Posted on 19-11-15, 01:46
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Oh yeah, looks like while there are actual 4G LTE "dumbphones", they're nothing but crippled Android (or if you're lucky, KaiOS) handsets under the hood. Ironically enough, they actually feature numpads and ordinary non-touch screens.

Apparently OEMs make those as one-offs for USAian carriers (mainly), who know better and prefer to not lose those few featurephone holdouts when they finish killing their 3G networks, but would prefer that everybody rides the smartdevice wave, with a buttonless, portless device.

Also, I find amusing that features often demanded by non-phone-obsessed users (removable batteries, headphone jacks, memory card slots) are being confined to the low-end junk segment, alongside FM/DTV tuners. Because if you're willing to spend ONE THOUSAND AMERICAN MONEY UNITS on a cellphone, you're also willing to splurge on a beefy data plan just to be able to listen to your local radio stations instead of picking those for free from the public airwaves. Because that's totally for poor people.

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Posted on 19-11-15, 15:30
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Posted by tomman
Also, I find amusing that features often demanded by non-phone-obsessed users (removable batteries, headphone jacks, memory card slots) are being confined to the low-end junk segment, alongside FM/DTV tuners. Because if you're willing to spend ONE THOUSAND AMERICAN MONEY UNITS on a cellphone, you're also willing to splurge on a beefy data plan just to be able to listen to your local radio stations instead of picking those for free from the public airwaves. Because that's totally for poor people.

Isn't it just market segmentation? The real high-end phones have to be thin, so they remove all that stuff. Whereas for the low-end phones functionality still takes the hotseat. The obsession with thickness is absurd, but clearly there is some good reason for it, or else they wouldn't make them that way.

Like, there are mid-range or even low-end Chinese phones (which, I still maintain, are not called that in common parlance) which have batteries of 10000 mAh, like the $140 Oukitel K7. In comparison, a $700 iPhone 11 - the latest model - clocks in at a measly 3110 mAh, and probably has a CPU which uses way more battery to boot.

There's also the secondary gain of removing memory card slots, which is that you can extract a premium for storage, both from iCloud and overcharging for flash. Nobody in their right mind would pay $50 for 64GB of flash when a 64GB MicroSD card is $10, but take away that option and they have no choice.

Likewise, a pair of AirPods are $150 - if all who buy headphone jack-less iPhones buy AirPods, then they can cut the sales figures by up to 20% and still get it to work, assuming those who get priced out would be buying 64 GB phones. And that doesn't even factor in the revenues from the Pro models, or the vendor lock-in effects (good luck using your expensive earbuds with an el-cheapo Xiaomi-brand phone). Considering the poor people were priced out of that segment long ago anyway, it's just a sensible way to squeeze more money out of their main base.

I mean, they cannot do exponential growth anymore with the death of Moore's law, people won't voluntarily upgrade, and it's illegal to force them to, so the only way to stay in the black is to sharply raise prices.

Your feature phone clientele are far less profitable for the carrier by virtue of not using any data and not paying for their phone monthly, so that's why they do that. New feature phones are just a way to try to get that user-base to get an usage profile similar to the more profitable smartphone users.

As an aside, I know zero people under the age of 50 who listen to the radio using an actual physical radio, or watch TV using an actual physical TV, save perhaps for special events. They might stream streams of it online on their phone, but really there is no point when Netflix has a far better selection of content.

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Posted on 19-11-15, 19:54

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>I know zero people under the age of 50 who listen to the radio using an actual physical radio

are we counting car radios here
Posted on 19-11-15, 22:32 (revision 1)
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Streaming providers, content producers, cellphone OEMs and telcos can die in a fire, for all that matters. I could care less about their bottom line - I'm a consumer, not an ATM who gives free money to whoever wants it! "Being rich" is not an excuse to keep dumbifying/overcomplicating things in the name of "money".
All I want is a goddamned device to communicate with other humans (and MAYBE perform some auxiliary tasks, like "playing music" and "emergency Internet hotspot"), but once again, I'm a dinosaur, why am I not extinct yet!?

No, don't bother answering that one.

Posted by wareya
>I know zero people under the age of 50 who listen to the radio using an actual physical radio

are we counting car radios here

Also: public transportation.

Over here it's not unusual for bus drivers to tune in to local stations. Most drivers and fare collectors are well under 50yo.

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Posted on 19-11-16, 05:33
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Posted by tomman

Also, I find amusing that features often demanded by non-phone-obsessed users (removable batteries, headphone jacks, memory card slots) are being confined to the low-end junk segment, alongside FM/DTV tuners. Because if you're willing to spend ONE THOUSAND AMERICAN MONEY UNITS on a cellphone, you're also willing to splurge on a beefy data plan just to be able to listen to your local radio stations instead of picking those for free from the public airwaves. Because that's totally for poor people.
Yeah, the modern tech market is baffling. Why fewer features is supposed to be indicative of higher-end is completely inscrutable to me.
I blame Apple.

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Like, there are mid-range or even low-end Chinese phones (which, I still maintain, are not called that in common parlance)

You keep sticking to your guns. A man's gotta stand by what he believes in.
Your preferred terminology is still wildly offensive, though.

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Posted on 19-11-16, 14:24
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Posted by tomman
Streaming providers, content producers, cellphone OEMs and telcos can die in a fire, for all that matters. I could care less about their bottom line - I'm a consumer, not an ATM who gives free money to whoever wants it! "Being rich" is not an excuse to keep dumbifying/overcomplicating things in the name of "money".
All I want is a goddamned device to communicate with other humans (and MAYBE perform some auxiliary tasks, like "playing music" and "emergency Internet hotspot"), but once again, I'm a dinosaur, why am I not extinct yet!?

Yeah but that's the whole thing - either they do it, or they don't and get replaced by someone who earns more money. It's kind of like that Batman quote, if you will. So the end result is always the same; the stable configuration is the one which extracts the most money from the consumers.

Generally, the segment you're describing would be filled by mid-range Chinese phones, which are often half the price of Western brands for equivalent feature sets, since they don't have the incentives Apple and friends have to gouge consumers. So it's not like such phones don't exist, they just aren't profitable to make for big brands.

Posted by wareya
>I know zero people under the age of 50 who listen to the radio using an actual physical radio

are we counting car radios here

You might have a case there, I didn't think of that. Although with most newer cars, you can connect a phone without additional equipment, and in such cases people rather play Spotify than the local radio channel.
Posted by tomman
Also: public transportation.

Over here it's not unusual for bus drivers to tune in to local stations. Most drivers and fare collectors are well under 50yo.

Only in LatAm, I reckon. A bus driver playing music here would be promptly fired. Buses are silent, save for the intercom.

Some (very few) stores and gyms play radio, and their proprietors might be under 50, so that might count depending on your definition of "listen". But most places use Youtube or Spotify.

Posted by CaptainJistuce
You keep sticking to your guns. A man's gotta stand by what he believes in.
Your preferred terminology is still wildly offensive, though.

It is not, it is the industry-standard terminology! I have never seen anyone outside this board find it offensive. What next, the informal name for Threadripper CPUs is offensive too?

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Posted on 19-11-16, 15:44
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Posted by sureanem
Only in LatAm, I reckon. A bus driver playing music here would be promptly fired. Buses are silent, save for the intercom.

Some (very few) stores and gyms play radio, and their proprietors might be under 50, so that might count depending on your definition of "listen". But most places use Youtube or Spotify.
For once I agree with you on something: here in the Netherlands, public transit is silent save for the intercom, and many stores play BGM, be it from the radio or whatever. I know one of the restaurants around here plays the radio at least.
Posted on 19-11-17, 00:41
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Posted by sureanem
Only in LatAm, I reckon. A bus driver playing music here would be promptly fired. Buses are silent, save for the intercom.

Some (very few) stores and gyms play radio, and their proprietors might be under 50, so that might count depending on your definition of "listen". But most places use Youtube or Spotify.
For once I agree with you on something: here in the Netherlands, public transit is silent save for the intercom, and many stores play BGM, be it from the radio or whatever. I know one of the restaurants around here plays the radio at least.


Mind you, music/radio on public transportation is getting increasingly rare over here, not due to legal reasons but just because most bus drivers can't afford to keep their audio equipment on working order thanks to hyperinflation and thefts - in ye good ole' times, pimped-out audio gear was matter of pride for bus owners, to the point that using those could be a deafening experience. Legal measures to counter this were ultimately useless, they just kept cranking up the music. Most audio gear was used to play shittyass electronica (formerly "changa"), now replaced by even shittier reggaeton/Colombian "vallenato"/whatever crud is popular on the slums, and if you're lucky, salsa. More conservative operators would just tune to the most popular radio stations in town, but due to political reasons, most would avoid any station broadcasting news/opinion talk shows (particularly if they're not of the "praise the commies" flavor)

Some stores would rather play music from CD/MP3 instead of tuning to the radio, but it's not uncommon to enter into a family house where the housewives are listening to the morning/afternoon talk/variety shows.

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Posted on 19-11-17, 02:39

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Music in the stores is highly prevalent here, because the stores want to drive your thought process absolutely batty so you're more likely to make impulse buys. Another thing they do to feed this process is periodically completely shuffling their entire inventory layout, so you have to serpentine the entire store to find anything.

Here, the local Ralphs, the local name for the Kroger chain, plays the In-Store Audio Network™. Yes, it's literally trademarked brandname of a service used by multiple stores. You'll find all the stores playing the same obnoxious selection of pop music.

This is great for people like my mom, who is usually in charge of all the shopping, because she's one of those people who absolutely cannot concentrate on anything else if she can hear music, or if she gets a tune stuck in her head. It's all she can do just to tune out the music that's playing in the stores any more, and damn do they play it hecking loud. It makes me want to pull a Duke Nukem and shoot out the speakers. Except at least the Duke Nukem theme muzak in that game wasn't terribly annoying, even if it was only like a 12 second loop.
Posted on 19-11-27, 08:20 (revision 1)

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Super Metroid widescreen patch

The Typewriter (a concerto for orchestra and solo typewriter)

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Posted on 19-11-27, 08:50
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The Typewriter (a concerto for orchestra and solo typewriter)
That is the most fifties piece of orchestra music ever.

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Posted on 19-11-27, 19:30

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An interesting thing happened yesterday. My cats love to jump onto desk in front of me to demand attention. One of them will lean heavily into my monitor to “snuggle” with it. Well, a tuft of her fur managed to get inside it between the backlight and the LCD, leaving fur scattered throughout. I managed to open it up and clean it out, but I somehow damaged the panel’s data connection, so the display is spuriously corrupted.

I honestly expected displays to be more resistant to ingress than this. This is a Dell p2715q, for what it’s worth. I’m hoping my chosen replacement is sealed better.
Posted on 19-11-28, 05:13

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CRTs may have a few downsides, but I've never seen hair getting stuck in one.
Posted on 19-11-28, 05:22

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CRTs may have a few downsides, but I've never seen hair getting stuck in one.

That’s thanks to the fact that a CRT is a big vacuum tube.
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