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2013-03-15 04:40:57 AM  
www.israbox.com
 
2013-03-15 05:13:31 AM  
All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.
 
2013-03-15 09:50:46 AM  
TL;DR
 
2013-03-15 11:02:29 AM  

i.imgur.com

 
2013-03-15 11:04:07 AM  
so I'll just call it ceiling cat from the get go.
 
2013-03-15 11:05:14 AM  
Samsung's new smart phone watches you, literally, non-stop

Samsung's S4 is watching you over-punctuate.
 
2013-03-15 11:09:01 AM  
Posted under "stupid"? Has Fark begun taking payment from Apple or is this a butthurt Apple mod on the lose?
 
2013-03-15 11:12:12 AM  

DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.


Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.
 
2013-03-15 11:14:29 AM  

MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.


I think I've said this before, but it was jarring when I activated my first smartphone and saw how much information it pulled down about me.  I still try to take some precautions regarding privacy, but I know it's a lost cause.
 
2013-03-15 11:21:51 AM  

Mentat: MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.

I think I've said this before, but it was jarring when I activated my first smartphone and saw how much information it pulled down about me.  I still try to take some precautions regarding privacy, but I know it's a lost cause.


Yeah, it's actually impressive how much of you these companies have already. I've personally started to slow down my use of a lot of Google services because they probably have a dossier on me that would make the FBI jealous. But realistically I'll probably never be completely off their services.
 
2013-03-15 11:23:08 AM  

Mentat: MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.

I think I've said this before, but it was jarring when I activated my first smartphone and saw how much information it pulled down about me.  I still try to take some precautions regarding privacy, but I know it's a lost cause.


I was surprised at how much info it dragged out about my friends, much less myself. I connected it to my gmail and suddenly I had phone numbers for people I hadn't talked to in years.
 
2013-03-15 11:24:35 AM  
And so begin the efforts of the Apple Defense Force.
 
2013-03-15 11:29:02 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: And so begin the efforts of the Apple Defense Force.


Awww, you're adorable
 
2013-03-15 11:36:00 AM  

MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.


No, most people understand, they just don't care because there is more to be gained by sharing with other people and the world in general. Technology is simply making the world smaller again and bringing us back to the old days of being a small village community where everyone knew everyone else's business because they were in such close quarters. Sure you can be private by living a totally private life in a remote cabin in the woods like the Unibomber, but most people don't find it a particularly rewarding existence.

Plus, the flip side of these types of devices is that you have HD resolution video and high resolution still cameras everywhere, able to tweet the smallest thing to the world in an instant, so the government suddenly has millions of Little Brothers watching its every move, keeping it in check. Plus, it is a hell of a lot harder for an innocent person to get framed for a crime when they are broadcasting their activities to the world. Hell, GPS information on the phone has even gotten people out of speeding tickets because the info contradicted what the cop's radar gun was saying. The constant data gathering cuts both ways.
 
2013-03-15 11:41:55 AM  

Mad_Radhu: MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.

No, most people understand, they just don't care because there is more to be gained by sharing with other people and the world in general. Technology is simply making the world smaller again and bringing us back to the old days of being a small village community where everyone knew everyone else's business because they were in such close quarters. Sure you can be private by living a totally private life in a remote cabin in the woods like the Unibomber, but most people don't find it a particularly rewarding existence.

Plus, the flip side of these types of devices is that you have HD resolution video and high resolution still cameras everywhere, able to tweet the smallest thing to the world in an instant, so the government suddenly has millions of Little Brothers watching its every move, keeping it in check. Plus, it is a hell of a lot harder for an innocent person to get framed for a crime when they are broadcasting their activities to the world. Hell, GPS information on the phone has even gotten people out of speeding tickets because the info contradicted what the cop's radar gun was saying. The constant data gathering cuts both ways.


I would qualify that to say most people understand  eventually. Take  Mentat as an example. Mentat is a pretty savvy person, but still didn't know the breadth of what was collected about them until that phone was turned on. These days the data is gathered before we are aware of it. It's not until we have an "Ah ha!" moment, such as a cell phone populating our contacts, that we get a feel for how pervasive the data mining about us is.

And I don't intend that to be a judgement of people or even data mining. It's just a result of the age we live. Hell, most of these services and devices we have are so good as a  result of these practices.
 
2013-03-15 11:43:50 AM  
I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.
 
2013-03-15 11:49:14 AM  

MightyPez: I would qualify that to say most people understand  eventually. Take  Mentat as an example. Mentat is a pretty savvy person, but still didn't know the breadth of what was collected about them until that phone was turned on. These days the data is ...


The worst part is that a week after I got it, I let my nephews play with it and now YouTube won't stop recommending MineCraft videos.
 
2013-03-15 11:49:22 AM  

MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.


My only hope is that we've already achieved security by... well.... not obfuscation, but maybe overabundance. There's just literally too much shiat out there to be of value if anybody gets their hands on it, because it's too much data to parse.

But that's probably wishful thinking.
 
2013-03-15 11:52:54 AM  
Looks sweet to me, but I'm not due an upgrade for at least a year.
 
2013-03-15 11:56:39 AM  
My cousin(SG3 owner) made fun of me saying "Your L920 looks like my old L900" I just showed his this i.imgur.com he did not respond back
 
2013-03-15 11:56:40 AM  

Bullseyed: I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.


Had Apple done it first it would have been the greatest thing ever.

Of course Apple will probably copy it and then they will all claim Apple invented it first. Like they did with Siri.
 
2013-03-15 11:59:36 AM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: My only hope is that we've already achieved security by... well.... not obfuscation, but maybe overabundance. There's just literally too much shiat out there to be of value if anybody gets their hands on it, because it's too much data to parse.

But that's probably wishful thinking.


I'd like that to be the case too, but I get the feeling this data is way too valuable and these companies invest the resources to have the figurative ability to separate the pee from the pool to account for it.
 
2013-03-15 12:30:08 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: My cousin(SG3 owner) made fun of me saying "Your L920 looks like my old L900" I just showed his this [i.imgur.com image 582x328] he did not respond back


oh my god it looks the same doesnt it?
 
2013-03-15 12:32:45 PM  

fisker: drjekel_mrhyde: My cousin(SG3 owner) made fun of me saying "Your L920 looks like my old L900" I just showed his this [i.imgur.com image 582x328] he did not respond back

oh my god it looks the same doesnt it?


I want to understand this retarded thinking. Can anyone improve on it?

I'm curious because I am looking for the source of retardation.
 
2013-03-15 12:34:01 PM  
I want to learn how people become retarded.
 
2013-03-15 12:55:18 PM  
C'mon Samsung owners.... You're really gonna cry that the headline was put in the 'stupid' tag?  Pick your battles.   

That said, i have the S2, and some of these same features were supposed to have been released on my phone a few years ago, including that motion sensor navigation thing.  They're not new, but i guess they decided to hold on to them and refine, before releasing.
 
2013-03-15 12:57:49 PM  
So disappointed.  Thought it would come with a dramatically different design:

c2499022.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com

There was a fake one floating around the Internet for a while, it had very sharp corners and flat.  It was sexy and awesome.  At least this way the GS3 owners won't have to feel terribly outdated.
 
2013-03-15 01:00:27 PM  

MightyPez: Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long


You do realize that the facebook application doesn't actually record your location all day. It requests access to the GPS so it can use the location tagging option when you decide that your post should include your location.

I hate facebook too and I avoid it like the plague but lets not be completely paranoid about it if we can help it.
 
2013-03-15 01:04:14 PM  

Egoy3k: MightyPez: Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long

You do realize that the facebook application doesn't actually record your location all day. It requests access to the GPS so it can use the location tagging option when you decide that your post should include your location.

I hate facebook too and I avoid it like the plague but lets not be completely paranoid about it if we can help it.


Hyperbole? How does it work?

I'm aware it's specifically used for posts/pictures/etc.
 
2013-03-15 01:11:02 PM  
I'd actually be flattered if somebody found me interesting enough to spy on.
 
kab
2013-03-15 01:15:22 PM  
Huh.   I gues we'll have to wait for subby to trot out the hero tag for when Apple finally 'reinvents' the cell phone by implementing this
 
2013-03-15 01:15:44 PM  

The Banana Thug: So disappointed.  Thought it would come with a dramatically different design:

[c2499022.cdn.cloudfiles.rackspacecloud.com image 478x304]

There was a fake one floating around the Internet for a while, it had very sharp corners and flat.  It was sexy and awesome.  At least this way the GS3 owners won't have to feel terribly outdated.


Wow, look at that. When the iPhone looks the same for two years in a row, it's the end of the f**kin' world. But Samsung crows about how they're "out-innovating" Apple by making the screen slightly larger, and adding a couple of gimmicks, and it's the best thing ever.

/Samsung's propaganda machine is the best thing ever.
 
2013-03-15 01:16:37 PM  
Samsung's new smart phone watches you, literally

Do you not know what the word "literally" means or do you just not care?

non-stop

Yea... "literally", right? Like when you decide to turn the feature off it's still "literally" watching you non-stop?

I never really bought into the arguments that things like this are just whines from Apple fans who can't stand to imagine that maybe they don't have the best device anymore, but I'm starting to see some potential truth in it....
 
2013-03-15 01:19:51 PM  
In this thread: proof that Android owners are exactly what they picture iPhone owners to be... and Apple actually did do that first.
 
2013-03-15 01:39:28 PM  

MightyPez: Hyperbole? How does it work?

I'm aware it's specifically used for posts/pictures/etc.


Yes, but there's a HUGE difference between an app spying on your movements and reporting them back to Facebook, and you specifically posting a check in at Melon Shaker's on Wharf Avenue so all your pals will know where to meet you for a night out. That's the whole thing that is stupid about people whinging about Facebook and privacy. The whole point of the site is to share your life with your friends and family, so privacy runs counter to the point of the whole service. You just have to use common sense about it, and only post info you want people to see. Unfortunately, you have the issue of asshole friends tagging you in unfortunate photos, but you can set it up so that you get to review the tagged pictures before they are visible to your friends.

Also, Facebook is only as accurate as what you put in. For instance, I have listed in my education a degree in Shoggoth Husbandry from Miskatonic University, which is totally useless info for anyone except someone who is selling Lovecraft merchandise, in which case I might actually want to see their ads.
 
2013-03-15 01:40:56 PM  

Mad_Radhu: MightyPez: Hyperbole? How does it work?

I'm aware it's specifically used for posts/pictures/etc.

Yes, but there's a HUGE difference between an app spying on your movements and reporting them back to Facebook, and you specifically posting a check in at Melon Shaker's on Wharf Avenue so all your pals will know where to meet you for a night out. That's the whole thing that is stupid about people whinging about Facebook and privacy. The whole point of the site is to share your life with your friends and family, so privacy runs counter to the point of the whole service. You just have to use common sense about it, and only post info you want people to see. Unfortunately, you have the issue of asshole friends tagging you in unfortunate photos, but you can set it up so that you get to review the tagged pictures before they are visible to your friends.

Also, Facebook is only as accurate as what you put in. For instance, I have listed in my education a degree in Shoggoth Husbandry from Miskatonic University, which is totally useless info for anyone except someone who is selling Lovecraft merchandise, in which case I might actually want to see their ads.

images1.wikia.nocookie.net

 
2013-03-15 01:42:58 PM  

Mad_Radhu: MightyPez: Hyperbole? How does it work?

I'm aware it's specifically used for posts/pictures/etc.

Yes, but there's a HUGE difference between an app spying on your movements and reporting them back to Facebook, and you specifically posting a check in at Melon Shaker's on Wharf Avenue so all your pals will know where to meet you for a night out. That's the whole thing that is stupid about people whinging about Facebook and privacy. The whole point of the site is to share your life with your friends and family, so privacy runs counter to the point of the whole service. You just have to use common sense about it, and only post info you want people to see. Unfortunately, you have the issue of asshole friends tagging you in unfortunate photos, but you can set it up so that you get to review the tagged pictures before they are visible to your friends.

Also, Facebook is only as accurate as what you put in. For instance, I have listed in my education a degree in Shoggoth Husbandry from Miskatonic University, which is totally useless info for anyone except someone who is selling Lovecraft merchandise, in which case I might actually want to see their ads.


Hence me saying you can mitigate data collected by not volunteering it.. I'm a little bewildered why this is being argued.
 
2013-03-15 01:44:52 PM  
I get a kick out of all the butthurt from the Apple fanbois. Then again, if I had an S III, I'd stick with it - it's more of an evolutionary update rather than a radical change. At least they kept the removable battery!

Besides, I'm enough of a cheap bastard that I'd rather stay a year or two out of date (e.g. Galaxy S Relay) and save some bucks. I also like having a real keyboard for any type of serious text input; on-screen keyboards suck for anything more than a few words, and I found Swype slower than even two-thumb typing on the slide-out keys.

As for privacy, well, it's mostly gone anyway - but I keep a bit of an air gap between my smartphone habits and my regular PC-based stuff. My Google account is strictly for phone-related things, and I keep a separate PC user account should I want to log into it from home to download rather than stream music I've bought from Google Play.
 
2013-03-15 01:44:59 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Bullseyed: I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.

Had Apple done it first it would have been the greatest thing ever.

Of course Apple will probably copy it and then they will all claim Apple invented it first. Like they did with Siri.


A coworker of mine a year or two ago when Apple swiped Android's pull down notification menu and added it to iOS: "Hey, I just got an update to my iPhone look at what it does now! Bet you wish Android did that, huh? What now, HUH?!?"

Me, after pulling my EVO 4G out of my pocket and showing her the same feature: "I've had that since I got this phone a year and a half ago. Glad iOS finally caught up on that one for you, it's a great feature."

Her: "Oh goddammit."
 
2013-03-15 01:49:02 PM  
I hope it likes the view of my ass from my back pocket.
 
2013-03-15 02:04:35 PM  

mongbiohazard: Flint Ironstag: Bullseyed: I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.

Had Apple done it first it would have been the greatest thing ever.

Of course Apple will probably copy it and then they will all claim Apple invented it first. Like they did with Siri.

A coworker of mine a year or two ago when Apple swiped Android's pull down notification menu and added it to iOS: "Hey, I just got an update to my iPhone look at what it does now! Bet you wish Android did that, huh? What now, HUH?!?"

Me, after pulling my EVO 4G out of my pocket and showing her the same feature: "I've had that since I got this phone a year and a half ago. Glad iOS finally caught up on that one for you, it's a great feature."

Her: "Oh goddammit."


And on that day you were truly the better person.
 
2013-03-15 02:05:38 PM  

The Banana Thug: At least this way the GS3 owners won't have to feel terribly outdated.


The GS4 has features that are so advanced just like when the GS3 was first released, and my GS3 will still be competitive in the market for at least another year or so. It'll be interested to see what tech the next iPhone will bring to the table that can directly compete with the GS4.
 
2013-03-15 02:14:39 PM  

Karne: mongbiohazard: Flint Ironstag: Bullseyed: I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.

Had Apple done it first it would have been the greatest thing ever.

Of course Apple will probably copy it and then they will all claim Apple invented it first. Like they did with Siri.

A coworker of mine a year or two ago when Apple swiped Android's pull down notification menu and added it to iOS: "Hey, I just got an update to my iPhone look at what it does now! Bet you wish Android did that, huh? What now, HUH?!?"

Me, after pulling my EVO 4G out of my pocket and showing her the same feature: "I've had that since I got this phone a year and a half ago. Glad iOS finally caught up on that one for you, it's a great feature."

Her: "Oh goddammit."

And on that day you were truly the better person.


Better than the Apple owner who initiated the boasting comparison when they thought they had the best feature, yes.

May favourite trick is to ask an iPhone user to set a song as their ringtone. On my HTC I can do that in about four seconds, without needing a third party app.
 
2013-03-15 02:18:46 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Karne: mongbiohazard: Flint Ironstag: Bullseyed: I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.

Had Apple done it first it would have been the greatest thing ever.

Of course Apple will probably copy it and then they will all claim Apple invented it first. Like they did with Siri.

A coworker of mine a year or two ago when Apple swiped Android's pull down notification menu and added it to iOS: "Hey, I just got an update to my iPhone look at what it does now! Bet you wish Android did that, huh? What now, HUH?!?"

Me, after pulling my EVO 4G out of my pocket and showing her the same feature: "I've had that since I got this phone a year and a half ago. Glad iOS finally caught up on that one for you, it's a great feature."

Her: "Oh goddammit."

And on that day you were truly the better person.

Better than the Apple owner who initiated the boasting comparison when they thought they had the best feature, yes.

May favourite trick is to ask an iPhone user to set a song as their ringtone. On my HTC I can do that in about four seconds, without needing a third party app.


Sounds like you need to make some personal achievements beyond being a product consumer.  I mean you are actually bragging about these things like you did something great and it makes you amazing or special..
 
2013-03-15 02:31:50 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Bullseyed: I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.

Had Apple done it first it would have been the greatest thing ever.

Of course Apple will probably copy it and then they will all claim Apple invented it first. Like they did with Siri.


Apple is going to do glasses next.  It is going to be awesome.
 
2013-03-15 02:34:57 PM  
Thread about Samsung = dozens of posts crying about Apple.

You guys are adorable.
 
2013-03-15 02:35:58 PM  

Flint Ironstag: Karne: mongbiohazard: Flint Ironstag: Bullseyed: I find it hilarious that Apple users are complaining about Android having a feature that they "think is stupid" for a couple of reasons.

1.) It is actually butthurt jealousy that they don't have it on Apple.
2.) It isn't mandatory. If you don't like it, turn it off.

Had Apple done it first it would have been the greatest thing ever.

Of course Apple will probably copy it and then they will all claim Apple invented it first. Like they did with Siri.

A coworker of mine a year or two ago when Apple swiped Android's pull down notification menu and added it to iOS: "Hey, I just got an update to my iPhone look at what it does now! Bet you wish Android did that, huh? What now, HUH?!?"

Me, after pulling my EVO 4G out of my pocket and showing her the same feature: "I've had that since I got this phone a year and a half ago. Glad iOS finally caught up on that one for you, it's a great feature."

Her: "Oh goddammit."

And on that day you were truly the better person.

Better than the Apple owner who initiated the boasting comparison when they thought they had the best feature, yes.

May favourite trick is to ask an iPhone user to set a song as their ringtone. On my HTC I can do that in about four seconds, without needing a third party app.


Ughh, my wife asked me to put some ringtones on her iphone for the first time, I actually had to google directions to figure out how to do it with itunes... On my Rezound, make a directory called Ringtones on the SD Card, put the song on the card, it shows up automatically in the ringtone menu...
 
2013-03-15 02:37:51 PM  

Egoy3k: MightyPez: Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long

You do realize that the facebook application doesn't actually record your location all day. It requests access to the GPS so it can use the location tagging option when you decide that your post should include your location.

I hate facebook too and I avoid it like the plague but lets not be completely paranoid about it if we can help it.


No, you're wrong. It doesn't just request GPS when you're geotagging a post, it requests GPS every time you open the app. Even if you disable geotagging in the app's settings. I don't buy that it's just requesting that data to throw it away.
 
2013-03-15 03:04:19 PM  
This whole thread is just one, long, First World Bickerfest
 
2013-03-15 03:41:23 PM  

scarmig: This whole thread is just one, long, First World Bickerfest


Right, I forgot, we should have no concern whatsoever for anything anybody does here because there are kids starving in Africa.
 
2013-03-15 03:48:29 PM  

LasersHurt: Thread about Samsung = dozens of posts crying about Apple.

You guys are adorable.


I love that TFA is about Samsung and its comments is filled with Samsung vs Google fans (virtually no iPhone fans as I can tell), yet everyone here thinks TFA is some how about Apple.

/baahaahaahaaa go the sheeple
//Samsung has taught you all well
///Nexus 4 owner
 
2013-03-15 03:52:43 PM  

HeartBurnKid: scarmig: This whole thread is just one, long, First World Bickerfest

Right, I forgot, we should have no concern whatsoever for anything anybody does here because there are kids starving in Africa.


There's no point in responding, he obviously saw the hypocrisy in complaining about complaining on the internet and has sold his worldly possessions and joined the Salvation Army to help all the impoverished nations.

/All of them
 
2013-03-15 03:56:59 PM  
New Samsung phone includes a new input method that you can turn off if you don't like it. lol it's soooo stupid they did that.
 
2013-03-15 04:12:17 PM  

Karne: Sounds like you need to make some personal achievements beyond being a product consumer.  I mean you are actually bragging about these things like you did something great and it makes you amazing or special..


It makes me feel all manly and macho.I spend the rest of the day giving high fives.
 
2013-03-15 04:15:38 PM  

YouIsATard: LasersHurt: Thread about Samsung = dozens of posts crying about Apple.

You guys are adorable.

I love that TFA is about Samsung and its comments is filled with Samsung vs Google fans (virtually no iPhone fans as I can tell), yet everyone here thinks TFA is some how about Apple.

/baahaahaahaaa go the sheeple
//Samsung has taught you all well
///Nexus 4 owner


I have a HTC One X.   It was the best on the market when I bought it. The S3 hadn't come out yet.

/Probably would have still bought the OneX
//My HTC Desire was easily the best on the market when I bought that.
///By "best" I mean for my needs and uses. YMMV of course.
 
2013-03-15 04:43:04 PM  

Mentat: MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.

I think I've said this before, but it was jarring when I activated my first smartphone and saw how much information it pulled down about me.  I still try to take some precautions regarding privacy, but I know it's a lost cause.


That's just the start of it. NSA whistleblowers claim that your cell phone provides the government every sound that hits the mic and every image that hits the cameras, even if the phone is off. It's the most gross violation of the Constitution they've ever pulled, and the courts have given them the green light. If the "terrorists" can nuke that new place they're building in Utah to store the data, along with nuking the politicians who came up with the idea and the courts that said it was OK, I'd vote for the terrorists in the next election. Those who fail to understand history are doomed to repeat it, and our government is now no better than the Soviets, the East Germans, or any other tinpot dictator the world has ever seen; it is the greatest enemy we've ever faced.
 
2013-03-15 04:46:31 PM  

Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: MightyPez: DrPainMD: All smart phones spy on you all the time. The STASI wish they had the technology that the NSA has. Nuke the NSA from orbit. That's the only way to be sure.

Yeah, I'm not sure people understand what they are getting into when they buy a cell phone, much less smart phones. The convenience of having a communications device in your pocket means you give up some privacy. SOme of the snooping can be mitigated by not volunteering information (Oh yes please, Facebook, use my GPS to follow me all day long), but a lot of data is being aggregated about you by design.

My only hope is that we've already achieved security by... well.... not obfuscation, but maybe overabundance. There's just literally too much shiat out there to be of value if anybody gets their hands on it, because it's too much data to parse.

But that's probably wishful thinking.


Yeah. They wouldn't be collecting it if they couldn't sort thru it.
 
2013-03-15 04:52:38 PM  
Cellphones are like cars.

I can't tell any of them apart.
 
2013-03-15 05:08:40 PM  
This is really weird. No one in this thread (that I saw) has said anything about the iPhone being better, but those who don't like this Galaxy S4 feature or any other feature is immediately branded as an iFanboi. Is it possible to not like something from Samsung and also not like the iPhone? I don't know, maybe.

It's weird to see the reversal though. If I may generalize for a moment, the Android fanboys are acting now how the iPhone fanboys acted when the iPhone was new. Smugly superior. And for the exact same reason, too.

For decades, Apple was the underdog, and then they pulled ahead. The Apple fans really wanted to show off how the company they backed was now winning. Android looks to be pulling ahead with this and other recent releases, so now the Android fans are doing the same thing to the Apple fans.

Just some observations. Not trying to offend anyone.
 
2013-03-15 05:13:13 PM  

Nova81426: Just some observations. Not trying to offend anyone.


Yet, sadly, it will. Partisans of any stripe are still partisans.
 
kab
2013-03-15 05:16:10 PM  

brantgoose: Cellphones are like cars.

I can't tell any of them apart.


And they're all terribly overpriced.
 
2013-03-15 05:39:54 PM  

kab: brantgoose: Cellphones are like cars.

I can't tell any of them apart.

And they're all terribly overpriced.


All humans look and taste the same roasted.
 
2013-03-15 07:08:20 PM  
 The new must- have feature on the S4 isn't it's ability to watch your eyes or the memory upgrade, but rather the IR Blaster.
 Finally! A smart phone that can replace my small mountain of remotes!

/waiting for the US release of Premium Suite
 
2013-03-15 07:19:21 PM  
 And seriously...
 What's with all the "Apple vs. Samsung" penis waving? Nobody here gets a paycheck from these corporations, so it's kinda stupid to diss somebody else's phone just because you happen to own the other one.
 
2013-03-15 09:28:46 PM  

GoSlash27: And seriously...
 What's with all the "Apple vs. Samsung" penis waving? Nobody here gets a paycheck from these corporations, so it's kinda stupid to diss somebody else's phone just because you happen to own the other one.


Sounds like someone can't afford the new Blackberry.
 
2013-03-16 12:30:36 AM  

Nova81426: This is really weird. No one in this thread (that I saw) has said anything about the iPhone being better, but those who don't like this Galaxy S4 feature or any other feature is immediately branded as an iFanboi. Is it possible to not like something from Samsung and also not like the iPhone? I don't know, maybe.

It's weird to see the reversal though. If I may generalize for a moment, the Android fanboys are acting now how the iPhone fanboys acted when the iPhone was new. Smugly superior. And for the exact same reason, too.

For decades, Apple was the underdog, and then they pulled ahead. The Apple fans really wanted to show off how the company they backed was now winning. Android looks to be pulling ahead with this and other recent releases, so now the Android fans are doing the same thing to the Apple fans.

Just some observations. Not trying to offend anyone.

 
2013-03-16 03:52:09 AM  
Does "4G" mean you end up spending four grand on the phone and data plan?
 
2013-03-16 07:20:32 AM  
I'm getting tired of all the hype surrounding smart phones.  The sci/tech section of my news page is always half full of smart phone stories.  Is there really that many people who buy a new phone every year?  Seems like an expensive hobby.
 
2013-03-16 08:20:47 AM  
No Hal picture yet?
 
2013-03-16 09:00:53 AM  
I will wait for the Samsung S-Penta to spenda my my cash.
 
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