OT: Need a laugh?

Submitted by DCGrad on September 12th, 2017 at 8:09 PM

Ask Siri who owns Ohio Stadium.



September 12th, 2017 at 9:03 PM ^

Apple hasn't been a king of much since Jobs died. 

In fact, Samsung is now the leading innovator in the mobile industry. 

Hell, every new phone Apple sells from here on out has a screen made by Samsung. On top of that, Apple has finally caught up to the industry standards today after wandering around in a forest for 5-6 years. 


September 12th, 2017 at 9:11 PM ^

Windows wasn't the innovator in computers. Innovation has nothing to do with being the king. Though I would strongly argue against Samsung being the leading innovator in the smartphone space.

I will agree that Samsung is a the leading innovator in panel technology, but that's a completely different area. Also, OLED may be a common panel type for smartphones but it's nothing like an industry standard. It's color accuracy still pales compared to LCDs.


September 12th, 2017 at 9:53 PM ^

You can argue with my opinion on smartphone innovation, but I know what I'm talking about with respect to OLEDs.

OLEDs calibrate poorly because of crosstalk in the panel and as a result suffer from oversaturation issues, suffer from temporal artifacts in the near-black colors, and despite the hype that they are low power are actually worse than LCDs for bright content. And that's not even getting into the burn-in issues. People tend to like OLEDs better because they like oversaturated colors, but the fact remains their color accuracy is crap.

I await, but do not expect, an informed rebuttal.


September 13th, 2017 at 9:18 AM ^

OLEDs are popular for several reasons. First, they can be made thinner and lighter than LCDs, allowing products made with them to be thinner and lighter. OLEDs have excellent black reproduction because they achieve black by ceasing emission, as opposed to LCDs which achieve black by obstructing a backlight.

But probably the most relevant reason is that color accuracy just isn't that important to most people, at least not to the extent that it drives purchasing decisions. If it was LCDs never would have beaten out plasma displays in the TV market.

Now that being said I have no doubt that OLEDs will become better than LCDs in virtually every way given enough time. The areas in which OLED lags LCD today are because of issues that can be engineered around, not because of any fundamental limitations in the technology. The shortcomings of LCDs on the other hand are because of how they fundamentally work. That's not something you can fix.


September 12th, 2017 at 11:38 PM ^

Don't kid yourself if you think that is the reason why Apple waited so long to switch to LED displays for their phones. (I actually like Apple's LCD phone screens better than Samsung's) 

As for Windows not being an innovator... Early editions of Windows in the 90s destroyed the shlock that used to be iOS in the 90s. 

Even then, that probably wouldn't have given Gates the market domination if it wasn't for his genius method by which he distributed his operating system to hardware manufacturers, which Apple did not do. 


Regardless, I'm not a fan of the overall direction of the mobile industry. I prefer battery life over everything so I switched from my Galaxy S7 to an iPhone SE. Great battery life, performance and smaller screen so more portable. 


September 13th, 2017 at 12:11 AM ^

I'm not arguing that the Windows business model wasn't the most successful of the PC era (it clearly was), but business innovation is very different from technical innovation. And given that Apple's share of smartphone profits dwarfs anything Windows ever saw in the PC era it's pretty obvious that the Apple model is the most successful today. But again, business innovation is not technical innovation.

I'd also like to point out that saying Windows was better than the MacOS in no way argues for Windows as an innovator.

That said, you're 100% wrong about the reason Apple didn't switch to OLED sooner.


September 12th, 2017 at 8:53 PM ^

For me, the apology doesn't really take away from the moment as he was likely told to make it. This is one of those situations nowadays where I think we go too far out of the way to protect the feelings of the truly upset few in sports, but I imagine that - deep down - Mayfield enjoyed every moment and I think he earned that moment.