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UN Intervention Begins In Libya

10Ghz Re:do you remember rwanda? (688 comments)

So you have no answer to the direct question I asked?, so you just pull the "you are just brainwashed"-argument? OK, thanks for playing.

more than 3 years ago
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UN Intervention Begins In Libya

10Ghz Re:do you remember rwanda? (688 comments)

By your reasoning we should occupy the whole continent. You don't know half the violence that goes on throughout.

So, is your argument basically that if we (meaning the West) doesn't actively oppose every single massacre out there, or actively oppose every single dictator there is, we should not do so at all? Either we do everything everywhere, or we do nothing at all?

What would you do if West did nothing in Libya, and it resulted in massacre of thousands?

more than 2 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

10Ghz Re:It's funny.... (500 comments)

Meh, different people designate failure based on different criteria.

My bro got an iPod touch for x-mas, Giddy as all hell he plugged it in to his computer only to find that iTunes is required, but doesn't work with Linux.

That might matter to the handful of Linux-users out there who want to use iPods, rest of the world does not care one bit. And your comment has nothing to do whether Apple has "failed" or not. If you look at hard data, Apple has anything but failed. Their lack of Linux-support doesn't seem to be hurting them one bit.

I write cross platform code (Win, Mac, *nix) all the time, it isn't that difficult.

That would result in crappier software. iTunes is really designed for OS X, and it works fine over there. Windows-users are complaining, because it doesn't work as well on Windows. Doing a proper cross-platform app would result in jack-of-all-trades app which would be mediocre on all platforms, as opposed to current situation, where the app is good on one platform, and mediocre on another. Just about all cross-platform apps look weird and alien and they do not seem to fit in with the OS and UI that surrounds them.

Why shun the customers that just want devices that work without a big hassle?

Because Windows and OS X cater to about 99.9% of their potential customers, and it's not worth the effort to support Linux.

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

10Ghz Re:It won't be his ego (500 comments)

Which is why Apple's sales came crashing down during the financial crisis, while the sellers of cheap PC's saw their sales soar. No, that's not the way it happened....

Which sale are you talking about here? Apple computers (MacBook Air, iMac) or Apple gadgets (iphone, ipod, etc)? It seems you are attempting to compare apple with oranges.

All of them. Sales of Macs slowed down a bit, but they still outgrew the PC-market. Sales of Macs increased, while sales of PC's decreased when compared to the previous year.

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

10Ghz Re:Apple is too big and well entrenched to fail (500 comments)

I don't usually respond to AC's... but Mac market share is not increasing..

Sales of Macs have increased faster than sales of PC's for several years in a row. That means that Apple's market-share is increasing.

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

10Ghz It's funny.... (500 comments)

...Whiners keep on pointing out the Mac vs. PC-situation as a failure of Apple, and they keep on talking about how Android is going to do the same with iPhone. Well, if we looked at the computer-business, we would see that Macs have something like 5-10% market-share, but they out-earn just about everyone else. HP is the company with biggest market-share in the PC-business, and Apple out-earns them in the computer-business. Reason being that HP sells lots of dirt-cheap computers at razor-thin margins, while Apple really competes only in the $1000+ market, where profits are fatter.

And it should be noted that Macs are outgrowing the PC-market, so not only are they laughing all the way to the bank, they are actually gaining market-share. Add to that the high customer-satisfaction-ratings.

If that is a "failure", I wonder what a "success" looks like....

iPhone has something like 15-20% market-share, and out-earns everyone else. So how exactly are they "doomed"? because Android is outshipping them? And that's a "failure" because.....? Why is it that people expect Apple to gain iPod-like market-domininace, if they get something less, it means they have failed? Do people think that there can only be one "success" in the market, while everyone else are "failures"? That either you utterly dominiate the market, or you are a failure? iPhones are selling like crazy, and Apple is earning big bucks from their phone-business. I'm honestly at a loss at trying to see the "failure" here....

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

10Ghz Re:It won't be his ego (500 comments)

It'll be the economy. The US is poised by end of year to have the same debt:GDP ratio that Greece had when catastrophe struck there. The US is teetering on the edge of another great depression because our debt levels have reached a point where they're choking both the public and private sectors.

Apple does not make products that will fare well in a very bad economy. .

Which is why Apple's sales came crashing down during the financial crisis, while the sellers of cheap PC's saw their sales soar. No, that's not the way it happened....

The iPhone, for example, forces the user to pay a king's ransom for a new battery every two years or so or buy a new one.

People who replace batteries in their phones are few and far between. And the lack of replaceable battery will hardly be the downfall of iPhone.

more than 3 years ago
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Netgear CEO Says Jobs's Ego Will Bite Apple

10Ghz Re:Wrong, about practically everything (500 comments)

Smartphone makers are fighting to the death for the scraps the iPhone leaves behind

Hardly. Adroid sales are roughly equal to iPhone sales.

I think the OP was referring to profits. Apple is way more profitable than Android-sellers combined.

more than 3 years ago
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The Android Invasion Cometh; Is Resistance Futile?

10Ghz I don't understand... (410 comments)

...this "either/or" mentality. That if Android succeeds, everyone else has failed.

Let's look at computers. Microsoft and OEM's that use Windows have about 90% market-share, while Apple and OS X has a bit under 10%. Does that mean that Apple has "failed"? Not really. They seem to be having highly succesful computer-business, happy users, and lots of profits. Apple earns more money on their computers than HP, the market-leader, does with theirs. yet for some reason some people say that Apple should be like HP and Dell, since licensing OS from someone else is "the way this business works". Even though it seems that the OEM's are not earning that much, while Intel and Microsoft are the companies that reap the profits.

If we look at phones, we can see that Apple is earning lots of money there as well. More than Nokia is earning, even though Apple is a lot smaller. It seems that people are expecting Apple to gain iPod-like dominance in the phone-business, and if/when Android overtakes iOS, people decide that iOS has "failed", since history did not repeat itself. Well, Symbian dwarfs both iOS and Android, yet no-one is calling iOS or Android failures because of that fact. And gaining iPod-like share in a mature market like phones is quite hard, if not impossible. When Nokia was at it's biggest, it had something like 60-70% share of the market. But that was a market that wasn't all that mature yet. and they managed that for only few years.

What if Android gets 50% share in few years? Great! Android is a good OS, and we need more good phones. does that mean that everyone else has failed? I don't think so. It seems that people have this strange idea that there must be a clear winner and a clear loser(s). We got that in computers, when Microsoft ended up dominating the market. So we MUST have something similar elsewhere as well, right? I don't think so. And even in computers the "niche player" is earning quite nice profits. Even though they have single-digits market-share does not seem to be hurting them. You do not need to be big, biggest or dominating in order to have a good business.

more than 4 years ago
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Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

10Ghz Re:Um, not quite.... (384 comments)

Just about every modern country could build them if they have the prerequisite fuel for it.

A modern country, yes. Not your typical third-world dictatorship. Definitely not bunch of Islamists in a cave.

The point seemed to be that building nuclear weapons is a black art that few master. Reality is that the knowledge is widespread.

No, you can't make nukes in a cave. But those cave-dwelling islamists could pay someone with proper facilities to do it for them. Those islamists often have quite a bit of money.

Your point being? Sweden is a First World industrialized country which has no shortage of highly qualified engineers and scientists, and a lot of experience with advanced projects. Heck, they make their own fighter planes! Few countries can actually boast that.

My point is that knowledge on how to build nukes is widespread. It's not arcane black art or something like that.

more than 4 years ago
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Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

10Ghz Re:Um, not quite.... (384 comments)

A working nuclear weapon is not easy to make. Seriously, do you think the entire Manhattan project was solely about obtaining the requisite amount of fuel?

Manhattan Project was a huge undertaking because no-one had done it before. They were breaking new ground and researching things that were not researched before.

Today, things are different. The technology and knowledge required to build a nuclear weapon is literally 70 years old. Just about every modern country could build them if they have the prerequisite fuel for it.

Hell, it was discovered few years ago that SWEDEN had plans for nuclear weapons in the seventies! Their plan was that in case of war against USSR, they could nuke the Red Army while it was still in Finland fighting against Finnish Army (without telling the Finns about it, of course). They had the required knowledge to build the bomb, they lacked the fuel. The plans were eventually scrapped because they were considered stupid.

more than 4 years ago
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Five Times the US Almost Nuked Itself

10Ghz Re:The good news (384 comments)

Still not happy, and have lots of money? nothing stopping you form flying to the states

And what do you think we are fighting to preserve? That's right! It is the world's last bastion of choice health care.

I'm in Finland, and even here I have a choice of healthcare. I can go and use public healthcare-services if I want, or I can go and use private healthcare-services. So what exactly am I missing out on, when compared to USA?

Still not happy, and do NOT have lots of money? Nothing is stopping you from moving to a country where the system run by one man telling all the doctors what they can and can't do.

Such as? Hey, didn't Prez Bush tell doctors that stem-cell research and treatments are not allowed?

more than 4 years ago
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Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

10Ghz Re:Immature and Gun Happy (1141 comments)

You have no idea what your government would be like if your populace was not armed, because it is.

So, you are saying that Finland is as nice place as it is because our government is scared shitless of all those gun-owning citizens? Rrrrrrright.....

I didn't say shitless. They have a healthy respect, which is also known as fear.

You obviously don't know anything about Finland or Finns. And like I said elsewhere, there is no correlation between freedom and amount of guns. Americans have three times as much guns as Finns do. So, is US Government less corrupt than Finnish government? Are Finns less free than Americans? Yemen has the second biggest number of guns in the world, is Yemen more free and less corrupt than Finland? Or Germany? Let's quote Wikipedia:

"The government and its security forces, often considered to suffer from rampant corruption, have been responsible for torture, inhumane treatment and extrajudicial executions. There are arbitrary arrests of citizens, especially in the south, as well as arbitrary searches of homes. Prolonged pretrial detention is a serious problem, and judicial corruption, inefficiency, and executive interference undermine due process. Freedom of speech, the press and religion are all restricted.[67]"

We don't have that kind of problems in Finland, even though we have less guns. Neither does Germany. How does Yemen fit in with your idea that "more guns == more freedom"?

Get rid of the guns, and see how well your government respects you.

Uh-huh.

You don't go around claiming that.

No, I don't. Because idea that I need guns in order to "oppose the government" is ludicrous. For starters, I can do that in the ballot-box. And second: guns I would have would do me jack shit in "opposing the government". It might give me a delusion of grandeur, but in reality it would do nothing.

Like someone else already said: just admit that the point of owning guns is that it's nice to shoot at things. there's nothing wrong with that. Trying to make it in to a political statement about "freedom" or something of the sort is dumb at best. Those "freedom-loving" gun-owners are just as much "sheeple" as rest of us are. They might talk about "opposing the government", but they are too busy watching NASCAR to actually do anything.

more than 4 years ago
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The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

10Ghz Re:If iOS is a tiny segment, then why do you care? (630 comments)

The question is whether the real reason for them to disallow Flash is really being "outdated" and "slow" or the fact that it would bypass the AppStore and take away their 30% cut.

In fact, their recent change in policy (allowing any tool as long as it doesn't download code) seems to back up that assertion - it's fine for Flash apps to be developed for the iPhone as long as Apple gets their cut.

There is no "cut" if the app is free.

more than 4 years ago
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The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

10Ghz Re:If iOS is a tiny segment, then why do you care? (630 comments)

I don't want Flash on my iPhone. There's no content that I'm missing out on and I use iOS way more than my desktop for general browsing.

Except it should be you making the decision, not Steve!

We can make that decision. We can decide not to buy iPhones and buy Androids instead. No-one is being forced to buy iPhones. Every product we buy is a collection of pluses and minuses and compromises. We need to select the product that has such a combination of those that suits us the best. And if that products happens to be iPhone, then so be it.

Hey, what if you want to make the decision of running Skyhook location-service on Android? Whoops, you can't!

[quote]I have an Android phone (HTC Aria)[/quote]

Does it still run Android 2.1? What if you want to make the decision of running 2.2 on it? There are lots of Android-users who are stuck with old versions of the OS because the carrier/OEM has decided that they do not have to be upgraded.

more than 4 years ago
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Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

10Ghz Re:Immature and Gun Happy (1141 comments)

Why? Did any of those countries have a successful armed uprising against their government?

No, they had succesful unarmed uprising against their government.

more than 4 years ago
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Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

10Ghz Re:Immature and Gun Happy (1141 comments)

I don't know of any place in the world where crime is not a problem. Sure, there are places that are significantly safer than others, but you can become a victim anywhere.

And because of that we should all carry guns with us at all times?

more than 4 years ago
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Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

10Ghz Re:Responses to your questions. (1141 comments)

It depends on what state you live in, but where I live I have the right to shoot the head off of people who I reasonably believe are a threat to myself or my family. If you slap me in the face, and I can be shown to reasonably believe that your intent is to cause grave harm to me, then yes, I can shoot your head off.

Isn't that a bit unreasonable response to a slap in the face?

I believe the OPs point is that should you start to be oppressed by your government and you are unarmed you have no choice but to go along.

Wrong, as collapse of communistic governments in Europe and USSR demonstrate. Citizens did not have guns, yet they overthrew their corrupt governments.

You are to pitied because you have no choice in the matter. You have been lucky enough to avoid violence, but you have no recourse should you be forced to confront it. That is a pity.

So I'm being pitied because I live in a country where I don't have to worry about random violence? Um, OK. I think I'll manage.

more than 4 years ago
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Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

10Ghz Re:On militias. (1141 comments)

Oppression is in the eye of the beholder. One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. My point is that all the cases I cited, a vastly inferior force successfully resisted what they viewed as oppression by a vastly superior force. Thus the idea that it is impossible to resist a modern military force is incorrect.

It should be noted that in all the cases you cited, the fighters were armed with more than just normal guns that are available to civilians. Afgans fighting against USSR were equipped by Stingers for example. And each case you cited was a case of outside force attacking the country (USA in Iraq, USSR if Afganistan etc.). What we are talking about is citizens rising up against corrupt government. That is not what happened in Afganistan, but it IS what happened in the communist regimes in Europe.

If number of guns ensures free and corruption-free government, then number of guns should correlate with lower corruption and god governance. Is that the case? The list is here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_gun_ownership

So, let's compare USA and Finland. USA has almost three times as many guns per capita as Finland does. So, if guns ensure good governance, freedom from corruption and all sorts of other good things, how do those two countries compare? Since the difference in gun-ownership is so huge, the differences should be obvious. Is US Government less corrupted than the Finnish one? Are Finns less free than Americans are?

Or what if we compare.... Yemen with Germany. Is there more freedom and less corruption in Yemen than there is in Germany, since it has a lot more guns? Wikipedia says this about Yemen:

"The government and its security forces, often considered to suffer from rampant corruption, have been responsible for torture, inhumane treatment and extrajudicial executions. There are arbitrary arrests of citizens, especially in the south, as well as arbitrary searches of homes. Prolonged pretrial detention is a serious problem, and judicial corruption, inefficiency, and executive interference undermine due process. Freedom of speech, the press and religion are all restricted."

How can that be, if guns ensure freedom?

And that's wonderful! Hooray for them! Would that everyone be able to effect change nonviolently. Firearms are the recourse for when that proves impossible.

If they managed to do that in Stasi-controlled East-Germany, and in former USSR, it could be done just about everywhere.

Freedom is seldom safe.

And as I showed, there is no correlation between gun-ownership and freedom.

more than 4 years ago

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