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Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

Alomex Re:The big question is 'why' ? (328 comments)

A long long time ago Microsoft was able to compete in the open marketplace. Then Digital Research DR-DOS happened, which was technically superior to MS DOS. In a panic upper management authorized the insertion of codes disabling aps from running on DR-DOS.

Microsoft has never looked back from that key moment. Since then the entire game for MS has all been about leveraging market share rather than quality applications. This is why they can't turn the XBox into profitable division, because as successful as it is in terms of market share, it has not yet become a monopoly. Any other half alive company (no Sony doesn't count) would be raking in the billions with this type of market share. Not so Microsoft

5 days ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

Alomex Re:Lacking data (486 comments)

Answer:

  88% of CO2 travel footprint is generated by cars, 1% by buses.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

And would people actually have voted for him in 2008, if he was just another white guy?

This is a statement that actually can be statistically tested. We can compare whether he got more or less votes than a fellow white democrat in every state. People have looked into this and Obama mostly less (in the South, obviously) or the same votes as the white democrat. So yes, people would have voted for him if he had been another white guy, and won by an even larger margin had he been white.

That's why I believe the color of his skin got him where he is now.

Which as I said, makes you a racist. And no, I don't say that lightly, but you've earned it. If you are a good person you will re-evaluate your unwarranted prejudice against the manner he got elected. If you are on the other hand a closeted bigot pretending not to be one you'll simply dig your heels further.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

Romney doesn't appear to have inherited any money from his parents,

Say what? his father was a multimillionaire.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

Nor do I buy your assertion that the above people didn't outperform the stock indices.

Of course you won't, a republican choosing ideology over facts, what else is news?

his first job as leader of a non profit based on nothing more than having a college degree and a car,

Which is false. He got the job for the same reason he won the coveted Harvard Law Review editorship: he was damn bright one you could tell. The first time I read a speech from him in the early 2000s I knew he would one day be president, because you see, some of us can recognize talent while others like you cannot see past the color of a man's skin.

And sorry, but no, being promoted to VicePresident of dad's company like the Koch Jrs. is not an actual job accomplishment (or promoted to Captain in dad's navy for that matter). You are just reiterating the "born in third base, claim to have worked your way up there" point I was making. Thank you.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

That's not "the" question, not least because no one, including you, has yet to ask it.

The world exists outside your limited universe. The question has been asked and answered, and no, they have not outperformed the stock indices, which is why I brought it up.

And yet, he got where he is through the color of his skin and not by his merits.

Dude, he got where he is in spite of the color of his skin. I mean, in spite of racists like you who are so disconnected with the world that they think a black person would have an advantage in todays societyy simply because a few token morsels thrown their way in the name of affirmative action.

See where I'm going with this?

I do, and it doesn't bode well for you dude, with your racist comments about Obama.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

Sorry, but the question is "have they done sginificantly better than if they had simply invested their parents wealth in the stock market" and the answer is no. So "running successful businesses" when all they can do is match the stockmarket is a red herring.

McCain was the son of an Admiral and last in his class. He would never have been a senator without those paternal qualifications.

Hillary is there because of her husband and Kerry is well known to have been born in the right place, just like the Kennedys. No one else is pretending otherwise. Yet republicans born in 3rd base always act like they earned it and make derogatory comments about people who are trying to work their way around the bases (e.g. the 43% comment from Mitt). That is why my list is biased towards one party.

Obama is the furthest you can be from being on 3rd base. This is such an indisputable fact that you lost all credibility there.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

and we're actually chipping away at it in modern times.

We were chipping away at it, but not lately. Social mobility which used to be inordinately high in the USA has been declining since Reagan, and by all measures the decline is accelerating.

about two weeks ago
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Is There a Creativity Deficit In Science?

Alomex Re:Well of course (203 comments)

You left out the biggest factor: the end of the meritocracy.

We are fast moving to a system where the person in charge, be it at a company or in government is no longer the most capable, but the one born in third base. Have a look at GW Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain, Koch brothers, Donald Trump, etc.

The repeal of the inheritance tax will only amplify this effect.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Alomex Re:Permissions (249 comments)

This. I was recently looking for an app to use an alarm clock and most of them wanted access to my pictures, for x-sakes!!

about a month ago
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Study Finds That Astronauts Are Severely Sleep Deprived

Alomex Re:Sleeping patterns? (106 comments)

Nobody's ever said "spend the next week doing nothing but keeping your spaceship running, and do it on your own schedule".

Actually, that's pretty much what happened to Sergei Krikalev who was scheduled to return to earth in October 1991, but stayed in the Mir Space Station until March 1992 due to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

about a month and a half ago
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Algorithm Predicts US Supreme Court Decisions 70% of Time

Alomex Re:Algorithm based on bias (177 comments)

he Roberts Court, for example, has averaged 40-50% unanimous rulings in recent years

If at all possible courts rule only on the parts they all or the vast majority agree on and skip parts they don't agree. For example, one judge might want to overturn the entire law, another just this specific application. Then the court unanimously rules to reverse the case and remains silent on the bigger issue.

about a month and a half ago
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Big Bang Actors To Earn $1M Per Episode

Alomex Re:Not unheard of (442 comments)

Yet you are complaining about people who do not fit your description. They didn't start wealthy and have earned through their talents.

Jealousy is not a good reason to stop someone from earning more money. Inheriting wealth and then acting like you earned (a la Mitt Romney or the Koch brothers) is a good reason though.

about a month and a half ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Alomex Re:Another value of anonymity (282 comments)

I know, so if i had been saying something even more controversial I would have posted it as AC. For the purposes of my previous posting pseudonymity suffices. For others I want full AC protection [say when uploading whistleblower files].

about a month and a half ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Alomex Another value of anonymity (282 comments)

It greases up communication. If I had to attach my name permanently to this comment, at best I would have to spend 15 minutes fully thinking out every implication of it, at worst I would likely not make it at all.

However using either AC or a pseudonym I can post my initial thoughts and let someone else support/refute some of the points using their own personal experience and knowledge.

One arrives to the truth much faster by collaborative debate than by solitary thinking or not posting at all.

about 1 month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Alomex Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

The other thing they are missing is a long battery life cellphone which is also a smart phone. Here's what I mean: a smart phone such that when the battery goes low it switches off all smart functions and is left with just enough battery to operate as basic cell phone+bare bones contact list for two days.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

Alomex Re:surpising (168 comments)

Let's imagine Amazon runs a script and raises all their prices, every single one of them, by 1% Would anyone notice? Would anyone care?

Yes, as every one with retailing experience can tell you it's a cutthroat business with profit margins in the 1-3% range, so a 1% change is huge.

about 2 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Alomex Re:Or maybe... (309 comments)

that all too often gets mistyped into

if (a=b)

about 3 months ago
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Google Engineer: We Need More Web Programming Languages

Alomex Re:Or maybe... (309 comments)

Why the fuck do we need more? Why does everyone feel the need to crank out new 'languages', when 90% of them are just derivatives of existing stuff and don't actually provide anything of value apart from making things that much more difficult for developers in general?

You answered your own question there. First we need things that are a bit more than derivative. But we also need a language that truly cleans up all the messes of the C/C++/Java family, starting with

if (a==b)

about 3 months ago
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Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

Alomex Re:Behind the curve (1040 comments)

Careful since some of those teenagers choose to be unemployed since they live at home. Give higher wages and some of them might voluntarily leave the ranks of the unemployed thus driving total unemployment down. Around here it is very hard to fill McDonald's positions. Kids just rather chill out in the summer. I bet this wouldn't be the case if they offered 30% higher salaries

about 4 months ago

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