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Samsung Wants To See iPhone 5 and iPad 3

AmericanInKiev Re:mentioned before but.... (136 comments)

Access is access.
(paid) "Outside counsel" is compliant counsel - especially for apple which is the kind of customer no lawyer can afford to offend.

So apple should have no objections to exposing its future designs to "outside" counsel of Samsung's choosing - in south korea of course.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Wants To See iPhone 5 and iPad 3

AmericanInKiev Re:Correct me if I'm wrong... (136 comments)

It's a moot point - that is, made to demonstrate the one-sidedness of the equation.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens To Data When a Cloud Provider Dies?

AmericanInKiev Re:Well... (262 comments)

You're also taking chances when you host data "within" your control - in that Fires, Earthquakes, tornadoes, and nuclear power plant explosions are never "within" your control. Distributed storage mitigates more risks than sitting on your own eggs.

more than 2 years ago
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DNA samples should be on record for...

AmericanInKiev Re:Missing Option (316 comments)

And the Priests of sexually repressive religions.

more than 3 years ago
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King Wants To Sell Out Ham Radio

AmericanInKiev Re:International agreements (309 comments)

Here's the math, HAM geezers have successfully fought to exclude most people from their group - with arbitrary tests and Morse code requirements. Consequentially, no one cares about their interests.

Let this be a warning to group who seek exclusivity....

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

AmericanInKiev Re:So the answer is yes (596 comments)

Say Google set up an "Experiment" to protect and obfuscate its core IP, by, operating an army of IE applications, and running search terms through them followed by arbitrary clicking and browsing behavior?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Vehemently Denies Google's "Bing Sting"

AmericanInKiev Re:I agree (596 comments)

I think we're missing the bigger picture.
Google started with nothing and said, how can we make sense of the Web as Observers - they invented "Linking".
Microsoft started with the #1 Browser (or whatever) and said how can /we/ make sense of the web, and they said "clicking and sticking".
This is information Google didn't have, but they built a browser to get it because they understood Microsoft's advantage.

To leverage its browser advantage, MS needs a syntax which connects a term searched to results pages. It would naturally code all the available search engines as the natural source of this relationship. It is less interested in the list of results, than it is in the clicked-through link; and MS would argue there's a difference, while GOOG would argue that it picks the candidates, thus MS is leaching.

In response, GOOG will likely engage in very heavy duty "testing" of this theory by designing proxy servers which reports consistently misleading results for more and more search terms.

more than 3 years ago
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Sandy Bridge Chipset Shipments Halted Due To Bug

AmericanInKiev Re:Does anybody else think this sounds ominous? (212 comments)

I think his point is that the chip is non-deterministic. This is a rare defect which appears more mechanical (thermal or electrical "wear") than oops, a transistor is in the wrong place.

more than 3 years ago
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IRS Nails CPA For Copying Steve Jobs, Google Execs

AmericanInKiev Re:This is Why (509 comments)

uh, Jobs gets plenty of money in the form of Apple Stocks. It's a perfectly fair point.

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

AmericanInKiev Re:Open standards (765 comments)

DeviantArt.com

more than 3 years ago
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Google To Drop Support For H.264 In Chrome

AmericanInKiev Re:Market Share? (765 comments)

Oh dearie me. Someone forgot who bought YouTube 3 years ago.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Passes iPhone In US Market Share

AmericanInKiev Re:It's funny (550 comments)

Cool. Like maybe a JetPack app? That will be unimaginably awesome.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Passes iPhone In US Market Share

AmericanInKiev Re:It's funny (550 comments)

I suppose iPhones lack of turn-by-turn navigation is ... a feature?

more than 3 years ago
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Android Passes iPhone In US Market Share

AmericanInKiev Re:Oh yeah? (550 comments)

I'm not one to gush about Apple; however, let's agree that whatever birthright apple sold to Singular, it sold in exchange for user's rights; specifically, the right of the user to shop for applications provided by other than the network carrier. For that I am a grateful Android customer.

more than 3 years ago
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In-Car Technology Becoming More Important Than Horsepower

AmericanInKiev Re:Safety (344 comments)

I might be safer with someone contently listening to XM Radio, not fidgeting with a map because they have GPS guidance, and not digging in their purse for their ringing phone, because its linked into the Car Bluetooth.

more than 3 years ago
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In-Car Technology Becoming More Important Than Horsepower

AmericanInKiev Safety (344 comments)

One might argue that competing on Horsepower is a path to mutual destruction - as cars get bigger and more aggressive, accidents are more dangerous. On the other hand, if people are more concerned with enjoying the time in their car, than driving fast and aggressively, it could be a net improvement in safety.
BTW nothing you do will make people pay more attention to driving - they will always pay only as much attention as is necessary 95% of the time.

more than 3 years ago
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Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers

AmericanInKiev Re:The Gist (696 comments)

The first is a slander against Wikileaks - in that it has in fact released only a sliver of its haul - while making an effort to redact, and asking the gov to help in doing so. (you might have thought of that before repeating the slander yourself - but take no offense.)

To the second; this is hugely inadvisable - for the government to smash journalism would only decentralize the institution (even more). So long as the media have addresses, and working contacts, they can be persuaded from time to time to hold a story here or there for patriotic reasons - once the media is reduced to a fractured series of Wikileaks, Kazzaa, Limewire, Napster, and similar shadow media outlets, there will never be any hope of cooperation; That said, the concern is overblown, politicians who poke media with a sharp stick are likely to draw back a stump.

more than 3 years ago
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Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers

AmericanInKiev Re:No it's not Wikileaks that is negative impactin (696 comments)

The Jews did play a role in inciting hatred; The Jewish religion is essentially a race-baiting exercise in which the Jews get to simultaneously claim racial superiority (Choseness) and their own brand of racism (antisemitism - which ironically can't be claimed in reverse). Now: two wrongs don't make a right, and the Nazi response is intolerable; but remember the Jews "invented" their own history in which they were the victors in a series of gruesome genocides in which they killed even the children. In a disturbing way their earlier religious fiction foreshadowed their later reality. People should be discouraged from claiming genocidal victories as justification for present landholding, for example, if they want my respect for their superstitions. The Germans on the other hand were victims of Luther's success which quite oddly ended in Luther's failure to convert the Jews - resulting in a surly condemnation of Jews as dogs etc... an attitude which grew cheek by jowl with the protestant movement in Germany - bringing us the Fuhrer and "gott mit uns" on the belt buckle of every Nazi. Imagine no religion.

more than 3 years ago
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Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers

AmericanInKiev Re:Secrecy is necessary for Diplomacy (696 comments)

If you cherry-pick examples, you can snow the ignorant either way; however, as a principle - the world would be better off with near-full disclosure both of what the Nazi were doing, and what the Catholics were doing to help them, and if the price of governmental disclosure were the transparency of small group doing good work - then on balance the scale would tilt in favor of exposure. Put another way, if you balance all the good done in secret against the bad also done in secret, the bad will outweigh the good 10 to 1 in the best century. I'll take my chances with disclosure.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Wired Hiding Key Evidence On Bradley Manning?

AmericanInKiev Re:wtf (381 comments)

It isn't voluntary if it is coerced as a condition of employment.

I'm very opposed to the notion of the Government negotiating away individual liberties. The government has no business asking people to give up their rights and they do it to often. That said, I could narrowly agree that yes, it does have a need to keep secrets; however, if it asks him to conspiring in covering up a warcrime - the government has overstepped, and I say Free Speech overrides. The video is most definitely a war crime - case closed if I'm on the jury.

more than 3 years ago

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Hero Pilot ditches Airbus in Hudson

AmericanInKiev AmericanInKiev writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AmericanInKiev (453362) writes "Miracle Pilot hailed as Hero Given that the climbout for most commercial craft is much steeper than the glideslope, a Commercial airplane can almost always return to its own airport without power. As many have noted — this is the first commercial water landing without a fatality. I'd like to ask Slashdot if this guy is really a hero, or were the passengers victimized by a hotdog military pilot making a statistically inferior decision. This flight will be programmed into simulators and flown by every active pilot in the next few months; in those simulations, can we expect the higher percentage of safe landings to be return to origin, or ditch in the Hudson? Having looked at the flight path, I would guess the pilot's first instinct was to get the plane away from populated areas, and the Hudson being the big clear target, he headed that way. Once on the Hudson, he didn't want to risk flying over houses to the airport, even though the airport was closer than where he landed. My guess is that he didn't understand the glide-slope math, and he was acting self-sacrificial on his own behalf, and on behalf of his passengers. Am I wrong Slashdot?"
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Are we Taxpayers paying to move our jobs overseas?

AmericanInKiev AmericanInKiev writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AmericanInKiev (453362) writes "I'd like to know how much of these Taxpayer Bailouts are going to companies who are moving jobs out of the same country from whose citizen's they are demanding a tax. Can we ask for this information via freedom of information Act? Would anyone else like to know how much of their tax dollars are being used to end American jobs? Does AIG outsource jobs, surely someone knows who works there. What about the other companies in the soupline?"
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Al Gore wrong on Solar and Moores Law

AmericanInKiev AmericanInKiev writes  |  more than 5 years ago

AmericanInKiev (453362) writes "Computer World posted a piece on Al Gore and his claim that Solar cells will improve at the same rate as Microprocessors. Vinod Khosla on the other hand has expressed disappointment that the doubling rate for price/performance of PV is 10 years rather than 18 months for transistors. Which of these two has the facts on their side?"
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Why Is Nanosolar going into stealth mode?

AmericanInKiev AmericanInKiev writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AmericanInKiev (453362) writes "With other Solar Cell manufacturers touting their "efficiency" in third-party verified tests at ~40%, it seems increasingly suspicious that Nanosolar has gone dark on details. They intend to embargo the eBay panel until 2009, and the first panels will go to a partner power project behind lock and key. By all press accounts, Nanosolar has just printed the holy grail of Climate Change, making Al Gore look like a heckling street-vender selling nothing but kandy-korn and plastic trumpets before the Main Event, and yet there remains a full week later, no direct accounting of the performance credentials of this new product. Am I alone in begging the question — where's the beef?"
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AmericanInKiev AmericanInKiev writes  |  more than 7 years ago

AmericanInKiev (453362) writes "CitizenRE is a new Multi-level-marketing concept (or Pyramid Scheme depending on the reader) which promises to install Solar Energy on your roof for FREE. In short you agree to pay the same price for energy as today, and CitizenRE will install a solar system on a rental basis. If this sounds too good to be true, bear in mind they have over 7,000 "customers", 700 "affiliates", but have so far failed to install even a single system. Is this celebrity-backed pyramid scheme the "Moses" that will lead the chosen ones to the promised land and free them from the bonds of evil energy companies and solar installers? or does CitizenRE mark the entrance of faith-based solutions to mitigate the collective guilt of fossil fuel. You decide."

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