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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

ArmoredDragon Re:Rejected! (104 comments)

I bet I know why they rejected it: If they accept it, then they'll miss out on the $2 billion Sprint will have to pay them when Club Fed rejects the takeover.

However after that takeover fails (you already know it will,) they pass go and collect $2 billion, and then they can consider Iliad's bid again.

yesterday
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French Provider Free Could Buy US Branch of T-Mobile

ArmoredDragon Re:Um... good for whom in the US? (104 comments)

Less, because I assume the 20Eu service will still have federal taxes/fees.

Don't forget state fees. Most states still have the mindset that having a mobile phone is a rich man's luxury, so they tax the shit out of it.

Go to a state like Washington and you pay 24% in taxes. Go just a little south to Oregon and it's 7%.

http://www.mywireless.org/stat...

yesterday
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

ArmoredDragon Re:Sigh, that's another waste of time then. (149 comments)

The fact that you as a niche user can't do something doesn't mean the OS is bad.

This is very wrong. It very much does. The whole purpose of an app ecosystem these days is to be able to provide services and functions that the OS itself cannot. Otherwise why even have an app ecosystem? Let's just place a web browser in it and be done with it.

And that's another problem I have with both Windows Phone and Windows RT: The apps they run can't seem to be able to do anything that you can't already do with a web browser. Just look at games for example -- Chrome has a bigger selection than RT and WP.

Again it would be understandable if the apps just weren't ported, but that isn't the problem WP suffers.

4 days ago
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Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus

ArmoredDragon Re:Sigh, that's another waste of time then. (149 comments)

Why does the OS lack when there's just a lack of apps? Seriously? The OS is fine.

No, it's not. If it were just a lack of apps being ported to it, that's one thing, but that isn't it.

The point of a smartphone (to some people such as myself) is to have a swiss army knife for information gathering. As a network admin, one of my things is being able to troubleshoot network problems. Android (and iOS as well, though I don't own an iPhone) allow for these kinds of features really well, and I can use apps like Fing and WiFi Analyzer. However the underlying OS code for those two apps cannot be done on either Windows RT or Windows Phone.

The same story can be said for a lot of things. There quite a number of WP apps where if you read where users are complaining about why the WP version of X app doesn't support Y feature that it also does on Android, and they blame the developer for being "lazy" but the truth is that WP doesn't support the underlying feature in most cases.

4 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

ArmoredDragon Re:Slippery Slope (184 comments)

A lot of countries don't like search results found on Google.com, but none of them demand that Google filter them on the behalf of those countries. China is one such country. That said, Google can't and shouldn't bow to the censorship demands of every nation-state in the world.

If Europe doesn't like its citizens seeing content available on Google.com, then they should follow China's example and create a "Great Firewall of Europe" or something, use it to block Google.com with a message saying something to the effect of "Content on this page is deemed by your superiors to be unfit for your viewing and has been blocked." and see how far that gets them.

5 days ago
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On Forgetting the Facts: Questions From the EU For Google, Other Search Engines

ArmoredDragon Re:Slippery Slope (184 comments)

A lot of us really don't like that president. We tend to get accused of being all sorts of things when we express how much we don't like this guy (the most common thing is being accused of being racist, and usually by Europeans ironically.)

I personally thought it was incredibly stupid that he makes the patent rules apply to Samsung but but in the exact same circumstances they don't apply to Apple.

But then again I'm also of the mind that discriminating against foreign manufacturers is bad too, which a lot of his party believe is good (and want things like tariffs.)

5 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

ArmoredDragon Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (394 comments)

Yeah but you do two traceroutes. First, from outside of the VPN, you'd have to trace the route to the VPN entry point IP address. Then from inside the VPN you'd trace to your destination. When you trace inside of a VPN, the first hop is always the VPN endpoint, so you'd never see which verizon peers you're going through if you do it that way.

about a week ago
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Compromise Struck On Cellphone Unlocking Bill

ArmoredDragon Re:does not compute. (77 comments)

Sprint is kind of notorious as a holdout in that area in that they don't permit you to take another carrier's phone to their network even if it is completely compatible.

But Sprint service is shitty. I mean like dogshit shitty. In fact T-mobile recently overtook them as the third largest carrier:

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo...

So really it's kind of a non-issue. Nobody would actually voluntarily switch to Sprint unless they were mentally disabled, so who cares.

about a week ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

ArmoredDragon Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

At least in my case, the more I made, the more I spent, and the more I saved. I'll bet it's the same for other people.

Other people yes, but not most. I myself have always maintained a cash surplus, even when I had zero income. The majority of the world isn't that way; I can't tell you how many people I know who when they have a hundred dollar bill they say that it is "burning a hole in their pocket" (e.g. they want to pay off their debts and/or buy new things with no concept of savings.)

This is further emphasized by the vast majority of lottery winners who within a few years aren't rich anymore. (When they have money, they can't help but spend lavishly until it's all gone.)

You think that Germany's economic system isn't very restricted?

No, and I don't recall taking that position either. The US's is very restricted as well, perhaps even more restricted, just in different ways, which mainly comes in the form of the government entities arbitrarily creating laws whenever they feel like it. Look at the shit Uber and Lyft have to go through, and because they're providing competition to the official taxi's sanctioned by the city governments, they arbitrarily invent rules that make it impossible for them to operate. Then look at Tesla who wants to skip the dealerships, only they can't because the auto dealerships and their respective unions complain that they'll lose their jobs, so the politicians create laws dictating how Tesla Motors will run its business.

Germany doesn't even have it that bad.

However Germany's labor system is a different story. No wage floors, no overtime rules, few restrictions on how and when you can employ somebody, let them go, etc. If you want to start a business that involves hiring somebody to work directly for you, Germany is heaven compared to the US. In the US it is so bad that hiring somebody merely to clean your toilets is VERY risky, especially in certain states, to the point that you'd rather just hire them on a contract basis (which involves a third party who skims off of the top.)

I don't care if their system has the "socialism" label; it really doesn't strike me as being actually socialist, and in many ways it's better than ours is. I mean shit, I'd even prefer German unions because they're at least out to protect the business they work for rather than just existing as a means of extracting money from it like the mafia thugs that US unions really are. (Which is why Volkswagon wanted to unionize its shops in the US; namely because they are used to unions that aren't total dickwads that are dead set on sabotaging the business if they think it might earn them a nickel.)

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

ArmoredDragon Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Well okay, but then I'm going to claim that lowering the minimum wage raises employment linearly the whole way down to 0, when everyone is employed, and all social problems are cured.

Prove me wrong?

Well actually I could prove you wrong easily on that one. Namely, it completely throws out frictional unemployment, seasonal workers, migrant workers, those who simply refuse to work, and those in transition. No amount or lack of wage controls will change that.

(Which by the way, while I'm not on his side, I am against wage restrictions in general. If you look at Europe, the countries with stronger economies tend to have the fewest working restrictions, such as Germany which has no official wage floors, overtime rules, etc. Likewise, the one with more restrictive policies tend to do worse, e.g. France.)

about two weeks ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

ArmoredDragon Re:Local testing works? (778 comments)

Not that I'm on his side, but what you're asking for is an inherently difficult thing to do. Nobody exactly keeps open books on how precisely they are breaking the law.

Also if he were to name names, you'll cost those people their jobs (legitimate or illegitimate they may be) and/or he ends up on the wrong end of a lawsuit when the illegitimate employer is made aware, covertly lets go of those illegal workers, and then claims defamation when nothing is found to be wrong.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

ArmoredDragon Re: Cure? (253 comments)

That's called bad slashdot submitters and equally bad editors. It's nothing new. I think it's pretty well established at this point that you take slashdot summaries with a pinch of salt (especially the ones about graphene.)

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

ArmoredDragon Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

I'm anti-GMO for the main reason that it's not been proven "safe". Something about creating "frankenfood" (what else can you really call it when you're combining genes from different organisms or even those completely fabricated in a laboratory?)

Except nobody is combining genes from different organisms. What you're reading about is experimental research done to understand what the genes do, but that is never made into actual food that lands on your plate.

There really is no such thing as "frankenfood." In fact it doesn't even qualify as a myth, rather it's just a lie invented by the dietary fanatics I speak of. The ones who perpetuate it know it isn't true, rather they just in principle are spreading shit because they don't like it being on the market. Some of them have a financial interest in it not being on the market, namely because they're in the business of selling organic food, which makes HUGE profit margins.

After all, we thought DDT was the be all and end all all purpose insecticide, until decades later - gee, that stuff is hampering the survival of a bird or two. Or what about Freon?

Well let me say this much: GMO foods have very few modifications made. Generally the count is about 15 genes. Considering that a given plant can have millions of genes, this is a very tiny number. Basically this small change makes the plant resistant to glyphosate, and it is inspired by other plants that are already resistant to it (but isn't copied from them, rather the gene sequences are engineered in the literal sense.)

Now consider that when a plant naturally reproduces, literally thousands of genes are mutated in ways completely unknown. Absolutely 100% we have no idea what these mutations do. 100% completely unknown "tampering" done by nature on a very massive scale compared to what GMO does deliberately. Yet the organic crowd insists that these thousands of mutations are harmless, whereas a very tiny deliberate change, the effects of which we know precisely what they do, that GMO does is supposed to be considered dangerous? How the HELL is that even logical?

There really is not any compelling reason to be opposed to GMO plants.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

ArmoredDragon Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

One thing I can caution you about, as a med student, is to question where the guidelines for the "correct" cholesterol came from. Hint: it's probably an echo chamber, and not tied to scientific evidence.

And this may be true. To be honest I'm not overly concerned about the cholesterol, rather my bigger concern was the triglycerides being too high. The statin drugs are regulating that rather well.

Besides, lovastatin literally comes from an oyster mushroom. You can literally eat oyster mushroom (about 2 grams according to my calculation) and get the same effect.

by are still in "hypertension" according to the experts echo chamber definitions. I mean, obviously they aren't, if their blood pressure is causing orthostatic hypotension.

I have hypertension myself, which I happen to know shouldn't be there (and I should be taking medication for it) because of damaged renal function. Since my kidneys are impaired, the renin cycle is thrown out of whack, which means my blood pressure is rising higher than it's supposed to be. Again, IGAn is the root cause of this. There are potential medications for correcting this (ARBs to be specific) but they're still considered experimental.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

ArmoredDragon Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

If that was the case (which it isn't) then pharma wouldn't ever manufacture antibiotics, or any number of drugs which permanently remove acute conditions. Instead they'd sell a treatment that never gets rid of the underlying cause.

Sorry but you're just subscribing to yet another bullshit conspiracy theory, only to a lesser extent, but bullshit all the same.

about two weeks ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

ArmoredDragon Re:Cure? (253 comments)

It doesn't seem to me that anybody ever claimed it was a cure. So what point are you trying to get across?

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

ArmoredDragon Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

That's not exactly what I said.

I quoted your words to the letter, so of course it is.

Workers don't necessarily do better because a company's profits went from 30% to 60%. Not any more, at least.

Of course they do. You're only saying it doesn't because it doesn't come in the form of a raise, and there's a good reason for that: Salary is merely required to keep an employee; numerous research shows that increasing it doesn't increase their happiness or their productivity, rather it just helps to ensure that they work for you instead of somebody else.

Instead it comes in the form of long term job security, increased number of workers to meet demand (which means more jobs) and as a result of that, potential promotions (i.e. we need more people to supervise these new workers, and typically your veteran employees are better suited to this than new hires.)

Although I'm not in management (I fancy myself as more of a Mr. Spock than a Captain Kirk) I do understand management and the reason for decisions like these. You can play armchair general all you want, but you are very much wrong here.

Start your own business and see if you'll do any better (which is actually rather easy to do these days, in spite of the typical slashdot doom and gloom; in fact entreprenuerism is very strong in the US, which happens to be one of the major five factors of production right along with land, capital, labor, and knowledge.)

We now have data on NAFTA, CAFTA and other "free trade" agreements. They all resulted in an upward redistribution of wealth.

Since NAFTA has passed, exports to Mexico have increased 150%, and exports to Canada have increased 66%. It seems to have exceeded its goals to me, making it a success.

But anyways, everybody has had increased wealth across the board. Maybe the rich have gained more wealth than anybody else (I don't know whether or not they have, but I'll just take your word for it,) but the poor and middle class are certainly wealthier than before, that I do know for a fact.

You're probably talking about distribution of income and not wealth. That is, you're talking about money. Money is not wealth. Wealth is material possessions.

Since this is slashdot and we like technology here, let's consider technology: Back in the 80's, only the filthy rich had car phones upon which they paid a fat per minute rate for, big screen TVs, and personal computers.

Today even the poor have smartphones with unlimited minutes that fit in your pocket, let alone the trunk of your car. The big screen TVs the poor own today make those big screens from the 80's look like a total piece of shit with their vastly superior resolution and color accuracy, in addition to smaller size. Personal laptops which most rich people couldn't even afford then are now so cheap you even see homeless people walking around with them.

Also consider that in the 80's, there were still some people that were so poor that they were starving, even in America. That problem doesn't exist anymore. (You pretty much have to choose to starve these days. Even if you're homeless, food is so cheap now that organizations can give it away without a second though.)

In light of the above, I'm having a difficult time seeing just how badly the poor have been harmed by NAFTA. Have the rich benefited? Maybe, but why is that such a bad thing? The reality here is that you choose have a shitty opinion of life (and yes, that is very much your own choice to make,) so you choose to find things to be negative about, even though by every measure life has become easier for you today than it was 30 years ago. It's a pretty destructive thing to do, but so long as it doesn't harm me or anybody else you are welcome to continue along your path of self destruction.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

ArmoredDragon Re:n/t (278 comments)

I would like it to stay the way it is.

But it won't. Period. Not long ago, (as in well within the span of the existence of modern humans) all of present day Los Angeles was under ocean water. And it probably will be again, even if we never existed to begin with.

about two weeks ago
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The debate over climate change is..

ArmoredDragon Re:n/t (278 comments)

If the sand washes away your property values drop and then your house washes into the ocean, and when the barrier islands are gone, the mainland starts to go pretty fast also.

This is going to happen regardless of AGW. If we didn't exist at all, the coastlines would always be changing. Any time a coastline or beach front property is wiped away, you can't just say "oh well let's blame the deniers and do nothings while the rest of us sip on our latte's while we talk about saving the rainforest but never actually do anything ourselves except blame other people because it makes us feel good about ourselves."

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

ArmoredDragon Re: Not France vs US (309 comments)

And believe it or not (I'm sure you don't) but the levels people doing well do not rise and fall with how profitable corporations are, or with imports.

Boy are you wrong. They very much do. Some 60% of the workforce works for corporations, most of them large. What do you think happens to their job if that corporation isn't profitable?

Furthermore, domestic jobs profit immensely from imports. Tell me, how many countries have companies as big as Microsoft, Intel, Google, Apple, AMD, nVidia, and Facebook? Oh, that's right, not many. Guess what else? These companies would never make it without being able to import goods. In fact one of the reasons they reside in the US and nowhere else is precisely because we have so many trade agreements that have removed exactly the kind of barriers that you advocate.

But they do with tariffs.

They fall with tariffs, if that's what you mean. Again, look at what happened as a result of Smoot-Hawley, which ironically was a republican move, and the likes which of Al Gore was pointing at when republicans opposed NAFTA.

The first treasurer of the US, Alexander Hamilton knew it. Abraham Lincoln new it. So did Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy LBJ and Nixon.

Which Roosevelt would that be? Because FDR AND Truman both instituted policies to counteract Smoot-Hawley; that is, they gradually repealed all of those tariffs. Shockingly enough, only very very recent democrats are in favor of high tariffs, and their reasons for doing so are very poorly thought out.

about two weeks ago

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