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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

Citizen of Earth Innovation (83 comments)

How many years in until Cook finally produces an innovative product? For the past three years, it's been all about belatedly adopting Android features. This fall, it will be the bigger screens Android phones have already had for years.

2 days ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

Citizen of Earth Re:Wait (429 comments)

or "the dog ate my homework!"

5 days ago
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The Royal Society Proposes First Framework For Climate Engineering Experiments

Citizen of Earth Re:I have a better idea (174 comments)

To paraphrase, "How about just shutting down all industry and going back to the caves?" A de-industrialized civilization could only support billions fewer people than are alive today. You would need to 'cull' all of the excess. But really, westerns will never voluntarily accept even energy poverty, so your mass-extermination plan is a no-starter.

about a week ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Citizen of Earth Re:Our they could use Planes (140 comments)

Commissioning ariel photography is very expensive, is only done occasionally rather than continuously, and Putin would take a very dim view of you flying your plane over his army that he says isn't even there.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Citizen of Earth Re:but... my face is smaller than 25 cm? (140 comments)

But the CSI folks will be able to zoom in on that one pixel far enough to see your DNA.

about two weeks ago
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Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Citizen of Earth Re:I'll enjoy this.... (530 comments)

365 / 7 = 52.14 weeks. 366 / 7 = 52.29 weeks. The workers might appreaciate having a few more bucks.

about a month and a half ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Citizen of Earth Re:What else is safe ? (349 comments)

"Slander of title" is already illegal. You can sue if someone else asserts that they own the copyrights to your copyrighted work. The SCO Group tried to sue Novell for it and lost because SCO doesn't actually own the Unix copyrights.

about 2 months ago
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FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

Citizen of Earth Re:If they approve allowing calls on planes... (128 comments)

Step 1: Get a smartphone for yourself and put music on it.
Step 2: Get in-ear earbuds that filter out most ambient noise.
Step 3: Press Play.

about 2 months ago
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How Often Do Economists Commit Misconduct?

Citizen of Earth Climate Science (305 comments)

So where is the same study for the other politically influenced sciences such as Climate Science? Or should we make assumptions about the political motivations of the researchers behind *this* study?

about 2 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

Citizen of Earth Re:Screen size (198 comments)

That's odd, since a 7" tablet fits comfortably into my hand. Does your mommy know that you are posting personal information on the Internet?

about 2 months ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

Citizen of Earth Re:Wait for tha Apple zealots... (198 comments)

"And a 4" screen is the optimal size... right up until this Fall when Apple releases the iPhone 6!"

about 2 months ago
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What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

Citizen of Earth Re:My phd? (148 comments)

Would someone who actually has a Ph.D. refer to it as a "phd"?

about 2 months ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Citizen of Earth Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

He just needs to tell them that the passphrase he uses contains a confession to a crime. Then, he could not divluge his password without confessing to a crime, which he cannot be compelled to do.

about 2 months ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

Citizen of Earth Re:oh boy (274 comments)

The world is running out of hellholes that tolerate slave labour

And you're saying that's a bad thing? It tends to point out the complete failure of charity, well-wishing, and flowery language to lift people out of absolute poverty and the massive success of the invisible hand of capitalistic greed accomplishing this social good without even wanting to.

about 2 months ago
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WikiLeaks Publishes Secret International Trade Agreement

Citizen of Earth Re:The elephants are stomping on us again (222 comments)

Gay marriage, abortion,

... CEO pay. It's a stupid and inconsequential wedge issue for leftists like gay marriage is for rightists — "Some people somewhere are consensually doing something that offends my sensitive sensibilities, so it has to stop even though it's a private matter that I have no part in and no business sticking my nose into!"

about 2 months ago
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Why China Is Worried About Japan's Plutonium Stocks

Citizen of Earth Re:Logical Consequences (398 comments)

Japan is already protected by the US nuclear program, so nothing really changes.

Ukraine's broders were also guaranteed by the US and other western powers.

about 2 months ago
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Uber Demonstrations Snarl Traffic In London, Madrid, Berlin

Citizen of Earth Re:Unfair Competition Sucks (507 comments)

Uber gets to do this b/c of hype, idiots like you, and bribery.

Uber gets to do this b/c of better service and drastically lower prices.

about 2 months ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

Citizen of Earth Technological solution (382 comments)

The way I see it, you can eliminate the advantages of HFT while keeping the markets highly responsive by imposing a "clocking" scheme on exchanges. When an order is received by an exchange, it is not executed immediately but stored in a queue to wait for the next clock tick. When that comes, the order queue is shuffled into random order and then executed sequentially. Make the clock ticks wait a random period between 40ms and 50ms and any timing advantage of HFT or geography is nullified. The exchanges are still highly responsive; they just do randomized batch processing. All of the requests they receive in the previous clock period ought to be processed within the new clock period (with perhaps some occasional spill-over, in which case the new clock tick is stretched).

about 3 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

Citizen of Earth Re:Raise the Price (462 comments)

If we average that, then we get 136,231.25 miles before the price difference pays for itself.

But you also need to factor in that when you've reached 136 kmiles, your battery is worn out and you need to drop a fresh $20k on a new battery (or take $20k off your car's resale value).

about 3 months ago

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