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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

Dragonslicer Re:Finally (120 comments)

How many jobs were created in Ireland because of this? Was any manufacturing moved to Ireland? Any product development? Even any sales or marketing?

2 days ago
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PostgreSQL Outperforms MongoDB In New Round of Tests

Dragonslicer Re:It doesn't matter (147 comments)

two-phase commit

I'd say just to be safe, you should be using 3- or 4-phase commit.

Oh yeah? Well my database goes up to 11-phase commit.

5 days ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

Dragonslicer Re:Let me guess... (421 comments)

You are probably more right than you realize. If the phone is parallel to your leg it won't bend. If it rests non-parallel against your thigh and you sit down, the fabric of your clothes will stretch it around your thigh, thus bending it.

If the fabric of my pants is stronger than my phone, then something is wrong, either with the phone or my pants.

about a week ago
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CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

Dragonslicer Re:Black pest 2.0 (279 comments)

I think there's some disturbing parallels to the zombie/ebola outbreak scenario.

A lot of people laughed when the CDC put out their "Zombie Survival Guide", but this is why it wasn't just some big joke. The CDC published what is really just a guide for handling an outbreak of a major contagious disease, like Ebola, and just called the disease "Zombie" for fun.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

Dragonslicer Re:Different things for different people (277 comments)

Whatever Apple says you want, that's what you get.

Sadly, there are people out there that consider this a good thing. They don't want to think about what they want, they just want Apple to tell them what's best for them.

about a week ago
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Researchers Propose a Revocable Identity-Based Encryption Scheme

Dragonslicer Re:Terrorism never sleeps (76 comments)

And neither does the American Secret Service. If you intend to use this technology to engage in terrorist activities, we will find you. You can't escape the SS.

Apparently you didn't read the news this weekend.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Dragonslicer Re: why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Actually, give me one regulatory agency that has shrunk or disbanded itself when it was no longer needed.

Your request contains an assumption that you have provided no reason to believe is true.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Dragonslicer Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Ignoring the desires of 40% of the population is a wee bit undemocratic, wouldn't you agree?

Uh, no, if the other 60% desired otherwise, ignoring the desires of 40% of the population would, by definition, be completely democratic. That's why we don't have true democracies.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Dragonslicer Re:Not until Apple includes it in their iPhone (75 comments)

NFC payments, big screens, and optical image stabilization are the second coming, apparently.

I see what you did there.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Dragonslicer Re:Uses? (75 comments)

...for real estate agents to create quick walk throughs or better descriptions of property.

Similarly, if the resolution is good enough, it might let contractors and designers get an accurate model of a room without needing to use a camera and tape measure on every surface.

about two weeks ago
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Intel Putting 3D Scanners In Consumer Tablets Next Year, Phones To Follow

Dragonslicer Re:How will this help me play angry birds? (75 comments)

Why does it need to be an everyday thing? Most smart phone users don't take photographs every day, but they put the camera on there nonetheless.

Sadly, I'm not sure that's true.

about two weeks ago
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TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

Dragonslicer Re:FOSS names (270 comments)

Good ones: Inkscape, Thunderbird, Blender, VirtualBox, Linux...

Crappy ones: GIMP, Tahoe-LAFS, Ubuntu, Kdenlive, XFCE...

I personally think that you hit the sweet spot when you have a name which sounds cool and professional, is easy to remember, and at least tries to vaguely describe the function of the program.

A lot of software fails your last requirement (Thunderbird, Blender, Linux for a lot of people), but that isn't limited to open source software. While Microsoft has the reasonably-named Windows and Word, they also have Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Dragonslicer Re:Cross between a music album and a video game (358 comments)

Lots of posts bashing the "can't be pirated" thing, and this is the first one that talks about the first thing that I noticed. Nothing mentioned in the summary is interactive in any way. When I listen to music, it's to listen to music, frequently while driving or on the bus and subway. If I wanted to do something interactive while on the bus, I'd download some games for my phone.

So what exactly is going to be interactive about this new format? Or are they just using a word that doesn't mean what they think it means?

about two weeks ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Dragonslicer Re:what is this even talking about? (112 comments)

Haha. I hope someone comes along and gives you a +1 for this. I'd share one of mine if I could.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Dragonslicer Re:Pitfall! (112 comments)

I'd rather have an open-source Pitfall 2.

about two weeks ago
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An Open Source Pitfall? Mozilla Labs Closed, Quietly

Dragonslicer Re:what is this even talking about? (112 comments)

By contrast, if you wanted to resurrect, say, WinCE?

Have you ever considered a career pitching horror movies to Hollywood studios?

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

Dragonslicer Re:Thank you apple! (335 comments)

...and it is amazing how hard it is for some people to understand the difference between losing market share in a saturated market and your market share growing slower than a still expanding market. In percentages your market share may be declining even though your sales are still growing.

Uh, the definition of "market share" is the percentage of the whole, no matter the size of the market. If the percentage is going down, then by definition they are losing market share, even if raw sales numbers are increasing.

Whether the most important number is market share, raw sales number, amount of profit, or something else, that depends on who you ask.

about two weeks ago
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Torvalds: No Opinion On Systemd

Dragonslicer Re:Yes, pipelined utilities, like the logs (385 comments)

I already have a program to read all logs, more or less.

So what program do you use, and what's wrong with it that it doesn't quite let you read all of the logs?

about two weeks ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

Dragonslicer Re:Obama administration (200 comments)

Boeing has more union employees. Democrats are always in the pocket of BigLabor. Boeing is going to get favorable treatment from a administration led by a Democrat.

Seems like you could have put in more effort, but I'll give an extra point for the nice use of capital casing on "BigLabor".

6/10

about two weeks ago

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Dragonslicer Dragonslicer writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Dragonslicer writes "Felony charges have been filed against Patricia Dunn and four others connected with the corporate spying scandal. From a NY Times article:

Hewlett-Packard's former chairwoman was among five people charged Wednesday with illegally gathering phone records of board members, journalists and others in an effort to find the source of news leaks... The charges stem from the use of pretexting, a form of deception, to obtain private calling records from phone company employees.

Looks like we all got our wish that someone would be held accountable."

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