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Apple Pays Only 2% Corporate Tax Outside US

Eth1csGrad1ent Yes.. (432 comments)

...but even though its damn ugly, it is a very shiny boat! Who am i to begrudge anyone their own shiny boat?

about 2 years ago
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To Encourage Biking, Lose the Helmets

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:Australia (1651 comments)

Long live the stack hat!

about 2 years ago
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Save the Web From Software Patents

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:Logical Fallacy (127 comments)

exactly!

if you wholesale replace a working (but admittedly faulty) system

I don't see a working system at all.
I see a system that has been abused beyond all recognition by a very small percentage of very powerful companies.
It's not even just the little guy getting screwed - its everyone but the fortune 500 companies, and even they've spent 100s of millions duking it out.

about 2 years ago
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US Court Says Motorola Can't Enforce Microsoft Injunction In Germany

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:How does this work? (175 comments)

yeah.. except in this case, "coke" was the injunction, not Microsoft's use of H.264

about 2 years ago
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US Court Says Motorola Can't Enforce Microsoft Injunction In Germany

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:How does this work? (175 comments)

You see, you're sleeping over at a friends place - and your friend's mum said that you could have coke with your dinner even though your mum said you couldn't.
You can "forget" what your mum told you and have the coke anyway, you won't get in trouble at your friends house.

But you're sure gonna get it when you get home and your mum finds out. I mean, you could lie but...

about 2 years ago
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Anonymous' Barrett Brown Raided By FBI During Online Chat

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:Not news (208 comments)

Careful with the labels there... trolling is about to be illegal in Australia, and if you go using labels like that then we'd have to try and extradite his arse...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?

Eth1csGrad1ent Flip a coin, and then... (397 comments)

I have a fairly simple way of breaking the deadlock on these types of decisions.

FLIP A COIN

If you're looking to go two out of three... its not the one the coin landed on... you've made your choice
If you're not looking to go two out of three... it is the one the coin landed on... you've made your choice

about 2 years ago
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Google Patents Profit-Maximizing Dynamic Pricing

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:Google Should Stop Abusing Patent System (294 comments)

This is what about 50% of patents are these days. X + over wi-fi. X + handheld device. X + touch interface.

Thats because all the X + via computer patents ran out in the 90s

about 2 years ago
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Apple Seeks To Block 8 Samsung Products After Court Win

Eth1csGrad1ent Wow... (396 comments)

.. a thousand Barbara Streisands just walked into a room with a truckload of suppression orders.

more than 2 years ago
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Victory For Apple In "Patent Trial of the Century," To the Tune of $1 Billion

Eth1csGrad1ent Good (1184 comments)

If they keep this up, they'll tear the patent system to pieces and we'll be forced to start again.

More please. Bring it on. Its about time we got two companies in the ring who simply hate each other.

Cross-licensing agreements only benefit the companies involved - and they're a boring spectacle.
A battle to the death, however, benefits all of us.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Developers Be Sued For Security Holes?

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:Nah (550 comments)

And how do you define the difference?

Surely this would come down to a determination by the courts as with any form of negligence...

How do you sue a doctor for negligence after a surgery?
How do you sue a car maker for negligence due to a design flaw?

These are all highly specialised and highly subjective - you bring the case, the courts determine where the line is

more than 2 years ago
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NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Crashes Into a DMCA Takedown

Eth1csGrad1ent 21st century FFS! (597 comments)

I watched this live yesterday, but my kids were at school (Australia)
I so much wanted to share with them the experience of the landing and watching the control room react with each step

The human race just put a truck on Mars using a method straight out of the best sci-fi movies and do you think I could find a copy of the raw footage of the control room anywhere?

Nope. Nothing more than the canned final minute replayed ad-nausea by every news service on the planet. The 10 minutes before that? Nothing...
Now I know at least ONE of the reasons why. Whether its ideological or simply for cash, its nothing less than censorship of the masses.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Agency Rules Facebook Pages Responsible For Comments

Eth1csGrad1ent tabloid headline (141 comments)

Try "Australian Ads Body Rules Companies Responsible For Own Facebook Content"

more than 2 years ago
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Author Claims Apple Won't Carry Her ebook Because It Mentions Amazon

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:The first rule of controlling a market... (332 comments)

So you were unable to grasp his entire point: As a religious seller, he should have the choice of selling those wares he believes in.

Sure he should... and he can wear the criticism that goes with it.. which is what is happening here.
And sorry, if your business model includes becoming the defacto standard or defacto provider for any service - then you can justify some of your business decisions to the general public -- otherwise go back to being a snooty, small-time, boutique seller catering special interests.

more than 2 years ago
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Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group

Eth1csGrad1ent Re:So this is the moment of my Generation Maturing (94 comments)

At 26, I'm the first generation to grow up with a home computer, a computer lab at school, to learn using video games, and to learn programming as I grew up....[yawn]... When do I get to start saying "Get off my lawn?"

At 40... I'm the first generation to grow up with home computer, a computer lab at school, to learn using video games, and to learn programming as I grew up... Now pick up your skateboard and GET OFF MY LAWN!

more than 2 years ago
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Web Giants Form US Internet Lobby Group

Eth1csGrad1ent Snowcrash (94 comments)

anyone else feel we're headed closer and closer to the idea of corporate enclaves?

more than 2 years ago

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