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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Gavagai80 Re: to apple fan boys (457 comments)

If they've litigated away their competitors, why do their competitors have most of the market share by volume?

yesterday
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Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

Gavagai80 Re:Perfect Business (156 comments)

I paid for Opera, back in the day. So did many others.

yesterday
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Young Cubans Set Up Mini-Internet

Gavagai80 Re:Saddest line ever (140 comments)

Cubans, Chinese and nearly everybody except North Koreans can make posts critical of their government. It's when you try to organize a group of critical people that they come after you.

2 days ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Gavagai80 They're right for once (255 comments)

I used to have 15 Mbps, and downgraded to 6 Mbps to save money. Never noticed the difference. 3 Mbps would probably be fine too -- plenty good enough for 360p video. Not everybody wants HD. On the other hand, I do feel a huge difference compared to the 1 Mbps my parents have (can't really watch video with that). So I'd define broadband as being ~3 Mbps+.

Some consumers, of course, may benefit from more. Call it broadband HD or broadband+ or something. It's important not to obscure the more important distinction between those stuck on connections too slow for the modern internet and those with broadband.

2 days ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Gavagai80 Re:Sounds like wireless is a bit too juicy (200 comments)

Unlimited plans are for the psychological benefits of not having to pay attention to use. Personally I'm pay-as-you-go because I can only afford a few dollars a month, but that makes it a lot more stressful for me when someone keeps wrong-number-texting me and won't believe it costing me 10 cents a text, or when I have to decide whether it's worth starting a conversation that could cost a bit. People will pay extra to not have to worry, and that's legitimate and understandable.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Gavagai80 Re:Just give the option to turn it off... (809 comments)

As a pedestrian, you're supposed to be walking opposite traffic. If cars are coming up behind you instead of approaching in front of you, you're doing it wrong.

5 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Gavagai80 Re:I want silent vehicles (809 comments)

Why should silence be a goal?

Billions of people actually have to live on those streets you drive down, and the noise affects their lives and traps them inside and causes an obesity epidemic.

Both blind and sighted people can use crosswalks. And if car engines were silent, you'd start to be able to hear the sound of the tires in the same way you can hear human footsteps when there aren't a bunch of noisy cars around. There is danger during the period when there are enough noisy cars to drown out the quiet ones and few enough quiet ones that the public doesn't expect them, but silence should certainly be the long term goal.

about a week ago
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The Paradoxes That Threaten To Tear Modern Cosmology Apart

Gavagai80 Re:I don't get it (230 comments)

Particles are not all touching each other, so the distance between them is necessarily considered empty. The space between a nucleus and electrons in an atom, the space between different atoms, etc. These spaces have field energy but no particles so they're empty.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Gavagai80 Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

Adobe and MS Office are things people buy. Windows comes with the computer for the vast majority of people (hidden cost), so they'll react badly to suddenly discovering they have to pay for it.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Gavagai80 Re:KILL two birds with one stone (348 comments)

I see a market for fake cigarettes that expel a realistic-smelling smoke-like vapor without any health downsides, allowing everyone to take smoke breaks.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

Gavagai80 Re:Ten years behind but catching up! (348 comments)

It's also worth noting that it's not until fairly recent times that a significant number of people could afford to eat out at restaurants regularly. It may be that people who ate out regularly were always fat, but there weren't many of them. Portion size increase is almost certainly a factor as well, but perhaps a less important one than eating out in the first place.

about a week ago
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Drug Company CEO Blames Drug Industry For Increased Drug Resistance

Gavagai80 Re:Holy Carp! (136 comments)

When someone is sick and needs to buy antibiotics, they do not research the environmental practices of the companies they can buy it from. People buy blind. Doing nice things that they'd approve of if they knew doesn't help sell anything.

about a week ago
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Hibernation Protein May Halt Alzheimer's

Gavagai80 Re:Memory (79 comments)

AIDS is a significant lifespan factor in some countries as well.

In Africa (and previously everywhere), people tend to live in large extended families where there's plenty of people around to share the responsibility of taking care of the old and their dementia. Plus of course they have no money to involve a doctor.

about two weeks ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

Gavagai80 Re:Not innocent (291 comments)

I thought that most Americans committed 3 felonies a day.

If you thought that, it's because you never took a minute to investigate whether it was true or what the source of the lie was.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

Gavagai80 Re:The Dangers of the World (783 comments)

that fails to account for the fact that children out by themselves are a much rarer sight now, and are seen as an oddity, not commonplace.

I see children out by themselves every single day, be it walking home from school or just playing. Is there a certain demographic or region where it's rare?

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

Gavagai80 Re:Wait a minute (248 comments)

The first stage of a rocket is never going to Mars, or even to orbit. They may need something different on a third stage of a Mars rocket, but that's no reason not to keep the first stage simple.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

Gavagai80 Re:Good thing... (123 comments)

Sub-orbital satellite flights with 5 minutes of weightlessness aren't going to bring much internet, so it's safe to say the satellites are not going up on Virgin's vehicle.

about two weeks ago
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Virgin Galactic To Launch 2,400 Comm. Satellites To Offer Ubiquitous Broadband

Gavagai80 Re: 2400 towers? (123 comments)

but as satellite communications typically suffer horrendous lag, Skype won't be a viable alternative to a mobile phone (en_US: cell phone), and the local infrastructure can continue to develop on the back of voice calls.

The notorious lag is geosynchronous satellites, whereas this is low earth orbit satellites (which you need a lot more of to make it work, but will give you much better ping times).

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk Plans To Build Hyperloop Test Track

Gavagai80 Re:He didn't say that (165 comments)

The real purpose of HSR is to be a vastly cheaper way of moving people around than highways and airports.

The problem is, HSR tickets are likely to be more expensive than plane tickets or gas money... and that means few people are going to use it, which means you still have to pay for the highways and airports.

about two weeks ago

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