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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

Hope Thelps Re:Biblical Tax Codes (365 comments)

My guess is the bible also says it's your right to transfer your patents to Ireland so you can squirrel away your money without paying US Corporate Taxes. Do no evil meets the bottom line.

"Render unto Caesar no more than you can get away with."

about a year ago
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Entrepreneur On Yahoo/Tumblr: It's the Content Readers, Stupid

Hope Thelps Re:aha, the 'consumption economy' nonsense (92 comments)

If the readers are not exchanging anything of their own for the content they consume, then the writers (producers) aren't getting anything from that trade.

Unless the writers want people to read their stuff. Then that's what they get.

about a year ago
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Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Hope Thelps Re:If evil doesn't exist, how can religion be evil (1142 comments)

Dawkins said that the universe has ‘no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference’. But he also says that religion is a "significant force for evil in the world".

It seems readily apparent that the first quote is saying that the universe itself has no purpose, makes no moral judgments, bears us no ill-will and no good-will either. That isn't at odds with saying that humans pursue objectives, that humans make moral judgments and that he personally makes such moral judgments in relation to religion. You don't have to buy into his world view to realise that there is no contradiction here.

about 2 years ago
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The Swiss Pirate Party Has Its First Mayor

Hope Thelps Re:Oh Great (110 comments)

The citizens of Eichberg now have a mayor whose agenda has nothing to do roads, sewers, public safety, or any of the other unsexy issues that municipal officials deal with. He does care about copyright reform — an issue in which a mayor has no say at all.

Genuine question because I don't know anything about his politics - is what you've said here based on first hand knowledge of the mayor's opinions and policies, on local news reports, on something you read on some blog on the internet, or is it something you just made up based on your imagination of how a pirate party mayor should be?

about 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

Hope Thelps Re:Dark ages (585 comments)

I'm curious what you think happens to the children of working career women?

Hmmmm I don't know. Is it similar to what happens to the children of working career men? If we were to ban men from having careers, would that eliminate the problem for both men and women?

about 2 years ago
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University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

Hope Thelps Re:The Answer for $5M (532 comments)

Has anybody built a working model of a brain that has become conscience?

I doubt that anyone's built anything that could reasonably be said to be working model of a brain. Whether anything that has been built has become conscious is unknown, and probably unknowable. How would you test for it?

about 2 years ago
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After Android Trial, Google Demands $4M From Oracle

Hope Thelps Re:97 million documents? (119 comments)

Given that some areas of the Amazon have 30,000 trees per square kilometre, or at least 240,000,000 pages, this court case used less than half a square kilometre

How many pages are you assuming per document?

more than 2 years ago
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Does RIM's "Huge Loss" Signal Wider Handset Market Deterioration?

Hope Thelps Re:Obvious? (278 comments)

But those are all industries much less encumbered by patents. Tech moves fast enough that patents generally don't expire until after they're useless anyway, hence the trend towards only a few big players.

But the original claim was about "mature markets" whereas you're suggesting it's something that applies to less mature markets. Cars are "tech" too, but they're more mature tech than mobile phones. One day mobile phones will be old hat too, with few essential patents and with less rapid change - i.e. that's when it'll be a mature market.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Smart People Are Stupid

Hope Thelps Re:Yeah... (337 comments)

The best way to avoid making mistakes is not doing anything at all.

Unfortunately it's not that easy. My biggest mistakes have consisted of not doing things.

more than 2 years ago
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Software Patents Good For Open Source?

Hope Thelps Re:"disagreed" link (150 comments)

"Jonathan Oxer, Andrew Tridgell, and software freedom activist Richard Stallman, disagreed." *Click link, ctrl-f stallman, oxer, tridgell*, no matches found. Stop wasting my time with links that are inappropriate to the sentence they claim to be linking about.

I think that this bit from the summary:

"Software developer Ben Sturmfels, whose 2010 anti-software-patent petition won the support of open source community members such as Jonathan Oxer, Andrew Tridgell, and software freedom activist Richard Stallman, disagreed"

was trying to say that Ben Sturmfels disagrees, and that back in 2010 Jonathan Oxerm, Andrew Tridgell and Richard Stallman agreed with Ben Sturmfels about something else. A sort of 'appeal to authority by association'.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

Hope Thelps Re:Motorola, Nokia (133 comments)

Say what you will about MS, but they never played favorites with or bought OEMs.

Nokia certainly like to claim that they got a favoured position due to their (at the time) market strength. Are you saying they didn't?

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

Hope Thelps Re:Turns out they had a great plan! (133 comments)

The only problem is that Samsung makes about a nickel on each phone it sells.

Okay, doing a quick search on "samsung ,mobile phone profits". I see things like:

"reported its highest quarterly profits since 2008, with net profit almost doubling to 5.05 trillion won ($4.5 billion) for the three months to March 31." (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120427/samsung-profits-jump-mobile-phone-sales-outstrip-apple-and-nokia)

and

"Samsung’s quarterly handset division profits nearly tripled to 4.27 trillion won ($3.8 billion U.S.), accounting for 73 per cent of total profit" (http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1169494--galaxy-phone-powers-samsung-to-record-profit)

Now, maybe those reports are wrong. And very possibly Apple makes much much more on their phones (I haven't checke but I believe it) BUT I really doubt Samsung are crying over results like that. This looks like a very very succesful business for them.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Apple's Next Revolution Should Be In Your Car

Hope Thelps Re:Harder! Screw us harder! (293 comments)

Name one market Apple has entered where they have competed on price?

Tablets. There are others that have undercut the iPad since but the iPad itself was aggressively priced when introduced (and honestly I think it's reasonable for the specifications now). (Don't have one or plan to get one myself as there's more to life than pricing.)

more than 2 years ago
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Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

Hope Thelps Re:Not what you think (280 comments)

The repair to replace the logic board that contained the defective GPU was a $1700 repair from a third-party authorized repair center and I did an average of 2 to 3 a week for 2 years.

From the article: "At one point, the judge asked Apple how much it would have cost them to have simply replaced my logic board when I had taken it in, and one of the Apple guys said “Oh, it wouldn’t have cost us anything, Nvidia foots the bill for each board we replace.”"

more than 2 years ago
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Operators: Nokia Would Sell Better With Android

Hope Thelps Re: Oooh, smart. (439 comments)

2) Partner with Microsoft against Samsung and HTC with Windows Phone

That isn't an option. Microsoft is also 'partnered' with Samsung and HTC and wants to build on them as customers. They have no interest in partnering with anyone against them.

Nokia's competitors, other than Apple, are Microsoft's customers or would-be customers. Google is Microsoft's competitor and Nokia's potential supplier.

more than 2 years ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple Over iPad Marketing

Hope Thelps Re:IMHO Apple is becoming a scummy advertiser (193 comments)

If the car company used the word "slut" in a sentence that was otherwise English, they would have a hard time convincing anyone that they should be reading that one word in Sweedish.

Exactly, just as if a company uses the exression '4G' in an advertisement otherwise aimed at Australians, they'll have hard time convincing anyone that that one word should be read as aimed at the American market.

more than 2 years ago
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Jimmy Wales To Become UK Government Adviser

Hope Thelps Re:Fucking wow. (95 comments)

He's a follower of Ayn Rand.

Well, that's ruined my day. Dare I ask for a citation?

Would you accept Wikipedia as a source in this case?

more than 2 years ago
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WSJ Says Pro-ACTA Forces Helped Drive Anti-ACTA Reactions

Hope Thelps Re:But a summary so short is completely meaningles (180 comments)

The fact that the subject line isn't generally very useful is exactly what causes problems when you use it for something else. If the subject was usually useful then everyone would read it, followed by the message, and together they would make sense. But the subject isn't usually useful, so I don't usually read it and if it does contain something useful then chances are I've missed it.

more than 2 years ago
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Do You Like Online Privacy? You May Be a Terrorist

Hope Thelps Re:They aren't wrong (720 comments)

These might be signs of someone being a terrorist. It's just that 99.9% aren't and you're basically taking away privacy from everyone by treating the use of such tools as being suspicious. It's exactly what terrorists want to achieve.

So in the same sense that being right handed is a sign of someone being a terrorist - not all terrorists are right handed but a lot of them are (and maybe some other people too).

more than 2 years ago

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Music sharer "Oink" acquitted

Hope Thelps Hope Thelps writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Hope Thelps (322083) writes "In the UK's prosecution over file sharing, the operator of the "Oink" website has been found not guilty. Oink was an invitation only bit torrent site which accepted donations from users. The jury verdict doesn't set any legal precedent in itself, but does give an initial indication of the willingness of UK juries to convict in cases of this kind."
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Hope Thelps Hope Thelps writes  |  about 8 years ago

Hope Thelps writes "The BBC are reporting on the discovery of ice geysers" on Mars. These eruptions are caused when frozen CO2 is warmed by the sunlight on the surface. The detailed findings are apparently published in the latest issue of Nature.

From the article : "If you were there, you'd be standing on a slab of carbon dioxide ice," said the university's Dr Phil Christensen. "All around you, roaring jets of CO2 gas are throwing sand and dust a couple of hundred feet into the air.""

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