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South Australia Hits 33% Renewal Energy Target 6 Years Early

Ixokai Re:don't really like that term (169 comments)

Eh? How is it not renewable? Every day it starts anew. You don't ever run out, it never stops producing. Sometimes its production is lower and sometimes its higher, but it never runs out.

Granted, coal is sorta technically "renewable" but only on a geological scale that renders the term pointless. We'll mine it all and run out of it all long before any more comes.

about three weeks ago

Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Ixokai Re:individual vs carrier sales. (206 comments)

All of them. Apple always reports actual end-user sales, not channel movement.

about a month ago

Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

Ixokai Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

These things don't really apply to a specific company-- they're written like, "a company building a factory of X size employing Y people [doing Z sort of activity]" doesn't have to pay these range of taxes. The conditions are just specific enough that in practice it probably only applies to one company, but gosh darn if their competitor wants to come in and build the exact same thing they'd probably qualify for the breaks, too.

But why is this surprising? Government giving incentives (be they tax breaks or subsidies-- what's the difference, really? Forms of special protection/privilege is another form) to businesses they think will improve their economy is common everywhere, even throughout Europe. Its a question of just what form and how you do it.

Its only a bad thing if the state is acting in bad faith (ie, if the legislators are corrupt and taking bribes-- which they largely are the way elections/lobbying are working currently, admittedly). The state is doing a calculation. Take in a certain amount of reduced revenue usually for a temporary period to create X direct jobs, Y secondary jobs, and Z boost to the economy -- is the overall economic benefit to the state outweighed by the reduced temporary revenue YN?

It benefits everyone in the state for the state's economy to improve, after all.

Also, this has nothing to do with America/USofA. The states are sovereign within the fairly broad limits of the Constitution. Short of a state applying import duties to stuff coming in from other states (which is the right of the Federal Government to regulate via the Interstate Commerce clause) the federal government has very, very, very little it could say about how much or how a state taxes anyone.

about a month ago

US Army To Transport American Ebola Victim To Atlanta Hospital From Liberia

Ixokai Re:Boneheaded move (409 comments)

I think "african hospitals are not quite the hermetically sealed, pressurized clean-rooms like the CDC facilities" is a pretty glaring factor you're leaving out. And that factor is precisely why its safe to wrap these guys in plastic by people in plastic suits to take back to the plastic catacombs in Atlanta.

about 3 months ago

Amazon's eBook Math

Ixokai Re:Disengenous (306 comments)

The reasoning you're unpacking is in your head -- the fallacy you point out exists entirely in your restatement of the argument, not the argument itself. Amazon has many documented examples of selling for a loss, a willingness to ignore short to medium term losses if it means control of a market.

Amazon is not being merely efficient; Amazon is engaging in predatory pricing and other market-manipulations to try to control a market. That may mean their prices are lower right now, but if their other markets can cover that loss and can maintain that for long enough that they can run the loss until those businesses are destroyed, is the market well served? Is it efficiency? What contains that price after the competition is destroyed and drives efficiency then?

about 3 months ago

Airbnb Partners With Cities For Disaster Preparedness

Ixokai Re:Third Amendment Violations, dead ahead (55 comments)

The fiction that our second amendment rights are "under assault" is a kind of strange delusion bordering on mass hysteria that has no relationship to reality. Across the country gun rights are soundly trumping any attempt at sensible gun safety regulation.

about 3 months ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Ixokai Re:Black hole? (277 comments)

Read it. Its just a booster. It makes intellectual property violations considered 'willful' if involving a fraudulent domain name, and takes on extra penalties if you commit a crime involving a fraudulent domain name.

It doesn't make anything illegal, nor does it give ICANN force of law.

about 3 months ago

HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

Ixokai Re:No bluetooth? (182 comments)

Sorry, no; its used by a lot of people all the time.

By, "almost no one uses it" you mean "I don't personally and assume my anecdote speaks for the many".

It doesn't.

about 5 months ago

HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

Ixokai Re:No bluetooth? (182 comments)

If you're an iPad developer, you're a sad one. The iPad has supported bluetooth for years now and shows signs of INCREASING and not decreasing support. Not only for simple things like keyboards and headphones -- things used often by iPad users for years now -- but AirDrop, a new and major feature in IOS is based on Bluetooth. Then there's the fact that Apple is totally behind supporting bluetooth, and *expanding* their support in things like Bluetooth LE which Apple's SDK's calls "iBeacons", which is a major new feature in the OS too.

I don't know what world you're in, but it isn't the real one.

about 5 months ago

HP Delivers a Big-Name, 7-inch Android Tablet For $100: Comes With Compromises

Ixokai Re:No bluetooth? (182 comments)

I have had no issues ever using random bluetooth keyboards bought from radio shack with my iPad. It works totally fine. I don't usually use a keyboard because I don't need one -- but in an emergency situation where I need to code/fix something on the run, I've stopped by random places and bought a random keyboard -- and it works perfectly.

I don't have a first generation iPad -- and never used a keyboard with one, but from at least second generation on -- no issue whatsoever.

about 5 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Ixokai Re:....indeed. (1116 comments)

The key word in your description is "remain" -- Prop 8 wasn't about keeping the status quo, as was the case in a lot of states who passed laws amending their constitution to define marriage as 1m1w

Prop 8 was different to a lot of people because of this distinction. The traditional legal definition of marriage was already ruled unconstitutional in California (per the state's Constitution, not the US one) -- thus, gay people in the state of California for about six months there were allowed to get married.

And Prop 8 was an attempt to *remove* that right. It's a lot harder to remove a right (and a lot more offensive) once its been recognized as being held then it is to preemptively try to keep anyone from getting it. As far as I know, California is the only state which tried to tighten up the marriage definition after a state court ruled the existing definition violated their constitution.

It might seem overly technical and nitpicky, but personally the difference between the two situations really resonates with me. As a customer/regular person, I've held people who supported Prop 8 in contempt, however mildly so, and so understand the people who were upset at Eich's elevation to such an open and progressive organization. That said, I don't actually share their feelings. The world has changed far too much, far faster then I could have imagined, for me to continue holding Prop 8 against anyone in any serious way.

Mini-rant/clarification: I do take issue with statements like, "majority of Californians" -- but I hate it when any side of an argument speaks up about a majority. To be clear, a majority of Californian's didn't side with him. Barely over 7 million out of 13.7 million voters in a state of about 36 million people did. (Heck, a big pet peeve of mine is when practically anyone speaks for The American People. Its almost always a partisan who is speaking to a segment that at least an equal segment probably aggressively opposes what's being said)

about 6 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

Ixokai Consenting Adults (794 comments)

An adult can choose to be stupid if they want, and that's their right.

The Creation Museum and similar Creationist institutions are trying to substitute their stupid for scientific knowledge in the schools our children go to.

You can take your kids to church and teach them your religion if you want, but when you start trying to undermine basic scientific education for everyone that's a very different thing.

about 8 months ago

Math Models Predicted Global Uprisings

Ixokai Re:Hindsight? (265 comments)

I'm taking the "racists mush?" question to have been answered with "yes" when you go name a people "muzzies".

The point was, you're claiming Muslim rioting as a counterpoint, but even if its accepted that those riots are a part of this this trend of rioting spoken of-- they don't fit even your pattern, they *aren't* a counterpoint simply because you state it. Naming them to counter the argument is just racist handwaving at best: oh, well the Muslims (er, muzzies) are rioting, so clearly there's no pattern because, they like are muzzies, and muzzies, do that. You know. Cuz. They do. Muzzies. Riot.

There's no link between Muslims and the Ukraine and their riots unless you twist reality severely to try to force a point. The riots in the Ukraine are about (at least-- it very well may be a much more involved story) a segment of the population who has a history of successful revolution when in relation to serious belief of election fraud and corruption; and acts by the current government that are viewed as corrupt and against their interests (namely, aligning Ukraine more closely to Russia instead of the EU). Is that true? Dunno. But there's nothing Muslim about it.

To look at former Soviet satellite states and see their dislike for union with Russia as a sign of Muslim rioting just cuz, needs some serious [citation needed].

Thailand is a complex situation: they have a mix of pro-government people from varied situations, and anti-democracy forces who think there's something just wrong with their government and simple election counting when the counters have such tremendous control. Its sort of bemusing to hear some of riots which are specifically yelling: democracy bad! But, that is because of a nuanced and complicated situation they're going through, with an extremely wealthy subset seem to have democratic support of the rural masses at the cost of great disapproval in the middle classes of the city. This, of course, is a very broad stroke description of the situation. I'm not sure where to fall on the subject, and I lack seriously enough information to really have a solid idea. But.

The point is, it isn't because muslims happened. Culture happened. People happened. This is nuanced.

No comparison to the "muzzies" sheds any insight on this situation.

The because the real world is complicated, nuanced, and based on history and the context of real people living real lives.

Yes, some "muzzies" had riots, for reasons. That doesn't make every riot and every government going through growing pains because, you know, the muzzies.

Seriously, dude, you said "muzzies".

I should have just stopped there.

Racist much? Maybe not. Islamaphobic much, though?

Reads true.

about 7 months ago

Why Do You Need License From Canonical To Create Derivatives?

Ixokai Re:Because.... (118 comments)

No, the United States did not say that.

I recall some wingnut in Congress suggested various extreme remedies, but that's not "The United States" saying anything. All it takes to end up in Congress is to convince a narrow majority of a minority of racially and economically similar people who will actually show up to vote, to send you there. These days, by using all kinds of lies, but that's not completely new. Gerrymandering has just made it fairly absurd the kinds of lies you could tell and still end up in Congress. But no one in Congress speaks for the United States. Random anonymous military or intelligence people don't speak for the United States, either.

You need to be a pretty high level Administration official to speak for the nation about that (I'd take Secretary of State, Defense or Homeland Security; or the DNI when the CIA was operating the drone program,.. or the President, of course). Granted, the Administration has put US citizens on the kill list and is debating doing it again, but not to Snowden. If you can't win your case about the guy without spreading lies or (excessively) paranoid rantings, there's something wrong with your case.

The United States has threatened to prosecute him, not kill him extra-judicially.

about 8 months ago

Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

Ixokai Re:Who takes apart their laptop? (234 comments)

I don't think mixing "literally" and "legitimately" in the same sentence make sense, since the latter is entirely a determination of opinion.

You may not agree with Apple's position that every single milimeter and ounce matters, but that position is legitimate. There are consequences to that position, such as not being able to replace the battery yourself -- but its not like Apple is hiding that its laptops don't have user replaceable batteries.

Its a perfectly legitimate design decision and trade off. Maybe for you that means the products aren't for you -- that doesn't make it not *legitimate*, let alone not *literally* so.

about 10 months ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

Ixokai Re:$11K? Another sites says $14K (804 comments)

You, sir, are daring to bring facts to a gunfight.

The audacity!

about 10 months ago

What Would It Cost To Build a Windows Version of the Pricey New Mac Pro?

Ixokai Re:Hard to believe (804 comments)

What? I've had several hardware failures on Macs over the years, and the *longest* was a five day wait -- the second longest a two day wait, and every other failure was a same day or next day fix.

That five day wait was with a moderately aged (2.5 years: out of warranty) Mac Pro having a motherboard failure and they had run out of replacements in-house, so they sent out for new ones and it took a few days to get there. They got more then just mine in on that shipment, so someone else comes in tomorrow, next week, they will have a one day turnaround. Its worth noting that the mac is still going two+ years later with no other issues after that replacement.

That repair cost me not a dime. There are worst-case scenarios with Apple where you may be sans a machine a few days, a week maybe -- *MAYBE* even two weeks, but that seems to require a level of outdated hardware that you're better served going to an independent repair shop -- but it is *absolutely* untrue that the general, average component failure of a "vendor built" machine, if built by Apple, has you out for two weeks.

It doesn't happen. Apple Stores can do a huge number of component replacements in-house, and they keep a stock of parts to do it.

Yeah, I got charged for another machines fix that was out of warranty, but it took absolutely no special work. There was no effort or drama attached to try to somehow convince them to deign to help me as you suggest. They had the part on hand, and charged me a reasonable fee for the replacement + work, and I picked the box up the next day. This was out of warranty, without AppleCare. It just cost me. Had they been out the part, it might have taken longer to get replaced-- but my experience says looking at a week as the *extreme* and not average is a reasonable expectation.

In short: I have never bought AppleCare, have had a few service needs, and only one wasn't what I'd call fast-- and it was five days (COUNTING a weekend in there, not five "business days" extending to seven or eight) and that was on a device solidly outside of their normal, expected maintenance window -- even under AppleCare.

I don't doubt it might not happen that some Apple user sometimes has a two week wait, but that is the exception and not the rule. I can get to Fry's and hope they have the part (they have /frequently/ been out of a particular one I've wanted... and I won't even talk about how often I've bought items from there which turned out defective or the service issues I've had with them as a result...) or I can make an appointment, go in, drop off my box, explain an issue, and 80% of the time, come back later that day or the next day, and its fixed.

That 80% is based on personal experience, YMMV.

about 10 months ago

Lenovo CEO Shares $3 Million Bonus With Workers

Ixokai Re:Philantropy (169 comments)

You sure about that? Huawei's status as an employee-owned company that it calls a "collective" is dubious; in theory it is owned by its employees, but its management structure is opaque and it is only rather recently that they even admitted who their board of directors were -- and its totally unclear how much real ability the employees have to accomplish anything.

The CEO of Huawei, the guy who founded it, is hugely secretive and has strong ties to the Communist Party. As do most of the other known bosses. Its politically useful (especially at the time it was founded) for the Party and the Chinese to think of Huawei as a collective, even though there's no real evidence its anything but. Doing so has allowed the state to support Huawei in circumstances it normally wouldn't be inclined to do politically.

Now, I don't buy into the Huawei conspiracy theories, but c'mon.... you're reading too much into "employee-owned".

about a year ago

Cookieless Web Tracking Using HTTP's ETag

Ixokai Re:Tracking $$$$ (212 comments)

The thing is, you're wrong.

Very, very little of what Obama wants or has done is even close to what the progressives of the left actually want. Health care reform? He enacted the model proposed by the Republicans and devised by a right wing think-tank to create a market-based approach to near-universal healthcare: if you think the left is happy with Obamacare, you're not paying attention.

Its simply *better*, and so we will stick with it. What the left wanted was a single-payer really universal healthcare, but we compromised and were willing to go along with the ACA as long as we'd get a single-payer *option*. Then that got dropped, but most of the left decided to support the ACA anyways because really, it was better then what we have now.

Obama is a centrist; center-right in most issues, occasionally center-left. There is nothing even remotely radical about anything he's done, there's been no great pull to the left. The left has gone a bit farther left then we were a decade or so ago, but that's been in response to the monumental shift the right has gone.

There's a wholesale assault on reproductive and fundamental voting rights going on from the right these days, which is just stunning in that these are things that *only* the most extreme of the right's base want.

On civil rights, surveillance, foreign policy, environment, business regulation, ... and on and on, Obama is not at all in line with what the left wants. He's just not as bad as what the crazy people on the far right want.

Yes, there are some narrow places where the far left and the libertarian wing of the far right actually agree, and its weird when it happens: but those are on very specific and very narrow issues. The problem with that libertarian wing is then they fall flat on their face in when the social conservative bloc of the far right has to be dealt with in primaries, and suddenly small government meets bedroom and private health, and oops.

about a year ago



Crack the Cyber Command's Code

Ixokai Ixokai writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Ixokai (443555) writes "Apparently, in addition to whatever else they actually do (a question that seems to be hand-waved more then a little bit), the new US Cyber Command also embeds little codes into their logo, and WIRED reports it actually decodes to something meaningful. Anyone else interested in cracking it?"
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