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Inside the Stolen Smartphone Black Market In London

Luthair Re:Changing IMEI is illegal (105 comments)

Funnily enough stealing phones is illegal also but that doesn't appear to be stopping the problem.

2 days ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Luthair Re:hey google... (117 comments)

Thats ~10 million devices worldwide, not really a big market.

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Luthair Re:hey google... (117 comments)

Hardly, none of the existing players (AppleTV, Roku, Boxee, etc.) have shown it to be anything more than a niche market. The real question is will the add-on box market ever materialize?

about two weeks ago
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The Verge: Google Is Working on a TV Box Of Its Own

Luthair Re:No all in one sadly (117 comments)

No reason this new device couldn't also support the Chromecast protocol and act as a receiver. (And thus utilize HBO Go support that way)

about two weeks ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Luthair Re:Top Gear was worse. (544 comments)

The one I don't understand - why are taxis allowed in the lanes in many places. Seems like they' worse both for emissions as well as cars on the road (have someone randomly driving around unnecessarily)

about two weeks ago
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New York Public Library Releases Over 20,000 Hi-Res Maps

Luthair Derivative Work (25 comments)

Scans of maps are quite blatantly a derivative work I don't see how NYPL feels they have a right to assign any license to them, if the copyrights have expired then they're already public domain.

about two weeks ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Luthair Re:800MM seems impossibly low (88 comments)

Or the executives should get jailtime - why should white collar crime be treated differently?

about three weeks ago
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Judge OKs Class Action Suit Against Apple For E-Book Price Fixing

Luthair Legal Action Hasn't Worked (88 comments)

Despite the legal action (and victories) by the DoJ it doesn't seem to me like we've had any price drops to reurn us to the pre-cartel pricing. So apparently these guys get a slap on the wrist and will get to keep the fruits of their bad behaviour?

about three weeks ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

Luthair Re:It's about time (455 comments)

The rate varies by card and the high-end cards can have significant fees atttached. And as stores aren't allowed to pass the fees along to the card holder every person gets stuck paying for the rich guy with the black card. Ignoring that - cartels, collusion and price fixing are illegal.

My observation in Canada is that most places don't take amex.

about three weeks ago
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Jimmy Wales To 'Holistic Healers': Prove Your Claims the Old-Fashioned Way

Luthair Re:Seems like a fine line (517 comments)

I think there are two problems, the first being the press does not understand science - and hence run stories about wine being great for you without the understanding that the chemical mentioned is present in such minute quantities as to be irrelevant.

The second issue is that a lot of the public (and hence the press) does not differentiate between proper research and published books or perceived authorities (fuck you Dr Oz and Dr Phil) espousing bullshit.

In summary - one part snake oil, one part losing nuance.

about three weeks ago
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KDE and Canonical Developers Disagree Over Display Server

Luthair He's Right (202 comments)

The canonical developer said that users don't care which I think is pretty accurate. The majority of users won't care as long as applications run and are responsive.

about three weeks ago
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Jesse Jackson To Take On Silicon Valley's Lack of Diversity

Luthair Education... (397 comments)

Seems like this would be an education issue not a hiring issue. e.g. are there really a lot of underemployed / unemployed black or hispanics with CS degrees?

I suspect the tech industry has a high percentage of minorities due to Indians and other Asians ethnicity.

about a month ago
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Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

Luthair Broken (140 comments)

I tried to use Android Studio a few times in the early days but could never get it to launch. Failed with non-helpful errors and none of the solutions

Full disclosure - I'm an inactive Eclipse committer so while one might argue I have a dog in the race I should also be competent enough to get it to run!

about a month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Luthair Re:Snowden is a Whistleblower (335 comments)

Meant to say... this is why the hero moniker isn't completely out of place.

about 1 month ago
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Snowden A Hero? Gates Says No, Woz Says Yes

Luthair Re:Snowden is a Whistleblower (335 comments)

I'd say he's sacrificed more than most whistleblowers as he no longer has the opportunity to live a normal life.

about 1 month ago
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Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

Luthair Re:Awesome! (103 comments)

Sure, but then you have the Microsoft Bing ad/spyware.

about a month ago
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SpaceX Wants To Go To Mars — and Has a Plan To Get There

Luthair Point Rocket (236 comments)

Light match. Its the same plan we all have.

about a month ago
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Ouya CEO Talks Console's Tough First Year, and Ambitious "Ouya Everywhere" Plan

Luthair Re:Ouya just isn't compelling (134 comments)

Nothing. They suckered a bunch of people on Kickstarter with a game console based on Android

about a month and a half ago
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IBM Begins Layoffs, Questions Arise About Pact With New York

Luthair Re:Alliance@IBM (182 comments)

The 80s called. They want to party like its 1999.

about a month and a half ago
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Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Luthair Visiting a Site Isn't Cheating (511 comments)

Are DNS entries really indicative of cheating? It doesn't necessarily follow that someone who has viewed a site about cheating is actually cheating. And now that it is known, it is virtually guaranteed that anyone actually cheating will simply use a secondary PC to surf the sites.

about 2 months ago

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