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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Mabhatter Re:my ipad 2 still works (281 comments)

I haven't had problems even if my iPad 2 is slower than others. I did recently have to "hard reset" the whole thing about 4 months ago and that reinstalled the OS from and all the programs from scratch. After that it ran MUCH better, like brand new.

I've been camping on an iPhone 3GS for 4 years. it's been perfectly serviceable.... the main thing I see is that the 256MB ram limit seems to be the bigger problem with apps swapping in an out way too often now that the minimum supported iOS device is 512MB. There's no point bitching about "withheld features" because that's just how things work.

about 5 months ago
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Brownsville SpaceX Space Port Faces More Regulatory Hurdles

Mabhatter Re:of course the environmentalists are against it (78 comments)

as long as you don't have disasters, wildlife parks are great place for rocket launches. You want a buffer of several miles between the rockets and the rest of humans... which means 80% of the land is left wild like at Kennedy.

about 6 months ago
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AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

Mabhatter Re: Well. (173 comments)

Those huge unbalanced numbers like 15/1 tell the tale of utilization right there. The current ISPs are all leeches from the "Internet" they don't PUT CONTENT on the Internet, so nobody wants to pay for more lanes to the highway.

They also don't want upstream because people on their own network could out-host the regular Internet with services just between ISP subscribers... Like blackmarket prison goods!

about 7 months ago
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AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

Mabhatter Re: weekend announcement (173 comments)

That gives them 12 hours for the fires and pitchforks to die down... By morning.... ...look waffles!

about 7 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Mabhatter Re:Trend of Anti-Americanism by US government (226 comments)

no they don't. It means they have to have SEPARATE NETWORKS if they want separate protection. In this case an admin from Redmond clearly has ACCESS to those servers in Dublin. So those emails are "controlled" by the US company. The article is unclear on where the CUSTOMER in this case is coming from. I'm thinking that the CUSTOMER is PAYING Microsoft USA to host their email and those just happened to be in Ireland. Microsoft USA is taking the money, so they need to provide the data to the court.

If you want data in other countries to be protected you cannot ACCESS IT from the USA.

about 8 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Mabhatter Re:No jurisdiction (226 comments)

but the way email search warrants are enforced is more like a supeona. They COMPEL the EMPLOYEES IDENTIFIED to turn over emails. While this is handled by system administrators, the LAW is focused on the employee and which chair they sit in. So even if you are using email hosted in Iraq, you ACCESSED those emails from your desk in New York and the government expects you to ACCESS those emails again and provide them to the court. The fact that they are in another country is irrelevant.

Consider if you owed somebody money on a car. Sure you could drive the car to Canada where that company cannot go. But the Legal contract you signed was in the USA so they can just lock you in jail for contempt until you tell somebody to Canada and get the car to fulfill the contract. This is a similar ruling. There's nothing "new" legally here other than you can't hide behind a foreign email server.

about 8 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Mabhatter Re:American company (226 comments)

it's about who is being investigated. If the government is investigating a case against a manager in California, then going to the Legal department in California and requesting those email for that employee who accessed those emails INSIDE CALIFORNIA is perfectly acceptable. This sounds like the attempt was to say the emails were in a server in Ireland so the US government cannot see those. The judge says the manager/employee still has to provide the emails that they had access to because the court ordered the PERSON to provide the emails, not the company in Ireland.

about 8 months ago
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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Mabhatter Re:American company (226 comments)

I can see right off the bat what they are trying to pull here. Imagine all the discovery processes that would be screwed over if somebody like Apple could have just moved their email servers for top managers to another country! I mean they get the email at their office in California, but the SERVICE is in Apple Ireland, so the US DOJ cannot discover those. That sounds like what was going on here.

If you have legal ACCESS to it, the court can compel you to PROVIDE it. Just hiding it on a service in another country is not enough to protect it anymore. Clever play, but the courts didn't fall for it.

about 8 months ago
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The Fall and Rise of Larry Page

Mabhatter Re:Amazing discovery in this article (99 comments)

i think both of Google's founders were smart enough to understand they were GEEKS and not try to run the business themselves. So they went out and got Eric Schmidt, an experienced industry professional to run things for them. Then they got out of the way and spent 10 years "growing up". This let the company and their employees flourish and avoided all those early mistakes Steve Jobs made because he was young and cocky at 25 with tens of millions of dollars.

Now they are grown up and coming back to their company after learning about BUSINESS and have a plan for what they want to do with it. It's not exciting, but very very smart of those guys.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

Mabhatter Re:You mean, such a low cut... (244 comments)

that's because Amazon want to ruin the business of the publishers that scout new writers, pay ADVANCES, providing editing services, provide cover art, provide marketing services, etc...

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

Mabhatter Re:You can sell externally, can't provide link in- (244 comments)

supply chains only exist BECAUSE of the 30% markup at each step. In manufacturing business the "rule of thumb" is that items manufactured follow a rule of 3's. If I dig up $10 of iron ore and make it into metal bars then I would expect to sell those for $30. If I have a company that takes the metal bars for $30 and makes widgets I would expect to sell those for $90. Finally somebody would paint the widgets and assemble them into a finished product for $270. That's why Auto parts are so expensive individually versus assembled into a finished car.

That is just about what you see in the retail market. If you go to Home Depot or your local Metal Bar shop and start buying metal bits, you will see the prices marked up the same as if they were included in a retail product so assembling a finished product from Retail parts ends up being almost as much as finished furniture from a furniture store.

Either way you go at it, the world goes around from people that get their 30% moving things from raw materials to your door. Anybody saying something else is trying to monopolize one layer of the chain and take somebody's 30% for themselves.

about 8 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

Mabhatter Re:As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (244 comments)

do you think they get much more than that going thru a publisher for paper books? Most paper media has 50% of retail for the "newsstand" and another large chunk for the printer. My in-laws have worked for the distributors and the markup is crazy.. but so is the amount of returned product that gets pushed thru the shredder and not paid for.

Sure Apple could knock off their 30% fee, but why? They take less than the same item sold in a store, but not so much less that publisher will ABANDON retail channels. Amazon is the one on a mission to wipe out paper publishing entirely an own every damn thing... Apple is plenty happy to coexist with paper publishers and take the same cut as retail channels do.

about 8 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Mabhatter lack of curiosity (240 comments)

I'm surprised by the lack of curiosity here. The best stuff in the Apple App Store costs some money. What's the point in buying expensive $600 phones if you're going to be too cheap to get out there and see what people are making them do? The highest rated 10-20 apps alone in the App Store would put you over $50 easily. Not all the apps are for everybody, but if you're not using at least a few of them then you aren't getting real value from your iOS device purchase and you probably didn't need one in the first place.

For a site full of people that claim to be geeks, nerds, programmers, admins, etc there's almost nobody out here that's actually PARTICIPATING in the biggest change in the tech industry in the last decade. if you're worried about "privacy" and your credit card information getting taken then you're clearly not paying attention to how the marketplace works, how the various groups interact and developing a sense of safe behavior in this new arena. This is kind of a poor showing of people that claim to have "technical savvy".

about 8 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

Mabhatter Re:Missing option (240 comments)

realistically for something you use every day for 2-4 years $600 is still pretty cheap. We're just so pinched for pennies between all the other things grabbing for attention we don't see the true value of the money we spend or why we spend it.

about 8 months ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Mabhatter Re:could be blueray (146 comments)

LTO DRIVES are super expensive... and the cards to connect them are super expensive. That's why more people don't use them on the lower end they're out of most "hobby" range and even mild professionals that don't have somebody else footing the bill.

about 8 months ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

Mabhatter Re:AWS is NOT cheap (146 comments)

the money is that enterprise level setup to do a "Cloud" with backups, redundancy, and all the licenses (or employees that can work at that level) is easily 7 digits... before you're even putting your BUSINESS on it. For a startup that's literally paying bills as they cash checks a few thousand up front for access to a multi-million dollar setup isn't that bad.

about 8 months ago
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Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Mabhatter Re:Bu the wasn't fired (1116 comments)

only after a mob showed up at his company's door and demanded it.

THAT is the real issue here, not wether or not his contribution anybody agreed with. He was an employee in good standing of the company TWO YEARS AGO when he made these donations and for the two years after. He was promoted to a new position. The Internet got wind of his previous personal donations and basically lynched him for an unpopular opinion.

On one hand, CEOs are "rockstar" employees.... they set the tone, direction, and "opinions" of the company based on their personal experiences. So their private opinions matter significantly more than regular employees. On the other hand, the Mozilla Board of Directors should have hit exactly what this article is pointing out head on, right out of the gate. They should have explained up front, they knew about his personal donation, and due to his business at the company they were deciding to promote him. They could have added something about the Mozilla corporation still being committed to "everybody getting along" or something like that. They should never have entertained the idea in public that they possibly would reconsider their decision just because a mob showed up.

about 8 months ago
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Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Mabhatter Re:And so this is Costco's fault? (440 comments)

there's nothing wrong with the situation. The company folded, the "chain of evidence" regarding the product safety of the food is broken and damaged beyond repair. It doesn't matter that the food is functionally good, it's not legally salable. There is very tenuous legal standing to sell (or donate) the food. As the proceeds of a bankruptcy the financial risk associated with the food is several orders of magnitude more than the value of the asset.

there is plenty of other peanut butter out there.

about 9 months ago
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Emails Reveal Battle Over Employee Poaching Between Google and Facebook

Mabhatter Re:There is a major difference (132 comments)

I agree with your premise, I think. These agreements are about companies agreeing not to send recruiters INTO THE OFFICES of other companies... that's just crappy business. In fact, at the peak of these booms, companies get into departmental "retaliation" where one person leaves then gets back at their former boss by hiring away co-workers and causing projects to be delayed. That's what was going on at the time and these companies wanted it stopped.

I think that companies were just agreeing to stop accepting recruiters soliciting from other big companies. In my book that's fair. I've been at offices where the same overzealous recruiter calls every damn extension because they got the company phone list... it's really disruptive and only sews distrust between the remaining employees. If companies want to use another channel like referrals or taking non-solicited applications I'm all for that.

the other thing of course is that California doesn't respect even limited non-compete agreements. While the buddies in Seattle DO PUNISH their former employees for "cheating" on them. If California would enforce limited non-competes (as well as say yearly contract terms... like apartment leases) then a lot of these issues would never have been issues in the first place.

about 9 months ago
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WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

Mabhatter Re:Wrong (449 comments)

correct. Neither are Wireless companies or Cable companies.... the concept of "net neutrality" hinged on that idea that POTS was essentially a "right" to all homes and businesses. The new technologies have no such requirement, in fact the courts keep pushing them back. Imagine that companies want to kill off the only "open" service?

about 9 months ago

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