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Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government

MightyYar Re:customer-centric (396 comments)

It wouldn't matter - any company with a presence in the US would be at risk, no matter where they hoard their earnings.

2 days ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

MightyYar Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

Right, but you HAVE to take the new phone when you are up for it, or you leave money on the table. If you promptly re-sell the phone this might work out financially. (Or in the unlikely event that your phone wears out or breaks at exactly the same interval as your replacement schedule.) The payment plans are a much better deal (if the interest rate isn't too high), since the payment eventually stops. The subsidy in the old plans went on forever.

3 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

MightyYar Re:ugh (315 comments)

Those things are what taught me to buy drives in pairs.

A lightning strike taught me not to have both drives connected at the same time :)

Crashplan and friends are God's gift to the lazy backup plan.

4 days ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

MightyYar Re:Wait (457 comments)

I disagree, but then neither of us are climate scientists so our opinions are pretty worthless.

4 days ago
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Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

MightyYar Re:ugh (315 comments)

When did hard drives not fail? I've had failures since the early 90s, when they were in the 200 MB range.

5 days ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

MightyYar Re:Wait (457 comments)

Of course, but that sort of defeats the purpose of forecasting. The idea is to predict what is going to happen in the future so that you can make good decisions with your resources. Knowing that average temperatures are rising, and to what extent, is useful information.

5 days ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

MightyYar Re:Wait (457 comments)

Like I said, you could be correct. My bet, however, would be with the people who dedicate their lives to study such things. They are obviously fallible, being human - but they are still the best that we have.

about a week ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

MightyYar Re:Wait (457 comments)

The attempts to find the "missing heat" assume it's still on Earth and then look for it.

I have to chaff a little bit at "assume". They don't blindly assume anything - the models that scientists have been working on for 30 or 40 years all say that the heat is still on earth. They have to "find" the heat to improve the models. You could be correct - the heat could be escaping through some mechanism that is not understood or currently measured, but that's not the high-percentage bet.

about a week ago
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Cause of Global Warming 'Hiatus' Found Deep In the Atlantic

MightyYar Re:Wait (457 comments)

This is a common tactic I see on Slashdot: "How can Slashdot be praising x when they usually say y?"

The folks claiming that the "hiatus" is a denier hoax are not necessarily the same folks who published this paper.

Furthermore, the argument is not that "hiatus" is a denier hoax - any fool can see temperature readings have been flat in most measured areas. The counter-argument is typically that the Earth is really big and that surface measurements alone do not necessarily represent the amount of heat absorbed by the atmosphere. Where all of that heat has been going was where the speculation has been, with the usual supposition being "the ocean" or "the poles".

about two weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

MightyYar Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

Sweeeeeeet.

But that's just a payment plan. Unless you have one of these crazy grandfathered plans, you are in fact paying more than if you bought your own hammer as it wore out.

about two weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

MightyYar Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

No, and frankly that would be a bad policy as it would get rid of any motivation for you to move closer to where you work. Even so, it is very common for executives to get leased vehicles.

about two weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

MightyYar Re:Why is this treated differently (161 comments)

This isn't the tool (cellphone is to hammer) - this is the consumables (minutes is to nails).

about two weeks ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

MightyYar Re:NOT CONFIDENTIAL!! YAY!! (231 comments)

No, No, they don't have a right to know.

I have to disagree. If you do business with the government, you lose some of the privacy that you would have in a private transaction. Secrecy in government is just too tempting to abuse.

about two weeks ago
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Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

MightyYar Re:Surprise? (579 comments)

The hardest part is the macro language. VBA is an unspeakable horror, but it is well-documented and there are 20 years worth of forum help posts online fixing whatever problem you are currently working on.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

MightyYar Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

I'm not disputing what you claim, just saying that your use case is marginal. It's like snowmobiles. Some people use them for work. For the most part, they are toys.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

MightyYar Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

I'm going to throw an assumption out there: very, very few people are doing this. Yes, you could - in theory - "dock" your phone/tablet and do productive things with it. But a really top-notch phone is going to cost you $600+ and a really low-end computer that can kick the shit out of it will cost $200. I think that anyone who can afford the monitor, keyboard, and high-end phone will probably not sweat the cheap cpu too much.

So in the end, while I'm sure there are people in the fringes doing productive things on their phones and tablets, for the vast majority they are toys. This is not meant to be a disparaging comment - I have a smartphone, I have tablets... but I don't do anything more productive on them than take short notes and check email. Mostly they are consumption devices.

about two weeks ago
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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

MightyYar Re:And yet (181 comments)

Perfectly allowed? ISIS is being bombed by the US military!

(sorry for the obscurity)

about two weeks ago
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Not Just For ThinkPads Anymore: Lenovo Gets OK To Buy IBM Server Line

MightyYar Re:Because... (93 comments)

Corporations are government. They get their charter from government, and most of the big ones have very tight ties to government through lobbying and contracts. Corporations now do almost all of the actual work that we typically associate with government. It's a way of letting us have a ruling class while still maintaining the facade of democracy.

And I guess at the end of the day, we could always pass a law revoking corporate charters. Good luck with that, though.

about two weeks ago
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How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

MightyYar Re:try BitCoin next time (97 comments)

CO2 knows no borders

What you said is true, but obvious. Effectiveness on global CO2 levels aside, the CA program has been a success by other measures. They intended it to be a pilot program, and it looks like it has mostly worked out from a technical standpoint. They have demonstrated that the system is workable from an administrative and bureaucratic standpoint. Few people are silly enough to think that CO2 emissions can be handled on a local (or even national) level - but having what is effectively one of the largest economies in the world to use as an example is a pretty good start.

about two weeks ago

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MightyYar MightyYar writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MightyYar (622222) writes "Apparently Al Gore's home energy use has actually increased since he made "An Inconvenient Truth", according to The Tennessee Center for Policy Research. While this organization is certainly not apolitical and I am a bit skeptical about their claims, if true this would give Gore critics further ammunition — he would indeed appear to be an elitist hypocrite, willing to preach to us about how to live without following his own advice. For us geeks, the Drudge Report gives us the numbers."

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