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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

MikeMo Re:AIDS is bad (101 comments)

You do understand that a tax write-off only allows you to decrease your tax burden by a partial percentage of the donation? For example, if they donate $1,000, their burden is decreased by $260 (using their advertised US tax rate of 26%). So, it is nice on the tax side, but it still costs then $740 net.

It's not like it's free money.

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

MikeMo They are competitors (328 comments)

It's plain and simple: now that Apple owns Beats, it makes no sense to sell their competitors products. It just isn't done.

about a month ago
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

MikeMo Re:Set the record straight (109 comments)

I shouldn't feed the troll, but you have to know that not every screen made by LG is the same as every other one they make. In addition, the rest of the layers in he assembly have a lot to do with the visual results, and those might be different from other screens you will see in the future (there are no other 5K screens shipping at the moment). And then there's the control circuitry (an Apple proprietary chip is involved in that) and the software that drives it. So yes, the results may be much better than the competition even if LG makes those screens, too.

about a month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MikeMo Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

I'm sure the phone is powerful enough to compile, I just can't imagine trying to actually do it. Further, I suspect you are somewhat forgetting that this is really a phone, an appliance, and not really a computer, even though it has one inside of it - just like a microwave.

Can you write scripts like that on anything? A script that "knows" the state of another app? ( a real question, not a troll. ) It sounds like you want something similar to Applescript, which allows you to write a script which actually launches whatever apps, invokes the methods exposed by the app via the script library, and then does something else, no?

If so, I think the reason Apple excludes such a thing is twofold: one, sandboxing and security is difficult with such a beast, and two, .0001% of their customer base wants such a thing. Heck, it's almost dead on the Mac. It would be pretty awesome, though!

As for ethics, they haven't excluded this because they secretly have a heart of cold iron and a desire to hurt, they've done it just because it isn't desired sufficiently.

about a month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MikeMo Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

Right, they're just as safe, that's why there are so few malware apps for Andriod.

about a month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MikeMo Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

It's free for anyone running 10.6.8 or better. You might have to go through a few upgrades to get there (I haven't looked) but all the OS's between here and there have been free.

about a month ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

MikeMo Re:Wait, what? (305 comments)

So, you're wanting to build and compile code on your phone? Or an iPad mini? If so, you're just nuts. You want to compile and build on the computer that's in your microwave? It's not unreasonable to require a computer to build code for such devices, it's not unreasonable for Apple to require that computer to be an Apple computer, and it is not unreasonable to charge $20 for the ability to distribute that code to as many users as you wish.

As for the "ethics", you're just flat making that issue up for the rest of the world.

about a month ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

MikeMo Re:Not true (120 comments)

They won't face a fine, although the EU may require Ireland to collect the "rightful" taxes. In any case, I was objecting to the article summary which states that "EU regulators are set to accuse Apple..." which is misleading, at best.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

MikeMo Not true (120 comments)

The EU never made such a statement and never levies fines in such cases even if the action turns out to be illegal.

This is another case of breathless reporters doing their best to get clicks by accusing Apple of something, anything.

about 2 months ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

MikeMo Slashdot is amazing (600 comments)

Have you ever noticed that on Slashdot there are no good ideas?

The world would save so much time and money if they would just talk to Slashdot before trying to invent things!

about 2 months ago
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3 Decades Later, Finnair Pilots Report Dramatic Close Encounter With a Missile

MikeMo Re:Defies credulity (138 comments)

The Finnish are not famous for making things up.

about 3 months ago
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Intel Unveils MICA "My Intelligent Communication Accessory" Smart Bracelet

MikeMo Re:Just the warm-up (48 comments)

You are absolutely right, of course, but Apple would not release an "iWatch" unless these obvious problems have been sufficiently mitigated. That's the magic.

about 3 months ago
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New Watson-Style AI Called Viv Seeks To Be the First 'Global Brain'

MikeMo Re:Unbiased advice by a corporate-owned AI? (161 comments)

You do understand the concept of "fiction", do you not? These movies and stories didn't "show" anything except for the author's creativity and the movie company's ability to smell a winner.

Honestly, I am so tired of humanity confusing movies with realityl.

about 3 months ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

MikeMo Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

It's not just ROI. Other viruses cause way more death - like HIV - and should receive the bulk of our research money and attention because of that simple fact. Compare the death rate from HIV in Africa to that of Ebola and you can see it just makes sense to put resources on HIV.

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

MikeMo Re:A paucity of candidates (514 comments)

Ya know, I meant to add the same comment for Hispanics. I've seen and hired one Hispanic programmer, also pretty good.

about 4 months ago
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Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step

MikeMo A paucity of candidates (514 comments)

In my 30 years of software management, I was presented exactly once with a black candidate, and I hired him. Excellent programmer and co-worker. I don't know why, but there just aren't many black candidates. How can we achieve parity if there are no candidates?

about 4 months ago

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