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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Nom du Keyboard Re: Misleading Headline (246 comments)

That's a regressive tax. Poor people spend more of their income on "stuff", so end up paying more tax (proportionally) than the rich, who use tier money in other ways (stock, shares etc).

You say "regressive tax" as though that is somehow morally wrong and shocks the conscience of the Universe. You might choose a cutoff that income tax starts on all income above a basic subsistence rate, but there is no absolute moral authority stating "regressive tax bad, progressive tax good." Besides, many low income people currently pay no income taxes at all. Even if they paid a pittance and had some skin in the game they might start taking a much greater interest in how their tax monies were being spent -- which would be a Good Thing.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Nom du Keyboard Re:Misleading Headline (246 comments)

A flat income tax with no deductions? Seriously? You know that'd benefit the rich. Right now, a lot of poor people pay no income tax. I pay no income tax. I just have to worry about self-employment tax (equivalent to FICA taxes for employed persons) and that's it. I don't earn enough to pay income tax, and I don't think I ever have. Came close while in college given my grants.

A flat tax that somehow benefits the rich? Wow, how did you arrive at that?

Let me see here. Under a flat tax I make X dollars and pay Y tax on them where Y = some% of X.
Another person makes 2X dollars and pays 2Y in taxes.
Uncle Money Bags makes 100X dollars (I hope I'm in his will) and pays 100Y in taxes.

You know, that really sounds very fair to me -- although truly fair would be that everybody pays the same amount of tax each year because everybody benefits the same from roads, schools and other provided services.

Anything else is punitive from envious people who hate that someone else had more than they do.

People are weird that way. Take the social experiment where the researcher offers you $50, which you can take or refuse. But there's a condition: If you take the $50 then I get $100. But if you take nothing then I get nothing either. While you'd think that it's a no-brainer that you now have $50 that you didn't have before, you'd be amazed how many people will refuse to take their money because someone else "unfairly" is getting more in the process. And that attitude carries over into other areas.

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Nom du Keyboard Re:well... (246 comments)

Microsoft employs >40K employees in the Seattle Metro area, while the other 3.6M residents (literally the 99%) get screwed.

So tell me, if Microsoft left and took the 40k jobs with them, they would then NOT get tax breaks in Seattle.

How would the other 99% of the Seattle residents be better off?

Would they somehow be less screwed?

How dare you attempt Logic on Slashdot?

about two weeks ago
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Protesters Blockade Microsoft's Seattle Headquarters Over Tax Breaks

Nom du Keyboard Re:well... (246 comments)

Boeing took Washington State for all they were worth and were the beneficiaries of the 1st & 3rd largest incentives in US history.

Is that before, or after, the $1.2 billion that Nevada is giving Tesla for the Gigifactory?

about two weeks ago
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Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Nom du Keyboard Electricity is Complex (442 comments)

So ignorant.
He probably doesn't even understand Power Factor -- let alone any real complexities in electrical generation and distribution.
He seems like a guy who added up all generation and all consumption, said that those numbers are essentially equal, meaning that this is just a question of distributing the power to where it's needed. It it were only so simple.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Nom du Keyboard Is It Retransmission...? (484 comments)

Is it illegal retransmission for my stepson in New York to VCR a program and mail me the tape?
If no, then Aereo should be completely legal.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Nom du Keyboard Re:Remind my why they are being sued (484 comments)

Because when (I think it was) CBS was in a dispute with the cable companies they didn't let their content be carried over the cable as leverage for insanely higher re-transmission fees. Some desirable sports are only shown on CBS. People got around the CBS action by receiving over-the-air broadcasts. Aereo let everybody in the country who wanted to put it to CBS. CBS didn't like that.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Nom du Keyboard Aereo is 1-to-1 (484 comments)

Cable is a one-to-many system.
Aereo is 1-to-1.
That is a Major difference.
It's not "streaming" to download your own data across the Internet.
The Supreme Court are a bunch of technologically backward morons!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Fixing Windows 8 Flaws, But Leaving Them In Windows 7

Nom du Keyboard Don't Tell Me This (218 comments)

I don't want to hear this. I just finished the migration from XP to Win7.
Do not want to go through that again for another 6 years.

about 3 months ago
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Who Helped Kill Patent Troll Reform In the Senate

Nom du Keyboard Just Your Friendly Ultra-Liberal Democrat (157 comments)

Who still buys into that garbage that only Republicans protect big business that the nice and friendly, warm and fuzzy, Democrats are the party of the People?
(Hint: They're the party of the Union bosses and every corporate lobbyist with a checkbook. At least the Republicans don't lie about it.)

about 4 months ago
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Understanding an AI's Timescale

Nom du Keyboard Totally Flawed Premise (189 comments)

Just because computers can send and receive data very fast doesn't at all mean that they would necessarily comprehend it at a conscious level any faster than we can without hour own highly parallel human brains.
Nor is there any reason to believe that an AI would experience boredom. That's projecting human quirks on non-human intelligences, which the author has no basis to validly do.

about 4 months ago
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Climate Journal Publishes Referees' Report In Response To "Witch-Hunt" Claims

Nom du Keyboard Re:Witch-Hunt. Right. (330 comments)

Exactly.

Now if only we could get the same peer review process in place at certain media outlets that pretend to be news...

CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and especially MSNBC.

about 4 months ago
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AT&T's Gigabit Smokescreen

Nom du Keyboard Re:Applause for Google (129 comments)

Hey, what about Verizon FiOS? I got fiber to my house and get as good of service as you can expect from Verizon....

And how's your Netflix streaming?

about 5 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Nom du Keyboard Re:Well. (195 comments)

It requires a shload of heat, which takes energy. The environmental claim is regarding the production of this energy, which Apple has no problem building large solar arrays to get around that.

They're making it in Arizona.
Arizona has heat.

about 5 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Nom du Keyboard Re:Well. (195 comments)

Also, there is some speculation on several different sites that Apple may not intend to use sapphire for the screen, but instead for the camera lens. They currently use it on the camera lens and the home button. I wonder if it's something they could use in other things that don't currently use Gorilla Glass, like macbook screens?

That's an awful lot of sapphire that they'll be making if it's just for camera lenses and the Home button.
And if the MacBook isn't already using GG, then why does it need sapphire?
Not making sense here.

about 5 months ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Nom du Keyboard Re:Well. (195 comments)

If Gorilla Glass is so superior to sapphire, then why is Apple going to such expense for an inferior material?
Is it just that people will buy sapphire iPhones over GG iPhones? I doubt that.
I expect that there are advantages to sapphire that you're missing.
I know of a lot of GG iPhones with cracked/shattered displays, so there must be some room for improvement.

about 5 months ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

Nom du Keyboard The Next Question (171 comments)

The next question to answer is: Can Heartbleed compromise True Crypt?

about 5 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

Nom du Keyboard Maybe Not So Good For Apple (219 comments)

Apple claims that Samsung hurts the market for iPhones.
B.S.!
If you want IOS and the Apple App Store you have to buy an iPhone today every bit as much as you ever had to do so.
The Samsung phone is a different creature in a different environment.
Apple couldn't even make enough smartphones to supply the whole world provided that the did have a monopoly on them.
Aside from the fact that Apple never should have been granted these patents, I mean really, how long before Samsung -- who still supplies a lot of the iPhone and iPad components because nobody else can -- announces a sudden price increase that more than pays for this judgement out of Apple's own pockets?
I hope real soon.
And I'm left to wonder if this is taxable income in the USA for the famously tax-avoiding Apple? If not, then they just laundered a giga-buck into the good 'ol USA.

about 9 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Re:Really? (276 comments)

You may think that you're an AC, but the NSA likely knows who you are.

about 10 months ago
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Bitcoin Hits $400 Ahead of Senate Hearing On Virtual Currency

Nom du Keyboard Cost of Minting -- Fascinating (276 comments)

I find it fascinating that as the cost of minting BCs in terms of compute cycles goes up, so does their value relative to the dollar. Is that behavior by design?

about 10 months ago

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Netflix Stealthy Reduces Service, Keeps Prices the Same

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  about 2 months ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "After seeing a drop in my DVD service from Netflix I got a customer service representative tonight to confirm that Netflix has ceased processing DVD returns on Saturdays nationwide. And that they did this without either notifying their customers, nor reducing prices to compensate for the reduced service. Given that the DVD selection still far outstrips their streaming selection, this may be news to others like myself who don't find streaming an adequate replacement for plastic discs. My experience up until recently, unlike Netflix's promise of a 1-3 day turnaround at their end which gives them lots of wiggle room to degrade service even further, had been of mailing in a DVD on day one, having them receive it and mail out my next selection on day two, and receiving it on day three. Now with them only working 5 days and many US Post Office holidays, they're still getting the same money for significantly less. Is Netflix still the good guy here?"
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Apple's Tim Cook Avoids Millions in Federal and California Taxes

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Apple CEO Tim Cook has avoided paying taxes on $75 million in Apple dividends by asking the Apple board to have him not participate in dividend equivalents. Tim may not need the money, but the California and Federal treasuries could have sure used the extra cash. Is this fair of him to do, or is Apple still holding on to money this way that isn't properly taxed?"
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Nvidia Gives Up On Cheap Desktop GPGPU Processors

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "It appears that Nvidia is abandoning relatively cheap high-end GPGPU performance for the masses with the EOLing of their Fermi GF110 GTX 580 chip. The new GK104 Kepler GPU excels at graphics tasks, but is a dog at the gold standard of double precision floating point computation, unable to best even the previous generation GTX 580 chip,, let alone AMD's latest Tahiti HD 7970 GPGPU. While certainly Nvidia will soon announce a vastly more expensive workstation and supercomputer class GPGPU solution with undoubtedly a significant performance increase over their previous generation, it now seems like AMD is the only option in the market for the home user on a budget wanting major compute in addition to stellar graphics performance."
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Meet Paypal, the New Lord of Censorship

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "As explained here and here, Paypal has suddenly anointed themselves the new lord of censoring legal adult erotic content on the Internet. "On Saturday February 18, PayPal began threatening indie book publishers and distributors with immediate deactivation of the businesses’ accounts if they did not remove books containing certain sexual themes — namely, specific sexual fantasies that PayPal does not approve of." And while one high-minded author declares, "Most of the stuff on Smashwords is porn," it seems to be what many people like to purchase for private enjoyment. Or would like to purchase because without Paypal, it's hard to run any Internet business. Is this part of a deal Paypal is trying to cut with the feds to avoid being classified a bank?"
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Paypal Declares War on Legal Published Erotica

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "If you're doing business on the Internet you pretty much have to deal with Paypal for payments. Other alternatives are either more expensive, more limited, generally unsuitable, unavailable worldwide, or otherwise not able to meet the requirements for accepting payments over the Internet from pretty much everybody. And dealing with Paypal means dealing with their often arbitrary and capricious enforcement of vague and unseen policies. Now Paypal has suddenly declared war on legal published erotica and is demanding that an increasing number of individuals, as well as major eBook distributors, remove all titles that Paypal alone objects to, or lose their primary means of payment processing.. The Internet has just defeated SOPA and PIPA, but can it ever defeat the 900lb gorilla of Paypal? Note: It's unlikely that Paypal initiated this action completely on their own. They have always been more reactive than proactive, so where is this sudden new pressure to act coming from now? Enquiring Slashdotters would like to know."
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Slashdot Poll

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "How many incandescent light bulbs have you replaced in your house with fluorescent equivalents?

None – and never will.
1-2
3-5
6-10
10-20
>20
Waiting for LEDs/Light Bulb Next.
I use pre-incandescent lighting technology"
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Reason I most oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger:

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  about 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Reason I most oppose the AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: ..Less competition = higher prices ..AT&T will kill all the great T-Mobile price plans ..I moved to T-Mobile to get AWAY from AT&T ..Don't want to lose the hot T-Mobile girl ads ..I don't oppose the merger ..What merger? ..Other (specify)"
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Another Hit From Netflix

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  about 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "After their recent (up to) 60% price increase, and now losing Starz out of their streaming lineup early next year, Netflix is starting to ship deficient DVD's. I got The Adjustment Bureau from them on DVD. I've preferred DVD's ever since the DVD version of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story had nearly 20 more minutes of movie on it than the streaming version. But with The Adjustment Bureau, all of the bonus features (but not the movie previews) had been stripped out of the DVD and replaced with an ad encouraging the purchase of the retail DVD and/or BluRay version. And no warning on the Netflix page for this movie that this wasn't the full real DVD that they were shipping. What the heck? Is Netflix trying to commit corporate suicide? I'll probably spend a buck at Red Box just to see the bonus features for this film, and have a bad taste in my mouth over it regarding Netflix."
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Netflix to Inflict Huge 60% Price Increase on Subs

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "I just got notice that my current $9.99/month Unlimited DVDs (1-at-a-time) and Unlimited Streaming plan is now split. Now I must choose by September 1 between Unlimited DVDs (1-at-a-time) for $7.99/month (no streaming), or Unlimited Streaming for $7.99/month (no DVDs). Or I can have both – otherwise described as exactly what I have now – for only $15.98. This amounts to a 59.9% increase over my current plan. They must really believe that they have pricing power in this weak economy to try to get away with such a huge price increase since they would lose money from anyone who uses only one of their two services. So much for falling data transport prices making everything cheaper by the year."
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Slashdot Poll: Labor Unions?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Labor Unions?
o A universal good.
o A qualified necessity.
o Generally fine, but not for me.
o Necessary once upon a time.
o Obsolete and damaging in today's world.
o I'm self-employed, you dolt.
o There's no union for the unemployed."
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How Apple Beat Microsoft

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Only a decade ago the idea of Apple topping Microsoft would have seemed impossible, yet one cannot deny their relative valuations today. But how was it done? A great analysis of just how: Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it's enemy action shows how Apple's long-term strategy of cheap software may well win out over Microsoft's very opposite approach."
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AMD Bulldozer May Not Perform As Well As Anticipat

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "In Processor Whispers — About latencies and compilers Andreas Stiller opines on released information that AMD Bulldozer integer cores are less capable than their K10 predecessors. "The Bulldozer's integer core has only two instead of three ALUs (EX0, EX1). In exchange, it comes with slightly enhanced AGLUs (address generation logical units). Besides, the throughput specifications would draw attention to the fact that the Bulldozer's integer cores each have one pipeline less than the integer cores of its predecessor K10, although AMD boldly draws four pipelines into its block diagram – as the scheduler can now support the two ALUs (EX0 and EX1) and the two address generation units (AG0 and AG1) separately, whereas before these units were jointly operated by glued-together micro-operations. Still, this is no serious compensation for the three capable ALUs that the K10 and the competition's Sandy Bridge feature, as the two AGUs can only offer very limited aid – apparently, they can only participate in calculations related to the instructions CALL and LEA." Is AMD, once again, about to disappoint?"
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Can I Make My Android Phone Lie?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "After the Pandora personal information tracking fiasco (I wondered why that app always started every time I rebooted, even when I hadn't used it for weeks), and now having yet another app (today it's Layar) ask in its latest update for access to even more personal information that it absolutely doesn't need to do its job, I'd like to know: Can I make my Android phone just outright lie to these applications that don't need this personal information to start with? After all, it is MY phone."
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Amazon Censorship Expands

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Recently word leaked out about Amazon removing titles containing fictional incest. Surprisingly that ban didn't extend to the 10 titles of Science Fiction Grand Master Robert A. Heinlein that incorporate various themes of incest and pedophilia. Now, it seems that the censorship is expanding to m/m gay fiction if it contains the magic word "rape" in the title. Just how far is this going to be allowed to proceed in relative silence, and who is pushing these sudden decisions on Amazon's part?"
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Amazon Stealthy Censoring Books/Removing Kindle Pu

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Back in April of 2009, with no notice or stated policy, a large swath of LGBT titles suddenly disappeared from Amazon.com. The ensuing uproar soon got them restored with Amazon claiming it was all some sort of never well described, but very selective, glitch. Then in July 2009 Amazon suddenly removed purchased books from customer's Kindles citing a copyright cock-up. Amazon's next trick earlier this year was to remove titles with suggestive covers from their All Departments default search, which is blatant censorship since that is the only search many Amazon customers know how to use. They may have been spooked by this hit piece in Slate. And while those titles seemed to still be available if you know where to drill down in your search, removing then from the most commonly used All Departments default search was blatant censorship in the digital age. You'd almost be tempted to think that Amazon didn't want to be in the book sales business. Now Amazon seems to be at it again regarding adult material – fictional incest stories among others. It is also under discussion on the Amazon forum – for now. With no warning to authors, publishers, or their customers, titles have suddenly disappeared over the weekend, including reports of yanking existing sold books from Kindle via the subterfuge of corrupting the downloaded book, offering a refund, and then refusing the ability to repurchase the title with the refund. These are titles that obviously have a market, some of them doing quite well on the bestseller lists for their genre. So just what is The World's Biggest Bookstore up to now and why are they being so quiet about it? Is it time to celebrate Google Books as the freer Amazon alternative?"
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SLASHDOT POLL: Should there be a Harry Potter #8?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "SLASHDOT POLL
Should there be a Harry Potter #8?
Yes, Harry Potter and the Battle for Hogwarts.
Yes, other (see comments).
No, 7 are just right/more than enough.
No, Warner Brothers has already made enough money.
No, J. K. Rowling is already richer than the Queen.
No, the actors are too old.
Who is Harry Potter?"
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Amazon Quietly Censoring Bookcovers

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "It seems that Amazon has embarked on a new policy of quiet bookcover censorship. It's possible that they were spooked by this hit piece in Slate, or there may be some other reason, but bookcovers featuring even tasteful nudity have been removed from the "All Departments" general search. Of course they never made this a public announcement; books just started disappearing from their general search without notice. Authors and publishers are being left with two choices: 1) Redo the cover to remove the nudity. 2) Have your title relegated to only Erotica searches for now. Their alleged excuse is that some minor might accidentally stumble upon an offending cover, but this seems to overlook the obvious fact that even with the cover changed Amazon is still selling the same unaltered content to that, or any other, purchaser. And is this only the first step for them? So far this hasn't apparently spread to other eTailers such as Fictionwise, making it possible to compare erotic titles on the two sites and see the Amazon required censorship in the changed cover art. So how do you feel about Amazon setting these rules for everyone?"
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Fake Steve Jobs Goes Android

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Yes Fake Steve Jobs (aka Dan Lyons) ishttp://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/techtonicshifts/archive/2010/05/20/sayonara-iphone-why-i-m-switching-to-android.aspx">dumping his unreliable AT&T/iPhone for Verizon/Android. Among the factors he cites in his decision include the HTC Incredible phone itself, the highly-regarded Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, and too many dropped calls on his current network. Who wudda thunk?"
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Is The 4th Yellow Pixel of Sharp Quattron Hype?

Nom du Keyboard Nom du Keyboard writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "Sharp Aquos brand televisions are making a big deal about their Quattron technology of adding a 4th yellow pixel to their RGB sets. While you can read a glowing review of it here, the engineer in me is skeptical because of how all the source material for this set is produced in 3-color RGB. I also know how just making a picture brighter and saturating the colors a bit can make it more appealing to many viewers over a more accurate rendition – so much for side-by-side comparisons. And I laugh at how you are supposed to see the advantages of 4-color technology in ads on your 3-color sets at home as you watch their commercials. It sounds more like hype to extract a higher profit margin than the next great advance in home television. So is it real?"

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