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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

NotQuiteReal CNC machines (253 comments)

But they had to buy 10k CNC machines to build 1M bodies? Doesn't sound right. Only 100 per machine.

They were battery operated, and looked cool! No seams for battery doors or holes for pesky charger ports!

8 hours ago

Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

NotQuiteReal What do Terrorists use? (228 comments)

Obviously they are not hipster enough for Apple products, ironic beards not withstanding.

Android products are too "free", and therefore would encourage infidel proclivities.

They kill all their own intellectuals who could create a new phone, so... they must use WINDOWS!!!!

2 days ago

Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

NotQuiteReal Re:4 cities... (71 comments)

Yes, in Europe, the price stated, is the price you pay, but, at least while shopping via the Internet, it is common to point out that the VAT is included. For example, go to, select a European city, pick a random hotel and it will give the price - AND - the notation "Included 20% VAT" (London) or "Included 25% VAT" (Copenhagen), "Included: 6% VAT, Not included: € 2 city tax per person per night." (Bruges).

While it is nice to have an all-inclusive price, it is important to be transparent on the amount of taxes being paid. In Europe, just as in the US, taxes vary wildly state-by-state.

2 days ago

Airbnb To Start Collecting Hotel Tax On Rentals In San Francisco

NotQuiteReal 4 cities... (71 comments)

I live in California, but stayed in hotels in several other states in the last couple of weeks... 14% occupancy tax does seem high, but this is San Francisco, they love taxes up there...

Dallas = Room + 2% DTPID Fee + 7.1% City Tax + 6.1% State Tax
NYC = Room + Sales Tax 8.875% + Occupancy Tax 5.875% + Room Tax $2.00 + Room Unit Tax $1.55
Boston = Room + State Tax 5.7% + City Tax 6% + CCF Tax 2.75%
Philadelphia = Room + Lodging Tax 8.5% + Sales Tax 8%

In Europe they are much more civilized about it -- they just toss in some huge VAT tax (like 20%) and may or may not mention that it is "included" (how thoughtful of them.) In some places there are still more taxes - in Dublin Ireland, my hotel bill had the room fee, with VAT included, but also added "other local taxes and fees" amounting to 9.25% of that...

In general, the observation that taxing visitors is popular is accurate, and accelerating, it seems.

2 days ago

Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

NotQuiteReal You don't have to sit quietly (418 comments)

This situation is what belch and fart smartphone apps are for.

5 days ago

City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

NotQuiteReal About 1/2 of 1 percent of their budget (249 comments)

hopes to save 6 million Euro over five years by switching from Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux in all of its offices. The move will mean installing the open source operating system on 8,300 PCs, which will generate an immediate saving of roughly €300 per machine (almost €2.5m altogether, made up from the cost of Windows and Office licences)

€6,000,000/8,300 = €723 Euro per machine. Subtract 300, up-front (OS/Office) = €85 per year savings, after the licenses.

Let's say the average city employee makes €40,000/year (I have no idea what they make, but assuming one employee per workstation, those workers are about 1/4 of the cities annual budget of €1,266,000,000)

So, the half a day's wage saved (€85) per year isn't a big deal either way - either they are happy with the open source systems and they make out, or they go back to proprietary software and spend a couple of days wages, if needed.

And why does it need to be all or nothing? People should use what makes them most productive... within the support capabilities of the IT staff. Out of 8300 workstations I wouldn't be surprised if a large share of them could get by with basically running a web browser, but for those who need Windows or MacOS to get their work done, so be it.

about a week ago

Massive Study Searching For Genes Behind Intelligence Finds Little

NotQuiteReal From the summary... (269 comments)

They were looking for "academic achievement", not necessarily intelligence, per se.

about two weeks ago

X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

NotQuiteReal which side of Earth? (145 comments)

Didn't RTFA, did they mention which side of our fine planet will be facing the worst of it? How long is the stream going to pummel us?

about two weeks ago

UK's National Health Service Moves To NoSQL Running On an Open-Source Stack

NotQuiteReal Re:80 million people? (198 comments)

At least these ghosts are just being kept healthy, if they lived in Chicago, they'd probably be voting too.

about two weeks ago

In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

NotQuiteReal Re:Wifi (183 comments)

Hackers will always be pinging it to see if it is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug...

about two weeks ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

NotQuiteReal Don't wear pants! (363 comments)

Everyone who wears pants is hiding something!!!! or they are modest, or cold or something... But they are for damn sure guilty of wearing pants!!!!

about two weeks ago

BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

NotQuiteReal Arrrrgh! (363 comments)

Arrrgh, matey! Debit Left!!!, Credit Right!!!

about two weeks ago

Feds Say NSA "Bogeyman" Did Not Find Silk Road's Servers

NotQuiteReal Or so they say... (142 comments)

At least that is what they are saying... did they capture SR server logs confirming the mis-configuration at the time?

about two weeks ago

Robot Printer Brings Documents To Your Desk

NotQuiteReal I don't know about Caterpillars... (64 comments)

But I often see long trails of ants on the floor following a trail of chemicals laid down by the ants themselves!

about three weeks ago

Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

NotQuiteReal Get China on the phone (708 comments)

China accounts for 42% of the carbon emissions. US and Europe combined are 20%, so even if "the rich" country bankrupted themselves trying, they can't solve the problem alone.

about three weeks ago

UK Prisons Ministry Fined For Lack of Encryption At Prisons

NotQuiteReal So... outsource ALL OF IT (74 comments)

Outsource all of the government functions - put it all out for bid.

Outsource the management too.

Have elections to select which management firms are eligible to be in the random drawing for the next 1,2,4, or 5 year cycle...

about three weeks ago

Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

NotQuiteReal Re:I seem to remember... (275 comments)

"for free for life"


about a month ago

Telegram Not Dead STOP Alive, Evolving In Japan STOP

NotQuiteReal Re:25 characters is too much for Haikus! (144 comments)

this is a haiku
each line is a tiny one
twenty three at most

Well, ok it sucks, (23 is the longest line, counting spaces) but it is 5-7-5...

about a month ago

Murder Suspect Asked Siri Where To Hide a Dead Body

NotQuiteReal To be fair... (160 comments)

It could have been Germany...

about a month ago



Cox announces death of USENET for Internet users

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "Today my email had (several copies) of an email from my Internet provider that begins

Dear Valued Customer:

Effective June 30, 2010, Cox Communications will discontinue Usenet service to our subscribers.
Declining newsgroup usage in recent years has highlighted the need to focus our resources on other priorities

Is this a trend among Internet providers? Cox did offer 50% off of a Giganews subscription for $3 or $15 per month!
Appropriately enough, my "Prove yourself" capcha is "sadden"..."

California bill would make downloads "tangible

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "California Assemblyman Charles Calderon, D-Whittier, has introduced a bill that would allow sales tax to be collected on "media downloads". Assembly bill AB1956 would be able to do this only by reclassifying such downloads as "tangible personal property".

My first thought is that would suck yet another tax. My second thought was — hey "isn't that how they got Al Capone?" — yes, the old tax evasion trap. If you thought the RIAA was bad, just wait until the Tax Man comes after your for your untaxed P2P!"

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I know the Slashdot crowd usually complains about John C. Dvorak columns... sure the guy needs to carp about something, let the guy make a living, sheesh.

But one of his latest columns seems to be right on. He is bitching about Microsoft Windows and is right on target. No fluff here. Even a Slashdotter can agree with Dvorak for once, right? He summarized the seemingly random, Windows issues when it comes to using the UI for simple things like "copying folders"! What a concept — have the UI ask you questions up front, rather than an hour from now! Who hasn't had this problem with Windows. [Personally I have been trained to use Cygwin for certain tasks. cough, cough.]

If you use Windows, for whatever reason, don't you think this whole column has nailed a lot of your complaints about the Window UI?"

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  about 8 years ago

NotQuiteReal (608241) writes "I saw a story that the AP is reporting about TrackMeNot, which sounds like a FireFox plug-in. From the article:

"TrackMeNot periodically sends fake, innocuous queries to search engines, making it harder for someone to glean your actual search habits by reviewing the companies' logs that contain your queries"

Does that seem like a good idea? Would you run such a thing. If you had some choice words in your random search list, could you not garner more attention, rather than less?

Is this just another way to waste bandwidth?"



Second Slashdot Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 7 years ago when it is darkest
even the dimmest light can
help you find the way

I'll use this for a sig, for a bit. The meaning is literal.


Obvious Haiku

NotQuiteReal NotQuiteReal writes  |  more than 9 years ago I figured I'd turn on this Journal option and see what happens. But I have nothing to say at the moment.

Well, how about this Haiku I wrote last night. I don't generally write poetry of any sort, but I was working on coming up with a few words on an unrelated topic and noticed it was real close to Haiku, so I fiddled a bit and this popped out:

Some five syllables
Another seven go here
Finish with five more

Seems like an "obvious" Haiku to me, but I couldn't google it, so I figured it must be original. Enjoy. Or not. I have no expectation of an audience here.

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