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Dark Days Ahead For Facebook and Google?

Overly Critical Guy Re:Mobile will destroy Google? (215 comments)

Except that Google isn't profiting from Android as a mobile search platform. They have acknowledged this in their quarterly reports.

more than 2 years ago
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MPAA Agent Poses As Homebuyer To Catch Pirates

Overly Critical Guy To: Slashdot readers (289 comments)

When you desire more information from a story mentioned in a summary, try clicking the underlined phrase in the text. This is called a hyperlink and will take you to the full article with all the details.

Wise posters of Slashdot past shortened this idea into an easily remembered acronym: RTFA

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times Apple Tax Article Flawed

Overly Critical Guy Re:TOTALLY missing the point (193 comments)

This doesn't apply at all to Apple putting business locations in other states like Nevada to avoid paying California taxes.

Yes, they do this. So what?

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times Apple Tax Article Flawed

Overly Critical Guy Re:So what? (193 comments)

Saying NYT made an incorrect calculation and explaining why is fine. But what was Apple's tax rate, then?

We won't know until the actual profits are calculated at the end of the trading year, when Apple pays the remaining balance.

If you can't answer that, then you can't say the figure itself is incorrect, only the means used to arrive at it.

What?! Yes, you can. Because it was derived from 2010's, it doesn't reflect what Apple's actual tax rate will be for its 2011 profits, which were much higher than 2010's. Therefore, the figure is totally useless.

more than 2 years ago
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NY Times Apple Tax Article Flawed

Overly Critical Guy Oh (193 comments)

Whoops. Well, I'm sure Slashdot's comments to the previous article were totally reasonable.

Why does Apple hate America? (Score:5, Insightful)
by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 28, @06:23PM (#39834399)

Good citizens pay their fair share, so it must be asked: why does Apple hate America?

...oh.

more than 2 years ago
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Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Overly Critical Guy Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (240 comments)

You know, every time I see someone on a forum defend PHP, they eventually admit that they write PHP for their job. If you have a vested financial interest in PHP, it's understandable that you'd have a desire to defend your source of income, but it doesn't change the fact that PHP is objectively a terrible language. Just because the PHP bashing is old doesn't make it wrong.

more than 2 years ago
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Recently Exposed PHP Hole's Official Fix Ineffective

Overly Critical Guy Re:You shouldn't. Nobody should. (240 comments)

Are people seriously defending the use of PHP in 2012? You talk about testing when PHP doesn't even pass all its own tests according to the official website.

PHP's creator has publicly stated that he is not a programmer and is not interested in being one, that he didn't set out to create a programming language, and so forth.

When I see people defending PHP, I have the same reaction I get when I see Scientologists defending a religion started by a science fiction author.

more than 2 years ago
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In Australia, Google Pays Just $74k Tax On Claimed Revenues of $200 Million

Overly Critical Guy Re:Taxes suck. (345 comments)

Do you actually believe there's a conspiracy going on to tar Google? Google's tax practices were first reported on Slashdot in 2010.

Most importantly, note that you don't refute any facts in the stories. Instead, you appeal to Google fans who don't like seeing negative stories on Slashdot by talking about secret campaigns and conspiracies, which instantly got you modded up, even though you have zero proof that this submission has anything to do with a Facebook plant.

I think Google's constant 2012 controversies have caused fans to go into a meltdown around here.

more than 2 years ago
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Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

Overly Critical Guy Re:The Name (737 comments)

Some people go out of their way to let people know they're not offended by things that are obviously inappropriate because they think it makes them appear enlightened and impressively independent-minded to others.

You are one of those people.

"Gimp" is a stupid name for what is supposed to be a flagship open source project. Period.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Facing FTC Fine Over Safari Privacy Breach

Overly Critical Guy Re:Absolutely right! (73 comments)

Well, according to some of the early posts, this is somehow Apple's fault, and they should be fined! Seriously. It's like, at what point do you hold Google accountable for anything? Because according to supporters, the Street View thing was okay, Google Search Plus Your World excluding other more popular social networks was okay, the bypassing of Safari privacy controls was okay...and so on. The constant defense of their actions is getting really silly.

Google really needs to do some soul-searching. 2012 has just been a year of controversy after controversy, and we're not even halfway through. Larry Page's attempt to force social networking throughout Google products, as well other initiatives that it's hard to imagine the old Google embarking on, have put a sour image on the company lately.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Facing FTC Fine Over Safari Privacy Breach

Overly Critical Guy Re:This is stupid (73 comments)

Posts like yours are why people think Slashdot's readers are biased in favor of Google.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack

Overly Critical Guy Re:Bad enough I pay for microtransactions in MMO's (734 comments)

No, you won't have to pay for "every damned little thing in the OS". Windows 8 is targeted at tablets and PCs without optical drives, which are increasingly common because movies are in digital download formats today, so it makes sense to not have to include that functionality in the shipping OS. You're not going to be paying for every little feature, and there won't be a window popping up telling you that you need to pay for expansion packs--you're falling for the baiting headline hook, line, and sinker.

Slippery slope arguments are almost always bogus because you can turn practically anything into a "what's next" statement that exaggerates the original situation and makes it seem worse than it actually is.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Won't Play DVDs Unless You Pay For the Media Center Pack

Overly Critical Guy The way the market has gone (734 comments)

The headline is trying to incite a backlash, but this is a reflection of the decline of optical drives and the rise of tablets. Apple has also gone down this path by not including optical drives in the MacBook Air. I don't find myself that concerned since it's literally been years since I watched a DVD, and all my movies are digital.

Presumably, the expense that was previously included in the cost of Windows will not be in Windows 8. I say "presumably" because I'm sure Windows 8 will still inexplicably cost over $100 or whatever.

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Faces Class-Action Suit Over Windows Phone Deal

Overly Critical Guy Re:Another ridiculous lawsuit (257 comments)

Hello, yog. Yes, you implied that a filter should be put in place on lawsuits by complaining that "in America, you can sue anybody for anything".

more than 2 years ago
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Nokia Faces Class-Action Suit Over Windows Phone Deal

Overly Critical Guy Re:Another ridiculous lawsuit (257 comments)

You make a rational, well-thought point, but ranting about lawsuits in America gets the mod points, sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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Botched Repair Likely Cause of Combusting iPhone After Flight

Overly Critical Guy Re:Waiting for facts (181 comments)

Not to worry. They're far too busy feeling up 3-year olds and grannies to do anything about deadly weapons of any sort.

more than 2 years ago
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Botched Repair Likely Cause of Combusting iPhone After Flight

Overly Critical Guy Waiting for facts (181 comments)

After reading the snarky comments in the previous story about "holding it wrong", "it's an iPhone so it's a feature", and "ban all phones without removable batteries", it's interesting to see what happens if you wait for investigative facts to come out. But where would be the fun in that? Slashdot's comment section is more about cathartic bashing than insightful commentary. Of course, now we'll see accusations that Apple bribed the ATSB or fake-posts from pretend-battery-engineers telling us how the story is wrong or some other similar silliness...

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Using Linux To Optimize Skype Traffic

Overly Critical Guy Re:Eh? This is how Skype works? (396 comments)

Not to come off as a defender of Microsoft, but Ballmer said that over 11 years ago, and it was in reference to the GPL's viral nature. Ribbing of Microsoft on Slashdot has to do with us-versus-them platform fanboyism more than anything.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Using Linux To Optimize Skype Traffic

Overly Critical Guy Re:Eh? This is how Skype works? (396 comments)

To gloat over the irony of Microsoft using cheap UNIX boxes for P2P infrastructure. Even in 2012, Microsoft is still the bogeyman here.

more than 2 years ago

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Auto Makers Announce Electric Car Charging Standard

Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "Auto makers are launching a universal EV charger that charges an electric vehicle in 15 to 20 minutes. The standard, called Combined Charging System, has been approved by the Society of Automative Engineers and ACEA, the European association of vehicle manufacturers, as the standard for fast-charging electric vehicles."
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British PM To Announce Porn Blocking Plans

Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "British Prime Minister David Cameron will announce network-filtering plans targeted at porn websites, possibly requiring users to 'opt-in' with their ISP to access such content. The idea has support from MP Claire Perry, who said, 'There is a "hands off our internet" movement that sees any change in how access is delivered as censorship.'"
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Antivirus Founder John McAfee Arrested

Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "John McAfee has been forcefully arrested by the Belize Gang Suppression Unit. McAffee, an affluent resident of Belize, claims in a statement that he is being targeted by a crooked politician to whom he refused to give donations. He says armed guards woke him with a bullhorn, vandalized his property with sledgehammers, and killed his dog."
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Windows 8 Removes Start Button

Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "15 years after its introduction, Microsoft is removing the Start button in Windows 8. By hovering the cursor over the lower-left corner of the taskbar, a clickable thumbnail appears to access the Metro interface. On touch devices, the interface element can be accessed with a swipe gesture. The Start button was the central theme of the famous Windows 95 commercial featuring "Start Me Up" by the Rolling Stones."
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Army Starts Moving To Macs

Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "The army is integrating Macs into its information systems after a rough year of security infiltrations. Apple X Serves are becoming common in military data centers — "Those are some of the most attacked computers there are. But the attacks used against them are designed for Windows-based machines, so they shrug them off," said General Steve Boutelle, the army's chief information officer."
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "Microsoft's figure of 40 million Vista OEM licenses sold has less impact when weighed against the expanded size of the PC market, according to IDC numbers. The myriad of factors involved in determining success in the market makes Microsoft's constant comparisons to Windows XP less reliable as a growth indicator — particularly with Microsoft refusing to reveal the number of actual activated Vista licenses."
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes ""Previous Versions" is a feature of Windows Vista Business, Enterprise, and Ultimate that uses Shadow Copy to allow users to restore past versions of a file like Apple's Time Machine. It turns out Vista Home also makes file backups but does not allow the user to access them. This means you automatically lose 15 percent of your drive to backups you can't access until you upgrade to Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate. Worse yet, disabling the "Previous Versions" service also disables System Restore and removes all restore points."
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "Vista's sales numbers don't add up according to Joe Wilcox of Microsoft-Watch. Going through the numbers and citing NPD, Gartner, and IDC, Wilcox describes the difference between licenses sold to manufacturers and actual consumer purchases, noting that there haven't been 20 million PCs sold since Jan. 30, contrary to Microsoft's numbers. In fact, only 3 million PCs have been sold since the start of the year."
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "More documents in the Iowa antitrust case have come out. This time, it's revealed that Microsoft considers Mac users its "guinea pigs" for new Office features, and they once considered dropping Mac Office entirely, "as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately." This case has become a treasure trove of internal memos describing Microsoft's internal business practices of the last ten years."
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "The former editor of New Scientist has written an article in the TimesOnline on the U.N.'s recent global warming report, noting several underreported trends it doesn't account for, such as increasing sea-ice in the Southern Ocean. He describes an experiment by Henrik Svensmark showing a relation between atmospheric cloudiness and atomic particles coming in from exploded stars. In the basement of the Danish National Space Center in 2005, Svensmark's team showed that electrons from cosmic rays caused cloud condensation. Svensmark's scenario apparently predicts several unexplained temperature trends from the warmer trend of the 20th century to the temporary drop in the 1970s, attributed to changes in the sun's magnetic field affecting the amount of cosmic rays entering the atmosphere."
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "Apple developers can now sign up for the Leopard Early Starter Kit and watch WWDC '06 sessions through iTunes. The page goes into Leopard's new features for developers, including XCode 3.0, Core Animation, the Xray profiler built on Sun's DTrace, resolution-independence, the adoption of TrustedBSD's Mandatory Access Control framework, and more. And this is just the stuff they're showing us!"
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "Microsoft is touting the power-saving features of Vista, including Vista's ability to enter sleep mode. Dean DeWhitt, Windows kernel director, explains for everyone that "this is energy (consumed) when you are not even using the PC. It truly is a waste." In Windows XP, programs can cancel the sleep process and keep the computer running, draining a user's laptop battery, but Vista plans to change that. From the article: "By adding the new sleep option, businesses can wake machines to install security updates, while letting them remain in the power-saving mode the rest of the time." No word on whether this so-called "sleep mode" will appear in competing operating systems."
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Overly Critical Guy Overly Critical Guy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Overly Critical Guy (663429) writes "Microsoft has made changes to Vista's EULA and added several usage restrictions. For instance, Home Basic users can't copy ISOs to their hard drives, can't run in a virtualized environment, and can only share files and printers to a maximum of 5 network devices. Ultimate users can share with up to 10 devices and can run in a virtual environment but without access to DRM-protected content."

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