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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Plumpaquatsch Re:Then don't sign the contract (177 comments)

So one more example that, in the corporate world, a verbal agreement isn't worth the paper it's printed on.

Who makes a 500 million dollar deal based on a verbal agreement? You also took GTAT's word hook, line, and sinker.

12 hours ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Plumpaquatsch Re:Than don't sign the contract (177 comments)

You saw Steve Jobs near the current glass deal somewhere? It means Apple is not old Apple anymore. There is nobody in Apple anymore who could make other people believe in impossible things and then deliever it.

And yet GTAT did believe they could deliver. Odd that.

12 hours ago
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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Plumpaquatsch Re:Than don't sign the contract (177 comments)

In other news: A company so desperate to get into bed with Apple signs away their soul for rainbows and promises.

Yeah, we all know how bad that ended for Corning, who got suckered into massive investments to produce a formerly failed product by Apple. http://www.wired.com/2012/09/ff-corning-gorilla-glass/all/

... Steve Jobs gave the 53-year-old Weeks a seemingly impossible task: Make millions of square feet of ultrathin, ultrastrong glass that didn’t yet exist. Oh, and do it in six months.

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Behind Apple's Sapphire Screen Debacle

Plumpaquatsch Re:haven't been following... (177 comments)

Apple drank the beta kool-aid that science/engineering is 'magic'.

So your argument is that GTAT conned Apple?

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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Plumpaquatsch Re:How about paying taxes first. (68 comments)

So you finally admit that you don't know what you are talking about. Because they do.

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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Plumpaquatsch Re:How about paying taxes first. (68 comments)

oh for...

if you sell an mp3 player in the UNITED STATES to a customer in the UNITED STATES and have to ship it from CHINA, it makes no difference if the financial transaction funnels through Ireland, the sale was made in the UNITED STATES ergo the tax burden is THERE.

THAT is how it is SUPPOSED to work.

Get some fucking reading comprehension skills.

So why do you complain that Apple pays all taxes due for the business they do in TFUSA?

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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Plumpaquatsch Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (332 comments)

You have to make up your mind. Either central banks are fundamentalist free market advocates, or they aren't. In this post you seem to be agreeing with my point that they aren't. So, which is it?

There is a difference between "fundamentalist" and "extremist". You know, like Iran actually fighting ISIS, while "moderate" Turkey supports them (to fight Assad). Or Adam Smith speaking favorably about the Bank of England.

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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Plumpaquatsch Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (332 comments)

They did, because the Americans weren't able to:

“We immigrant citizens have the holy duty topreserve the Union and the Constitution . The native Americans are demoralized physically and spiritually. Love, true attachment for this land is entirely lacking [in the native born], They are unworthy of the freedom . They do not understand free institutions because to them the difference between freedom and despotism is unknown. To us immigrants is reserved to save this land from destruction. And we will do it.”

The Europeans saved America. You are welcome.

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Plumpaquatsch Re:Problem? (185 comments)

Sorry, but Svensmark has long been debunked , by simply showing the data after his cut-off date he omitted because his beautiful correlation went to shit. And we are not talking about models slightly disagreeing with future data, we see massive discrepancies in data readily available when the claim was made.

And of course your little - how would you call it - PROPAGANDA blog makes big claims I'll counter with mine:

http://www.skepticalscience.com/cern-cloud-proves-cosmic-rays-causing-global-warming.htm

CERN scientist Jasper Kirkby, about his recent cosmic ray experiment:

"At the moment, it actually says nothing about a possible cosmic-ray effect on clouds and climate, but it's a very important first step"

But what about now? Well, instead of a "warming hiatus", according to the Gospel of Svensmark we should actually see massive cooling: Cosmic Rays Hit Space Age High

"In 2009, cosmic ray intensities have increased 19% beyond anything we've seen in the past 50 years," says Richard Mewaldt of Caltech.

Was 2009 anywhere near the coldest year since the 1959? No? Then we can just forget about including Cosmic Voodoo Rays in any climate models if we want them to be acceptable to you.

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Plumpaquatsch Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (332 comments)

Thanks, I liked that article. It expresses many of the same criticisms I have to Rothbard, better than I myself could.

However, that has no bearing on the issue at hand. Central banks are state monopolies that prevent the free market of private currencies.

Wait, what? "Private currencies"? Is that something like ocean shells? PostIts with "IOU" written on them? Look at non-cash payment system and who does and who doesn't support which combination of them, and tell me something like an unregulated private currency could work. Even as a reasonable alternative to a real currency, let alone as an replacement. And don't even get me started on "gold currency".

The problem with FREE free markets is, that they don't work. Period.

2 days ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Plumpaquatsch Re:How about paying taxes first. (68 comments)

I know exactly what I'm talking about, you seem to have some wires crossed.

Yeah, I have asome wires crossed because you have no fucking clue about what you are talking about on several levels. What the hell do you think we are talking about here? Why don't you tell is, if you please?

2 days ago
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The EU Has a Plan To Break Up Google

Plumpaquatsch Re:Google doesn't have a monopoly on ANYTHING. (332 comments)

The European Central Bank is one of the most fundamentalist free-market

That's funny! You user "central bank" and "fundamentalist free-market" in the same sentence as if they weren't opposed! Amazing!

Here's a critic of an other of his books - the title says it all: http://blog.rongarret.info/2013/03/murray-rothbard-was-idiot.html " I read The Ethics of Liberty and found it completely, utterly, and transparently intellectually bankrupt. "

3 days ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Plumpaquatsch Re:So good that the proxy battle is over (68 comments)

Sounds like it. Apple and 5 publishers tried to raise the price of new "e-books from the $9.99 price that Amazon had made standard". So why does Amazon get to set the price, and not Apple or the publishers?

Apple and the publishers were sellers who tried to raise the price. If they'd arrived at that price individually, then there's no problem. But they colluded to set it at that price, which is absolutely illegal since it breaks this fundamental market mechanic.

Which price did they arrive at? Oh, yeah, right. You are blowing smoke. There was no fixed price. Let alone that prices fell everywhere but at Amazon which was selling at a loss before.

3 days ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Plumpaquatsch Re:So good that the proxy battle is over (68 comments)

Except that's not what happened in this case. Apple said, "You set the price You want; We just take a percentage," as is done in the App Store, is done by traditional publishing companies, and is done anywhere else the agency model is used.

And coincidently it's the way Amazon's own Kindle Direct Publishing works - just that they took 60% initially before Apple ruined their business model.

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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Plumpaquatsch Re:Problem? (185 comments)

Back to the propaganda again? You don't have any other records to play? Critical thinking failure. You obviously didn't read the paper. It establishes a much better correlation between certain types of radiation that reaches the earth than has been shown in recent observations than CO2 can show.

Very interesting indeed - and all without mentioning the word "radiation" anywhere in its text.

3 days ago
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Judge Approves $450M Settlement For Apple's Ebook Price Fixing

Plumpaquatsch Re:How about paying taxes first. (68 comments)

So you admit you have no idea what we (let alone you yourself) are talking about.

3 days ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

Plumpaquatsch Re:Problem? (185 comments)

Why do people keep referencing a propaganda site? Rather than point out all the fallacies present in their arguments, I'll just point you to some more current research showing how poorly climate models have been doing: Overestimated global warming over the past 20 years.

And even that paper acknowledges that there was warming in that period. Why don't you?

3 days ago
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

Plumpaquatsch Re:Oh great, the Master of the iFlop blowing more (102 comments)

Apple is, and has been, the greenest computer company on the planet.. They just didn't advertise it until the green peace terrorist started lying about it.

Doesn't this logic mildly upset you. Apple wasn't "green" until someone called them out on being "not green", that someone was a grass roots longstanding activist organization.(mabey with some questionable methods, but thats not relivant to the conversation). Then all of a sudden they are the "greenest company in tech".

Jobs was a hippie.

and the real hippies are terrorists.

I love this logic.

You hate reality. When Greenpeace first issued its "Guide to Greener Electronics" report in 2006 they gave Apple bad marks, because they didn't give out any information on their environmental policies, while giving good marks to the likes of HP because they promised to stop using certain chemicals. IOW they made up their scores on the PR blurbs by the companies, instead of their actions.

http://technicalconclusions.wordpress.com/2007/05/13/greenpeace_apple/

Next year they had to up Apple's score because they had long stopped using those chemicals, while HP's actually dropped because they didn't follow through.

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The Software Big Oil's PR Firm Uses To "Convert Average Citizens"

Plumpaquatsch Re:Heh... (108 comments)

What is "fuel" for a war? Weapons don't shoot themselves. Well, at least not yet.

Things like spreading falls claims of aggression, or rumors of WMDs. Selling arms to both sides.

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German intelligence employee arrested on suspicion of spying for US on Bundestag

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about 5 months ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Deutsche Welle report:"A member of Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has been detained for possibly spying for the US. The 31-year-old is suspected of giving a US spy agency information about a parliamentary inquiry of NSA activities. During questioning, the suspect reportedly told investigators that he had gathered information on an investigative committee from Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag. The panel is conducting an inquiry into NSA surveillance on German officials and citizens; yesterday an ex-staffer told it the NSA was 'totalitarian' mass collector of data."
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Deutsche Telekom begins distributing nano-SIM card

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "After a protracted battle between Apple, Nokia, RIM and Motorola Mobility earlier this year about the design of a new nano-SIM (subscriber identity module), Apple was the victor and is widely expected to use the new design in the next-generation iPhone. German website iFun.de is reporting that carrier Deutsche Telekom has begun distribution of nano-SIMs to partners in anticipation of the launch of a new iPhone."
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Appeals court upholds Apple victory in Cover Flow patent case

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Plumpaquatsch (2701653) writes "Apple has once again been cleared of infringing on patents held by Mirror Worlds.

In a ruling posted today by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, the court upheld (PDF) a lower court decision from April 2011, which sided with Apple.

Mirror Worlds originally accused Apple of infringing on its patents with features included in its Mac OS X operating systems going back to 10.4 "Tiger," as well as in its iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod, and iPad. The company, which was founded by Yale University computer-science professor David Gelernter, took aim at Apple's Cover Flow, Spotlight, and Time Machine features made available on devices running various iterations of that software."

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Germany has passed Peak Pirate

Plumpaquatsch Plumpaquatsch writes  |  about a year ago

After their successes in 2012, getting seats in all state elections (with 7-9% of the votes), the German Pirate Party again dropped far below the "5% hurdle" in both the state elections in Bavaria and Hesse as well as the federal elecion of Germany. It looks like that even despite the NSA scandal, the Pirates lost a lot of votes to the newcomer Euro-skeptic "Alternative für Deutschland" - who got more than twice the votes of the Pirates, while still not gaining any seats.

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