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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Rakarra Re:What the senator is really saying... (529 comments)

I was born on American soil, which makes me as pure-blooded "native" as anyone else in the US.

8 hours ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Rakarra Re:Thanks (393 comments)

On non-SSL sites they can proxy content, which in general is a good thing. Trouble comes if they start gaming the system and not showing the freshest content to give a perceived gain in speed.

That's also the strategy that Netflix offered to Comcast, to let Comcast proxy Netflix data. Comcast refused, because they want the Netflix problem. It's to their benefit that the "problem" exists, and they don't want a clever technological solution to the issue as Netflix competes with Comcast's own services. They just want Netflix to pay them cash instead.

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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Rakarra Re:Bose is worried (161 comments)

> Bose targets the more mature ignorant quality-seeking crowd,

Well. That's the crowd they target. The parent poster didn't say they offer great products, just that that's the group they want to go after. :-)

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Rakarra Re:Typical (161 comments)

Hey man, you don't need to be an audiophile to know that much of the rest of the speaker industry is better than Bose. We're not talking sloppy tubes or gold-plated ding-dongs or weird vinyl artifacts. These are observations from pretty much every industry or review magazine, observations that are easily objectively measured. If speakers are on the low end of accurate sound reproduction, there's really not that much preference about it.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Rakarra Re:Typical (161 comments)

So in your mind research and development takes zero time, then. Got it.

You are absolutely correct with that, when it comes to patent enforcement, all that time spent earlier means, pretty much nothing.

yesterday
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Bose Sues New Apple Acquisition Beats Over Patent Violations

Rakarra Re:Typical (161 comments)

Bose does research. They do their work, probably more than "Beats" did. They deserve credit for that. Sure, Bose's products sound like shit up and down the product lines, and the old audiophile refrain was "got no highs, got no lows, must be Bose." Companies change over time, though, maybe in the last five years Bose improved the quality of their speakers, but there were not great in the 80s, 90s, 00s. But hey, at least they're a semi-reputable audio company.

Beats was the headphone partner of Monster Cable for the last few years, which fits. Both are overpriced and overrated self-promoters. Monster tried to get their cables in to all the Best Buys and Radio Shacks it could, getting store managers to promote the products ceaselessly. They're not terrible cables, just 5x more expensive than they should be. Beats went the hip-hop artist crowd, just like Monster getting a clueless crowd to push their products incessantly. Both are examples of success through product promotion rather than... you know, having a better product.

yesterday
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Rakarra Re:What? (199 comments)

They had the right to "rebroadcast" (really it was redirecting) to me because I gave them permission

If you are the content owner (not the equipment owner) then let Aereo know, and I'm sure the two of you can reach a deal.

2 days ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Rakarra Re:What? (199 comments)

If they started charging comcast/timewarner/cox/whoever for Internet services they would be double dipping. This cost would certainly be passed on to users who would be unhappy to be paying twice for the same service.

Just like how Comcast double-dips by grabbing fees from the user -and- the end website?

2 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Rakarra Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

This sounds familiar. One summer when staying at my grandmother's house, my brother taught her African Grey to meow, solely to annoy her. I'd walk by the room and I'd hear a meeeeeeeeeeeeeoww. It sounded like a doppler effect, like the cat was in a car going by at 50 mph.

2 days ago
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Siberian Discovery Suggests Almost All Dinosaurs Were Feathered

Rakarra Re:Whelp. (139 comments)

I have an African Grey, I've seen him humble a pit bull.

Was it with his withering sarcasm?

(African Greys are quite chatty and very intelligent, for those unfamiliar with the breed).

3 days ago
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Wikipedia Blocks 'Disruptive' Edits From US Congress

Rakarra Re:I take offense! (164 comments)

Look, no one said that Rumsfeld won't eat non-Mexican babies, but everyone knows that Mexican babies are the most delicious ones. That's not racist, that's just being a gourmand, and it's a taste he probably picked up eating at the finer restaurants on the beltway with lobbyists.

3 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Rakarra Re:Fear (536 comments)

Who wants to live at 80 or 90? I'm half-hoping to be dead then.

3 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Rakarra Re:"Just let me build a bridge!" (368 comments)

I would be perfectly happy to be either the architect or the construction worker in a project, but (for projects larger than a sawhorse) those two people SHOULDN'T be the same person. I that sense I sometime would also like to scream "Just let me Code!" instead of dragging me into all sorts of management meetings where people just sit around going "Say, wouldn't a bridge be nice?" First decide THAT you want a bridge, then decide WHERE you want a bridge, only then come to me to be the architect and get someone else to code, or get an architect that then gets me to code

Boy, I don't know how many times I've seen horrible times come around because those with the most technical expertise were not involved in the design/decision making. Specs that make no sense, hardware and software choices that are unmaintainable in the long run, platform choices that the team doesn't have any experience with. Those sorts of meetings may not be that interesting most of the time, but it's better to be involved in the design, because saying "but I just wanted to code" won't make it any more fun to try to implement bad decisions.

4 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Rakarra Re:Who is stopping him? (368 comments)

It's not the known rules that will get you, it's the unknown ones.

4 days ago
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'Just Let Me Code!'

Rakarra Re:I Have a Friend Who Is a Top-Shelf Cabinetmaker (368 comments)

However, their stuff ain't cheap. A Mercedes S-class will usually cost more than 5 Toyotas. It will probably last as long as 3 or 4. The Mercedes-Benz company is a pipsqueak, compared to Toyota.

Damn! So if I get a Mercedes-Benz S-class, it will run just fine for 45-60 years? Maybe I -should- go with that for my next car, then.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Rakarra Re:BUY LASIK NOW!!! (536 comments)

Mostly because as a general technical rule I don't trust my balls with private institutions unless they're highly regulated

If you go in for Lasik but they end up operating on your balls, I think there's a real problem there.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Rakarra Re:Fear (536 comments)

This. I want to know what the 20+, 30+ year outlook is like. I'd be fine with the laser surgery if I knew that there would be no complications from it when I'm 60 or 70.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Rakarra Re:not a permanent fix (536 comments)

Is it the same long-distance vision issue?
Lasik only fixes long-distance vision, but doesn't affect whether you'll need reading glasses to look at near objects. The short-distance vision issue is just something that will happen with age, independently of whether you have lasik surgery or not.

4 days ago
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Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

Rakarra Re:Mac OS X Yosemite (165 comments)

National parks aren't corporations, and national parks and operating systems on computers aren't the least bit related so you're not going to have a trademark collision.

National parks aren't corporations, though a corporation can and do run the services in a national park.

In the case of Yosemite, its services are supplied by the Delaware North corporation, who also oversee Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon.

4 days ago

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