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Apple E-book Price-Fixing Trial Begins

SpiralSpirit Re:Still confused (213 comments)

Go google the Sherman Act. If the government can prove that there was collusion between the different publishers to agree to change to the agency model and raise prices, then they are a cartel that engaged in price fixing. Since the publishers already settled, apple is the "hub" of the conspiracy and the only one left to go to court. So the determination of whether apple was guilty or not basically depends on the actions of the publishers at the time. The DOJ seems to think they can prove these horizontal agreements between competing publishers was apple's idea.

about a year ago
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Graphene-Based Image Sensor To Enhance Low-Light Photography

SpiralSpirit Re: 1000 times better? (103 comments)

astrophotography and radio telescopes.

about a year ago
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First Looks At Windows 8.1, Complete With 'Start' Button

SpiralSpirit Re:4", 10", 21" (800 comments)

because I want to watch a youtube video while browsing reddit and sending an email.

about a year ago
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Computer Network Piecing Together a Jigsaw of Ancient Jewish Lore

SpiralSpirit Re:Garbled Database (127 comments)

I've been using it to sort through your shredded mail for weeks.

about a year ago
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British Woman's Twitter Comments Spark Expensive Libel Claims

SpiralSpirit Re:Am I the only one...... (303 comments)

The problem is not banning libel/slander. The problem is that in the UK they don't have anything like anti-SLAPP laws and its much easier to punish people with legal fees using defamation claims. I first heard about this situation from popehat.com, a blog that runs articles on internet related legal issues. http://www.popehat.com/2013/04/15/in-which-a-london-solicitor-threatens-me/

about a year ago
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Windows: Not Doomed Yet

SpiralSpirit Re:but who are they competing with? (737 comments)

yes, companies will be running around looking to put all of their data and user interactions on google's servers. That's a realistic solution. Or I'm being sarcastic.

about a year ago
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Windows: Not Doomed Yet

SpiralSpirit Re:Lack of necessity (737 comments)

office is a separate piece of software, not windows 7, and personally my copy of office runs like gangbusters on it. Windows 7 took some adjustment from XP, but it runs great and tends to have a lot less random problems like my xp box did. I'm quite happy with it. Pretending 7 has quality issues and pointing at office (which, interestingly enough, also runs great afaict) is nonsense. Worse, I like the ribbon. I took me 2 days to figure out where things were now and I find the ribbon much better for reaching tools and dialog boxes I would have a hard time doing in the old style of office. All your complaints are, as far as I can tell, totally in your head.

about a year ago
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Bitcoin Currency Surpasses 20 National Currencies In Total Value

SpiralSpirit Re:Is it really circulating? (583 comments)

try paying for your groceries in gold bullion. Then tell me gold has no value.

about a year and a half ago
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Can Valve's 'Bossless' Company Model Work Elsewhere?

SpiralSpirit Re:Like Most Companies? (522 comments)

Of course you can be fired. No-one said otherwise, and obviously from the news it happens. There's a protocol for reviews and being let go. Gabe is the owner of the company - of course he can't be fired. But aside from setting up the protocols and making some "ultimate" decisions, the actual day to day running of the company seems to operate in the "flat" way. It isn't hyperbole - its a totally different organizational structure.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Holds Firm As Publishers Settle With DoJ Over e-Book Pricing

SpiralSpirit Re:Of course Apple are going to take it to court. (129 comments)

Apple's business model was to raise everyone's price and contract so that no one could sell cheaper than them. It was good for apple and good for the publishers, and you want to tell me its "A Good Thing" for consumers? It is outright price fixing. Amazon's behavior has legal tests you can apply to see if its monopolistic behaviour that's illegal, but you'll find that it involves other distributors (like apple) not being able to get content, which certainly wasn't the case. It isn't illegal to just sell something for less than your competition. It doesn't take a set of binoculars to see that you're missing the point entirely, and defending Apple's actions that were truly bad for the consumer. It was anticompetitive (to put Amazon and their thin margins out of business) and also illegal by fixing prices.

about a year and a half ago
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Unemployed Chinese Graduates Say No Thanks To Factory Jobs

SpiralSpirit Re:and in the us Factorys are saying ther skills g (366 comments)

back in the day factories had to train people to develop these skills, and it cost them money. factories pushing those costs onto education, which is paid for by the future employee or the government is funny. Of course they'd like colleges to teach exactly what they need - it will save them a lot of money!

about a year and a half ago
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Link Between Marijuana and Psychosis Goes Both Ways

SpiralSpirit Re:Correlation not cause (358 comments)

I would call this speculation unless you have some sort of citation for this.

about a year and a half ago
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US Congress May Not Have Stomach For Another SOPA

SpiralSpirit Bullshit (95 comments)

This kind of "oh they won't do that again" serves the other side, not ours. They'll just sneak it onto another bill, if they have to. Only calling them to account for their actions will work.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1

SpiralSpirit Re:So That's Opt In, Right? And That Goes to Chari (325 comments)

if facebook is making $1 off of my inconvenience, facebook should pay me at least .50c of that money. They're basically sanctioning spam as long as the charge rates are high.

about a year and a half ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

SpiralSpirit Re:Starcraft. (1168 comments)

south korea is totally fucked. they're going to slaughter each other uncontrollably. WE'VE BEEN WORRYING ABOUT THE WRONG KOREA THIS WHOLE TIME

about a year and a half ago
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Music Industry Suits Could Bankrupt Pirate Party Members

SpiralSpirit LLC (215 comments)

they should incorporate.

about a year and a half ago
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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

SpiralSpirit Re:LTE is very old news (83 comments)

I agree. also, if they make the next nexus device 2mm thicker but give all that space to battery I'd be happy too. Although the "charge it every" thing works ok overall, having to constantly worry about my battery if I've browsed heavily or whatnot is annoying more than an extra 2mm and 50gr of weight. That being said I have a galaxy nexus, and I own 2 spare batteries for it and I use those instead when I need to. not possible with the new nexus 4, though.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Overturns Motorola's German iPad and iPhone Sales Bans

SpiralSpirit Re:Numbers (120 comments)

apple didn't want a biolerplate frand agreement. They wanted their own agreement (which covered previous unlicensed use), and thats what allowed Motorola to dictate whatever terms they want. There is big money involved because if Motorola is correct apple has been infringing on their patent for multiple product generations. The money isn't just licensing for next year, but licensing/damages for the patent being used unlicensed for years and producing big profit.

more than 2 years ago
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Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors

SpiralSpirit Re:Right.... (532 comments)

they go to the bookstore to browse? thats terrible. I can do that from my own comfy chair drinking my own coffee using google books and amazon's kindle store. Every book I've bought had a free sample that convinced me to buy the book, and a lot of them had bonus books given to me unadvertised (actually in the back of the ebook I bought). If google books had a way to sort their books intelligently they'd be a serious player in the ebook market.

more than 2 years ago

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