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Apple to Buy Back $10bn of Its Shares and Pay Dividend

SteeldrivingJon Re:Context? (301 comments)

"In theory the stock buyback would do nothing to the value of shares. The remaining shares would own a bigger part of the company, but this company is ten billion dollars less valuable. In an efficient market, this would offset" The stock buyback isn't very big, and will probably just keep the exercise of restricted stock grants (or options, whichever) from diluting the stock much.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

SteeldrivingJon Re:It already is (607 comments)

"Shouldn't a crime require intent? If not, people should be charged with theft whenever they move a chair at a restaurant." If you move a chair at a restaurant, it remains in the ultimate control and possession of the restaurant, because it's still on the premises. If you "borrow" a restaurant's chair, and take it to the business next door, intending to return it at some point, but without permission, you have stolen the chair.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

SteeldrivingJon Re:It already is (607 comments)

" In this particular case, there was no intent that the paparazzi would lose their phone" No, that was entirely the intent - to deprive the person of their phone. Not to resell the item, just to put it out of the reach of the owner.

more than 2 years ago
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iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution

SteeldrivingJon Re:Nice. (537 comments)

Yeah, but it blows past the weight limit and baggage size limits when you try to fly somewhere with it.

more than 2 years ago
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A Memory of Light To Be Released January 8, 2013

SteeldrivingJon Re:Praying for (228 comments)

" but it was loads better than Crossroads of Twilight." Heh, imagine if Jordan had written the Twilight series. When he died, the twihards would have drowned out the cries of Alderaan.

more than 2 years ago
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President By Day, High-Tech Headhunter By Night

SteeldrivingJon Re:Who says they want more pay? (494 comments)

There's probably an assumption that if you're willing to take less, there must be something 'wrong' with you. It's like people in HR/hiring don't live in the real world.

more than 2 years ago
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PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

SteeldrivingJon Re:How to live in denial. (419 comments)

Christoforo had an Avenger for sale on his ebay site, which made me wonder if he was diverting (i.e., stealing) them and selling them himself, while the rightful purchasers get stiffed.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:Hang on ... (356 comments)

"Which of course makes it difficult for a recent political science graduate who doesn't read the language to find it so they will just make things up."

Or maybe they have contacts in the region with whom they communicate directly.

You're showing even more ignorance than you are accusing Stratfor of having.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:Point missed (356 comments)

"These places pretend to sell "experts" on anything you want at the moment"

And you know this based on?

Have you ever even seen Stratfor's work product?

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:Hang on ... (356 comments)

"Your humanitarian project analogy may have been more meaningful before Google existed. " The information needed probably isn't *on* Google, because it isn't on any webpages, because in the example it's freaking Myanmar. It'd be transmitted by phone or text, not news websites.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:This is where I worry. (356 comments)

So does a newspaper, a computer vendor, or a power company. So what?

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:ENGLISH (356 comments)

"at least they are not wasting time attacking international charities"

One of the Stratfor customers in the released info was Doctors Without Borders, an international charity.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:Did anyone see the hacked site? (356 comments)

"In Anonymous I see a bunch of greedy, spoiled, whining kids."

You forgot "ignorant".

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:Why did they target Stratfor? (356 comments)

"But who, that can actually help Bradley Manning gives a fuck about Stratfor?"

There probably *are* people at the Pentagon who are customers of Stratfor, who could help Manning. Maybe they're civilians who started subscribing before coming to the Pentagon. Maybe it's someone with access to government intel who considers it a useful additional news source like their Washington Post subscription.

But as far as helping Manning... I can't see this being any more helpful than dropping a bag of flaming poop on the Secretary of Defense's front porch.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:This is where I worry. (356 comments)

"Perhaps they are just an intelligence arm for corps that are trying to figure out new ways to screw indigenous people out of their natural resources."

Yeah, I'm sure that's why Doctors Without Borders is a customer. They're all about screwing indigenous people out of their natural resources.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:Hang on ... (356 comments)

"The very idea that the same person can be a world class expert on tobacco, nuclear power, coal chemistry, global warming, social security and health insurance should ring alarm bells in the head of everyone with the minimum standard of education."

What makes you think there's only one person involved?

If I run a humanitarian project operating on the border between Thailand and Myanmar, I need current information. I don't have time to wait for "books or papers by experts". I need to know about the recent Burmese military activity likely to send a stream of new refugees in my direction. Maybe that's in the papers, maybe not, so it'd be useful to have an additional source of information like Stratfor.

Simply put, you don't seem to understand what sort of service an outfit like Stratfor provides.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:This is where I worry. (356 comments)

Er, no. If there's anything we know about trolls and bullies, it's that they often don't give a shit about whether the victims deserve it.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re: Well good to know - Justice v. Retaliation (356 comments)

"What they serve is not justice. It is retaliation. And that's mob rule."

It's not retaliation if there's nothing being retaliated against.
Apparently one of the companies mentioned in the release is Doctors without Borders. I suppose a charity that provides medical care in war-torn regions and disaster areas finds it useful to have access to information and analysis of political and military situations in the regions where they are active.
What, exactly, is Stratfor supposed to have done that merits retaliation, if their service is useful to a group that does heroic work for people in the worst possible situations?

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

SteeldrivingJon Re:This is where I worry. (356 comments)

"There are career paths I personally didn't take because I realized the particular industry was corrupt to its core and I wanted no part in that. An honest living that does not make the world a worse place is an integral part of a clear conscience"
Since when does the dissemination of information come under such categories?
Do you object to libraries? What are you doing on the internet? Isn't it objectionable to you?

more than 2 years ago

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Fairlight CMI for iPad/iPhone

SteeldrivingJon SteeldrivingJon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

SteeldrivingJon (842919) writes "Not an April Fool.

The developers of the classic Fairlight CMI sampling keyboard have released an iOS version of the CMI environment. The basic app is $9.99, and is pretty much just a demo with the Fairlight IIx sounds and two read-only compositions.

For an additional $39.99 you get the Fairlight CMI III sounds, and the ability to create and edit new compositions. You can also read in Fairlight compositions and sounds, and other sound formats, for use as samples.

Sadly, while there is a waveform display for the samples, the app doesn't support graphical waveform editing the way the CMI did using its lightpen.

Neat for long-term Fairlight worshippers who've never had a chance to play with one and wouldn't mind paying too much to experiment with the composition software, but for serious music work there are probably better apps."

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Comment filtering wish

SteeldrivingJon SteeldrivingJon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I wish Slashdot offered an additional setting for filtering comments.

Instead of just filtering by score, it would be better if "funny" comments and their children could be filtered out.

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Any Cocoa developers/wannabes in CT?

SteeldrivingJon SteeldrivingJon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Anyone in Connecticut who's interested in doing or learning Cocoa development is encouraged to contact me.

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Current project

SteeldrivingJon SteeldrivingJon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

My current development project is a GUI app for OS X which makes it easy and, indeed, pleasant, to download and read E-Books from Project Gutenberg. Lots of creature comforts and chrome which aren't available from ASCII text and ftp'd files with unfriendly filenames.

It's Cocoa, naturally.

The main problem I have is that I've gotten it to a point where it's minimally useful, and I end up reading the e-texts instead of developing more.

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First Post!

SteeldrivingJon SteeldrivingJon writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I'm sure that joke's been done a thousand times.

I finally decided to register, and stop wasting all my potential Karma by posting as an AC.

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