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Microsoft Engineer Discovers Android Spam Botnet, Google Denies Claim

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Just link to the ACTUAL blog entry (152 comments)

And yet we all obviously know exactly who I'm talking about even though I didn't say a name. Doesn't that tell you something about the state of FOSS?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Engineer Discovers Android Spam Botnet, Google Denies Claim

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Just link to the ACTUAL blog entry (152 comments)

Microsoft is evil in the same way that suicide is a sin. We're talking about a company that's only relevant on one doomed platform, choking to death on too many brands and too many failed attempts to enter other markets. Unix is everywhere. Unix beat Microsoft a long time ago.

Stop poisoning the discourse by giving Microsoft such a disproportionate share of the hate. Adobe's just as bad, and Oracle's a lot worse. Why don't you rail against them? Why don't we talk about how, once Windows is gone, our only practical choice will be between a walled garden or an operating system that's philosophically dominated by the toxic, vapid musings of a man who literally believes that it is better to let your children starve to death than ply your trade as a software developer?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do I Stay Employable?

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Question: (708 comments)

Hey mods, '1, Insightful' is not a substitute for '1, Glad someone else suffers from crippling social problems too'.

hth.

more than 2 years ago
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Has the Command Line Outstayed Its Welcome?

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:windows are for working with many things at onc (1134 comments)

You don't write code in a CLI. You just happen to use the same terminal emulator that hosts your CLI to host a text editor and IDE, and that's only in the worst-case scenario where you are too much a troglodyte to even use gvim (let alone a modern IDE.)

A command line is great for lots of things. Writing code isn't one of those things.

more than 2 years ago
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Quiet Victories Won In the Loudness Wars

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:too much regulation! (251 comments)

It never would work that way. Basic game theory always predicts that rational agents engage in a 'race to the bottom.' Just like how the Prisoner's Dilemma puts both players in prison, if some underhanded technique even has the potential to make one firm more competitive, it is guaranteed to become an industry standard. "Voting with your dollars" doesn't work. It can't work.

Economics 101 should be mandatory.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Bad Jobs (or No Jobs) Happen To Good Workers

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Sounds like a GOP campaign trail (1201 comments)

And just how do you think they chose which employees to lay off and which to keep? Do you really think they laid off talented people?

more than 2 years ago
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Dark Days Ahead For Facebook and Google?

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Mobile will destroy Google? (215 comments)

Giving it away for free, but making up for it in volume. That's not a very good business plan.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Makes Ambitious Carbon Neutral Pledge

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:This can't be right (178 comments)

The manufacture of solar cells and LFP batteries is not a carbon-neutral process. You would need to plant a lot of trees to make up for the coal and oil that was burnt to make your home energy-efficient.

We also have finite resources. It might cost you $10,000 today, but there is almost no demand for household solar. The real marginal cost of solar power adoption would be much higher than that.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Makes Ambitious Carbon Neutral Pledge

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:This can't be right (178 comments)

If the human race were truly carbon neutral (instead of just fudging it by buying carbon offsets from the flooded European market,) you'd be dead, so I guess you probably don't care about how much it would cost.

more than 2 years ago
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British Broadband Needs £1bn More Funding

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Why? (128 comments)

I think what you should really be asking is why 'austerity' is the word of the day.

Fiscal policy is an effective way to stabilize the economy. The basic idea is that government spending increases relative to real GDP during contractions, while taxation decreases or remains stable. The idea is for fiscal policy to smooth out the business cycle. Liberals and conservatives, in all countries, understand this idea very well*. That's why you only see them talking about austerity measures when they're talking about getting rid of something they personally dislike. Actually applying it across the board would be economic seppuku (other than hopeless cases like Greece.)

(* Like most intelligent and educated people, I am ignoring the Libertarians.)

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Google Releases FCC Report On Street View Probe

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:what about the rest of the life cycle? (95 comments)

Google doesn't have customers to gather requirements from. They make up random stuff that sounds okay, and then use A/B testing to see if people like it.

Keep in mind, Google is not a software company. Popularity is not a way to choose features. Popularity is a way to sell advertisements.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Study Trajectories of Life-Bearing Earth Meteorites

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Panspermia (199 comments)

"Not only does God play dice, but he sometimes throws them where they cannot be seen."

more than 2 years ago
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Heavyweights Clash Over Policing Repeat Copyright Infringers

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Time for the MPAA to gasp it's last breath... (107 comments)

Market cap doesn't matter so much; it's just the sum market value of all of the outstanding public shares. It's a convenient heuristic but estimating the actual price is much more complicated.

For example, Sony owns controlling interests in Sony Pictures and Sony Music. Owning both of these businesses means they can control the direction of the industry, so their stake is much more valuable to Sony than the market value.

Market cap matters more when you're talking about a hostile takeover, because it can be used to directly estimate the amount of money you would need to spend. Hostile takeovers aren't normally possible, though. Corporations are allowed to issue classes of shares with different rights, and the publicly-traded class normally has fewer (or no) voting rights. Normally, if the company has a remotely competent board and CFO, a single person could buy every single public share and still not control the company.

more than 2 years ago
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BioWare Announces Free DLC To Add More To the Mass Effect 3 Endings

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:EA strangles another once great studio (235 comments)

To be totally fair, EA doesn't do this stuff out of malice. EA's acquisitions fail because their executives are miserably incompetent.

Basically this is what happens: some manager plays a game made by a beloved studio or minor competitor, and they get all starry-eyed about the amazing things the studio could do with some extra money. EA buys them, and it works fine for a little while. Then, some executive realizes that their subsidiary's games are really profitable, so they order the subsidiary to expand and work on more games. Other executives order rolling staffing changes based on whatever project sounds popular at the time. Quality slips as team members are overworked and no longer emotionally invested. Meanwhile the key staff, usually the founders, are used to dealing with small teams and small budgets. They allow themselves to be divided across too many projects to be effective managers. No longer constrained by small budgets, their ambitions explode and runaway projects become a major problem. EA's managers try to put the studio back on track by setting firm deadlines, but due to an institutional lack of effective project management or engineering experience, their deadlines are physically impossible. EA publishes a steaming turd in time for Christmas, decides the unit has lost its magic, and shuts it down. EA's accountants use the ordinary/capital losses to offset their gains from sports, and all of the executives take home a fat bonus.

more than 2 years ago
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Double-Helix Model of DNA Paper Published 59 Years Ago

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Why now? (112 comments)

Sorry to ruin your day, but our base-10 numeral system is literally the only thing us "metric-system folks" think is special about 10. At the very least, it's a damn sight more convenient than the base "width of thumb" and base "length of foot" that's prized by the knuckledraggers and mouthbreathers.

more than 2 years ago
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Nano-SIM Decision Delayed

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Whats wrong with the current SIM? (117 comments)

What? No, the problem is with the cards. The "reader" already is just an electrical connector: a surface mount socket with spring-loaded pins. The reason they can't make the connector smaller is because the contact layout on the card is huge.

more than 2 years ago
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With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

Unoriginal_Nickname Re: Why would they lower their prices? (429 comments)

Why would they lower their prices, unless forced to?

Because the current media prices are almost certainly above the market clearing price (evidenced by market research, retailers' complaints, and the basic fact that the film/music studios are willing to produce more content at the current price level than households are willing to consume.) A competent CEO would lower their prices to make more money.

more than 2 years ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Online Spying Tax For Internet Bills

Unoriginal_Nickname Re: who will pay? (110 comments)

Adding taxes increases the price of a good. Increasing price causes a decrease of demand. In order to return to a profit-maximizing price, firms must then decrease the prices of goods (and reduce output*.) The firm's share of the tax is the amount they need to lower the price. The household's share of the tax is the cost of the tax, minus the price decrease.

Households never pay the entire amount of any sales tax, because demand always responds to price. Arguably, households don't even pay the entire amount of income taxes either, because the supply of labour responds in a similar way.

(* An astute reader will note that, due to the reduction of supply and demand, the total cost of the tax to the economy is greater than the amount which is actually paid to the government.)

more than 2 years ago
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US Government Withdraws IANA Contract From ICANN

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:The U.S. of A. invented the Internet (140 comments)

A Brit invented HTTP. I wish you'd stop stealing it.

(by which I mean I wish you would stop posting.)

more than 2 years ago
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Nanowire Forests Use Sunlight To Split Water

Unoriginal_Nickname Re:Efficiency? (56 comments)

I read the full article and I still can't tell what the efficiency is.

more than 2 years ago

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