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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

afidel Re:33 Bucks?!? (83 comments)

No, Republic is prepaid just like Virgin Mobile. I use plan as that's the monthly rate for that service level, in fact Republic is much more flexible than anyone else in the industry, you can change your plan twice per month, so you can be on the $10 call and text only plan and if you find yourself away from WiFi and in need of data to look up some important bit of information you can change over to the $25 3G plan, grab what you need and then revert to the $10 plan and your monthly bill will be around $11.

2 days ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

afidel Re:33 Bucks?!? (83 comments)

Or spend $149 on a Moto G on Republic Wireless, use the $25 plan and save money in less than a year (or if you don't mind just using WiFi for data go with the $10 plan and you're saving money by month 5), plus you get better service because unlike Virgin Mobile, Republic roams to Sprints partner networks.

3 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

afidel Re:dead (251 comments)

Yeah, nobody buys PC's, that's why there were 76M shipped in Q2...
Granted, it's less than the 240M smartphones sold in the same quarter, but PC's have never shipped in much higher quantity then they did last quarter.

3 days ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

afidel Customer/product (257 comments)

Remember, if something is free you aren't the customer, you are the product and so long as they're not pissing off their advertisers these companies can do anything that doesn't significantly reduce their user counts.

about a week ago
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Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

afidel Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (441 comments)

Then your company is breaking the law and you should report them. Companies are required to pay above the prevailing wage for the position and region. We paid both of our H1B workers well above average for our staff and when they worked out sponsored their green cards (and boy is that process a cluster!), we're the kind of employer that the program was actually designed for, we were looking for extremely rare talent sets and had advertised the positions for months before looking abroad. I have to say that I have much bigger problems with the screwups in the green card program than I do with the H1B system, permanently bringing smart people from abroad raises the GDP of the US and brings diversity to the country.

about a week ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

afidel Re:or they could just NOT do it (155 comments)

Google falls under the definition of service providers for purposes of the DMCA.

about two weeks ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

afidel Re:or they could just NOT do it (155 comments)

They can't do that, the DMCA very clearly says that the provider must remove the infringing material, then the poster can challenge the takedown, failing to remove the content as requested removes their safe harbor and opens them up to copyright infringement claims with statutory damages of $100,000 per violation, never going to happen.

about two weeks ago
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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

afidel Re:Oh really... (142 comments)

They're already the second largest Iaas provider after Amazon (EC2 vs Azure) and the second largest business Saas provider after Salesforce (SF vs Office365/Dynamics cloud). As they cloudify more of their offerings they'll be able to capture plenty of revenue from mobile, and since they'll actually be eating their own dogfood their tools for large customers should get better and more and more small customers will just host with them.

about two weeks ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

afidel Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

The AP1000 is a worldwide design, and Westinghouse is going to use parts of the supply chain from China for plants around the world (like just about everything else more complicated than a bread box). My point was that they've managed to supply all of the parts for the Chinese facilities very close to on time so the delays are not with Westinghouse, they're with the US based construction contractors.

about two weeks ago
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Delays For SC Nuclear Plant Put Pressure On the Industry

afidel Re:Just red tape? (142 comments)

Part of the problem is that the infrastructure and supply paths for constructing nuclear plants has to be re-constituted as no plants have been built for quite some time.

Not really, the first two AP1000 are basically finished in China, only about 9 months behind the original schedule whereas these US plants are looking to be about 4 years behind the original schedule. I have to assume it's the typical contractor issue where there's plenty of money to be made being part of the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

afidel Re:The drugs are terrible (200 comments)

On Melatonin, this study says there is no decrease in testoserone production.

about two weeks ago
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3 Congressmen Trying To Tie Up SpaceX

afidel Re:Are they "small government" republicans ? he he (393 comments)

When you're getting capital at below the rate of inflation you'd be stupid not to take the money so long as you have something useful to do with it.

about three weeks ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

afidel Re:Mountains (246 comments)

My thoughts exactly. I'd love to do the 8,000m peaks but unfortunately I don't do well above ~12,000ft so I have to keep to smaller mountains (just got done with Mt Washington and a few surrounding mountains last week).

about three weeks ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

afidel Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

I use HDMI from my tablet to TVs in hotel rooms when traveling.

about three weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

afidel Re:Not news (275 comments)

Late 1970's tech vs 1960's SAM.

about three weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

afidel Re:Not news (275 comments)

Sure, though somewhere on the net I've read a better technical explanation of how the modification was performed and how he Dani kept his equipment running despite intense NATO HARM coverage (basically he observed flight corridors, used short pulses of radar when he knew craft were along those corridors, and kept the main radar on the launcher off until the last second only using remote antennas that were positioned far enough from the launcher that a missile strike would not take out the crew or SAM)

about three weeks ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

afidel Not news (275 comments)

The F117 that was lost in the Balkans NATO mission in 1999 was shot down by an S-125 modified to use longer wavelenths than the RAM paint on the aircraft would absorb. The issue has been known since then and it's very likely that the F22 and F35 low observability design characteristics have taken this into account as much as physics and material science will allow.

about three weeks ago

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afidel afidel writes  |  more than 7 years ago

afidel (530433) writes "Dell announced a somewhat shocking development at Oracle World, they are shipping two lines of AMD Opteron based servers! The article mentions this being a break from Dell's longtime Intel exclusive partnership. Is the love afair over, is Dell throwing Intel a bone to help them with their antitrust lawsuit and has no real plans to push the Opteron servers, or has customer demand finally forced their hand?"

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