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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

bloodhawk Re:Tax (454 comments)

Apple operates primarily in the US. .

Really? the majority of their manufacturing is in china. China and other international markets are now also there biggest revenue source. For tax purposes they are a irish company. If anything the US should now be seeing the smallest part of the tax they "should" be paying. The general tax rule is you pay the tax in the country you earn it, only the US considers earnings outside of the country to have a tax burden as well. regardless Apple and many other internationals don't pay their fair share anywhere. I can actually accept that as they are following the laws and it is the countries that need to fix their damn laws, the part that PISSES me off is when these companies come out and say what a wonderful contribution they are making to the local community with charities or sponsorships and how they are good corporate citizens all the vacuuming money up out of that community and siphoning it into tax havens and asking each of the local communities to be thankful for the pennies they return to them.

yesterday
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Engineers Develop 'Ultrarope' For World's Highest Elevator

bloodhawk Re:just put a motor on the elevator itself (237 comments)

yes, but the cable is only used as a triggering mechanism, used as it is obviously there and is simple. There is nothing stopping that triggering mechanism being anything from an acceleration fired mechanism, or pressure held open by the motors when they have power or any number of other methods.

yesterday
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Lizard Squad Hits Malaysia Airlines Website

bloodhawk Re: @MAS email dump (41 comments)

In some countries like the US maybe, but that doesn't make it anymore valid, rather irrelevant, you don't justify one set of criminal activity by pointing out that other criminals are doing something similar.

yesterday
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Lizard Squad Hits Malaysia Airlines Website

bloodhawk Re:@MAS email dump (41 comments)

NO, nothing validates what they do. They belong in a jail, you get to validate criminal behaviour by saying "look what we found while being total pricks".

yesterday
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

bloodhawk Re:Yanis Varoufakis (317 comments)

So in other worlds he is off in a fairy land and will simply let Greece sink into massive unrecoverable debt. In the real world when you are broke and in desperate need of support you don't get to dictate the terms of that support. perhaps this could lead to finally kicking Greece out of the EU.

yesterday
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

bloodhawk Re:But does it matter any more? (165 comments)

Nothing to do with a dying os or industry, a PC from 5 years ago can happily run any modern OS. Right up until about 2008 people needed to upgrade every 2 or 3 years to be able to run everything. That cycle is now more like 5-7 years if not more. Very few are migrating away, they simple don't need to upgrade, this isn't just a windows thing either, the same is happening to Linux and OS.X

2 days ago
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Windows 10 IE With Spartan Engine Performance Vs. Chrome and Firefox

bloodhawk Re:Edge == Trident (165 comments)

it has undergone significant rewrites, if you think just ignoring version checking, compat checks etc would achieve those sort of performance increases you are kidding yourself. their is only so much that can be done by ditching cruft. BUT ditching cruft allows a lot more flexibility in what you can rewrite including the structure as you no longer need to maintain support, this seems to have been what has taken place here.

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

bloodhawk Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (375 comments)

Most of the improvements in win 10 are actually in the kernel and security as well as DX 12. just that the general user community focus on the UI, not MS.

2 days ago
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How Do We Know the Timeline of the Universe?

bloodhawk Re:We Really Don't (152 comments)

The thing is our knowledge of the universe is so infinitesimally small that really it would be far fairer to call it a guess than a Hypothesis.

2 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

bloodhawk Re:Windows 10 (133 comments)

NO, they stated it is free if you upgrade in the first year. After that time if you want to upgrade you pay normal upgrade price. There is no expiry or only good for a year.

3 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

bloodhawk Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

PC gaming is currently over 20 Billion and is still growing (though slowly), Mobile gaming is around 20-25 billion as well, how the fuck do you turn a 50% market share into a drop in the bucket? Regardless they are two separate markets. You can't compare mobile games to desktop games, of course those games would never do as well on a desktop, how would COD, Halo, Far Cry do on a mobile device?

3 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

bloodhawk Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

high performance gaming where all these expensive gaming cards are made for does not happen on portal devices, it happens on desktops. You can't just say look a variant of OpenGL runs here here and here and claim it is now dominating, the truth is it hasn't made any significant inroads in the desktop gaming area. On the desktop it isn't even a close race, MS completely and utterly dominate the space. As long as they have a strangehold on the desktop then DX will not be obsolete or even close to it, it is even looking like it will be jumping ahead again with performance which will probably increase its market share even more.

3 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

bloodhawk Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

did we just jump into an alternate reality where suddenly MS no longer has 90%+ of the desktop gaming market? OpenGL supporters have been saying DX is obsolete for over a decade and if anything they have lost market share during that time.

3 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

bloodhawk Red Dward/Lexx (476 comments)

I voted B5, but I think Red Dwarf would be my favourite (start in late 80's but most episiodes were in the 90's). Lexx also should have been on the list because it was just so original and weird.

3 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

bloodhawk Re:Spartan is to IE, as Firefox was to Netscape/Mo (99 comments)

Interestingly I think firefox is almost at the same state as IE (just a few less years of cruft) with a desperate need of a good purging to get rid of the bloat and cruft, maybe if Spartan is successful Mozilla will realize the sorry state of firefox and we will see a similar improvement from when we went netscape->firefox. IE 11 is a decent browser, but has its performance hamstrung by its backwards compatibility though I do find it acceptable to use on a machine (still swap browsers if it is my own machine but I no longer feel the need to change friends or family away from it).

4 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

bloodhawk Re:Internet Explorer (99 comments)

most of these apps were written when there was no standard, there was 3 or 4 standards, if you wanted to stick purely to standards were destined to be highly restricted in what you do. This isn't the case anymore but the reasons back then for doing this stuff were far less obvious than they are today.

4 days ago
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NVIDIA Responds To GTX 970 Memory Bug

bloodhawk Re:Hey! I've been gypped! (145 comments)

You don't drive your Ferrari around at max speed all the time, Gamers DO drive their video cards at Max speed at regular intervals. Regardless they paid for the performance and received less than they paid for, Ferrari would be ridiculed/sued/have massive backlash if they published figures for their car and the real numbers were more than 10% lower.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Anti-Virus Software In 2015? Free Or Paid?

bloodhawk Re:Seriously??? (467 comments)

I am yet to see a decent review that ranks essentials last, basically they are nearly always sponsored by the AV community and essentials loses out on heuristics for unknown virus's and malware, but realistically when it comes to that they are all miserable failures, just some of the commercial ones will try and convince you of how important that feature is.

4 days ago
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Apple Agrees To Chinese Security Audits of Its Products

bloodhawk Re:Absolutely fair.. (114 comments)

It is common practice for most countries, the only thing new here is a western country letting china do it too.

5 days ago
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NVIDIA Launches New Midrange Maxwell-Based GeForce GTX 960 Graphics Card

bloodhawk Re:Awesome, I shall buy one in a year (114 comments)

Tom's hardware has the latest Jan update for graphics comparisons. The R7 260x is best bang for buck but the 750ti is not quite as good value but as you don't like ATI it may be a better choice. All really comes down to why you are upgrading and what you play though.
http://www.tomshardware.com/re...

about a week ago

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