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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

cheesybagel Re:better than rushing steaming piles of shit. (121 comments)

Six books. Each is a monster in its own accord. He's milking it. Regardless of how complicated the plot was he could have gotten it over by now.

I don't blame him though. I mean people want more books so he just writes them. The Dune books also went past what most people would say was reasonable. Then there are infamous book series like the Wheel of Time series. But I digress.

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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

cheesybagel Re:Vast... Tracts of Land (190 comments)

In case you did not hear they have been slashing forests in Malaysia and Indonesia to plant palm trees for biodiesel.

yesterday
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New Study Says Governments Should Ditch Reliance On Biofuels

cheesybagel Re:Exactly! (190 comments)

Recycling waste vegetable oil is ok. The problem is the waste vegetable oil is not nearly enough to cover the demand for diesel.

yesterday
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Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

cheesybagel Re:why google keeps microsoft away (264 comments)

Android is slow because applications are basically written in Java and run inside an interpreter or a JIT. Then again iOS applications are compiled directly to ARM and after a couple of upgrades the OS is slow as shit too.

yesterday
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Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

cheesybagel Re:What? (98 comments)

In Athens they had them every day. Well it was more like a vote of confidence and if it failed they would immediately elect someone else.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

cheesybagel Re:Government Intervention (462 comments)

The so called density problem in the US is bollocks. Sweden has less population density than the US and their Internet access speeds are among the fastest in the world.

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

cheesybagel Re:And all this without Jobs (519 comments)

Jobs had a design sense. Cook doesn't. He's a bean counter who is only good at optimizing supply chains. Big difference.

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

cheesybagel Re:Tax (519 comments)

Imagine someone steals your TV and sells it to a fence. Who is the criminal? The fence or the thief? Both.

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

cheesybagel Re:Butt FUCKING UGLY (207 comments)

The new control panel is all white with gray icons on top. It makes the X Athena Widgets interface seem user friendly in comparison.

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

cheesybagel Re:God, what drivel ... (207 comments)

Don't know about that. PDAs sold pretty well back then. They basically got subsumed into the smartphone market but they were not a flop.

Also one of the first things Steve Jobs did when he got back into Apple was to kill the Newton. NIH Syndrome.

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

cheesybagel Re:Tax (519 comments)

So do you route your savings through Nevada to a bank account in the Virgin Islands that doesn't pay tax too? You do know that savings accounts pay taxes don't you?

2 days ago
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Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

cheesybagel Re:Change for change's sake (207 comments)

I skipped Windows 8 and at this rate i'll skip Windows 10 as well.

I was one of the guys who used Windows 2000 and Windows Vista. Still I just don't see what is the point of these changes. Windows 2000 had increased system stability with the NT kernel and Vista at least had proper 64-bit architecture support. Windows 7 is Vista without the warts. But Windows 10 seems like a pointless waste of time on a desktop.

Smartphone processors are probably going to hit a brick wall on the next year. Apple and Qualcomm are already using all the capacity TSMC can spare which means NVIDIA and AMD can't manufacture their GPUs at the latest node. Battery tech keeps moving at a snail's pace. Intel is the only company with better manufacturing technology for the next couple of years.

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

cheesybagel Re:And all this without Jobs (519 comments)

Managers with CFO and COO backgrounds aren't good at innovating. They can't innovate their way out of a paper bag. Guess where Tim Cook came from.

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

cheesybagel Re: iCult (519 comments)

Half of the US means the cult has been elevated to a religion. That is all.

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

cheesybagel Re:Those that want to pay more for less (519 comments)

Apple support second to none? What are you smoking. Apple has been fined in the EU for not giving its customers the two year warranty they are mandated by LAW to provide.

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

cheesybagel Re:Tax (519 comments)

In the US their profits are routed through Nevada in the EU they are routed through Ireland.

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

cheesybagel Re:Tax (519 comments)

Apple routes US profits through offices in US states with favorable tax regimes (e.g. Nevada). In Europe they route them through Ireland.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04...

Braeburn Capital, an Apple subsidiary in Reno, Nev., manages and invests the company’s cash. Nevada has a corporate tax rate of zero, as opposed to the 8.84 percent levied in California, where Apple has its headquarters.

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

cheesybagel Re:Tax (519 comments)

It has to do with business practices. Like Microsoft stating that any IBM PC compatible vendor must cough up and pay for an OS license even if their users aren't interested in running Windows. Even Bill's donations are fairly controversial as he always makes donations with strings attached. For example he gave India money in exchange for them tightening up their IP laws which in turns increases his profits from shares he owns in the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

cheesybagel Re:Ipads last A LOT longer (297 comments)

I've had the same phone for 5 years.

Keeping up with the Joneses is overerated.

2 days ago
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

cheesybagel Re:Yanis Varoufakis (327 comments)

If you listen to his talks what he says is that a lot of countries cooked their books to get into the Eurozone. He says Greece simply borrowed the same creative accounting technique Italy used to get in the Eurozone so by the same metric Italy shouldn't have been in either. He also stated that Germany also used creative accounting by counting the gold they had in their treasury as income in order to erase the debt of their federal states.

3 days ago

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