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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

coinreturn Re:The spokesman for the AHA said... (408 comments)

Substituting one god for another isn't going to effect your well-being to any great extent. Substituting homeopathy for medicine will.

Rumor is that abandoning Islam is reason for a death sentence.

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

coinreturn Re:How about the next prez? (312 comments)

Actually, if Obama signs an executive order, Faux Noise will be full of talking heads screeching that he is a dictator. Oh yeah, they're already doing that.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

coinreturn Re:USAID (173 comments)

The fact that the project failed does not preclude activity that was in the gray area.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

coinreturn Re:Renegotiation [Re:USAID is not a NGO (173 comments)

Overcomplicated.

Simplified and shortened: 'stated goal != actual goal in most foreign affairs'

True, but I didn't want to be accused of painting with such a wide brush.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

coinreturn Re:What they do, what they say [Re:Renegotiation] (173 comments)

That's why we should be more interested in what they do than what they say.

And yet, I'm sure we'll never know what they actually did here. The only one storing all those past social media missives is a US three-letter agency.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

coinreturn Re:that's really stupid of them (173 comments)

It's not clear that USAID was at the front on this opperation. They were funding it secretly through shell companies. When it comes to clandestine operations the CIA has better qualifications. It's just stupid, and more stupid.

You assume that USAID is more than just a front for the CIA.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

coinreturn Re:USAID (173 comments)

Color me naive, but [...] I really don't have a problem with this unless they were actively using it to try and incite a Cuban Spring, rather than merely passively providing it and letting things develop on their own.

There is a wide range of gray between active and passive here. I'm willing to bet they were in an area that would make you uncomfortable.

about two weeks ago
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ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

coinreturn Re:Renegotiation [Re:USAID is not a NGO (173 comments)

You may not realize this, but stated goal != actual goal in most foreign affairs of the US government; hence all the secrecy and shell games.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

coinreturn Re:What's with the surprise announcements? (180 comments)

Bought a Roku 3 Sunday, set it up last night, woke up to this on sale, never knew it was coming. What's the point of a surprise announcement? Why not build up some hype in advance? I probably would have waited for this instead (for the voice search and extra ram).

Oh well, probably best not to get stuck in Amazon's ecosystem anyway.

It's been all over the rumor sites for weeks.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

coinreturn Re:in other news (160 comments)

I hope this is an April Fools joke. How long have cameras had a bayonet lens mount?

"Bayonet mount" is a generic term, kind of like "screw" - I.E. just as there are a wide variety of screws and heads, specific mounts can and do vary wildly from each other. Different specific mounts have different features and performance. For example, the bayonet mounts used for light bulbs aren't suitable for lenses because their depth would make a camera unwieldy, complicate optical design, and wear quickly because of the weight of the lens on the relatively small pins. Hence, lens mounts use typically tabs rather than pins. Light bulb mounts also suck at maintaining close and rigid alignment - something a lens mount absolutely must have. Lens mounts also use different retention features than a light bulb mount to facilitate quick changes and reduce the relative force required.

Wait, you're spreading actual information? But how can the trolls all yell, "Derp! Rounded corners! On a smartphone!"

about two weeks ago
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Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

coinreturn Re:You don't want to see IR (99 comments)

For practical purposes (like night vision), sure, definitely useful. But for everyday "recreational" use, you really don't want to see people's blood vessels, etc. Given the choice, I'd much rather see UV.

Are you kidding? How about, "I would shake your hand, but according to my contacts, you have a fever."

about three weeks ago
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More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

coinreturn Re:Some real statistics. (367 comments)

Also important - time of day. I find that in the early afternoon, about 1 in 5 or higher are on their cells - coordinating pickup of children, what to pick up from the store on the way home from work, etc. In contrast, in the morning rush hour, hardly anybody is on their phone (I travel 6:30 am to 7 am).

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

coinreturn Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

I agree with you on the 100%. That comment wasn't mine. I have only had Netflix for about 5 months and so far it has generally kept me happy. Yes, they don't have everything, but they do have a lot. And I have watched a lot of series on it (Breaking Bad, House of Cards). I suspect that if you've had it a long time, the value goes down unless they have a pretty serious supply of new stuff on a regular basis.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

coinreturn Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

Fine, Netflix doesn't work for YOU. It does work for ME.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

coinreturn Re:Uh No (282 comments)

Clinton 1992 due to Ross Perot splitting Republican vote.

Interesting theory. FYI: I am a democrat who voted for Ross Perot.

about three weeks ago
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Tesla's Fight With Car Dealers Could Help Decide the Next Presidential Election

coinreturn Re:Don't EVs help both sides? (282 comments)

Citation please. Other than the ass you're pulling that out of.

You're welcome to pull it out of the ass of any tea-partier instead.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

coinreturn Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

Netflix is 100% satisfying.

Sure, if you are satisfied by most of the top 200 movies on IMDB not being available there...

Most academy award winners? Not present. Most Oscar winners? Not present. Most Sundance Film Festival Winners? Not present. ...

I don't believe you're being fair. This year's winners might not be there, but previous years' are. Unless you need to watch the latest movies, there is plenty on Netflix. We sometimes have three different Netflix feeds going at once in our house (Verizon FIOS) and it is extremely rare to see any stalling. YMMV.

about three weeks ago
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Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

coinreturn Re:No way soar losers will abuse his... (183 comments)

Really? The Brits use "bullocks, bugger, bloody" vs the US using "bullshit, fuck, fucking." And what, exactly is a swear word? Which do you rate worse, cocksucker or knob-gobbler?

about three weeks ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

coinreturn Re:HUH? (150 comments)

Exactly. The "covering your costs" is done either with social programs or from your pockets, then they make a profit. The original point was about "not charging a cent" when they get robbed. How profit got into this, I have no idea, but derailing discussions and tossing in irrelevant subjects that no one brought up isn't helpful.

Exactly right on the original point. Except you derailed the conversation when claiming that the government covered their costs when the banks lose money. That is just plain wrong. And when I pointed that out, you brought up the service fees as a way of showing that they do charge for losses. But they don't. Service fee increases are used to increase profit, not as a reaction to some ATM losses.

about three weeks ago
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Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

coinreturn Re:HUH? (150 comments)

That isn't a profit. That's "covering your costs", dumbfuck.

Wow, you don't seem to understand that "covering your costs" is the first step to profit. You, are the dumbfuck of the year.

about three weeks ago

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Google Hosts Fundraiser for Climate Denier Sen. James Inhofe

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about 9 months ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "Google, which prides itself on building a "better web that is better for the environment", is hosting a fundraiser for the most notorious climate change denier in Congress, it has emerged.

The lunch, at the company's Washington office, will benefit the Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe, who has made a career of dismissing climate change as a "hoax" on the Senate floor.

Proceeds of the July 11 lunch, priced at $250 to $2,500, will also go to the national Republican Senatorial Committee."

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iPhone 5 Puts iOS Back on top of US Market

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about a year ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows that strong uptake of the iPhone 5 over the past 12 weeks* has boosted iOS back to the number one spot in the US. It now has a 48.1% share of US smartphone sales compared with Android which has 46.7%."
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Apple's Share of Tablet Market Surges to 68% as Kindle Fire Shipments Plummet

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "IDC today released its data on worldwide tablet shipments for the first quarter of 2012, revealing that despite a quarterly drop in iPad shipments of over 20%, Apple's share of the tablet market rose to 68% from last quarter's 54.7%. Apple's boost came at the expense of Android-based tablets, most notably Amazon's Kindle Fire which appears to have seen its shipments collapse from 4.8 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011 to less than 750,000 units last quarter."
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This American Life Retracts Story on Foxconn Employees

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "According to This American Life, "We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China — which we broadcast in January — contained significant fabrications. We're retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth.""
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10.8 Million Android Devices Infected with Malware

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "According to NQ Mobile, newer and more advanced forms of malware have successfully infected an estimated 10.8 million Android devices worldwide in 2011. This is expected to increase throughout 2012.

The top three techniques used by malware authors to gain access to mobile device were:

Piggybacking on legitimate apps; Upgrade apps to malicious apps;
Enticing users for downloads."

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Apple: We Stopped Supporting Carrier IQ With iOS 5

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  more than 2 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "In a statement given to AllThingsD, Apple said while it has used Carrier IQ’s network diagnostic software in the past, it recently stopped supporting it and plans to remove it from its mobile devices in a future software update. It also denied collecting any personal information though the software, which is disabled by default in its devices.

Cue haters vs. fanboys flame wars..."

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Consumer Reports Rates iPads above Other Tablets

coinreturn coinreturn writes  |  about 3 years ago

coinreturn (617535) writes "Consumer Reports tested tablets from Archos, Dell, Motorola, Samsung, and ViewSonic, as well as several models from Apple. Each tablet was evaluated on 17 criteria, including touch-screen responsiveness, versatility, portability, screen glare, and ease of use, and testers found several models that outperformed the rest. The Apple iPad 2 with Wi-Fi plus 3G (32G), $730, topped the Ratings, scoring Excellent in nearly every category. The first-generation iPad, $580, also outscored many of the other models tested but tied with the Motorola Xoom, $800."

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