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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

coinreturn Re:I never thought I'd live to see the day... (284 comments)

Agreed. I have an iPad and an Android smartphone, and I am thinking of dumping the smartphone for the dumbest of dumb phones, which can only make phone calls and send SMS - and only needs to be charged once a week. I already have one of those as a travel emergency phone; I may switch my main number to it.

That's what I have. Oh, but good luck finding a phone without a camera. I don't think they exist anymore.

1 hour ago
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Can the ObamaCare Enrollment Numbers Be Believed?

coinreturn Re:Fuck Obamacare (723 comments)

They also said that the 2nd amendment guaranteed the right of private citizen's to own and carry firearms. That good enough for you that you will demand that your politicians stop trying to pass laws contrary to that opinion?

First, it is arms, not firearms. It does not specify or limit types of arms. However, the constitution does specify a framework for laws and judicial review. Therefore it is reasonable to allow laws to specify or limit types of arms (unless you think your next door neighbor has a right to have nuclear bombs).

yesterday
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Michael Bloomberg: You Can't Teach a Coal Miner To Code

coinreturn Re:Hulk hogan could code too (581 comments)

Are you aware that the pipe that feeds information to East Bumfuck is pretty fucking miniature (dial-up) or pretty fucking expensive (satellite)? East Bumfuck dreams about the ability to get DSL. Hell, even West Bumfuck does.

yesterday
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Code Quality: Open Source vs. Proprietary

coinreturn Re:Did you write your improvements in C+ ? (133 comments)

Your four-sentence comment has five glaring errors that make it obvious that you have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. You very much remind me of the job applicant who told me he has experience in C, C+, and C++.

Well, since that time, I also learned C+++.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

coinreturn Re:Think it through. (466 comments)

Only a fool would count on it being there in another 25-30 years. Its already seeing the force of the boomer generation hit it. If you've got a million+ in capital at retirement I wouldn't be surprised that your social security will be stripped to zilch. I can hear the politicians bleating now... "we're paying middle class millionaires social security...is that worth a tax increase?"

That's what they were saying in the seventies and here it is 40 years later and still around. Seniors vote. Seriously, they vote.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

coinreturn Re:Holy shit (466 comments)

The IRS max annual contribution to a 401(k) is $17,500. So unless you are getting a really tremendous return on your investments it may take a little longer than you think. Of course you can save in other retirement vehicles...

Um, no. The max pre-tax amount is $17,500. The max contribution from all sources (pre-tax, employer match, and post-tax) is $52,000. And if you're over 50, you can add another $5K.

yesterday
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Why Tesla Really Needs a Gigafactory

coinreturn Re:real reason why.... (192 comments)

Yes.

Always drive downhill.

And have it towed back up.

yesterday
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

coinreturn Re:...news for nerds.. (403 comments)

So... fuck chess? 'cause as sure as hell it ain't requiring strength, speed or coordination.

What are the rules of fuck chess? It sounds like something I'd like to try, as long as the bishops aren't behind me.

yesterday
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

coinreturn Re:One word: FUD (270 comments)

Lucky you have so many spare transformers laying about.....

My transformers do not lay about - they lie about.

yesterday
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

coinreturn Re:TSA-like Money for Fear (270 comments)

Unlike the other two, an EMP event that could damage or destroy most electronic equipment within 1,000 mils of it can be created by most any nuclear power on the planet.

FYI: 1,000 mils = 1 inch.

yesterday
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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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 three 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 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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