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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

dk20 Re: battle with Android and iOS first! (132 comments)

Same thing i posted above. Apple has their iAd service with "customized" ads with apple taking 30% of the revenue and the developer taking the remaining 70%.

So, Google ads = BAD, apple ads = Good because?

3 days ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

dk20 Re: battle with Android and iOS first! (132 comments)

"So you've never heard of Jailbreak"

So, make up your mind.. Are apple product secure, or can they be "hacked"?
What is a "jailbreak", If i am not mistaken, that is when you gain "root" access to the device right?
Remember when you could do it just by going to a website?

I can install cyanogenmod on my android devices if i want, and their roms dont come with google play or any google services... Other then "jailbreaking" your apple device, what are your options?

Apple doesn't sell your identity.. good one.. Perhaps they can explain "iAD"?
At first Apples take was 40/60 but then they went with 30/70.

3 days ago
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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

dk20 Where is Ubuntu's direction? (132 comments)

First, let me start off by saying I use to be very "pro-ubuntu". It was a great distro, and one of the few you can just throw the CD in and reboot into a usable system fairly quickly.

Then they seem to flounder around and lack direction so i moved to MINT. Of the 6 desktop PC's in my house, at one point 5 of them ran Ubuntu. Now three are MINT, two remain ubuntu and one is still on windows.

Ubuntu seems to be suffering a bit of the classic "floundering around" you often see in the opensource world. Instead of having a number of people working on a great distro, we have hundreds of "fractured" distro's (many based on Debian, some based on Ubuntu which is based on Debian).

Anyhow, look at some of the past products from the past ideas from Canonical...
Ubuntu TV, Looked promising...
Ubuntu ONE - I liked how you could "sync" the installed apps on one system and use it as a template to build other "similiar" machines...

Now they want to "fracture" it to create a "phone" version?

3 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

dk20 Re:"stashes its cash" (363 comments)

Agreed, the funny thing is they are often "proudly american" as well....

Just not "proud" enough to :
1) Hire Americans (outsource everything to China)
2) Pay their fair share for the services they use (Bermuda, cayman islands, Ireland....)

Apple for example sure enjoys the US legal system, but not funding it...

5 days ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

dk20 Re:"stashes its cash" (363 comments)

You are kidding right?

Canada (where i live) has tax treaties in place for a large number of countries, they even publish a list: http://www.fin.gc.ca/treaties-...

Earn money in the US, revenue Canada will be looking for you to pay the "top up" tax (the difference between your US taxes and what you would have paid in Canada).

NOTE: this is for individual ratepayers, might be different for corp taxes.

about a week ago
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Microsoft On US Immigration: It's Our Way Or the Canadian Highway

dk20 Re:Fine! (363 comments)

In many regards, the US rules are actually similar, I entered the US on a work via by showing up at the border with a letter as well. In and out in around an hour and $25 for the "processing fee".

The US has their "h1b" program and the associated "problems", in Canada we have our "Temporary Foreign Worker Program".

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

dk20 Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

OK, i guess then if i paid 5x for a phone, i would expect it to be better supported then the far cheaper phones?

Most of those "androids which are never updated" are also around $99 with NO contract. Hard to compare a $599 phone with a $99 phone and say one is better supported.

Apple, meet Orange?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

dk20 Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

OS X Mavericks is compatible with most Macs that are capable of running OS X Mountain Lion; as with Mountain Lion, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of available storage, and OS X 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard) or later are required.

The full list of compatible models:

mid-2007 or newer iMac
aluminum MacBook, 2009 or newer polycarbonate MacBook
2007 or newer MacBook Pro
late-2008 or newer MacBook Air
2009 or newer Mac Mini
2008 or newer Mac Pro
2009 Xserve

So, take a mac pro earlier then 2008 and install mavericks on it. Cant? Sure you can, you just have to "hack" the installer.

So like i said, arbitrary limits.... The box can run it, just it wont install without modifying the setup program.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

dk20 Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Care to post some facts behind your " is miles and light-years ahead of everyone else. Bar none." statement?

Go take a look at which devices support "mavericks" and come back and post your findings.
HINT: Many Mac Pro users were unhappy with the "line" at "2008 and newer"

Looking around my house, I have a SUN X4500 (Released July 2006) which runs Solaris 11.2 (Released April 2014). This alone exceeds Apple's "miles and light years" approach you listed by at least 2 years.

Windows PC's generally don't have arbitrary limits to which OS you can install (unlike Macs).

Next FUD please?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

dk20 Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

My Galaxy Tab 3 just received the update to android 4.4, not bad considering the tab 4's have been out for some time now.
With android devices there are also custom rom alternatives (Cyanogenmod comes to mine) and they make it fairly easy to install as well.

about two weeks ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

dk20 Re:Me too. (408 comments)

"You are one fucking idiot. "

Always the sign of an articulate individual who will surly provide a lot of value to any discussion.

I stopped reading after that, so good use of your time i guess.

about two weeks ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

dk20 Re:Me too. (408 comments)

" Samsung didn't copy their teacher, they learned from him." ??

about two weeks ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

dk20 Re:Me too. (408 comments)

Except when they are copying Braun and others?

Braun: http://visual.ly/braun-or-appl...
Swiss transit clock: http://www.cnet.com/news/time-...

The clock sure looks like the one from the swiss transit, except it is missing the trademark logos. I guess Apple didnt think about Braun and the Swiss having access to time machines and going back into the past after stealing apple designs?

about two weeks ago
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Why You Can't Manufacture Like Apple

dk20 Re:Apple REULEZ! (408 comments)

While iTunes could stand improvement, of course, it is still oly about a million times better than anything else. At least a million.
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Probably because Apple bought it instead of building it house?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

dk20 Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

I didnt say they were government mandated, just that the US does regional restrictions as well.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

dk20 Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (324 comments)

Funny, the US is pretty big on this as well:

Lets try a few popular sites and see what we get:

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Dear Pandora Visitor,

We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S., Australia and New Zealand.
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Sorry, currently our video library can only be watched from within the United States
Hulu is committed to making its content available worldwide.

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about two weeks ago
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Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall

dk20 Re:Repair (53 comments)

I'm going to have to ask for a citation on this one.
According to the "special 301 report" only other countries pirate, while life in the US is full of non-pirating law-abiding citizens...

http://www.ustr.gov/sites/defa...

Even Canada is on the list, i guess because our copyright laws are not to the US' liking?
"Canada remains on the Watch List in 2014. "

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

dk20 Re:Not again (358 comments)

Let them bring "DRM" to the ipod, given the trackrecord you list, it will just compel someone to create a better product.
Once you reach a certain market share you treat your customers with disdain, and someone else comes along and eats you up, perhaps it is Apple's try at the "customers are all criminals and we need DRM"?

SonyMD is a good example, it was actually a great product and far ahead of its time, but DRM'd to death and it frankly sucked and died off.
Few things worse then stating "MP3" on the box, only to find out it needed a 30 minute conversion to ATRAC first.

The SonyMD software sucked, it is almost like they spent most of their dev efforts on DRM and not the user experience.

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

dk20 Re:Bono should stick to his day job (358 comments)

Not only are they looking to become "rent seekers" the amount they feel entitled to has increases drastically year after year.

Not that I am a fan of his, but Elvis has net worth of $300MM. Not bad for a guy who's been dead for some time.
He also has 91 albums that received Gold, Platinum or Diamond award status so he sold a LOT of albums.

Now lets pick on a "modern artist", Jay-Z has 15 platinum albums, and a net worth of $560MM.
Brittany Spears biggest worry in life is how many ferrari's her boyfriends need.

When "artists" start living in the real world like the rest of us, i might consider supporting them.

about two weeks ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

dk20 Re:Canada & Quebec (474 comments)

I wonder if this will just encourage the leaders of Scotland to hold another referendum, just like Quebec and its "neverendum's"

Those "leaders" clearly dont represent the majority, but sit there waiting for "the right moment" to separate, but yet they plan to keep Canadian passports, Canadian currency, etc. I bet they probably want to keep the transfer payments flowing as well?

So a separate country, but in name only?

Why be a premier when you can be a prime minister?

about two weeks ago

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