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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

dnadoc Re: Apple made the same mistake (390 comments)

They even came out with a cheap version just like back then with the Apple IIe. Jobs must have seen the parallel given how angry he got the second time:

I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Appleâ(TM)s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong... Iâ(TM)m willing to go to thermonuclear war on this.

about 10 months ago
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Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

dnadoc er, the other cable chaos (791 comments)

I was sure this was going to be about cable TV.

about a year ago
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Can the iPhone Popularize Fingerprint Readers?

dnadoc Re: To be honest (356 comments)

but you can change your password, and you don't "drop" your password on every single thing you touch. besides, the govts can just apply apple's hashing algorithm to their fingerprint database - has this been mentioned yet? hashing is pointless.

1 year,3 days
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Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

dnadoc Re: gave me a boner (736 comments)

but you can no longer afford beer! nooooooo! Welcome to the twilight zone.

1 year,17 days
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Galileo: Right On the Solar System, Wrong On Ice

dnadoc Re: Right for the wrong reasons (206 comments)

or was the "other" merely the scientific establishment of his time telling the Pope what to think? This phenomenon needs a name. Something like 'model shift' or 'paradigm transfer'. Ptolemy wasn't Catholic afterall.

1 year,20 days
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How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.

dnadoc Re: What is the point? (79 comments)

Horrible summary. The article points out states with larger numbers of tech per capita too - and by this measure, DC, Maryland, and Virginia are a leading cluster.

1 year,22 days
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Red Hat CEO: Bring On the Clones

dnadoc MS (182 comments)

counterfeit Windows products sold on the streets in the Far East may have helped Microsoft â" by cementing their position as the technology standard

This is highly debateable. Why not use Photoshop as an example.

about a year ago
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Content Most Foul: the British Library's Nanny Filter Blocks 'Hamlet'

dnadoc Re: Not So (107 comments)

That's actually hilarious.

about a year ago
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Content Most Foul: the British Library's Nanny Filter Blocks 'Hamlet'

dnadoc Re: Next book (107 comments)

How about Titus Andronicus? That has to be the most graphic Shakespeare play.

about a year ago
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Is Europe's Recession Really Over?

dnadoc Re: Betteridge is actually wrong this time (159 comments)

I think the report is of real GDP, not nominal GDP. But in common parlance, a recession just means "the economy is not satisfactory" because of unemployment or inflation. It's like the word "Frankenstein". Meaning just ends up being usage, as Wittgenstein might say.

about a year ago
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First Portions of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released

dnadoc Re: Released? (89 comments)

True! When he said "American defendants" I assumed he meant federal statutes. My memory of those cases involved judges scheduling a trial, then granting the prosecution as many continuances as they wanted. The only Constitutional bar is something like years after indictment.

about a year ago
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First Portions of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released

dnadoc Re: Released? (89 comments)

It's really callous to ruin somebody's life with immoral abuse of the legal system, over an unjust law, then blame the victim for his own suicide, because you think it didn't count as harassment.

Aaron's dad was right- the government murdered Aaron.

about a year ago
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First Portions of Aaron Swartz's Secret Service File Released

dnadoc Re: Released? (89 comments)

No where is "speedy trial" defined as a particular length of time. In practice it works like "as soon as possible" considering all the recognized reasons/loopholes for a delay. Other than gitmo inmates nobody "invokes" their right to a speedy trial anymore than they invoke their right to a Republican form of government.

about a year ago
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Londoners Tracked By Advertising Firm's Trash Cans

dnadoc Re: Cell phones must stop broadcasting MAC address (189 comments)

What he meant was "The 802.11 protocol does not require cell phones to broadcast their MAC addresses when disconnected from an AP" Sure you need to send the MAC address to connect - he knows that. You don't need to send anything if you don't want to connect. It's not hard to write an app that turns off wifi outside of particular physical area. That addresses the concern they're talking about. They don't care about background data usage on the phone when they're not using it.

about a year ago
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New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

dnadoc Re: What I learned on my DeVry JD (243 comments)

You're right, it never happens in real life. Just my crazy idea! D'oh!

about a year ago
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New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

dnadoc Re: Counterargument (243 comments)

Overly broad discovery requests are fun but there's a good response - imagine getting 500,000 pages of text from the company's records department, in shuffled order, with hand written notes, and copies of faxed printouts of email so illegible OCR gives up. Oh, and the incriminating stuff is accidentally missing (or did you just not find it yet?)

That's assuming the discovery request isn't ignored or thrown out by the court. Also, their lawyers are better than yours, and they're in-house (not hourly) and really bored. Your only recourse ends up being bad PR, but that makes finding a new job harder, so it's lose-lose.

But if you have a union....

about a year ago
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New Zealand Court Orders Facebook Disclosure To Employer

dnadoc Re: Quite a few posts about New Zealand lately (243 comments)

Don't feel bad - in America we have "at will employment" by default, so your employer doesn't even need a reason to fire you. For any reason or no reason, just not for an illegal reason. On the other hand, for gov't employees it's almost impossible to fire them; procedural due process applies for some reason, somewhere in the Constitution.

about a year ago
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DEF CON Hackers Unveil a New Way of Visualizing Web Vulnerabilities

dnadoc Re: Web 3.0 (57 comments)

Enough of your disruptive crowdsourcing.

about a year ago
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Have eBooks Peaked?

dnadoc Re: Definitions (323 comments)

And it's not "ebook sales", it should read "ebook rental license" since you don't own the ebook like you do an actual book.

about a year ago

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