top Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?
Mainland China (People's Republic of China) has one time zone and does not have daylight savings times. They don't switch their clocks, ever.
about a month and a half ago
top Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
Bad analogy. Apple Pay was accepted everywhere NFC payments were accepted, no additional equipment required. Rite Aid had to turn off ALL NFC payments in order to block Apple Pay, blocking Google Wallet and contact-less credit card payments as well. Apple Pay works within the existing NFC payment system, just like Google Wallet.
top U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'
The article makes no mention about quality of the songs. It also says it's not a new format, just a new way to package songs. Sounds like the same old crap quality we've been getting all along. I'd rather buy a vinyl, then feel entitled to pirate the digital version.
top A Look at the NSA's Most Powerful Internet Attack Tool
All I'm saying is... please keep things in perspective. You have legitimate points, but a government that is untrusted by its people (and by all accounts Americans don't trust any existing political party) cannot effect effective governance. In other words, you're asking your government to fail and then whining when they do. That's not very productive.
No, we're asking our representatives to actually represent the people, instead of the special interest. We're also asking that the government follow the constitution and the law, and to stop the illegal programs that break those laws.
top Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
That link compares 5S, 5C, and 4S. Where are you seeing a 5 and 5C comparison?
AC was correct when (s)he said "The 5C has innards identical to the 5."
top Small Town Builds Its Own Gigabyte Network; Cost To Citizens $57/month
Gasoline is one of the only goods in America that has sales tax factored into the sticker price.
about a year and a half ago
top DHS Shuts Down Dwolla Payments To and From Mt. Gox
I used Dwolla to fund my Mt. Gox account and vis-versa before the shutdown. At first you didn't need any ID, then you needed to upload a copy of your passport/driver's license and also something that verified your address (Bill). Then Dwolla itself started requiring my passport copy. Is there anything else really required?
about a year and a half ago
top iPhone 4S's Siri Is a Bandwidth Guzzler
Perhaps the usability of Siri causes people to use it for more bandwidth-hogging things, such as asking Siri for directions, which will open the 'Maps' application and load the map images.
top Spectrum Fragmentation Means Pricier Mobile Networking
Accounting is great, however it uses a few tricks that allow costs contributing to a product to be expensed when revenue is made. The most important thing is cash flows, because cash actually adds value to the firm.
The problem with your analysis is that it doesn't take into account the time value of money. A dollar today is worth more than a dollar in a year, simply because putting a dollar in the bank gives you more than a dollar in year. If the present value of the expected future benefits are greater than the present value of expected costs, as long as your cost of capital is correct the project WILL add value to the firm, regardless of how long it takes. this is called NPV analysis.
The payback period method on the other hand is not based on Economic theory, it doesnt take into account cash flows after the payback period, favors small projects and discriminates against large ones. There's no Economic method to calculate a proper payback period, and so the payback periods are arbitrary.
Many businesses have disregarded great projects that would have added value to the firm but simply had the wrong accept/reject criterion. Accounting methods are not quite appropriate here, since the main point of accounting is to match costs with revenues, and indeed the financial formulas to find a stock's price involve taking the accounting financial statements and working backwards to find the real cash flows again.
About perpetuity, imagine that buying the spectrum was equal to receiving a set number of dollarsfrom the government every year, let's say $1000/year forever. Assume a 6% cost of capital for the company. Now we can easily find out how much this is worth today. 1000/.06 = $16,666.67. (This is a limit simplified down, 1000/(1.06) + 1000/(1.06)^2 + 1000/(1.06)^3 + ...)
That would be the cost you need to pay today to get a perpetual annuity of $1000, kind of like buying rights to the spectrum.
Are you still baffled? It's really just Economics backed with maths.
top Gitbrew Releases OtherOS++ PS3 Linux Dual Boot
Wow, ego much? Sony only cares if the firmware lets you pirate games.
OtherOS never let you pirate PS3 games and they removed that...
top Utah Repeals Anti-Transparency Law
It would cost a lot of money to publish every single document that could be requested. Plus, certain documents contain sensitive/personal information, so they may omit certain parts of the document depending on who requests it. You can request the information US Customs has on you. Entries, exits, etc.
top Terror Arrest Used As Fodder To Fund Real ID Act
Light to make the hologram (something I assume is on all state licenses) show up easier?
top IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3
I may be an anomaly, but every single AppleCare warranty I take out, it pays for itself and onwards.
1. Powerbook G4 - Two motherboard replacements, $600
2. Macbook Pro (2005?) - Two motherboard replacements, new Macbook Pro to replace(They let me get AppleCare on this one too, 3 years starts over) - $1000 plus cost of new Macbook Pro
3. Macbook Pro (Early 2008) (Free)- Now has a red line going down the screen...guess I'm getting a new laptop.
top Anniston, Alabama To Censor Employees' Facebook Pages
But these are city employees, not people working for private companies.
top Microsoft Seeks 1-Click(er) Patent
In some lectures at UW-Madison we're required to use a clicker system to answer question. We can use a dedicated clicker, our smartphones, or our laptops to use as a "clicker". Prior art.
top National Opt-Out Day Against Virtual Strip Searches
I just emailed my airline expressing my concern of the scanners. If enough of their customers start telling them they don't want these, the airlines, who are in a relatively high position of authority to negotiate with the TSA, will try to change policy. People being annoyed, humiliated, and pissed off is not good for business, and the airlines know it will hurt their bottom line.
top Wi-Fi WPA2 Vulnerability Found
Also, with VPN, once someone is connected to the VPN, they're another peer, just like a wired peer. I fail to see how you get
any benefit to your proposed solution to the problem.
The benefit of the VPN is that it encrypts your traffic so that someone using this exploit wouldn't be able to see and manipulate your traffic.
top German President Refuses To Sign Censorship Law
There was a large group of people at the time (anti-federalists) that did not want a Federal Government that had too much power. Many states would not ratify the Constitution unless a Bill of Rights (First 10 Amendments) was added. It was a compromise.
So to put it this way, if the Bill of Rights was never added to the Constitution, many states would not have ratified the Constitution and America really wouldn't be united as one country...Sounds pretty damn important to me.
top China In the Habit of Copying and Redirecting US Sites?
I live in the People's Republic of China and this has never happened to me before. I occasionally cannot access Google, however that usually goes away after three minutes. I can see it happening here, however I cannot vouch for the validity of accusation.
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