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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

gnasher719 Re:Much as I despise trolls (450 comments)

As for internet harrassment, it might be better to sentence people to perform ass kissing services for the harrassed for some period of time. The movement of the justice system away from pushing people to make restitution for harm done, and instead toward universal incarceration for every possible infraction, is a second injustice to victims, as well as being corrosive poison to society. If a guy is an asshole and threatens someone but didn't really mean it, do we really want to spend societal resources to imprison them for TWO FUCKING YEARS! Does anybody ever think? I mean really THINK about the implications of what they are saying when they cheer on the state to put the boot to more faces? Do you really think the "there ought to be a law" model can go on forever without that boot ultimately winding up on your own face?

It is surely a good idea to have alternative punishments than just prison. Take fly tipping (which is a horrible nuisance in some place): Convict anyone who is caught to keep the area clean that he messed up, until the next guy is caught and convicted. That would keep the country clean and teach them a valuable lesson.

But also keep in mind that two years is the _maximum_ sentence. Like fly tipping should have a maximum punishment that works for someone emptying a dozen 30 ton trucks full of rubbish, this also needs a suitable punishment for the worst imaginable cases.

9 hours ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

gnasher719 Re: Perfectly-timed? (247 comments)

You might want to review that statement, Apple appears to be cleaning house on the money side, taking 87% of the profit in the market. [businessinsider.com]

Worse for Apple's competitors, that was in Feb. 2014. Since then Samsung is in trouble (sorry, Samsung isn't but I bet some Samsung executives are) because their profits in the mobile market have dropped by 70% from last year, and Apple can't build the iPhone 6 fast enough (about 20 million sold worldwide and 20 million pre-ordered in China alone).

yesterday
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iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

gnasher719 Re:Set the record straight (106 comments)

Also, Dell announced a 5k monitor before the iMac was announced, which probably uses the same panel. We should be able to compare the two soon. In the past Apple displays have proven to be exactly the same as other displays with the same panel and similar glass, so I wouldn't expect any surprises.

Dell announced earlier, Apple deliverd earlier.

Both monitors cost the same (comparing Apple's real price and Dell's announced price), but Apple's monitor contains a nice computer :-)

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:They are competitors (312 comments)

How is that different from Apple using its position in the high-end phone market to unfairly favor its product in the headphone market?

1. Strange how we are always told that Apple's market share is dropping, but when it suits people, they change the goal post and talk about "high-end phone market share".

2. Microsoft, Apple, and everyone else are free to sell whatever they want to sell (if they have the right person's permission obviously).

3. Microsoft manipulated the market so that other browsers couldn't compare fairly; even if they were better than Microsoft's browsers, they were very hard to sell. If you go to a shop selling Bose, Beats, and other headphones, there's nothing that stops you from buying what you like.

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Tit for tat (312 comments)

I imagine Beats/Apple isn't too happy with Bose's shenanigans regarding telling NFL players they can't wear their Beats headphones until 90 minutes after the end of the game.

Could it be just the simple fact that every time Beats headphones are sold Apple makes profit, every time that Bose headphones are sold Bose makes profit, and Apple prefers Apple making profit vs. Bose making profit?

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (312 comments)

Yeah, I can also install vmware on my PC, and run MacOS in it, because some people have worked around the roadblocks that Apple put in the way to prevent users who pay for their software from doing that. How odd that Microsoft will permit me to virtualize their OS, but Apple won't. It's almost like they're bigger assholes than Microsoft. No, wait. It's exactly like that.

Microsoft's _business_ is to sell their operating system. Apple's _business_ is to sell computer hardware. If you claim that you can't see the difference then you are either deeply dishonest or an idiot.

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (312 comments)

When was the last time YOU wrote a fuckin' bootloader? Last time I did that was oh, about... a week ago.

And you think that makes you qualified to talk about the value of commercial hardware? I don't think so.

yesterday
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

gnasher719 Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (312 comments)

And so is Apple.

Apple: 5K display with a powerful computer built-in: $2,499. Dell: 5K display: $2,499.

Which one is overpriced?

yesterday
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

gnasher719 Re:ipoo (247 comments)

Apple can shit in a box and people will buy it.

Strange. Apple makes the best products, the best laptops, the best desktops, the best phones and the best tablets, and people are buying them.

You claim that Apple could make products that are worse than rubbish and people would buy them. What makes you think that?

Or are you trying to say that Apple is so much better than the rest that even if they built something that is way below Apple's usual standards it would still be good enough to sell?

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

gnasher719 Re:Well (180 comments)

What the fuck are people doing using non-free software that claims to protect their privacy? If you can't even see the source, what do you expect?

Seeing the source doesn't help when (a) you are not a software developer, (b) you are a software developer with a job who doesn't have unlimited time to look at source code, (c) you are a software developer with lots of spare time but the source code that you are shown isn't the source code used.

And open source gives the bad guys an easy way to create hacked versions of secure software that aren't secure. Someone stealing your secrets is unlikely to be impressed by GPL and copyright.

3 days ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

gnasher719 Re:Responsibility yes, automatic liability no (319 comments)

If you are going to make me liable for something then I has to be something under my control. Short of tying my kids up in chains and never letting them do anything there is no way for me do absolutely guarantee that they will never do anything which causes liability. Not only would I refuse to do that it would be illegal and society does not want parents to do that: kids have to learn to control their own behaviour and that means giving them the freedom to do things wrong.

If you read at least the summary, the parents weren't liable for their kids making a post (which kids can do since you can't control them permanently). The parents were liable for their kids not removing a post, which is something the parents should have been able to control.

3 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re:Confucius say: (350 comments)

How easy is it to replace a Mac battery 8 years on? Actually how easy is it to replace it 8 months on?

Eight years on: You buy a battery, either from Apple or on eBay. You need a coin to unlock the battery and swap it out.

Eight months on: Doesn't matter how hard, because it will be under warranty.

A bit older: Very easy. You take your MacBook to the Apple Store, hand over your cash, and they put in a new battery.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re:Confucius say: (350 comments)

On two different occasions I sold 5 year old MacBook on Craigslist for $500. I don't know what the expectation would be for an hp or whatever, but I was satisfied with this.

While I congratulate you on that sale, I really don't get it. You can get a refurbished MacBook Air, 13", latest model, better in any way imaginable and as new, with a year warranty, for $849. Why does anyone pay $500 for a five year old Mac?

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re: Apple Pay (350 comments)

I don't know how this compares to PayPal or Google Wallet as I don't use them. I do know that Apple has made it easy to add Apple Pay to apps and websites, and the user experience counts provided the security holds up. PayPal still looked a complex mess when I viewed the API last month.

The difference to Google Wallet is that Google Wallet transactions are visible to Google, and Apple Pay transactions are not visible to anyone (except the bank paying and the merchant getting money obviously).

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re:What's with the performance comparisons? (350 comments)

Is Apple so embarrassed by their lack of meaningful CPU performance improvements that they feel the need to compare the latest iPad to a 5 year old obsolete brick to impress me? I think that they think I'm stupid.

Lack of meaningful improvements? 40% faster than the iPad Air. Which was a lot faster than the iPad 4. And trying out how fast I could make that run, i got 7 GFlops out of an iPad 4 with plain C code.

If you think that Apple showing the best possible numbers is a sign of "embarrassment" then you absolutely need your head examined.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re: Apple Pay (350 comments)

How doesn't it? My understanding is that instead of paying by your credit card, your Apple Account gets hit for the charge and Apple pays the vendor and then Apple charges your linked credit card, just like for existing in-app purchases. Since it's your Apple Account doing the purchasing, Apple is in the loop and sees every transaction that you make.

Except that's not how it works. There's a special chip in the new iPhone that talks to an NFC payment terminal and presents itself as a virtual credit card. The terminal sends that information for example to Visa. Visa works together with Apple and figures out that this virtual credit card actually matches your real debit or credit card, and everything is done as if you had used your normal credit or debit card. The chip is locked away from the OS, even Apple couldn't read what's inside it.

The advantages are a minor bit of convenience (you pay by putting a finger on the fingerprint reader on the iPhone), but a big advantage in security because nobody knows your credit card number and therefore cannot lose it to hackers, and crooked employees cannot read it either.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

gnasher719 Re:Funniest bit (350 comments)

Apple's "Excel competitor" that sells for £13.99.

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gnasher719 Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (826 comments)

First, I'm not 100% sure what he means by a "progressive" consumption tax, perhaps the more you consume, the higher your tax rate? How would that work?

Cheap car: $10,000 plus 2% tax.
Not so cheap car: $20,000 plus 5% tax.
Medium car: $50,000 plus 10% tax.
Expensive car: $100,000 plus 20% tax.
Bugatti Veyron: $1,000,000 plus 100% tax.

Of course _everyone_ will be complaining because they all dream of becoming rich enough to buy that Bugatti, and then it will cost 100% in tax!

4 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

gnasher719 Re:This looks like a nasty trick. (826 comments)

I think the greater concern for consumption tax approach is that it could driven the emergence of a huge black market. But, since that might mostly include lower end items and benefit lower income folks, it might be an acceptable flaw.

You have that to some degree with Internet sellers like Amazon, who avoid collecting sales tax (and the customers who by law are required to put all the stuff they bought without sales tax into their tax returns obviously don't).

In the UK and basically anywhere in Europe, there is basically no black market for goods. Only things like cigarettes and alcohol that are taxed _massively_ in some countries and not in others, because it's impossible to get the goods without paying tax.

4 days ago
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How Nigeria Stopped Ebola

gnasher719 Re:You will never make it in Hollywood (381 comments)

My first script idea is a planeload of weaponized Ebola patients blasted to smithereens over New York City, raining bodily fluids down on the terrified populace. I'm sure a real creative type could come up with something better.

Tom Clancy did, and the number of deaths wasn't very high.

4 days ago

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