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Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

gnupun Re:Why Apple? (158 comments)

Why is it Apple's fault or Apple's problem? First of all these are Foxconn workers.

They (thousands of foxconn employees) are Apple workers because they build Apple products only, not generic phones. Foxconn is just a middleman that allows Apple to hire cheap, foreign labor. So these workers have two bosses, the foxconn ones and the Apple bosses at a higher level. And both are responsible for the welfare of the workers.

Secondly Foxconn manufactures hardware for a lot of companies, not just Apple.

Let me repeat that a segment of Foxconn employees work on Apple products only. For Apple to be not responsible, this segment of employees should work for multiple hardware vendors, but that's not the case.

6 hours ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

gnupun Re:Luddites (644 comments)

If AI were progressing to a point where it could replace human labor, the cost of production would plummet and those of us who are working would have very low-cost consumer goods.

And what makes you think just because the cost of production becomes lower, the manufacturer will lower the price?

Let's take a couple of examples. It costs Amazon far less than a brick & mortar bookstore to sell a book (fewer employees and lesser rent). But the retail price of books in either of those stores are almost always the same. Another example: robots have taken over many jobs in car manufacturing. Yet the prices of cars have not dropped, instead they are rising at a steady rate.

In each of these cases, machines have taken over human jobs but the price of goods and services has not become cheaper. The only people who seem to have benefited from this change are the businesspeople who have cut production costs steadily and while simultaneously increasing the selling price.

2 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

gnupun Re:I'm shocked. (187 comments)

... but I would argue that DRM is not only unnecessary, it needs to die a fiery death.

You must have heard of things like Napster and BitTorrent. Plenty of people can't/won't pay for music. In fact, I've heard the PS4 DRM was too hard for pirates to crack. It may have been cracked since then. But until then, the only way to play PS4 games was to buy/rent them.

My point is consumers pay to use all products and services, except digital ones, because they are easy to use without paying. DRM forces the consumer to pay for a product and that's good for the creators and honest people who pay for the product because it keeps the prices down.

2 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

gnupun Re:Huh? (187 comments)

Even if it costs tens/hundreds of thousands of dollars to own legally? Renting is cheaper (1/10th or 1/100th the price to own).

2 days ago
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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

gnupun Re:I'm shocked. (187 comments)

I can't believe the 700 billion dollar corporation won this.

You want to buy music from multiple vendors on your mobile device? Well we need a standard and open platform like the PC, where any vendor can add their hardware, software or DRM. Apple hardware/software stack is proprietary and owned by one company, so this decision is correct.

2 days ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

gnupun Re:Can Uber be used without losing privacy? (76 comments)

We badly need anonymous phones? Do they really exist? If we can't get them, it's guaranteed the govt will have a complete database of every place you visit.

2 days ago
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Telepresence Store Staffed Remotely Using Robots

gnupun Re:How is this more efficient than employees on si (52 comments)

It's more efficient because the bosses can now hire sales people from cheaper cities or even cheaper countries but the selling price will be the same as if the sales person were hired locally (i.e. no discount).

3 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

gnupun Re:So much for his career (160 comments)

Better would be how a beta version of Windows 3.1 was blocked from running on top of DR-DOS (AARD). [wikipedia.org] And yes, from a consumers' point of view that is shady, and if it isn't it should be illegal.

This analogy is not accurate. Win3.1 and dr-dos were competing to be on a machine that was manufactured by a 3rd party PC manufacturer. If microsoft were manufacturing the machine, you can bet that dr-dos would never be allowed to install on that machine.

Apple spent billions designing, manufacturing and marketing the ipod -- it belongs to them and is not a standard device like the PC. They are solely responsible for its success. Real is the shady one here, trying to leech off ipod's success by reverse engineering their security protocols so they can profit from the market created by apple.

Bottom line: if the ipod were a standard device, Real's actions are okay and Apple's illegal. However, with a closed platform, it's the reverse: Apple's actions are okay to prevent competitors from entering its turf and Real is the shady one here.

It's not about the "rights" that Real has, it's about the "rights" the owner of the iPod has, no matter what is in Apple's small print.

Sorry, the user can't be selfish. He/she also has to accommodate Apple's rights, which were violated by Real.

3 days ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

gnupun Re:Traffic Furniture (593 comments)

Traffic furniture (aka concrete obsticles in the road) and anti-traffic flow patterns both work very well.

Yep, the easiest solution is huge speed bumps, the kind that forces a car to slow down to 5 mph. Now the side street has the same speed as the highway.

3 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

gnupun Re:I am wondering (295 comments)

Why couldn't he have saved $5-6000 working other jobs to buy a used car to use as a cab instead of this renting his cab from a company? Then he could've kept 100% of his earnings, and the fares would also be a lot lower for the consumers.

4 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

gnupun Re:Sounds like they should ban the cabbies (295 comments)

There are only two choices: total ban of taxis that are not regulated by the govt. or, increase the quota to accommodate taxis like uber's. Even uber can't survive in an unregulated market if other internet taxi companies enter the market flood it with even more taxis.

4 days ago
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French Cabbies Say They'll Block Paris Roads On Monday Over Uber

gnupun Re:Sounds like they should ban the cabbies (295 comments)

Or the govt should increase the max limit of cabs allowed in the city. And uber cars should be considered as just taxis with computer-assisted hailing that should be added to the new quota.

More taxis means less food on the table for traditional cabbies... so the quota of total taxis (including uber's) should be strictly enforced.

4 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

gnupun Re:So much for his career (160 comments)

shady illegal practices after throwing his employer under the bus like this.

How is blocking competitors from your platform shady or illegal? Does Windows support running Linux apps? No. If Real wanted to sell music, it should've built its own music player like the ipod and also an itunes equivalent. Why and how does it get the right to sell music on apple's music platform (itunes/ipod)?

5 days ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

gnupun Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

Good question, and I don't know the answer. The money could come from ads or a subscription or a hybrid of those two.

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

gnupun Re:They will either change their mind (183 comments)

It's not fucked up. If it was not made compulsory, some sites (aka traitors) would offer their news articles to google news for free. Then google would only show news articles they got for free and refuse to show articles from news sites that demand a payment. Pretty soon, the payment news site would die out from lack of visibility on the web. So the law is designed to prevent that -- prevent people from offering free stuff that would destroy the market.

If google won't pay, some other news aggregator will arise and will offer the same service but with payment to news sites.

about a week ago
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Google News To Shut Down In Spain On December 16th

gnupun Re:the only crime... (183 comments)

And the other crime is google replicating news headlines and summary on its site reduces the news site's income and visibility, because while the news site creates the news story, people don't visit the site unless they are really interested in the article. Only google profits from this at the expense of the news site.

In short, since hardly anyone reads TFA (just like slashdot readers), they simply skim the headline and summary, no one will visit the news site. They will instead get their news from google news' summaries and google has no intention of paying news sites for this content.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

gnupun Re:View angles (566 comments)

Whaa? On my machines, the entirety of the space to the left and right are used.

I'm sure the hardware/software use them entirely, but the user does not. Take a typical web page: the left margin contains navigational links and the right side has ads. Both are usually ignored while the user concentrates on the center column. Yahoo! even redesigned their homepage such that ads look like news headlines and are placed in the center column of the page, just like a real news headline. There's no easy way a viewer can ignore the ad without reading it. They played this sneaky trick because readers typically ignore the left and right sides of a web page.

This applies not just to the web, but also to most of your desktop apps.

about a week ago
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Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG

gnupun Re:Not really a new format (377 comments)

(And this is good, because HEVC has okayish hardware support.)

Does that mean, no need pay patent licensing fees again to display .bpg images on your mobile device?

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

gnupun Re:Why not 1:1?? (566 comments)

Higher manufacturing cost and therefore product price.

about a week ago
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The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

gnupun Re:View angles (566 comments)

All monitors are made to be viewed landscape. It's about biology. Our eyes are by nature more accustomed to view wide scenes instead of tall ones

If nature prefers wide to tall, why do paper books, magazines, notepads, paper application forms, newspapers have narrow and tall dimensions?

Most of the space towards the left and right of a monitor is not used -- the viewer does not pay much attention to those areas of the monitor.

about a week ago

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