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3 Years In, a "B" For Tim Cook's Performance at Apple

heteromonomer An F for not buying Waze (85 comments)

Seriously, that single purchase would have made Apple maps superior to everything Google Maps offered till then, and way better than any GPS even today. Couldn't spare some change eh apple? As an iPhone user I constantly find myself using Google Maps. Apple maps on its best day can't hold a candle to where Google Maps was three years ago. And now after buying Waze and integrating it only half-way, Google Maps is already miles ahead. Buying Beats instead of something everybody would use every day. Yeah, smart move, Apple.

3 days ago

The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

heteromonomer Solution is important not the cause (552 comments)

Whether or not it is anthropogenic, it is global warming alright. I am assuming nobody has any doubts about that. The solutions are still the same and applicable, turn down our carbon emissions, find ways to cool down the atmosphere.

about a month and a half ago

Google Chairman on WhatsApp: $19 Bn For 50 People? Good For Them!

heteromonomer Re: looser immigration laws (303 comments)

Caught you lying. There is something called a prevailing wage requirement. It is set by the government (USCIS) which sets it based on the actual average prevailing wage for that job description (and makes sure it is higher than the average). Secondly, no H1-B works for less than $70k unless he/she is a post-doc at a university (which I can tell you, is truly slave labor, my wife is one). But. I guess it's wrong to let facts get in the way of your pet notions.

about 6 months ago

Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

heteromonomer Alternatives? (199 comments)

Can anyone suggest alternatives? Free or paid, but equivalent functionality?

about 6 months ago

FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

heteromonomer Re:Democracy? (371 comments)

Blah blah blah. You deregulation types don't tone down until you've been had by quacks a few times. Do you realize how hard it is to judge quality in these services and products? Even experts in one area find it hard to make a call about another area.

about 9 months ago

FDA Tells Google-Backed 23andMe To Halt DNA Test Service

heteromonomer Re:FDA is doing you a favor (371 comments)

This. Mod parent up please. Now where are my mod points? I haven't had them in a while!!

about 9 months ago

What Apple Does and Doesn't Know About You

heteromonomer Re:Google, please allow payed subscriptions (214 comments)

Dear God! I want mod points. Someone please mod parent up. Millions of people would sign up at this point. Granted they may not be majority. But they will. Just give access to your services, and do not collect any information.

about 10 months ago

Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System

heteromonomer Giant prior art (171 comments)

This is exactly the same as what they show in the movie Gattaca from 1999. How the hell was this patent granted?

about a year ago

Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

heteromonomer Re:I like the idea (292 comments)

Very interesting. To a non-computer science person like me, this is actually mind blowing. Could you provide some (1-2) nice references for this? (Yeah I know, I could Google, but it has been my experience that when I am looking for scientific literature, Google is not comparable to a person in the field). Thanks.

about a year ago

Silicon Valley's Loony Cheerleading Culture Is Out of Control

heteromonomer Re:Was this article drafted (175 comments)

LOL. Wish I had mod points.

about a year ago

Aging Is a Disease; Treat It Like One

heteromonomer Re:Missing a step (625 comments)

Yeah. We solved world hunger before we went into space.

1 year,11 days

Using Laptop To Take Notes Lowers Grades

heteromonomer Re:"Lower marks then students who..." (313 comments)

If only I had mod points... Sick how many people on this supposedly literate site make this mistake.

1 year,12 days

NZ Professor Advocates Civil Disobedience Against Mass Surveillance

heteromonomer Re:Make it easy. (321 comments)

Start with trackmenot and go from there.

No Thank You. I used to use TMN for a while and many times it produced freakish stuff, not harmless looking garbage but the kind that would attract surveillance. Terrible Add On that you do not want unless you want the Feds knocking your door.

1 year,19 days

What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

heteromonomer Re:Good Question (655 comments)

Commenting to undo accidental modding...

1 year,28 days

The Last GUADEC?

heteromonomer Re:Its NOT smartphones. (376 comments)

That may be. The funniest thing is that Unity sucks even more. But still Unity is becoming popular (at least according to TFA).

The best thing I learned from TFA is that someone is developing an incognito version of CyanogenMod. When and if it gets rolled out, the guy deserves to be given money by every privacy-conscious Android user who decides to use it.

about a year ago

Invalidation of Eolas's Web Patent Claims Upheld

heteromonomer Re:Not quite a troll (72 comments)

This. Mod parent up. If only we could get some informed opinion on Slashdot as opposed to categorical judgments based on group think and most often without even RTFA.

about a year ago

Global Warming 5 Million Years Ago In Antarctic Drastically Raised Sea Levels

heteromonomer Re:More to the point... (437 comments)

In addition, it is not that it didn't happen, or the extent or the rate. In fact even in the past, it was probably caused by the life around then (their metabolism etc). But guess what? A lot of life perished, including probably the causative agents. So it is entirely conceivable that we are causing it, entirely conceivable that it happened before by other living organisms, and conceivable that Antarctica was warm. But the organisms that caused it most likely ended up extinct.

about a year ago

Edward Snowden Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

heteromonomer Re:Nice (719 comments)

There are plenty of haters of Gandhi in India, who want to discredit him for being in favor of minorities (like Muslims, Christians, untouchables etc). In fact he was killed by such people. There is to this day a sizeable cultural supremacist fraction who believe in using every forum and medium to reduce the respect and effect of Gandhi. Never knew it gained enough international traction to mod the parent a +5 it got. Truly a sad state of affairs.

about a year ago

AMD/ATI Drops Windows XP Support

heteromonomer Irrelevant news for nerds (251 comments)

Stop this shit Windows XP news. It's 2013. Why is this relevant news for nerds? I mean come on editors! Is this submission better than so many other worthy submissions? How many of us care about this crap? Stop assuming that most of us are some XP support drones looking for jobs on Many of us are scientists, engineers etc in various fields.

about a year ago


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