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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

hjf Re:Blacklist the bastards. (349 comments)

They are in everything that has to do with mobile technology. Want to boycott them? You have to go completely offline.

about three weeks ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

hjf Re:It's 2014 (349 comments)

How many rooms? If the PRI is T1 and there are 24 rooms he is, technically, providing a dedicated line to each room. It's exploitation of the law, but technically he is correct.

about three weeks ago
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Don't Want Google In Your House? Here Are a Few Home-Tech Startups To Watch

hjf Re:For Starters... (88 comments)

hehe watch the TV series "silicon valley" by HBO.

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

hjf Re:Or we could just stop racing to the bottom (274 comments)

Easy there, union guy.

I said I agreed with the previous post. I'm not anti union. And I'm extremely critical of the government (I'm not american, if that matters).

But unions ARE corrupt, and they are as corrupt as the government. The ideals of unions are good. The problem is: they become giant and extort money from the company.

Here in Argentina the truck drivers union is preparing for a 2-day strike, demanding a 40% raise (after a 30% raise not even a couple months ago). Truck drivers are making more money than many professions (doctors and engineers for example). A truck driver doesn't spend 10 years of his life in college, yet he makes more money than a doctor here, thanks to the "truck drivers union" which paralyzes the country whenever it wants something. That's sheer corruption right there. In fact, that's the reason unions existed in the first place: to protect the "little guy" from the big guy. Except they're the big guy here, and they act like it.

about a month ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

hjf Re:Or we could just stop racing to the bottom (274 comments)

While i agree with you in general, you have a very romanticized view of unions.

They are ALL as corrupt as the government. Don't be a fool.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

hjf Re:Bets, anyone? (431 comments)

No. Most people won't.

about a month ago
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Cisco Opposes Net Neutrality

hjf Re:Somewhere in my mind... (337 comments)

Especially slashdot commenters. I received a lot of hate from peasants here, when talking about QoS network control packets (ICMP), claming all ISPs should have 100% dedicated bandwidth for each residential client. "If they need to QoS stuff, their are cheap bastards who don't want to buy more bandwidth"

about a month and a half ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

hjf Re:A Spymaster Says Spying is Important?! (238 comments)

I've read numerous historical documents to get an understanding of the constitution, as well as the actual constitution itself; there is absolutely no reason that one needs to be a lawyer.

I've read numerous technical documents to get an understanding of engineering, as well as the [insert your speciality code here] itself; there is absolutely no reason that one needs to be an engineer.

about 2 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

hjf Re:A Spymaster Says Spying is Important?! (238 comments)

You're not a lawyer, Bill_The_Engineer. So don't play one, and don't pretend you know how the law works.

about 2 months ago
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Gen. Keith Alexander On Metadata, Snowden, and the NSA: "We're At Greater Risk"

hjf Re:A Spymaster Says Spying is Important?! (238 comments)

Your bit about the constitution is wrong.

The constitution is just a set of guidelines to prevent abuse from a totalitarian government. Laws routinely limit the rights of citizens.

You have a right to free speech, but you can't say CUNT on TV.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

hjf Re:Make up your mind! (475 comments)

Your contract doesn't allow you to host servers (especially for commercial use) in your residential connection. So, you don't have a point.

about 2 months ago
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Google Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over Default Search on Android Phones

hjf Re:I remember this with M$ (221 comments)

How do you change the default search functionality in Android?

There is a google search bar in my phone (Android 4.4.2), which, if i tap, long tap, tap and tap menu button, and any other combos, won't offer me an option to change it.

There is also the Android browser, which defaults to google search AND google.com as the home, for which you have to go into "advanced settings" to change the default search provider (IE will ask you on first run).

There is also Google Hangouts now wanting to be the default SMS app.

And there's Google+ claiming to have over 500M users when nobody uses (save for a few developers too cool for facebook). That's because google decided you had to be in Google+ if you had Gmail.

Google is still the best search engine and email provider out there. They are dominant in that area, and they use this to promote their other "platforms", most of the making it opt-out for you. So let's not defend google. They're just another company.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Proposes $48,000 Fine To Man Jamming Cellphones On Florida Interstate

hjf Re:Maybe blocked a roadside call... (427 comments)

oh yes, dropped calls are such a rare occurence..

about 3 months ago
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Amazon Turns Off In-App Purchases In iOS Comixology

hjf Re:As a big comixology user, this *sucks* (244 comments)

I live in Argentina. I have a comic book shop and the markup is 30-35% only.

"Newsstands" get the comics, sell them, and pocket the difference. The remaining ones are returned at no cost for them (not even shipping).
"Real" stores like mine, have to pay in advance, unsold ones you stick up your own ass, and have to pay higher taxes, operating costs, and credit/debit card fees (3%/1.5% respectively, plus other taxes). People don't expect a newsstand to operate with CC but when they come to my shop they get mad if I only accept cash.

Sigh...

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

hjf Re:Harper’s, The Baffler, The Believer (285 comments)

I read the Argentinian edition of Rolling Stone. Such a shame. Some of the articles are excellent, but the rest of the magazine is pure crap, especially the provocative covers (which they, at least, recognize it's for selling more)

about 3 months ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

hjf Re:Hotel tax = soak the non-voting visitors. (319 comments)

Because people already know what the tax is. There's no point in giving it separately. No matter what a product "costs", you still have to PAY the final price, inlcuding the tax.

about 4 months ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

hjf Re:Hotel tax = soak the non-voting visitors. (319 comments)

Do you think the US tax system is even remotely comparable to Argentina's? It's fundamentally different.

An individual doesn't have to "file" any taxes, nor deduct anything. You just pay at the time of paying.

Companies are very different, but individuals don't need to worry about that.

about 4 months ago
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SF Evictions Surging From Crackdown On Airbnb Rentals

hjf Re:Hotel tax = soak the non-voting visitors. (319 comments)

Nope. In most places, the usual is to tell the client the *FINAL* price, all taxes included. Discriminating sales tax is mostly a US thing only.

Here in Argentina it's illegal to tell a (final) client the price without VAT. For non-final clients (resellers for example), it's usually expressed as "Price (+VAT)", and rarely as "Price (VAT included)".

about 4 months ago

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Amazon patents white background photography

hjf hjf writes  |  about 2 months ago

hjf (703092) writes "Photographers hate it. Designers love it. Balancing the right amount of light so that the background is pure white, and the subject is correctly lit is a technique that's been used for decades in photography. Brought to you by the same company that pantented 1-click buy, now we have a patent on white background photos. Never before the term "prior art" has been more relevant."
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Diplomatic crisis with Argentna scales up

hjf hjf writes  |  more than 3 years ago

hjf (703092) writes "In an unprecedented series of events, Argentine customs have confiscated US military equipment. The cargo was supposed to be part of cooperation agreements between Argentina and the US. The US had clearance for weapons and ammunition (all specified here), but Argentine customs officers found a little more than that. First reports said the boxed contained drugs (Morfin and others). US reaction to the incident was strange, with several high ranking officers demanding immediate return of the material — pretty odd for a few doses of Morfin. Later, Argentine officers stated that, besides the medication, there was "communications interception equipment" and several other "high-tech" equipment, which wasn't declared. Argentina-US relations have been deteriorating in the last few years, to the point that Obama won't visit Argentina on his south-american tour. Argentina is a member of G-20 Major Economies, currently holds Charimanship for G-77, and has been a member of the UN Security Council for several times since 1948. You can follow the Argentine Chancellor on twitter, @hectortimerman, and the President of Argentina, @CFKArgentina."
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hjf hjf writes  |  more than 7 years ago

hjf (703092) writes "A few months after showing interest in buying 1 million "$ 100" computers from the OLPC program, Argentina is now trying Intel's $300 notebook. Intel made a donation of 500 computers to be tested. Argentina's government will choose one of the two computers after pilot testing them. The same announcement was made in Brazil."

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