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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

idobi Re:Do we really need new books? (405 comments)

How do you know they have no new ideas or insights if we never get to read them?

about 4 months ago
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Author Charles Stross: Is Amazon a Malignant Monopoly, Or Just Plain Evil?

idobi Do we really need new books? (405 comments)

Yes. You're right. Let's halt all cultural progress because you have all the books you'd ever want to read. Fuck new authors!

about 4 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

idobi Re:California (374 comments)

I said: "...probably need to fall under some sort of regulation and compliance."

You said: "These schools are heavily regulated by the FAA"

I believe that's what we can refer to as "in agreement"

about 8 months ago
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California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

idobi Re:California (374 comments)

If you're charging someone $15000 for a 10 week course, and promising jobs at companies "like Facebook and Google," you probably need to fall under some sort of regulation and compliance.

about 8 months ago
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Houston Expands Downtown Surveillance, Unsure If It Helps

idobi Wouldn't it be more relevant (60 comments)

to tie the cameras to the ability to close cases as opposed to a deterrent for crime?

about 9 months ago
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How Apple Killed an iTunes Competitor

idobi Re:and they paved the way for spotify (143 comments)

This isn't even a fair comparison. For every track sold on iTunes, the "label" (by label, it could apply to an actual label, or the artist themselves if they self published) gets $.70. For every track played on spotify, the "label" gets $.0017. Buying through iTunes is vastly more beneficial to content producers.

about a year and a half ago
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Are Programmers Responsible For the Actions of Their Clients?

idobi Re:No. (222 comments)

Let's sue Microsoft for Excel for enabling embezzlement

about a year and a half ago
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A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

idobi Re:Automation and unemployment (602 comments)

Robotic factories don't exist in a vacuum. They need to buy boxes to package the product, drivers and railcars to ship things to customers. Not to mention the short term employment to build the factories. Even a fully automated factory will need at least 15 full time employees to maintain the factory. That's not including the part time security and cleaning staff. That's a minimum of 50 jobs that didn't exist before, and for the Apple factory would probably be closer to 200.

about 2 years ago
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History Will Revere Bill Gates and Forget Steve Jobs, Says Author

idobi Re:The big difference here is (679 comments)

The money he spends on Charity work is less than the interest he makes on his fortunes. Its hard for me to find it impressive.

That's how sustainable foundations work. You donate portions of your interest and grow your principal so that you can do so again the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.. theoretically into perpetuity and at least long after the founder is dead.

more than 2 years ago
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

idobi Re:All risk is relative (398 comments)

It's gonna be red M&Ms all over again...

more than 2 years ago
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Suggestions For Music Hosting?

idobi Re:Co-Locate (225 comments)

I'll second EGI Hosting. We use them to run our radio station, and they're affordable and reliable.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Reconsidering Android 4.0 On the Galaxy S

idobi Re:It's the business model (192 comments)

Nothing requires you to update your 3gs to iOS5 - but you can if you want to. As opposed to an update not being available at all... Aside from providing an upgrade path, is Apple also suppose to hold back features that highlight their new models in an effort to prevent performance issues in older models?

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

idobi Re:what about motorola? (406 comments)

They just released their third quarter numbers yeaterday: almost 100,000 xoom tablets and almost 5 million android smart phones. With numbers like those, it's no wonder Apple had such a lousy quarter. Get used to it Cupertino!

You also got the part about where it lost $32M doing it too, right?

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Acquire Motorola Mobility For $12.5 Bill

idobi What patents comes with the purchase? (578 comments)

It occurs to me that Motorola Inc. owns the patent, not Motorola Mobility. In the purchase of Motorola Mobility, it's not clear what patents are included in the deal. I doubt Motorola just handed Google their entire patent portfolio. Did Motorola just trick Google into buying an empty bag?

more than 3 years ago
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Off-Duty Police Officer Steals iPad From TSA Checkpoint

idobi Re:Grand Theft? (178 comments)

In Miami, Grand Theft is >$300

more than 3 years ago
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EU Ministers Seek To Ban Creation of Hacking Tools

idobi Re:Lets just make owning a computer illegal (248 comments)

Banning computers would put too many companies out of business. We should just ban operating systems. That way all these other tools won't work, and we only put a handful of companies out of business... none of them from the EU.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Nokia Is Toast

idobi Re:A Microsoft Nokia bad-analogy award (475 comments)

Check their investor statements. Non-Xbox related products are a rounding error for the division. Most of the profit (and loss) are from the Xbox.

more than 3 years ago

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Picsel Research Files Patent Suit Against Apple

idobi idobi writes  |  more than 5 years ago

idobi writes "Picsel (Research) Ltd. and Picsel Technologies Ltd. have filed suit against Apple Inc. in Deleware District Court for patent infringement of their screen rendering technology used on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Picsel is claiming that Picsel-patented technology that facilitates rapid redrawing of content displayed on devices' screens is being used by the iPhone and iPod Touch. The technology allows iPhone and iPod Touch users to zoom and pan across documents and web pages without lengthy waits for the screen to refresh, the companies say. The patent in question is 7,450,114: User interface systems and methods for manipulating and viewing digital documents — filed on April 16, 2001 and granted November 11, 2008."
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idobi idobi writes  |  about 8 years ago

idobi writes "Apple will pay $100 million to rival Creative Technology to settle patent lawsuits over technology for navigating through songs on the iPod. Steve Jobs said, "Creative is very fortunate to have been granted this early patent. This settlement resolves all of our differences with Creative, including the five lawsuits currently pending between the companies, and removes the uncertainty and distraction of prolonged litigation.""

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