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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

lostmongoose Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (350 comments)

I'm all for free software, but this reasoning sounds insane. When people buy a PC, it says "comes with windows", you know what you're getting, and to require manufacturers to return half of it seems nuts. It's like ordering a cheeseburger, and then demanding a refund for the cheese. Why didn't you just order a hamburger?

Walk into a store and buy a fully assembled name brand (Dell, HP, etc) PC, complete with warranty and guarantees, without ANY software preinstalled. You can't. Your analogy fails.

about a week ago
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Princeton Nuclear Fusion Reactor Will Run Again

lostmongoose Re:Public cynicism about fusion (147 comments)

It helps to frame the discussion in terms of economics. If you take every dollar bill that has ever been spent on fusion research, wadded them up into a big ball, and threw them into a wood burning furnace, you would have a better return on your investment than you have right now. Hell, you could buy lottery tickets and have a better ROI.

That's an awful lot of words to say exactly nothing. You would have achieved better ROI by not posting at all, if you can't be bothered to actually respond.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

lostmongoose Re:Do Business in the US? (749 comments)

The data is stored in the EU and belongs to EU citizens. US law DOES NOT APPLY. It doesn't matter how much a government bureaucrat screams otherwise. Following the law where you do business goes both ways. EU citizens' data stored in the EU is protected by....wait for it.....EU LAWS!

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

lostmongoose Re:On The Bright Side (253 comments)

My history is your history

Except that it isn't...

Some people have privacy and security concerns, even though Comcast insists the public and private Wi-Fi networks are entirely separate and shielded from each other. Others worry that the public network will affect the private network's performance. Comcast says this isn't so.

In NL, some ISPs are doing the same. It's even a different public-facing IP address.

Of course, you can also turn it off. Though turning it off on your modem means you don't get to use it yourself on others' modems.

Comcast says it's fine and they would never ever ever possibly lie to get people to do what they want.

Buy this rock I have. It keeps bears away.

about 8 months ago
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Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

lostmongoose Re:The unseen enemy (510 comments)

Well. California *does* keep voting for her...

about 9 months ago
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Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

lostmongoose Re:How is this news (511 comments)

No, it isn't. I *gasp* read TFA and it's specifically comparing just Windows PC sales to total iOS+OSX device sales. Nowhere does he mention Windows Phone or Tablet sales. The article is incredibly misleading and biased.

about 9 months ago
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The Price of Amazon

lostmongoose Where's the problem? (298 comments)

"Economists, publishers, and readers no longer have confidence that a book will cost the same amount this week as it did the last."

Not sure I see the problem here. Books are like any other good. They're "true" market value is only as high as the target market is willing to pay. This is going to shift frequently. Sometimes up, sometimes down. Quality and available will play the same role with books, as with anything else.

about a year ago
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Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play

lostmongoose Re:Good (337 comments)

If you think your app is worth money, sell it. If you don't think people will buy it but still want people to use it, either release free w/o a catch (ads) or keep it to yourself. Ad supported "free" is a gift that keeps on taking form the user in the from of mobile data usage to retrieve those ads. Sell it for a fair price or give it away. Anything else, aside from not releasing it at all, is sleaze and designed to back door monetize your users.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Administration To Allow All Spy Agencies To Scour Americans' Finances

lostmongoose Re:There goes the 4th Amendment (405 comments)

I realize facts are anathema to political discourse, but the president doesn't operate in a vacuum. Congress has just as much, if not more, blame than either Bush or Obama have. The sooner people see this, the sooner the messes can be cleaned up. Too bad it won't happen as long as The People are more concerned with Facebook, Twitter, et al.

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Jobs Patent On iPhone Declared Invalid

lostmongoose Re:What wrong has Steve done to you? (247 comments)

And smelled bad, which is some kind of crime against those in the immediate vicinity

Isn't there prior art on the iStink?

Richard Stallman.

about 2 years ago
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McAfee May Have Been Captured

lostmongoose Re:So if Bill Gates were being hunted in Belize... (148 comments)

Actually Bill Gates still is active in promoting tech and tech education. Leaving MS didn't change his relevance. He's still out there doing things. He's not hiding from taxes, a wrongful death judgement and now police, somewhere in a drug addled daze talking to imaginary people and banging 13yr olds.

about 2 years ago
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McAfee May Have Been Captured

lostmongoose Re:Have you EVER been relevant as he is/was? (148 comments)

Afraid to post with your own account name because you'd be modded down almost immediately? It doesn't matter what he *was*. His relevance ended years and years ago.

about 2 years ago
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McAfee May Have Been Captured

lostmongoose Re:Why is McAfee's affair on Slashdot? (148 comments)

The man hasn't been 'pretty important' or even relevant to technology in over a decade and even then the only relevance he had was in creating the world's worst AV software.

about 2 years ago
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Code Name, Theming Update Announced For Ubuntu 12.10

lostmongoose "Quaint" (285 comments)

What he calls 'quaint' I call 'usable.'

more than 2 years ago
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IBM Scientists Measure the Heat Emitted From Erasing a Single Bit

lostmongoose Re:one thing we know for sure (111 comments)

I dunno. I generally don't waste mod points on ACs.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Should Be Investigated For 'Fraudulent' Data Policies, Says PK

lostmongoose Re:AT&T Investigated (138 comments)

I think all of their texts are being used to compose Shakespeare. You know, the whole "million monkeys" thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Superpoke Players Sue Google

lostmongoose Re:Implications for EULAs? (160 comments)

If Google loses, then every F2P MMO that has shut down and had cash shops will have to pay up to the users who bought items and game currency.

more than 2 years ago
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RIAA Wants To Scrap Anti-Piracy OPEN Act

lostmongoose Re:hiring lawyers (268 comments)

Let me guess. You also think that music will cease to exist when the RIAA's members are bankrupt too, right? Hollywood isn't the only source of movies, and they sure as shit aren't a source of creativity anymore.

more than 2 years ago
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AMD Says It's 'Ambidextrous,' Hints It May Offer ARM Chips

lostmongoose Re:StrongARM (140 comments)

You're confusing AMD and Intel. StrongARM was bought by Intel not AMD.

more than 2 years ago

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