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Amazon's Luxembourg Tax Deals

makapuf Re:implication isn't guilt (200 comments)

OK - well I'm not but let's assume - Why not :
- single out that this is not normal or moral (even if legal) and shop accordingly
- let the bad publicity be asserted again and again until it changes (by example, just tell every time you talk about Amazon about their tax rate)
- talk about the sociopaths ruling the place as such and isolate them socially until they change (you know, like in certain societies / countries it is not accepted to do some things but perfectly acceptable to do in others ? it works.)

until they pay like they ought to (even if they're not forced to legally)

and in parallel, talk loudly about changing the rules so that it becomes politically infeasible to not do it (then do it).

about two weeks ago

China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

makapuf Re:Dreamteam Siemens and Bombardier (88 comments)

Yeah, sure, impossible for German and French to work together. Tell that to Airbus, ESA and its Rosetta and Ariane programs which are co-ruled by those two (and other countries, including UK, which French "hates" too, if you go that way). Besides, Bombardier is not French, Alstom (which is the TGV builder) is.

The Dutch railway company surely prefers to buy from as many different vendors as possible (who doesn't), but I fail to see how they would get a say in a hypothetical Siemens/Alstom merger. Just diversify by buying another vendor maybe (which they already do if I understand you well).

The fact that recently Siemens wanted to buy Alstom (failed bid, taken by GE) doesn't prove your point (maybe not the transportation branch, but well they "hate" all branches equal I guess).

about three weeks ago

Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

makapuf Re:Vegetarian (481 comments)

And for other vegetarians it's because they HATE plants.

about a month and a half ago

Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

makapuf Re:Windows 8 has a bad rap and better to call it 9 (346 comments)

Not necessarily. 8.2 means : ok we heard you, we fixed the mess, here is the correct version. 9.0 means : preceding version was ok, now here is a new one, which will be good trust me.

about 4 months ago

Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

makapuf Re:Blur (215 comments)

In cgi, what you spend your time doing is rendering limitations to make it look more "real". Lens flare, dirt, vignette, glare , scratches, de focus, even color grading are artifacts or wear out that make it so more real than clean, 100% sharp plastic images.
We're seeing some elements through non neutral media and are accustomed to this filter. Look at how 100fps movies look like cheap video first. It takes time to change your habits. And if reality isn't a concern ... Well just use flash games.

about 5 months ago

Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

makapuf Re:overly complicated (193 comments)

Yes, and if the fuses allow that you could even program the flash with it ( boot loaders are allowed in Harvard arch)

about 6 months ago

Bug In DOS-Based Voting Machines Disrupts Belgian Election

makapuf Re:Paltry (193 comments)

You'd use a Mega for this ? An attiny25 should be enough !

about 6 months ago

The Linux Foundation and edX Team Up for Intoduction to Linux Class

makapuf Just a nitpick (74 comments)

Ok it'll be awesome just for the nerd stardom and will raise Linux visibility again. But isn't it basically the Linux user land explained by the kernel lead ? Is kernel that important at this introductory level ?

about 6 months ago

Americans Hate TV and Internet Providers More Than Other Industries

makapuf Re:Not me (255 comments)

Yeah sole of them can come by train .. Ah except the railroad network has essentially be killed by big oil. Besides, Try having big oil accept that we just use oil for logistics.

about 6 months ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

makapuf Re:Level of public funding ? (292 comments)

replying to myself :

this reminds me of chemists after organic chemistry / atomic physics discoveries saying that basically, science was done.

well, TFA has it ...

Before the arrival of quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of relativity, two theories physicists have not yet been able to reconcile, 19th-century scientists predicted that all major discoveries had been made, Sherrilyn Roush, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley, pointed out.

Way to get a free RTFA ...

about 7 months ago

Nat Geo Writer: Science Is Running Out of "Great" Things To Discover

makapuf Level of public funding ? (292 comments)

Well, I think this might have to do with the level of basic science funding (of course I don"t have any figures to back that). Also, this reminds me of chemists after organic chemistry / atomic physics discoveries saying that basically, science was done. Just in time for quantum physics to be discovered ...

So, that's great : saying this just means that we're on the verge of a big event in science !

about 7 months ago

HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

makapuf Re:Hyper TEXT (566 comments)

aah if I had a bitcoin for every non bitcoin-hijacked thread I saw ... crap.

about a year ago

HTTP 2.0 Will Be a Binary Protocol

makapuf Re:Makes sense (566 comments)


+- - - - - - - +

And grr no they're not junk characters, you junk comment filter yourself. Please be damned to your 0xffff generation you filthy random bag of bits. What do you want me to do ? Type random sentences in the comment box ? That's what you want ? yes ? because I can definitely do that. Hey, I said I entered random sentences ! now accept my post!

about a year ago

Beware the Internet

makapuf Re:Washington Post (314 comments)

No, the inventor *of* dynamite as a weapon was Alfred Nobel. He had remorse about it and created a peace prize.

about a year ago

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy

makapuf Re:Newsflash: Teens make bad decisions (106 comments)

that's why for many databases I'm an afghan of 13, - or a student of 93 yo if adult is needed -currently retired from aeronautics (or whichever comes first in the drop down list), living at 1, GOTNOADDRESS st IGOTNOTOWN, or whatever. And I give false answers to any obvious commercial data gathering (but I never lie about my keyboard preferences on slash polls - if they still exists)

about a year ago

Ethernet Turns 40

makapuf Re:Ethernet is only 33 years old (159 comments)

and yet, those geniuses and 33 years of improvement devised the most horrendous plug with this brittle plastic thing (no nylon, only super breakable transparent plastic) which breaks every. single. fucking. time and thus render your cable to something that unplugs when you look at it funny. Then begins the hunt of a new, perfect and all clicky cable which lasts 3 days and ... aaaargh ! who broke my plug !!!

(* slow claps* well played, fucking geniuses.) - I know I'm bad faith, but still.

about a year ago

Animation Sophistication: The Croods Required 80 Million Compute Hours

makapuf Re:Define "compute-hour" (196 comments)

Floating point operations per second per second ? On an ATM machine ?

about a year and a half ago

Moving the Linux Kernel Console To User-Space

makapuf Re:Unneeded (311 comments)

But not interactive nor multiscreen.

about 2 years ago


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