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Ron Paul Asks UN For Help Geting Control of RonPaul.com Domain From Fans

mclaincausey The irony here is so rich it gave me diabetes... (611 comments)

A Libertarian refusing to pay the price borne by the market and instead appealing to regulators, no less than the villainous UNITED NATIONS, for an intervention? How can he not see that this lays waste to his entire political philosophy?

about a year and a half ago
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Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?

mclaincausey Re:Terrific, decisive moves. (487 comments)

Fixing Maps data isn't really as much of a software issue as it is an operational issue. You have to have people reviewing the maps data. That's what Google does, there's no such thing as a fully automated POI system for online maps.

about 2 years ago
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Google's Nexus 4, 7, 10 Strategy: Openness At All Costs

mclaincausey Re:Meet the new boss (359 comments)

I still don't think Android is open. Can you check code into their repo? Is there any peer review whatsoever prior to release? It is still a limited definition of open.

about 2 years ago
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Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?

mclaincausey Re:The rats are being thrown off the sinking ship. (487 comments)

13.68 P/E... I wouldn't write them off just yet, the holiday season could do interesting things to the stock.

about 2 years ago
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Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?

mclaincausey Re:The rats are being thrown off the sinking ship. (487 comments)

That makes ZERO sense. Stock price is effectively a wager on projected future earnings, it has little to do with unemployment. DJI is just an index. Corporate profits are way up, so stock prices are up, so indexes are up. Apple continues to break earnings records and has a relatively low P/E ratio, particularly measured against AMZN and GOOG. The stock MAY be overvalued (or not), but it certainly isn't as overvalued as its peers.

about 2 years ago
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Shake-up at Apple: Forstall Out; iOS Executive Fired For Maps Debacle?

mclaincausey Terrific, decisive moves. (487 comments)

Forstall sounds like he was kind of a cancer and his excess skeumorphism ruptured an otherwise seamless aesthetic that is a big part of why a lot of people but Apple products. Browett had a bad record and was never a good fit for Apple IMO and his idiocy with trying to draw down clerk hours to save a few bucks demonstrates a cultural disjoint between him and Apple's obsession with customer experience. If your customers don't feel special they will not pay premium margins. A discount retail approach would convert their hugely powerful retail outlets into cost centers.

The Maps issues aren't related to anything but the quality of data as far as I'm aware. I have no idea if that's his fault, or if it was his fault to put Maps on prematurely, but strategically I think Apple had to divest Google from their platform there at some point.

about 2 years ago
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Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

mclaincausey Re:Socialist agenda on full display tonite (529 comments)

You DO know Obama's cutting military and Romey's plan is for more spending than the Pentagon has requested?

about 2 years ago
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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Flaw

mclaincausey Re:That's more like it! (472 comments)

Did you read the linked article? The comparison shot is actually better on the iPhone 5.

about 2 years ago
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Why Apple Replaced iOS Maps

mclaincausey Re:A Few Key Points (561 comments)

Full control, not to continue helping a rival, and to protect users' privacy (note the role of Latitude in the negotiations).

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

mclaincausey Re:Mormons (1223 comments)

I know Mormons. They're people like every other group. Some good, some bad. But the religion is ridiculous. The charrlatanism simply has the disadvantage of having originated during fairly recent (relatively speaking) recorded history (there is a rich record of Smith being a huckster), and of being at odds with anthropology and other sciences on a number of items (he wasn't educated enough to know is his fairy tales which beasts were indigenous to pre-Columbian North America). It doesn't matter that they don't blow up buildings, neither do Scientologists.

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

mclaincausey Your opinion, while interesting, is irrelevant (1223 comments)

Public figures are not allowed to have personal opinions or to voice them frankly!!! /. Which one is running for office? Linus can call whoever he wants whatever he wants. Is he expected to abide by a monklike silence on issues beyond Linux? At least it wasn't as off-color as some of RMS's impolitic remarks--which he also had every right to say.

more than 2 years ago
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Torvalds Uses Profanity To Lambaste Romney Remarks

mclaincausey Re:idiotic politically correct fears indeed (1223 comments)

Oh come on. "We won't use Linux" as a policy by Mormon-owned business affects Linus exactly how? OT, big Dead fan, saw the garcia and Lazy Lightning URL (which happens to be in my area, the TC), big ups to you sir.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Reportedly Luring Ex-Google Mappers With Jobs

mclaincausey Acquire Waze (334 comments)

I think the chief issues with Maps service is a lack of human oversight. I think a crowdsourced solution like Waze is probably a way to shore up that deficiency rapidly.

more than 2 years ago
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Motorola Ordered To Recall Android Phones and Tablets In Germany

mclaincausey Re:Bounce is obvious to any engineer (190 comments)

I am not an IP advocate, but I'm not sure that logic applies. Just because something is obvious in the physical domain, applying it to a control on a device isn't also obvious necessarily... it's not a skeumorphism for a spring or something, for example, which might make this connection less tenuous. Not defending the IP or IP-based attack, just don't necessarily trust your rationale for saying it's an obvious invention.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

mclaincausey Server devs != the desktop market (933 comments)

I know this may come as a shock, but the majority of the desktop market is not developers (though no doubt an appreciable percentage of Linux desktop users is, which is why his view is so skewed). What killed Linux as a desktop OS is probably a very complicated and nuanced confluence of factors, but I think Microsoft's embedded position and anticompetitive tactics have more to do with it than the preferences of server developers, as does the lack of grandma-compliant plug and play and usability.

That said, looking at things another way, as we move into device-based computing, GNU/Linux by way of Android is very competitive on the palmtop, if not the desktop, in the same way that Mach/BSD is by way of Darwin/iOS.

more than 2 years ago
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How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

mclaincausey Re:Shift to the web (933 comments)

...especially if the "desktop" is also the "palmtop." Which I think it is. (Think Android and iOS, GNU/Linux and BSD/Mach).

more than 2 years ago

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