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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

mjwx Re:But you do need it (255 comments)

What you don't need is a PC. The majority of PC users don't do anything with their PC/laptop that can't be done with a tablet, and the experience on the tablet blows away the experience on a PC. Saying you don't need a tablet is like saying you don't need a cell phone 'cause your land line works just fine.

LoL,

Gaming and work are what I use my PC for. In fact I'd wager most people computer use is work related, you simply cant be as productive on a tablet as you are on a laptop or desktop because of the shortcomings of a tablet. Small single screen, lack of a physical keyboard, lack of productivity applications, cant sign onto a corporate network without trouble and in the case of Ipads, piss poor file management.

I've seen plenty of sales drones and middle managers delude themselves that they can work "Ipad only" but this lasts a few days to a few weeks before they either give up or their boss has a talk with them about their poor performance. Beyond this, MDM (Mobile Device Management) has become an onerous cost and workload as well.

Tablet sales are decreasing whilst laptop sales are picking up. The CEO of walmart said the tablet market has crashed. The "post-PC world" was always nonsense dreamt up by someone with no attachment to reality, we're quickly moving to the "post-Ipad world" as sales decrease and Android dominates.

5 hours ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

mjwx Re:iPad is a luxury? (255 comments)

A $700 smart phone is, too. Here in .us, a lot of the price is buried in your 2-year contract, so people see it as a $200 smart phone.

Calling it a phone is also a misnomer. It's a small computer that also makes phone calls. If all you want to do is make phone calls, buy a dumbphone. Having a moderately powerful, always connected computer in my pocket is nice--but admittedly, it's still a luxury.

$200/month phone.. Oh you get one for free every two years, assuming you pay us $2400.. Yeah..

That's just an indication of how messed up the US market is.

Here in Australia I'm on the most expensive telco with Nexus 5 I bought outright. I dont make a lot of phone calls but I need a lot of data (over 1 GB), now to get the Nexus 5 through a telco (it was only available through Telstra) it would have cost me A$70 p/m including the handset for 24 mo. A total cost of A$1680.

I paid for A$420 for the handset and went on a A$30 p/m prepaid plan with enough data (I could go cheaper, some people have A$15 prepaid plans but I use the data and like LTE). So over 24 months that's A$1140 for the same phone and service. Over half your contract is paying for the "free" phone.

5 hours ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

mjwx Re:Really? (212 comments)

The same argument can be made against the Muslims who think that their religion applies to people outside of it.

So basically it's OK for you to be as bad as the people you rally against?

If so, what makes you better than them. There are Americans who call for the death of Muslims, these may be the minority but the same is true with Muslims, the majority are peaceful and simply want to get on with their lives.

Every time the M word is mentioned on /. there inevitably is a flood of comments insulting Islam. Most of these comments have no purpose other than to be insulting. They aren't insightful, they aren't even funny, it's just people being arseholes because its anonymous and because deep down, they're just bitter, angry arseholes. Sure they can hide behind free speech in the US, but they're still arseholes.

Not only are they arseholes, but cowards as they wouldn't go into a predominantly black neighbourhood and start shouting about how lazy niggers were because then there would be real consequences.

This is the real problem, and it's on all religious people to behave as if every other religion (and every form of non-belief) is as valid as theirs is. Oh, and Thou Shalt Not Kill.

Every religion has a "do not kill" clause but they always have "unless we say it's OK" exception. Even Buddhism has some crazy parts (misogyny is rife in Buddhism, women are sometimes consider temptation incarnate).

5 hours ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

mjwx Re:Really? (212 comments)

I think "arguably" is a better term than "largely", but let that go.

You misspelled "definitely".

Because Uber is definitely violating laws, far worse than the likes of Comcast.

5 hours ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

mjwx Re:Simple (212 comments)

Why do you think in such black and white terms? That slow change is the only way that change can happen? Why is it that the Turkish government's authoritarianism can *only* be eroded gradually?

You know what also destroys mountains? Meteorites.

The US tried that with Saddam, we ended up with ISIS.

A better question is, why is are the internal affairs of Turkey any of your damn business?

5 hours ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

mjwx Re:Simple (212 comments)

Ethics and Morals are based on the cultural norms.

Taking a bribe is consider corruption in our culture. In another it may be considered payment for expedited services. In America we Tip our servers, the size of our tips are based on what we figure was the quality of the service.

In other developed countries, we pay service people a wage they can live on. We do this to prevent employers from abusing the employee's situation and because not every service person is customer facing, meaning a large number of minimum wage workers do not have the opportunity to earn tips.

Because the person manning a checkout at Walmart as well as many other minimum wage positions do not get tips, we consider the notion that tips make up for minimum wages that aren't enough to live off to be abusive and morally repugnant, in some cases going as far as indentured servitude.

I'm simply trying to demonstrate that this whole "I'm offended because you're doing something in your country that we dont like in my country" cuts both ways and the US is not above criticism (nor is my own nation).

6 hours ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

mjwx Re:Simple (212 comments)

If you are going to be doing international business, you need to be sensitive to your own ideals, as well as the ideals of your new customer base.

This.

If you want to sell your products and services in a different country, you have to make sure they're appealing to the people of that country.

This is why Ford continually is unable to sell many of its flagship cars like the Mustang and F series utes outside the US despite repeatedly trying. The fact is, no one in Europe wants a 5L V8 that only produces 300 Kw and has a live rear axle because 2L turbo engines can produce 300 KW for half the weight and multi-link suspension means that they can handle corners, which are common on European roads.

Which leads me onto the second point, why the fuck to do people care?

This is happening in Turkey, not worldwide. The US does not have the right to force its ideals onto other nations (which ironically, seems contrary to the ideal of free speech as with free speech you have to tolerate ideas you dont like).

6 hours ago
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YouTube Ditches Flash For HTML5 Video By Default

mjwx Re:Ads (216 comments)

All I care about is can we lose the ads?

Actually this is going to make things worse.

When the annoying, music playing, flashing punch the monkey ads were in flash, it was trivial to block them using something like flashblock because you simply stopped the plugin from running.

Now adblockers are going to have to parse the code making it very easy for ads to avoid detection and masquerade as content.

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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

mjwx Re:Criminals (151 comments)

http://www.deathandtaxesmag.co...

http://www.nationaljournal.com...

Price gouging, especially during an emergency situation, is illegal in many places. So basically what Uber is doing here is making themselves legally liable to return every red cent they collect over the normal rate during the snowstorm, not to mention inviting punitive damages.

This is a direct reaction to what they did in Sydney during the Martin Place Hostage Crisis. Uber was caught charging $100 for a ride that only cost $30 in a normal, licensed and insured taxi. Their response was "free market, so fuck you Australia". Whilst the world ignores this happening in Australia, they wont ignore it happening in NY.

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Uber Capping Prices During Snowmageddon 2015

mjwx Re:Damn, nannies are hypocritical idiots (151 comments)

You are completely missing the point. Raising the minimum wage does NOT reduce the number of poor households, because most minimum wage earners are NOT poor.

Yeah, good luck with that.

Countries that have a higher minimum wage have less poverty. Hell, counties in the US that have a higher minimum wage have less poverty than those with a lower minimum wage.

You are completely missing the point.

He didn't miss your point, he got it. It's just that your point is so horribly wrong its not funny.

yesterday
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

mjwx Re:Why the atheist mention? (317 comments)

The fact that he is atheist has nothing to do with the story. Why mention it?

The Greek Orthodox church is very powerful in Greece. One of SYRIZA's platforms is removing the benefits the Greek Orthodox church gets.

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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

mjwx Re:This doesn't sound... sound (317 comments)

Economists are like poker players. Yes, there's a lot of luck involved and half the time no one knows what they are anyone else are doing, but it IS possible to be a good economist.

The poker player analogy is a good one.

All of the best and most successful poker players are experts at bluffing. Those that suck at bluffing rely on blind luck and rarely get anywhere.

yesterday
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Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

mjwx Re:This doesn't sound... sound (317 comments)

This guy has written several books, he appears as guest analyst for news media like the BBC, CNN, Sky News, Russia Today and Bloomberg TV and he seems to be quite well-respected everywhere. But no, you just focus on the fact that he also happens to work for Valve.

Of course we do, there's no joke to be made in the fact this guy is a qualified, experienced and respected economist.

Now take your new Greek Austerity hat and move on you humourless sod.

yesterday
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

mjwx Re:Something is wrong with the poll results! (476 comments)

B5 had epic music, epic storyline and 3 crappy actors.

Peter Jurasik and Andreas Katsulas were phenomenal, Stephen Furst was really good and most of the others were good enough.

B5 just demonstrates that star power is overrated.

A really good story could easily overcome wooden/over acting and mediocre scripting.

B5 had a feeling of grand scale to it and was on the forefront of using CGI. Other prominent sci-fi shows at the time were still primarily using models.

2 days ago
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Inside Ford's New Silicon Valley Lab

mjwx Re:They need help (39 comments)

Ford's voice recognition in the MyFord Touch sucks more than a porn star.

Hey, take it easy.

Up until this year, Ford's flagship coupe still ran a live rear axle. They've only just put independent rear suspension (on a rear wheel drive car) this year. If it's taken them decades to get multi-link suspension on one of their best selling cars, expecting them to develop software that works in just a few years is a bit rich.

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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

mjwx Re:Then there was War Plan Red (299 comments)

Hitler tried very hard to ally with the US (against GB and France) prior to the onset of WW2. Later on he tried to play everyone against each other to gain some time.

This sort of thing happens all of the time.

Hitler was trying very hard to forge an alliance with all the western powers prior to the onset of WW2.

Hitler's eyes were firmly set to the east, the plans to invade Russia in 1941 were set in place long before September 1939. The Nazis had spent a huge amount of resources trying to foster good relations, not just with the governments of Great Brittan and the United States, but the people too (I.E. the German-American Bund). The German leadership tried hard to ally themselves with England because they felt that the English people had a lot on common with the German people. However they underestimated the resolve of the British government, Chamberlain and his ministers drew a line at Poland and declared war on Germany when they crossed it.

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Plan C: The Cold War Plan Which Would Have Brought the US Under Martial Law

mjwx Re:Urban legend? (299 comments)

Don't get me wrong, the United States could probably still do it, but it wouldn't be a simple walk in the park either.

You're joking eh?

Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan... Did you forget the lessons taught here (well obviously, if you remembered what happened in Vietnam, Iraq would never have happened).

When a population is committed to opposing an invading force the invasion will never been finished. The Troubles didn't end through the martial might of the British, it ended because the cause of the conflict was resolved. For 48 years the British tried to use force to solve the issue, in the end it was diplomacy that bought the conflict to an end. When a population has cause to fight, they will continue to fight, Sun Tzu called this "the moral law", whichever of the sides the people believed to be more right was imbued with the moral law.

The reason the US has been able to hold onto states like the Dominican Republic and Grenada is the fact the majority of the people accepted that the US was the better side in the conflict. Vietnam and Iraq on the other hand, the US was seen as the worse side, supporting corrupt governments and ideals.

If Canada was resolved to fight a US invasion dont kid yourself, you'll never hold Canada.

2 days ago
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Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport

mjwx Re:Yankee? (110 comments)

A "Yankee" means anybody from a place north of the Mason-Dixon Line and south of Canada (or sometimes, to ignorant foreigners, it's a slang term for "American").

Yes, foreigners use the term "Yank", not "Yankee" as it has born such rhyming slang terms as "sherman" derived from Sherman Tank and "seppo" which is a shortened version of "septic" as derived from septic tank (tank rhymes with yank, in case you didn't get it). Its also rhymes with the word "wank" which seems to be what you're doing here.

I have certainly enjoyed the irony that you've called foreigners ignorant, yet have demonstrated greater ignorance foreigners yourself.

2 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

mjwx Re:Why should the requirements be onerous?? (208 comments)

Maybe the DMV should streamline the process instead of lowering the requirements?

Part of the Commercial Drivers License Test includes questions like "The phrase gross combination weight is figured by adding together what?". Is it reasonable to require you know the answer when you are just driving a person around in a passenger car?

The reason why the commercial drivers license test is way too onerous is that it's really meant for people driving trucks or other specialized vehicles. What aspect of the existing drivers license test does not cover what a person just driving a few other people around in their own car would not cover? After all, that's exactly the same as if they were simply driving friends and family around... if the test can't help you be a decent driver doing that, then improve the basic test instead of requiring you to know a truck swinging wide is called Offtracking...

By the sounds of it, the US needs to do what other developed nations have done and have separate heavy vehicle and taxi licenses. In countries like Australia and the UK, a taxi license concentrates on things like navigation, traffic laws, stopping and picking up passengers, dealing with difficult passengers and knowledge of the local area. In London they take this to the extreme with "The Knowledge".

In Australia, we have five classes just for trucks (Light, Medium and Heavy Rigid as well as Medium and Heavy Combination) and this is for good reasons, you dont want someone who only has a medium rigid license driving an articulated lorry with three trailers (heavy combination) because they are very different vehicles.

2 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

mjwx Re:Insurance (208 comments)

The purpose of all these regulations Uber and Lyft have been running into isn't safety or liability or anything like that

No, not anything like that.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellenhuet/2014/06/03/uber-driver-with-felony-conviction-charged-with-battery-for-allegedly-hitting-passenger/
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-09/uber-driver-charged-in-san-francisco-girl-s-death-in-crosswalk.html
http://valleywag.gawker.com/uber-driver-charged-for-bashing-a-passenger-in-the-head-1639711808

Its all a conspiracy by "the man" to keep everyone "inside the box". Not like anyone's been hurt or killed, no nothing like that.

2 days ago

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Apple loses final bid to stop Samsung Galaxy Tab i

mjwx mjwx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mjwx (966435) writes "Apple has lost its bid to gain an injunction against Samsung selling it's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Australian High court today.

The High court ruled in Samsung's favour saying "the argument from Apple's lawyers had insufficient prospects of success". Samsung has said that the injunction should never have been granted in the first place. Apple had not issued a statement at the time of submission.

According to Slashgear Apple has been requested to pay Samsung's legal costs.

Given that the High court is the highest court in Australia, Apple has no chance of an appeal. Samsung is free to begin distribution of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia."

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Australia ranked fourth in Internet freedom

mjwx mjwx writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mjwx (966435) writes "A report published by Freedom House has placed Australia in fourth in Internet Freedom, below Estonia, the United States and Germany. Freedom House highlights the lack of acutal censorship in Australia pointing out that the highly unpopular proposed ISP level censorship has been shelved since the 2010 Australian election.

The freedom house report is available here."

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UK Home Office set to scrap National ID cards

mjwx mjwx writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mjwx (966435) writes "In what would seem to be a sudden break of common sense for the UK, the Home Office has put forward a plan to scrap the national ID card system put into place by the previous government. From the BBC,

"The Home Office is to reveal later how it will abolish the national identity card programme for UK citizens.

The bill, a Queen's Speech pledge, includes scrapping the National Identity Register and the next generation of biometric passports."

The National ID card system, meant to tackle fraud and illegal immigration has drawn widespread criticism for infringing on privacy and civil rights. However the main driver for the change in this policy seems to be the 800 million pound cost. Also in the article, indications of a larger bill aimed at reforms to the DNA database, tighter regulation of CCTV and a review of libel laws."

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