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Apple Sapphire Glass Supplier GT Advanced Files For Bankruptcy

njnnja Re:How can you (171 comments)

It might not have just been Apple. Maybe they took the $578MM from Apple, and another $500MM from a bank to build a $1 bn factory. Even if there were protections against Apple cancelling the order and demanding their money back, there might be others who they owed money to.

about two weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

njnnja Re:So? (488 comments)

I'm not sure what you are saying here. So what if $39.2 billion of education spending is done by the Feds. Isn't having state expenditures (and hopefully state control) a better way of doing things? And most Federal money should be spent on special ed and disadvantaged programs. Costs for special ed can be highly variable and a couple high needs kids could bust the budget of a small district, so spreading that out over a larger tax base is a good thing. And disadvantaged programs tend to have localized severity so that the kind of district that needs to spend on those services won't have the resources from the local tax base and has to get it from elsewhere.

The rest of your stats are a non sequitur. Why is 23.5% after inflation too much? That's about 2.1% per year. Real wages and salaries have gone up by 40% over that time. Maybe there is something more to be said here but this somewhat random data is not advancing your argument

about three weeks ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

njnnja Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (602 comments)

The big metal part at the base of the bulb gets quite hot, even though the plastic cover over the lights remains cool to the touch

about three weeks ago
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Obama Presses China On Global Warming

njnnja Re:The pot calling the kettle black (261 comments)

Would it be morally better for that average laborer in China to live on about $1 a day like they did a quarter century ago? I think the situation is much less morally clear than many people would like it to be.

about a month ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

njnnja Re:Hipsters are passe ... (277 comments)

Most phones tend to be free or nearly so with their contract so price isn't a significant factor for most people

But the choices of subsidized phones are being determined by your selection of carrier, which people choose based largely on cost. If you have AT&T or Verizon, you are generally looking at the best tier of "free" phones, if you have something like MetroPCS, you are looking at a different tier of "free" phones, all running android. So price is a huge factor for most people in their phone choice, it's just indirectly through their choice of carrier.

about a month ago
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ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

njnnja Re:they will defeat themselves (981 comments)

I'm sure the children^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hsons of the ruling class are getting plenty of instruction in disciplines of military value. They will be able to buy weapons from more advanced nations with money obtained from oil sales and ransoms. It is only the ruled who will be kept ignorant so that they are easier to control. Therefore it is likely that they will last a great while, unless a greater military force (most likely external) finds it in its own best interest to overthrow them.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

njnnja Re:KIlling off the Microsoft Store Name Too (352 comments)

I've never owned a Mac (iPhones yes, Mac no), so I can't say with 100% certainty, but I'm pretty sure the experience on one is vastly different from the other.

Part of that expectation comes from the fact that the operating system of the Mac is named "OS X" and the operating system on the phone/tablets is named "iOS". If they named the iPhone OS "OS X" there probably would be confusion.

about a month ago
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Involuntary Eye Movement May Provide Definitive Diagnosis of ADHD

njnnja Re:The drugs are terrible (200 comments)

move up to lighter drugs (lighter side effects, even if less effective), and then into the heavy shit (methylphenedate, adderall, drug cocktails)

What are "lighter drugs"? Not trying to call you out; I appreciate the level of honesty in your post. But I thought that stimulants were lighter drugs, compared to, say, antidepressants or antipsychotics

about 2 months ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

njnnja Re:Hipsters. (98 comments)

Go back in time a little and enormous cultural variations can be found in architectural design

Perhaps that says more about the reduction in cultural variances than changes in architectural design. Huge commercial skyscrapers dominate the skyline of globalized commercial centers around the world because globalized commercial centers share the same culture.

about 2 months ago
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Entire South Korean Space Programme Shuts Down As Sole Astronaut Quits

njnnja Re:begs FFS (186 comments)

Being against this particular transaction is not the same as being against the evolution of language. As far as I can tell, the new meaning of the phrase "begs the question" is the same as "raises the question," except with the additional nuance that the speaker/writer wants to sound like a person who is well read enough to have encountered the phrase in its original usage but, in fact, is not and has not. Being against that does not make one a grammar nazi or language Luddite.

about 2 months ago
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Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

njnnja Re:Not a barrier (183 comments)

So you rarely find someone who says "I would pay $115 (but not $116) after shipping for a 500GB (but not 500 GiB) SSD."

Although the particular person at $115 is pretty rare, they are very important, since they are the marginal buyer at $115. The "rare" marginal buyer at 115, and the "rare" buyer at 116, and at 117, and at 118, etc.create the demand curve.

But there are likely to be discontinuities in the curve, especially at round numbers, so the number of marginal buyers of a 500gb drive from $250 down to $249 is probably a decent sized chunk, whereas the number of buyers from say $257 to $256 is probably not so significant.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

njnnja Re:So... (401 comments)

Yes clearly my recommendation is jurisdiction-limited. In most countries they would probably wonder why you are talking about a state attorney general in the first place, as I doubt it's a common title outside of the US. Of course, a customer service rep in plenty of countries would probably wonder why you are speaking in English to them in the first place.

But seriously even if I had the choice between a bureaucrat in a well-functioning regulatory body versus an aggressive American lawyer I would still pick the attorney general to best protect my interests.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

njnnja Re:So... (401 comments)

The correct hard ball approach is: I am recording this call and forwarding to my state attorneys general

FTFY. Large companies generally aren't afraid of most government agencies, due to regulatory capture. But tell them that you might be in touch with the office of an ambitious politician with subpoena power and suddenly they become very helpful.

about 3 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

njnnja Re:You know ... (358 comments)

Yes it does. At least, it means more distance is covered during your reaction time, which is the same thing as driving slower and having an impaired reaction time due to not paying attention.

about 4 months ago
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IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

njnnja Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

if the IRS should be allowed aggressive auditing powers (and I'm not saying they shouldn't), then it's only fair that an elected body such as Congress should have the right to aggressively audit those audits to ensure those powers aren't being abused. If the IRS can get out of that check by losing particular emails that is a serious problem, just as if the political non profits being audited could avoid problems by disposing of evidence they would rather not have the IRS look at

about 4 months ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

njnnja Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

But a negative correlation can DISprove cause-and-effect.

Unfortunately even that isn't true: see Simpson's Paradox. Not to pick on you, but it is really tough to make strong assertions one way or the other based on social science data. I think the best we can do is a Bayesian approach; start with some prior assumption based on ideology and personal experience, then adjust that prior based on the results of scientific studies. So in parent poster's case, his prior is that guns are pretty good in society, so the reinforcing data point that more guns = less crime makes his belief stronger. Someone whose prior is that guns are bad should probably not be as affected by that data (and if they are being intellectually honest, it would lessen their conviction that guns are bad), and someone who really had no opinion (if you could find such a person!) should be slightly more positively disposed to guns with that data. Of course, another study will typically come out shortly thereafter saying the opposite, so unless you get a series of studies all going in one direction, science will typically not change people's minds.

about 4 months ago
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Evidence of Protoplanet Found On Moon

njnnja Re:I'm ignorant (105 comments)

With four parameters I can fit an elephant, and with five I can make him wiggle his trunk.

- John von Neumann

Von Neumann said it; that's close enough to a law for me!

about 4 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

njnnja Re:Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets (286 comments)

But the effects of this on the non-zero sum economy are important to consider. If the new markings actually do discourage parking in front of the hydrant, then both New Yorkers and the New York Government can be better off because of the improved ability to control fires, thereby reducing damage and protecting firefighters. Hence the knowledge gained from proper analysis of the data makes the world a better place.

about 5 months ago
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Apple WWDC 2014: Tim Cook Unveils Yosemite

njnnja Prediction (411 comments)

I'm not sure which of these technologies will be successful in the coming months, but I am certain that before the year is over we will see many job postings requiring 3 years experience with Swift.

about 5 months ago

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Hotel charges guests $500 for bad online reviews

njnnja njnnja writes  |  about 2 months ago

njnnja (2833511) writes "In an incredibly misguided attempt to reduce the quantity of bad reviews (such as these), the Union Street Guest House, a hotel about 2 hours outside of New York City, had instituted a policy to charge groups such as wedding parties $500 for each bad review posted online. The policy has been removed from their webpage but the wayback machine has archived the policy.

If you have booked the Inn for a wedding or other type of event anywhere in the region and given us a deposit of any kind for guests to stay at USGH there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review of USGH placed on any internet site by anyone in your party and/or attending your wedding or event If you stay here to attend a wedding anywhere in the area and leave us a negative review on any internet site you agree to a $500. fine for each negative review.

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Social Media Company Stock CYNK is Worth $5 Billion Despite No Revenue or Assets

njnnja njnnja writes  |  about 3 months ago

njnnja (2833511) writes "In what might be considered a sign that there is another tech bubble, social media company CYNK stock has been on a tear lately, and in the course of about a month has increased in value about 25,000%, and now has a market cap of over $6 billion. However, the company appears to have no revenue, no assets, and only one employee."
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Artist Creates Graphical Depiction of Science Fiction Spaceships

njnnja njnnja writes  |  1 year,11 days

njnnja (2833511) writes "German artist Dirk Loechel has created a 10 MB large poster that graphically depicts the size of major (and some not-so major) spaceships from the canons of dozens of science fiction movies, shows, and novels. Visit his posting here and prepare to lose the rest of your afternoon."
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North Korea's Twitter and Flickr Accounts Hacked by Anonymous

njnnja njnnja writes  |  about a year and a half ago

njnnja (2833511) writes "With tensions on the Korean peninsula continuing to rise, Anonymous hacked into the government-run North Korean Flickr site to post a "wanted" poster for NK leader Kim Jong Un. It says that he is wanted for "threatening world peace" and "wasting money while his people starve to death". They also hacked into NK's Twitter account and posted a link to the Flickr page."
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