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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

purpledinoz Re:LG? Wrong phone. (288 comments)

I made the mistake of buying an LG Optimus 2X, supposedly a flagship phone. My best uptime was 200h, at which point it was so slow, I had to reboot. I'm almost certain LG has a thousand monkeys writing their software. CyanogenMod was my saviour. Unfortunately, not even CyanogenMod could not fix everything. Also, NVidia was apparently a huge part of the problem. So my rule is, no LG Software (I have a LG Nexus 5 new, it's awesome) and no NVidia CPU (stick with Qualcomm).

2 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

purpledinoz Re:So what? (770 comments)

In Germany, where there's no minimum wage, there are people who earn less than 5 EUR per hour. This is ridiculously low. These low wage workers then get topped up by the state so they're not homeless. Essentially the state is subsidizing cheap labour. In this case, I would say a minimum wage is necessary so that the employers have to pay the full cost of labour. Sure prices will go up, but I see that as a necessity. I don't understand the argument that any minimum wage is bad 1EUR/h is clearly too little. No one will work for this. 100EUR/h will destroy the economy. I suspect there's a sweet spot somewhere.

2 days ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

purpledinoz Re:There's something Germany can do right away... (219 comments)

Not going to happen. The US bases bring in a lot of money to Germany. Also, the Germans are in on it too. This is just a dog and pony show to pretend they're doing something about spying.

about two weeks ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

purpledinoz Re:Well, of course (361 comments)

And what is the actual situation? The searching for terrorists is probably not the only thing the data is used for. I'm sure the data is used for various nefarious purposes, such as industrial espionage, political espionage, blackmail. Maybe figuring out the sentiment of the population and their likelihood to breakout into mass protest. I'm sure they're doing some non-evil research too. I wouldn't be surprised if there's a database identifying people who are against the status quo of the Democrat/Republican duopoly, and feeding that data to the media outlets so they run stories smearing any third party candidates. That's a bit farfetched, but everything the NSA was confirmed to be doing was also farfetched before Snowden leaked those documents.

about three weeks ago
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China Starts Outsourcing From ... the US

purpledinoz Re:Or we could just stop racing to the bottom (274 comments)

While I agree, the problem is power. Unions gain too much power and they abuse their situation, and become just as corrupt as the government. There always need to be a balance of power. I find unions in Germany operate far better. They actually work with the companies to make things better for everyone.

about a month ago
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The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of Battlefield

purpledinoz Re:Warriors, unite! (208 comments)

And how much music have you downloaded? You've done even more damage. No wonder the financial crisis happened!

about a month ago
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Endorphins Make Tanning Addictive

purpledinoz Re:I've seen it. (51 comments)

Most of the Canadian population isn't that far north. Toronto for example is at 4342N, which is about the same as Florence, Italy (4347N), and southern France (Marseille, 4318N). Calgary is at 5103N, which is around London, England (5130N) and the middle of Germany (Dresden, 5102N). Stockholm is much farther north, at 5920N, similar to Whitehorse at 6043N. It's really interesting to compare the latitudes between North America and Europe. Europe has great weather considering how far north it is.

about a month ago
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Russia Wants To Replace US Computer Chips With Local Processors

purpledinoz Re:Where are they going to fab the chips? (340 comments)

As far as I know, the Russians didn't buy an entire fab, maybe bought a bunch of used equipment from the Qimonda bankruptcy. You might be referring to AMD spinning off its fabs into Global Foundries, which is now owned by investors in Abu Dhabi. Building a modern semiconductor fab is extremely expensive. The cheapest piece of equipment costs a minimum of $1M. Lithography tools costs over $20M a piece (and you can't just buy one). You're looking at dumping at least $3B into a new fab. The operating costs are also really expensive, like maintaining a clean room, equipment maintenance. Before its deminse, Qimonda was losing 100M Euros a month! The only way chip making is economically feasible is to produce huge volumes. If you're not producing huge volumes, then you have to go to a foundry like Global Foundries or TSMC. If Russia is really going to do this, they would probably go to a foundry.

about a month ago
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High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race To Irrelevance

purpledinoz Re:Technological solution (382 comments)

There's an exchange called IEX that has implemented a technical solution by adding delay via a really long spool of fiber optic cable.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

purpledinoz Re:How will history judge the F-35? (417 comments)

There's no reason why the F-35 shouldn't work well. Just drop that stupid vertical takeoff requirement and tell the US Marine Corps to work together with the Air Force. That would have dropped the development costs significantly.

The real question is, what are actually the Canadian Air Force requirements? I seriously doubt that Canada needs stealth strike fighters to patrol the remote north. Who's radar do they want to evade? What really irks me is that the so called conservative government wants to blow a shit load of tax payer's money for some military toys, and without properly evaluating all the options. I'm pretty sure the Super Hornet is better suited for the Canadian Air Force, and is half the price! Win win right? I thought the conservatives were supposed to be conservative with money too? I guess conservative now means, cut spending on social programs and science, cut taxes for the rich, reduce environmental regulation, increase military spending, increase the deficit. I do realize there might be some political pressure from the US to buy into this disaster. Harper should just grow some balls and tell them to fuck off.

about a month and a half ago
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HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs

purpledinoz Re:Badly run company does badly... (288 comments)

HP makes great laptops. Both for home and business. However, their laptops look like cheap knockoffs of MacBooks. They also need to lower their prices. Consumers aren't going to shell out $1K for a laptop anymore (except Apple consumers). What's really shitty is that HP spent a ton of money in stock buybacks. Why did they do this and then fire a ton of employees? It seems to me that the executives in the company are gutting it and running away with the cash.

about 2 months ago
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Wyoming Is First State To Reject Science Standards Over Climate Change

purpledinoz I'm also skeptical (661 comments)

that the Earth revolves around the Sun. Have you been into space and seen the Earth revolve around the Sun? I didn't think so. Just look into the sky, clearly the Sun revolves around Earth.

about 2 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

purpledinoz Re:For those of us not in the US (465 comments)

How have you Americans not realized that your democracy is a farce?! The mere existence of Super PACs flies in the face of democracy. Why aren't you Americans, with all your 2nd amendment guns, taking down your tyrannical government with force?! This is exactly what the 2nd amendment was for. Without a change for the better in the US, I see that the rest of western world marching down the same path.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

purpledinoz Re:Duh (818 comments)

Harper is trying his hardest to bring the ugliest parts of the US to Canada.

about 3 months ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

purpledinoz Re:Revolt? (818 comments)

Yes, but no one will join you because they're too busy watching TV.

about 3 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

purpledinoz Re:Why so much resistance to climate science? (869 comments)

In other words, the change in atmospheric composition is roughly .02%. That's it.

Yes, that is a small change in composition relative to the atmosphere, but what is the effect? Adding a few grains of salt to a glass of water will pretty much have no noticeable effect. But adding a small drop of food colouring to that same glass of water will affect the colour significantly. A small change CAN have big effect.

about 3 months ago
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Study Rules Out Global Warming Being a Natural Fluctuation With 99% Certainty

purpledinoz Why so much resistance to climate science? (869 comments)

I don't get it, after reading the comments here, why is there so much resistance accept that man is causing climate change? Just thinking logically, it makes sense. We're taking carbon that's been buried for millions of years, and then burning it, on a huge scale. How can this not affect the climate? I actually hope that the climate skeptics are right.

about 3 months ago
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Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

purpledinoz Use the system against them (306 comments)

How about we all start sending take down notices claiming copyright on all Sony content, forcing all Sony content to be taken offline. Even better if we're able to take down all MAFIAA content off of YouTube.

about 4 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

purpledinoz Re:April Fools? (274 comments)

The constitution has become merely a historical document. When there's no one to enforce it, it's essentially useless.

about 4 months ago

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Eminem's Publisher Sues Apple Over Downloads

purpledinoz purpledinoz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

purpledinoz (573045) writes "PC World has an interesting article about a lawsuit Eminem has filed against Apple: "The music publishing companies that represent rap artist Eminem have filed a multimillion-dollar suit against Apple Inc. for selling downloads of Eminem's music on iTunes online music service without compensating them. The suit could have ramifications for the current compensation plan that online music services have for divvying up profits between record labels and the publishing companies that hold rights to artists' songs.""

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