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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

qbast Re:No because it is Apple (120 comments)

Yes, of course. European Commission has 'Linux has failed envy' and that's why they are unjustly punishing Apple. You may get '-18 flamebait' soon but only because there is no '-18 retarded cultist'

yesterday
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Apple Faces Large Penalties In EU Tax Probe

qbast Takes two to tango (120 comments)

So if deal between Apple and Ireland was illegal, shouldn't Ireland be fined as well?

yesterday
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

qbast Re:Another side effect (308 comments)

To hell with meth ingredients, even reducing amount of fertilizers washed into groundwater would be great thing.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

qbast Re:Hardly a breakthrough (308 comments)

But not for barley or oats. Using process that worked for one thing to improve another is a progress. If they found new commercially viable (or at least promising) process, then it is potentially a breakthrough.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

qbast Re:Frankenfood (308 comments)

They are replicating completely natural process, so I doubt it.

about a week ago
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Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair With Astonishing Crop Yield Breakthrough

qbast Slashdot grew up? (308 comments)

So many comments and no remarks on girls' looks, stupid 'kitchen' jokes, etc. yet? Trolls are asleep or Slashdot has finally grown up?

about a week ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

qbast Re:Not Coincidence, it's the point (236 comments)

Problem of important people getting upset could be solved by quiet warning to short the stock. As for hipster riots? I would pay to see this - it would be pure comedy gold.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's "Warrant Canary" Has Died

qbast Re: Obama is but a puppet (236 comments)

I think you are overly optimistic. Even after you cull 'undesirables', remaining population will again divide into 1% rich and 99% everybody else, just with different baseline. It is like stack ranking in MS - no matter how many people get fired, there are *always* bottom 10% destined for next cut.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Have You Experienced Fear Driven Development?

qbast Re:Experience counts (232 comments)

I would love to have at least one of those fearful devs to handle documentation. But unfortunately we hire only people with confidence to actually code.

about two weeks ago
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MIT's Cheetah Robot Runs Untethered

qbast Re:Asian-only team? (90 comments)

Just wait until African researcher works at MIT ...

about two weeks ago
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Direct Sales OK Baked Into Nevada's $1.3 Billion Incentive Deal With Tesla

qbast Re:Why is this legal in the U.S.? (149 comments)

As a non-American I find forbidding car manufacturers from selling directly to customers even more bizarre.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

qbast Re:Trust us with your payments (730 comments)

Except the data breach you are alluding to was the fault of people using weak passwords, rather than a fault in the security of iCloud.

And you know this because ... ?

about three weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:DUAL CORE, BEEOTCHES! (183 comments)

Meh, baboon. You seriously underestimate capitalism. I prefer to find third-world street urchin most bio-compatible with me, buy him for $1000 from the family and just get his heart.

about three weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:Predictable (183 comments)

Wow ... you are a moron. Go design next artificial heart if you think it easy compared to slapping encryption, message signing and some sanity checks (like ignoring command to slow down below safe level) on communication protocol.

about three weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:I really don't my vital body parts to be on wif (183 comments)

Encryption, message signing ... does it ring any bells? And why exactly do you think that artificial heart would even accept command to slow down below safe level? Even ignoring communication security, you would not want to give your patient easy way to kill himself by mistake.

about three weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Re:WIFI-Enabled Vital Organs?!?! (183 comments)

Here is what scares me. We do not seem to be doing much to keep the brain healthy into very old age.

Because we have no bloody idea what to do about it. In comparison heart is simple - it has to pump blood and that's it. I would rather not put all medicine on hold until we figure out brain.

about three weeks ago
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In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

qbast Predictable (183 comments)

And of course 90% comments are whining about wifi. As if 'wifi' was somehow synonymous with 'unsecured and unauthenticated wifi'. Getting this secured is trivial compared to making a heart that will keep patient alive for years. Until it is possible to make artificial heart respond to nervous system and speed up/slow down as needed, having some control system will improve patient's quality of life.

about three weeks ago

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