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Obama and Romney Respond To ScienceDebate.org Questionnaire

sonicmerlin Re:./ed (608 comments)

Uh... given that scientists are an insanely tiny minority of the population and contribute the vast majority of human advancement... I would rather fund them in excess.

about 2 years ago
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Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

sonicmerlin Re:Congestion (70 comments)

Stop lying through your teeth. Wireless can't replace wired, only complement.

about 2 years ago
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Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

sonicmerlin Re:The "Blowout" (70 comments)

Uh no, the government's total contribution is $27 billion peak debt, which will be paid off with revenue and profit. Moving Optus customers over also has no impact on who the NBN is supposed to reach. Most of Optus customers are in cities that were of course included in the fiber footprint from the start.

about 2 years ago
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Business Tier For Australia's NBN Brings Big Possibilities For VoIP

sonicmerlin Re:Um (70 comments)

What the heck are you talking about? GPON is insanely easy to upgrade- you just replace the switches at the ends of the fiber lines, no fuss required. And it's passive so no electricity is required at the switches and maintenance costs are very low.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

sonicmerlin Re:sounds like a great plan (585 comments)

So in this evolved society who takes care of the children and family?

about 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

sonicmerlin Re:Will not last, ladies temper male political ego (585 comments)

You don't know what you're talking about. Men are not so macho as in america, and wives often push the politicians into doing aggressive and shady things for status gains.

about 2 years ago
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Iran Universities To Ban Women From 77 Fields of Study

sonicmerlin Re:Dark ages (585 comments)

I'm curious what you think happens to the children of working career women? Sure not all children need a devoted and nurturing mother, but what happens to those that do?

about 2 years ago
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Firefox OS Will Win Big With Developers - Mozilla

sonicmerlin Re:Uh huh... (229 comments)

Has anyone seen this in demonstration on video? It's so laggy it makes Android seem iOS-like. Even if it's "popular" with developers, it won't be with consumers and thus will be dead on arrival.

more than 2 years ago
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EU Investigating Microsoft Over IE Bundling Again

sonicmerlin Re:So they going to fine Apple too? (299 comments)

Actually they're not even just reskins. Apple has a private API call that they use with Safari to make it ultra smooth when browsing. Even though it wasn't documented, a lot of alternative browsers were using that API call to make their browsers as smooth as Safari. Around May of 2011 Apple threatened those competitors with delisting from the Apple store if they didn't stop using that API, so everyone disabled those calls in their browsers. Now nearly every non-Safari browser experiences hiccups and becomes increasingly choppy with graphically heavy pages.

Compare iCab 4.6 for example (the last version before Apple's threats), to the latest one. From silky smooth with virtually no hiccups to chopcity.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

sonicmerlin Re:Could be worse (148 comments)

The BoM of an iPhone is $180. Apple's margins on the device are massive. That's true for all manufacturers that sell their phones at retail.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM's Future Hangs On Developer Support For 'New BlackBerry'

sonicmerlin Re:Doing it wrong. (148 comments)

Because Android is a laggy, buggy piece of trash that has horrible standby battery drain. Android is antiquated, a pre-iOS junkheap that should have been thrown away the moment iOS was first revealed. MSFT threw away Windows Mobile to develop WP7/8, Palm threw away Palm OS for webOS, RIM the old BB OS for the new QNX OS, and Nokia originally was transitioning away from Symbian for MeeGo. Google is the only one who decided to just rip off Apple as fast as possible by slapping on a touchscreen layer onto their outdated OS, and flip-flopped on Network Neutrality to sign a deal with Verizon to push the Droid brand.

That's why Android lags, and it's also got horrible battery life.

more than 2 years ago
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Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

sonicmerlin Re:Windows CE all over? (305 comments)

Will they include a HAL in Windows RT that allows people/hackers to install it on virtually any ARM architecture? Like... say an HP Touchpad?

more than 2 years ago
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Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

sonicmerlin Re:The insane insistence on "Windows" (305 comments)

Well the Intel tablets aren't going to be very powerful. ARM Cortex A9 is equivalent to Pentium 3, and A15 to Pentium 4. Medfield slots somewhere inbetween those two.

more than 2 years ago
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Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

sonicmerlin Re:The insane insistence on "Windows" (305 comments)

It's not even fair to Intel's competitors is it? Intel's so far ahead of everyone else at 22 nm, and will be moving their mobile chips to their latest and smallest process. It's rather unfortunate... I don't think anyone wants to see an Intel monopoly.

On the other hand in the short term we'll still need to see how good Medfield is. IIRC per core Linpack scores are lower than Cortex A15. And Intel's biggest issue is latency of sleep mode, which has historically been nowhere near as good as ARM hardware.

more than 2 years ago
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Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

sonicmerlin Re:Slashdot "evidence" (305 comments)

The only problem I have with the iPad is it doesn't have text reflow in the browser. My eyesight isn't that great, and if they'd just add that one feature it would be such a beautiful product.

more than 2 years ago
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Zuckerberg Made Instagram Deal Alone

sonicmerlin Re:and this is how... (307 comments)

Do you even need to be a corrupt, Wall Street "financier" to realize a billion dollars for cruddy instagram was too much?

more than 2 years ago
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Operators: Nokia Would Sell Better With Android

sonicmerlin Re: Oooh, smart. (439 comments)

Atom-based phone is coming out next week in India, and soon after in China. Not a "dream". Also the only way to ensure your Android phone will ever be upgraded.

more than 2 years ago
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Operators: Nokia Would Sell Better With Android

sonicmerlin Re: Oooh, smart. (439 comments)

So? That's how Symbian looked 5+ years ago. New smartphone activations in the US are trending towards iOS, and once a legitimate competitor comes out people will latch onto them instead of Android. The only thing preventing competition from swarming in is that Google dumps its OS for free, China-style.

more than 2 years ago

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