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Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

thetoadwarrior Lagging behind Xbox ?! (188 comments)

The Wii U had more systems sold the last time Microsoft gave numbers for the Xbox. In their last report Microsoft refused to clearly state how many xboxes sold were xbones and which were 360s so it's doing badly and probably still in third place. Hell they were / are taking a breaking from manufacturing in order to sell through what's on the shelves. Let's not try and pretend Nintendo is in some distant 3rd place position given they're probably in a somewhat distant 2nd place position.

yesterday
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

thetoadwarrior Re:surpising (168 comments)

How is making yet another mobile phone based on Android any good for consumers? Given that smartphones peaked and there's not really any innovation left so the only logical reason for doing it is to lock consumers into Amazon's ecosystem which isn't a consumer friendly action.

about a week ago
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White House Approves Sonic Cannons For Atlantic Energy Exploration

thetoadwarrior Why should people change their energy use... (272 comments)

When you can kill off the coasts to get a few more scraps to move everyone along until the US finds more oil owning brown people it can 'liberate'.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

thetoadwarrior Re:Price effects MY decisions! (192 comments)

Authors and publishers should ignore skinflints like yourself. Society can't advance when tight fisted selfish people listened to.

about two weeks ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

thetoadwarrior Where are free market republicans? (382 comments)

Why is the government allowed to stop the guy from selling a legal product?

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

thetoadwarrior Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

JQuery isn't a language. It's a framework that attempts to fix a shitty language. If you're only using jQuery to make a webpage it's going to suck.

about three weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

thetoadwarrior Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

As someone who does web development, no they're not. Some languages do things quite well but the flavour of the months like Ruby and JS / Node are a mess. Especially JavaScript, it's an awful language.

about three weeks ago
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New Zealand ISP's Anti-Geoblocking Service Makes Waves

thetoadwarrior Re:Not Australian, but I support this! (153 comments)

It's not just hollywood. It's everyone. Google even lets you stop people from viewing your views on non-desktop devices and it's amazing how many people choose to do this. I've not seen anything that implies new corporations care about you any more than the old ones.

If netflix were free to any content to anyone they would but they'd still set up regions so they could make people in other countries pay more.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

thetoadwarrior Re: Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

That's because you choose to operate from an expensive area with the cream of the crop companies. If you want to work alongside those who pay the best then you should have to expect to do that too.

I don't think developer's jobs should inherently be owned by the people that were born in that country nor am I saying everyone that outsources is doing it for scummy reasons. However every company that I worked for that outsourced didn't get value for money. In one case because they paid miserable wages by Filipino standards even though paying a premium is still virtually like paying nearly minimum wage in this country. In other case they only outsourced it to a company within this country. The costs weren't really less and the employee skill set didn't always match the hourly rate. their suggestions were things that best suited them and not necessarily the company. Had there been no one with an ounce of knowledge (i.e me and other developers) the most anyone could do is moan about the cost but have no legit counter argument to the proposed solution.

It generally fails when outsourcing is based on costs alone and whether everyone wants to admit it or not that is the primary reason most companies do it. If you only worry about the short-term and keep slashing budgets to keep profits up then it has to fall apart eventually. After all if they genuinely can't find someone locally to do it then they should be happy to pay even a premium for someone overseas. But so far all stats have been pointing towards H1-Bs being paid less regardless of people's anecdotal stories and obviously if you outsource to another country you're paying less and if their location didn't matter then whether they were in Ohio or India doesn't matter.

about three weeks ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

thetoadwarrior Re: Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

you mean it's hard to find acceptable developers at the wage the company wants to pay.

about a month ago
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No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say

thetoadwarrior Re:Two sides to every issue (401 comments)

A lot of people might not be as super awesome as they think but the vast majority of jobs don't match their advertisements and rarely require everything they asked for in the ads nor are the jobs as grand or as hard as the company made out to be.

about a month ago
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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' and That Could Be a Problem

thetoadwarrior Re:AI is always "right around the corner". (564 comments)

All those things your smartphone are doing aren't AI. They're still relatively basic commands but done quickly through increased processing power or off-loading the work to a server. It might make your phone looks like it can talk to you but it's not doing any more than computers in the 80's did.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

thetoadwarrior So something no one uses (536 comments)

If a language isn'tlong lived or trendy / buzzy then there is a fair chance it's dead. I understand perl is boring now but I'd say stick with that or learn python and maybe brush up on JS without going full retard and doing everything in JS.

about 1 month ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

thetoadwarrior No thanks (681 comments)

So the selling point is that it will look like windows 7. Why should I pay for it then? Microsoft clearly wants windows to be a subscription. Why else knock out a new version so often and put little effort into fixing what you already have. I'm not into paying an obscene amount for a broken OS where there's osx and Linux which both are so much cheaper and perform better.

about a month ago
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Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

thetoadwarrior Re:Speaking as a guy in his 40s... (370 comments)

Sure there are extreme case but there are also young people that think if it's not built in JS and no SQL then it's lame old man's code. These guys usually grow up to be that old guy so that problem can be reduced by not hiring the young guy with his hipster blinders on.

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

thetoadwarrior Re:White collar prison (682 comments)

It's not that hard to figure out. The one that ordered it should go to jail and if the IT admin who deleted knew the history then he knowingly destroyed evidence and should also go to jail.

about a month and a half ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

thetoadwarrior Re:Sigh (128 comments)

Neither me or my friend's android phones had buttons that lit up. Unless it's an optional thing they disliked. But still I don't think it's that big of a thing.

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

thetoadwarrior Re: on behalf of america (625 comments)

Which we still can't claim innocence on. Part of the people's suffering was due to sanctions which we placed on Iraq. No one is saying Saddam was a nice guy. He had a problem with religious factions and choose brutal means to solve it. But considering the US is spying on the world in a way that would make the Nazis wet themselves all the while running secret camps, keeping people in prison without trial, force feeding prisons and torturing them and don't forget the drones used to bomb anyone they feel like blowing up. I can't help but think all this justification in that Iraq was such a terrible place is just that justification to try and make people feel better about themselves for destabilising the region and generally just fucking it up so dubya could get revenge for his daddy.

But it's also the fact that if the US military is so great and the soldiers did such a great thing by losing their lives in the battle of Iraq why throw all of that way in such a short period? At the very least let's be honest about what soldiers are and that is a disposable resource for the wealthy in the US to with as they please. They're not some great honourable warriors because if we genuinely though that we wouldn't be throwing away all their work so quickly.

about a month and a half ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

thetoadwarrior Re:Sigh (128 comments)

Thinking about it, I can't think of any phone that's had an led in the button. I'm kind of glad too, I'm not sure if that would look tacky or not.

about a month and a half ago
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European iPhone Chargers Prone To Overheating

thetoadwarrior Re:Sigh (128 comments)

You fucking idiot. Your CD drive button relies on software too. It's no different except it's on the drive and both the cd drive button and the keyboard eject button rarely fail when operated by a human and no some basement dwelling rage turd angry at life.

Protip: Cheetos dust isn't good for electronics.

about a month and a half ago

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Governor Palin's newborn cover up

thetoadwarrior thetoadwarrior writes  |  more than 5 years ago

thetoadwarrior (1268702) writes "Governor Sarah Palin wasn't the best choice for for vice president. She's not even sure what the Vice President does and, while they tried to cover up her support for Obama's energy plan, Google's cache has come to the rescue once again.

However the biggest story is the emerging evidence that her newborn child may be her grandson. Will the traditional media cover this? The photo and video evidence is quite compelling and could lead to one of the biggest political scandals ever if it turns out to be true.

ArcXIX writes:

Yesterday, with the news of Sarah Louise Heath Palin inexplicably being chosen as a Vice-Presidential nominee, the attentive American public was also introduced to her character. Unfortunately for all of us, it was filled with multiple instances of backtracking and outright lies. While Alaskans had been giving her an 80% approval rating, recently 87% of Alaskans polled on the subject of TrooperGate believed she was lying.
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Well, Sarah, I'm calling you a liar. And not even a good one. Trig Paxson Van Palin is not your son. He is your grandson. The sooner you come forward with this revelation to the public, the better.

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