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Comment Anyone have details? (Score 1) 270

I'm curious how Microsoft and Apple would be compelled to pay more taxes - it's not as if they're manufacturing their computers there. If it's a tax on sales, that's not going to hit the companies... it'll hit the Russian consumers trying to buy Macs and Windows computers.

It's kind of funny, because I remember there was a lot of prominent Apple product placement in that "I will tear off my shirt for Putin" political ad - so their computers and phones are apparently popular there.

Comment Works for me (Score 4, Insightful) 168

I deleted my Facebook account several years ago. I never visit the site, nor do I follow links that will take me to Facebook even incidentally. Yet, when I do my regular cleansing of cookies, I always find some from and in the list.

Too bad I don't live in France...

Comment When did this nonsense start? (Score 3, Insightful) 116

This "we're announcing that we'll be announcing something soon" crap, I mean.

The first time I was really aware of it happening was with "Ginger", that silly self-balancing scooter. Then, and every time since, the announcement has been underwhelming at best. Most of the time it's a complete waste of time - so I now let these pre-announcements go in one ear and right out the other.

We have the Internet. If something cool is announced, we'll know about it right away. Stop wasting our time - and yours - with pre-announcements about coming announcements!

Truly we live in the future... but, unfortunately, too often this future makes Futurama look like a prescient documentary.

Comment Re:Mostly for criminals (Score 3, Informative) 117

I was originally modding, but I feel compelled to point out that the RAM does not appear to be included in that $3100 - just slots. It's just a motherboard, power supply, and the CPU for $3100.

So what you stated doesn't appear to be accurate in the least.

Additionally, a previous Phoronix article stated they only got remote access for testing this thing - so at present this is basically the equivalent of a Kickstarter promise.

It's an interesting idea if you have enough cash, though.

Comment Re:Anything NK does is suspicious (Score 1) 286

It's amazing that NK still has the means to play serious games with the rest of the world.

Well, they only have the one card to play, and it's the same one they've been playing for the past several decades. What I can't believe is that western countries keep making agreements with them, giving them aid and apparently believing that this time - no really, honest to goodness, this time - the Norks are really going to away their only card.

One has to ask what's better for the North Korean people over the long term... keep giving them enough food and goods so that the crazy family can continue to rule over them; or isolate them completely and give them nothing, and let revolution eventually happen? Either way, a bunch of them end up dying.

Comment Re:Why does the summary state (Score 1) 277

... that it likely never gets built, when the article says that officials have said that they'll continue the process? You're basically just changing actual reporting into an opinion piece, and presenting said opinion as if it's in the reporting.

The anonymous submitter was likely one of the current presidential candidates.

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