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Shuttleworth: Apple Will Merge Mac and iPhone 414

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-wish-my-laptop-had-just-one-button dept.
Barence writes "Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth claims Apple will follow Ubuntu's lead and converge the iPhone and MacBook product lines. Speaking to PC Pro to mark the upcoming launch of Ubuntu 13.10, Shuttleworth said that the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone — an attempt to bridge mobile and desktop computing devices — had set an example that others will follow. 'We've seen a very interested ripple go through the industry, and an uptick in interest in convergence,' Shuttleworth added. 'People are saying yes, mobile processors are catching up with the desktop. When Apple announced the iPhone 5s, it called the processor "desktop-class," and I don't think that was an accident – it was sending what we think is a very clear signal that it will converge the iPhone and the MacBook Air.'"

Comment: Re:Oh grow up (Score 1) 569

by Caetel (#44274227) Attached to: Whistleblowing IT Director Fired By FL State Attorney
I know exactly what a median is - the middle value of an ordered set. I guess you aren't actually reading the linked Wiki page, but for your given set the median would be 1. Here's Wolfram Alpha if you don't believe me. Again, by definition, exactly the same number of people earn above the median wage as earn below the median wage. The mean would be skewed by an unbalanced income distribution as it's calculated based on the values, but the median is based on the position of the values within the set and so outliers have a negligible impact.

What EMC Looks For When It's Hiring 223

Posted by Slashdot Staff
from the pulse-strongly-recommended dept.
Yvonne Lee, Community Manager at, writes "Because EMC has expanded through more than 70 acquisitions in eight years — it was hiring even during the recession — and because many of the acquired companies were startups, it is trying to leverage the more dynamic cultures it's inherited and make itself more nimble and innovative. People it hired 'need to be able to move fast and run,' Thus, a key to getting the company's attention is to prove you can do what you say you can. In other words, when Murray asks if you can work fast, you can't just say yes. You'll have to use your previous achievements to prove that you can."

How the Cool Stuff At CES Will Ruin Your Life 171

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the clippy-killed-my-cryptocat dept.
jfruh writes "Another CES has come and gone, and as usual the press has presented rather uncritically a list of super-cool gadgets that were unveiled at the show and that will make our world better. Let's leave aside the fact that many products shown at CES never make it to market; Paul Roberts provides the pessimistic case on the big CES news, explaining how all these gewgaws will strip away privacy, unleash an army of Clippys onto the world, and maybe even change human brains for the worse."

Comment: Re:Tax avoidance (Score 1) 592

by Caetel (#42425033) Attached to: Facebook Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

My idea is to split personal income taxes into two categories - earned and unearned. Earned is salaries, piece work, etc... IE you 'did' something to earn that money. Unearned is capital gains, interest, dividends, and such, money earned from the simple fact that you 'owned' something. Your first ~$10k of income in either category is taxed at 0%, after that it's tiered in parallel like the current system. Assuming an average return rate of 5%, that's $200k in investments before you start having to pay taxes on the return, which is a good amount for emergencies, college, early retirement, and what not.

That's pretty much what the UK has already. A certain amount of your annual income is tax free (about £8000 this year) after which income above that is taxed at 20% up to the next tier, above which income is taxed at 40%.

Capital gains are taxed at 18% or 28% depending on your total income, with the first £10000 in a financial year tax free. Dividend income is taxed at at the income tax rate, with a deduction to account for corporation tax (so you'd only pay income tax on the dividend if you're taxed at 40%). Bank interest is also taxed at your income tax rate (20% automatically witheld, if you're a higher rate taxpayer you declare the remaining tax on your tax return). Stock held within a tax-free account (pension, ISA) attracts no capital gains tax and no additional tax on dividends.

Obviously, if the corporation tax is abolished somebody is going to have to make up that tax revenue, which ends up being the tax-paying citizens, so the tax rate for us is only going to go up. And bear in mind that similarly to large corporations, many high net worth individuals take advantage of loopholes in the tax code to minimize their tax bill. It's not a sense of injustice that makes people go into the 'shady' areas of the law to avoid tax, it's greed.

Comment: Re:Why should corporations pay taxes anyway? (Score 1) 592

by Caetel (#42424991) Attached to: Facebook Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

They would hire more people or pay them more.

Why would they do that? They're not charities, employing people for the fun of it. Unless there's a need for more employees, nobody else is going to be employed, and those that are employed aren't going to earn any more than the companies can get away with paying them based on the job market. And even then, those employees (and everyone else) are going to have to pay more in tax to make up for the loss of corporation tax.

Are Facebook, Google, et al. who are paying miniscule amounts of tax in Europe and elsewhere demonstrating your theory? By the relative unemployment levels between there and the US, I'm guessing not.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.