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Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 1) 275

by Gr8Apes (#48230919) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'
Apple doesn't sell the OS. They only sell the hardware, and license a copy of the OS to go with the hardware, or I believe that's their position at this point. They also no longer sell their productivity suit, as that also is given away, only useful on Apple hardware, since it only runs on OSX.

Comment: Re:And so therefor it follows and I quote (Score 2) 275

by Gr8Apes (#48230901) Attached to: Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

iOS devices are another story. Apple abandons them fairly quickly.

An iphone 4 ran iOS 7 (4 years later) which is better than any other phone I know. And abandonment is a little overstated, because the phone works fine with iOS 7, and will continue to do so, much like many Android phones still run fine on Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich or Jelly Bean.

Comment: Re:Why is it a 'sale' ? (Score 2) 26

by Gr8Apes (#48230809) Attached to: FCC Postpones Spectrum Auction Until 2016
It's revocable monopoly ownership. Once licensed, only violations of the license result in the purchasing entity losing license to that spectrum. For the rest, the purchasing entity owns the spectrum and can do with it what they want, within terms of the license. At least that's how I understand it. Maybe the new licenses are worded differently, but that's how the old ones effectively were written.

Comment: Re:die by taser or gas? (Score 1) 147

by Gr8Apes (#48220069) Attached to: Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

What about my concern on who decides they are criminals? What if I don't trust the police to make such judgement?

If people with guns are pointing them at other people without guns, and state they will kill them unless 'x', I'd say the room for error in judgement is rather small, probably so close to 0 that error is impossible.

I fully agree on the question, but not on the answer. I simply do not wish the police to have the right to decide how many hostages it's ok to kill in a hostage situation. And giving them the weapons to apply the result of that decision is too close to implying they have the right to take it.

I think everyone reasonable agrees that the decision in such a situation is an extremely hard one. For me, that's precisely the reason to place the burden of making that decision far from the people we use to protect us from common criminals. Because those people are the most biased on precisely the taking of that kind of decisions.

In the case of the Russians, I believe that decision was made all the way at the top circles, if not the top. Israel, as well, was at the top. Do you have a case where such a decision was made by a local street policeman? Or even a sergeant? Instead of attacking windmills, how about focusing on something realistic?

Comment: Re:Long thought to be mere trash (Score 2) 45

by Gr8Apes (#48219995) Attached to: Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells
At risk of feeding the troll, biologists would most likely be the first to tell you that they do not know everything in their field, nor that the field answers any of the fundamental questions, since that's what just about every story related to biology seems to be about lately - new understandings of something previously not considered or even dismissed, much as this case. Biology's understanding at the current time is much like giving you windows 10 today and asking you about it. You understand some of the externally visible pieces, but you don't have a clue how the library dependency structure works exactly, nor what will happen if you replace or remove this one particular file. In any case, understanding yet one more piece of the puzzle should be exciting, not a time to demean those working hard to solve the puzzle.

Comment: Re:All the movies had women in business (Score 1) 767

by Gr8Apes (#48211377) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Programmers that chat to each other tend to be in the bottom 50% of productivity.

Programmers that chat throughout the day tend to miss deadlines.

Programmers that sit in meetings do not write code.

Now, that is not to say that programmers shouldn't talk to each other or users, but that should happen in small time slices, not throughout the day, as every interruption costs 30+ minutes, depending upon the level of being done.

Comment: Re:Classic Samsung... (Score 1) 101

by Gr8Apes (#48202649) Attached to: Samsung Acknowledges and Fixes Bug On 840 EVO SSDs

Because when something fails, most users will buy a new one instead of repairing the last one... and guess what... probably they will buy another samsung device! So instead of selling one TV each 15 years, they sell one each 3-5 years... even if just 1/3 of original buyers buy again samsung, it is still a win situation for then.

This is not an issue just with TVs, laptops, phones, routers, cars, washing machines, dishwashers, etc, are all cheaper to replace than repair if you cannot do it yourself. Sadly, the ability to fix things like this appears to be a shrinking skill set, but for those that have it and can afford an hour or two here or there, you'll save tons of money over your lifespan. I know I saved several thousand just in the past couple of months being a plumber, mechanic, electrician carpenter and painter. That leaves money to do other things.

Comment: Re:All the movies had women in business (Score 1) 767

by Gr8Apes (#48199613) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

If you want to frame coding as a social activity, you need to emphasize "collaborative problem-solving" and downplay the "lone hacker" stereotype.

Egads, you're suggesting you cut programming productivity by 80% or more. If programming were burger flipping, that might work, but it's not, or at least not where I work.

Comment: Re:How does it secure against spoofing? (Score 1) 119

by Gr8Apes (#48199345) Attached to: Google Adds USB Security Keys To 2-Factor Authentication Options
I'm not sure what SCOTUS decision or case you're referring to. That aside, the next Android being encrypted was an obvious response to Apple's encryption announcement, a "me too" thing. The 2FA dongle tied into Chrome seems like a nice way to almost guarantee that a specific user is browsing the web at that time.

Air is water with holes in it.