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Comment: Re:If evil doesn't exist, how can religion be evil (Score 1) 1142

by Hope Thelps (#41697645) Attached to: Ask Richard Dawkins About Evolution, Religion, and Science Education

Dawkins said that the universe has ‘no design, no purpose, no evil and no good, nothing but blind pitiless indifference’. But he also says that religion is a "significant force for evil in the world".

It seems readily apparent that the first quote is saying that the universe itself has no purpose, makes no moral judgments, bears us no ill-will and no good-will either. That isn't at odds with saying that humans pursue objectives, that humans make moral judgments and that he personally makes such moral judgments in relation to religion. You don't have to buy into his world view to realise that there is no contradiction here.

Comment: Re:Oh Great (Score 1) 110

by Hope Thelps (#41430337) Attached to: The Swiss Pirate Party Has Its First Mayor

The citizens of Eichberg now have a mayor whose agenda has nothing to do roads, sewers, public safety, or any of the other unsexy issues that municipal officials deal with. He does care about copyright reform — an issue in which a mayor has no say at all.

Genuine question because I don't know anything about his politics - is what you've said here based on first hand knowledge of the mayor's opinions and policies, on local news reports, on something you read on some blog on the internet, or is it something you just made up based on your imagination of how a pirate party mayor should be?

Comment: Re:The Answer for $5M (Score 1) 532

by Hope Thelps (#40884547) Attached to: University Receives $5 Million Grant To Study Immortality

Has anybody built a working model of a brain that has become conscience?

I doubt that anyone's built anything that could reasonably be said to be working model of a brain. Whether anything that has been built has become conscious is unknown, and probably unknowable. How would you test for it?

Comment: Re:Obvious? (Score 1) 278

But those are all industries much less encumbered by patents. Tech moves fast enough that patents generally don't expire until after they're useless anyway, hence the trend towards only a few big players.

But the original claim was about "mature markets" whereas you're suggesting it's something that applies to less mature markets. Cars are "tech" too, but they're more mature tech than mobile phones. One day mobile phones will be old hat too, with few essential patents and with less rapid change - i.e. that's when it'll be a mature market.

Comment: Re:"disagreed" link (Score 2) 150

by Hope Thelps (#40053783) Attached to: Software Patents Good For Open Source?

"Jonathan Oxer, Andrew Tridgell, and software freedom activist Richard Stallman, disagreed." *Click link, ctrl-f stallman, oxer, tridgell*, no matches found. Stop wasting my time with links that are inappropriate to the sentence they claim to be linking about.

I think that this bit from the summary:

"Software developer Ben Sturmfels, whose 2010 anti-software-patent petition won the support of open source community members such as Jonathan Oxer, Andrew Tridgell, and software freedom activist Richard Stallman, disagreed"

was trying to say that Ben Sturmfels disagrees, and that back in 2010 Jonathan Oxerm, Andrew Tridgell and Richard Stallman agreed with Ben Sturmfels about something else. A sort of 'appeal to authority by association'.

Comment: Re:Turns out they had a great plan! (Score 4, Informative) 133

by Hope Thelps (#39825871) Attached to: Samsung Passes Nokia As Biggest Handset Manufacturer

The only problem is that Samsung makes about a nickel on each phone it sells.

Okay, doing a quick search on "samsung ,mobile phone profits". I see things like:

"reported its highest quarterly profits since 2008, with net profit almost doubling to 5.05 trillion won ($4.5 billion) for the three months to March 31." (http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120427/samsung-profits-jump-mobile-phone-sales-outstrip-apple-and-nokia)

and

"Samsung’s quarterly handset division profits nearly tripled to 4.27 trillion won ($3.8 billion U.S.), accounting for 73 per cent of total profit" (http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1169494--galaxy-phone-powers-samsung-to-record-profit)

Now, maybe those reports are wrong. And very possibly Apple makes much much more on their phones (I haven't checke but I believe it) BUT I really doubt Samsung are crying over results like that. This looks like a very very succesful business for them.

Comment: Re:Harder! Screw us harder! (Score 1) 293

by Hope Thelps (#39825663) Attached to: Why Apple's Next Revolution Should Be In Your Car

Name one market Apple has entered where they have competed on price?

Tablets. There are others that have undercut the iPad since but the iPad itself was aggressively priced when introduced (and honestly I think it's reasonable for the specifications now). (Don't have one or plan to get one myself as there's more to life than pricing.)

Comment: Re:Not what you think (Score 4, Informative) 280

by Hope Thelps (#39724871) Attached to: Macbook Owner With Defective GPU Beats Apple In Court

The repair to replace the logic board that contained the defective GPU was a $1700 repair from a third-party authorized repair center and I did an average of 2 to 3 a week for 2 years.

From the article: "At one point, the judge asked Apple how much it would have cost them to have simply replaced my logic board when I had taken it in, and one of the Apple guys said “Oh, it wouldn’t have cost us anything, Nvidia foots the bill for each board we replace.”"

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