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Comment: Re:Does It Matter? (Score 3, Interesting) 269

by MachineShedFred (#48941117) Attached to: VirtualBox Development At a Standstill

Parallels really kinda sucks. Of the three major hypervisors available for OS X, it's the worst of them and that's with VirtualBox being stagnant for a year+. No support for OVAs whatsoever. If you virtualize OS X, you can't use keyboard shortcuts without the hypervisor thinking that Cmd+Q was meant for it, rather than an app in the guest OS. And yes, it doesn't do very nice things with thermal management on your hardware.

VMware Fusion works pretty good, but costs $. VirtualBox, for a time, was actually better than VMware Fusion and free. The guys at VMware have fixed that though.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 521

Except that stealing TVs is inherently illegal. If I moved to some fairy-land jurisdiction where stealing TVs was legal and someone stole my TV, then I can't really say that the person who stole my TV is breaking the law, because they aren't.

As I said before, you have a problem with the great State of Nevada; Apple is merely following the laws on the books.

Comment: Re:Heartbleed (Score 1) 211

by MachineShedFred (#48927155) Attached to: Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

This one has been around since 2000. 15 years, just getting around to auditing the main C library used by EVERYTHING now, I suppose...

It's a horseshit argument, and always has been. Just because someone CAN audit something, doesn't mean they DO. Or that they are competently doing it if they do.

Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 1) 521

by MachineShedFred (#48927053) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Once the materials that Apple uses are out of the ground and turned into a product, the environmental damage stops except for the electricity required to use it, and it's eventual disposal.

With oil, every step of the process including use does very bad things for the environment.

You could, in theory, use a Mac forever with a solar panel without ever doing anything to the environment.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 521

by MachineShedFred (#48925457) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Especially if you consider that when I pay 4-5x the amount of taxes that someone else does, the fire department doesn't arrive 4-5x faster, and the police aren't 4-5x better and solving who broke into my car.

And you know what? I'm still happy to pay the 4-5x more in taxes, because I've managed to work my way into a good place in society, and I like what my taxes buy: civilization.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 3, Interesting) 521

by MachineShedFred (#48925369) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

So when Tim Cook sat in front of a Senate Finance committee, sworn in and under subpoena, and said that they paid almost $6B in taxes in 2013 he was lying?

Why isn't he in jail if he lied to all those Senators under oath, on something so easily disproven?

Or are you just misinformed and wrong? I think we know which is more likely.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 521

by MachineShedFred (#48925307) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Except that you are wrong, and Apple paid almost $6B in taxes in 2013 to the US Government and the State of California. Their CEO even testified as much under Congressional subpoena.

Are you saying that Tim Cook should be jailed for Contempt of Congress, or are you just talking out of your ass?

Apple Overseas International is based in Ireland, and that's where Apple books all of their non-Americas revenue. Much like many other multinationals.

Comment: Re:inflation embiggens numbers (Score 1) 521

by MachineShedFred (#48925211) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Well, Apple doesn't directly destroy the environment with every dollar they make. Yes, there is an environmental cost, but it isn't nearly as drastic as what the fossil fuel industry imposes.

Also, there's plenty of people that live without Apple products. Literally nobody in a developed nation goes without using petrochemicals in some form.

Comment: Re:Please develop for my dying platform! (Score 1) 307

So developers should get a lowest common denominator API, and be strictly forbidden to code outside of that?

Do you realize that this would make some of the worst applications possible?

"I'm sorry, project manager - we can't do that in our app because Android 2.1 doesn't support it, and FEDERAL REGULATIONS REQUIRE US TO CODE FOR 7 DIFFERENT MOBILE PLATFORMS."

Why doesn't the Blackberry CEO tell his company to make a better product that entices developers to create applications for it and people to buy it, rather than whining for government intervention to save his failing company that once owned mobile?

Comment: Please develop for my dying platform! (Score 5, Insightful) 307

Really?

Net Neutrality means mandating that developers and services must create something that works on your dying platform? Does that mean that NetFlix will have to make sure it works with Symbian too? How about PocketPC 2003?

What an idiot.

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