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Comment: Re:You have selected....... (Score 1) 159

by Plumpaquatsch (#48633393) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

Other manufacturers manage to make cheaper phones under better conditions, e.g. LG which has factories in South Korea

And in China. And problems with the environment and working conditions world-wide (and most certainly in South Korea too) http://www.corp-research.org/LG

Comment: Re:Why Apple? (Score 1) 159

by Plumpaquatsch (#48631683) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

The poor conditions in Chinese factories were highlighted in 2010 when 14 workers killed themselves at Apple's biggest supplier, Foxconn.

Can't argue with BBC about this sad statistics,

Well, if suicides show poor conditions - what do lack of suicides show? What was so special about 2010?

Comment: Re:Wow, you've really turned a mirror on all of us (Score 1) 159

by Plumpaquatsch (#48631679) Attached to: Investigation: Apple Failing To Protect Chinese Factory Workers

For computer equipment, buy used and learn how to repair it. It's not a perfect solution since no electronics are made without slaves, but it's better than Feeding the Beast directly. It honors the people who bled for your equipment by not throwing out their labor when it has lost its shine.

That's pure whitewashing. Like saying that if you don't buy endangered species souvenirs directly from the poacher makes it okay.

Comment: Re:Apple Pushing All Mobile CPU Vendors (Score 1) 114

by Plumpaquatsch (#48624627) Attached to: Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

The long term plan is to run iOS on laptops and desktops, or have you not been paying attention? This is why Apple has stopped caring about POSIX, and has put all of its efforts into the iOS runtime environment--UI, toolchain, etc. OS X is a second-class citizen.

http://www.opengroup.org/openbrand/register/brand3607.htm

Comment: Re:Processors take 4-5 years to design. (Score 1) 114

by Plumpaquatsch (#48624477) Attached to: Apple and Samsung Already Working On A9 Processor

I think that's nominally true for CPUs designed from the ground up. Given that chip's taking most of it's cues from reference designs by ARM themselves... I think this is less of the usual case.

Well, if "that chip's taking most of it's cues from reference designs by ARM" - why the hell is it so different from all other ARM chips? Why is it still the only 64bit ARM chip shipping?

Comment: Re:It's difficult but (Score 1) 192

by Plumpaquatsch (#48624387) Attached to: Linking Drought and Climate Change: Difficult To Do

If anything, it's the opposite:

http://models.weatherbell.com/...

The graph shows the global annual counts for all hurricanes and major hurricanes. From '92 through '98, there was around 35 major hurricanes per year, falling this year to 29 major hurricanes. The peaks of the graph roughly correspond to el Nino years, with the stronger the el Nino the more hurricanes.

Wait, what? How can you claim that this proves the claim was wrong, when all the time you insisted that there was a "Hiatus in Global Warming" in exactly that time period?

Comment: Re:Yes this is Terrible. (Score 1) 187

by Plumpaquatsch (#48624101) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

No, not at all.

Apple didn't allow competitors with DRM. (reminds me early Apple vs PC days) Music industry decided it's better to have no-DRM + competition, than Apple only DRM. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12...

So in other words, this suit was about making money from Apple for forcing the music industry to drop DRM.

Comment: Re:Yes this is Terrible. (Score 1) 187

by Plumpaquatsch (#48624043) Attached to: Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Article from 2009 announcing price cuts to iTunes music, mentions Apple has plans to go DRM free in the future:

http://www.computerworld.com/a...

From same article:

"While iTunes is the most popular digital music store, others have been faster to offer songs without copy protection. Amazon.com started selling DRM-free music in 2007 and swayed all the major labels to sign on in less than a year."

Awfully weird indeed.

Amazon started selling DRM-free music in September 2007

Apple started selling DRM-free music in April 2007 - https://www.apple.com/pr/library/2007/04/02Apple-Unveils-Higher-Quality-DRM-Free-Music-on-the-iTunes-Store.html

Ohh, and http://news.cnet.com/2100-1027-998590.html

> April 28, 2003 12:16 PM PDT
Apple unveils music store
...
The songs cost 99 cents each to download, with no subscription fee, and include the most liberal copying rights of any online service to date. Jobs has been an outspoken opponent of so-called digital rights management (DRM) in the past, arguing that limitations on digital music will undermine the market for legitimate content.

Two-thousand-fucking-three.

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