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Comment Re:Am I the only person... (Score 1) 181

And ATG at 3GHz is the only option? In the article, it mentions competitors that are using satellites. And the last time I checked 3GHz wasn't the only frequency. And again, you are free to pursue your own solution although not having a few billion in capital may be a hindrance especially when there isn't exactly a lucrative market.

Comment Re:No Competition Only GoGo And $$$ To CEOs (Score 1) 181

Please. Gogo has not had many competitors historically but that is changing. You however want to contribute that all to bribes and kickbacks rather than the simple truth that is is freakishly expensive to create the infrastructure to supply wifi to passenger jet where maybe 10% of the passengers are willing to pay for the service. They are now getting competition because it takes time and money to build a competing infrastructure.

Comment Re:Am I the only person... (Score 1) 181

But in your example of computers imagine if Intel only sold a hundred thousand processors a year instead of millions. And that AMD never really existed. While there might be progress but technology does not advance without financial motivations. If you want to spend billions and start your own company to offer faster airplane wifi, go right ahead.

Comment Re:Slow is why it's expensive. (Score 1) 181

How about cost? Hey if you think that you can provide a better, cheaper service, you're free to do so. However as the story pointed out, Gogo's current technology relies on a network of 225 towers which may be located in remote places. Building and maintaining this network can't be cheap. Their new competitors will rely on a network of satellites. That also isn't cheap to do.

Comment Re:Woah (Score 1) 67

Generally, the District Attorney is the city's head official when it comes to legal matters. Most of the time they focus on criminal matters as a city would have more of those to deal with than civil matters. For large cities, they may have separate DAs to civil and criminal and divisions to handle both sides.

Comment Re:Woah (Score 1) 67

In this case an outside firm was handling the case. This isn't unusual as the city would not necessarily have lawyers with copyright expertise. Also it could be that their attorneys wanted no part of the case as well. But the expert copyright lawyer the city hired SHOULD have known better, but it may have been what the client wanted.

Submission + - Judge rules that Inglewood, California cannot copyright public videos->

UnknowingFool writes: Recently a judge ruled in California, that the city of Inglewood cannot hold copyrights of videos of public city council meetings which they published on their youtube account and thus cannot sue individuals for copyright infringement for using them. In several youtube videos, Joseph Teixeira, a resident of Inglewood, California criticized the mayor, James Butts. (Yes that's his real name). Under the account name, Dehol Truth, Teixeira took city council meetings posted on their youtube account and edited them to make pointed criticisms about the mayor.

The city responded by registering the videos with copyrights and then suing Teixeira for copyright infringement. Many would say it was a thinly veiled attempt to silence a critic. Teixeira filed a motion to dismiss arguing that (1) the city cannot claim copyright over public records (videos of public city council meetings) and (2) even if they could, his videos fell under Fair Use.

Unsurprisingly a judge dismissed the city's case citing California law which bars the city from holding copyrights on most public records. What is notable is that the judge dismissed the case with prejudice meaning that the city cannot refile. Normally judges do not do this unless they feel that the plaintiff's case was so weak that he feels no judge should hear the case ever again. Also because the judge agreed with the defendant Teixeira on the first point, he would not normally need to address Teixeira's Fair Use defense, but he did anyway. Anticipating that the city may appeal his decision, judge ruled that Teixeira's videos substantially met all four factors for Fair Use:
  1. There is no evidence Teixeira used the videos for commericial gain and was transformative
  2. His work was creative by adding music and commentary to the normally boring council videos
  3. Despite the city's claim he used their "entire work", it clear that he only used portions of meetings that lasted as long as four hours editing them down to a max of 15 minutes.
  4. Teixeira did not harm the city's market for the videos because the city is barred by state law from recouping more than direct costs of duplication. Even if the city could sell the videos (which they published themselves for free on youtube), his short videos are not a substitute.

This case may not be over as Teixeira's pro bono lawyer has not filed for attorney's fees. The ruling can be found here
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Submission + - Behind the Microsoft write-off of Nokia->

UnknowingFool writes: Previously Microsoft had announced that they write-off the Nokia purchase for $7.6B in the last quarter. In doing so Microsoft would create only the third unprofitable quarter in the company's history. Released on July 31, new financial documents detail some of the reasoning and financials behind this decision. At the core of the problem was that the Phone Hardware business was only worth $116M after adjusting for costs and market factors. One of those factors was poor sales of Nokia handhelds in 2015. Financially it made more sense to write it all off.

the carrying value of Phone Hardware goodwill exceeded its estimated fair value. Accordingly, we recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $5.1 billion, reducing Phone Hardware’s goodwill from $5.4 billion to $116 million

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Comment Re:bullshit translator go: (Score 1) 119

Stop. stop with the fever-dream of a phone. you lost seven billion dollars on the phone thing. real people lost jobs because of your half-assed insistance on dominating all markets forever.

Not only that but Microsoft held a funeral for the iPhone when they launched the Windows Phone. Hubris?

Comment Re:Microsoft tried the wrong business model (Score 1) 249

Apple is a software company fundamentally. What makes a mac different from a PC is OS X. What makes an iPhone different from an Android phone is iOS. The hardware is basically the same underneath. So Apple sells you their software but won't sell it without a fairly nice device to go along with it. However an important feature in this is that Apple has design chops and retail experience in their DNA. Microsoft doesn't. So Microsoft has to replicate what Apple is doing without the design culture that makes Apple successful at doing it.

I'd have to disagree with this. While the major components of a PC are no longer designed and built by the manufacturer (CPU, memory, drives), Apple does do more with hardware design than the next manufacturer. Sure in PCs, they don't design their own CPUs but they still design motherboards and the overall case. While the like of Dell and HP and Lenovo offer very bland models with little differences, Apple does make some interesting design choices in their computers.

For example, the Macbook Air is Apple's answer to the netbook. Instead of shrinking the whole laptop in all dimensions (and making it hard to type on), Apple went thin. Now that seems like there isn't much engineering but to make it thin, Apple did have to design motherboards much smaller, use customized Intel chips, use SSD instead of HDD in laptops years before it was the norm, remove many I/O plugs from the case. These were not without criticism but years later and after refinement, the MacBook Air is the direction almost all PC manufacturers are going with.

Another example is the MacPro. The newest version is dramatically different than other workstations. First of all, it's not boxy. There's little expansion. It uses PCIe SSD drives. Cooling wise everything does up instead of through and the main components are separated on 3 different boards instead one motherboard.

Controlling the software does make Apple better at integration but Apple does make an attempt at hardware differentiation.

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