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Comment: Re:Change for change's sake (Score 1) 192

by cheesybagel (#48927101) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

I skipped Windows 8 and at this rate i'll skip Windows 10 as well.

I was one of the guys who used Windows 2000 and Windows Vista. Still I just don't see what is the point of these changes. Windows 2000 had increased system stability with the NT kernel and Vista at least had proper 64-bit architecture support. Windows 7 is Vista without the warts. But Windows 10 seems like a pointless waste of time on a desktop.

Smartphone processors are probably going to hit a brick wall on the next year. Apple and Qualcomm are already using all the capacity TSMC can spare which means NVIDIA and AMD can't manufacture their GPUs at the latest node. Battery tech keeps moving at a snail's pace. Intel is the only company with better manufacturing technology for the next couple of years.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 476

by cheesybagel (#48926111) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Apple routes US profits through offices in US states with favorable tax regimes (e.g. Nevada). In Europe they route them through Ireland.

Braeburn Capital, an Apple subsidiary in Reno, Nev., manages and invests the company’s cash. Nevada has a corporate tax rate of zero, as opposed to the 8.84 percent levied in California, where Apple has its headquarters.

Comment: Re:Tax (Score 1) 476

by cheesybagel (#48925951) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

It has to do with business practices. Like Microsoft stating that any IBM PC compatible vendor must cough up and pay for an OS license even if their users aren't interested in running Windows. Even Bill's donations are fairly controversial as he always makes donations with strings attached. For example he gave India money in exchange for them tightening up their IP laws which in turns increases his profits from shares he owns in the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

Comment: Re:Yanis Varoufakis (Score 2) 318

If you listen to his talks what he says is that a lot of countries cooked their books to get into the Eurozone. He says Greece simply borrowed the same creative accounting technique Italy used to get in the Eurozone so by the same metric Italy shouldn't have been in either. He also stated that Germany also used creative accounting by counting the gold they had in their treasury as income in order to erase the debt of their federal states.

Comment: Yanis Varoufakis (Score 4, Informative) 318

He basically wants Eurozone banks to have a single rescue fund, for the ECB to issue bonds, and the EIB to invest into the periphery economies to get out of the crisis.

There's just one problem. Even if they make sense none of those things can be done by Greece alone. I hope he has a Plan B.

You can see him explain his views on the current economic crisis in this video.

OS/2 must die!