1000 letters at 50 cents each fits into the same space on the delivery truck as one package that's 20 bucks to send... so.... yeah.
vita is worth more than 30 bucks.
heck, not worth my time to ship it back for 30 bucks.
furthermore I'd reckon it's illegal for them to threaten with legal action(so that they wouldn't just ship wrong products allover just to sue people).
they still need to send the original(and charged for) order though.. what they send extra is their own business.
want the real explanation?
why, the go-getter fuckfaces were ru(i)nning the (smartphone) devices platform only the featurephone wing was left with real engineers trying to come up with real solutions(consequently it was/is the wing doing real grunt selling).
the devices(or whatever they want to call themselves this year) wing who did the higher end stuff concentrated always on two things: the next model and infighting about who gets to choose the contracts for it(which is what provided exits for execs, basically turning into a game of phb's raiding the company and not doing what was in the companys best interests).
so there were some people there who weren't stupid still, so they ran(perhaps are still, who knows) a r&d program to get to the market which is going to define who _owns_ the smartphone market for 20 years: sub 100 dollar androids.
600$+ priced phones are not for the long game, because they seriously would need to come up with hologram displays or something to keep them different enough from the sub 100 dollar phones - and even if they do the masses of the world are going to buy the sub 100 dollar phones. because if you're making 600 bucks a month that's what you are going to do.
it's the x86 of the 2016-2030 and many players are going to be churning a lot of phones for that market and whoever has the strongest position and best brand recognition in that market is going to make an absolute killing in sales, like nokia has done in featurephones between 2000 and 2013, so if they had not concentrated on the wrong things, like betting the fucking company on getting one fucking hit model on at&t, nokia would have been in excellent position to own that market, they still pretty much own the sub 100$ brand name phone business even if company helm has been trying to trash it every way they can.
android would have been the perfect choice as platform, in the sense that it would have been the least fail - but the devices section had been ran by failtrain ever since series60 3rd edition, unfortunately - that's when politics entered the realm of doing software for nokia smartphones big time, suddenly it didn't matter how innovative software you could provide for the platform but which gatekeepers you knew that could let you in!(I worked for a company that took 1 year to bring sw to 3rd edition from 2nd because Nokia didn't have a real process in place for granting certificates, instead it was a game of who you knew and who they knew and that game had _nothing_ to do with their paid developer program).
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No, just sell the factories and use the money saved on paying workers and that gained from the sale to pay the tax bill.
that wouldn't be enough.if they could have created 3.4 billion by selling the factory they would have sold it to the magical factory buying monkeys long time ago and bought another. it is not a chip fab.
that's what makes it absurd and obvious fishing expedition by some indian mobsters aka politicians/judges. the value of the tax makes no sense in proportion to the value of the business. it's just another bunch of Indians fucking up their country to secure money for their family(doesn't even matter to them if they lose their jobs, that's not the point, the point is to secure some kind of payouts..).
why does nokia have these assembly plants in these random 3rd world countries? absurdly enough usually for tax reasons(but this 3.4billion is really a kick in the face for local production since it's probably 5-10x more than what the import tax savings were, while they were still paying taxes on local workers etc...).
Plenty of Indians are racist, usually against what they perceive as of different race of Indian people, the Nepalese or the Chinese though, not that often westerners - but that too.
and classist, too. even fascist
they have no intention of getting 3.4 billion.. but threatening with that is what they use to extort money for their parties cause, for their local gov, for their own pockets. you know, like the mob.
you know, EXACTLY like a 3rd world cop pulling you over and threatening you with huge fines for whatever to get you to pay something on the spot. local taxi cabs then get around that by just having some cash ready to give to the crocodiles when they see them(but unfortunately for nokia, it is illegal for nokia to keep a bribery fund nowadays for that... so they have to see the texas hold 'em to the end).
"Satoshi isn't going to come out of hiding to claim a patent, and no one else would have the standing to do so."
having invented it is irrelevant to being first to claim
" It's just a different interface for using existing bank accounts they control. It's only anonymous to the users."
I hate to break it to them but that's how electronic banking in Finland worked prior to the banks setting up the systems to see names on the account numbers automatically(and you could even use friggin telnet or dialup to make transactions).
micro transactions too... well, as micro as 1 finnish penny anyways.
so uh taking away features = worth patenting now?
uh man, even if slashdot is 1 month late it's still 1 month earlier than the printmags are.
android studio ide from google? available in june and mags had the "reviews" in august.
the mags don't even try to publish news anymore so prepare for fake readers questions about using awk and mencoder, about how to use your raspberry pi as a mediabox-wifi-router and how to setup yet another wordpress blog. YEEHAAAW!
I don't think that you quite understand the distinction of buying assets of a company vs. buying a company.
the real legal problem is that the taxes were created retroactively... but hey, if they want to create chilling effects for companies then go ahead..
Though I guess it makes certain twisted logic that they could change the merger contract after it has gone into effect if the Indian government is trying to prop up retroactive taxes to the tune of all profits from last couple of years.
dodging taxes? 3.4 billion doesn't seem like that really. it sounds more like changing the tax to be 10x of what they were told it would be when they started doing business locally.
the thing is, they had no way on earth knowing the taxes beforehand. nobody has. so how are you supposed to price the hardware beforehand? even if you ask one state government then another sub-state government is going to claim otherwise since they want the money too.
it's just another example why big industry is staying officially out of india... and it's hurting india. another option for a company is to bribe everyone continously.
heck, ikea had to fight over the right to sell meatballs... good news for China, Korea, Taiwan & all though since why bother with spooling up factories in India when they can't make up their minds about the rules? unstability of rules is number one reason why developing countries have hard time attracting serious investment... so the jobs they then get are something that doesn't need long term investment(like hand assembly.).
dying government tyranny? did it die when full auto weapons were legal to buy in USA? no?
you really think it's just a matter of weapons? fuck no it isn't. not at all. most people just don't want to revolt, stopping government tyranny is first and foremost a political problem of mobilizing people to your cause, arming them is easy.
you think they're going to ban bicycle shops and hotrod shops full of 5 axis cnc's and cnc lathes? ban vocational colleges? ban drills and metal stock? but why the fuck would you bother even with those when you could go visit your neighborhood gang to buy the guns. does having guns help them from government interference? not really, no..
printrbot simple is 300 bucks too.
but really, it doesn't print metal. metal depositing printer by some means that works is a big deal even if you can get a crappy cnc that does metal somewhat for 1000-3000 bucks.
how the fuck does it "seem" so?
some things don't work like that at all. you can't make a baby in 1 month by having 9 women...
wait, you're telling us to drive in the winter with the traction control off or to hardwire a quick off button to the wheel for it or what the fuck? just ease up on the pedal...
having done my fair bit of snow driving.. I've never ever heard anyone say that before, be it of mercs, bmw's, volvos, opels or whatevers.