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Comment: Re:The moan of sour grapes (Score 1) 450

by gutnor (#49231923) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

Let me guess - you have no experience in maintaining old watches do you ? If you leave it in a box untouched for 100 years, maybe it will work alright - otherwise at the very very minimum you will need to have it oiled. If you can't do it yourself, be prepared for an expensive trip to the 1 guy that still does it in 100 years.

Stuff break in watch, big brand like Patek, IWC, ... will always put your watch back in working order, as they are mechanical product. They have even been known to do it on the cheap from time to time.

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 235

by gutnor (#49160921) Attached to: Samsung Officially Unpacks Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge At MWC

Most people get their mobile replaced as part of their contract every 2 years. I don't know many person for which it is not the case: they tends to either do not care at all and have a non-smart phone, or they come from a country where getting a mobile with your contract is not legal (which btw does not mean they don't replace their phone every 2 years regardless).

Samsung is going to sell thousands of its smartphone to contracts for each one they sell to somebody like you and me ( I'm using my second smartphone ever and I have had one since 2007 ) The market has spoken and since you don't spend, you don't get to vote.

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 1) 720

by gutnor (#48222043) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Well you actually give a good reason why increasing minimum wage is good.

See, minimum wage zealot ( in the US, elsewhere that's different ) only ask for the minimum wage to be raised to the level where those worker do not cost more money in social security. The outcome you highlight are correct and good.

The first one, some people are replaced by robot. In effect, too low minimum wage padded by social security was just subvention of inefficient business model. Now social security cost is still the same ( more jobless, less padding ) but the industry has become more efficient.

Second effect, increase in cost, is good too. Because McDonald didn't pay its employee enough, the taxes of all non-McDonald customer served to give a discount on the meal price of McDonald customers. Worse was that McDonald was making profit i.e. part of the non-McDonald customer taxes going straight in their pockets ?

You cannot look at minimum salary in isolation. If you have a social security system that is going to help people in trouble, that is stupid to have a minimum wage that still need to be padded with extra help. So either you increase it to social security level, or you reduce social security level to the same level as full-time minimum wage. ( ideally you would reduce it to less than that, because otherwise you give negative incentive to work - i.e. why would I work at McDo when I can get the same not doing anything )

Now, obviously this is a simplified view of the world. In practice, determining the level of minimum wage where somebody is self sufficient is tricky and that's where the real debate is. The consequence you listed are only negative when you get over that level.

Comment: Re: I don't follow (Score 1) 370

by gutnor (#48184673) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

At the time MS changed all the fonts in Windows, people complained about the loss of readability if you were not using a LCD and enabled sub-pixel rendering ( consolas ) . Specifically developers either still using CRT or remote connecting to a computer with a tool not handling that.

People moan a little but it did not make any type of mainstream noise, because at the end of the day, unless you need to read the screen all day long and are stuck in such circumstances you have bigger problem. Same thing here, if you are a heavy mac user looking at system menu all day long, you most likely are using a high dpi screen already or looking for an excuse to buy one. Otherwise, if you are like the majority of mac user and use your computer to browse the web, watch tv, ..., this will have 0 effect on you.

The only reason it makes some noise is that with Apple people, everybody and his dog feel they have been elected UI experts and sole representative of all computer user past/present/future.

Yeah, this will become a non-issue with high DPI displays but it is exemplary of Apples user hostility that they make adverse decisions for them and then claim it's for their own good.

It's shit like that. When firefox/chrome change slightly the way they render font online, it is going to affect order of magnitude more effect on users. And that happens - if you have ever used a Mac - rendering in browser have been weird from time to time. But who cares about that ? Nobody, because expect for some web designers, the effect is not bad enough that it makes Joe User think anything else rather than "hmm, weird, looked different somehow".

Comment: Re:Imagine the punishment it it killed millions (Score 2) 209

by gutnor (#48059099) Attached to: GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

Wait - that's still an issue, vaccine are not 100% efficient, so some people take the shot and are not vaccinated. Some people are too weak despite being vaccinated, very young babies are not yet vaccinated, some people think they are vaccinated but they were not ( after all you were like 2 to 6 months old when that happened, all the proof you have is a note in a book - mistake happen ).

Comment: Re:It's the law. (Score 1) 341

by gutnor (#47676053) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

BTW the law is maybe old in the Germany, but similar law has been created in the UK only 10 years ago. In order to run a mini-cab service, you need to make sure to follow a few regulation like all your car must pass a car inspection and your driver must be insured, with valid license, ...

The UK is a lot closer to the US and yet, they created that law a decade ago.

Comment: Re:Macroeconomic investment theses are always wron (Score 2) 502

by gutnor (#47610597) Attached to: Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company
More importantly - timing matters. Even if they are 100% correct, power companies will continue to make money for a decade. As for the "market disruptor", if you are just a few year wrong, you would have put your money in MySpace rather than Facebook. If you sold your investment in real estate in 2006 you hit gold, if you did it in 2004 or 2008, you lost.

Comment: Re:Well at least they saved the children! (Score 1) 790

The reasoning being this is that video viewer are increasing demand in child porn, hence indirectly causing the raise in child abuse. Same reasoning why drug consumption and prostitution clients are charged. This rule applied outside of common sense means that following a link you don't know lead to CP and actively seeking CP is theoretically punishable to the same extend.

Kid being shot in a remote country is not driving the same demand.

Comment: Re: No real surprise (Score 1) 710

by gutnor (#47457501) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

That's just not the way it works unfortunately. People take fashion advice from looking at some star on tv, not from market analysis. The behavior of people at the top definitively matter. So flying your jet around and buying "eco-credit" while preaching abstinence for the common folk will always translate in people mind that this is all bullshit.

The last time there was a crisis, with the ozone layer, a few years later you could not find a can of anything containing that attacked it. For regular Joe, that means 2 things: 1. people in power are not really convinced that there is something wrong, 2. the day they decide there is something wrong the peasant will all need to go f* themselves because it will be legally impossible not to be fully-200% green, and that means live the lifestyle you want while it lasts.

That said, I agree with your 3rd point. I'm not hoping much from the carbon credit though - it has been at least a decade of green consciousness (here in Europe), and green still mean premium for almost everything and for the rest a 5+ investment (if government financial help are not canned like they did this year for solar panels in my country)

Comment: Re:user error (Score 1) 710

by gutnor (#47457265) Attached to: People Who Claim To Worry About Climate Change Don't Cut Energy Use

If you live in a dense city, cycling is a serious decision. My most safety conscious colleague are in a near miss situation once a year. For the most reckless ones, that's once a week at least. 2 cyclists have been killed / seriously injured this year alone in front close to my office (bus - cyclist joust both time, cyclists lost). Over the last 3 years, all of my cycling colleagues have had a least one physical injury (generally falling: pot holes, white lines, manhole covers are a bitch)

Of course, if you live in a dense city, you may as well take the public transports instead ( and if that city is outside the US, you pretty much have too if you want to get to work at all )

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.