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Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 4, Informative) 318

by lucm (#47948695) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

No it's not. That's quite the opposite: most cable companies would like to see the CRTC go away because it forces those who have specialized channels (basically every single profitable cable company) to contribute to a big pool of money that public services can tap into to subsidize their ad-free programming (which directly competes with private cable companies) and to pay for content that nobody cares about and that will never make money (a la CSPAN or PBS).

The truth is that the CRTC is mostly a symbolic agency with very little power. They report to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, which has maybe 3 employees and 2 interns. They don't control the frequencies or anything like that.

Comment: Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (Score 1) 249

by lucm (#47895219) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Are you implying that Sidekick was not a graphical interface? What about dosshell?

Those were great graphical interfaces, responsive and fluid. I remember switching to a larger monitor and being amazed to see that dosshell was still filling the whole screen. Nowadays you don't get that with those big fancy Apple monitors, people have to use non-maximized windows.

Comment: Re:... and back again. (Score 0) 249

by lucm (#47894727) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

Did you try right-clicking on the Windows logo (former Start menu button) in Windows 8.1? A lot of things in that context menu were tedious to access in previous versions of Windows (such as the event viewer).

With that menu and the pinned icons on the start bar, I only occasionally need to search for another application, and it is a lot faster to use the search bar and type 2-3 letters than it was to deal with multi-level navigation in the old start menu.

Comment: Re:Boom in the EU = Boom in Redmond (Score 2) 249

by lucm (#47894701) Attached to: City of Turin To Switch From Windows To Linux and Save 6M Euros

given the major fuck ups with Windows Vista and 8 (7 was tolerably decent, though still a massive decay from Windows XP, which itself is like a decay from Windows 2000)

The past is always better. I don't know what went wrong at Microsoft to start doing those silly things like "Windows Services" instead of sticking with a proven technology like TSR. Was there even a need for Windows? I'm pretty sure that if there had been no Windows there would be a Sidekick extension available to display twitters and facebooks.

Let's all stop this progress madness NOW and focus instead on the sound principles of the Ordnung.

Comment: Re:Watts at idle? (Score 1) 60

by lucm (#47837805) Attached to: Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

Most recent operating systems will take care of saving power when the machine is idle, it won't make a noticeable difference what cpu you pick. Look instead at storage: SSD use between 1/3 or 1/4 of the power used by spinners.

Also if you look at energy efficiency buy one of those smart powerbars that will turn off power in groups (e.g. switching off the speakers when the tv is powered off). Something like a LCG5. This will have a much higher impact on your power bill than cherry-picking computer components.

Comment: Re:MOAR GPU (Score 1) 60

by lucm (#47837707) Attached to: Intel Discloses Core M Broadwell Speeds, Feeds and Performance Expectations

You don't get comfortable quick... Over the last 10 years the only time I've decided to upgrade a mobo videocard was during a drunken weekend when for some reason I felt ashamed of having an item with a 4.5 score on the Windows Experience Index utility - I went out and bought a pair of high-end Radeon (with the SLI thing). About $600 to get a 9.1 score.

Fans were noisy and I was annoyed each time I had to move the computer because I could never tell in which card I should plug the main monitor. But Youtube videos sure looked good.

Comment: Re:Wait, what? (Score 5, Funny) 81

by lucm (#47832025) Attached to: Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

The scene happens in the office of Twitpic.

The CEO comes back from a bathroom break and sees the light flashing on his phone. He checks his voicemail. There is a message from someone at Twitter asking him to call back.

The CEO instantly slams down a big red button that has been sitting on his desk since Day 1. Immediately, his closest collaborator, the COO, receives a cryptic Tweet: "it's happening!". So the COO runs to the cupboard, moves around a few boxes of microwave popcorn and poptarts, then finds a bottle of champagne that has been gathering dust for the last 5 years. He puts the bottle in the fridge, then runs around the office to ask everyone to immediately proceed to the conference room.

The whole team is sitting around the speakerphone. Most are running numbers in their head. 1 billion? 200 millions? 10 millions? Just like they do every night before falling asleep, they think about the house they will buy for their mom and how good they will feel about it. They think about the pool parties in Vegas. The orgies with rockstars and supermodels. Fast cars. Loose women.

Then the lawyer picks up. The team hold their breath. At first there is some confusion because the lawyer does not remember why he left a message, he has to go check his dayplanner. Everybody in the team is amazed about this. Some think that since buying a company is something so common that the lawyer can't keep track of potential acquisitions then it's a done deal and maybe they will get the money quickly. Maybe before Christmas. Maybe before the rent is due on October 1st.

Then the lawyer comes back on the line, and within 2 minutes the hopes and dreams of the team are crushed. They did not win the startup lottery. They failed.

Then one by one the team members leave the room, and the office. The CEO and the COO are alone in the room. But they refuse to give up. They open their laptop and go to They try,, and many other names. And when they finally get one, they decide it's time to "pivot". Fire everyone, create a new logo, spend a week to revamp the GUI. And then try to win the startup lottery again.

Comment: Re: As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 187

by lucm (#47808965) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

Apple right now has $67 billion in cash and cash equivalents. Dell had to borrow the money for the buy out.

Apple market cap is about $618 billions. So they would need to find 551 billions to go private.

Dell buyout was about $25 billions. Last time I checked the setup was:
-Loan from banks: 50%
-Dell's company cash: 30%
-Loan from Microsoft: 10%
-Private equity (Silver Lake): 7%
-Michael Dell's own money: 3%

To achieve the same kind of setup, here is what it would mean for Apple:
-Loan from banks: 309 billions
-Apple's cash: 185 billions (3x what they have according to you)
-Loan from Microsoft (or other partner, provided Apple has any): 61 billions
-Private equity (Silver Lake) 43 billions
-Tim Cook's own money: 18 billions

Apple has a buyback program but it's not making a dent.

Not making a dent in what? Apples stock is at an all time high.

The purpose of a buyback program is to BUY BACK stock to progressively regain a higher % of ownership of the company. The higher the stock price, the lower the effect of the buyback. Apple spent about 44 billions to buy back some of its stock over the last year. But it did not make a huge difference.

Comment: Re: Where are these photos? (Score 3, Informative) 336

by lucm (#47804149) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

I'm not sure what agenda you are talking about. Is that some kind of lame accusation of being involved in PR for one of the companies I mentioned? Because that's the typical response from fanbois and other zealots whenever someone is not bending over and praising their false idols.

Your emperor has no clothes, it's a greedy corporation with a lousy track record for security and no concern for their customers. Saying that is not a blasphemy or a PR operation, it's just the naked truth.

Comment: Re: As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 187

by lucm (#47804095) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

It's like you think that going private is a bad thing or is a sign of financial struggle. But it's quite the opposite; a company that goes public is basically borrowing money from a shitload of small investors, and giving away the control of the company to a group of board members elected by the investors. And from that point there is an ongoing conflict between the people in the company who want to work on long term projects and the investors who want to see the stock price go up and to receive higher dividends quarter after quarter.

Going private for a public company is difficult because the company needs the money to buy back all their stock in one big swoop, and they have to do that more or less at the current market price, which may be insanely higher than the amount of money the company got at their IPO. So the company needs to have tons of cash, a somehow realistic market cap (i.e how much money is needed to buy back the stock) and private investors who believe in the future of the company enough to pour billions in the operation.

So Apple has never been in a position to go private, even if they had wanted to. When the stock price was low the company had no cash and no investors would take the risk, and when the stock price started to skyrocket even with the good annual profit it was still too expensive. Apple has a buyback program but it's not making a dent. The stock price is way too high for the actual value of the company, and that does not mean the company is not making good products, it just means that investors have unrealistic growth expectations.

The Apple bubble will burst sooner or later. It won't be a bad thing because then maybe the company will be in a position to start innovating again, with less pressure from investors to deliver huge sales every quarter. Then maybe they will have the opportunity to do like Dell, but I doubt it because Apple never had the kind of cash Dell has.

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