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Comment: Dubious. (Score 1) 327

Despite moves by government to get Google, Amazon and Apple to admit they make sales in the UK and US, and therefore should pay tax on these earnings [...]

Tim Cook seems to claim the opposite:

I can tell you unequivocally Apple does not funnel its domestic profits overseas. We don't do that. We pay taxes on all the products we sell in the U.S., and we pay every dollar that we owe.

So is he a bare-faced liar, or is the article summary bollocks? Sources please.

Comment: Re:Few things (Score 4, Interesting) 260

by mike260 (#41894567) Attached to: iPad Mini Costs $24 More To Make Than Kindle Fire HD

The point is, apple's profit isn't actual quality - it's just a surcharge for people dumb enough to buy

At this point there are quite a few counterexamples out there - Apple users who are clearly not dumb, nor suckers, nor computer-illiterate.

Seriously dude, it's time to let it go.

Comment: Re:So how do they know if they actually wrote it (Score 2) 148

by mike260 (#38968597) Attached to: New Technique Promises Much Faster Hard Drive Write Speeds

Was the magnetic write head ever the main bottleneck?

Maybe not the 'main' bottleneck, but it depends on the application, no? Seems to me there are at least a few firehose situations where you can never have enough write bandwidth (say, uncompressed video-capture).

Maybe normal workloads on normal filesystems wouldn't see much improvement, but I bet you could find ways to capitalise on the extra bandwidth and space. Log-structured filesystems spring to mind for one.

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