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Comment: Re:Misinformed (Score 1) 85

It won't matter. Initial negative experience will color all future opinions. Apple really screwed the pooch on this one.

Yeah, badly. I mean, they only presold 1,000,000 of them with an average price of around $400. That's $400,000,000 in one single day.

This is version 1.0, which in the open source world would really be version 0.8 or so. It's a beta. Totally new product for Apple, and the people who are lining up to buy them know this.

Give it a few versions and it'll likely be faster and have longer battery life, as well as some very reasonable native apps.

Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 1) 207

by snowgirl (#49489321) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

That's cheating.

And inside, a modern x86 processor is actually a giant hardware emulation of x86 instructions with a RISC/VLIW core... You call it cheating, and I call it optimizing.

They second you try a cool trick like migrating a thread to another machine...

But this would happen with a macrokernel as well... you can't just magically make networking overhead disappear...

Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 698

by Trailer Trash (#49480067) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Most of what you say is true, but irrelevant. There are other ways that compensation happens, particularly in a church setting. If you look at the truly rich preachers they tend to have everything owned by the company - house, cars, etc. There are really few rules for limitations on that sort of stuff. Even the executive compensation isn't capped as you think. The IRS rules (which they rely on a court to enforce) looks at comparable compensation in the same general area of business and may try to get a court to declare some "salary" as "dividends" which are then taxed at the corporate level as well as the individual level.

Little of that would matter to huge "churches" any more than it matters to huge corporations. They'll find ways to get rid of any "profits" before the tax man comes.

Comment: Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 1) 698

by Trailer Trash (#49478711) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

This. I tend to cringe at these megachurches that collect (metric) tons of money from poor people with the (false) promise of "health, wealth, and prosperity" - only to turn-around and spend hundreds of thousands, or even millions, to buy a fancy plane, property for a bigger parking-lot (I've personally seen that same church humiliate a poor, homeless person - by putting a suit jacket on them for service, then refuse to provide any kind of real material help.

The bible's position on it is pretty simple, "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's..." - "USA" is printed on the dollar, churches ought to pay taxes. Even money that falls out of the sky counts as income.

This seems to be a recurring theme with people who have no understanding of taxes and corporations. Removing the tax exempt status from most churches wouldn't change anything - at least not at the federal level.

Churches aren't people. If you buy a car, you buy it with money that's already taxed. Same with your house, clothing, food, etc. You get to deduct charitable donations.

But corporations only pay taxes on profits, which are [generally speaking] what's left over after the expenses are paid. That means the plane, big building, parking lot, etc. gets paid for before taxes. Same with salaries. They would likely have no problem getting by with little or no taxes. Actually, it would probably end up like the corporate world where the biggest players pay little or nothing and the small guy gets screwed because he can't afford as good of an accountant.

I see this from the left quite often. I get stuff in my email every couple of weeks about how we need to revoke the NFL's tax exempt status. The NFL lost a couple hundred million last year - think they care about taxes? If they weren't tax exempt they'd be getting a substantial refund (and I'd likely be getting emails about *that*).

Comment: Re:Google updates (Score 1) 179

by snowgirl (#49467019) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices

They can force manufacturers to use unlocked bootloaders if they want the official Google version.

But hardly anyone is running the stock Android anyways. They've all expended on the code, and made it different. Almost no one actually uses the "official Google version" at all...

There's no reason whatsoever why Google can't make the same thing a requirement

But they can't because it's open source software. No one could make all of the Linux Distros use the same official kernel... it's not possible, because it's open source, and you can make it yourself.

and would prefer shipping a version of Android with no Google services

But this is already the case. Amazon and Barnes and Noble do not sell Android devices with Google services on them.

I don't get why people have such a difficult time understanding that Google can't wrangle these cats, because it doesn't have an Iron Fist on the source code...

Comment: Re:Should be micro kernel (Score 0) 207

by snowgirl (#49466977) Attached to: Linux Getting Extensive x86 Assembly Code Refresh

I've never seen a true microkernel that has the performance of a monolithic kernel.

I've never seen a RISC processor that can match the performance of the best CISC processors. You know, nevermind the fact that tons of money has been poured into CISC processors making them faster and faster.

Sometimes, it's just a matter of where the attention has been placed.

Comment: Re:Even worse. (Score 1) 289

Snowden released all of his information to journalists before he left the country.

The President finds that the unrestricted immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens determined to meet one or more of the criteria in section 1(a) of this order

Snowden is both a resident and a citizen of the US. Yes, we revoked his passport, but we cannot revoke his citizenship without his consent. As a citizen, he cannot be blocked entry into the country. He can be detained indefinitely the second he enters the country, but we can't stop him from returning.

hy block people that contribute or materially represent "certain persons"? Is this to prevent Snowden...

For the last time, THIS EO DOESN'T APPLY TO SNOWDEN. *mumbles mumbles mumbles*

Comment: Re:Clickbait-ish Headline (Score 1) 121

by snowgirl (#49451061) Attached to: Has Google Indexed Your Backup Drive?

If a NAS is doing uPNP on purpose or is acting as a router, then the NAS manufacturer has an obligation to provide appropriate guidance to their users.

INDEED! If they screw that up, it's bad, and they should be the ones holding the responsibility if it accidentally exposes data that they don't want exposed through uPnP... no one else is able to properly infer the right thing to do.

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