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Comment: Re:lol capitalism. (Score 1) 74

by zephvark (#48032377) Attached to: eBay To Spin Off PayPal

Second, being opposed to hostile takeover is a bad thing. I will put it simply, if you owned some stock of eBay, why would you want to discourage somebody offering you a price that is higher than it is trading for today?

It is possible you are not familiar with turn-and-burn operations. A company I worked for once was acquired in a hostile takeover. Everyone was fired, most of the products were scrapped, the buildings and equipment went... all that was left was a quick profit for the takeover company and a few bits of software that could never be updated to remarket.

You are horribly ignorant or deluded if you are arguing that hostile takeovers are a good thing.

Comment: Re:I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 1) 596

by zephvark (#48005697) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

And if your local water supply really is limited, and is being exhausted through over-use?

Then the prices would be higher, instead of being effectively fixed-rate. Also, the supplies would be reduced to the primary consumers of water, such as agriculture and golf courses, not the public households that are barely using raindrops by comparison.

Worrying about how much a toilet flushes is utterly ludicrous. That's not at all significant. It's not where the water is going. It's irrelevant.

Do you need more synonyms to process this?

Comment: Re:in the meantime : (Score 1) 204

by zephvark (#47837151) Attached to: Dell Demos 5K Display

Yeh, 1920x1200 is chump change. I spent over $2,000 for my 1920x1600 monitor a decade or so back but, it eventually blew a capacitor, and at current display prices I was willing to accept a drop in resolution. It's nice to see that display quality is moving forward again, rather than backwards, although 24" is enough of a desk-eating behemoth that I'm doubtful about increasing the size.

Comment: Misleading wording. This is not autoplay. (Score 0) 131

by zephvark (#47823371) Attached to: Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

What the article is referring to as "autoplay" is actually preloading. The video is not playing on its own, it's just being cached in case you want to click on it. This could certainly be a problem for people on limited data plans. It is not nearly the same kind of awfulness as genuine autoplay, where the video starts up without asking permission.

Comment: The argument for libraries: who wants them? (Score 1) 116

by zephvark (#47815331) Attached to: E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

>how about the U.K. where miserly pols are closing libraries even though the Guardian says "a third of UK children do not own a single book and three-quarters claim never to read outside school"?

So, the argument here is that at least 75% of the children never use libraries, so libraries should be kept open? Interesting but, I'm afraid you've lost me there.

I don't really see reading books on a phone. The text is too small. On a tablet, sure, that works, and I've been very happy to dump all my shelves and shelves of books for a simple single slab of electronics.

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