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Comment: Re:with what? (Score 2) 176

by zioncat (#48626745) Attached to: US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

So the US has committed acts of war against Germany by tapping their head of state's phone, etc. Or is it only an act of war when it's against US interests?

That story was a hoax.

No proof so far that NSA bugged Merkel's phone: prosecutor

Germany's top public prosecutor said an investigation into suspected tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone by U.S. spies had so far failed to find any concrete evidence.

On Wednesday he said however, "the document presented in public as proof of an actual tapping of the mobile phone is not an authentic surveillance order by the NSA. It does not come from the NSA database.

"There is no proof at the moment which could lead to charges that Chancellor Merkel's phone connection data was collected or her calls tapped."

Comment: Re:What a strange discussion (Score 1) 869

Unfortunately, that's not true. Global warming denial is common in many places of the world, especially in the formerly communist countries, middle eastern countries, south asian countries, and anglo countries. The USA has similar levels of global warming denial as Russia, India, the UK, Australia, the Czech Republic, and many other places.

Interestingly Japan had the second highest percentage of believers in that study from 2007, but now they have the highest number of skeptics (PDF). I wonder what happened. After that media quickly found out anti-nuclear scaremongering was more effective clickbait than anti-carbon scaremongering.

Comment: Re:BULLSHIT! (Score 2) 104

by zioncat (#46481527) Attached to: How Steve Jobs Got the iPhone Into Japan

Android phones far outsell iPhones in Japan. See these charts as just one example is a price comparison site and its popularity ranking is based on page views and not sales. It is a testimony to iPhone's popularity in Japan that a product without a need for price comparison still rank that high on price comparison site's list. As for sales number, let's go to the people who actually studies and publish those kind of number:

In Japan, consumers' desire for all things Apple continued into the final quarter of 2013, with iOS taking 68.7% share of smartphone sales.

Comment: Re:A natural reaction to Faux News i think (Score 1) 181

by zioncat (#45835993) Attached to: The Rise of Hoax News

It's not an accident that the average Fox News fan is less informed than people that don't watch any news at all, it is on purpose.

According to that linked "study", Fox News viewers are stupid because "91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs" and "72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit" and so forth. Such a high percentage of Fox News viewers believe in these obvious falsehood is a proof that Fox News makes you stupid! or so that article claims.

91 percent believe the stimulus legislation lost jobs.
Study: stimulus created 450,000 government sector jobs and destroyed 1,000,000 private sector jobs.

72 percent believe the health reform law will increase the deficit.
GAO report: In rosy scenario, where everything goes perfect, it could decrease deficit by $13.25 trillion!!! or it could increase the deficit by $6.2 trillion.

Apparently not buying into White House's propaganda and disagreeing with liberal's worldview make Fox News viewers stupid. At least they weren't accused of being racist.

Comment: Invisible D's (Score 1) 601

by zioncat (#36394998) Attached to: Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps
As far as I can tell, only thing Apple did was to change the guideline to disallow "Apps which contain DUI checkpoints that are not published by law enforcement agencies" but no actual app has been banned. Considering all checkpoints has to be published publicly, this seem more like a rebuke of senators idiotic demand. So why are slashdot crowds directing their anger toward Apple and not to those stupid senators?

U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are named as senders in the letter

Oh, of course.

Comment: Re:Apple has won (Score 1) 224

by zioncat (#35637112) Attached to: Samsung Galaxy Ad Misleads With Fake Interviews

Given the data, it doesn't appear that Apple is even close to the "most wanted" brand of smartphone, let alone phones in general.

Apples status = Told.

Instead of inferring customer's desire from current market share numbers, wouldn't it be more accurate to survey them directly about which smartphone they would want to buy? And somebody helpfully did:

Apple Inc.'s iPhone is the most desired device among users shopping for smartphones, beating the BlackBerry and Google Inc.'s Android as consumers prepare for the holiday season, according to Nielsen Co.

In a survey of U.S. shoppers looking for a smartphone, 30 percent said they wanted to buy an iPhone, according to a Nielsen survey from August through October. Phones running Google's Android software placed second with 28 percent.

Apples status = Real.

Comment: Re:USA #1 (Score 1) 513

by zioncat (#35540162) Attached to: AT&T Cracking Down On Unofficial iPhone Tethering

Do Americans know that no one else in the world does this? Not in Europe, not in Asia. They sell you the service and you use it how you want.

I'm surprised sophisticated cosmopolitan such as yourself are not aware of Japan not even allowing tethering on iPhone (or iPad) and throttling uplink at 64kbps while promoting 1.4Mbps uplink.

Comment: Re:That's stupid (Score 1) 356

by zioncat (#35378296) Attached to: If App Store's Trademark Is Generic, So Is Windows'

Even then, "Windows" is more of a creative name than "Window System." If they had called it "Window System" and tried to trademark that, they'd have a smaller chance of getting it.

Even then, "App Store" is more of a creative name than "Application Store." If they had called it "Application Store" and tried to trademark that, they'd have a smaller chance of getting it.

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