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Submission + - Microsoft Buys Nokia's Phone Business (cnet.com) 1

Frosty Piss writes: Microsoft is buying practically all of Nokia’s handset business as part of a $7.2 billion deal, the two companies announced today. Microsoft is paying for Nokia’s Devices and Services Business. In addition, it is paying to license Nokia’s patents and to license and use Nokia’s mapping services. Microsoft using its overseas cash reserves to fund the transaction, which is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014, subject to approval by Nokia’s shareholders and regulatory approval, according to a news release.

Comment Re:So basically... (Score 2) 459

As long as we're talking about courtesy... don't call them "old". While it is common knowledge that the definition of old is 10 years older than you are, referring to another person as 'old' is universally bad form. You can be old school. You can be older. But you can't be old.

Okay, that out of the way... if Gen Y really wants some respect, they can start by showing some. You are not better than the rest of us because you can ipad your interwebs. We made those things for you, so don't act like growing up with them has somehow made you smarter than everyone else. If anything, the general consensus is that it's making you dumber, but that's neither here nor there.

Every person wants to be recognized for their contributions. A few compliments, a please and thank you, and recognizing that others earned their bona fides, goes a long way towards getting yours. It's called emotional maturity -- get some, and a lot of doors will open up. Or sit there and rage in your impotence about how much better you are than the rest of us, and fail miserably. You're adults now. It's really your choice.

Comment Instafail (Score 4, Insightful) 71

Clearly, the engineer who cooked this up has never had kids. Look, they're like prisoners -- they're bored, and have nothing better to do than spend hours trying to do what they're told they can't do, because doing what you can't do is really, really fun.

You could give it nine biometric sensors, make it out of solid neutronium, and mandate 40 character randomly generated passwords and an attachment to attach to your dick and take a urine sample... and kids will still giggle, smile, and then proceed to hack it, then destroy it, then flush the pieces down the toilet, then claim they don't know what happened.

Because that's how children roll.

There is no technology that can be a substitute for good parenting -- namely, you say "don't touch this" and if they touch it... you ground their bitch ass. Problem solved. And coincidentally... parental involvement is the only thing that DOES solve the problem.

Comment Re:Don't categorize (Score 2) 459

First, don't call them "old people". Second, don't call "them" anything as a group.

Nah, we geezers aren't politically correct, most of us think that PC crap is bullshit. I'm old, you don't have to dance around the fact. Now, if you're talking about someone in their 40s, they're not old. You're mischaracterizing them. You're old when you get a discounted bus pass.

It pisses me off when they want ID for beer. I say "do I get a senior discount?" They say "no" and I inform them I'll show ID if a cop pulls me over or for a discount; there's no way I look younger than 21 and I refuse to give stupidly offensive people my money.

Third, use correct written English. No made up words, strange spelling, or text speak.

Indeed, they make one look incompetently uneducated.

Comment Re:How about some respect for ancient knowlege (Score 4, Interesting) 459

How about having some respect for the knowledge which may be gathered by your elderly counterparts?

Youth have always been indestructible and all-knowing, in their own minds at least. All generations when young. I was in the Air Force before I started college in 1976, so I was ten years older than most of the students by my Junior year.

One class, I don't remember the subject of the class but I do remember an insolent eighteen year old punk saying the instructor, who held a Master's degree and was about 40, was ignorant.

"Kid," the instructor said, "I've forgotten more than you've ever learned."

Comment Re:Still want it? (Score 3, Interesting) 193

The majority of Americans and probably even American scientists believe in a supernatural all powerful entity for which there is no evidence at all.

2.3 of the world's population and over half of all scientists.

Evidence is what convinces me.

There is no evidence I was in possession of marijuana -- It's gone. There is no evidence Jimmy Hoffa is dead, but I'm pretty sure he is. There is no evidence for extraterrestrial life, but I think there probably is.

Absence of proof is not proof of absence.

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