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Comment Re:Proof that Obama is corrupt (Score 4, Informative) 298

Samsung abused FRAND patents towards Apple. The Whitehouse said "No Way".

The White House explicitly stated that they were not making a statement regarding the validity of Samsung's case, but argued that SE patents should not be used as a basis for Cease and Desist orders. The ITC has found that Samsung was in the right about that patent. Neither the White House, nor the ITC, nor any court of law has determined that Samsung was abusing their FRAND patent.

Comment Re:Laptops are the wrong form factor for touch (Score 1) 398

They are ergonomically bad, after 10 minutes I get pain in my wrists and elbows. The only place I have found desktop sized touch screens to be useful is when stood up, for example at a point of sale.

Maybe that's the better way to sue desktops anyway: standing up rather than sitting down. Sitting down for hours is an ergonomic disaster in the first place, maybe we could kill two birds with one stone there.

Submission + - Huge security hole in recent Samsung devices (

An anonymous reader writes: A huge security hole has been discovered in recent Samsung devices including phones like the Galaxy S2 and S3. It is possible for every user to obtain root due to a custom faulty memory device created by Samsung.

Comment Re:And they thought dealing with Microsoft was har (Score 1) 266

It's not fraud, but it may well be misleading advertising. It confuses customers about their rights, and creates wrong impressions about the rights they have if they were to buy competing products. In many European jurisdictions misleading advertising is also against the law.

That's only regarding advertising, btw - Apple is still entitled to offer extended warranties with more comprehensive coverage than what the law requires, provided they state clearly what the customer gets.

Comment Re:Question for economics wonks (Score 2) 467

Well, in general I can only advise to walk away from any deal which sounds fishy - there is no amount of money which can compensate for that. That's because a con-man will *know* what the con is about, so anything he'll offer as guarantee will always be worth less than what he expects to gain. Trying to outwit a con man is a fool's game.

Otherwise it wouldn't be irrational to accept bitcoins per se, but it's difficult to see how that would ever make sense - it's not impossible, merely not compelling. You could also offer to pay in silkworm futures - if you just happen to have a large amount of those - you will similarly have problems finding someone to accept the deal, and for similarly reasons: your potential business partners will not have any idea how much silkworm futures are worth, how to convert them into money, how to transfer and handle them. Just looking into that is effort, and most people will be unwilling to invest that effort.

That's why money is such a great trading tool, and has almost completely replaced bartering with goods.

Comment Re:Missing the point: financial stability. (Score 1) 467

You could achieve the very same thing without using bitcoins. Disregarding the risk of using bitcoin exchanges, and disregarding the quality of this particular market - if I get paid in USD, I can buy gold or gold futures for that. The extra step of converting into bitcoins first gains me exactly nothing.

In the same way I could convert my USD into EUR and trade on the Athens Derivatives Exchange. But why?

Comment Re:Question for economics wonks (Score 1) 467

I don't really see anything compelling about your example. If you want me to do some work for you and we agree on the price, I would prefer not to receive payments in bitcoin - it's a hassle for me. Certainly I would want to be compensated for that hassle - if I bother at all - so using bitcoin for that transaction would be a disadvantage to you.

Assuming you would offer me more significantly more than the amount asked, simply by going the redundant bitcoin step, I'd step away from the deal since I'd take that as an indication that something fishy is going on.

Comment Re:Bye Apple (Score 2) 451

They bought the data from different sources, but apparently messed up merging it. E.g. in Japan a slightly different GPS standard is used - which can shift your location by 250m or so if you get it wrong. They apparently also used data from openstreetmaps, which doesn't seem to be quite as good as they hoped for. Still considering all the data they bought, it's surprising the result is so bad.

Comment Re:The problem can be avoided by using another dia (Score 1) 151

Dialing *2767*3855# seems slightly more complicated than going through the menus and selecting factory reset, though. So in that sense I think it's not a problem. Apart from that, I recommend NoTelURL - then you can set that as default when the "choose dialer" dialog comes up, and it won't do anything with USSD codes in websites. (It's free, too.)

Comment Re:Permission not needed (Score 1) 154

Lame. "in their work, that is their attribution" - that's most definitely not what we were talking about in this thread, and you could have made your point in the first post without this whole dance. What we were talking about is whether you have to keep that note intact in derivative copies. Do you think you have contributed to clarify that point through your posts? Seriously: this style of discussion sucks.

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