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Comment Thanks for helping but I prefer the original (Score 1) 157

Its more like 100 Billion in debt.

Yes I know that (with long term factored in) but I was trying to present the worst possible number or my argument....

If you factor in your debt estimate to my original numbers, then the percentage the EU is asking for is more like 14%, not 7.5%, making the EU's request even more absurd and unreasonable...

I think you for the support but really like I said, I prefer to show that even the worst case is still too high a percentage, rather than showing a more accurate number that is more open to debate.

Comment Re:Hi buddy I'm jail over seas and I need you to (Score 1) 31

Hi buddy I'm jail over seas and I need you to Facebook the guard some cash as a bribe so I can get out.

I think that's what we'll start seeing on posts.

You can tag a post and then put on a simple "Pay me now" button so people can read your plea for money and simply get it by clicking a link.

It's one of those things you really wonder why it hasn't happened before. It's one of those its so obvious now it's done things.

Soon you'll have dozens of posts in your news feed "My car broke down and it'll cost $2000 to fix it! [Send Money]" and other woe-is-me stories...

Comment Re:And, I might start buying more from them again. (Score 1) 176

Do you drive 20 miles to go pick up a $3 jug of milk? Probably not, but if you have a larger list, it may be worthwhile to drive to a more distant store. Most add-on items are similar. Under $10 (most under $5). It is just not feasible to ship that for free by it self. The handling costs and even the deeply discounted shipping costs Amazon recieves would eat mor than the profit on an item that small.

It is not that hard to add items like that to your cart or a wishlist, then buy them all at once or on a larger order. All it takes is a little planning. Otherwise, local stores are good for impulse buys.

Does amazon not let you do the pre-order trick?

Pre-order something - preferably something far out in the future (or no specified release date). Then add all those items to your cart. Check out. Once you get all the addons, cancel the preorder.

Heck, I've done the "order something that will no longer be available" or "order something already cancelled" which works as well. Given Nintendo recently cancelled a lot of Wii U stuff, there's a lot ow Wii U games that are NEVER coming out. Order those and you'll get your addon items without paying for something extra.

Comment Way more than that (Score 1, Troll) 157

If you got a letter saying you owed a buck and a quarter in taxes

Apple's cash after you remove current debt is roughly $200 billion (conservative estimate as they have over $50 billion in debts).

!4 billion in Euros is roughly $14,814,100,000 billion US, or almost fifteen billion...

That means that what the E.U. is asking for is 7.5% of Apple's cash. I don't know how much you make but I assure you that in my case 7.5% of my house and savings comes to quite a lot more than $1.25, and in fact I would be taking that up with the tax court if I felt they were wrong.

Regardless, you're on Slashdot shilling for your favorite consumer electronics company.

It's a new definition of shilling to claim that fighting injustices is equal to promoting a company. I'm not promoting Apple - I'm saying what the E.U. is doing is theft, and would say the same thing about any company the E.U. s trying to illegally steal money from.

Look, they know they're tax cheats.

You "know" that, but then you know so many things that are not so...

Let it go, man. Let it go.

That is what I'm advising the E.U. to do. And you; why do you care about what the E.U. and Apple are doing in Europe? I am interested because I have a small financial interest, I own some Apple stock (big surprise). But what is YOUR deal that you care so much to post so fervently on the topic? That is super creepy man.

P.S. by your own argument you cannot care that I own Apple stock, because the amount you claim is so little it would have no effect on Apple cash and therefore share price to give it up, right? Ha! We'll see your tune change soon enough I'm sure.

Comment U.S. profits too??? (Score 1, Interesting) 157

The EU is applying the back taxes to worldwide profits, as Apple is choosing to transfer those profits
to the EU

Apple doesn't transfer U.S. profits to to the EU, so how is it fair for the E.U. to tax Apple on U.S. profits again exactly?

That, kids, is why they play this game.

There are $14 billion reasons why the EU is playing this game but legality or fairness is not one of them.

Comment No, something more advanced (Score 1) 126

I would say what they are looking for is not cost per impression, but rather cost per ENGAGED impression. That is, making CPI actually mean something by noting how likely it was someone paid attention to your ad - like as they mentioned, scroll speed slowing to view the space an ad is in, or perhaps a mouse moving closer to an ad and lingering (a good sign they are paying attention).

Comment Re:Snapchat is super focused. (Score 1) 73

Every time I hear this "discoverable" thing I wonder, "Why the fuck should I have to 'discover' what the app does...shouldn't there be like, oh, I dunno, menus and shit that tell me?

There is a menu but it's rightfully way hidden because you don't need one 99.9999999999999999991% of the time. The rest you are either:
* Taking a photo/video
* Looking at photos/videos
* Chatting
* Adding new Snapchat friends.

Which are all simple and easy to use without any menus, while as I said maintaining full screen content.

I had zero hunting required to use Snapchat, Once you figure you you swipe to go somewhere (which the optional buttons teach you the first time you sue them) the whole app is dead simple.

People these days place WAY to much emphasis on fear a gesture is not discoverable even if it's easily learnable and brings a massive improvement to UX speed.

I still expect apps and programs to have crazy shit like "menus" and labels" and "buttons"

Snapchat has all those things still. It's not like it doesn't have buttons, there are buttons that correspond to any of the gestures (to help you learn to use them as I said). It does indeed have a giant menu, where most modern apps place it which is under an account screen.

Comment Ridiculous Slashdot story (Score 2, Insightful) 176

This is one of the lamest Slashdot articles I have ever seen. In what way is this at all news for nerds? And in what way is this any more news worthy than 10,000 other random news items of day? What about if Walmart has a one-day sale on Nintendo games. Should we get a Slashdot headline article for that?

msmash is not a competent Slashdot editor. I'm going to give Slashdot some feedback here.

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