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Comment Re:Yeah, because I didn't have a fucking choice. (Score 1) 188

You're on Slashdot, so assuming you can use a screwdriver, you can replace the battery in an Apple phone in about ten minutes, for about $20. Batteries on Amazon, or lots of other online retailers. They even come with screwdrivers for the annoying security screws.

It's impressive that your batteries lasted 5+ years.

Comment Re:Yes, Apple keeps the profit (Score 2) 188

When you say "according to" you need to supply a citation, not just "google is that way." As far as I can tell, Chinal Labor Watch has stories (they are stories) about lots of different retailers and manufacturers, including both Apple and Samsung. There aren't any real numbers and there are no comparisons. So calling bullshit on your post.

Comment Re:Confirmed Existence? (Score 1) 162

That's not completely true. There are possibilities for dark matter that absorb light but are compact enough that we don't routinely detect them. Primordial black holes and things like brown dwarfs were contenders for dark matter. Transit studies showed that there ARE a lot of brown dwarf type objects out there, but not enough to make up more than a fraction of the missing matter. Microlensing and other observations have put pretty good limits on the numbers and masses of black holes that can be wandering around, although IIRC there is a razor thin bit of parameter space that hasn't been ruled out that would let them make up a good chunk of dark matter.

Comment Re:Have they added curly braces yet? (Score 1) 187

PEP 8 says that Guido prefers spaces. It doesn't say tabs are bad, and it certainly doesn't say they're wrong. It DOES say mixing tabs and spaces is bad, Python 3 doesn't allow it, and you're recommended to run Python 2 in such a way that it doesn't allow it either.

Comment Re:Have they added curly braces yet? (Score 4, Insightful) 187

Enforced indentation enhances readability. Perhaps you've never run into any godawful code where the programmer decided to follow his own arbitrary indentation system.

You don't have to do everything on a single line in Python. Where'd you get that idea? You can split statements across lines just fine. Most Python programmers do so.

Comment Re:They're overthinking the problem (Score 1) 209

That's not *quite* true. An efficient market isn't at all like gambling. It allocates resources where they are best used. Investing in that market means your money is used as efficiently as possible, earning you the best possible return. Trying to *beat* that market is gambling.

Investors in an efficient market aren't gambling. Hedge fund managers aren't gambling either: they're fleecing the sheep by charging commissions for basically flipping coins.

Comment Re:The REAL problem for AI to solve... (Score 4, Insightful) 209

First step: stop believing in the nonsense you've been told about the economy. "The economy" will work better with automation. It always has.

The problem is with distribution of wealth. Right now we have this quaint system developed during one of the nastier periods of human history where we give all of it to a few people and everyone else does what those people say in exchange for whatever the "bosses" think they deserve. You're absolutely right, we're going to have to come up with some better way.

Comment Re:Go up yours skills!! (Score 2) 209

You got your funny mod, but there have been several scientific papers showing hedge fund managers don't do any better than chance. There have been demonstrations where they are literally replaced by cats or monkeys throwing things.

At least a high school dropout burger flipper flips something other than a coin.

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