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Comment Re:And? (Score 1) 192

Technically, you don't *need* $400K to exercise the stock options.

What you usually do is you exercise your options, but you sell the exact amount that you need so that the sale covers the exercise cost and capital gains tax. You won't have to pay capital gains tax for the shares that you exercised but didn't sell.

Comment Re:Costing to the RIAA vrs Ignoring? (Score 1) 81

Well, the copyright holder first has to determine whether the content is actually infr-- (snicker, choke, guffaw)

No, the copyright owner has to check that the content would be infringing if it was the content that they think it is. For example if there are two songs with the same title, and you own the rights to one of them, it is not illegal to send a notice for a song with that title - as long as you own the one that you think it is, even if you're wrong.

Comment Not "tech savvy" at all. (Score 2) 247

The reason for compulsory 3rd party liability insurance is to make sure that victims will _always_ be compensated. The two exceptions mentioned (not paying if the owner modifies the car, not paying if the owner doesn't install required updates) open a gap here, where an innocent bystander can get badly injured without compensation. That's not tech savvy, that is idiotic.

Obviously if these two exceptions happen, then the car is not safe, so the police should be able to scrap the car, and if an accident happens, then the insurance company should pay and take the last penny off the owner, and then the police should scrap the car and throw them into jail. As they should do with anyone driving without insurance.

Comment Re: All the better to 'drive' stoned (Score 1) 132

They might be safer than kids, but they're still on a bunch of medications on which they really shouldn't be driving. And in a crisis, their reflexes are typically awful, often for the same reason.

Crisis? What crisis?

That's a huge benefit of being an experienced driver - you smell trouble far before it happens. You know which drivers are going to do something stupid, and you stay out of their way. You leave others room to make mistakes and recover from it.

A good driver will avoid many situations where good reflexes would be needed, In addition, a good driver will make sure they have enough space to not act by blind reflex, but by thinking. Your "fast reflexes" will quite often just make the situation worse or will cause different problems.

Comment Re:Next headline (Score 1) 132

And the next line: Insurance company refuses to cover damages, clean-up costs, hospital bills, loss of income due to disability and so on. Even if you do eventually win expect to spend a few years in court with a lawyer driving you into bankruptcy first. Also if you're arrested you have the right to a lawyer, not so much in civil court when the insurance company claims you broke the terms, I'm sure they have something in the wall of legalese that will apply.

I don't know the US laws; in Germany your third party liability has to pay if the car was insured, and the damage wasn't caused intentionally. (And your car is almost always insured, even if you didn't pay your fees; if the insurance company decides to cancel your insurance, they will send a letter to you, and another to the police to seize your car until you insure it again).

That has always covered accidents caused by drunk drivers, by thieves and so on. Because third party liability is a legal requirement set by the government to protect innocent third parties, so it must be very hard to avoid.

If the USA has similar rules, then third parties should be covered. What happens to the owner of the car, that's a different matter. Everyone from police to insurance company will try their best to make their life very, very unhappy.

Comment Good move, difficult marketing (Score 1) 73

Facts are: There was nothing wrong with the phones themselves, except the batteries. Samsung first had the problem that some batteries were physically larger than they should have been, which _will_ cause problems. Then they had a second problem, that in order to fix the first problem, they rushed other suppliers to deliver high capacity batteries before they were properly designed. Lots of the damage to the brand was caused by the fact that they first had a problem, said it was fixed, and then had the exact same problem again because they rushed for a solution.

It seems that trying to fit in that extra high capacity (3,500mAh) was difficult. Too difficult, it turns out. Same battery with lower capacity (3,000mAh) should be much easier to build without any safety problems. I'm personally not in the market for a Samsung phone, but if let's say Apple offered "iPhone 7 with 2 hours less battery for $300 less", I'd be quite interested.

Anyone who wants to buy Android, I'd recommend looking at the price, and checking what you get for it. If it's better than another phone for the same price apart from lower battery life, you just decide what you want more (features, speed etc. vs. battery life) and buy it or don't. Emotionally, the brand is damaged. Rationally, I would think that these phones will be absolutely fine.

Comment Re:Why trust in the media is at an all time low (Score 1) 920

The left wing are critical of Farage's views on the NHS, but never bring up his support of drug decriminilisation.

You mentioned him first. Nobody gives a shit about Farage's view on anything. What people give a shit about that frogface had his manic idea of leaving the EU, and did everything he could to achieve it. Admitting himself that all he wanted was to leave, and he himself doesn't give a shit about what happens afterwards, and what the consequences are.

All the time he was spreading lies about 350 million pound a week that were going to the NHS, about the UK being invaded by Turkish muslims.

He's being paid £85,000 for a job where he never turns up for work as an MEP. Then he kissed Trump's ass to get himself a better paying job as ambassodor to the US. Embarrassing. Now for the first time the UK government has a list "people who can never, ever become ambassador" with Farage being the only one on the list.

Comment Re:Professional attention whore strikes again (Score 1) 920

For some reason, the meat of the story, that main steam media are being so dishonest, seems to be ignored by many commenters here.

That's because it's totally unimportant if some unimportant unfunny punk makes a little bit less money. It is absolutely important to remind people that vile racism is unacceptable.

What's more important: A million dollar less in the pockets of this little punk, or a jew dead because some asshat saw "daath to all jews" and took it serious?

Comment Re:Not about the free market (Score 1) 920

Well, so you say. But others watch the video, and his other videos, and conclude that he is a bigot and that this video is an attempt to push out bigotry under the cover of humour.

That's not the problem. The problem is that plenty of idiots think "he says here on his highly successful wesite that all jews should be killed, so maybe there is something to that idea".

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 310

Apple could make an easy to repair phone like other companies, but where's the profit in that? How will they sell the next version if old phones keep working for years on end and there aren't any significant improvements.

Please tell me about other companies that make phones that are easy to repair. And fact is, old iPhones _do_ keep working for years on end. I have an iPhone 3GS and an iPhone 4 that are working just fine, including the battery, after I don't know how many years.

And Apple iPhones are very easy to repair - you take them to the nearest Apple Store, and they repair them. Not always cheap, but a lot cheaper than a new phone.

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 310

After the warranty, Apple wants only authorized shops to be able to repair, and the repair consists mostly of replacing entire boards, oh, and yeah, data on the device is not retained in the Apple-blessed process.

You are posting on Slashdot. If you don't have a backup quit posting here. I replaced Apple devices several times (sometimes out-of-warranty repair, sometimes because someone wanted a better phone), and the process was turn on - enter your Apple ID - wait a few minutes until your data is restored, and a few more minutes until all your apps are downloaded again.

Comment Re:Ban iPhone from planes (Score 1) 310

Apple has clearly announced that their product is dangerous, so the TSA should ban them.

I hope a legislator at one of these state legislators makes this point if an Apple employee is stupid enough to raise this.

Apparently they are perfectly safe unless they get into the hands of a moron who thinks he can make a repair that he can't make safely. So I'd say let them on board, but arrest anyone who tries to get on board with a self-repaired phone.

Comment Re:the real reason theyre arguing it. (Score 1) 310

That's pretty much what I understood from the summary. Apple products are so insecure that they cannot be repaired without presenting a hazard, maybe we should remove them from circulation.

What I understood was that there are morons that couldn't repair an iPhone without creating a hazard, and Apple wants to remove those morons from circulations.

There was one case where an iPhone went up in flames on an airplane, and it turned out that same idiot had tried to make a repair and put two screws in that damaged the battery.

For battery replacements, your chances that you get an original Apple battery (or one made in the same factory and undergoing the same quality checks) are zero, even if you buy an "original Apple battery" anywhere but from Apple. Your chances that you get a battery that is safe to use are probably fifty-fifty.

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