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Comment Re:Umm (Score 0, Troll) 106

They already had this. It's called citing your sources and peer review.

Unless you're the president, in which case you can just make up any old bullshit that sounds good, even about nonexistent terrorist attacks, the "historical" margin of your electoral victory or the size of your inauguration attendance. Just because it makes you and your supporters feel good, which is the most important thing.

Comment Way more than that (Score 1, Troll) 142

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) 142

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) 121

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) 72

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 Good Is the enemy of the Crappy (Score 1) 102

No matter how good v3 is going to be in 2 years, v4, in 4 years will be much, much better.

Here's the problem though - if v2 ended up just being an incremental upgrade of the dev units, that just was not anywhere good enough compared to shipping VR units, or potentially shipping VR units...

It makes a ton more sense to keep refining not until something is perfect, but until basically it is "good" as in good enough to release for consumers. I can defiantly see why v2 might not have been close enough to good to release, though 2019 is a surprisingly long time for a v3 to arrive... there must be some hardware aspects they need developed a lot more.

Comment Not a story of sexism (Score 1) 833

This is not at all a story about sexism, instead it is a case of sexual harassment - by one guy, but also bolstered by a company that supposedly refused to address it because the guy is a high performer.

To me it's far more a tale of large companies politics and fiefdoms. This seems to shock the writer but why??? Large companies have ALWAYS had those issues. It's just saying Uber is no different than any other large company, nor would I have expected that to be the case.

Also I cannot help but get a large whiff of entitlement from the story who thinks it's natural to be able to easily transfer between departments in a company at the drop of a hat... when I worked for large companies there was pretty much no way I could move into other groups without tremendous effort.

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