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Comment Re:Overpriced (Score 1) 124

or apple maps only. With apple only service centers even for tires and oil changes.

Tires? Surely you jest. The tires are glued on, and if you want new or different ones you're meant to buy another car. It's possible to remove the glue and attach new ones at great expense, but the wheel doesn't have a lip on the rim so you have to get special ones made just for it by some shady manufacturer and glue them on again and hope for the best.

Comment Re:No investment opportunities big enough (Score 2) 124

They can't pay it out as dividends without repatriating it, nor can they invest it in anything in the US.

So they bring it back and pay taxes on it, and pay the remainder as a dividend. Then they tell the shareholders they would have got more if not for those taxes and deflect the blame, easy peasy.

Bottom line: the reason they have big piles of cash is because the US has the highest corporate income tax rate in the developed world.

No, it's because the US has a pathetic tax structure that makes it easy to dodge taxes.

Comment Re:Rural areas still only have dialup (Score 1) 193

Here in washington state, many rural areas only have dialup, because they don't have the money to run high speed microwave to the small towns.

I live in the sticks and we had a local WISP that bounced the signal in from the next county from mountaintop to mountaintop, about two links. They got bought out and the large WISP I use now does it with four hops across mountaintops. Literally the only fiber into my county is owned by ATT and it is actually cheaper to buy access from a reseller, but then you have to deal with them and they are all shit at service. AT&T is, as always, the fucking problem. Ma Bell got the ill communication.

Comment Re:infrastructure (Score 1) 193

it's crap, many don't understand you need good infrastructure for a functioning modern society. But oh no, that would require more evil gubbermint to do all that.

Actually, it just requires them to carry through on that. Personally, I just want them to go get back the money we gave the telcos to build out DSL. They spent it on executive bonuses instead. I want that money back.

Comment Re:Why air gaps? (Score 1) 255

Argon or other noble gas is just a filling your tires with nitrogen.

You think the Skyline's tire fill is a gimmick? Tires really do expand significantly when they heat up, because of the expansion of the air inside them. Filling the pane with gas isn't done to keep moisture out, it's to make the window transfer less heat. They have clothing that inflates to keep you warm now and filling it with nitrogen or argon makes it work much better than just filling it with air.

Comment Re:-1 Overrated (Score 1) 255

Yet they fail to state why they can't simply use a smaller battery,

They cannot get a smaller battery which will let them meet the claims they made while advertising the phone in a timely fashion for installation. And since the phone is not designed for easy battery replacement, the total cost of such a program would be greater than the cost of simply replacing the phones or giving rebates. If your concern is avoiding waste, that's going to have to be covered by new laws because it's not covered by old ones, at least not internationally.

or a battery with higher tolerances,

No such battery exists; they all expand and none of them want to be pinched during that process.

or more aggressive thermal throttling in the charging circuitry or even in the phone's SoC.

Irrelevant, because the battery can expand during use, not just charging. It's heat-driven. And they can't stop that without castrating the phone in other ways.

Comment Re:I wonder why (Score 1) 654

It might be inaccurate news, but I have no doubt that the people looking into this believe its real.

Yes, but the people posting it clearly don't believe that it's real, they're just trolling people dumb enough to believe it. That's why they have used pictures which were shared with the pizza parlor by fans and claimed that they came from other sources. When you find a blatant, obvious lie used to support a story, that story is bullshit — or at the bare minimum, you have to throw away that evidence. Okay, so if you throw away the supposed photographic evidence, what's left? Fuck-all. And that is how much attention this "story" deserves.

Until we learn to be basically discriminating, trolls will be able to wind up the media with trivial amounts of energy. A direct analogy can be drawn to terrorism.

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