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Comment Re:Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1) 326

We only run into this problem because we have a portion of our population who will sue anyone over anything bad that happens.

No, it's almost nothing to do with settlement costs, and if you looked into the figures you'd see that rather than just parrotting what you want to believe.


Comment Re:Not Causal (Score 1) 311

I am sorry, I wasn't aware you were being forced to buy Apples products. I can certainly see why you are so upset with the change and not being given the option to buy someone else product instead.

So all criticism is null because there's competition? Presumably you don't read reviews then, since you shouldn't have any feelings because the product you are presented with you should be happy with just existing?

Who wants to go through the hassle of switching platform? And since phones have a limited lifetime they are effectively being forced at some point in the near future to either inconvenience themselves by switching, or inconvenience themselves by taking an inferior product. Stop apologising for Apple.

Comment Re:SoftBank, Arm, & Brexit (Score 2) 65

If Britain loses open access to the EU, how long do you think SoftBank will stay in the UK? SoftBank had made noises about doubling the ARM workforce in the UK in the years after purchase. But with the uncertainty of Brexit, they might want to open a second branch on the Continent where they can maintain EU access.

Most of ARM's business is done with the far east and States, Samsung, Apple, Qualcomm, etc. ARM was one of the few companies shares that was not hit by the result of the referendum. Now if you want to talk employee access, then that might be more of an issue if a full EU split happens, but trade itself for them is probably not going to be particularly affected.

Comment Re: 40cm? (Score 2) 225

its cold up there

Since the damaged object was a solar panel, I suspect it might have been exposed to, y'know, the sun? In which case it would not be very cold.

Yes yes very clever. There is this thing called "shade" that means the temperature is all over the shop during normal operation. Solar panels in space have to survive between -100 & 125 Celsius.

Comment Re:No thank you! (Score 3, Interesting) 115

what is this obsession with making things thin, the space it saves is almost irrelevant and tactile feed back is a wonderful thing.

No idea, and the company themselves don't really push that it's just a factor of what they're building - ie if they put a real keyboard in it it couldn't be a drawing-tablet with a pen also. It's an obsession of the article headline writer. Something far more interesting I think about it is that you can put paper over it and write on that, with the pen input also copied digitally.

Comment Re:Stop obsessing over updates (Score 1) 190

Can't stop progress. New features require new hardware after some time (years, in your case). Your complaint is rather odd.

What's the point of adding features to a device up to the point it becomes too slow to practically use for anything? When you want the latest and greatest that requires a new device, fair enough, you have to buy one, but that doesn't mean that your old device has to be upgraded into uselessness because there are theoretically new features in the world.

Comment Re:good luck with that. (Score 1) 276

IIRC you can't be refused entry if you are returning to your home country. You can be arrested and go straight to jail, but they can't turn you away.

You're right. So what? What if you aren't returning home? International travel is a core part of life for many people, jobs and family span countries. When you're visiting your partner's parents for Christmas, or doing a crucial deal with a client, that all easily happens in a country that isn't your own.

Comment Re:NEVER give out your passwords (Score 1) 276

Never, ever give out your passwords to any "law enforcement" (the reason for the quotes will be clear)


Very easy to say, but when you're risking your family's holiday over it, or your job, or your Christmas, or one time per year that you get to spend time with your parents. Principles are great and all, but if you're visiting a foreign country you have no rights, and the cost for you to piss them off is ridiculously large where the border official has no risk at all. The system needs new rules, and we take pressure off when we say "oh just don't give out your password, it's easy".

Comment Re:Pogolobotog monkeys win the slig?! (Score 1) 126

Parent post and TFA made equal amount of sense.

After all, there is a vast difference between a shipment (sending the product to a warehouse or store) and a sale (customer actually purchasing the product).

Yeah, this is a commonly quoted 'defence' whenever someone gets sad that Apple are being outsold by . It might be true on occasion that shipment figures are bigger than sales but in general, where do you think these phones are being shipped *to*? Why would anyone buy then if they weren't pretty sure they could sell them on? Shipments equal sales over a reasonable period of time, because if they don't you have a valuable warehouse costing someone a whole boatload of money as the inventory depreciates.

Comment Re:Saddest = Nokia (Score 1) 206

To me Nokia was far sadder, it went from the top slot in the smartphone industry to virtually bankrupt in the space of one obviously malicious CEO. Whereas Yahoo was vapour valuation to less vapour in one obviously incompetent CEO.

And incompetent board. Don't forget the leadership before Elop was horrendously lacking. Sure Elop might well have been a Trojan Horse, but the only reason he could do what he did was because Nokia were in such a pisspoor state by the time he arrived. They'd squandered their lead and were so far behind the times, it's plausible that Windows Phone was their only option. A terrible one, but the chances of Meego having any chance in 2010 after iOS and Android had been running riot for 3 years was pretty slim. They were selling lots of phones but their trajectory was down.

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