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Comment Re:So it begs(?) the question (Score 1) 43

The final amount Samsung pays Apple will be far less than $1 billion. The amount that Apple already paid Samsung in higher part prices because of "unforeseen litigation" will continue to have been $1 billion. This is already a Pyrrhic victory for Apple, and will become more so when it goes back to the lower courts and the amount is reduced even more.

It's also getting rather silly, because the phones involved are no longer for sale, Samsung no longer uses the version of TouchWiz that looks like the iPhone (courtesy of Google and others that have made the Android UI more standardized across Android devices, so working like an iPhone makes things feel odd). I mean, even the phones themselves are probably sitting in drawers and landfills by now (Samsung Galaxy S2, anyone? I think that was the LATEST phone involved).

In the end, it will probably all end up for naught - though there may be regulatory changes for the worst - if a patent lawsuit takes years to resolve, by the time it is resolved, the infringement is no longer valid because the products are long obsolete. This may mean the way around it is to simply a war on attrition - violate the patent now, then just argue and argue until the whole issue is moot.

Heck, I think even the patent behind it has expired by now - (it's a design patent, which only have a short 5 year lifespan).

Comment Re:too much segmentation (Score 1) 121

The fragmentation is intentional, on the part of the content owners. Believe me, everyone knows that a lot of people want a single streaming service with all content. It's just not what copyright owners and ISPs want.

Actually, it's because of monopsony. (Monopsony is the lesser-known opposite of monopoly. In a monopoly, there is one supplier that every customer has to buy from. In a monopsony, there are many suppliers, but one customer who will buy it. It's rarer, but it has happened before.

Most well known would be iTunes. The music industry feared Apple because they were the top dog in digital music sales. Apple enforced 99 cents per track (and I think $9.99 per album) regardless, the 30/70 split, etc. There was no other music store that could compete.

That is, until they were forced to swallow a bitter pill and that was DRM-free, which allowed Amazon to chip away at the monopsony and force Apple to offer flexible pricing (69 cents, 99 cents and $1.29) and better terms (to the record labels).

Movie and TV studios took note, and vowed they would never be controlled like that so they are ensuring that no one service will become dominant and be forced to acquiesce to whatever terms they provide.

In the end, it's why Netflix gets the older stuff (unlimited streaming, basically for a very low per-stream fee which is basically bonus cash), Hulu and Amazon get first cut, CinemaNow and others get early releases, etc.

Comment Re:New Apple spx: Donald Trump (Score 1) 83

As Donald would say "Wrong!!!" Apple borrows massively in the US to fund expansion as it is pretty US cash poor. All its Cash is sitting in Ireland waiting for a Tax Amnesty President to get elected so they can bring it back without paying taxes. Now that Donald's been elected Apple can bring back its 200 Billion.

Or consider it this way. Tax laws are such that it is CHEAPER TO BORROW MONEY than to repatriate the cash.

Borrowing billions of dollars at 5% costs LESS than bringing in a billion dollars.

That's why they want the tax holiday. The real debate though is whether or not a tax holiday will bring benefit to the US - will Apple and others be using the new-found cash to spend inside the US or just horde it?

Comment Quality vs. Quantity (Score 2) 121

The problem is too much choice and not enough quality material. If you have 4 TV stations, like the UK use to have, each of them has enough revenue to be able to produce quality programs that a large segment of the population will enjoy. When you have 100+ stations the audience is fragmented and most of the stations have less money since there re more staff to support and so they can only afford reruns or crap new shows which are cheap to make.

The same is true for streaming. If you look at the content on Netflix in Canada there are no real alternatives since Shomi shutdown and as a result the content they have is much better than the US. If you have 5 streaming companies then that same content will be split five ways and the money each has for new programming will be much less because now that same revenue has to support 5 sets of admin and support staff etc.

Comment Re:Dangerous (Score 1) 352

Door lock doesn't make any difference if the car is in water. You cannot open the door against the water pressure, locked or not.

That's why, if you're in a car that falls into water it's essential that you open the windows before the electrics short out

No, it's essential to open the window before water pressure holds the window shut (the same that holds the door shut). It doesn't matter if it's electric or manual - once water reaches the window, if you don't open it, you're not opening it. Doesn't matter that the electrics don't short out - water pressure alone will hold the windows shut.

Comment Yes, we do (Score 1) 320

Both sides in this information war are using propaganda.

Does Russia spend money to improve its image, including on social media? You can bet they do. Just like every other country in the world. Are there people paid to troll anti-russian comments? I wouldn't be surprised. But the question the article raises is a good question as well: Are there people paid to troll pro-russian comments? I wouldn't be surprised, either. And frankly speaking to me it seems like it, because if you post anything pro-russian or just with a balanced view, you do get shouted down as a Putin-lover or whatever.

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 1) 586

I found you an example, one on which he even doubled down later.

If you refuse to understand the plain meaning of the words uttered in that example, I'm afraid I cannot help you. You will just keep saying "that's not what he meant" or "that shouldn't be taken serious" or "he said something else later" regardless of any actual quote, so why bother? We've seen how it works multiple times during the election.

And if that is the case, any conversation with you is fundamentally meaningless for any purpose other than gathering data on how to thwart you and your ilk as much as possible. I'm certainly not going to convince you of anything.

Comment Re:Yes.... (Score 0) 365

Folks, we live in an age where programmers declare integers that are going to count from 1...10 as LONG INTEGERS, eating 8 bytes of RAM, where only 1 byte is needed.

Well, does it matter? On a modern system, RAM is allocated in chunks of 4kiB in most architectures. Your variable is going to be either on the stack or BSS section, and really, unless you're really using that page up, using 1 byte or 8 bytes is going to matter not at all because you're really using 4096 bytes and if you're not using it all, it makes zilch of a difference. Loading 1 byte of 8 bytes from RAM to registers still causes a cache line of bytes to be read (16 bytes on a lot of architectures) and fitted into a while 8-byte wide register in the end.

Depending on your needs, using a 64-bit variable to hold 4 bits of data may be more efficient if using 1 byte access causes significant slowdowns because of misalignment.

Hell, the most constrained I've been was using an ARM microcnotroller. It's quite a strange feeling working with 8K of RAM and 16k of flash and yet having full 32-bit pointers and integers

Comment Re:Maybe I'm more anal-retentive than most (Score 1) 167

(1) You're getting on a 6am flight, so you're going through security at 5am and haven't had a cup of coffee yet because the TSA won't allow you to carry one. So you're just in a "haze."

(2) You have small children or are accompanying a person who can't take care of their own stuff for some reason, so you're juggling a huge number of bins and bags and trying not to forget anything, while also trying not to hold up the line.

For (1), you realize you should be at the airport around 2 hours ahead of the flight (domestic) or 3 hours ahead (international) to make time. If you need a coffee to be awake, you make sure you get one before reaching the airport. Yes, it this means a 6AM flight has you waking up at 2AM or so so you can get your coffee, shower, check out, taxi, etc and make it to the airport at 4AM. If you can't do it, book a later flight. International flights would basically mean midnight wakeup.

For (2), you hold up the line. No matter what they say, you take your time getting y ourself sorted. Now, you move to the end of the ramp and onto the tables if you can, but you sort yourself out and make sure all those bins are empty before putting them back.

Which brings me to my #1 pet peeve. Why don't they have longer ramps both before and after security? A lot of the places, you have to be the next in line for the scanner before you can pick up a tote and start unpacking your laptop and tablet and all the other stuff, which holds up the line. Let 4-5 people in line get their totes and start getting themselves sorted out so by the time they reach the head of the line they're all ready.

Likewise, have long ramps so lots of people can pack themselves up after scanning. What holds up the security line is not the scanning, it's all the preparation you have to do. So let people do it while they wait in line rather than force a mad scramble. Hell, the line would probably move faster too.

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 1) 586

The question doesn't ask about a specific Trump plan - that would be impossible, because Trump contradicts himself all the time. They ask about a specific plan of a "national Muslim registry", which was talked about by Trump during the election. The lack of details is deliberate - it shouldn't really matter what such a plan entails, exactly, the only sensible answer for anything with such a name is "no".

Comment Re: Those who something, something (Score 1) 586

No, there isn't one. But this statement doesn't establish a clear separation of church and state. The way it has been historically interpreted by pretty much every Christian society, is that there should be a distinct secular leaders (and hierarchy under them) and religious leaders (and hierarchy under them), but they are not separate. The secular leaders have a duty to promote and spread religion, and protect it from attacks (including ideological attacks - punishing heresies etc). And the religious leaders preach that it's a religious duty to obey the [righteous] secular leaders, and bless their policies. This has been the case since Constantine, and the Greek even concocted a term for this arrangement - "symphonia of powers".

In practice, you still get a theocracy.

Comment Re: Bad Headline (Score 1) 586

Which part of the question is loaded?

It's very blunt and straightforward: if the Trump administration follows up on any of his campaign promises wrt Muslim registry, will you assist? Yes/no?

And it's not even out of the blue. It's not like it is a deliberately concocted hypothetical scenario. It is something that Trump himself has talked about, repeatedly. It's not at all unreasonable to ask companies whether they would be involved.

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