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Comment Re:taxes (Score 1) 263

I doubt that's the real issue. The city of Amsterdam complained about tourists using AirBnB not paying their taxes, and simply made a deal with AirBnB. AirBnB now collects the taxes from tourists and pays the city.

The real problem cities have with AirBnB is that a lot of people, either landlords or tenants in subsidized or rent controlled housing, are effectively turning their homes into hotels, but without all the rules and regulations regarding fire safety, hygiene, registration and so on which real hotels do have to deal with.

Comment Re:The 6th gen was a spike above the normal trend (Score 3, Insightful) 226

Yes, I am in the same boat: I really prefer the size of my old 5S, but kind of had to upgrade for my app development work. Another thing: why on earth did they move the off button from to top of the phone to the side? When you pick up the phone you tend to squeeze it, often hitting that off button as a result.

Comment Re: Nothing of significance (Score 1) 226

That's just it: with the introduction of many previous models, Apple introduced some innovative or incremental improvement: better performance, Retina display, Siri, fingerprint scanner, high speed video recording, etc (even if some of those features could be enabled on older phones but weren't because Apple were being dicks about it). Those features must have convinced many people to upgrade early. But the last models didn't bring anything significantly new, except bigger screens for those who want that. If you are still hanging on to, say, a 5S, why would you upgrade to a 7?

Comment Re:Apple is the Trump Towers of computing. (Score 1) 226

What would it actually cost to produce a MacBook in the USA? My guess is that it'll be more expensive, but not by a factor 4. And in case of iPhones, which are sold at 3x the cost of manufacturing, I bet they could sell them at only a slightly higher price if they *gasp* would accept a lower markup.

Even so, I still expect people to go for the slave labour Macbook at $1699 instead of the $1899 "proudly manufactured in the USA" model, when given a choice. Especially when no one is looking.

Comment Re:Awesome law (Score 1) 113

The reaction to people mounting a camera to a lamp post and leaving it there is to ban doing that, take those cameras down, and fine the owners if you can find them. Not to ban cameras.

Drones with cameras have many legitimate purposes that do not violate the privacy of anyone. The first reaction should be to ban unacceptable use of such drones, not to ban the drones themselves. Only if there is widespread abuse and no practical way to prevent it and/or punish the owners should you consider banning them outright or only allow operation under a license. The reaction to drones flying into the path of other aircraft was not to ban them, but to get drone manufacturers around the table to discuss ways to keep drones out of no fly zones.

Comment Re:Easy Solution (Score 2) 113

That's how the police think at least... they will take maximum advantage either by following the letter of the law (forcing people to unlock phones with a fingerprint is not self-incrimination), or by interpreting the spirit of the law (two drones filming each other violating the law does not make their actions lawful)

Comment Weird... (Score 5, Insightful) 67

If someone offered me 24 billion for anything, even my hypothetical super-successful company that I built with my own blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice of a firstborn son, I would take it in a heartbeat. Same puzzlement over the Snapchat guys declining what I think was an overly generous offer for that company. Then again, I've never built such a company so I have no idea of what it means to give up control of it. Still... With 24 billion in your pocket you can pretty much do what you want, start your own new company, hell, start a space agency even...

Comment Re:How far America has fallen (Score 1) 331

That's unfair: sideshows are way more fun, even the seedy ones. This is more like monkeys at the zoo, flinging poo at each other. Even the campaigners' lingo fits the analogy: "find some dirt", "can we make it stick", etc.

I'm just glad my country hasn't sunk to this level.

Comment Re:Minefield (Score 3, Insightful) 559

Yes, it is, didn't you get the memo? Forbidden... well, only if you're running for office, for the time being.

Sarcasm aside, it does seem that these days a presidential candidate can't be someone who openly likes the ladies, or admits to that in a private conversation, or did inhale during his college days, or had alcohol before he turned 21, or is an atheïst, or did something dumb when he was young, or had premarital sex, or a DUI, or used the N word at a drunken blowout, or or or. Well, maybe you can find a candidate with a spotless record, who will remain standing under the closest scrutiny, no skeletons in the closet. Would such a person make a good president? Hell, the idea of someone like that telling the rest of us what to do scares me more than a little...

Comment Re:Anita Sarkeesian: Destroyer of Shareholder Valu (Score 1) 313

That's an interesting way of looking at it... But keep in mind that GP's argument about destroying shareholder value isn't just about a lower stock price due to a damaged brand, the actual value (assets) of the company may have decreased by a similar amount at the same time. Instead of paying $100 for an $80 item, you're now paying $50 for a $40 item. The price may be lower but it's still a crap buy.

it's only when its market value is at or below the value of its assets and expected revenues that it suddenly becomes something everyone could be interested in buying out

That is only true if you buy the company as a simple monetary investment: buy, break it up, draw divident, or sell it when you find someone willing to pay its actual value. But if you are buying because the company fits well with whatever your own business is, then its value may be a lot more than the value of its assets on the open market. For instance, the company's patent on rounded corners may be worth squat to anyone... except to the company who can use it to lock out a competitor (or prevent from being locked out themselves). And that's actually where the GPs argument falls flat: buyers who are not interested in Twitter's ability to sell ads but in other things (patents, talent, research, user data, or the users themselves) are not likely to care overly much about reduced ad revenue or a damaged brand name, and will be happy to see the share price plummet.

Comment Re:Quantity vs Quality... (Score 2) 97

they see STEM as the future, the best way out of poverty and for modernising their country. OTOH, look at the erosion of science courses in many western countries

Just look at the people studying science at those western universities. These days, a fair number of them are from Asia or the Middle East. And maybe it's a cultural thing, science isn't just unpopular here or perceived as "too hard", it's actually looked down on a little. I can remember when being an engineer in any field got you social status, and putting that title next to your name meant something. These days? Just listen to every single movie dad talking to their disappointing child: "you could have been a doctor or a lawyer".

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