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Apple's top bean counter: New spaceship HQ won't emit 'one atom of carbon'

Blake St. Claire

Re: How much CO2 will be emitted in construction

Concrete? Unlike Asia and Africa, most modern construction here is steel, 'though the floors and foundation are certainly concrete.

And I'm sure the production of the steel produces lots of greenhouse gas. Not to mention the glass and sheetrock and everything else that goes into it.

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

Blake St. Claire
Linux

Re: This is all too familiar.

Yeah, that happens to me on the job too. I bashed up some changes to the RPM spec file once and now everyone thinks I own the fscking thing. Latest was a whinger who didn't like that the RPM build takes an extra minute after adding more things to it. Whooda thunk it? Doing more takes longer. Wowzers.

"Can't we have an option to not build the bits I don't care about?" Mr. Whinger asks. Hey, I'm a software developer, not the fscking release wrangler. If it doesn't work the way you want it, fix it yourself, don't come whinging to me.

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LinkedIn proves not all social IPOs were bubbly

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Re: missed an opportunity?

> maybe the people who wanted to link to you wanted to make contact to possibly do business?

Well, yes. In my case it's recruiters who want to link to me to tell me about a job they're trying to fill.

Maybe I don't get it, but I have this notion that I link to people I actually know and have actually worked with; I'm not going to link to a stranger. No doubt I could remove the link later––

Maybe they could tell me a teeny bit about the job first? Or I might bite if I was actually looking for a job, but I have a job, so if they want me to bite, they need to up the ante.

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Blake St. Claire

All I can say is: Don't be Facebook

> new services have been rolled out slowly to avoid antagonizing the user base.

For a while they seemed to be trying hard to be Facebook and that was beyond annoying.

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Electric cars stall in USA, Australia

Blake St. Claire
Thumb Down

Re: utter bollocks @Steve1

I'd guess that the typical small gas/petrol station on this side of pond serves 100-200 customers a day. A high volume station on a major highway maybe 1000+.

If every car was a hot swap battery electric, you'd need a warehouse for the batteries that are charging and charged. And I don't know, you'd probably need 2x or 3x batteries in stock to cover the time it takes to recharge.

I'll just wait for the ultra-caps, although it seems like not much effort is being put into developing those.

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Re: Americans use such self-explanetory language ... once you learn the vocabulary

Yes, by all means, let's learn the vocabulary.

Assault and battery are legal terms with precise legal definitions (in this country). Assault is fear of harmful touching. Battery is harmful touching.

IOW you can be assaulted without being touched. Once the perp touches you, that's battery. Two different torts.

IANAL but at least I know this much.

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Happy birthday, Lisa: Apple's slow but heavy workhorse turns 30

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Re: I loved this bit

> Macs have ALWAYS had second and even third mouse buttons; it's just that they're (even more

> confusingly) located on the keyboard. CTRL-Click = right click, option-click = ...

They were actually on the mouse if you could be bothered to buy one of the three button mice that were on the market. I saved for a long time to buy my first Mac, and almost immediately purchased a three button mouse for it.

I spent a few years in the late 80s and early 90s working for one of the NASA labs; one project I had some peripheral involvement with was building a system for the US military using Macs running A/UX (and DecStation 3100s running Ultrix.) The biggest user complaint was the one button mouse. I edumacated them about three button mice, they bought them, problem solved.

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Blake St. Claire
Boffin

> Yep, I've heard from engineers older than myself that they went with IBM compatibles because

> whilst they liked Apples, they just couldn't connect anything to them.

Yes, they went with PCs, and added cards for all the things the Macs had built-in.

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Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Re: Apple II and card slots

Er, the Apple III had slots. (Google it.)

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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

Blake St. Claire

Re: Best application is drenched over three slices of Canadian bacon

Canadian Bacon

English Muffins

French Fries

At the ballpark: Hot Dogs and Cold Beer.

(And Unicorns)

See how nice we are, we give the Canadians, English, and French something to wonder about when they're bored.

But our bacon is fine, and the bacon I get in Canada is exactly like the bacon I get here. Canada is the 51st state after all. The only thing I've noticed that's different is there's a funny looking lady on the money and the mail boxes are red instead of blue.

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Wind, solar could provide 99.9% of ALL POWER by 2030

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Transporting hydrogen?

I dunno, seems like a better long term solution would be to build the proposed HVDC connections between Europe and Africa.

Because otherwise the wackos that are afraid of hydrogen will run around yelling "remember the Hindenburg" and scuttle the whole thing.

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Blake St. Claire

Is this anything like fusion?

That's been perpetually 30 years away for the last 50 years.

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

Blake St. Claire
Holmes

Re: One word...

This is NOT what the patent system is for. If this gets a patent then the new European Patent system is well and truly fscked. And if these "inventors" apply for a patent, then they're as bad as all the patent trolls that came before them.

This is bleeding obvious and there's a ton of prior art.

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New York invites designers to invent Future of Phone Booths

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Re: In other news

But how many redesigned phone booths will have old rotary dial phones?

Or old pulse dial switching in the CO?

I'm guessing the answer to both is a big fat goose egg.

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Blake St. Claire
Holmes

In other news

NYC mayor Bloomberg also invited people to submit new designs for buggy whips. Because the same EMP that triggers the zombie apocalypse and kills cell networks will kill all the cars too.

Picture 7M New Yorkers all trying to get at the 11,000 phone booths at the same time.

And somehow whatever wipes out the cell phone network – like the power going out – won't render wireless hotspots , or whatever else they put in these booths, useless?

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House passes, Obama disses 55,000 visas for educated immigrants

Blake St. Claire
Holmes

Re: I'm a STEM graduate migrant worker in the US that's trying to hire people...

> but we're having to seriously overpay

Er, capitalism!

Market clearing prices?

There's no such thing as overpaying.

You're like the whiners (whingers) who complain when gasoline (petrol) stations gouge after a hurricane.

If you're a Republican, you should understand this. If you're a Democrat you think think this is good for the workers, who are getting paid current market rates.

(I dunno, in the last 20 years, my wages have only gone up 200%. In the mean time prices have gone up 300%. Fortunately my mortgage is my largest expense and it's only gone up -50%.)

I don't see a problem. What exactly do you think the problem is?

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35 US states petition for secession – on White House website

Blake St. Claire

Re: Skyfall, rats in a barrel

Wow, four down votes.

Nobody has a sense of humor I guess.

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Blake St. Claire
Pirate

Skyfall, rats in a barrel

WRT the petitions to deport the signers of the secession petitions, we don't have anywhere to deport them too. Who, after all, wants a few million cry baby losers? The rest of us endured them for the eight years the Shrub was in office, now they're unhappy that the shoe is on the other foot? Boo hoo.

But after seeing Skyfall, I have an idea – let's put them all on ships anchored 100K off the coast with no food. We'll check back in a couple weeks and see what, if anything, is left.

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Ancient 16m-yr-old beastie caught riding on much bigger flying mount

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

caught in a blob of amber

I'm inclined to believe it was caught in a blob of tree sap. Tree sap that later became amber.

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USAF declassifies ‘flying saucer’ design

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

1974? Or 1794?

The graphic clearly shows 1794.

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Boffins computerize giant cyborg cockroaches

Blake St. Claire
Joke

Intelligent Design please

The Shrub and his Tea Bagger minions would like to remind you that Evolution is just a theory.

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Ten... alien invasions

Blake St. Claire
Alien

District 9, an alien invasion?

More like an alien's space ship broke down on the freeway and now they're panhandling at the gas station.

And Footfall wasn't a movie or a TV show like everything else on the list. (And Pournelle was just a fscking hack leaching off Niven as far as I'm concerned.)

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Apple hardware fixer Bob Mansfield retires from Cupertino

Blake St. Claire

Re: Bloody hell...

> I didn't know they used nickels in Canada and Mexico too...

Canada has a 5¢ coin, same size and shape as a US 5¢ coin, and I believe many Canadians call theirs a nickel as well.

They even call their 10¢ and 25¢ coins dimes and quarters too in my experience. Most of the Caribbean countries coinage is the same as US, and even though I haven't been there, I'd wager they do too.

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Blake St. Claire
Pirate

Re: What >is< a nickel, anyhow?

> And while I'm at it, what's a 'bit' ?

It's 1/8th of a Spanish Milled Dollar. Take a big chisel and a hammer and cut up a dollar into 8 bits to make small change. At least that's what you did 300 years ago.

And we call our 25¢ piece a Quarter. Kinda like you lot used to call your 12d coin a Shilling.

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Honour for Queen's IT manager

Blake St. Claire

Maybe they should rename the Peter Principle

Call it the Charles Principle.

And I bet still nobody listens to him.

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Tim Cook spurns $75m Apple divvy

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

RSUs != shares, sort of

Restricted Stock Units are shares he doesn't own yet. He's waiting for them to vest. Once they vest then they're no longer RSUs, they're shares in your brokerage account. When RSUs vest, that's an income event and the recipient pays income, FICA (Social Security), and Medicare tax. (Dividends are not earned income so you only pay income tax on that.)

I don't know the tax implications of receiving dividends on RSUs. Maybe none other than as income. The only thing I can think of is the question of who owns the RSUs before they vest. If the company owns the shares then the company should just keep the dividend. Ditto for dividends on everyone else's RSUs too, I'd think. If Apple is giving cash out, under the guise of paying dividends on RSUs, then yes, I can see why some people might be upset. Dividends on shares you actually own, okay – dividends on shares you've only been promised, not okay.

And I'm reasonably certain Cook would already be in the top tax bracket; additional income isn't going to push him into a higher bracket.

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Look back in Ascii: Computing in the 1980s

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Re: Organiser II, Apple ][

Apple][s you could assemble yourself? Not sure what alternate universe that was in, not this one.

Apple 1 perhaps.

There were several Apple ][ clones besides the Pear.

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Blake St. Claire

ASCII is an acronym

Spelled with all-caps.

But you knew that.

I'm a panda, look it up.

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HP offers contractors a choice: 5 per cent pay cut ... or 100 per cent

Blake St. Claire

There's the bottom, and then there's the bottom

Contractors may be on the absolute bottom, but at EMC in 2009, employees didn't fare much better. At the end of 2008 we were told we'd be taking a voluntary 10% pay cut for 2009. No raises or stock grants in 2009, and same again in 2010 after our pay was restored. Never mind that they continued to make double digit revenue increases during the same time period.

But do you think Joe Tucci took a cut?

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Groupon loses $42.7m in Q4, shares tumble

Blake St. Claire
Holmes

take the money and run

Haven't looked at groupon email in months. Switched around some aliases in my mail server and discovered that Amazon has been spamming me with their version for who knows how long.

My daughter bought flying lessons through groupon for herself and me. Tried to use them last fall and the school cancelled them because it was a bit windy that day. Seriously? It was breezy, but not gale force. Not sure if there was a time limit to use them; if there was and we lose our lessons, we're going to be, uh, rather upset, shall we say.

Personally I'm over groupon. I'm over Facebook too; just waiting for it to die really.

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MasterCard joins Visa in pushing PINs into America

Blake St. Claire

Must be my stunning good looks then, @Sid_the_Kid

Occasionally I see the cashier do a double take at the card to confirm that there's no chip. If it's a restaurant, and I've already eaten, they do have a bit of an incentive to take my card. Amazingly enough, I frequently find that if one merchant doesn't want my money, dozens of others do. I have no qualms about walking out of a store and into another that does want my custom.

And indeed, I can't use my debit card with the PIN anywhere outside the US, not even in Canada.

And it's not just American CCs that don't have the chip, but I suspect there are fewer tourists in Europe from those places.

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Blake St. Claire

Er, no. @Jeff 8

I call bullshit.

Over here you have two choices with your debit card: 1) treat it like a credit card and have the merchant swipe it and collect your signature, and 2) treat it like a debit card and enter your PIN. Nobody has ever collected my signature when I use my PIN. If you really lived here, you'd know that.

I use my chipless credit cards in Europe all the time. Merchants accept the signature just fine, and have for years. If you'd ever really used your American issued credit cards in Europe, you'd know that too. (Heck, just the other day I used credit cards at three different shops in Terminal 5 at Heathrow, and in years past my wife and I have used our CCs at shops from Dover to Cardiff and countless places in between.)

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Blake St. Claire
Thumb Up

It's about f*cking time

And restaurants to use those portable card readers so my card doesn't get whisked off somewhere where I can't see it.

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Brit pair deported from US for 'destroy America' tweet

Blake St. Claire

It's the nature of the job

> the security services of all countries need to take a chill pill

As an American, I'll state for the record that I think the real problem is that we keep hiring _only_ the sort of person that actually wants these jobs.

I've had enough encounters in my life with cops and others of their ilk who clearly wanted the job purely because it allowed them the power trip they desired.

I'd love to see a mandatory year (or two) of 'government' service after high school with random assignments to community police, military, peace corp, TSA, DHS, park rangers, etc., (with no get out of jail free card for anyone, including the 1%ers). If we had average joes in these positions instead of psychopaths looking to get off on power trips I bet the world would be a better place.

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Philips Cinema 21:9 Gold 50in ultra widescreen TV

Blake St. Claire

Patented? Srsly?

Maybe in addition to Really Novel they should make Not Trivial part of rules for granting patents.

I was coming here to say I could try out the Ambilight experience with a $5 set of LED christmas lights hung around the back of my TV.

But now I can add Philips to my list of Companies Abusing The Patent Process instead. Much more satisfying in some ways.

But wait. I can certainly see how adding some little dohicky or lever to loom that makes the loom better, but honestly, adding some lights on the back of a TV set? How is that patentable? Sheesh.

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Spire crack brings Siri to jailbroken iPhones

Blake St. Claire
Headmaster

The Attach of the Spelling Checkers

> posted on Cyndia, enables the download of Siri

That's Cydia.

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BT, Scotland Yard form copper theft crackdown supersquad

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

Operation Ferrous

To catch _copper_ thieves.

Do they not know what ferrous means?

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UK retailers launch pre-Xmas sales Yank style

Blake St. Claire
Terminator

Just wait

In another few years we'll all be mimicking our Chinese overlords.

Start getting used to the idea.

(And it's not our fault that you lot loved Dynasty. It's a slippery slope.)

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Larry Ellison takes a bath on San Fran mansion

Blake St. Claire
FAIL

Poor Larry

Maybe we should give him, and all the rest of his fellow 1%ers, another tax break.

I'm sure they will create some more jobs – just like they've been doing for the last 10 years.

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Toyota Yaris 2011

Blake St. Claire
Terminator

Yaris 2011?

What's up with that? Aren't the 2012 models out?

Or did I just take a trip through a wormhole and not notice?

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LOHAN eyes hardcore partner's impressive girth

Blake St. Claire
Headmaster

cheap != inexpensive

Look it up in your Funk and Wagnels. Or your OED.

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Apollo 17 Moon landing: Shock revelations

Blake St. Claire

...during a rendezvous in an underground car park in Basingstoke

Let me guess, that's just wrong on so many levels.

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Kernel.org Linux repository rooted in hack attack

Blake St. Claire
Holmes

ha ha

Maybe they should have used OpenBSD instead.

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French letter shock: Tax us more, demand rich people

Blake St. Claire
WTF?

humbug indeed

If Warren Buffet is only paying 10% on his federal income tax, I'm thinking that's what I ought to be paying too. Last year I calculated that I paid about 16%. Why am I paying more than he is?

FWIW, on top of 16% federal I also pay 5.5% state (in my state, others maybe higher or lower), plus social security, medicare, and then for an apples-to-apples comparison to you over on that side of the pond, what I pay for health insurance, I guess I'm near 45% total. I'm guessing the likes of Warren Buffet and Ted Turner aren't paying anywhere near that much.

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Fort Knox military cops disgusted with solar patrol carts

Blake St. Claire

Let me google that for you

From wikipedia: 4578 metric tons. (5046 tons, 147.2 million troy ounces.)

Approximately 2.5% of all the gold ever refined throughout human history.

Second in size to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in Manhattan, which has 7000 metric tons. (7716 tons, 225.1 million troy ounces.)

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Blake St. Claire
FAIL

You're forgetting San Fran and Westpoint

The gold coins – Eagles – are minted at Westpoint.

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LOHAN seeks mighty thruster for trip to heaven and back

Blake St. Claire
Boffin

NASA/ESA worthy complexity

Re: that video. If you can pull off a plane that loops and fires the rocket at the right time, I'll be majorly impressed,

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EMC boss Tucci in lucky escape from poverty

Blake St. Claire

pension?

What pension? I've got 401ks and IRAs. (That will give you a clue which side of the pond I'm on.)

And ironically, the companies that manage those funds don't write to me to tell me that they're giving my earnings to the CEOs, they just do it and maybe I find out about it later.

So, tell me, how is giving a lot to one employee better than giving a little to all the employees?

I don't dispute that CEOs should earn more than the guy who empties the trash cans at night, but that isn't what's being discussed.

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The Lord of the Rings Trilogy: Blu-ray extended edition

Blake St. Claire

Apparently they do

That seems to be what the long shelves of DVDs in Costco, Best Buy, and elsewhere are for.

Me? I'm pretty selective about the titles I buy. I only buy titles I know will be watched multiple times and I'm usually content to wait a while for the price to come down. The rest I get from netflix or stream from netflix or hulu. The library? YMBJ. My wife has borrowed books on CD to listen to on trips in the car but they're usually so beat up they're impossible to listen to. Would DVDs be any better? Not sure I can be bothered to drive there and back twice to find out.

And then some things I own, e.g. Avatar and the Star Trek reboot I have because someone gave it to me as a gift. My wife and kids have a strange sense of what they think I'll like.

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Blake St. Claire

Meh

HD. 6.1 sound?

I already own the extended editions. I even made the mistake of buying the first FotR before the extended edition came out.

Tell me where I can send my DVDs for a credit on on the BDs and I might take the bait.

Oh, and BTW, I already own three copies (original VHS, special edition VHS, DVD) of Star Wars 4, 5, and 6, plus DVD of 1, 2, and 3. When Lucas releases on BD I won't be buying those either. One of these days I need to convert the original VHSs to DVDs, because Han shoots first.

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