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4000 posts • joined 7 Apr 2007

What a Mesa: Apple vows to re-use titsup GT sapphire glass plant

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Arizona being a rabidly red state full of old people already has a fairly business friendly climate so the tax breaks Apple got aren't that out of the ordinary for the area. The low tax base is also why our schools rank near the very bottom in the US. Great for luring call center jobs (or manufacturing if we are lucky) but the next silicon valley here. Don't think so. That actually takes good colleges (as opposed to ASU where dumb rich kids come to party).

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>Think I could move to Mesa and score a deal like that? Never mind, it's in the middle of the desert and I imagine the sushi isn't the freshest.

#1 - Mesa sucks but not for the reasons you mention. At least west Mesa is relatively dirty, has fairly high crime compared to the rest of the East Valley (and an especially high concentration of sex offenders). East Mesa is nicer but it is sleepy as hell suburbs full of Mormons (so not exactly a paradise for pub crawling).

#2 - Middle of desert on google maps perhaps but middle of urban area of 5 million people.

#3 - You can actually get pretty good sushi here (yes I know you were making a joke). Granted its not bay area quality but you are better off getting sushi here than you would be in Iowa or even in most rural areas even a few hours from the coast.

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Re: Apple already owned the plant!

>The plant was ALWAYS Apple's to do with what they want.

Yep and the beauty is they still were able to find management in another company dumb enough to take on a lot of the initial risk with little change of reward. Sounds great on paper as long as their other suppliers don't grow some brains.

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Re: sensationalize much?

Exactly as any local can tell you that city is huge (stretches from 101 to nearly Apache Junction) and is largely suburbs anyway. Glendale on the other hand if had to guess future looks a lot more shaky due to bad leadership.

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Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm

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tor is great

As long as your internet usage ranks up there with Grandma's. tor rules. Its nice its an option but its latency and bandwidth constraint alone makes sure it will never be very mainstream. First time Joe Q Public tries Netflix through it they will be calling their ISP bitching which is too bad because more users would probably make this attack harder.

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Re: The scum leading the dumb

Yep you can use tor all you want but if you post your real name associated with some illegal website then yeah the coppers will probably give you a visit.

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Simon's says quantum computing will work

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Re: Why bother?

>will computers really amount to anything? Either it's going to be too late, or else it's going to be too expensive for anything actually useful, except by Big Government and Big Corporation. Really, does anyone expect a computer priced like a typewriter?

Is this what your father/grandfather said in the 1940s?

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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Re: Elephant

But the elephant in the room is what an epic fail the release of AC Unity was. Ubisoft already has two strikes against them in my book so even though I enjoyed FC2 won't be buying any of their games in the first month of release anytime soon.

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GT sapphire glaziers: You signed WHAT deal with Apple?

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Re: Aren't Apple just a bit stupid too?

>Aren't Apple just a bit stupid too?

Somewhat but unlike GT they had a backup plan. The iPhone 6 might not have sapphire all over but considering how hard it was to get one through Verizon they'll be alright.

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Re: I can see how this happened...

>The sexiness of having Apple (or some other A-list brand) as a major customer is extremely seductive to many 'executives

Especially with their golden parachutes and bonuses mostly based on the next quarters performance only. When these deals go down its seldom upper management left holding the bag even if they caused it. I heard GT was actively hiring people almost right up until the bankruptcy filing, with it often being those leaving positions with other manufacturers in the area.

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Re: Apple's dealings with suppliers

Sadly an awful lot of big companies openly prey on the small fry because business as much as anything else is rigged against the little guy (not least of which is look who has the money to lobby). I have seen plenty of small shops that end up actually losing money on a big contract to a big player but rely so much on saying brand X is one of customers for other business they suck it up and soldier on. You learn quickly in industry when to watch for this and avoid working on that project at all costs. I have also seen plenty of cases where several small fry compete for the big boy and give the big boy all kinds of goodies up front for free and under cut each other to shit just to stick it to other small fry. Its just a shame the small fry end up employing most workers. Oh well half a career of busting butt (seeing both the mom and pop and mega corp side) at least has gotten me to that perfect medium of a decent mid-sized corporation that is big enough to not be beholden to any one customer for more than low single digit sales but has flat enough hierarchy so I am not just another nameless number. Probably until I hear in the news we have been bought (before I have enough of their stock in the bank). Sigh here's to working the day you die.

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Walmart's $99 crap-let will make people hate Windows 8.1 even more

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Re: Hmm, it's small

Yep something like slitaz would fly even on this underpowered dog but for how long is the question. I was not impressed with the build quality on most netbooks forget this thing.

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Re: When crap hardware meets crap software

True 99% of the time but then again you always have systemd.

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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Re: No way!

Its a good thing nobody ever plays a console without hooking it up to the internet huh?

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In the words of Ridley Scott, Ubisoft is more EA than EA.

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Could YOU identify these 10 cool vintage mobile phones?

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Re: Vintage?

Guess you had to be there. Or as the kids would say cool story bro.

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Judge: Terror bomb victims CAN'T seize Iran's domain name as compensation

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Re: Simpler argument?

Wasn't it the ITU or its predecessor that mandated 48+5 for the ATM cell size for lame political reasons. You know just about the worse size possible for a tcp ack packet (with ppp) which is the majority of packets on the internet (number wise). Design by committee with an extra heaping of politics. Win, win.

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Re: Simpler argument?

Don't get me wrong the internet registry in the hands of any one country/corporation is a bad idea but when has the UN ever did anything but spread Cholera?

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Re: @ Christoph

> Perhaps that lesson is still tickling 'em late at night while they sleep.

Bah most history challenged Americans didn't even remember the lesson of Vietnam when we invaded Iraq so forget worrying about something 2 centuries ago, back when the UK was still a relevant world power.

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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Umm

Who the hell still uses Facebook and doesn't understand their modus operandi by now?

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Re: Some men have never left their local housing estate

Funny my first thought on reading that post where not of poshness but of the white trash dude and his son sleeping around the local area at the beginning of the movie Idiocracy.

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Microsoft .NET released from its Windows chains... but what ABOUT MONO?

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Re: Licence

> GPL3 and other licenses that attempt to restrict developer flexibility and creativity.

You mean like Microsoft and friends software patents?

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Re: The last throw of the dice?

Javascript lol exactly. Graphic design software development what's the difference?

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Re: Reap what you sow

Lol now I am in full rant mode best description of systemd ever below. The Svchost of Linux. So much for a program doing one thing and doing it well. You know pretty much the philosophy that built Unix and has kept it relevant for four decades.

"systemd is becoming the Svchost of Linux—which I don't think most Linux folks want. You see, systemd is growing, like wildfire, well outside the bounds of enhancing the Linux boot experience. systemd wants to control most, if not all, of the fundamental functional aspects of a Linux system—from authentication to mounting shares to network configuration to syslog to cron. It wants to do so as essentially a monolithic entity that obscures what's happening behind the scenes."

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Re: Reap what you sow

Not really defending Microsoft as i tend to agree with you at this point they are irrelevant outside the enterprise as far as I am personally concerned. I am more disgusted with the direction Linux is heading which is why I have become an OpenBSD (once I wipe my last Debian testing box) man at home. Sadly I see systemd not only ruining Linux but many other open source projects as well before all is said and done which does affect more than just Linux the pretend Unix.

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Re: Reap what you sow

Systemd is a cancer, a Linux only hairball creeping more and more as a required dependency into other open source projects. RedHat doesn't make their bones supporting other UNIX/BSDs so they are fine with that. Linux is becoming a pig that walks like a man ala Animal Farm. A tightly coupled hairball like Windows except even Windows seems to value portability and interoperability more these days as shown by this article. I guess the three Es can be done to open source code as well if you get enough distros/developers to go along with you.

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Re: The last throw of the dice?

Going to take a half dozen downvotes before I delete this but the only good news concerning managed code is if it is finally disappearing.

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Re: First Mentioned on TheRegister five years ago :-)

Yeah but during all those dates Microsoft had a chair throwing buffoon in charge who was so hip with the times that he used discredited stack rankings straight from the 1980s. Collaboration was a dirty word in those days not just inside the company but especially with anything that was not Microsoft.

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Microsoft: It's TIME at LAST. Yes - .NET is going OPEN and X-PLATFORM

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Re: Clearly MS read Elop's memo...

Note also I am being generous and considering closet windows email, print, and file servers as being in production.

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Re: Clearly MS read Elop's memo...

Interesting so you claim this is so developers can go home to develop on their Linux boxes at home (or at work on the desktop) while only using windows servers for production. Might have a point for some time if we are talking about .Net but in general in industry there are probably now nearly as many Linux/Unix boxes in production as there are Windows. Especially if counting web servers and such. By the way all those advanced security, reliability, and performance features you mentioned appeared fairly late comparatively in the windows world. Keep on trollin' though or better don't.

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Re: So it works as well as Flash on OS/X ?

The real question is .Net going to still be relevant by the time its been fully developed and is truly production ready on non MS platforms.? After the Silverlight debacle Microsoft has in past given mixed signals about .Net's long term future. In some ways this may turn out just like it did with Symbian.

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Behold the Lumia 535 NOTkia: Microsoft wipes Nokia brand from mobes

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: FCC= Title II for everyone... They are all the same...

It was the principal of the whole thing. Merkins are low hanging fruit so the enthusiasm just wasn't there.

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Re: FCC= Title II for everyone... They are all the same...

>Do they add an extra day in November over the pond to make up for thanksgiving?

Bit trollish but still made me smile. Too lazy to upvote though.

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Mystery Google barges TORPEDOED by US govt: Showrooms declared death traps

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>Hubris really isn't the right word as some of this crap goes way beyond it.

Hopefully they don't get in Enron's ballpark and laugh about Grandma's rolling blackouts.

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Re: ITS ALL A SIMPLE MISUNDERSTANDING...

Wow an El Reg AC that made me smile. Don't see that often.

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Re: @AC The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

> both of which were discredited in US politics by the 1950s.

Kind of like McCarthy and southern Jim Crow laws?

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

Also that is why the headline is TORPEDOED by US govt: too huh? I guess in your mind the south secession has happened again already. I am all for it but then again we would have yet another country to the south of us bleeding economic refugees.

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Re: The REAL problem was building it in San Francisco, California

You mean San Francisco the metro area that has a higher GDP than the states Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas combined? I could actually fit in at least 5 or 6 other southern states as well if include the entire greater bay area. Perhaps San Francisco doesn't need riverboat type buildings to survive unlike much of the Gulf coast.

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It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO... or an investor, come to that

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Re: "Supplier of public services."

Ah lovely private prisons. What could possibly go wrong giving companies a profit motive to store people like cord wood? Its not like they will use the money to lobby the politicians for more business (ie more poor brown people to get paid to abuse).

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