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Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

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Ugh

Even for an Apple article this might be the worst comment section on this site. Sigh.

Let's try to invent an even finer hair to split on the original article guys. Think of the fanboi flamewars we could have then!

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Re: You can fix that bug...

It's also incorrect to say that the Chinese character tattoos are a Caucasian thing.

Not only do I never see them in the Caucus mountains, but I see them very often on Chinese people.

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

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Re: Who is there for whom?

"And guess who makes the moeny..."

Having this attitude should qualify a person as a justifiable homicide.

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Re: As is the case everywhere

To be pedantic, the decisions are usually made higher up in IT, or at least in the stream of management directly above IT. So it's an IT decision, but not usually one "mere" admins have a final say on.

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LG’s G2: The phondleslab that wants you to TOUCH ITS BEHIND

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Anyone else recall...

Anyone else recall Motorola's short lived but also surprisingly useful BackTrack? Touchpad on the top portion of the back of the phone. Very reminiscent.

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Android in FOUR out of 5 new smartphones. How d'ya like dem Apples?

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Re: Does this mean people will consider building Android apps first?

I don't think it's piracy or fragmentation. Fragmentation has a lot of API addressing it pretty decently, I think. Although in the limited segment of games piracy is an issue on Android, it's not really spread to other varieties of app, and it's mainly an issue only in certain foreign markets (Russia, China) where Apple doesn't sell at all, so you'd hardly be able to reach them any better on another platform.

I think the problem is that Android is the easiest platform to develop for, ergo the marketplace is more competitive. Plus Google makes it very easy to go the free app + ads route. A lot of people doing the iOS thing move over to Android and get eaten alive because a free app that does the same comes around, on iOS that doesn't happen nearly as much.

Also what was said before, TV and movies like to namedrop Apple exclusives rather than Android exclusives, there are still a large number of exclusives both ways. Especially where games are concerned. So the iOS types are unaware they're missing out on Principia or Apparatus, but Android owners are aware they're missing out on whatever the newest iOS exclusive is.

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Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

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"Anime cartoons"

Given that nobody has started yelling about the phrase "anime cartoons" being used in the article, I'm guessing the device's target audience hasn't shown up yet.

Or they're.... unable to type at the moment.

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'I WAS AN ADMIN FOR SILK ROAD': Alleged hit-man target tells all

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You Lose Sympathy...

When you decide to get greedy and flip a kilo of coke. Sympathy is dead, it is no more.

Now you have to deal with it like a man: Either take the jail time or run for mayor of Toronto.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

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Re: re: next disaster will be:

Along these lines, check out what happens if you visit the internetexplorertan page from the article in Chrome vs in IE. That's actually kind of funny.

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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

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They can use symmetrical encryption and lock up the keys, they only have to move between a relative handful of data centres, not millions of users.

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People tend to think of fibre as untappable, or at least practically speaking untappable.

The analysis would be different if state actors were included, but I'm assuming most people figured outside states couldn't get the resources in and the local state isn't that much of a dick. Oops.

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He can get the peace prize if he just drone strikes a few kids or something.

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Inside Intel's secret super-chips: If you've got the millions, it's got the magic

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Re: Lack of value proposition

Not to mention that once you've done all that, you now get to write a compiler of comparable efficiency to the Intel compiler to actually take advantage of your changes. Yaaaaaay.

Although I'm assuming that in practice customization would be slight enough that the Intel compiler or Intel compiler plus some specific inline asm call would be enough to get your software doing what you want, customizing instruction set is still a goofy idea in the general case.

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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

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Shouldn't count anyway

Who can say they predicted that result? All bets should be off when you need a freak QB injury to be right. Bears fans are so delusional.

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MacBook Air fanbois! Your flash drive may be a data-nuking TIME BOMB

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Re: What About Replacements and Bare Drives?

I just heard from a friend of mine who had her SSD replaced by an authorized third party vendor this summer. She said she got an email telling her about a critical firmware update she has to immediately update her drive with.

So looks like it's not just new machines.

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What About Replacements and Bare Drives?

I may be making a poor assumption here, but wouldn't Apple be using the same drives they're putting in the new machines for replacement SSDs in previous gen Airs, warranty service, bare drive sales (if they do them?), etc?

So it would actually mean that any Apple device with an SSD that's been replaced since summer 2012 is potentially impacted, correct? I didn't see this addressed in the article, but the scope could be larger than just new Air buyers.

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Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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Re: Canada has it.

Bell and Rogers want as many stolen phones activated on their network as possible, given that they'll still find a way to lock you into a contract and won't charge you any less for not having hardware from them. So I'd imagine this is being run by the same people that run their complaints department and customer service.

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Apple's Steve Jobs was a SEX-crazed World War II fighter pilot, says ex

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Uncontrollable Urge to Pull Steering Wheel Up

"Think Different" indeed

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

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Excellent

Sweet, sounds like I'm immune to cancer. Time to celebrate.

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Valve aiming to take the joy(sticks) out of gaming with Steam Controller

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one thing...

One thing that springs to mind immediately on how this is different: the hardware is open, designed to be hackable, and designed for third parties to produce them. This is fundamentally different from any other console. It means that it may not function as a loss leader, a massive change in business model for the industry. It also means you can upgrade it over time like your PC, which is a big deal for the implications that has for graphics, physics and other bling. Consoles usually look great on launch day, but after two or three years they can get a little hard to look at if you split gaming time between console and PC. Steam games would presumably be designed to scale up quality on beefed up hardware like PC games.

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Nokia Lumia 1020: It's an imaging BEAST... and it makes calls too

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Re: "Ann Frank's drum kit"

I have to chime in for the "out of bounds" crowd, although I see it as fairly borderline. It's one thing for off colour pub humour, but even for El Reg's intentionally tabloid-y feel this strikes me as a bit much. It's a casual throwaway comment mocking someone's horrible death. I don't buy the 'coping with tragedy' joke concept either, the casual out of nowhere usage and the fact that it's mocking her directly as opposed to the situation or circumstances really makes it seem like it's not.

Oh, and as for the moron who chimed in with the assumption that a) anyone offended by this must hate gypsies (Romani is the inoffensive term by the way, dolt) and b) Anne Frank's ethnicity was the driving factor in any defence: you need serious help. I'm not sure there's enough therapy in the world, but seek it out anyway.

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

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Shock and Horror - Relevant Experts Were Used!

"On the issues of immigration and the EU in 2012, out of 806 source appearances, not one was allocated to a representative of organised labour," the study concludes. In coverage of the banking crisis "opinion was almost completely dominated by stockbrokers, investment bankers, hedge fund managers and other City voices".

I ran a personal study and found that not one of those was allocated to an astronaut. We can thus safely conclude the BBC is anti-science.

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Baffles Me

Putting aside the article's main thrust, here's a question: what the hell organization appoints its own outside auditor? Comparing the pains taken to appoint external auditors and ombudsmen are normal organizations to "let's hire a guy, using our bias, to determine what our bias is, ignore that he himself is open about having a bias, and have him work both alone and seemingly without clear professional standards, that'll get 'er done!" makes me very sad for the British taxpayer.

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Data broker Acxiom lifts skirt, reveals your private bits

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Re: A golden opportunity

Just a shot in the dark, but I suspect opening a limited subset of data might be a pilot to see what the signal to intentionally introduced noise ratio looks like.

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BING! Microsoft plants Xbox Music flagpoles in Android and iOS

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Management

So MS is pretty near first to market in an incredibly popular segment and takes years to notice and start promoting it. In the interim they have, however, put megabucks behind any number of failed disasters of products. Management matters, apparently.

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Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986

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Re: Whatever.

When my daughter & grandaughter spend a week or so at my place just outside FortBragg, CA, we kill all electronics. We're not there for YouTube ... we're there for family time.

Upvoted because... well... why was this downvoted? Do we have that many whiny entitled 13 year olds posting here?

Don't answer that...

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Boffins lay bare exotic Lara Croft meteorite element ununpentium

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uhhhh

Or... you know... PNG?

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AT&T helping US drug cops in 'vast, troubling' phone snoop scheme

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Re: @AC - So forget about presumption of innocence

Put everyone in solitary confinement at birth! It'll stop ALL crime. Think of how amazing and great an accomplishment ending crime is! Only a dirty commu-hippie-terro-nazi would argue against it!!

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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

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Re: WTF?

Imagine it catches on and you and six friends have phones out on the table. Oops.

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

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Corporate Culture

Remember Apple complying with the court ordered apology a while back? In a vacuum these kind of things don't mean much, but the corporate culture over there keeps throwing these kind of sad little jabs out.

I guess that's not totally shocking, most Apple staff outside senior management sign on not long out of school and leave within 5 years. But still, kind of sad the image they're cultivating.

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Flash! Ah-ahh! Saviour of the universe? It'll save every one of us?

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Re: Fantastic

Seriously, I couldn't even come close to reading the article, nor could I read the title without the accompanying music. Kudos to the headline writer for doing almost too good of a job.

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Bradley Manning is no more. 'Call me Chelsea,' she says

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Interesting

It's standard practice to get a psychological evaluation before gender re-assignment. To protect people who might be doing it because of mental illness or attention seeking behaviours that they'd later regret mainly. I suppose wanting to spend time in a women's prison instead of a men's one could also be a consideration in this case. I'm very curious to see how that works out for Manning and whether this is deemed sincere.

No judgement here at all, just the way the whole situation has played out makes this unfortunate timing if nothing else.

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Chocolate Factory hits the Translate button on Google+

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Re: To be fair...

If you're trying to translate something that's going into legal documents, pony up for a real translator. Most likely you'll need one specialized in law, since it's rarely enough to be fluent in both languages. Complaining that Google Translate can't get that perfect is like saying that the automobile is a crap invention because it doesn't exhaust rainbows, burn half a ml per 100k, and get to Mars same day.

Fundamentally what Google Translate does, and its ability to go beyond just word-by-word translation to make at least generally plausible translations between drastically different grammars while dealing with idioms and other complexities, is simply jaw dropping. It's far from perfect, and we're probably well into diminishing returns so perfect may be a very long way off, but even with its very well known limitations it's an extremely impressive tool. I don't understand why people can't just sometimes appreciate it for what it is and for the level of communication it does offer us, rather than focus 100% on failed edge cases.

Also, add me to the list of those wondering why Google+ didn't tack this on way back when Facebook did.

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Yahoo! web! traffic! BIGGER! THAN! GOOGLE! in! July!

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Re: Stop! making! this! joke!

Best! Joke! Ever!

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Re: Hmmm

I had the same thought. Yahoo Answers in particular is a great source of not very real traffic. It contains just about every keyword on Earth, and being part of Yahoo automatically gets high pagerank, so it's like a black hole of search engine clicks.

Pity that 99% of the time all I can do with Answers is read the answer, roll my eyes, and go back to find a site with usable information. I doubt it's much in the way of a revenue machine, and almost surely unprofitable to run. It'd be worth distinguishing between engaged traffic and there-by-accident traffic.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: Be careful Chris

Did you read the prominent bits of the article that explained that the NSA outlined a lot of this?

Lots of things help terrorists, like privacy and freedom. Maybe we should ban them, but then what would we have left to protect?

On your second point, do you really want a government answer to that? I think their line would disappoint you greatly.

As for the NSA outlining a lot of it. It's not unusual for people to be prosecuted for compiling things which are otherwise publicly available. Aside from recent cases like Swartz, I recall a case of someone who put together a meticulously researched book on nuclear weapons which got them an FBI door knock and publication ban. They had only used public sources, mainly published by the government itself, but putting it all together plainly was apparently enough to make them one-a dem dam dirty terrarizers.

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Re: Still entirely susceptible

Yes and no. If you're using a private key it's normally saved as a file somewhere, the actual contents are something you've likely never seen, and forget being able to remember them barring a particularly savant bout of autism. If you have some sort of deadman setup which nukes your sole copy of that key after a prescribed period, then no matter how hard they hit you and how much you want to, there's really nothing you CAN tell an adversary.

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NASDAQ halts stock trading, citing data-feed glitch

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Schedule Return...

At 2:28 pm EST (10-ish minutes ago) NASDAQ announced that they would be bringing standard equity trading back up at 3:10 pm EST. Certain symbols would come back earlier, and quotes would resume 15 minutes before trading. The options and other markets will be coming back over the 15 minutes following stocks.

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Fanbois taught to use Apple's new killer app: Microsoft Windows

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Re: Wow (@Arthur 1)

The very first sentence in the article is the basis. It doesn't say anything about users wanting to move but being held back by critical applications, it specifically singles out users who only know and want to use Windows. Nothing about userland software is mentioned at all. The only thing I'm assuming is that the article author had access to more specifics than us and this was the strategy explained to him.

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Re: Wow

What it comes down to, however, is that Apple's unique selling point is their operating system, and now they're trying to sell systems to people that don't want to use their operating system. Seems a little iffy. If they were still using heavily customized hardware it would be one thing, but they're pretty standard parts now outside of the cases.

And while I don't want to touch the whole what's cheaper spec for spec argument (and I strongly suspect it may vary by location) it's worth noting that a $200 PC (using prices here in Canada as my basis) will run business software (spreadsheets, exchange clients, accounting packages, ERP packages, etc) without any hiccups. Spec for spec isn't that important when the minimum spec to do the job is many levels below the minimum spec Apple will sell you.

Touching the last point about support. I agree that Apple's retail support can be very good (in my experience it varies strongly store to store, some are populated by idiots and others not so much). However, Apple's support is extremely consumer-oriented; large IT departments can't be dealt with by retail support, the needs are simply too different. If an IT manager calls in asking about licensing details for deploying standardized images, you can't respond with a script that starts with 'have you tried to reboot the affected system, sir/ma'am?' So unless Apple is making the corresponding changes organizationally, I have a hard time seeing them gaining traction against the likes of Dell, HP, and so on, bizarre as that may sound at first glance.

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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

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Some clever engineer...

Some clever engineer got passed up for a pay raise, and is currently writing the CEO's suicide note while convincing him to be the first tester.

Plugged gymnasium air vents optional.

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Fuel Economy

That "backpack" is huge, and I suspect the bulk of it is gas tank. Can't be very economical.

Of course that makes sense, getting enough lift to keep a person plus itself at 8k feet for half an hour takes a ludicrous amount of energy. But that also relegates it to being little more than a toy, a very expensive to operate one at that. And the fuel limitation is fairly fundamental of a thing to work around, gravitational potential doesn't magically change, nor does fuel's energy density.

Still, very impressive engineering. Back in the day people believed the fuel limitation would prevent these things from running more than a few minutes. I guess by scaling it up and making the parts more efficient they've made something at least usable for blowing off some steam in spectacular fashion. And that's pretty damn cool.

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Re: Pedant Alert!

> I suppose by that logic if I pee hard I can call my man bits a jet pack.

Way ahead of you... much to the chagrin of the miss.

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Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak disses Ashton Kutcher's Steve Jobs

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What a shock...

A film deification of a human being, made by people who worship him, is both inaccurate and pisses off those who lived the events. No surprises here, I - and probably everyone else reasonably in touch with the industry - knew it would end this way from the first interview with Kutcher.

I know Jobs believed his own hype later in life, but I can't help but think even he'd be utterly peeved at this.

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Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

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Re: Let me get this right

> Sorry, but if it's AES-256 like the last bundle they released then it will be ONE NSA computer for about ten seconds.

I don't understand the whole Rijndael NSA backdoor concept. The NSA didn't touch Rijndael until a very long time after it was proposed, and the creators have no affiliation with the US at all. As a matter of fact, despite the whole ridiculous 'cryptosystems are munitions, ban them outside the US' nonsense, the NSA has a history of strengthening public cryptosystems at least as often as weakening them. Sure they demanded DES be limited in keylength, but remember the changes to the DES s-boxes? Everyone was oh so convinced that it was an NSA backdoor, and it turns out that they just had differential cryptanalysis before everyone else and the old s-boxes would have been helpless against it.

Their backdoors have historically been bypassing encryption with stuff like key escrow in clipper chips or by limiting foreign key lengths to things they knew they could brute force, not putting inherently weak encryption out there. And they've usually been flagrant about what they were doing. That's simply because the NSA is smart enough to understand that only they can access explicit backdoors, but anybody could potentially uncover inherent cipher weakness. And they don't want American interests using encryption that someone else could crack, they want to have the monopoly on that.

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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Curious...

I'm curious if they have a way to segment this by whether or not the post already had a vote. Oftentimes I feel like people don't want to be the first one to vote either way on something, but are totally willing to chime in either direction once they see voting happening. A kind of steam or critical mass effect. No real data to support that, obv.

If that were correct, then the tendency to upvote no matter what would be explained by the fact that comments on the site are overall better than neutral (votes don't need to be zero sum) and that they cracked a lot of vote virginities.

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Re: Well, Eadon's gone...

I was under the impression that silver have an upvote minimum, that's what the original posting said. Did this change?

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Re: Why only three groups?

> For some reason I just felt compelled to upvote as well. I don't know why...

Upvoted. Presumably due to use of the word upvote.

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Re: Tried that

It wasn't clever the first time, either.

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Google sniffs at MySQL fork MariaDB: Yum. Have an engineer

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Re: Good News Everyone...

> Copyright assignment. I just assume any code "owned" by a corporation, like MySQL AB, has copyright assignment clauses for contributors.

I didn't question whether the legal mechanism existed, anyone who works in the industry is fully aware of who owns their code. I questioned whether this is fundamentally the right way to do open source. I don't see open source code as something which should be 'owned' by any entity, corporate or otherwise.

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