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27 posts • joined 6 Dec 2010

We got behind the wheel of a Tesla S electric car. We didn't hate it

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Re: There are cheaper, less environmentally harmful options.

Hmm. Check out "America's 100 Deadliest Highways" at thedailybeast. Ranked by number of fatal accidents per in-state miles, sunny California came in #4 (Interstate-15), #5 (I-10), #16 (I-80), #32 (I-5), #40 (I-8), and #79 for I-40. The California freeway system is high risk.

A dated study (2002) titled An Analysis of Traffic Deaths by Vehicle Type and Model did find that the category 'Imported Luxury Cars' (ex: BMW 3-5 series, Mercedes C and E, Infiniti) had the lowest combined risk for fatal highway crash. I suppose that's the category most applicable for the Tesla S.

If someone wants to dig deeper look at the Fatality Analysis Reporting System at http://www.nhtsa.gov/FARS

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

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Re: Incompetant

The IRS budget has been hammered the last four years by the GOP dominated House in what seems to be a classic case of political payback for the IRS targeting political 501 (c)(4)s.

501(c)(4)s are typically social welfare non-profits, but the 2010 Supreme Court 'Citizens United' ruling cleared the way for corporations to spend unlimited money influencing elections and file for tax exempt status as a 501(c)(4). A major benefit being that donors need not be disclosed as they are in SuperPACs. 501(c) applications more than doubled after Citizens United.

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First Dell, now IBM: 15,000 jobs face the axe at Big Blue, says union

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It's what needs to be done

The Old IBM had a no layoff policy and the resulting top heaviness contributed mightily to the company's near extinction in the early 1990s. In 1986 IBM had 407,000 employees worldwide. By 1994, Gerstner had reduced this to 215,000.

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FCC net neutrality blueprint TRASHED by US appeals court

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Re: What am I missing?

I believe your understanding is spot on. At some point in the past, the FCC chose not to classify ISPs as common carriers and then proceeded to regulate them with common carrier rules. This court ruling says they can't do that. The FCC can now either reclassify broadband companies as common carriers or change the net neutrality terminology to be different from that of common carriers. Or they could sit on their hands.

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Obama cancels meeting Putin in Russia, says Snowden 'a factor'

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In context...

Putin looks for reasons to poke Obama in the eye. He openly despises Obama. See their June meeting in Ireland. Snowden (folk hero or not) is just the latest opportunity. Obama worked well with Putin's 2008 successor, Dmitry Medvedev, but Putin seems to want the U.S. positioned as an enemy.

As a U.S. citizen I'd much prefer Obama spending his time dealing with the forthcoming threatened shutdown of the US government by the GOP. This summit flap will hopefully have no more gravity than Putin's cancellation of a meeting with Obama at Camp David in 2012.

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Why bother

Obama plans to attend a Group of 20 meeting in early Sept that Putin is hosting in St Petersburg so what's the point of a Moscow meeting immediately after? Putin is showing more interest in playing Obama than negotiating on meaningful issues (Syria and Iran). PRwise, Obama can't win. If he goes to Moscow he's a tool and if he cancels (as he has), he's a drama queen. I just hope there's some good cartoons that come from this.

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Windows desktop VDI

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TechSoup

If you are a nonprofit in the US with a 501(3)(c) check out techsoup.org for charitable pricing of software and some hardware. Techsoup partners with some 57 technology companies that provide greatly reduced pricing for those that are eligible. Microsoft, Citrix, and Cisco are among the partners.

FWIW, I am the volunteer IT dept of a small nonprofit (25 desktops, a NAS, and a point of sale system) and I whole heartedly agree with those above that eschew complexity.

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IBM axes nearly THREE THOUSAND staffers in North America - union

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The IBM I know

Old IBM had a no layoff policy. Imagine the glut of employees with no real job to do. That changed by necessity in the early 1990's and a Tucson storage division was one of the first to get trimmed. I don't know specifics but IBM gave low level employees a year and a half salary as a parachute. Pretty nice offer for both employees and the local economy.

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Obama signs Executive Order on critical cybersecurity

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Re: Translation

Obama has issued fewer exec orders than any U.S. president since Grover Cleveland over 100 years ago.

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Samba 4 arrives with full Active Directory support

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Re: What a waste of time

Most NAS devices use linux & samba and many organizations use one or more NAS as file server(s) without additional administrative overhead. It's efficient and inexpensive and probably causes Microsoft to lower the price of entry versions of Windows Server. An improved Samba is all win for everyone. Samba.org shows quite a few vendors that use Samba as part of a greater product.

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IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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It wasn't all IBM's fault

MS marketing was it's criminal best in the OS/2 days. U.S. antitrust was first attracted to the plans IBM and MS made to divy up the planned OS/2 market (IBM - business; MS -retail) and what they found led them to clear IBM but stick to MS for the remainder of the decade. Anyone remember when MS threatened to withhold Windows from IBM if IBM bundled OS/2 exclusively on any their PCs? IBM previously had a dual boot arrangement which required them to pay a Windows license twice. With other OEMs, MS demanded a Windows license for every box sold whether is shipped with Windows or not. Remember Win 3.11, which was 3.1 with a few line changes to break compatibility with OS/2? On and on.

Anyway this was a wonderful unexpected article & comment section.

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Apple impasse sees China Mobile buy own speech tech

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name calling

Sorry to tell you, but it's Siri that looks stupid in public when it fails to understand natural language.

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Apple lawyer: 'I promise I am not smoking crack'

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Boffin

ask Judge Penfield Jackson

Have you all forgotten Microsoft's (successful) strategy? Piss off the judge so much that you can claim judicial bias when he/she rules against you.

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Apple pulls in TomTom, kicks Google off iPhones

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follow the money

Well on CNBC (U.S. financial news) yesterday, they attributed the drop in Apple share price to Apple's product announcements. They further suggested Apple's drop led the entire market south. How's that for leadership?

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Microsoft hikes volume prices by more than a third

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Re: MS on the verge

Google apps

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Apple fights off ebook suit with anti-Amazon defence

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why is this happeneing?

Why has a price fixing charge against an oligarchy of Publishers turned into an Amazon bash fest?

People seem afraid that Amazon will either drive out content with low prices or use predatory pricing now only to raise prices later. Instead of future fantasy, what about the present reality where the price of electronic books is already too high and paper is out of reach (for a middle class guy like me). Libraries are being defunded across the country.

What's the reality that Amazon is a monopsony ( Publishers must sell to Amazon) in the age of the Internet? Publishers can't create their own retail websites?

And this article - implying that anti-competition prosecution is ineffectual because the Microsoft breakup order was reversed on appeal. Com' on. Apples and oranges.

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Apple, publishers and ebook pricing – what does it all mean?

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FAIL

Baloney

"Aren’t monopoly watchdogs supposed to bust monopolies"

No, they're supposed to bust abusive monopolies and those that commit anti-competitive practices in violation of anti-trust laws. In this case, that's exactly what they did.

Oh and MS DOS became cheap when MS illegally required PC OEMs to pay MS a vig for every box shipped regardless of what os was on it. It dispatched with DR DOS by throwing up phony error messages when MS Office discovered it was running. IF Amazon becomes an abusive monopoly, it too will become a DOJ target.

BTW, what's the cost of entry for a publisher to throw up their own e-book website and then cease to deal with Amazon?

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Hands on with the Apple iPad 3

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Happy

ipad what?

Hmm. This article and comments alerted me to the Transformer Prime. Thanks.

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Why I'd pay Apple more to give iPad factory workers a break

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Why Apple?

Because Apple has high relative prices, huge profit margins, and $98 Billion in cash that no one seems to be benefiting from. This story will stick like it did for Nike.

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Google finally admits it wants to OWN YOU

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Black Helicopters

I predict

that The Register will predict the fall of Google 100 years before it happens...and do it on a daily basis.

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Big Blue boffins cram information onto a cool 12 atoms

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you're missing a bigger point

right, because basic research isn't useful unless it's packaged for retail.

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Kindle Fire to consume half of Android tablet biz

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Barry Shitpeas ?

It seems to be an accepted assumption that Amazon is selling the Fire at or below cost. Then along comes a company (Ainovo) shipping a decent looking 7" Android 4 (dual camera, 1080p, capacitive screen) for $100 less. Sold out the first day. If it's mostly about price, then it's too early to call the game.

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Seagate flings twirling terabyte platters at world

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US prices

Quality 1TB drives sell for 50 GBP ($80) in the US. I've seen them as low as 25 GBP

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Jobs was 'working on future product day before he died'

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would I pay for these...

Roads, bridges, fire protection, police, education. Yes I would. Basic research, national weather, Center for Disease Control. Yep. Military protection, legal protection, environmental protection. Yes again. What I haven't spent a penny on despite being in the pc business since the early 1980s, is an Apple product. I've often recommended Apple to people, but I usually warn them they'll get ripped on the price.

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Google leads shoppers into pay-by-wave future

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You say, "Verifone, the industry leader ... long ago stopped selling anything without NFC hardware, so proximity payments will come though the usual equipment cycle even if retailers aren't particularly interested."

And that "millions of credit cards already have the technology embedded"

So it sounds like the competition has more than a foothold. T

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Schmidt ducks antitrust questions lobbed from Congress

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Can any website be a monoply in a free (mostly) country?

Does Google have a monopoly in search that makes these hearings relevant? Right now this looks like watchdog agencies sniffing and growling at the behest of Google's competitors. Maybe not such a bad thing, but if Google is declared to be a monopoly, I think that would be an injustice.

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Google launches 'free' 'open' 'cloud' eBooks digiback service

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Coat

google ebooks changed my holiday gift list

I'm glad I read about this elsewhere before coming across The Register's presentation.

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