* Posts by Hexer

20 posts • joined 21 Dec 2011

Android is a mess and needs sprucing up, admits chief


Re: Linux fans are touchy

Not really. I would guess if someone uses Linux for 10 years he would know better what to buy to have a good hardware support. SONY notebook released with Win Vista might not even work with Win 7 so pick your vendor with care.

It did not take me long as well to understand that for Android there is no better choice then Nexus. Did you miss all the clues about it as well?


Re: Yep, I agree

"How many first gen iOS or Android units support all of the features of the latest OS?"

My old Vibrant has the newest JB loaded and it's working fine.

Your point?

EU competition chief stays in touch with Google via TEXT MESSAGES


Re: Pot, meet kettle

All my Android devices have 3 app stores installed (Play, Amazon and F-Droid) plus a HumbleBundle app. Nobody even made it hard to do it. And two of my phones are Google branded Nexuses.

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Re: Split


<wiping tears off> Sorry but it was a good looong laugh :)

Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home



What's Facebook?


Re: Why would anyone want this?

Just buy a Nexus and you're good. As long as all the drivers are available to an open source community you should be able to always find a distro with no crap.

Experts agree: Your next car will be smarter than you


Re: I love to drive.

"Keep my real car for when i can actually have some fun with it."

Were you just born last night?

Did you notice how governments work?


"[i]Or how it is ok to block dual carriageway overtaking another lorry with ~1mph speed difference[/i]

That's not entirely their fault - their stupid regulators get in the way, and when you come out from the slipstream you may not have the delta in speed for overtaking you thought you had."

If you're trying to tell me that these "truck heroes" really have to even attempt passing when one truck's limiter is 1 mph off you failed all the way.


No thx.

It's scary that all development goes into removing drivers attention from the car instead of making a mass transit efficient enough so people who do not like driving would have no excuse. Somehow we suppose to pay in a price of a car for not driving a car?

What's wrong with taking a train or a bus when you do not want to sit in a traffic? If I'm going downtown I do not plan to drive, I take a train which gets me there at the exact time and I can do with my time whatever I want. Why would I need my car at all? Give me a good mass transit and I am happy. I can even stop by a pub on my way home without worry I have to get in a car to "be driven" home.

Life after Cisco: I've got 99 problems but a switch ain't one

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If you care about IPv6 you should do a full load test with it as some switches cheat a bit on it and offer no full hardware switching. Multicast is usually tough if you have plenty of routed ports as replication is done per subnet so for a fully portable setup (all ports with /30 subnets) would be nice to see if multicast holds.

And just to compare which Cisco switch you are throwing against?

Cisco Catalyst 4500-X ?

WS-C4500X-16SFP+ ?

WS-C4500X-32SFP+ ?

Would be nice to know how much you save going non-Cisco.

And last thing is interoperability. I know these all should support standards but some small variations might break your setup. Are you going to use these exclusively or mix with other brands? How support team would react if you call with a problem between Dell and Supermicro?

McDonalds burger app gives it to you straight from the horse's mouth


The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

I was hoping this app could at least give you a picture of the cow the meat is from.

[Ford] sat down.

The waiter approached.

"Would you like to see the menu?" he said, "or would you like meet the Dish of the Day?"

"That's cool," said Zaphod, "we'll meet the meat."

A large dairy animal approached Zaphod Beeblebrox's table, a large fat meaty quadruped of the bovine type with large watery eyes, small horns and what might almost have been an ingratiating smile on its lips.

"Good evening," it lowed and sat back heavily on its haunches, "I am the main Dish of the Day. May I interest you in the parts of my body?"

Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs


Re: Rubbish

@David Hicks

"Sales taxes are regressive and hit the poor worst"

In what way? You buy more you pay more tax so rich pays more then poor obviously. And it's quite common to have different percentages on some articles like basic food or books.

"What's more you'll find that if you apply this to companies they'll coalesce into single legal entities to avoid selling things between each other, therefore avoiding absolutely all tax."

And how this would help? VAT already does it without this scheme as you can deduct the VAT you paid from the VAT you charged on your sales. What's important is a price of a final product which consumer pays. And if you're trying to say that final consumers do not pay 100% of the tax you might want to educate yourself.


@Barrie Shepherd

"apply the new level to Gross revenue not Net "

It's already done and called VAT.

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Re: But what about muh socialism?


"Indeed you do unless you are a company or registered for VAT."

Are you sure about that? Company can deduct the VAT _they paid_ from their obligation created but their sales. So how it's not paying VAT? Just the fact you can deduct VAT you paid on some gas does not make it disappear as you need to sell your stuff first to be able to deduct it.

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Re: But what about muh socialism?

@Lee Dowling

"Otherwise, you might as well just throw the whole taxation system out of the window. "

The first sentence here which makes any sense.

"The point of a taxation system is to CAPTURE people who are making money and take a fair percentage of it. If that percentage isn't sufficient, or the people making money are difficult to capture, laws are introduced to MAKE it sufficient and MAKE them let themselves known."

I call BS here. If that would be true we would have a simple tax system easy to follow and hard to abuse. TAX system has a lot of other priorities before you even think about a revenue. The most important role of it is to use it as a political tool with some special allowances or deductions to win some groups which are needed at the moment. That's the reason the whole TAX law is so complicated and it's getting even more complicated when someone is trying to "fix" issues like this (which is political as well).

How hard would it be to just use VAT as the only tax in existence? Easy to collect, easy to understand, hard to avoid. The more you buy the more you pay so rich pays more then poor by definition. But then how would politicians be able to confuse you with it?

Xboxes stay on sale but may cost Microsoft money in Google case


Those $12 Billion you paid for Motorola .............

"Those $12 Billion you paid for Motorola are turning out to be a great investment, right Google? First fire most of the staff and now the patents are worth pennies."

Did you miss the real reason Google bought Motorola?

Look up "tax write offs". :)

Amazon makes BEELLIONS from British customers, pays pennies in tax


Re: MP stands for Media Prozzy, right?

"That's pretty much the argument around tax simplification."


If the only tax would be a simple sales tax with no exceptions, special rates or other nonsense these companies would be paying their fair share with no extra government oversight. All tax problems and loopholes are coming from complicated tax law used to steer market manually.

Global warming: It's GOOD for the environment


Change is not a problem, it's speed is though.

I believe in general the change might not be bad but the biggest problem is it's speed which is not leaving enough time for evolutionary changes to kick in. Humans already stressed the environment and it looks like even if we do not caused the change we at least accelerate it all the time.

I am sure if this CO2 level would rise in 10 times longer time all would be much better but at the current speed it will wipe out a lot of species (and probably a lot of humans at some point).

Papers like this are fine and good but they do not address the speed issue. Even if plants can benefit tremendously from a higher level of CO2 we will not give them enough time to matter.

On the other hand, if all this wipes us, and many other species, out it would not really matter how many millions of years will take evolution to bounce back, nobody will be counting anymore. :)

Brit pair deported from US for 'destroy America' tweet


What a rage! :)

Calm down dear brits. You used to do the same in the past. When EU took down the borders in Europe your island did not get a memo and was turning back people for no reason at all. Just because uk border officers did not like you was enough to send you back.

But suddenly when two arrogant twats got kicked back the rage goes on just because news mentioned "Twitter"?

A simple HTML tag will crash 64-bit Windows 7


Does Safari require admin rights to install?


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