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  • I'd rather just pay more taxes

    @W3bbo: just to set the numbers straight, according to FAO, the energy required by a light or sedentary worker for 24h is 1.53 times the Basal Metabolic Rate (i.e. the energy required to lay awake in a well defined resting condition). By comparison, a heavy worker requires 2.25 times the BMR.

    Once you consider that the brain consumes pretty much the same amount of energy regardless of its activity (or the quality of such activity) and that the BMR varies a lot with age, gender and body weight, you get enough evidence that thermodynamics is not a good way to measure effort.

    @evildictaitor: while I'm in nitpicking mode: you keep quoting the comparison between the net worth of the top 400 with the bottom 50% of the population. While that number is impressive, I don't think it's very relevant as even redistributing all that wealth wouldn't make much of a difference (even more so once you consider that you can only redistribute it once). The figure I would use from the same source is the fact that the top 1% of the US households earns the same amount of money of the bottom 50% combined. While the ratio is a lot less spectacular, those are incomes that could potentially pay higher taxes every year.

  • Has Climategate 2.0 just started?

    @DeathByVisualStudio: Yup, looks somewhat redder on the forehead. Expecting smoke from the ears by page 22.

  • Has Climategate 2.0 just started?

    , cbae wrote

    *snip*

    WTF do you think volunteers for clinical trials are doing?

    Half of them are doing that. The other half think they are doing that.

  • Alright, the Windows 8 appstore is a non-starter (except for fart-apps)

    @wastingtimewithforums: sure they can, how dumb of me. Windows N and the browser ballot screen (just to mention a few) must be a figment of my overactive fanboyist imagination.

  • Alright, the Windows 8 appstore is a non-starter (except for fart-apps)

    Can you imagine the lawsuit fest that would arise about who gets to be "100% trusted" and who doesn't?

  • In WP7, when calling, what does Flash mean?

    A "flash" is just a quick on-hook/off-hook cycle. According to Wikipedia, it goes by the name of "recall" in the UK.

  • If you cannot compete, sue

    , Bass wrote

    Some interesting tidbits in B&N's anti-trust complaint. Apparently Microsoft wants to change more for a license to the patents in question than they do for a full WP7 license (which I assume implicitly includes a license to the patents in question and than some).

    What this is saying is a couple of patents that probably didn't require much work to file is more valuable than an entire OS thousands of developers worked on. At least when Android is involved.

    Yeah our patent system is surely working as intended.

    A WP7 license, to Microsoft, is worth a lot more than its price: there are revenues from the Marketplace, Bing searches, developer tools, subscriptions and mindshare, advertising dollars. None of all that happens with a mere patent licensing, so the comparison doesn't hold.

  • How long will Windows 8, the terrible, last? Any bets?

    @wastingtimewithforums: there is no such thing as the "loss of the start menu". It just became full-screen. Oh, and it's already shown when you log in. I seriously don't see what the fuss is all about.

    It's a better start menu, if anything, one you can customize as you please and that can host "live tiles" if you care for that sort of things. They need to work on the contrast between the Metro style and the (almost) glassy windows on the desktop, but functionally I think it's an improvement once you get over your muscle memory.

  • ad idea? do something with coke / mcd's

    Yep, Starbucks is Apple-ish, except for their naming scheme; "Iced Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha" sounds like a Microsoft Server product. Must be a Seattle thing...

  • ITV Studio's Logo

    @vesuvius: ...which just reinforces my first impression that it looks like a fetus.