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Greg La Vardera
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The European Commission has concluded that Ireland granted undue tax benefits of up to €13bn to Apple.
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+Greg La Vardera I would also say that if you look at Apple's history as a company, it's only been in the past half decade or so that they have become such a rich company. Nearly 20 years ago they were weeks away from going bankrupt.

Asking Apple, or any other company to pay more than they are legally obligated to just because today they can afford it doesn't help them say 10 years from now when some other company is the largest and Apple is going broke.

Not only do we need to demand a change to our tax laws, we also need to demand a change to campaign finance, so the influence large corporations have over our politicians lessens. Also, term limits haven't helped, as it's forced politicians to keep taking money to run for the next elected position.

But that's all subjects for another group. 😉
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A collection of early tablet, phone, and computer concept designs from Apple.
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+Greg La Vardera There are hundreds of "No's" for every "Yes." 
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It does not have to be an iPad Mini Pro, just an iPad Mini that works with the Apple Pencil. Please.
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the regular iPad is too big! The Mini is just right!

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Peeps - MacBooks $300 off till the end of biz on Saturday. Thats $999 for the 256g drive version of the MacBook. I wish I needed one:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclk=Macbook+Type_MacBook&ci=13223&N=4110474291+4294948827
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it may get a little bit faster, but I doubt any big changes in the next version. This still looks like a good deal.

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Here's a customer service story - my wife's new MacBook, we got it Dec31st, its 6 weeks old, the space key went bad. Stopped clicking, and the ends stopped working. Pressing hard in the center would give you a space character, but it was impossible to type.

Back to the Apple Store with it, and they just swapped it out for a new one, not the slightest hesitation. 
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+Greg La Vardera Try that with a cheap ass Dell or HP PC. 
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Looking at the new thin MacBook for my wife and wondering how you migrate a user on to that thing. I discovered that the new USB-C will have a target disk mode. But that will only be helpful getting a user off the MacBook, not so much with getting them on.
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Boy what a debacle that turned into. Seagate back-up drive came with a dead dongle. Checked every dongle in the house looking for a match. Went to office in middle of night looking for a match, gave up and went to bed at 3am. Got new backup drive at BestBuy in morning, swapped data in a few hours!
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I'm really not happy that Apple plays these tax games. They make a lot of money - pay your god damn taxes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn10cEm8X_E
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If it's legal, then they, as every other business or individual, should only pay what they are legally obligated to pay.

I understand the frustration, but as an individual tax payer, I do everything I can to lessen the amount of taxes I have to pay. I don't purpossfully try and break the law, but I also take every deduction I can.

If we don't like companies doing this, then we need to tell our representatives to change the laws.

Let's not be mistaken, Apple isn't the only company that takes advantage of these poorly written or maybe that is expertly written laws that let them pay far less then they should.

It makes me angry, though the way we as citizens have allowed corporations to take over our government is appalling and I believe we're seeing more and more of that frustration bubbling up during this current election cycle.
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Where's Evan?
NBBJ is the first major architecture firm jumping headlong into VRby incubating its own platform.
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Looks like we'll be able to use it this summer. I need to talk to +Sean Burke about this. 
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Interesting review of Graebert's ARES Commander CAD package. Its DWG native, shares tool and command-line structure with AutoCad, and seems to be doing AutoCad on the Mac better than AutoDesk is. And its like getting Full AutoCad for the price of AutoCad LT.
Does Germany's Graebert have what it takes to challenge mighty Autodesk's market leading AutoCAD in global 2D CAD? In this in-depth product review, Architosh
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I was intrigued by this because occasionally I will have to do some work in AutoCad, and I've rented it by the month to do that. This looks like a better value, and the few inconsistencies with AutoCad don't bother me as I'm not used to it anyway.

And, well to put it plainly, I feel AutoDesk has worked to take advantage of our profession, limit our choices, and extract as much money from us as it could. I'd rather not do business with them. At all.
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A little info reveal re Bluetooth 4. Currently Apple is not allowing manufacturers to bring their own drivers to the party for any Bluetooth 4 (low energy) mouse, meaning you have to use Apples basic mouse control panel which means no control over button function. Without the ability to customize the functions of mouse buttons a mouse is basically useless.

So Apple is blocking custom mouse configuration for all but their own Magic Mouse.

So. If you want a Bluetooth 4 mouse - and Bluetooth 4 is clearly the best standard for a wireless mouse - if you want one, the only one you can choose is Apples scroll-wheeless magic mouse.

If you don't you'll likely end up with a 3 button mouse where two of the buttons are the same function. How smart is that.
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+Evan Troxel I don't think that is related because this is restricted only for Bluetooth v4. Older bluetooth versions developers can write drivers for. Its just the latest and greatest that is boxed out.

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Thinking about a new "travel" mouse to keep in my bag and use when I work at home. Currently carrying a Kensington that I've standardized on for years, but the long cable is bugging me. I've never been a big fan of bluetooth but for a travel mouse I'll try it.

Apple's magic mouse is pretty, but I'm concerned that without the scroll wheel it won't work well for my reflexive use of the Sketchup interface. I rely on a scroll wheel with a scroll button, and I think the MM just can't even do it. Disappointing, plus I'm annoyed the current model only works in El Capitan - lame.

So, any recommendations on a slim bluetooth mouse with a scroll wheel. Slim is better than small and tall for stashing in my bag.
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+Greg La Vardera That's Microsoft for you. #jobone 😂
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Well Apple Notes without the Apple Pencil is a non-starter. Here's what it was like.

First off, Apple Notes will not pair with the Bluetooth stylus, so using the Waccom with it was just a little better than your finger. Very hard to be precise with where you place a line, and what is worse is there is no palm rejection at all, so you have to write and draw with your hand elevated above the screen.

In the end this is really all about the stylus. This could be as good as the rest I've tried if it worked with the bluetooth devices. But without that its the worst. And with the Apple Pencil, its the best. The ironies!
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Well, I returned that damn Wacom bluetooth stylus, so until Apple releases the smaller iPads with force touch and compatibility with the Apple Pencil, my trials and search for sketching software is on hold!

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an architect, on a personal mission to see the modern home become a choice for anybody who wants one.
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    Architecture, 2013