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ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

Alcimedes Re:Why not both? (354 comments)

As far as the phone stuff is concerned, essentially yes.

about 2 years ago

ITU To Choose Emergency Line For Mobiles: 911, or 112?

Alcimedes Re:Why not both? (354 comments)

The first digit being a "1" for long distance is only true in the US. When you come up with the phone system, of course you give your country the first country code.

about 2 years ago

Android Hits 73% of Global Smartphone Market

Alcimedes Q3 vs. worldwide in use? (601 comments)

This is idiocy. The article is talking about Q3 sales numbers, not "in use" not "deployed" not anything other than Q3.

Why are people extrapolating that to installed/user base numbers?

about 2 years ago

Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

Alcimedes Re:WHAT??!?! (349 comments)

When I read comments from people talking about ditching Netflix in exchange for Blockbuster, because they have better prices, I always assume that you are all under the age of 25 or so, maybe younger. Anyone who was ever a Blockbuster customer prior to them having any kind of competition, knows what kind of epic overcharging assholes they were.

about 3 years ago

Apple's Chinese Suppliers Accused of Causing Significant Environmental Damage

Alcimedes How does this compare to the US? (346 comments)

From the article.

"Apple does this by regularly conducting audits and working with suppliers to correct violations, according to the company's 2011 supplier responsibility progress report. In 2010, the company audited 127 facilities and found that 89% of them had waste water management practices in compliance with Apple's requirements.

The same audits, however, found that only 69% of the facilities were in compliance with air emission management standards. Only 70% of the facilities were in compliance for environmental permits and reporting. When violations are found, Apple requires the supplier to complete plans to resolve the problem 90 days after the audit."

Do we have 100% compliance in the states? How does this compare to US rates?

about 3 years ago

Apple Logging Locations of All iPhone Users

Alcimedes Re:Can we start using examples other than Divorce? (591 comments)

Automatic speeding tickets issued if you get pulled over and your GPS coordinates indicate you traveled from point A to point B in less time than the speed limit would allow.

Given they can strip all the data off of your phone in seconds now, would be an easy to to add some cash after you got pulled over for a broken tail light etc.

more than 2 years ago

ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

Alcimedes Re:Silly... (482 comments)

Dunno, I currently don't actually own any gold. Might be kind of cool to have a few weight units of gold around the house.

You'd really pass up the opportunity to own some actual gold bullion? I don't think I could. :)

more than 3 years ago

DRM vs. Unfinished Games

Alcimedes Heading the wrong direction? (462 comments)

Why is it that none of these solutions involve making a product that people are happy/willing to pay for to begin with?

It's always about crippling something then fixing it later.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Hires Antenna Engineers. Really.

Alcimedes Secrecy is a double edged sword. (417 comments)

That must have been a really, really, really awkward conversation.

Although to be honest, I wonder if this is Apple's secrecy coming to bite them in the ass. If you are uber careful about how many phones you have out in the field, you're a lot less likely to run into scenarios where your product fails in real world situations.

beta testing, google does it for a reason.

more than 4 years ago

"Supertaskers" Can Safely Use Mobile Phones While Driving

Alcimedes Re:Task Saturation (388 comments)

Strangely enough, the only person I know that I would qualify as a "super tasker" is a Captain in the Army.

He could be talking to a General on the phone, drinking his coffee and driving in some of the worst traffic imaginable and it wasn't a problem at all. (traffic and rules of the road in South America make the worst traffic in the US look like a driver's ed training session)

One time a car came out of *no-where* and he reacted to it instantly before anyone else in the vehicle had even realized it was coming, avoided it, accelerated out of the situation and kept going, all the while not spilling a drop of coffee and not interrupting his conversation in the slightest.

I don't think I'd feel safe with *anyone else* I know doing that, but with this guy, he could pull it off.

more than 4 years ago

90% of the Universe Found Hiding In Plain View

Alcimedes Re:Dark stuff? (279 comments)

More in-depth quote.

"I’ll note: this has nothing to do with dark matter. As it happens, 90% of the matter in the Universe is in a form that emits no light, but affects other matter through gravity. We know it exists, and you can find out why here. We know it exists locally, in nearby galaxies and clusters of galaxies, too. This new result doesn’t affect that, since the now un-hidden galaxies are very far away, like many billions of light years away. They can’t possibly affect nearby galaxies, so they don’t account for dark matter."

more than 4 years ago

75% of Enterprises Have Suffered Cyber Attacks, Costing $2M+ On Average

Alcimedes Spam (81 comments)

Sweet, the first article that was so bad I just tagged it as spam. I'd worry about the future but the filters on the /. editors have been crap for years, surprised there aren't more of these.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly

Alcimedes Re:Just going to annoy legit customers (819 comments)

Thanks for the info, I'll check on converting it. The machine isn't my primary machine by any stretch, and at the end of the day, it's the only OS that needs to phone home in order to function.

I guess one admins feature is another admins annoyance.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Piracy Windows 7 Update Phones Home Quarterly

Alcimedes Just going to annoy legit customers (819 comments)

I have a machine, purchased by my employer that has to be validated against the key server at the office.

The machine however is at my house. The only way to make it validate is to ensure that I'm connected to the VPN when it attempts to find its key.

Does this mean once a quarter (if I have this update) my machine will downgrade itself, make me hop on the VPN, revalidate etc.?

That's just damn annoying. I'll probably end up cracking my legit install to stop this stupid behavior. When the cracked version of your software is less obnoxious than the legitimate version you have a problem.

more than 4 years ago

Verizon Blocking 4chan

Alcimedes Bad summary (677 comments)

Granted it's /. so I don't expect anything else.

The block is only in place for Verizon Wireless traffic, not all of Verizon's traffic.

more than 4 years ago

Google Gets Its iPhone Voice

Alcimedes Re:Woohoo! (249 comments)

Apple computer:

Total dicks to the competition, and therefore driving innovation!

Way to go Apple. :p

more than 4 years ago

Comcast Launches Broadband Meter

Alcimedes Re:Freakonomics (199 comments)

I think you missed the entire story there.

They found that if the fee was too low then parents felt fine showing up late and paying the fee. However, if you raise the fee high enough then they don't show up late anymore. Hence the $2 per minute your late fees at daycare centers that are standard around here.

Don't think Comcast didn't figure out the second part of that one.

more than 4 years ago

Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

Alcimedes Re:Oh please. (1049 comments)

I think there's a misundertsanding as to how the hiring process works.

First, you get a ton of resumes in. Far more than you could interview, so step one.

Get rid of people.

The first step in almost any hiring process is to figure out which people you don't want. This is where little stupid things screw you over. Depending on how many resumes a hiring manager has, having an email address just might be enough to get your resume thrown in the "don't bother" pile. At the end of the day they still have 30 good, qualified people to start phone interviews with, what do they care if they had 31?

more than 4 years ago


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