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60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

AndrewX Re:Get rid of those things (944 comments)

So what kind of bulbs do you think people had been using in closets and attics in the more than 100 years between the invention of the light bulb and the advent of the CFL? Fairies in bottles?

about 7 months ago

Spotify's Own Math Suggests Musicians Are Still Getting Hosed

AndrewX Re:Your call (244 comments)

If they really are "indie" artists, as claimed by most of the people bitching about Spotify not paying them "enough," then yes they do have that control.

about 8 months ago

Nexus 5 With Android 4.4 and Snapdragon 800 Challenges Apple A7 In Benchmarks

AndrewX Re:This is not a fair comparison (310 comments)

But with Android, you have to contend with thousands of different models, each with their own shitty customisations that break things. We deployed an application last week for Android. It was finished weeks beforehand for iOS. Despite only having to target three recent Android tablets (it was an in-house project), each tablet was broken in different ways. iOS development is a breeze by comparison.

Yes, you are potentially developing for many more phones with Android. With iOS, you are developing for one and one only. You're comparing developing for one device to developing for basically every other device (ignoring Windows phones), and that's not really comparable, is it?

So developing for iOS got your app on one device. With Android, you got your app on many devices with essentially only some tweaks needed to get it working on individual new devices, instead of having to develop for a completely new OS altogether for each.This is problem, how?

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

AndrewX Re:Here's the full story. (682 comments)

Citing someone who didn't have to pay child support, give up half his assets, or anything after a divorce as an example of the problem just because he didn't get to keep her (ie. not his) children is a pretty poor example... I can throw a stick and hit two people with a sadder story than that.

about 9 months ago

Snowden Claims That NSA Collaborated With Israel To Write Stuxnet Virus

AndrewX Wait, what? (491 comments)

That summary was all over the place. It barely talked about what was in the headline.

1 year,21 days

French Gov't Runs Vast Electronic Spying Operation of Its Own

AndrewX Re:Oh for the love of fuck... (214 comments)

"Saboteur" refers to the practice of ruining the innards of weaving machines by throwing in your shoes - a type of wooden clog called a "sabot". It has no espionage connotations at all.

And it probably originates in the Netherlands.

...that sounds like industrial espionage to me...? Why would one ruin their own weaving machine?

1 year,25 days

NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

AndrewX Re:This is stupid (407 comments)


1 year,27 days

NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

AndrewX Re:This is stupid (407 comments)

Belgian ffs. Belgium, I hate it when people mistake us for Dutch!

I know how you feel. I hate it when people mistake me (from Seattle) for Canadian. I mean, I know we're right next door to each other, speak the same language, look the same, and share a similar lineage, but that doesn't matter. It makes me rage so hard that I get on the Internet and whine about it with the indigence of a princess. I'M SO SICK OF BEING MISTAKEN FOR SOMEONE WHO CLEARLY LIVES A FEW MILES AWAY AND OVER AN INVISIBLE BOARDER! HOW COULD ANYONE DO THISS???!?!!?!??!

1 year,27 days

Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

AndrewX Pff... (467 comments)

diff -c copy1.txt copy2.txt

sed 's/discrepancy1/correction1/;s/discrepancy2/correction2/;s/etc/etc/' copy1.txt > newcopy.txt

well, that was hard.

about a year ago

Apple Updates MacBooks and Mac Pro Desktop With Haswell, "Unified Thermal Core"

AndrewX Re:and... (464 comments)

Actually the Pros were very upgradable, and much easier to do so than any PC. It was always pull a lever, or pull off the top. No screws, not hassle

The screwless case is not an Apple invention. Even if it was (it's not), the screws are only a minor inconvenience when upgrading. The real barriers to upgrading are a lack of compatible hardware, lack of drivers, things like soldered in RAM, etc.

The cases are built like that so their upgrade monkeys can do their jobs faster, not so you can get into it easier. They don't want you doing it yourself, they want you paying a "Genius" to plug things in where the fit for you.

about a year ago

Julian Assange Says Google's Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen Are "Witch Doctors"

AndrewX Re:who cares (253 comments)

> Why the fuck are you Americans so paranoid?

It's due to the fact that we have so many people with completely opposing world views living here trying to prove theirs 'correct' (or others' wrong) through legislation that breeds an atmosphere of someone always being out to get you. There's always someone telling you something you're doing is wrong and should be made illegal, no matter who you are. Ergo,paranoia.

You have...a massive military...

Not really... They keep having to hire security contractors to fill in the gaps, and it's still not enough to do the jobs they set out to do. Tons of money, yes. But it mostly goes into pet projects and inflated budgets nobody else cares about.

...cry like a bunch of pussies each time someone talks bad of you...

Last I checked, almost nobody likes someone from another country coming over and telling them how theirs sucks. Americans certainly aren't the best at taking advice from other nations, but many are far worse... You can barely fart around a Chinese person without them snapping your head off about how westerners don't know everything.

The only people here that really believe Julian Assange is a danger to the US are either the ones that believe everything the TV tells them anyway (roughly half to three-fifths of everyone I'm guessing), or the people that were embarrassed by something that was leaked, but even they're only saying it to potentially protect their jobs because protecting their jobs is all these people do, not because they actually believe it.

about a year ago

Criminal Complaint Filed Against Facebook After Girl's Death

AndrewX Re:facebook is an american company (559 comments)

If you write something false that defames the President's reputation, he can sue you for libel.

Can you imagine if this were actually true? Obama could sue the shit out of every Republican and 24hr news outlet in the country, and use the money to build that Muslim-Kenyan-Socialist state I hear he wants so badly.

about a year ago

US Government Monitoring Associated Press Phone Records

AndrewX Re:It's only been 40 years since Nixon (248 comments)

Sorry, Nakoula Basseley isn't still there for accessing the internet, it's for making false statements, using a false identity, and a couple other things.

about a year ago

US Government Monitoring Associated Press Phone Records

AndrewX Re:It's only been 40 years since Nixon (248 comments)

"Your commentary says otherwise."

Those who oppose Republican agendas are not automatically Democrats. Try thinking outside the box sometime..

I didn't neglect to mention anyone. Nakoula Basseley is only still in jail because he was only free on parole to begin with, and with a stipulation that he was to have no access to the internet for some time, which he obviously broke. Sending in the swat team to pick him up wasn't necessary, but he's still in jail for legitimate reasons. And no, nobody who doesn't already want to find dirt on Democrats gives two shits weather Obama said it was terrorists or a reaction to some video the next day. The Republicans will put on a side show no matter what, and "enabling" them to do it is a pretty lame excuse to be upset with Obama.

Let's see.. A surge of seemingly politically named organizations, affiliated with a group who thinks a lot of the taxes they already owe shouldn't be owed, are applying for a tax exempt status used by some less scrupulous politicians to filter money for election campaigns, and they get scrutinized. Yeah. I'm trying to get pissed, I really am, but I can't.

All in all, it's all a big yawn fest.

about a year ago

US Government Monitoring Associated Press Phone Records

AndrewX Re:It's only been 40 years since Nixon (248 comments)

Two of those three "scandals" are things that the majority of people don't care about.

None of the Democrat's supporters, and a good chunk of more moderate Republicans, don't care about weather the President called the Benghazi attack a terrorist attack or not, and for the most part, only his most die-hard opponents are still talking about it. I'm not a supporter of Democrats, and I don't care about it.

The IRS targeting Tea Party organizations might raise more hairs on the Republican side of the isle, however targeting groups that are explicitly proponents of an anti-taxation agenda (especially when nobody was unfairly cracked down on) isn't offensive enough to anyone except Tea Partiers. Again I'm not a supporter of Democrats, but the IRS imposing extra scrutiny to a group of people whose entire existence is an opposition to the IRS doesn't seem like much of a stretch to me.

This AP phone records thing has my interest, however.

about a year ago

Windows: Not Doomed Yet

AndrewX No... (737 comments)

...the obvious reason is the enterprise market. Another reason is everyone that uses Windows based tools for their hobbies and projects of all kinds. Touch screen laptops will become a lot more popular eventually, I think... However Windows is far from dead. People just already have Windows PCs that work for them.

I have a few other reasons that their market dominance isn't threatened by their not so stellar wWindows release... They are Vista, ME, '95, etc...

about a year ago

Explosions at the Boston Marathon

AndrewX Re:tell me again (1105 comments)

You both have it wrong. If it does end up being an american, it will be all over the media with stories about how they were suffering from PTSD, or autism, or aspergers, or whatever, and how they aren't being treated correctly, and about how our society is (somehow) causing our good god fearing children to become sick. If it's a "furriner," they'll be an agent of evil that hates our freedom and has no cause to do what they did other than being an inherently violent and evil terrorist, and how the new Mosque being built in Boston is disrespectful.

about a year ago

New Thunderbolt Revision Features 20 Gbps Throughput, 4K Video Support

AndrewX Re:Still not good enough! (301 comments)

72 fps is the maximum rate that enhances user experience, above the eyes and brain don't feel there's a difference

I love how some people tout little 'facts' like these (some people say it's 30, some people say it's 60), yet I and almost everyone I know can clearly tell the difference between 72 and 120. Don't try to bring the rest of the world down just because your eyes are slow.

about a year ago

New Thunderbolt Revision Features 20 Gbps Throughput, 4K Video Support

AndrewX Re:Déjà vu all over again... (301 comments)

You can experience Déjà vu twice... As in, "Driving through that town an hour ago I felt like I'd seen it before, and now I have that feeling again driving through this other one. It's Déjà vu all over again." It's not redundant because you're actually referring to two separate bouts of Déjà vu.

But yes, the way he used it up there, it should have been just "Déjà vu."

about a year ago

The ATF Not Concerned About 3D Printed Guns... Yet

AndrewX Re:Seems like strange logic (344 comments)

There is no "gun that I can fire 30-60 times and then literally dispose of in a fire"...

You can't print an entire gun, just the stripped lower receiver and maybe the magazine shell and stock. All of which were the easiest parts to make to begin with anyway.

about a year ago


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