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Ubuntu Touch For Phones Hits RTM, First Phones Coming This Year

AvitarX Re: Desktop GUI (131 comments)

People were calling it a touch UI when it required mouse hover to bring up certain menus.

People are idiots.

2 days ago
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The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

AvitarX Re: I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (585 comments)

Every led I've purchased (I only buy energy star , because they are actually testing them for light quality ,unlike with CFLs ,so that may make a difference ) , has said it was dimmable , to the point I thought it was intrinsic in the technology .

They're also the only bulbs that have any real life in my old house . My porch light lasts 2-3 weeks incandesant . I'm 4 months on the led I put in it , on convenience alone it's worth the price .

4 days ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

AvitarX Re: Other hackable things (70 comments)

that's actually exactly what I meant, thanks for the info. I'd mod you up if I could.

about a week ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

AvitarX Re: Other hackable things (70 comments)

The security feature I'd like to see is a way to with touch only turn off a phone that's locked ( for example the 5 quick clicks method on the power button most portable vaporizors tend to use) .

This with a long password and whole disk encryption on boot

I could then use sloppy security most of the time , ( 4 digit pin) ,but I could easily turn it off in my pocket before handing it over to a malicious actor ( law enforcement / theif) .

about a week ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

AvitarX Re: Because... (252 comments)

There's also people like me that can't seem to keep a phone working for more than a year or two .

At this point , I think I'll be sticking to phones like the Moto e or g , $200 for a workable phone , not customization to make it annoying (every non nexus android I've used had weird little issues with sharing objects between the built in apps and newer apps from the store)

about a week ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

AvitarX Re: How is Yelp supposed to work? (249 comments)

That's the real problem. If they did it like google, essentially allowing payment to be featured and marked as such, it wouldn't be a problem taking the money from the people reviewed. Manipulating the reviews though sucks, especially since it's still the best way to find something nearby quickly when somewhere new .

about a week ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

AvitarX Re: Only cost them 25 percent of customer bills? (249 comments)

How was yelp beaten ?

I'm unlikely to find this restaurant now , and we have no evidence yelp is going to stop calling them .

about a week ago
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Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

AvitarX Re: lock the front door before spend $1.5 billion (221 comments)

Oilcan completetly see how having unfettered access for the security is better than a locked door .

Casinos don't have locking doors either ,they have 24/7 security .

Double barrel locks are a higher risk in killing you in a fire than the added security of not being able to break a window and reach in to unlock .

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

AvitarX Re: Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Isn't galaxy nexus 2-3 years old ?

1 year ,nexus 5
2 year nexus 4
3 year galaxy nexus ?

Not as good as apple for sure ,but not 18 months old either .

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

AvitarX Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

We had one of them where I work (in the late 90s, maybe into early 2000s). One of our locations didn't have access to DSL, and cable didn't exist yet. Eventually, when the internet was more important, they got ISDN there, and then a T-1 when they got cheap (when factoring in all of the phone lines included). I actually think the location closed just before cable was available.

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

AvitarX Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

I agree, I wasn't critisizing, I was stating my honest memory of the primary.

Obama whooped people up, but Hilary was more liberal (note I voted Obama, we have a decent recent history with moderate dems).

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

AvitarX Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

That's in 1860 though, after importation was banned if I am not mistaken.

In the Caribbean life expectancy was far lower.

about two weeks ago
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Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

AvitarX Re:"forced labor" (183 comments)

I thought Obama was running more middle of the line than Hillary, wasn't she for single payer since the 90s?

My memory is hazy, but Obama seemed to run moderate with a liberal fervor (sort of like how second Bush ran super conservative, but with a moderate fervor). What policies was Obama running on that were more progressive than Hillary (or really even McCain?).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

AvitarX Re:Dial up can still access gmail (334 comments)

Do chromebooks have modems? Does Chrome OS even support dial-up?

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Instant Video Now Available On Android

AvitarX Re: Due to Fire Phone Flop? (77 comments)

I thought their ad was pretty compelling, surprised it flopped.

Now that on think of it, I probably saw the ad on Hulu, so maybe nobody saw it but me.

But they maid the announcement it was coming in mid june, so I think they just rushed the planned release while still testing many devices.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

AvitarX Re: Theft is not piracy (448 comments)

And this is why /. Needs a like button.

about three weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

AvitarX Re: Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

Thanks, this should help anyone that thinks 4chan is absolute scum see that when presented with actual vileness, they error on the side of decency (they still surpass what I want to see, but I'm a prude, and at least they protect those without full personhood).

about three weeks ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

AvitarX Re: Doesn't this pretty much kill 4chan? (134 comments)

I was not, and did not mean to imply it was their policy.

I was trying to say that the legal risk was not there, not speak to what the policies were.

The law is (from wikipedia, I'm too lazy to read the actual statutes right now):

The PROTECT Act also amended 18 U.S.C. 2252A, which was part of the original CPPA. The amendment added paragraph (a)(3), which criminalizes knowingly advertising or distributing "an obscene visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or a visual depiction of an actual minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct". The law draws a distinction between obscene depiction of any minor, and mere depiction of an actual minor.

As long as it's not sexually explicit it's legal, though also:

In 1994, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit ruled that the federal statute contains no requirement that genitals be visible or discernible. The court ruled that non-nude visual depictions can qualify as lascivious exhibitions and that this construction does not render the statute unconstitutionally overbroad.[19]

So genitals are a help in determining, but are not a requirement, and if it's not sexually explicit, it's not pornography, and therefore not child pornagraphy. I have not looked at the pictures in question, because, I have better things to do.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

AvitarX Re:Like DRM? (448 comments)

I had one go off on a pothole, a bad one, but not one bad enough to pop a tire.

about three weeks ago

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My first, and probably Last entry.

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  more than 5 years ago

I am writing since I have once again spent too much money on textbooks that I do not need, for purely recreational (self improvement) purposes. I would like to join bitme.org, and figure I have a better chance of finding a friend here that can invite than IRL.

I would like to be clear I am not begging, simply letting people know I am interested. If you number among my dozen or so /. friends, and feel that I am "worthy" and vouch-able, please send along the invite, it will be appreciated.

I am not the greatest of torrenters, but always get ratio to 1.5, and if seeders are rare much higher.

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