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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

AvitarX Re:Resellers (158 comments)

Are you serious?

I've stopped playing games on disks because it's so annoying. I definitely prefer Steam over a disk check.

Though I play primarily indie games, so most of my Steam games are non-DRM anyway.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

AvitarX Re: Joe Biden for President? (424 comments)

I dont remember that, I remember "well spoken and clean cut" or some such.

He represents Delaware accuratelyaccurate I'm embarrassed to say.

2 days ago
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Google Proposes To Warn People About Non-SSL Web Sites

AvitarX Re: Stupid (391 comments)

Also to rent an ip address isn't free.

2 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

AvitarX Re: Loudness race (433 comments)

I had both a first generation Rio (or was it diomond?), and a disk Man I'd used in my car via aux in back then.

If anything was released commercially, I swapped disks. The mp3 player was used purely for bootlegs and b sides I couldn't easily get on disk.

The 64 megs held less than a CD at high bitrate, and transferring music over serial was slllllooooowwwwww.

I was middle class, disposable income teen (hs senior), I was the only person I knew with an mp3 player until the iPod, and not the first gen, the one with the touch wheel and clicker

Yet I did know audio nerds, I'm very skeptical that mp3 players were used by many at all at that time.

5 days ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

AvitarX Re: Loudness race (433 comments)

That's not how I remember 1999. Mp3s that's weren't garbage were hard to come by, syncing large collections was super slow, even disk space was somewhat relevant back then.

The flash based long life players had essentially no storage.

about a week ago
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LG To Show Off New 55-Inch 8K Display at CES

AvitarX Re:HD4, HD8, HD16 (179 comments)

The 4k is the width though, so it'd be HD1 (1280), HD2 (1920), etc. etc.

about a week ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

AvitarX Re: Riiiiight. (232 comments)

The focus I rented with sync was horrible.

To use ad2p audio, I had to connect the phone, and would get a message "to play music through Bluetooth, go to audio settings". There we're two audio settings headings, one two levels deep, the other three levels deep, and I could never remember which one to go to, or what the path to it was.

It would forget this setting every time I restarted the car.

The setting forgetting, the two menu items with same name, and the message telling me where to go leaving out the path to get there are all thing's I would consider terrible ui design.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

AvitarX Re: How to get a Comcast hotspot in trouble (291 comments)

I assume they have client isolation. Hotels do it. Some home routers do it and can't be told not to. I can't think of a reason Comcast would decide to not do so on a public ap.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

AvitarX Re: This lawsuit will be dismissed. (291 comments)

I wish xm was that nice. I politely asked three times before I started getting belligerent.

After about the fifth time (8th call) when I asked them if they had heard of the Internet yet, and why they thought I'd pay for what I already paid for (Internet radio and podcast donations) they stopped.

It was so strange to talk to them, asking if oh enjoyed their radio stations.

I never had even listened, I highly doubt they match my tastes for a particular moment as well as Pandora, Spotify, or Google, and suspect that they are at best with the same variety per station as Pandora.

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

AvitarX Re: Apple cult (77 comments)

I actually don't mind the deals at all.

That is how I think advertising should work, relevant, and discount.

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

AvitarX Re: Apple cult (77 comments)

Yeah, I know, but I hate those underline things.

That's why I stopped going to phoronix.com.

I hate the popover adds on my phone, at least the /. ones seem to close easily.

the blue underline ads are always terrible and useless, and I click them by accident when scrolling via touch, they really annoy me.

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

AvitarX Re: Apple cult (77 comments)

Apperently so. The new Slashdot.

I'm also getting those blue underlain word ads, and popover ads on my phone.

Between the people leaving, and this, I may be leaving myself.

I just haven't found exactly the right fit.

about two weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

AvitarX Re: they must hate cash, too (111 comments)

I'm pretty sure the cash discounts are about taxes. Places that have them usually have them well above the fees.

Large businesses have other ways to avoid taxes, so they don't need to preferentially accept cash.

about two weeks ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

AvitarX Re: they must hate cash, too (111 comments)

I'm pretty sure they hate MasterCard gift cards too.

about two weeks ago
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A Mismatch Between Wikimedia's Pledge Drive and Its Cash On Hand?

AvitarX Re:Well (274 comments)

I always find it weird that somehow donations are looked at as being less influencing than ads.

You can get ads through a network where you have no communication with the buyers, and place them on the front page only (to make sure no ads show up near articles that may be controversial). The only possible influence is the ad network, so we can look for evidence of that as the public.

Clearly mark the ad, and it should all be fine.

I don't see how a large donation is any less prone to influence than an advertiser.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

AvitarX Re: The lesson (329 comments)

I suspect that in at least some jurisdictions this will fall into a close enough to taxi to be taxi category.

Similar to how Aero lost the lawsuit where it was determined that they were functionally a cable company, not a rental of equipment (which is what they were technically).

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

AvitarX Re: Evidence? (342 comments)

Which has absolutely nothing to do with my questioning that active THC remains in the body with a similar pattern to its matabolized parts.

I have no idea the reasonableness of the limits set, but it does look like they are talking about people that currently have THC in them, and are actively trying to test that, unlike employers.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

AvitarX Re: Evidence? (342 comments)

I would think that active THC by definition makes you high. If it doesn't have effect it's inactive.

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

AvitarX Re: Evidence? (342 comments)

Is that true for active THC?

I know it is for the matabolized leftovers, but never heard this to be the case for THC.

about three weeks ago

Submissions

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Terrible Geolocation

AvitarX AvitarX writes  |  about a month ago

AvitarX (172628) writes "W3C has the IP address where I work as showing up in Ireland (we are in the USA). This is a nuissance for a lot of reasons (many dates now display in European format, prices are listed in euros, search results redirect to google.ie).

Some of these issues can be worked around, but it's frustrating. I have searched as best as I can, and only can find information on the geolocation API in HTML5. The office is on a static IP address from Comcast.

When I visit http://whatismyipaddress.com/u... all info is correct except for W3C's result, I have submitted that it is inaccurate, is there anything else I can do? Googling I have only managed to find usage examples for web developers/designers."

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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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