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UK To Allow Driverless Cars By January

Belial6 Re:Safety (185 comments)

Pretty well sums up the quality of the concerns.

yesterday
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Belial6 Re:call them (353 comments)

That would introduce a whole new set of problems.

2 days ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Belial6 Re: Wow ... (411 comments)

Exactly. Apple was stupid for just taking the "customer's" word for it that the phone number called was valid. It is no smarter than someone who gives out their bank info and password to a cold caller that claims to be from their bank.

2 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Belial6 Re:Sorry to tell you... (540 comments)

Because there is a large percentage of people that think it is morally wrong to spend ten minutes composing an email from Disneyland instead of skipping the trip all together. Somehow they think that sitting in their office is spending more time with their family than going on trips with them.

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Belial6 Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (540 comments)

Last month, my son had a glass of soda spilled on his laptop keyboard. Because of this, i started dismantling the thing, and found that the keyboard came out as a single unit. it was only about a 1/4" thick, and snapped into place with plastic tabs. Even so, the keyboard is perfectly functional, and as comfortable to type on as any other laptop I have used. While his keyboard turned out to be OK, I did find that a replacement was only going to cost $35.

The point of this tail is that it is clear that a thin keyboard that can snap into place is well withing modern engineering and manufacturing specs. I see no reason that a manufacturer could not build a keyboard that snaps into a slide out case. Cases are cheap to make and manufacture. The manufacturer could make a single part that would be snapped into and plugged into cases that they manufacture for various phones. This would reduce the engineering and manufacturing of the expensive part of the product and leaving the cheap part of the product the part that gets customized.

If they wanted to get fancy, they could also include a battery pack, and a passthrough microUSB charger, so that when using the bluetooth keyboard, the phone would double or triple it's runtime.

No doubt not everyone would want one of these, but by spreading the cost out to dozens of phone models, there is likely large enough demand to make it worth while.

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Belial6 Re:Not Odd (540 comments)

If bluetooth is "draining the crap out of the battery", your phone is broken.

3 days ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Belial6 Re:NO, all candy bar (540 comments)

It is possible that I am not a unique snowflake, and there are a lot of people like me that want a keyboard sometimes. It turns out that if I have to choose between having the keyboard during the times I don't want one, and not having a keyboard when I do want one, I choose the later.

3 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Belial6 Re:What? (353 comments)

You seem to be intentionally missing the point. The analogy stands just fine.

5 days ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

Belial6 Re:Yeah (100 comments)

Correct me if I am wrong, but this attack sounds like it would let your friend make a copy of the key, and even if you changed the locks on your house, his copy would still work.

5 days ago
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Private Data On iOS Devices Not So Private After All

Belial6 Re:Yeah (100 comments)

One might do this if they want to gain access to your phone next year instead of just today. If I compromise your computer today, you may find out about it and wipe your drive. As I understand it, this attack would allow me to continue accessing your phone's data even after the computer you sync to has been secured.

5 days ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Belial6 Re:What? (353 comments)

And bringing your food out cold isn't risking food poisoning either. Bringing it out uncooked might, but leaving it on the counter long enough for it to get cold will not.

about a week ago
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Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

Belial6 Re:The finding (125 comments)

The current practice of doctors and insurance companies using BMI to judge individuals indicates that there is an intent to define a single ideal human.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Belial6 Re:raise money privately? (198 comments)

If the municipality put in a literal pipe, much like they do for sewer and water, not only would they be working in a domain that they are already extremely versed in, they would also allow for private companies to run new cable to be run at a fraction of the price it is today. If companies didn't have to worry about getting right of way access or digging up roads you would see a lot more companies pulling fiber.

about a week ago
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Two Cities Ask the FCC To Preempt State Laws Banning Municipal Fiber Internet

Belial6 Re:raise money privately? (198 comments)

Your leasing plan would grind us back to the stone age as fast as the extreme environmentalists would. Without the eminent domain that was used to create those easements, we would have no roads. No telephone. No internet. No businesses. Nothing. We couldn't even come close to supporting our current population.

Being a libertarian as opposed to an anarchist, you should want government, just as little as is necessary. Easements for infrastructure is very far into the necessary range for government.

about a week ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

Belial6 Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (890 comments)

Well, I can definitely say that the person who threatens to bring guns into it is the bigger dick.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Belial6 Re:Cost (547 comments)

Holy cow! That would take some serious multi-generational welfare teat sucking conditioning to rationalize paying more money out of your own pocket with no benefit other than knowing that the government subsidized you.

about a week ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Belial6 Re:Uncertainty/fear? (547 comments)

I had mine done about a decade ago, and not only did I now go blind, but part of the procedure was to keep staring directly at a red dot.

about a week ago
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GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Belial6 Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (81 comments)

The amazing thing is that it isn't modern game publishers. It is game publishers from all time. There has never been a time when copy protection has worked.

about a week ago

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PPTP works on Android

Belial6 Belial6 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Belial6 (794905) writes "One of my ongoing complaints with Android has been that from very early on, it has included PPTP in the OS, but it never worked. Every time I got a new version of the OS, I would again try to connect to my DD-WRT router, and every time it would fail. I would search the internet for an answer, and from all of search results it appeared that PPTP VPN was just broken in Android. Worse yet, it looked like it was something that was never going to be fixed. It looks like I have the problem is that DNS breaks VPN on Android. I have now tested a Nexus 7, an HTC G2 and a Nexus One. They all work if I put in the IP address directly, and they all fail if I try to resolve the IP via DNS. Has anyone else tried this?"
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Google Betas a new game

Belial6 Belial6 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Belial6 (794905) writes "I don't know if I'm the only one that missed this, but Google has launched a new game. Image Labeler. The game involves players being randomly matched with other players, and being presented with images. Each player starts typing what they see, and when a match is found, the players get a score based on how common their words are. Fun AND useful!"
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Belial6 Belial6 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Belial6 (794905) writes "It appears that the question of 'Where's my flying car?' may have an answer. Today Moller announced that they are ready to start selling flying cars. According to the article 'The M200 volantor is a small two passenger saucer shaped aircraft that can take-off and land vertically. It is the size of a small automobile and operates vibration free with little noise. The prototype M200X has completed over two hundred flights with and without a pilot on board. Those who have flown the M200 describe it as a truly "magic carpet" experience.' and 'Prices are dependent upon the final production volume but are expected to range from $125,000 for the M200G model to $450,000 for the Firefly model.'"

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