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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

Bing Tsher E Re:The downside is (172 comments)

Try telling T-Mobile that the updates come from Microsoft. My T-Mobile Nokia has a Windows 8.1 release but T-Mobile has been sitting on it, claiming it is still in testing, since this past Spring.

4 days ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Bing Tsher E Re: It's the OS, Stupid (251 comments)

It's based on Mach, which is neither Linux nor BSD.

Apple didn't develop it. They bought NeXT, which had adapted it from Mach.

iOS is POSIX compliant? Don't be silly. There are whole chunks of the API not implemented. Sure, there are add-ons to make MacOS POSIX compliant. Just like there are add-ons for Windows NT.

about a week ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Bing Tsher E Re:It's the OS, Stupid (251 comments)

It still needs to run a real OS, not gussied-up music player firmware.

about a week ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Bing Tsher E Re:Who wants to work for Google nowadays? (205 comments)

The term for it is 'Publicly Traded' and it has to do with a certain kind of person who scurries into an organization once it becomes a certain sort of organization. Happens to every company, always.

about a week ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

Bing Tsher E Re:Analogy (205 comments)

It brings to mind Visual Basic, or *shudder* LabView.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Bing Tsher E Occult and looney new-age books. (140 comments)

Back when Barnes and Noble had a lot more retail locations than they do now, there was always a table somewhere in the store with 'visionary' type books at remnant prices. It usually featured the kind of speculative fancy that these days plays on the 'Discover' channel (or has Discover gone off the air? I see such little television...) Anyhow, there are usually big coffee-table books about Alestair Crowley, Blavatsky, and of course a few books with public domain drawings by Tesla.

Tesla was a rigorous scientist in his younger years but a nerd not a businessman. He went slowly insane because of how he was treated. That doesn't mean his later ideas were 'repressed.' Reality has a way of repressing unfounded fancy.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Bing Tsher E Re:Read Tesla's patents (140 comments)

There are long range DC powerlines in use. They are effective in their implementation. There are also a lot of rabid rural types who rant about them and 'strange effects' that come from being near the lines. Almost batshit like Tesla in his later years.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Bing Tsher E Re:Not a narcisisst (140 comments)

It is easier to electrocute animals using AC. AC penetrates complex impedances much deeper than DC. There's a thing called reactance. DC shocks are still nasty and can be nastier actually since they ionize, but AC penetrates deeper.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

Bing Tsher E Re:Not a narcisisst (140 comments)

Probably Edison's greatest invention was the modern Research and Development Lab. Before him, inventions were made by individuals working out of barns or the back room in existing factories. Edison pioneered the idea of having a staff of scientists and engineers working for one organization.

about two weeks ago
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Killer Whales Caught On Tape Speaking Dolphin

Bing Tsher E Parrots Caught on tape (152 comments)

Parrots caught on tape speaking 'doorbell.'

Because the doorbell was near the parrot's cage and it 'learned' to make that sound.

This is similar. Why do people treat it as so remarkable?

about two weeks ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Bing Tsher E Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

There's this problem, you may have heard of, regarding people getting in the US without proper clearance.

about two weeks ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

Bing Tsher E Re:RealPlayer? Sigh... (135 comments)

You just described how many of us feel about iTunes today. My iPods are essentially offline now because I don't want Apple software on my PC.

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Bing Tsher E Re:Yes, but will it bend? (182 comments)

It isn't an Apple product, so it wasn't designed by a team that fetishizes thinness (thin is the ' one button mouse' of the present day)

about three weeks ago
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HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

Bing Tsher E Re:Battery life? (182 comments)

The reason it's rhetoric is you seem to be describing Vista and older oses. Also it sounds like you have zero experience with current Windows on a tablet.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

Bing Tsher E Re:that was fast (174 comments)

Mac servers? You mean that SE/30 running the Pokeytalk network, with the Laserwriter attached to it?

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Bing Tsher E Re:They've reinvented CB radio! (153 comments)

What you mean is people won't be able to use it to shuffle the same pop music and Hollywood films back and forth to each other. Real communication is still feasible.

about three weeks ago
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LTE Upgrade Will Let Phones Connect To Nearby Devices Without Towers

Bing Tsher E Re:They've reinvented CB radio! (153 comments)

Also, with the "shops and various sites operating beacons" part they've brought back the dudes with the powerful linear on their CB rig.

Wow. In Pohl and Kornbluth's novel "The Space Merchants" there were obnoxious advertisements that would pop up as you tried to walk down the sidewalk. This furthers us toward that future.

about three weeks ago
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Exxon and Russian Operation Discovers Oil Field Larger Than the Gulf of Mexico

Bing Tsher E Re:In highschool (201 comments)

Global Warming might make it an easier place to work.

about a month ago
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Apple Yet To Push Patch For "Shellshock" Bug

Bing Tsher E ~/.cshrc (208 comments)

Is there anything I should add to my ~/.cshrc file to protect against this bug?

about a month ago

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German Official Mulls Breaking Up Google

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  about 5 months ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes ""

A senior German official has warned that Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered."

Such a move—which would be difficult to enforce because Google is based in the United States—could be a last resort for countries seeking to prevent the Internet search giant from systematically crowding out competitors, said Sigmar Gabriel, who is Germany's economy minister and vice chancellor.""

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Disconnecting Your Android Device From Google

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  about a year ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes "Is it possible to completely disconnect your Android device from Google?

The Play Store is not mandatory; a simple checkbox in Security allows Android users to install APK files from any location and never use the Play Store.

Using Firefox for Android and being careful to never log into a Google service with it keeps your web browsing separate from Google cookies.

If you root your phone, you can reach into the directory and pull out all the APK files, then install them manually. This only works, of course, if you already paid for the Apps, but it makes it possible for your phone to be disconnected from Google and the Play Store and still have your apps. Could a community of file sharers that are trusted peers build up a collection of APK files to make it possible for there to be a Google-free Android phone experience?

Just some food for thought. At a minimum, getting off Chrome and onto Firefox is something every Android user should consider."
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Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Bing Tsher E (943915) writes "A New York Times article reports: "The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chávez." Is Chavez muscling in to help assure a Castro-style US Election?"

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Meta-Topic: Slashot Comment Posting

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I always post my comments with 'no karma bonus' checked off. Even though I can post at default of +2 I do not do so often. This is because posting at +1 gives a safety margin. You can say more controversial and challenging things in a +1 comment and not have it modded down. But it gets saved in the permanent archive. When I do have something of note to add to the discussion, it gets marked up to +2 or higher fairly quickly anyway.

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