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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

Bing Tsher E Re:Funny Timing (60 comments)

The Gameboy Advance SP is my preferred Pokemon platform. It can run Red or Blue or any of the old carts, and it's the perfect host for the best Pokemon version, Emerald.

3 days ago
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The Nintendo DS Turns 10

Bing Tsher E Re:Nintendo DS (60 comments)

You can probably run a limited port of Tux Racer on your cracked Palm III. Or maybe on one of the WinCE PDAs that can run NetBSD (without display or touch-screen support. but YOU CAN LOG ON a TERMINAL session!)

3 days ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Bing Tsher E Re:Dupes (739 comments)

The rest of us are gobsmacked at how the political left is so determined that they know exactly what everybody else wants and should just follow their lead.

Those stupid motherfucker poor people. Don't they know we have their lives figured out for them?

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Bing Tsher E Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

Or, for that matter, only-private food and nutrition. Food should be freely available at public dispensaries.

And free internet. And poker, and hookers.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Bing Tsher E Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

I had left home, BTW.

You probably shouldn't have been a runaway teenager. Clearly the demise of the cultural value of a nurturing family failed you.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Bing Tsher E Re:You shouldn't need insurance for most things (739 comments)

Your claim needs to be statistically demonstrated, not just rambling anecdotes. When health care is 'free' costs go up. But people still don't like to go to the doctor. The notion that people, any time they are feeling out of sort, should surrender themselves to a doctor who will 'make it better' is just as wrong as the notion that people will delay health care until near death. People need to take responsibility for their own health.

about three weeks ago
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Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare

Bing Tsher E Re:Camps mixed up (739 comments)

Warren Buffet never coughs up a dime without being forced to. He just grandstands about the issue. Rhetoric is not action.

about three weeks ago
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Check Out the Source Code For the Xerox Alto

Bing Tsher E Re:CP/M needs to buried ... (71 comments)

To be fair, Apple II software ran on various other brands of computers. Which Apple vigorously sued those brands for and drove them out of the market. Apple has always been a company operated primarily by a team of marketers and their lawyers worried about the brand.

about three weeks ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Bing Tsher E Re:Why at a place of learning? (1007 comments)

So what you're advocating is strict partitioning? You want no talk of science or anything scientific in church?

about a month ago
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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.

about a month 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 (252 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 month 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 (252 comments)

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

about a month 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 month 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 month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half ago

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German Official Mulls Breaking Up Google

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  about 6 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 and a half 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  |  about 8 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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