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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Bing Tsher E Re:33 Bucks?!? (68 comments)

Keyword is 'plan.' I like having zero commitment.

I take weeks at a time off from having a smartphone. My 30 days starts up again as soon as I plop down another $35. If you don't renew, you've still got a good wifi pocket computer, far cheaper than an iPod touch, and with an sd slot.

But anyways, all cheap mobile data options rock, it's great that they exist.

7 hours ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

Bing Tsher E Re:33 Bucks?!? (68 comments)

You can shop around and find a Virgin Mobile smartphone for $40 too. Even an Android 4 one. Then the voice/data plan is $35/mo with no contract.

11 hours ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Bing Tsher E Re:Can we stop using the word 'TAPE' (517 comments)

No. Perhaps data should be recorded to write-only tape. That the defendant's legal representative and the DA have the ability to rewind and view. 'Data stores' are trivial to edit. Linear tapes are impossible to edit.

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Bing Tsher E Re:The death of leniency (517 comments)

They are more likely to feel like they have to. Someone else is watching, after all, and it will come back on them if they don't strictly follow the rules.

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Bing Tsher E Re:I like... (517 comments)

Or, we could eliminate the DOE, FDA, EPA, any number of other TLA's. But that's not going to happen, is it?

yesterday
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Bing Tsher E Re:Doesn't need much to make it right (248 comments)

Actually, they made substantial updates to Windows Paint just one major version ago with Windows 7. It's a pretty nice, usable program now, with most of the features a light user would want for editing, reshaping and prepping bitmaps. It works with all the important formats. It's one of the gem applets of Windows 7.

yesterday
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

Bing Tsher E Re:This doesn't compute...or does it (112 comments)

Supercell is eating Zynga's lunch. With a business plan so different that it's staggering. No, Zynga isn't long for this world. When they die, nobody will fucking care, either.

2 days ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

Bing Tsher E Re:*snark* missing or complete Bullshit? (112 comments)

Edison/Tesla rants are so boring.

Edison was a very successful businessman. His greatest invention was the Research and Development Lab (you hire a bunch of people who work for you inventing stuff that you own the patents for) Probably his second greatest invention was whatever he did to win the PR battle so well that people consider him as an individual a 'great inventor.'

Tesla was a different matter. He was an Edison employee, one among many. It's sad that he went stark raving batshit mad in his later years, but things like that happen. Books with his design drawings from his later years sell well in coffee-table books in the same section of the bookstore as the Allister Crowley books.

2 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Bing Tsher E Re:They're not gamers. (273 comments)

Well, Harvest Moon is rather different from the three other games you mention. Your success is based on your interaction with the NPCs in the game. Your character can get married and have a kid with the NPC you select in some of the HM games. The farming and crops are important, but definitely secondary.

The more extreme extension of Harvest Moon is Rune Factory, which is awesome but even more complicated because dungeon crawling and fighting monsters is added in. Figuring out who to befriend in the village and where during the timeline to do so is also important.

No, it's nothing like FarmVille.

3 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Bing Tsher E Re:Where's the money? (273 comments)

That isn't the point though. The potential is immense, and largely ignored by the bulk of the gaming industry. My mother was born in the mid 30's and a church secretary for years. In the early 90's I showed her Jill of the Jungle and she ended up playing through the whole thing pretty fanatically.

3 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Bing Tsher E Re:market segmentation (273 comments)

My wife currently only plays Hay Day and some other games that would be called 'casual games.' She was even a Farmville fan for a year or so. But in the past she completely played through Diablo II many times, and I mean at the hardest settings, and with all the character classes. She used to grind for hours and hours.

And she's a mod on a pet-sim game. There are a lot of large and very profitable centers of gaming that are primarily female.

3 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Bing Tsher E Re:Horrible summary (273 comments)

That problem has occured for decades now. The 'youth' focus of culture started mainly in the 50's and has progressed since. Before then, musical tastes centered on older people, i.e. adults. Since then a lot of culture has focused on the resistance to grow up and the tensions of the age of adolescence. People strive to remain young and it's not 'cool' to appreciate, for example, jazz or 'classical' music.

It's almost like the permanent infantilism depicted in Huxley's "Brave New World" has come into fruition. (no, Huxley's book was NOT primarily about 'test tube babies.' You had a bad teacher if that's all they emphasized when you were required to read it.)

It'd be good if culture could refocus on respecting the notion of growing up, wisdom, and respect for elders. (and get off my lawn, too)

3 days ago
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Among Gamers, Adult Women Vastly Outnumber Teenage Boys

Bing Tsher E Re:They're not gamers. (273 comments)

My wife plays a lot of Hay Day. I don't see a lot of true, real life concerning issues there. I guess I don't smell the magic sauce that makes women playing games any different.

3 days ago
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Magnitude 6.0 Quake Hits Northern California, Causing Injuries and Outages

Bing Tsher E Re:What about Chile? (132 comments)

Don't you mean the groin of the tech world?

3 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Bing Tsher E Re:Why focus on the desktop? (723 comments)

Windows is just a platform to read emails from your boss and check Outlook to see if there are any meetings today.

I did once see an oscilloscope (a Tektronix one!) that ran embedded Windows 98. It was creepy watching it boot up.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Bing Tsher E Re:Why focus on the desktop? (723 comments)

Linux started as a project to fill a need he had, a Desktop OS that he could afford as a student.

If Microsoft had been more evil at the time, they would have shipped Linus a shiny brand-new Sun 386i with SunOS on it as a gift and smothered Linux in the crib.

4 days ago
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Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

Bing Tsher E Re: Nobody else seems to want it (723 comments)

My bet is that 4K just isn't going to sell. But that's my wholesale position based more on geopolitical and economic terms than technically.

4 days ago

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German Official Mulls Breaking Up Google

Bing Tsher E Bing Tsher E writes  |  about 3 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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