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How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms

Brad_McBad Re:TI calculators are not outdated, just overprice (359 comments)

But then you'd need to include a Li-ion battery because those screens chew through AAs like no-one's business. Students, who basically throw the calculator in the bag after they've done their homework would forget to get it charged, would then no longer have the option of asking teacher for some spare batteries and would need to work chained to a wall-wart.

about two weeks ago

Android Motorcycle Helmet/HUD Gains Funding

Brad_McBad Not sure... (126 comments)

While I like the idea, as a motorcyclist who has had the odd 'off', I don't think I want a glass prism centimetres from my eye.

about a month ago

Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows

Brad_McBad NO NO NO (322 comments)

They've been trying this shit for YEARS and fucked it up EVERY TIME. A phone is not a tablet is not a laptop is not a desktop is not a games console. They have been throwing away good, functional UIs in favour of making an unusable compromise run on everything. If they're talking about a windows "kernel" then fine, I get it. But they won't be.

about 2 months ago

Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers

Brad_McBad Blech... (218 comments)

This is a shitty, monopolistic way to go about it, but amazon kind of have a point. eBooks, a product which has no per-unit cost often cost the same amount, or *slightly* less to purchase on Kindle. If there's no physical cost to produce, then it's a shitty move to try getting the customer to pay the same for what is frankly an inferior product.

about 4 months ago

Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

Brad_McBad Re:Lots of alternatives.. (483 comments)

It's more the deal that if you're a large drugs company why would you make one of these drugs when it's going to be such small batches as it's not used therapeutically? Your drug companies are too big to bother, and probably don't want the negative press of making drugs exclusively used to kill people.

about 4 months ago

Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

Brad_McBad Why (237 comments)

Why bother? Really? Just stop. Why are you changing anything when we have made it very clear that everyone. will. just. leave? It'll take a small group of we developers about a week to write a virtual clone of the current site and we'll all move there. The sysadmins will know the best way to scale it. The ad-revenue plan will fall on its arse as all the well paid professionals your advertisers are so desperate to court leave.

about 7 months ago

The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Brad_McBad How much... (250 comments)

... of those bitcoins will it cost to fuck beta?

about 7 months ago

RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu

Brad_McBad I ditched Ubuntu a long time ago (597 comments)

I ditched Ubuntu about 18 months ago. I really, *really* hate the "Search for your stuff even if you know where it is" paradigm, and trying to use it just makes me infuriated. Moved back to Debian for servers and Debian back Mint for desktops a long time ago. Only problem with Mint is that by default you're stuck with whatever search / content provider affiliates they've decided you want.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

Brad_McBad Re:Small Carrier (288 comments)

Correction: Boost and Cricket both use the Sprint CDMA network.

If he's bringing his own phone from a different country he'll need a GSM/HSPDA network. Globally, LTE should be the single standard once 4G is on worldwide rollout, but it won't be there for years. Maximum interoperability requires GSM. I've spent way too long looking at mobile phone standards in the last couple of weeks.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

Brad_McBad Re:I'm in the same boat, and solved this problem (288 comments)

You appear to be on an incredibly cheap deal... In the UK, my pay-monthly charges are ~£35 a month, including "unlimited" internet that throttles back to EDGE if you try going over 2GB The UK operators, it is noted, paid an insane amount of money for their UK 3G licences in 2001, which they are still trying to recoup. I'm also paying for a Galaxy SII that got nicked.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

Brad_McBad Re:I'm in the same boat, and solved this problem (288 comments)

I had trouble getting the kit retail, so I got a colleague with a US card to order a couple of SIMs for me online. Yeah, it's got a silly fifteen digit activation code on the paper slip. $440? for the Galaxy Nexus GSM, though? It's $349 on Google's direct sale site... There are about ten of us from the UK on a US project, and we've all got onto this plan, and five of us have bought the Galaxy Nexus. Great combination.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

Brad_McBad I'm in the same boat, and solved this problem (288 comments)

Go to the T-Mobile web-store and buy a SIM activation kit for $1. When you receive it, follow the activation instructions on the web and when it asks you to choose your plan, select "Monthly 4G $30"

* Unlimited internet*
* Unlimited Text
* 100 minutes talktime

It's basically a prepay deal where the available balance will drop by $30 a month, so you just need to top-up once a month, and make sure you have enough credit to cover any calls you make over the 100 minutes No ongoing contracts.

Deal is web-only.

*Unlimited internet means up to 5GB at HSPDA+ speeds.

more than 2 years ago

XBMC Gets a Dedicated Remote

Brad_McBad Bah! (87 comments)

If this came with a dedicated VFD it'd be a ton better. That said, getting the mplay blast VFD / IR receiver working under ubuntu brought new meaning to the words "suck" and "pain", so embedded / native support might be nice...

more than 3 years ago

Google Apologizes For "Michelle Obama" Results

Brad_McBad Re:Bad move Google... (783 comments)

Don't be an idiot. "Liberal bias" is a term used by American conservatives when they don't agree with the way they're represented. You may notice that the rest of the world doesn't try to apply a conspiratorial overtone to what is essentially a chaotic medium.

more than 4 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

Brad_McBad Re:It's the software stupid. (871 comments)

You assume that "serious commercial software developers like Adobe" are required.

Linux appears to be getting on just fine without them.

more than 5 years ago

Ubuntu 9.04 Is As Slick As Win7, Mac OS X

Brad_McBad Giving this one a 3 / 10 for install reliability (871 comments)

I've now done the upgrade from Intrepid on three machines and here are the results:

1. Work Machine - Uses an Intel 965 Graphics cards, support of which is broken until kernel 2.6.29 / 30 according to the forums, and won't be properly supported until karmic. Fucking annoying, since by 'broken' I mean "utterly non performant".

2. Home Laptop. Ran just fine, but apt decided that I didn't want the restricted packages installing on the upgrade, so my atheros wifi card was out of action until I could get the .deb from somewhere else. Annoyingly, the madwifi drivers seem to kill whatever ubuntu do to NetworkManager so I'm stuck using the propietary, even though they've been in the kernel since 2.6.25.

3. Home Desktop. This has killed X. Killed it good. At the moment I've no idea how it was managed, but it was...

I love ubuntu, but this upgrade has gone horribly wrong for me on two out of three installs, and 'smoothly' on none of them.

more than 5 years ago

Psystar Wins a Round Against Apple

Brad_McBad Re:Hooray!!! (660 comments)

No, my friend. You are the arrogant one, for assuming that I was expanding my argument to all mac buyers. I don't I accept that for certain tasks they are the standard, and I don't have a problem with it. I never said I knew more than all Mac users.

I was actually referring to the Starbucks slurping, Khaki wearing, self appointed kings of techno-cool. You don't want to run Ubuntu on everything. Fine. That's your prerogative

I missed off the major thing that gets my goat about Macs. And that's that Mac users take everything that isn't fawning appreciation as an attack. Which you helpfully revealed at the end of your post.

So forget growing up, why don't you fuck off?

more than 5 years ago

Psystar Wins a Round Against Apple

Brad_McBad Hooray!!! (660 comments)

One of my major issues with Apple is that they force users to spend through the nose for standard hardware so they can run an OS.

I mean, my other problem is that Macs make people with more money than tech sense tell me that I don't know how to do my job, and that they "just work" - A claim I can almost instantly prove wrong by crashing the bloody things.

more than 5 years ago

A Gates Foundation Education Initiative Fizzles

Brad_McBad Re:Maybe, just... maybe... (459 comments)

Nope. These kids come from rough homes, and no teacher is going to able to countermand 16 hours a day of "no rules". Not by the time they're older than nine or so.

Whether you choose to believe it or not, some kids, barring intensive socialisation programs, are write offs. If you've got a mixed ability class, the best you can do is to stop them wrecking everyone else's chances. By paying for school, you're just removing everyone who hasn't already had their problems 'fixed' with dubious kiddy psychiatry.

more than 5 years ago



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