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Has Microsoft's Patent War Against Linux Begun?

Constantine XVI Re:The right answer to this (644 comments)

the new sheriff is near?

I see what you did there.

more than 5 years ago
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Handset Vendors Plug Micro-USB Charge Ports

Constantine XVI Re:data, audio, and power (363 comments)

My 2001 MiniDisc* walkman respectfully disagrees. The 3.5mm jack doubles as a mini-TOSLINK jack.

*Yes, I bought one. Sue me

more than 5 years ago
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Handset Vendors Plug Micro-USB Charge Ports

Constantine XVI Re:data, audio, and power (363 comments)

Do what HTC does on their phones. Have your fancy weird connector, but design it to where a standard Micro-USB can plug in and do it's thing as well.

Yes, it will break 90% of the accessories out there, but since when has Apple given two shits about backwards compatibility?

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Agrees To License ActiveSync To Google

Constantine XVI Re:woopee (133 comments)

We do. It's called SyncML. Google now supports it as well (though calendar sync isn't 100% together yet)

more than 5 years ago
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Google Maps To Add 'Friend' GPS Tracking

Constantine XVI Re:Sweet! (259 comments)

It is possible to set your location by hand, and tell Maps to never update automatically. I'm not sure if it allows you to set separate locations for different people, but there's nothing stopping you from making a "safe" account and a "real" account

more than 5 years ago
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Google Maps To Add 'Friend' GPS Tracking

Constantine XVI Re:Turn off your phone... (259 comments)

No, if you're really paranoid you DON'T CARRY A CELL PHONE IN THE FIRST PLACE. Think about it: if you don't have a phone, you can't be tracked through it, period.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Maps To Add 'Friend' GPS Tracking

Constantine XVI Re:So that means (259 comments)

They're working on it (J2ME and Blackberry programming isn't too far apart), but most J2ME phones can't run apps in the background anyway

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Planning Video-Call iPhone

Constantine XVI Re:Duh (268 comments)

3G (in context of GSM) == UMTS, the successor to GSM. In nearly all cases*, a UMTS phone also contains GSM, as most UMTS network providers have yet to match the full coverage of their GSM networks.
3G (in context of CDMA) == EV-DO, an upgrade to the CDMA2000 standard (much like GPRS-EDGE for GSM, but from 2.5G to 3G)

*The edge cases being mostly Asian countries like Japan (PDC) and South Korea (CDMA)

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite text editor?

Constantine XVI Re:What about xedit? (1131 comments)

And vi is the one text editor that will be found on all UNIX systems.

Bleh.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite text editor?

Constantine XVI Re:Missing poll option? (1131 comments)

Yeah, but things like editing, saving, copying, and sending can be a bitch.

more than 5 years ago
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Favorite text editor?

Constantine XVI Re:Emacs is dying ! (1131 comments)

The MS Word option is to catch the posers.

more than 5 years ago
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Trojan Hides In Pirated Copies of Apple iWork '09

Constantine XVI Re:cynicism (431 comments)

Um, Ubuntu does sign their packages.

more than 5 years ago
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How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?

Constantine XVI Re:Tin foil to the rescue (451 comments)

Which limits your (in the US) carrier choice to T-Mobile, and your handset choice to a handful of mid-end feature phones and all but three of their BlackBerrys.

more than 5 years ago
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How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?

Constantine XVI Re:Tin foil to the rescue (451 comments)

1)Use some of that paint that blocks cell phone calls. (works for wifi also)

...and now what happens when you try to make a cell call?

more than 5 years ago
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How Best To Deal With WiFi Interference?

Constantine XVI Re:Buy a European AP (451 comments)

I actually tried that once with DD-WRT, as our phones kept colliding with the wifi. Trouble was, some of our gear (oddly enough, our Wii and DS) couldn't see the signal.

more than 5 years ago
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Tricked Into Buying OpenOffice.org?

Constantine XVI Re:Some companies are charging people for CD-ROMs (543 comments)

Which is perfectly legally and morally fine. The LGPL allows you to charge money for distributing software (provided, of course, you also follow through with the rest of the license, incl. providing source), and there's nothing wrong with selling the service of downloading software and burning it to disc for you.

more than 5 years ago
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Qt Becomes LGPL

Constantine XVI Re:time to port gnome! (828 comments)

You mean the Qt docs program also designs GUIs? I'm sure you meant Designer.

more than 5 years ago
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Qt Becomes LGPL

Constantine XVI Re:I'm not a copyright lawyer (828 comments)

If you have a piece of GPL code in your program, all of the program must be GPL. LGPL only applies to the LGPL code and any changes you make to it (your original code can be under any license)

more than 5 years ago
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Solving Obama's BlackBerry Dilemma

Constantine XVI Re:The Sectera Edge (374 comments)

But it's the only thing that can get you on the secret network on the same device as you can check your unclassified email on.

Which, IMHO, borders very close on a Very Bad Idea (TM). One pin-sized hole and "oops, I just posted the positions of the entire armed forces on Facebook"

more than 5 years ago
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Solving Obama's BlackBerry Dilemma

Constantine XVI Re:The Sectera Edge (374 comments)

Biggest downside of course being you would have to use Windows Mobile. Being a fellow BlackBerry addict, it's not the same.

more than 5 years ago

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Internet Division by Zero, Fark/Digg/Reddit

Constantine XVI Constantine XVI writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Constantine XVI writes "Digg links to Fark (http://digg.com/odd_stuff/Fark_the_not_news_news). Valleywag covers it (http://valleywag.com/365291/farkcom-gets-dugg-threatening-collapse-of-space+time-continuum), also Digging their coverage (http://digg.com/tech_news/Fark_com_gets_Dugg_threatening_collapse_of_space_time. Fark links to the Digg of the Valleywag story (http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=3452481. Digg diggs the Fark page (http://digg.com/tech_news/Fark_links_to_Valleywag_linking_to_Digg_linking_to_Fark). And it all ends up on Reddit (URL:http://reddit.com/info/6baan/comments/>). And (assuming this is accepted), it's now on Slashdot, causing the Internet to suck itself into a black hole."

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