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Amazon Releases Kindle Source Code

Crimson Wing Re:All of 'em (153 comments)

Uh, the Kindle (at least, as of the Kindle 3/Kindle Keyboard) can read PDFs. It can also read Mobipocket files, and plain text files. And then there's the KindleGen service, which lets you attach files in a number of other formats -- including raw HTML, (unprotected) EPub, MS Word documents, and a number of image formats -- to an e-mail and have them converted to Kindle format and sent directly to your Kindle (there's a small charge if you have these delivered over 3G, but it's free if you get them over Wi-Fi).

more than 2 years ago
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Next Apple iPhone To Have a 4 Inch Display?

Crimson Wing Irony (330 comments)

Seems like I just read an article on Gizmodo not a month ago about how iPhones will never have more than a 3.5" display.

more than 2 years ago
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The Most Expensive One-Byte Mistake

Crimson Wing Re:This was modded offtopic (594 comments)

Fixed. It's since been modded +5 Insightful. :)

Maybe there's hope yet.

more than 2 years ago
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Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's

Crimson Wing Re:Redbox is doing well too (333 comments)

Games have been in RedBox locations in some areas for a few months now. $2.00/night.

And yeah, Netflix and Redbox are both awesome. Between them and GameFly, the three of 'em pretty much ate Blockbuster alive.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Crimson Wing Intuitiveness (2288 comments)

Imperial measurements are more intuitive. I can visualize common measurements in inches, feet, and miles *FAR* more easily than centimeters, meters, and kilometers. Don't get me wrong, I can usually process metric measurements reasonably well, but it still takes me a few seconds to go from "42cm" to "about this long"; if I hear "about 16 inches", I don't even have to think about it, my brain just visualizes it with no noticeable effort.

Granted, that's probably because grew up using a lot of Imperial and almost no Metric, but it's still a valid point. Until the US gets a generation of people, a significant portion of which grow up using just as much Metric as Imperial, we're going to stick to what's easiest for us to use.

more than 3 years ago
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All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix

Crimson Wing Re:Nerd-gasam (272 comments)

You should know better than to read /. with breakfast. :P

more than 3 years ago
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All Star Trek TV Coming To Netflix

Crimson Wing Re:Simply (272 comments)

Another case of an incomplete summary. TOS, TNG, Voyager, and Enterprise will be added to Watch Instantly sometime in June. DS9 will be added sometime in October. They'll be available for at least two years, with the option to extend it at the end.

more than 3 years ago
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Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

Crimson Wing Re:Innovative (244 comments)

Thank you for reiterating what the last 2 other posters have said. You may now return to your normal duties at the Department of Redundancy Department. >:|

more than 3 years ago
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Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

Crimson Wing Re:Ummm... no. (244 comments)

Let me guess... Windows 98?
That was a common bug back then. Probably something to do with all that 16-bit and 32-bit code [microsoft.com] just thrown on the pile there.
You were probably connecting way bellow even 56k, it's just that you couldn't really notice it.Also, it could simply be that her PC was reporting the port speed, not the actual speed it connected at.

XP, I believe.
 

Also, it could simply be that her PC was reporting the port speed, not the actual speed it connected at.
Even XP will gladly report to you the speed of your NIC or your hub/switch/router instead of your actual internet connection speed.

Admittedly, this is the most likely scenario. It *did* seem to be a bit speedier than usual, though.

*shrug* Eh, I dunno.

more than 3 years ago
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Two-way Radio Breakthrough To Double Wi-Fi Speeds

Crimson Wing Re:Innovative (244 comments)

Phone modem speeds weren't limited to 56kbps by technology; the tech in them is capable of reaching significantly higher speeds (well, significant in the days before cable & DSL), but was arbitrarily limited by the FCC or some shit like that.

Like 10 years ago, there was a period of a few weeks where, by some random bug or glitch somewhere, my grandmother's computer (with 56k modem) would regularly connect to her dial-up service at 118.2kbps. She, of course, never noticed it. I don't think anyone else did, either. I noticed it when my parents and I went over to visit, and I asked to use the computer because I was bored.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Gamers Safer Drivers?

Crimson Wing Re:I'd say... (220 comments)

I think the few "realistic" racing games I've played -- mainly Forza Motorsport -- have made me a *slightlt* better driver IRL. Not a huge difference, but noticeable.

On the subject of camera views, I tend to go wtih chase-cam for the more arcadey stuff, and nose-cam for the more realistic stuff.

more than 3 years ago
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Are Gamers Safer Drivers?

Crimson Wing I'd say... (220 comments)

I'd say it's probably some of both.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Proposes 'Do Not Track' HTTP Header

Crimson Wing Re:Great idea but not likely to happen (244 comments)

Some ad services pay based on impressions/views, not clicks. The payout is significantly lower per impression than per click, but the ratio of "people who let them load, whether they click or not" to "people who click" can sometimes make pay-by-impression more valuable.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Pushes Openness Over Rooting

Crimson Wing OHA needs more O. (196 comments)

The article, along with some of the above comments, bring me back to my disgust with the so-called "Open Handset Alliance". I was under the impression that all the companies involved in this "Alliance" would be moving toward more open and user-choice-oriented hardware and software designs. So far, Google themselves seems to be the only one living up to that. Locked bootloaders, e-fuses, hardware write-protection... IMHO, Motorola, Samsung and HTC do not deserve to call themselves members of the Open Handset Alliance.

more than 3 years ago
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Open Source Router To Replace WRT54GL?

Crimson Wing WRT160NL? (344 comments)

Been out for a while, so there's probably something newer that's got better specs, but this is the one I remember off the top of my head.

more than 4 years ago
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The Jet Fighter Laser Cannon

Crimson Wing Re:9mm? (464 comments)

The catch there is that there's a large gap between the range at which one can reliably connect with a shot aimed at center mass and the range at which one can do the same with a shot at the head. And if a hostile target is within the latter range, and closing, few people will remain calm enough to aim properly.

more than 4 years ago
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Psystar Crushed In Court

Crimson Wing Re:Psystar winning would be terrible for Microsoft (640 comments)

The Gamecube controller? Uhm, take another look at the original "Duke" Xbox controller, then look at it side-by-side next to a Dreamcast controller, and then tell me what it's most similar to. The Controller S and the 360 controller are just further refinements of that design.

Meanwhile, Playstation controller designs haven't changed a millimeter since the introduction of the DualShock. The one time they were considering changing it up a bit, they did an about-face right back to where they were. The "Boomerang" wasn't bad, it just needed a little refinement.

more than 4 years ago
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How the Pirate Bay Will Be Legalized

Crimson Wing Re:Sooo (265 comments)

My mistake. I don't use either much, I just know it replaced IsoHunt in MiniNova's alternate-sites-to-search thing.

more than 4 years ago
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How the Pirate Bay Will Be Legalized

Crimson Wing Re:Sooo (265 comments)

So anyone know what the new pirate bay will be? I'm not exactly up to date on what trackers are currently the best.

Mininova, TorrentReactor, Torrents.to (formerly ISOhunt) for general torrent needs. For anime, check datorrents.com.

more than 4 years ago

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