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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Dahamma Re:Think that's bad (206 comments)

"Other"? Nice! Thanks for that, Google, why bother with the rest?

11 hours ago
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Kim Dotcom Says Legal Fight Has Left Him Broke

Dahamma Re:Legal costs (88 comments)

Apparently he once spent over $1M to charter a yacht and throw nonstop parties during the Monaco Grand Prix. Hard to feel sorry for someone who pisses away $1M in 3 days on parties. As if the multiple convictions for fraud, espionage, and embezzlement weren't enough...

11 hours ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Dahamma Re:Copyright? (182 comments)

Oh well, (supposed) straw man still beats ad hominem!

I actually agree with you that there are tons of good applications for *new* innovation in high-efficiency solar panels (the point of the article). But given $5 calculators have *already* been available for 30 years, sorry, it just isn't one of them ;)

13 hours ago
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Dahamma Re:Room for further research.... (182 comments)

Wow, now that's *2* AC/DC-related joke comments you have ruined, Captain Serious... ;)

yesterday
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Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita

Dahamma Re:PS4 next (58 comments)

Actually, turns out the PS4 *does* do all of what was claimed for the PS Vita - you can play PS4 games on the Vita over Wifi including pausing and continue.

Their sleep/wake is a lot slower than promised, true. But it's a big improvement over the PS3, and it also does finally let you go back to the system menu while the current app/game is paused...

yesterday
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Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency

Dahamma Re:Copyright? (182 comments)

Until that one time you are forced at gunpoint in a dark alley to calculate a cube root!

And, actually, seriously bad example - who cares about the battery life of a shitty $5 calculator when these days you can solve differential equations on your phone? Maybe you *should* have done a bit of research first...

yesterday
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The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Dahamma Re:Hmmm ... (448 comments)

No, but it doesn't mean it's noteworthy, either. If you or I wanted to spend 10 years to create a crappy, useless OS, we probably could. But why?

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Best Biometric Authentication System?

Dahamma Re:None (125 comments)

Above posts already answered the question, though. Biometrics make no sense when the point is not really authentication (which assumedly in a clean room was already done) but identification. Just use an RFID tag. Done.

yesterday
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Corning Reveals Gorilla Glass 4, Promises No More Broken IPhones

Dahamma Re:OH GOODY (201 comments)

Yep - you can go look it up on any number of articles for confirmation, but the current state of sapphire screens is that they are heavier/thicker, more brittle, require more power due to lower transmission of light, and are much more expensive.

The *only* advantage right now is sapphire is almost impossible to scratch with normal use (assuming you don't routinely carry piles of loose diamonds around in your front pocket). Hence it's used for lenses, the new fingerprint-recognition, home button, and the iWatch screen, where scratch resistance is the #1 concern.

4 days ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

Dahamma Re:The French are the world's Standards Board (372 comments)

Not sure if you are being sarcastic or not, but I'd say it's true!

The French workforce may strike more (and be particularly obnoxious about it, shutting down highways and city centers), but they also get more vacation, better hours, better pay, full healthcare, and retirement. American workers have lost all of their power, which is why they are increasingly losing all of their benefits and living wages. Welcome to "unfettered capitalism".

4 days ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Dahamma Re:Ask the credit card for a refund (307 comments)

Also apparently if a chargeback is due to bad practice on the merchant side (which in this case it clearly is) they charge an additional fee/fine to the merchant when doing the chargeback. Is anyone surprised VISA, etc set up the system so they make money either way?

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Dahamma Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (307 comments)

You'll be lucky if you find a car dealer accepting a bank draft as cleared funds nowadays

Well, that's both vague and incorrect. Even if it applied to your individual case, it's still the norm in many transactions.

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Dahamma Re:Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (307 comments)

Are you trying to compare the two? Like, damaging a rental car is somehow the same as the rental car company jerking you around and you publicly describing your bad experience? NOT THE SAME.

about two weeks ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Dahamma Re:Ask the credit card for a refund (307 comments)

No, YOUR statement is simply not true. Chargeback can be a pain but if you have a case it is accepted the majority of the time. And in THIS case (when it's literally used as a "fine" for restricting free speech) it's almost a no-brainer it will go through.

For a GOOD credit card customer they make more money on the customer than some single shady hotel transaction in the long run. And when it's dozens of customer (who will probably have legal standing if they care to take it beyond simple chargebacks) it's just not worth it for the credit card company to resist. And in this actual incident they actually got a quote from a cabinet minister saying it was uncalled for, so if they would basically be batshit insane f-you to the British government refusing to reverse the charge...

about two weeks ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

Dahamma Could be solved be VISA, etc. immediately (307 comments)

I can't imagine a credit card company would approve of their card being used to "fine" customers. Accept an IMMEDIATE chargeback (which I assume they will, as the charge is insane) and tell the company one more violation and their contract is cancelled.

And then, good luck with a hotel accepting payment "cash only"...

about two weeks ago
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Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Dahamma Re:Apparently "backers" don't understand the term (473 comments)

True. Go ahead and sue over $40. You will lose 100x more time and money suing, and it will be extremely difficult to prove that a game company did not intent to implement features of a game from the initial project plan (since almost all game projects bite off more than they can chew).

about two weeks ago

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