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Google Videos Going Offline; Time To Grab What You Want

DarkJC Re:The cloud. (131 comments)

Here's what I don't understand: why can't they just move the Google Video content over to youtube themselves? They own both services. Why make everyone who wants to keep their video download it locally and reupload it back to Google's servers?

more than 3 years ago

Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

DarkJC Re:Do Mobiles really need IPv4? (321 comments)

They knew this was coming and their profit margins are wide enough that they could have thrown money at it.

That just won't do in todays "more profit every quarter" market. Won't somebody think of the shareholders!

more than 3 years ago

Guild Wars 2 Devs Aiming For the Top

DarkJC Re:Damn! (150 comments)

I thought this was supposed to be a tech site? How does a bullet point wishlist of features with absolutely no regard to the difficulty of implementation on the technical side or pitfalls on the game implementation side get modded to +5 insightful?

more than 3 years ago

Heroism Is Part of a Nuclear Worker's Job

DarkJC Re:Bring on the nuclear power fans (349 comments)

You know what is truly an unmitigated disaster? The magnitude 9 earthquake and the resulting tsunami. The one that caused trains to derail, killing thousands, and has even caused a train to go missing. But no, lets put the focus on the 40 year old nuclear reactor that managed to withstand this massive quake and cause a minimal radiation increase 30 km away. 10 times background sounds scary if you're ignorant and uninformed. How many deaths have been caused by this "unmitigated disaster" of the plant vs. the actual disaster we should be focusing on, again?

more than 3 years ago

An Open Letter To PC Makers: Ditch Bloatware, Now!

DarkJC Re:Dear kid: No. (609 comments)

Meanwhile Apple slowly erodes your share of the PC market and rakes in an amount of profit per machine that you could only dream of, while you're getting by on razor thin margins and ruining your customers experience by supporting those margins with crapware. Sounds like a winning strategy.

more than 3 years ago

Apple May Remove the Home Button On the Next IPad

DarkJC Rumor is a mismash of truth and speculation (329 comments)

This home button rumor sounds like someone found out about the multitouch gestures for switching applications and going back to the home screen and decided that it MUST be because the home button is getting removed.

The reality is that these gestures are probably there to compliment the functionality of the home button, and make certain actions faster than using the button to do them. But just like keyboard shortcuts, gestures should never be the ONLY way to do things. The home button will stay for those who need to intuitively learn the device. It's the same principle as the "multitasking" dock. You can multitask in IOS without ever even knowing the dock exists. It's the same way with these gestures.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Announces iLife '11, FaceTime Mac, Lion, Mac App Store, MacBook Air

DarkJC Re:That's it ? it's called Lion ? (827 comments)

This was obviously not a developer focused presentation, given the demo of iLife that kicked things off. You'll get all the nitty gritty details you want at the next WWDC, when things are more final as well.

more than 3 years ago

Monkey Island Creator Slams Corporate Control Over Game Publishing

DarkJC Re:Maybe not the best example. (298 comments)

The volume buttons are designed to work across the entire OS to continually change either the ringer volume or the volume of the song playing in the background. Is it really impossible for you to see how changing the functionality of the volume buttons--that previously have worked like every other volume button on the planet--on a per app basis could be a bad idea? The comparison to the keyboard is laughable.

Only on Slashdot does this tripe get modded up, for reasons that are lost on me. It's like in the fight against Apple, any dissenting opinion becomes Insightful, even if it's idiotic. If there's one thing I'm glad for, it's that people like you who think this is a good idea will all own non-Apple devices. Go ruin the user experience of someone else's device, and keep away from mine.

more than 3 years ago

Monkey Island Creator Slams Corporate Control Over Game Publishing

DarkJC Re:Someone finally gets it! (298 comments)

(Sorry, but having to spend $79 to replace the battery in a $99 iPhone 3GS is just plain idiotic.)

That would be very idiotic if the 3GS cost anywhere close to $99 to produce. I thought people understood the concept of subsidized hardware, especially on Slashdot, but it appears that even here the concept is lost on some.

more than 3 years ago

Xmarks May Not Be Dead After All

DarkJC Re:Nothing I'd pay for. (123 comments)

It's about keeping your bookmarks in sync across all of the various computers you have/use in a day. If you only use one, it's probably not for you.

more than 3 years ago

In Defense of Jailbreaking

DarkJC Re:IPhone vs. Android Review - In Reality (405 comments)

This post is the biggest crock of misinformation ever. I have a hard time believing you even attempted to use the iPhone for more than 5 minutes, because you're plain wrong about many of your points. No surprise you got modded up though, especially with the "I dare you to mod me down" line to cover up your bullshit.

1. Probably the most amazing and useful feature ever in a phone--auto synchronization between Gmail, Google calendar, contacts, and photos. Yes blah blah Mobile Me. Well Google is free--Apple is $100/yr. And please, the functionality and features of Gmail and Google calendar absolutely crap on the lame excuse of the Apple offerings. Don't even try to argue this one.

Don't even try to argue this one? I get all this on my iPhone for free too, using Google's services.

3. Free tethering. This feature is huge. You're paying for a data plan either way, but at least with Android you don't need to shell out another 60 per month for a wireless cell service just because Apple says "Because I say so."

Hey, surprise surprise, my iPhone comes with free tethering too. Apple has nothing to do with charging for tethering.

5. The ability to use it as a mass storage device, with a removable Micro SD card. Droid has 16gb worth to store.

With only a measly amount of storage available to apps.

Killer features then the IPhone doesn't have: tethering and VoIP (and I mean on a cell network, NOT over wifi--wifi is useless if you're out of your house, and NO I'm not going to travel to Starbucks to use VoIP, no matter how plentiful they are).

Again, iPhone supports both of these, including VoIP over 3G.

With so much wrong, I truly hope you're just trolling. It would be sad if you think this is an actual objective comparison between the two devices.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Review

DarkJC Re:Location (750 comments)

Couldn't have said it better myself.

more than 4 years ago

Disgruntled Ex-Employee Remotely Disables 100 Cars

DarkJC What about Ford Sync? (384 comments)

I noticed people here talking about how OnStar has similar capabilities. What about the Ford Sync system Ford is putting in all their vehicles now. Does that have similar capabilities to OnStar, or is it more just a media player/phone system deal?

more than 4 years ago

Passage of Time Solves PS3 Glitch

DarkJC Re:Sony is very lucky... (147 comments)

You don't need to be connected to PSN to download an update. In fact, if you aren't up to date and the update is mandatory, you can't connect to PSN until you DO download the update.

more than 4 years ago

Novell Bringing .Net Developers To Apple iPad

DarkJC Re:Certainly won't displace it in... (315 comments)

No, but thanks for putting words in my mouth. I'm saying making an assumption about the typing experience based on the abilities of Steve Jobs is idiotic, because he was a piss poor typer on the iPhone too.

Anyone who owns an iPhone knows that the typing abilities of Steve Jobs during the 2007 conference are in no way an indication of what the software keyboard is capable of. This has nothing to do with whether I think the software keyboard on the iPad will be something I'm ok with.

more than 4 years ago

Novell Bringing .Net Developers To Apple iPad

DarkJC Re:Certainly won't displace it in... (315 comments)

Yeah, just like he was a speed demon on the iPhone when he announced that in 2007 right? How is this modded insightful?

more than 4 years ago

FCC Probes Google and T-Mobile For Double-Whammy Fees

DarkJC Re:Someone put a gun to my head and made me sign i (127 comments)

Except carriers have used "paying off your subsidy" as the reason for the very very high early termination fees. If, when you cancel your Nexus One contract, you need to pay Google for the rest of the phone, what are you paying for at T-Mobile?

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft's Urgent Patch Precedes Black Hat Session

DarkJC Re:Imagine. (232 comments)

Snow Leopard (10.6) costs $29.

about 5 years ago

iPhone Vulnerability Yields Root Access Via SMS

DarkJC Re:Cancel Texting (186 comments)

Well it's a little different because a lot of people, even if they have email on their phones, don't have push email either. SMS is nice in the sense that, because it's part of every phone, it's pretty much guaranteed to be an immediate notification unless said person has their phone off. That's something that email can't replace any time soon.

I agree that the prices for SMS and MMS messaging are outrageous for what they are though. I pay $30/month for 6GB of data, and you're trying to tell me that I should be paying 15c to send 140 bytes of data? It's crazy.

more than 5 years ago

Group Pushes FCC To Investigate Skype for iPhone

DarkJC Re:Amazon MP3 on Android: same problem (131 comments)

It's probably a carrier limitation in that case. Apple restricted iTunes Music downloads to Wifi only until an update sometime last year. AT&T was probably concerned about load on their network from people downloading MP3s over 3G so they told Apple to hold off on the feature until the craze over the iPhone 3G settled down and they had a gauge of how much bandwidth was being used by their clients.

more than 5 years ago


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