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Religion Is Good For Your Brain

DavidD_CA Re:Whatever (529 comments)

There are numerous atheist / skeptic / non-religious groups that have all of the positive aspects of church and religion, minus the supernatural.

In Sacramento, our local groups have book clubs, pot lucks, volunteer highway cleanup and soup kitchen service, lectures and discussions, game nights, family-themed events and field trips, hikes, and even a knitting group. (www.SacFAN.org)

If you live in other areas, check out meetup.com for similar groups near you.

about 8 months ago
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China's "Singles Day" Is the World's Biggest Online Shopping Blitz

DavidD_CA Re:When is American Thanksgiving? (120 comments)

It's always the "fourth Thursday of November".

And Black Friday (the day for crazy sales that people camp out overnight for) is the day after Thanksgiving.

1 year,17 days
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Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

DavidD_CA Re:Please read the PCWORLD disclaimer (148 comments)

If they can build the Surface RT and have it run all the Windows RT apps, then what's to stop them from allowing the X-Box One from doing the same?

about a year ago
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How Your Smartphone Can Spy On What You Type

DavidD_CA Re:You should see this wireless keyboard! (77 comments)

This is a fantastic id4589074VTJIL4D5QX3T9JFDCGJea.

Sorry, my C3409TOIKJERC2RIOKFSOI GJRIOT cat just jumped on and off my desk.

about a year ago
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How Your Smartphone Can Spy On What You Type

DavidD_CA Misunderstanding of the Vulnerability (77 comments)

Many of the early posts seem to misunderstand the vulnerability issue here.

This is not about your phone getting infected with malware that allows it to detect your PC keyboard typing.

This is about me putting the vibration-detection app on my own phone, and then going to someone else's desk and recording them logging in.

So, imagine me going to my local AT&T store, bank, or my boss's computer, and casually setting my phone down while they log in to check my account or whatever.

Granted, some of those systems will require more than just a password (I might need their username, or the URL to log in, or perhaps their firewall only accepts certain IPs), but it's still a considerable weakness if this application is reliable and gets out in the open.

I can imagine keyboards that are "vibration silent" or special "vibration absorption" pads that will prevent this from happening. Either that, or customer service reps will start saying "Please remove your phone from my desk while I access your account."

about a year ago
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Why Are Cells the Size They Are? Gravity May Be a Factor

DavidD_CA Re:Conversion for the casual reader (85 comments)

And there are 91,440,000 micrometers in a football (US) field.

Glad that's cleared up.

about a year ago
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Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

DavidD_CA Re:so pony up, Microsoft want agile extreme only (413 comments)

I don't know, but all of the other updates to Windows were deployed through Windows Update. I don't know why this would be any different.

about a year ago
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Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

DavidD_CA Re:so pony up, Microsoft want agile extreme only (413 comments)

It also means they are telling you that they didn't make any real changes and are charging you for the service pack they refuse to create for 8.0.

8.1, or SP1 if you prefer, is a free download.

about a year ago
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Security Researcher Makes His Point By Hacking Into Zuckerberg's Facebook Page

DavidD_CA Re:Take it public (266 comments)

I believe the person is referring to the hacker's own personal blog/story, not the post that the hacker made to Facebook -- which I presume is private.

about a year ago
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A Radical Plan For Saving Microsoft's Surface RT

DavidD_CA Re:surface RT (391 comments)

Except that the iPad doesn't ship with a keyboard either. Granted, you can pick up iPad keyboards for about $50, but I don't think they're as slick as the Surface keyboards.

about a year ago
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Next SurfaceRT To Come With Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, LTE

DavidD_CA Re:Whoopee? (157 comments)

The current Surface Pro does come with Windows 8 (the full version) and a Intel Core i5 Processor.

about a year and a half ago
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Cerulean Studios Releases Trillian IM Protocol Specifications

DavidD_CA Trillian - Digsby - Facebook (95 comments)

I was a huge proponent of Trillian (and a paying customer) for quite some time. I used it to connect my AIM, ICQ, MSN, and Yahoo accounts.

At about the time I ditched ICQ, it seemed that Trillian was getting bigger and more bloated with features I didn't care about, and had frequent connection problems. And so I tried Digsby and loved it.

Then I believe I got a new computer, and for about a week I forgot to install Disgby. Turned out that nearly everyone I wanted to chat with was either on Facebook or SMS, and so I gave up on Digsby.

It's been well over a near now, and all I use are Facebook and SMS, and occasionally Skype. I can't think of a single person I've lost contact with because of that change.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Store In-App Ad Revenue Plummets

DavidD_CA Re:As a customer... (196 comments)

Yes, but those are free apps and are quite stable.

Hardly the accusation in the post that I replied to.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Store In-App Ad Revenue Plummets

DavidD_CA Re:As a customer... (196 comments)

Of the games you listed:

      - Monsters Love Candy (Microsoft)
      - Shuffle Party (Microsoft)
      - Gunstringer Dead Man Running (Other Ocean)
      - Fruit Ninja (Halfbrick Studios)
      - Gravity Guy (Mini Clip)
      - Samurais vs Zombies (Glu Games)
      - Reckless Racing Ultimate Edition (Pixelbrite)

Only two were actually created by Microsoft.

And none of them have the combination of in-game ads, paid-for, and super buggy.

Micropurchases (what you call nickel-and-diming) is hardly the same thing as paying $5 for a game.

And FWIW, Shuffle Party has a 4.5 out of 5.0 in Marketplace.

If you're having such a problem with all of these apps with high ratings, perhaps there's an issue with your phone or carrier or some third-party unauthorized app that is screwing things up.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows Store In-App Ad Revenue Plummets

DavidD_CA Re:As a customer... (196 comments)

Please list one or two. I have never seen a single Microsoft app that has advertisements, are "buggy as shit", or even require payment. Let alone all three!

about a year and a half ago
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Yokohama Accidentally Tweets That NK Missile Is Inbound

DavidD_CA Re:Apparently (131 comments)

There is also a documentary on this called something like Dr. Strangelove that has been on the military channel.

Fixed that for you.

about a year and a half ago
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Major UK Retailers Mislabel Windows RT As Windows 8

DavidD_CA Re:Whats the difference? (106 comments)

Obviously there are differences and RT isn't for everyone.

Does that justify spreading lies about it on Slashdot? Come on. I realize it's cool to bash Microsoft here, but this is a bit much.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

DavidD_CA Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

Last year our local atheist group had a booth at the city festival which attracts about 100,000 people over a three-day weekend.

The neighboring booth, a city initiative to increase corporate recycling, was manned by what was obviously a Christian.

I had allergies (it's an outdoors event), and EVERY time I sneezed (or anyone else nearby) the man would shout:

GOD BLESS YOU

as loud as he could. And, whenever he recognized friends from church walking by, he would go out of his way to yell to them in a similar manner.

He never once even spoke to us directly, other than the passive-aggressive sneeze blessings.

about a year and a half ago

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