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Developers Looking to Set Up Alternatives To Apple's App Store

EVil Lawyer Actually, this is NEW news (192 comments)

What's new is that there are now true "stores" for apps... it's no longer just installer programs that let you download and install apps. CydiaStore launched just two days ago, and has a grand total of one app for sale (Cyntact, selling at $1.00, modifies the contacts app to display the contact's profile picture next to their name, when you're in the view where you scroll through contacts). The point is that there are private enterprises now hoping to make money off of this. At the moment Cydia is fairly limited -- only working with Amazon Payments -- but promises PayPal support soon, and you can bet there will be a number of new paid apps on the way.

more than 5 years ago

FSFE Launches Free PDF Readers Campaign

EVil Lawyer Sumatra... format specs? (198 comments)

Tried out Sumatra. I see it doesn't display text I've added with a PDF editor, or highlights I've done, or call-out boxes. Are those features not part of the general PDF spec? Either way, it kind of sucks that someone could open one of these PDFs in Sumatra and not see all sorts of commentary someone else intended, which can be seen if opening the file in Foxit or Adobe Reader for example...

more than 5 years ago

Trick or Treatment

EVil Lawyer Re:Perfection is Impossible (713 comments)

Are you kidding? Medicine isn't perfect and never will be but modern medicine has doubled life expectancies in the last 100 years, cured/prevented countless diseases, improved quality of life, and saved many millions of lives. It's one of the greatest triumphs of humanity and you are saying the record isn't there? I say you are a grade-A fool if you think that.

I'm a huge fan of / big believer in modern medicine, but there is good reason to believe that much of the increase in lifespan is due to improved sanitation of our living environments and foodsources.

more than 5 years ago

Trick or Treatment

EVil Lawyer Re:oscillococcinum (713 comments)

Would be interesting to see them maufacturing this stuff. I wonder if they go through the trouble of actually getting some duck liver, extracting its 'essence' or whatever, and diluting 200 times... of if they just put some sugar into pill form and call it good enough.

more than 5 years ago

Trick or Treatment

EVil Lawyer Re:Exploitations? (713 comments)

The difference is that no one is going to forgo some other important service because they buy the book. While people DO forgo proven and effective medical treatments because a homeopath tells them to...

more than 5 years ago

Trick or Treatment

EVil Lawyer oscillococcinum (713 comments)

FTFR: "If one looks at the content of oscillococcinum, a homeopathic alternative marketed to relieve influenza-like symptoms, the packaging states that each gram of medication contains 0.85 grams of sucrose and 0.15 grams of lactose. Sucrose and lactose are simply forms of sugar, of which oscillococcinum is nothing more than am expensive sugar pill."

Um, it does contain both .85 grams of sucrose and .15 grams of lactose, but those are only the "inactive" ingredients. The supposedly active ingredients are "200CK Anas barbariae hepatis," or heart and liver of the Muscovy duck. Whatever that is. I'm not saying I think it works (though they do have clinical data showing some benefit over placebo), but that the reviewer is wrong that it's ONLY a sugar pill.

more than 5 years ago

Will Consoles Merge Back Into PCs?

EVil Lawyer Re:Look familiar? (356 comments)

Why the heck are you buying a wireless mouse for gaming? Terrible idea. And "backup to the hard drive" ?? What? $75 headphones? Um...

more than 5 years ago

NFL's First Broadcast In 3-D, Still Has Work To Do

EVil Lawyer Re:Sure! (178 comments)

Hey guy... you're in mighty fine shape. You wouldn't want to participate in some "arts" that involve shirtless men touching each other for "sport" would you? And maybe some gay sex afterward?

- Consummate dude

more than 5 years ago

HP's Fury At Vista Capable Downgrade

EVil Lawyer Re:Somebody help me understand this . . . (499 comments)

It doesn't have the graphics power to run Aero. Intel instructed Microsoft to remove that as a requirement for the "Vista Capable" sticker. Microsoft agreed, despite previously telling ATI, Nvidia, and HP that they would not remove that requirement, even for Intel.

And why did this suck for HP, exactly?

more than 5 years ago

LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God

EVil Lawyer Re:How I wish Paddypower was a betting exhange... (457 comments)

I think you can bet on the fact that if this was a betting exchange, the odds would be NOWHERE NEAR what they are now. It would be way less than 1% on god existing, and the trading fees would eat up all of your profits.

more than 5 years ago

Netbook Return Rates Much Higher For Linux Than Windows

EVil Lawyer Re:ya, really (663 comments)

He wanted to know where to get a refub netbook, not bluetooth headset.

more than 5 years ago

Getting Away With a Cheap Graphics Card

EVil Lawyer Wow.... $170 is cheap? (290 comments)

Um, to me at least, $170 for a graphics card is not "cheap"...

more than 5 years ago

Stuck In Google's Doghouse

EVil Lawyer Re:Why not just improve the site? (165 comments)

Yes, except you've forgotten a critical point... Companies who advertise and pay them money are their customers, not the masses who use their services for free.

Hmm, so Honda, Toyota, Ford, etc. should care what their dealers want, and not what the people who buy their cars from the dealers want?

about 6 years ago


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