Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

Freedom Bug Still a second class citizen (214 comments)

I expected the Nexus 6 to have a microSD card slot because they were supposed to gain first-class support in Android 5.0.

But it doesn't, so external storage support must still be a second class citizen on Android.

about three weeks ago

Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

Freedom Bug Space flight failure rate is around 5% (165 comments)

I could accept a 5% risk of death if I was doing something worthwhile: contributing to science or the colonization of Mars. But for a joy ride? Even if it's an order of magnitude better, a 5 in 1000 chance in death is still pretty high. That's a couple of orders of magnitude riskier than skydiving (0.0007%) or driving 10,000 miles. (0.0167%)

about three weeks ago

Pentagon Builds Units To Transport Ebola Patients

Freedom Bug Re:So people figure out yet... (117 comments)

His method worked great to stop the SARS outbreak in Toronto.

And SARS was much more difficult to contain than Ebola since you were infectious before showing symptoms.

about a month ago

Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

Freedom Bug Re:Misleading- Good will is common accounting (255 comments)

Waiting 15 years is a better deal than everybody else gets. Everybody else gets to wait indefinitely; most have to realize a loss before it can be claimed. In other words, if you overpay for an asset you don't get to claim a loss until you sell that asset to somebody else.

about a month ago

NY Doctor Recently Back From West Africa Tests Positive For Ebola

Freedom Bug Re:which idiot is letting these people fly... (372 comments)

He won't do it because it would be stupid.

Right now if they ask you at the airport if you've been to Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea, people have no incentive to lie, so don't. If you make that illegal, it won't stop them from flying out of somewhere else, it will just make them lie to the immigration officials, making the problem worse, not better.

about a month ago

iFixit Tears Apart Apple's Shiny New Retina iMac

Freedom Bug Re:Set the record straight (109 comments)

(an Apple proprietary chip is involved in that)

Which, according to iFixit, is labelled as a Parade Technologies DP665.

about a month ago

NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

Freedom Bug Re:Better open source drivers, eh? (185 comments)

Is this something you tried recently? Phoronix did their testing with the 3.13 kernel.

about 5 months ago

Musk Will Open Up Tesla Supercharger Patents To Spur Development

Freedom Bug Re:He continues to show himself to be ... (230 comments)

It's not a dumb move at all. Electric cars are still a very immature market, there are a lot more sales to be made from expanding the market than there are by stealing them from competitors. This is an "expand the market" type move.

about 6 months ago

Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

Freedom Bug Re:Canadian driving (723 comments)

Ottawa is one of the best cities in the world for salting and snow plowing. The difference you noticed Monday is simply that it was quite cold and the salt didn't work as well as it usually does.

about 10 months ago

FSF's Richard Stallman Calls LLVM a 'Terrible Setback'

Freedom Bug Re:Why do free contracting work? (1098 comments)

RMS couldn't care less if other companies profit off of his work.

What he cares about is some company taking his work, making it better, selling it back to him and then not letting him hack on it, fix it, port it to unapproved hardware, use it for unapproved uses, et cetera.

about 10 months ago

Man Shot To Death For Texting During Movie

Freedom Bug Texting during the *previews* (1431 comments)

Note that the title is wrong -- he was shot for texting during the previews, not during the movie itself.

about 10 months ago

Who Is Liable When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

Freedom Bug Re:Automated vehicles already exist (937 comments)

Who do you sue if a driverless train runs over you? Who do you sue if a driven train runs over you?

In both cases, you sue the city. The city might try and recoup costs from the driver and/or the manufacturer, but the liability is clear either way.

about a year ago

Sony Issues Detailed PS4 FAQ Ahead of Launch

Freedom Bug Re:Conflict of interest (312 comments)

You can install the update without connecting to the internet:

"However, to use the USB method the first time you take the PS4 system out of the box and before installing system software update 1.50, you’ll need to enable safemode. When the PS4 system is powered off, press and hold the Power Button for seven seconds to enter safemode."

1 year,25 days

Firefox Takes the Performance Crown From Chrome

Freedom Bug Re:Sadly, no ... (326 comments)

How many people used the "disable javascript" option? NoScript is so superior that most people that would use disable javascript have or should have switched to NoScript. An option that nobody uses or nobody should use is the very definition of an option that should be removed.

about a year ago

The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

Freedom Bug babysitters (924 comments)

I instruct the babysitter to SMS me if they need to. I will ignore vibrations from phone calls and emails, but an SMS is rare enough that it's probably the baby sitter, and I will answer it.

But if it is the babysitter, I probably need to leave anyways, so go ahead and kick me out. It would suck if it wasn't the babysitter, but that movie is probably costing me over >$100 because I have to pay the babysitter too, so I get really annoyed at those who ruin it for everybody...

about a year ago

Tesla To Blanket US With Superchargers In Two Years

Freedom Bug re: one way range (311 comments)

I think the idea is that you're supposed to charge overnight at 115V or 230V in Vegas.

That's fine when the edge of the circle is your destination. But the fact that these are one way circles makes the map very deceptive. For example, take a look at the Fall 2013 map. It would seem that Toronto to NYC is a feasible trip, but it isn't, at least not by supercharger.

about a year and a half ago

WD Explains Its Windows-Only Software-Based SSHD Tech

Freedom Bug Re:WHAT (286 comments)

Similar question: Which would you rather have: software RAID or hardware RAID? On Linux, software RAID is usually faster, cheaper, more reliable, less buggy & fuller featured.

So yes, I'd prefer the drivers in my operating system rather than buried in some inaccessible firmware somewhere.

about a year and a half ago

The Balkanization of Chatting

Freedom Bug Re:Didn't Trillian do this? (242 comments)

"everywhere" is a bit of a stretch. Pidgin doesn't support any of the most popular networks: whatsapp, bbm, ...

about a year and a half ago

Why Hasn't 3D Taken Off For the Web?

Freedom Bug 3d printing (320 comments)

Lot of haters in this thread. Here's another example of a great use case for WebGL: 3d printing. Use your web browser to create a 3d model. Hit the print button, and it connects to one of the 3d printing services which fedexes the result to you.

Using a web site is so much more compelling than a standalone app: no installation, easy sharing/collaboration, integration with printing services, etc. But you will want a real computer with a mouse or a Wacom pen -- an iPad app would definitely not work as well.

And it's not like a printable 3d model is going to require a fancy video card or bare metal speeds.

about 2 years ago

Toys R Us Unveils Android Tablet For Kids

Freedom Bug Replaces one Wired called the best Android tablet (163 comments)

Toys'R'us used to carry the Nabi tablet, which has been replaced by the Nabi 2. In its review, Wired said that the Nabi 2 may be the best Android tablet available for anybody. Of course, that distinction has since been lost to the Nexus 7 and others, but it's a very nice tablet. I was wondering why Toys R Us was not carrying the Nabi 2. Now we know.

more than 2 years ago


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