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The Case For a Safer Smartphone

FrostDust Already taken care of (184 comments)

AT&T Drive Mode

Motorola Assist

Apps like these seem to do most everything the blogger is looking for:

  • Blocking / auto-responding to texts
  • Detect when you're driving (manually disable if used as passanger, or otherwise needs to be used)
  • Allow voice control
  • Doesn't depend on car integration support

about 6 months ago

Snowden Says No One Listened To 10 Attempts To Raise Concerns At NSA

FrostDust Re:Cost effectiveness (273 comments)

the administration appears to have been caught completely unprepared for the events in Crimea.

How do you know that the events in Crimea aren't occurring the way the US administration wants?

about 7 months ago

Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

FrostDust Re:The whiners dragged us back to 1985 (547 comments)

I hope I'm not mistaken, but can't you already do that by purchasing your games digitally from their Xbox Live virtual shop?

about a year ago

Sony Touts 25 Hour Battery Life For Haswell-Equipped Vaio Pro

FrostDust Re:Too stupid to weed out marketing spam /.? (154 comments)

I agree with you that some benchmarking system would help, maybe "flops per amp-hour" or something, but your formula would lead to manufacturers gaming the system for higher scores and ignoring that people want different devices for different needs.

For example, a smartphone may have less screen size and performance than a tablet but not have an equal return in battery time or weight reduction, resulting in a lower score, and still may be "better" for someone that can't fit a tablet in their pocket.
Likewise, sedans and motorcycles are lighter and more fuel-efficient than larger, more powerful pickup trucks, but that just makes them suited for different markets and uses, and it wouldn't work to submit them to a one-size-fits-all Automobile Score.

Telling customers the class of the mobile device, processing ability, power efficiency, and battery capacity would be just as good describing the class of an automobile, engine output, MPG rating, and fuel capacity.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: When Is the User Experience Too Good?

FrostDust Power User mode (397 comments)

Put a button that toggles your program's "dangerous flying car" interface, with a nice warning about they can now wipe their system with a single click, and you aren't responsible if they misuse the software.

about a year ago

Printable Gun Downloads Top 100k In 2 Days, Thanks to Kim Dotcom

FrostDust Re:How about society does this (656 comments)

Then you'll have a society afraid of fighting off a violent attacker, choosing between death on the sidewalk or in an execution chamber.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Support Allowed Hackers Access To User's iCloud Account

FrostDust Re:Weak security questions (266 comments)

What, do you think they verify if your answer is factually correct?

A person could find out what school you went to, while no one but you is going to know you put in "The Napoleonic Wars" as the acceptable response.

more than 2 years ago

Wil Wheaton: BitTorrent Isn't Only For Piracy

FrostDust Re:Government documents (354 comments)

Opera's had native bittorrent support for years, but I'd suspect that the other browser manufacturers would consider adding this as a built-in feature either bloat or indicative of supporting piracy.

more than 2 years ago

Australia Approves Final R18+ Gaming Guidelines

FrostDust Re:Drug incentives still not allowed (67 comments)

Left 4 Dead 2, pictured right below that drug use notification and a major point of contention in this classification debate, would still have trouble because it features downing a bottle of pills or injecting yourself with a syringe of adrenaline in order to continue killing zombies, and has an achievement related to that as well.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Launching eBook Lending Program, Publishers Unenthusiastic

FrostDust Re:Implement real e-book lending (150 comments)

Amazon has actually had this feature for a while: Loaning a Kindle Book

Also, when the loan period is up the lendee gets a link to buy a copy of the eBook from the Amazon store, so publishers might see an increase in sales, especially if the loaned book is the first of a series or something.

more than 2 years ago

Valve Boss Expects Apple To Challenge Game Consoles

FrostDust Re:"Concerns about a closed model".. (197 comments)

If I'm understanding the article's quote correctly, Gabe is talking about how the iOS devices and the XBox 360 only give you the choice of only one digital distribution service, shutting out potential competitors.
On computers, Steam competes with other digital gaming services, such as Direct2Drive, Desura, GoG, and so on. Later on he goes on to say how a hypothetical Valve-produced console would be "open" so that users could use Steam's competitors alongside Steam.

about 3 years ago

Amazon Lets Students Rent Digital Textbooks

FrostDust Re:what happened to information wants to be free (174 comments)

Because those corporate whores are the ones who publish the books that hold the information.

If you really want to support the freedom of information, petition your university to use OpenCourseWare.

more than 3 years ago

Valve's Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-To-Play

FrostDust Re:Free to play accounts are limited (195 comments)

you can't buy an account without these restrictions anymore; you can only get a "free" account.

While that is technically true, you can permanently upgrade to the normal account with your first purchase in their store. See their FAQ.

You have to add a minimum $5.00 to the Steam Wallet to buy stuff from the store, so practically you can look at this as the price of getting a normal account. If you feel like spending $1 on a cosmetic item is unfair to other players for whatever reason, there's a Map Stamp item which basically lets you vote on your favorite maps, and the creator gets a bit of that money.

And if it's the DLC system itself that you don't want to give money to, you can try looking around if there's still retail copies of the game around somewhere.

more than 3 years ago

Valve's Team Fortress 2 Goes Free-To-Play

FrostDust Re:Splitting hairs (195 comments)

Most of the purchasable items that affect stats can be acquired during normal gameplay via the random drop or crafting systems. The cash store was introduced as a shortcut to people who didn't want to invest time in randomly getting a certain item they wanted, but it's still possible to acquire these items by spending no more money than the initial purchase of the game.

Also, the items were introduced as alternate play styles for each class. People complain about some items being over/underpowerd, but that's true of every game. You can still play well with just the default weapons.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Nixes iPad Giveaways

FrostDust Re:They did what now? (388 comments)

Did you even RTFA?

You're right, I hadn't.

My bad.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Nixes iPad Giveaways

FrostDust Re:They did what now? (388 comments)

You can't prevent someone from giving your product away.

No, but Apple could chose not to ship you anymore iP[a/o]ds. This is targeted at retailers trying to use the products in a promotion to get customers, not at a normal user who wants to give their device away to a friend (although I'm sure that they've already developed DRM to do just that).

Apple is probably doing this as a proactive maneuver to protect their brand name from being cheapened.

more than 3 years ago

Activision Reveals Call of Duty Subscription Plans

FrostDust Re:Say WHAT? (184 comments)

I remember it being stated before that Activation is trying to position itself as a multi-faceted, digital entertainment company. Relating an online FPS to Netflix or Facebook pitches it to investors in terms of other succesful businesses whose main product is delivered via the internet, and is enjoyed by the average consumer and not just niche gamers/geeks.

more than 3 years ago


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