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Scotland Votes No To Independence

Galaga88 Re:A glorious victory for all (471 comments)

This is a loss for all the flagmakers who were gearing up to produce whatever the new UK flag would be. How often do you get the chance to sell a new flag to everybody in a nation?

3 days ago

Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Galaga88 Apple? (421 comments)

How would this impact MacBooks, iMacs, etc? You can't really buy OS X separately, and upgrades have become free so I don't even know that there's anything to refund.

about two weeks ago

Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

Galaga88 Apple Stores and Stock on Hand (253 comments)

I'm pretty sure Apple stores have replacement stock on hand. Anytime I've had to get my phone replaced under AppleCare+, I've been able to make my appointment, walk in, and walk out with a (presumably refurbed) new phone from a box in the back. Heck, if the replacement didn't work in the store, they had even more replacements ready to go.

This is probably the result of Apple being able to afford to keep that kind of inventory on hand in their stores. Plus, Apple doesn't exactly have a lot of models of phones. A carrier like T-Mobile or Verizon would have to keep a frankly excessive number of phones on hand for any immediate warranty replacements. (How many Samsung phones are on the market at any given time?)

On the gripping hand, it's not like smartphones are exactly *large* and would take up a lot of space in the backroom so...

I think it'd be a nice customer service perk (and part of the reason I stick with Apple) but not something that needs to be legislated. Do carriers not keep cheap loaners in stock that you can borrow (with a credit card deposit) until your actual replacement shows up?

about three weeks ago

Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

Galaga88 Things Apple Apparently Enforces at Random (132 comments)

There's not enough fingers in the world to count all the awful apps that violate most of Apple's so-called "standards."

My favorite are the apps that have a string of words from other popular apps' names in them, just to muck up the search results. And they make sure to periodically change the icon to look like another app as well.

about three weeks ago

T-Mobile Smartphones Outlast Competitors' Identical Models

Galaga88 Correction: T-Mobile Android Smartphones (127 comments)

They only tested Android smartphones. So we don't know if this is something specific to Android or not. Not like anybody uses iPhones, huh?

about a month and a half ago

Crytek USA Collapses, Sells Game IP To Other Developers

Galaga88 Not Getting Paid (121 comments)

Is it a common thing for employees to stick around when they're not getting paid? I've read a lot of stories of software development houses where the paychecks dried up, but people stayed on holding out hope for a paycheck.

How often do companies recover from a situation where they're unable to pay salaries for a period of time?

about 2 months ago

Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Galaga88 Red Bull as a gateway drug? (511 comments)

I've known a lot of people with very poor time management and life skills, who lived in constant panic and crunch time as a result. Rather than managing the introspection required to address their personal failings that were leading to this, they'd just down as much Red Bull as they could under the misguided belief that it'd give them the energy to deal with all of their crap.

So is it any surprise that they then turn to meth or other real drug to try and improve on the boost energy drinks may or may not have been giving them? (I have no idea if they work, they just made me short term wired and irritable.)

Red Bull's not a gateway drug - but it's often co-morbid with personality types that are going to find their way into meth. Obviously the vast majority of people aren't using it as some kind of "gateway" to meth, or else we could call coffee a gateway drug too.

about 2 months ago

Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

Galaga88 Why Apple Doesn't Track (134 comments)

As much as I love Apple's hardware and services their online services have always been pretty poor. Do we really think the company behind .Mac, or rather, MobileMe, er, iCloud would be competent enough to log and manage the amount of data this would require?

about 2 months ago

Google Announces "Classroom"

Galaga88 Please be a viable Blackboard competitor (143 comments)

As somebody whose job is to work with Blackboard on a daily basis, I really really hope this puts the fear of God into Blackboard.

I don't even necessarily want to switch to this, just introduce some competition that Blackboard can't buy out, and has to step up their game to match.

about 4 months ago

Star Wars: Episode VII Cast Officially Announced

Galaga88 Max von Sydow (325 comments)

C'mon people - they have Ming the MFing Merciless in this. In a just world, Brian Blessed would have a place in this movie.

"OLD BEN'S ALIVE!?" "Wookiees, DIIIIVE!"

Aping Flash Gordon for a Star Wars sequel is one of the less grievous mistakes they could make.

about 5 months ago

Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

Galaga88 Re:1985 (171 comments)

They introduced a new feature in 2015 that allows broadcasts to be sent back in time.

However, due to a lightning strike, it got stuck on 1885 after sending only a few videos back to 1955.

about 5 months ago

Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Galaga88 Re:Massive Negativity (218 comments)

I have a kill-switch, right now, and I have control over it. If my iPhone goes missing, I can lock or remotely wipe it, and they can't do anything to get it running again without my iCloud credentials. They can scrounge it for parts, but at least that's less appealing than a working iPhone, and it'll keep them from getting to any personal info I have on it.

I don't see why we should assume a kill-switch from other vendors would work substantially differently.

about 6 months ago

Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Galaga88 Re:Massive Negativity (218 comments)

Let's just stop all technological advancement until we overthrow the US government. It sounds like that's the only way you'll let anybody invent anything novel or useful.

The government could use Siri to monitor everything I say, so let's disable that even though I use it every day. My girlfriend and I use "Find my Friends" to see when we might be coming home, but the government could use it to spy on us, so let's get rid of that. Let's stop using Gmail because the government can snoop on us through there. Let's also get rid of our webcams because the government can spy on us through them. I like the convenience of using fingerprint sensors on phones to secure them, but the government could abuse *that* too, so let's not use it.

Are the actions of the NSA and government in spying on us with no oversight right? Absolutely not, and people should be hung for treason. But it's a separate problem from giving consumers a kill-switch on their phone in case it gets stolen.

about 6 months ago

Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Galaga88 Massive Negativity (218 comments)

You know, if humanity in general was as negative and paranoid towards every bit of technological change as the commenters on here trying to find every reason this won't work... We'd have never come out of the damned trees.

My iPhone 5 has a killswitch through the form of iOS 7 and my iCloud account. I like this. If you're so damned determined to believe that this feature will only be used by the government to oppress you, why do you own a smartphone to begin with?

about 6 months ago

How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

Galaga88 Space Seems Surprisingly Safe (144 comments)

Given the fact that astronauts and cosmonauts have only died trying to launch from, and land on, the Earth, space itself seems surprisingly safe.

It's probably because all the excitement and explosions occur at the taking off and landing, and most of our actual time in space is spent traveling in big circles.

about 7 months ago

Ubuntu 14.04 Brings Back Menus In Application Windows

Galaga88 Re:Why? (255 comments)

Another part of the reason for iOS 7 being flat and text based is it makes it easier to graphically scale applications.

If Apple does release larger iPhones, they may do a jump in resolution at the same time. Since they've never had a huge number of different resolutions, iOS 7's flatter theme and improved text reflowing will make it easier for apps to appear the same that higher resolutions.

about 7 months ago

Gabe Newell Responds: Yes, We're Looking For Cheaters Via DNS

Galaga88 How common is cheating with VAC? (511 comments)

I know in the olden days, I just assume everybody else was cheating (they usually were) but how common is cheating now that VAC has been around for a while?

about 7 months ago

Bill Nye To Debate Creationist Museum Founder Ken Ham

Galaga88 Re:Bad call (611 comments)

The debate isn't about convincing the creationists - it's about convincing anybody on the fence.

It's an unfortunate fact that it's necessary to constantly have fact-based evidence floating out there to counter the enormous amount of irrational nonsense. It's not necessarily the best voice that wins, but often the loudest.

about 9 months ago

If UNIX Were a Religion

Galaga88 Re:why ? (392 comments)

Because it's a fun way to take the piss out of ourselves on a lazy day before holiday.

about 9 months ago

Red Light Camera Use Declined In 2013 For the First Time

Galaga88 Re:money-making scheme (348 comments)

If you look at the report Ars Technica discusses, they found that red light cameras at intersections were configured to cover those lanes that would would generate the most revenue but were not necessarily the most dangerous. Furthermore, only 10% of the revenue goes to the city, which means it's definitely a profit center for the company.

People are already rightfully suspicious of government's authority to levy fines and taxes, but we allow it because we know that in principle (if not always or even usually in practice) it's to further the public good. Private companies have no such social responsibility and no reason to not abuse their position to maximize how much money they can extract from the public.

about 9 months ago



Apple applies for patent on shoe DRM

Galaga88 Galaga88 writes  |  about 6 years ago

Galaga88 (148206) writes "Apple has applied for a patent on using RFID tags to control the usage of their Nike + iPod sensors. Apparently they want to stop people who were ripping the sensors out and putting them in their own shoes. If nothing else, this gives us a chance to see somebody use the term "authorized garment" in legal documents with all seriousness."

OLPC PCs used for (surprise!) porn browsing

Galaga88 Galaga88 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Galaga88 writes "In thoroughly unsurprising proof that the third world people really aren't all that different from first world (or second world) people, the children on the receiving end of the One Laptop Per Child project have been using their PCs to surf the internet for porn. An OLPC rep is reported to have said that they'll be putting filters on future OLPC systems, which will certainly give the third world pupils the initiative to develop their hacking skills even faster than before."
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