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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

GrBear Windows X (399 comments)

I've started calling it Windows X, an attempt to clone of Mac OS X.

about three weeks ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

GrBear Re:But... (364 comments)

No, not usually. The law is typically written to specifically exempt law enforcement and emergency responders.

about a month ago

Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

GrBear Nanny State (364 comments)

It's pretty sad that situations like this lead down the road to a nanny state.. but the people texting and driving don't seem to realize they're the driving it in that direction.

Also, to the comments about the popo getting a free pass, in some places LEO's and emergency response are specifically exempted under the law to use their data terminals and conversely their GPS apps.

about a month ago

Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

GrBear No stylus, no sale. (730 comments)

Sorry Apple.. but as much as I would love the iPhone 6 Plus, the fact that it still doesn't have a stylus input is a deal breaker for me. I'm eligible for an upgrade in two months. So it's either a toss up between a regular iPhone 6 or a Note 4.

about a month ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

GrBear Crap hardware (643 comments)

As someone in the business of selling law enforcement equipment, I'll tell you right now, most of the body cams available for law enforcement are compete and utter crap.

Not only that, they don't have an effective back office solution to manage all that video. Sure you can dump the video onto a hard drive, but it needs to be indexed somehow so it can be searched for later by officer name, date, etc.

A few companies are trying to make body worn cameras that don't look like blair witch recordings, but at this point, there's still at least a year away before anything usable arrives.

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

GrBear Re:My experience this past month with Linux (727 comments)

Forgot to mention, I never tried installing OSX on it. I may however, once the bugs are worked out of the EFI bootloader.

about 2 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

GrBear My experience this past month with Linux (727 comments)

PC: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H, i7-4770K, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 Ti.

Tried Mint Linux 18 Cinnimon & KDE, Ubuntu 14.04, Debian 7.6

None of them would even boot on my computer, even after dicking around with bios settings for an hour.

Laptop: Asus Zenbook UX41LA

After pissing around for half an hour with bios settings, I finally managed to get it to get farther than the grub bootloader. Things seem to work, but KDE crashes randomly, Cinnamon and Unity don't remember window locations and have their own oddities. None of them let me control screen backlighting, even after trying all the 'hacks' posted around the net.

Then I find out that video performs even worse with the open source Intel video drivers.

I'm all for Linux on servers, I own and run several, but damn, it shouldn't take a bloody engineering degree to get a GUI OS to install and work properly.

about a month ago

Of the following, I'd rather play ...

GrBear Re:Shall we play a game? (274 comments)

> Or Tic Tac Toe...

I hear Facebook is making a 3D version, but it will require a Rift to play.

about 2 months ago

60,000 Oculus Rift DK2 Orders, 20,000+ Units Shipped, New Orders Ship In October

GrBear Re:It's a Samsung Note (67 comments)

> Well done Facebook. It's taken you a year to put a Samsung note display in a plastic box, and add extra cables.


about 2 months ago

Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police

GrBear Re:Snooping or running hashes? (790 comments)

Does it really matter the how or why? It's obvious it's gone far beyond simply scanning emails to target advertisements. Today CP, tomorrow thought police.

about 3 months ago

eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

GrBear eSports (116 comments)

The 21st. century version of the Special Olympics.

about 3 months ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

GrBear Worse yet.. (139 comments)

Worse yet are PAID apps that have in-app purchases. Companies double-dipping piss me off to no end. Either make your app free with in-app purchases, or sell it to me without extra charges later.

about 3 months ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

GrBear Future Tech (381 comments)

No, because I don't want to wear a watch type accessory.

When technology gets to the point where I can have it safely embedded under my skin, use it to make calls, and runs off body energy, that's when I'll consider getting one.

about 3 months ago

3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)

GrBear Yarrr! (104 comments)

Does this mean I can finally download a car?

about 4 months ago

To distress my enemies, I'd force on them ...

GrBear Re:Javascript-requiring content (199 comments)

Now if I could just figure out how to disable comments on /.

about 5 months ago

LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

GrBear Abuse? Doubtful (322 comments)

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Working with police officers regularly, there's a joke that goes around that goes like this.

Put a cop naked in a padded room with two steel ball bearings. Go back after an hour, one ball bearing will be broken and the other will be missing.

about 6 months ago


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