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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

Halifax Samuels Re:Weird niche products (106 comments)

Devices like these don't utilize wireless HDMI, it's just wireless control of the HDMI device. I like my Chromecast because it does the simple things I want and I don't have to fund a new PC and deal with the cables (TV mounted on the wall). Control is also easy from my phone or tablet, without ever needing a physical keyboard for typing.

about three weeks ago
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5 Million Gmail Passwords Leaked, Google Says No Evidence Of Compromise

Halifax Samuels Re:Not Listed (203 comments)

None of my accounts are listed, and I've had two of them since it was invite-only as well. I also used the same simple password for both of them and dozens of other sites for many years because, honestly, I just don't care that much. Whether you're on the list or not doesn't seem to be related to your password.

about a month ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

Halifax Samuels Too Many Concerns (78 comments)

Even if it continued to work for years despite changed CC companies make to their cards, I'd be worried that it would break in my wallet or that regular use would eventually degrade it. My normal credit cards always look pretty haggard after a few years, and I don't have to pay almost $100 for those. This is a nice idea, but just seems to have too many problems.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Halifax Samuels Cost and Usefulness (550 comments)

The surgery costs far more than many years worth of glasses, and my eyes are still changing slightly year-to-year. I'm not getting a surgery knowing that my vision will still deteriorate afterwards. Maybe I'm just imagining the cost is higher than it is. Call me when it's $300 and I'll start looking into it.

about 3 months ago
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State of Alaska Prints Out Palin's E-Mails; Online Distribution 'Impractical'

Halifax Samuels Re:WTF? (516 comments)

The reporters will have a field day, the poor interns they get to convert this into a digital form and then read over them in their entirety to try to find something interesting are most likely not very excited...

more than 3 years ago
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Two Elements Added To Periodic Table

Halifax Samuels Re:How about (138 comments)

Wonderflonium and Unobtanium.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Labs: the URL Bar Has To Go

Halifax Samuels Re:Could Someone Explain to me... (591 comments)

Why not just fullscreen your browser? I believe F11 is generally the hotkey for most browsers. I do that from time to time to get the most out of my screen. You've still got access to everything, it's just auto-hidden must like the Windows taskbar can be.

I really don't appreciate the thought by Mozilla that I don't understand URL bars or don't know how to use them. It's insulting to think that by now the vast majority of computer users don't understand almost everything about them. It shows where you are; if you type something and hit enter it tries to go there; some URL bars act as search bars as well; it's not that difficult to wrap your mind around. Besides, I would much rather spare those 50 pixels or so for easier access to it.

I'm not fond of Ubiquity so far, either. It's all personal preference, and I'll prefer using a more traditional-looking browser if I can't eventually undo all these design changes Mozilla wants to implement. The moment I have to use a third-party add-on to restore the look and feel I want is the moment I change browsers. I'm only sticking with Firefox now because of Ad-Block and one or two other plugins.

more than 3 years ago
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The Chemical-Free Chemistry Kit

Halifax Samuels Re:Dihydrogen Monoxide *is* a serious threat (296 comments)

Little Susie was a girl
but now she is no more
for what she thought was dihydrogen monoxide
was dihydrogen sulfuric tetroxide.

more than 3 years ago
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Pepsi Creates a Social Network Vending Machine

Halifax Samuels Re:Random free soda (80 comments)

I was thinking more along the lines of the function of sending a soda to a random stranger, though. The friend-to-friend one would be glaringly obvious. From TFA:

If a consumer is feeling particularly generous, it can even buy a soda for a complete stranger through its "Random Acts of Refreshment" service. This sends a Pepsi to any other social vending system.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?

Halifax Samuels Re:AP Isolation (520 comments)

That kinda sounds like I was thinking out loud to myself. It was supposed to be one of those: "If you're going to do this you should also consider this" type of comments.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Leave My Router Open?

Halifax Samuels AP Isolation (520 comments)

AP Isolation is a nice DD-WRT option that prevents wireless clients from communicating with each other. Best to disable wireless GUI access to the router, as well. I've had a DD-WRT router for years and I've never looked through all these settings until now.

more than 3 years ago
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Pepsi Creates a Social Network Vending Machine

Halifax Samuels Random free soda (80 comments)

Their "Random Acts of Refreshment" is a neat idea and I'd like to take part in it, but not only do I seriously doubt I'll ever see one of these in my town but how would I know Pepsi isn't just keeping the money I give them to get some stranger a free soda?

more than 3 years ago
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What is the best way to leave my router open?

Halifax Samuels It Depends (4 comments)

This'll be easiest if you've got a DDWRT-capable router or a PC acting as a firewall / router. Otherwise you may have severely limited configuration options. QoS can help to control bandwidth issues, as well as a hard limit on the bandwidth. Not sure you can configure any standard consumer-level router to separate the wireless network from your internal network, but it can be done with the right equipment. I'm no expert on the subject, but with certain equipment you could potentially firewall off the WAP from the rest of your LAN.

more than 3 years ago
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Asus EeePad Transformer Gets a Thumbs-Up

Halifax Samuels Definitely getting one (160 comments)

I'm definitely getting one, on release day if possible (I'm such a shameless Asus fanboy). If I can eventually boot Linux off the SD card I think that would be ideal. It saves precious space on internal storage and would only operate with the keyboard attached, which I think is what I would like. There's a MicroSD slot on the tablet itself, though, so some people may prefer that.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

Halifax Samuels This is just silly (465 comments)

They may as well be suing them because "their thing has stuff, and our thing already has stuff."

more than 3 years ago
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DRM Broke Dragon Age: Origins For Days

Halifax Samuels Re:I too have resolved the problem (214 comments)

I got Bioshock and Mass Effect for $5 each during the year-end sale before last. I was really hoping to get Mass Effect 2 or Bioshock 2 (personally wouldn't buy this one for more than $5) for the same price this last sale, but it looks like I'll have to wait for the mid-year or year-end sale this year.

more than 3 years ago
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Third Humble Bundle Arrives, 'Frozenbyte' Edition

Halifax Samuels Re:Interesting. (195 comments)

It's been that way since the first bundle, IIRC. Pretty much the same each time. I gave $40 this time (marked myself for Windows and Linux) but it went all to charity because I already own the games on Steam anyway.

more than 3 years ago
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Third Humble Bundle Arrives, 'Frozenbyte' Edition

Halifax Samuels Re:Trine (195 comments)

I just paid 40 dollars (almost 28 euros if Google is to be trusted) for the Humble Bundle. The money went mostly to the charities with some to the humble bundle itself to cover their costs (I always download everything for Windows and Linux). I already own Trine and both Shadowgrounds games on Steam so Frozenbyte already got some money from me. ^_^

I don't remember when I bought them on Steam but it would have been during a really nice sale so I got them on a discount to begin with. I'm okay with the DRM in Steam because it makes keeping track of my games easier and more convenient, even if I do now have an entire hard drive dedicated to nothing but the 147 games I have on Steam. That's fine with me, though, because it's a gaming machine to begin with.

more than 3 years ago
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Third Humble Bundle Arrives, 'Frozenbyte' Edition

Halifax Samuels Already own these... (195 comments)

I already own Trine and both Shadowgrounds games on Steam, so I'll just use this as a donation to EFF and Child's Play and so I can play Splot when it comes out. I always love the Humble Bundles whenever they come out.

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon To Offer Ad-Supported Kindle

Halifax Samuels Can you root it? (210 comments)

If you can root the Kindle and remove the Ads then this may be worth it. If not, or if you don't want to, it'll have to go more than $25 off...

Really, Amazon will be making much more than $25 per Kindle over the life of the devices showing ads, so they should make the devices cheaper than that. It's not like they're going to be losing money.

more than 3 years ago

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