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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Jethro Re:Ugh (161 comments)

I recently just stopped logging into IM because Hangouts was so... eww. I mean, it wouldn't even tell me if people were online or not.

I still rely on Google Voice, though. I really hope it doesn't end up making me log into Hangouts to use it!

5 days ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Jethro Re:Ugh (161 comments)

The people I want to IM with are not the same people I want to call and are not the same people I want to SMS. They're different groups of people. There are people I don't want to give the ability to comtact me that easily.

5 days ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Jethro Ugh (161 comments)

As long as I can keep using google Voice without using Hangouts, I'm fine. I can't stand Hangouts, and I don't want al lmy contacts integrated into one system. I keep them separate for a reason...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Jethro Re:music streamer (167 comments)

My phone has "only" 32G, pretty sure I can get the music I /really/ want down to 20G but still. I like Subsonic's web interface for making playlists, too (plus it can import popular formats).

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Jethro Re:music streamer (167 comments)

I agree with you about a lot of stuff - I want local copies of anything I can even though I am usually well within my LTE coverage zone.

I use Subsonic to stream music, though, because I don't have room on my phone for all my music, and I'd rather be able to choose what I listen to on the fly rather than have to decide before I leave.

Subsonic, however, does have a cache setting. I have mine set to 10 GB, and no track limit. So if you know you'll be offline or out of coverage, you can load up a playlist while at home on your WiFi and it'll automatically get cached. You can then use Subsonic in Offline Mode, or you can use any other music player to play the cached files. That's what I did last time I flew somewhere, and it worked perfectly. Best of both worlds, really.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Jethro Re:music streamer (167 comments)

Subsonic is pretty nice. It's what I, too, use to stream my music, since I definitely can't fit all of it on my phone. And yeah, it's all CDs I own and have ripped (well, 99% CDs, there are occasional single-tracks I bought).

The app is free, but they do charge for the server software.

about two weeks ago
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Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Jethro Re:Jerks (97 comments)

Yeah, ME3 has a multiplayer portion which was kind of an afterthought but a lot of people (myself included) really like it.

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down

Jethro Jerks (97 comments)

Why do they always have to do this when I have a bout of insomnia and would really like to get online and shoot some Geth? Ugh.

about three weeks ago
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My degree of colorblindness:

Jethro "As far as I know"? (267 comments)

I know for 100% fact I'm not colourblind...

about a month ago
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New Treatment Stops Type II Diabetes

Jethro Re:There's another treatment that stops most T2 (253 comments)

That's actually not a cure. It's a treatment, and it works, but it's not a cure.

I started doing that about 7 years ago. I was never obese, but I was overweight and I ate a lot (and I mean a LOT) of crap.

So, I stopped eating crap, and started getting a lot more exercise. I didn't lose any weight but I lost a whole lot of fat. My A1C last check was 6.1, and my glucose levels tend to be normal... but.

If I go eat a pizza right now, my blood sugar will still spike. It probably won't go a LOT above 200, but it will get there and stay there for a lot longer than a non-diabetic. Now my way of dealing with that is to never EVER eat anything with as many carbs in it as a pizza would have, and limit my carb intake to early in the day before I do the whole exercise thing.

I'm at the point where I've got it pretty much under control (much to the chagrin of my original doctor which I have since moved on from for obvious reasons) but I would love, love, LOVE a cure. Diabetes forced me to develop the tools and discipline to stay in shape, and I would likely still do that, but I do miss soo much good food.

about 2 months ago
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Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

Jethro Re:My phone is already 3D (68 comments)

Finally, someone who knows EXACTLY what I'm talking about.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's 3D Smartphone As a (Useful) Gimmick

Jethro My phone is already 3D (68 comments)

Hell if you want to impress me, make a 2D phone. That'd be pretty cool unless you drop it on it's side and chop off your foot.

about 3 months ago
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Swiss Space Systems Announces Plan To Offer World's Cheapest Zero-G Flights

Jethro Good. (64 comments)

I like this trend. Ok, it's not a trend yet but I hope it will be. Yeah, I'll probably never make it into space and even if I do it'll probably only be "technically" space, rather than OH MY GOD I'M IN SPACE. But this is something I've always wanted to do, but I'd rather not spend $5K on it.

So come on, more competition, preferably while I'm still young!

about 4 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Jethro Re:Too bad we can't correlate these results by age (457 comments)

Given that this is Slashdot, I could pretty much predict the results without even looking. In fact, they're exactly where I guessed they'd be, for once...

about 4 months ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

Jethro Re:Local content? (96 comments)

Works perfectly for me... granted, I tend to only use it for one Simpsons episode at a time, but I have streamed full 2+ hour 1080p movies with DTS sound on the thing, and have used it for a few days when my regular media center was down. It's never been more sluggish than any other XBMC implementation I've tried...

about 5 months ago
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The Amazon Fire TV Is Kind of a Mess

Jethro Re:Local content? (96 comments)

Or a Raspberry PI with one of the XBMC distros for well under $50 including all the accessories you'll need. I have one of those set up as an entertainment center for my treadmill.

The living room has a mini PC with Ubuntu and an old version of MythTV. I'd love to switch to XBMC (or a current version of Myth) but customising the remote buttons with XBMC is an insane pain, and the music player in the new MythTV (and XBMC) are horrific.

about 5 months ago

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