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The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android

KingRatMass Re:Good language support is important (75 comments)

One of the disappointments when I bought my daughter her first tablet was the absence of "The Airplane Game" on Android. It took her two years to learn the name GCompris, so she always referred to it by what the icon represented.

I love the fact that it now on Android since my second child is on the way. As for the shortcomings, most can be overlooked. I can forgive the poor english and the vague name... What's unforgivable is logging into the Play Store and seeing these words attached to an app for children: Offers in-app purchases.

As a parent,. nothing is more frustrating than to have an app nag the shit out of your child every couple minutes to urge them to buy some special tchotchke. Charge for the app entirely up front and save the microtransaction business model for the adults. You completely fuck up your altruistic cause of "helping to educate the children of the world" when you use the predatory bullshit business model so common with apps targeted to children. I am in your target market and I'm urging you to not drive me away by being a bunch of douchebags .

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Inspired You To Start Hacking?

KingRatMass Re:What got me into hacking. (153 comments)

Socket 5... 2nd generation after the P60 and P66.

about 8 months ago

Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

KingRatMass Re: There must be a very good reason... (579 comments)

You don't need giant indoor dam, you just need a giant outdoor tank higher than the surrounding region. The problem is, big tanks like that are kinda expensive. Millions of dollars.

Expensive and, more importantly, dangerous - storing large amounts of power would risk a rather large flood. It would make more sense to excavate an underground cavern and pump water out of it to store power. This is (likely) cheaper, safer and allows far more height difference, thus more power per same amount of water and storage space. And of course you get a huge cistern out of the deal, too.

The Bear Swamp Project in Western Massachusetts has a peak generating output that exceeds that of it's neighbor, Vermont Yankee Nuclear. If Upper Bear Swamp Reservoir were a disaster waiting to happen, wouldn't the treehuggers be out in force, protesting the shit out of it? I doubt that 1% of the people in the Connecticut River Valley even know that Bear Swamp exists.


about a year ago

Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

KingRatMass Re:Death Penalty (773 comments)


This has been done before, Gary Sampson is on Death Row in Terre Haute. His execution is to be held in New Hampshire, since Mitt Romney denied the Federal government the chance to have him executed in Massachusetts.

about 2 years ago

Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

KingRatMass Re: Make him run the Marathon (773 comments)

If Carmen Ortez prosecutes this case, she'll probably seek a sentence of 50 years but offer a plea deal of 6 months probabtion.

Then the defendant will kill himself.

about 2 years ago

Wayland/Weston Gets Forked As Northfield/Norwood

KingRatMass Re:Next Woburn/Billerica (252 comments)

Wait for Lawrence/Lowell or Dorchester/Roxbury... That will happen right aorund the time they get Curt Shilling to act as their spokesman. Then project goes right down the shitter. The westbound drive on Rte 20 sucks, hardly worth naming a software project after it. Too bad he didn't live south, we might have gotten Marlboro instead.

about 2 years ago

When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

KingRatMass Love that POTS (329 comments)

I use POTS lines all the time but only make calls with a Harris TS-19 to 800-444-4444.

about 2 years ago

Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

KingRatMass Re:Why physically damage the drive? (1719 comments)

I'll say what no one here has said... He murdered his computer! He loved his PC, he was a geek. To him, his computer was all the things a real life friend would have been. If he was going to end his own life, what life would his computer have without him?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?

KingRatMass Re:Cell phones are usually tied to a person (445 comments)

All you need to do is go to a new carrier and sign on for service with them. As someone else stated, have a copy of a bill from your previous carrier. Your new carrier will generate a Letter of Authorization for a number port, you sign the LoA. Then the LoA and the copy of your bill that clearly shows the Billing Telephone Number and/or the number being ported are submitted by an agent or the carrier to your old carrier. If all the information on th LoA and Bill is correct, you number will be ported to the new carrier. The process takes 1-7 days in the US typically. If there is any info wrong on the LoA or bill, the old carrier has up to 30 days to notify of a failed port and you have to repeat the process with the correct info

I have 3 LoA's and 3 bills sitting on my desk, next to my work SIP phone, that are being submitted today for number ports. One is waiting for the customer to resubmit the correct bill since the number being ported does not appear on the bill they submit. The original carrier was slick and used the BTN of the customers DSL service for the number being ported.

My work SIP phone has several inbound paths, Toll free, DID, SIP, etc... It also routes calls to different places like my cell phone, other SIP Phones inside our company and even a remote extension at home. All my call forwards are setup and controlled by me. The question of whether or not I need a phone at my desk is as pointless as asking whether I need a computer at my desk. I need a device for voice communication when I'm at, near, or under my desk... and a desk phone happens to be the best device for the job. I'm the opposite with my computer, my desktop PC is relegated to basic functions, my laptop is the one I use to do all my real work.

more than 2 years ago

Project To Build Dual-Booting Linux, Android Tablet For $100

KingRatMass Re:They lost me when they mentioned KDE... (114 comments)

So typical from the spoon and fork crowd. the Spork has all your needs covered, no need to utilize two separate eating utensils.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Rectifying Nerd Arrogance?

KingRatMass Re:MIT School of Charm (823 comments)

Mary Ellen McCormack offers an education that puts MIT to shame...

more than 2 years ago

Autonomous Road Train Project Completes First Public Road Test

KingRatMass Re:Or you could just take an ordinary train (148 comments)

Just wish America actually had a proper comprehensive train system outside of the North East.

After what happened to Poor Old Charlie, I refuse to ride the train!

more than 2 years ago

Slackware: I'm Not Dead Yet!

KingRatMass Re:It hurt bad when Stampede Linux was no more. (252 comments)

I don't want to come off as prejudice but all assholes look alike to me! This sounds like a case of rectal profiling. Someone should contact the AFF.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

KingRatMass sifting through live shows (758 comments)

I was looking at my 2TB drive wondering where to start with that mess, let alone my 1TB with just Live Dead and Phish shows..

Why would you need to worry about the Dead and Phish stuff? It's all legally tradeable unless you were dl'ing ripped Dick's Pick and stuff from Phish Dry Goods!

The way to verify the shows would be: checking that the show folders and files conform to Etree naming standards, the presence of the info text file and MD5 checksum file or searching the Etree database or Archive.org for that show source. To date, the only downloads that I have seen that don't meet those criteria are the Grateful Dead complete SBD download torrents by year. If it was a case of getting stuff that was ripped from someone's collection, you can do individual file comparisons against known sources to determine which source a show probably came from, track times are usually a giveaway since it's rare that different sources get cut at the same place...

The most efficient model for consistent music distribution has been the one used by Etree.org/Archive.org. Each live show source was transferred, encoded and seeded with the MD5's generated at the time of encoding, earliest shows were done in SHN and later it was shifted to FLAC. A new show source was considered the equivalent of a Gold Master Disc and it was entered in a database at Etree.org. All subsequent copies of the SHN's and FLAC's were expected to check against those MD5's and if they failed they were considered bad and discarded so that they wouldn't get seeded in the future. It didn't matter what transport method was used for transferring the files, all that counted was that the files were bit perfect copies of the originals.

For example, here is a show I transferred and seeded in 2000

If you were to obtain a copy of those SHN files today, and you verified the MD5's, you know you have an exact copy of the files as they were encoded A DECADE AGO. Now if I were to transfer the master cd's again and encode it, the MD5's would not match, no matter how paranoid an attempt at DAE was made (this was proven back then for all digital transfers INCLUDING DAT>WAV) If you looked across the different formats available, even after 10 years there are still only 4 unique variants in the wild in spite of the show being copied by more than 5000 people. Those 4 variants are only a single format conversion removed from the initial transfer in 2000.

But this was a system that was conceived to preserve the audit trail and file integrity. The issue of legality was not a problem since the bands have given permission to allow for taping and trading of their shows.

more than 3 years ago

Advocacy Group Files FCC Complaint Over Verizon Tethering Ban

KingRatMass Re:Community workarounds ? (190 comments)

xda-developers FTFY!

more than 3 years ago

Doctors To Patients: First, Do No Yelp Harm

KingRatMass Re:Streisand Effect (581 comments)

...what rights do we have left? To to live in the woods somewhere and never interact with another human being.

Most /.er's will find that living Mom's basement will suffice. The lack meaningful human interaction is obviously implied.

more than 3 years ago

Call Interception Demonstrated On New Cisco Phones

KingRatMass Re:Most people? (90 comments)

And it's all the fault of Apple, Microsoft AND George Bush!


more than 3 years ago


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