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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

LordKronos Re:Refund (703 comments)

So do I get my $50,000 back for my 2 year education? Thought not.

If you paid $50k for 2 years of community college, then I suspect you failed the math course, so no....you don't get it free.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

LordKronos Re:Why doesn't he just make an Executive Order? (703 comments)

because EO's have to follow the law and president's can't write them at will.

Really? So the executive order that unilaterally modified the ACA to defer corporate compliance with insurance mandates was "follow[ing] the law"? The executive orders that deal with amnesty for illegal aliens are "follow[ing] the law" with regard to legal immigration? The claim that he's going to use Executive Orders to get what he wants done until the congress sends him legislation doing what he likes is "follow[ing] the law"?

legislative branch creates the laws, executive branch enforces the laws, but as always there is discretion involved in enforcing the law. It happens every day. Have you ever been (or known anyone who was) pulled over for speeding but then let off with just a warning, or given a ticket for a less severe infraction instead? That's discretion in enforcement.

about three weeks ago
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Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

LordKronos Re:Free? (703 comments)

But still, it might be ok if the covered courses are useful, and not just "community organizer" type courses. That is to say, something that will train for a marketable skill.

PLEASE tell me you meant that sarcastically, and that you don't actually think "community organizer" can't get you very far in life. Because if you did mean it seriously, in this context it's just hilarious.

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

LordKronos Re:Why do I want to upgrade? (437 comments)

No benefits so far, only cons, at least on Nexus 5.
1. The new UI sucks ass

My wife has it on her nexus 4, and I have to agree with you here. The look is just terrible. And WTF is with the new icons on the navigation bar? OK, the old icons might not have been 100% intuitive, but an arrow that turns around and goes back is at least someone obvious to most people. A button shaped like a house is at least fairly obvious. Both of those, once you click it a few times and see what it does, anyone should be able to associate the picture with the action. The overlapping rectangles would be less intuitive to anyone who has never used a desktop OS before, but at least it makes sense to some people. But the new icon...WTF do circle, square, and triangle mean? The only one with the slightest bit of intuitiveness is triangle...it's actually an arrow pointing left, which means "back", but the way it's drawn makes it extremely difficult to associate it with an arrow.

3. The gallery application is also now ruined, as it forces the user to accept G+ account, or he can not access his pictures anymore. Way to go Google, taking pictures as hostages really makes the G+ positively accepted.

Didn't realize that, since we already use G+, but I was sort of shocked when I couldn't find the gallery app the other day and had to use Photos

4. When battery gets below 15%, the system starts nagging via notifications, making noises, and bugging the user, even if the device still has hours and hours of standby time left. Why not complain once and let the user connect charger when he prefers?

Not sure what all you mean, but when I had my nexus 4 with kit kat, it did something similar. It would give you a popup with noise and vibration when you hit 15% and then another 4 or 5 alerts at various percentages. Though I don't recall if it did that when the screen was off, so maybe that's the difference you are noticing.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

LordKronos Re:If I can pay for a house (320 comments)

Actually, you most likely are not exempt. Most HOA's are a deed restriction on the property and it is explicitly worded in such a way that it carries over to all subsequent owners automatically by virtue of you accepting title to the property. It works in the same manner as being a part of your city or township. When you close on the house, you don't sign anything which states you agree you are subject to the ordinances of your city or township, but that doesn't mean you are exempt from those ordinances. Those city/township ordinances are enforced by a deed restriction on the property which automatically carries over to all future owners.

So either
1) you are in one of the rare HOA's which wasn't properly established, or
2) your HOA was formed AFTER your home was originally purcahsed, and no owner since then has voluntarily agreed to join and subject all future owners to it, or
3) you are just lucky that your HOA is run by people clueless enough to not realize you aren't actually exempt.

about three weeks ago
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HOA Orders TARDIS Removed From In Front of Parrish Home

LordKronos Re:live by the sword (320 comments)

If enough people were to infiltrate the HOA, could the HOA vote to disband itself? That might be a fun hobby...

Depends on your specific HOA covenants. They will dictate what course of action is necessary to do so. The most common I'm familiar with:

1) The builder actually maintains final authority over the HOA, so it couldn't possibly be disbanded unless the builder agreed (ie: not gonna happen)

2) If there is no builder with final authority (mostly that's older HOAs) then the board can decide to put disbandment up for a vote, in which case a certain percentage (either of all homeowners, or of actual voters) would have to vote in favor of disbandment for it to occur.

It's theoretically possible that the HOA could have final say and not even need the owners to vote, but I've never heard of one actually structured that way.

about three weeks ago
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Chaos Computer Club Claims It Can Reproduce Fingerprints From People's Photos

LordKronos Re:IMO, The biggest problem with fingerprint.... (80 comments)

... authentication is that even if all of the security measures associated with storing and authenticating your fingerprint were utterly unbreachable, your fingerprints can still be taken without your consent, while if you do not want someone accessing data that is guarded by a a secure password, however, then barring vulnerabilities in the security facilities associated with it (which would apply equally to fingerprint security as well anyways), then that information can only be obtained by you voluntarily surrendering it.

http://xkcd.com/538/

about a month ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

LordKronos Re:rehab fan (106 comments)

In college, I stopped watching television. Afterwards, it just struck me as stupid and self righteous, but maybe that was a reflection of society as a whole.

No, it's not a reflection of society as a whole. You were right the first time....it was stupid and self righteous. But that's just what happens why you are young and stupid and get caught up in that whole "I'm too smart for anything on television, so I won't even own a TV" meme.

about a month ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

LordKronos Re:Can you say... (266 comments)

2) I can cease production all I want and not have the patent voided, as long as I do not switch production to a different drug designed to do the same thing.

So, you were saying?

You really can't see the loophole in that? The new drug isn't designed to do the same thing. It would do something slightly different. Sure, you could try to reword that, but that's the difficulty with creating laws...you either get too broad and have unintended consequences, or you get too specific and someone finds a way around it on a technicality you didn't anticipate.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

LordKronos Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Wow.

Just to recap here, you have basically: 1.) said Apple stuff sucks in the middle of a thread almost designed to be a flame war invitation; 2.) refused to explain why you think Apple sucks with any specificity; and 3.) given a follow-up response akin to "I don't have to tell you why I don't like New Zealanders. Just Google 'New Zealand' and read until your heart is content.'"

You, sir/madam either 1.) win the Internet brilliant troll of the year award; or

Not at all. I never said apple sucks. Don't grab onto my usage of the word "flaws"...I wasn't the one who picked that word. The OP I replied to picked the word and implied one causation and I was just replying he had the causality backward. Then some AC (you? OP? someone else?) got all defensive about it, as if there's not a single logical reason in the world why someone would dislike apple products. I don't see why I'm supposed to provide some sort of dissertation as to why I have the opinion of Apple that I do. I certainly don't see you applying that same standard to the OP to which I was originally applying.

I don't see why you folks are getting your panties in a bunch just because someone doesn't hold Apple as their Lord and Savior.

2.) should ask yourself why you bothered posting not just one comment but also two responses as of this writing where you could have just explained your problems with Apple in less text than it took to explain why it was beneath you to explain why you wouldn't explain what your problem with Apple was why you wouldn't NOMAD DOES NOT COMPUTE.

LOL.....you think making a post about specific problems with Apple would be SHORTER? Yeah, I'm sure that wouldn't start a flurry of replies telling me why I'm wrong. Odd...it appears you are new here on slashdot, yet somehow you have a lower UID number than me.

But you are right in that this thread is getting a bit long. So, despite the fact I generally try to give other posters the courtesy of reading (and, when necessary, replying to) their posts when they took the time to reply to me, I won't extend that same courtesy to you.

about 2 months ago
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Make a Kids' Power Wheel Toy Awesome for $500 (Video)

LordKronos Re:As a parent... (39 comments)

Like I said...sick teenagers. I'm sure slashdot has plenty of them (and plenty of the adult variety, too)

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

LordKronos Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Don't go through your specific reasons of dissatisfaction just for me, do it for all the other readers, i'm sure they're interested.

Well, to those people I'll say this: Welcome to Slashdot. The topic has been posted about to death a billion times before. See that search box next to the logo at the top left of the page? Click there, type the word "Apple" and hit enter. Then read until your heart is content. You're welcome.

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

LordKronos Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

It's hard to make a founded claim when there was little useful information in your post.

So, when you don't have anything to go on, instead of asking for more information you just make something up?

You've now covered off the time frame but none of the flaws you claim.

Nor will I. I have no interest in going through my specific reasons of dissatisfaction with you. I need neither your validation, nor for you to show me the error of my ways.

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

LordKronos Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

Gee...and here I thought the premise of this thread was that it was Apple haters, not Apple lovers, making the unfounded claims.

In any case, it was only 2-3 years ago that I gave up on them (and before your rabid fanboy mind starts making more unfounded claims...no, I wasn't using 15 year old hardware).

about 2 months ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

LordKronos Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

That's true. The 2 are correlated, but I suspect you have the causation backwards. It's not that the flaws affect us because we don't use Apple products, but rather that we don't use Apple products because the flaws affected us. At least that's the case for me. I actually gave Apple a shot for a few years, and the longer I did, the more I regretted it, so I'm done with them now.

about 2 months ago
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Make a Kids' Power Wheel Toy Awesome for $500 (Video)

LordKronos Re:As a parent... (39 comments)

In theory, that's a brilliant idea. However, you know the reality of an actual implementation would be an unsecured/poorly secured communications protocol resulting in some sick teenagers being able to remotely drive some unsuspecting kid out into the street.

about 2 months ago
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A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship

LordKronos I'm not sure that qualifies as a "rift" (69 comments)

To me, that doesn't seem to be so much a "rift" as it is that Cyanogen had a couple of players to pick from, and the one they liked best wanted an exclusive arrangement, so the other lost out. Not surprising they'd pick the one with more experience in that market over the one that is just getting started.

about 2 months ago
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A Rift In OnePlus, Cyanogen Relationship

LordKronos Re:I decided against this phone AFTER pre-ordering (69 comments)

With all the constant trouble I, and many others had with the pre order system, I decided to ditch these guys. Their customer service was not great, and to screw up the most basic part of any business (taking peoples money), I decided my best bet was to just get raped by one of the big 4, and buy a contract phone.

Sadly, I was looking forward to this phone for quite a while, but I'm tired of the mistakes and gimmicks for what amounts to last years phone.

Yes it was unfortunate that they had some issues on the payment processing, and it did result in some people getting their phones out of sequence (later purchasers got it shipped before earlier purchasers), and they handled the PR of it pretty badly (posting nothing on facebook/g+/forums etc, and the only info coming out was from an employee posting on reddit).

But even so, the vast majority of people got their phones shipped by the date they were promised. For the most part everyone ended up alright. And I must say, the phone is incredible. Especially the battery life. I've actually made it through 2 whole days without charging, and that even included a bit of actual use. Other phones I've had, even if I never turned the screen on, I'd be lucky to make it 36 hours.

The only thing that has really disappointed me about the phone is the slow-mo video capture (60fps or 120fps). When you turn those on, the video quality becomes terrible. 720p 120fps looks like a really bad 480p video, and 1080p 60fps isn't much better. Some people think there may be a software fix, and I hope I'm wrong, but my guess is that even with the reduced resolution, it's just too many frames to push through the video processor and it has to choose a really low bitrate to keep up. The 4k video at 30fps, however, is great. Super high bitrate too (I think my tests came out at something like 60-70 Mpbs).

Even if you didn't get raped elsewhere, I think it was a bad move to bail out on your preorder, but since you also got raped in the process....doubly bad move on your part. You let emotions overrule logic.

about 2 months ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

LordKronos Re:Squarer is better. (330 comments)

I'd personally disagree that its a problem. In fact, one 16x9 still isn't wide enough. Two of them is ideal for me. The main monitor for my coding tool, and the 2nd monitor to have 2 web pages loaded side by side. In my main window, about 1/2 to 2/3 of the width is used for my actual code, and the rest used for other panel (project file list, debug panels, etc). If my 2nd monitor wasn't so wide, I either wouldn't have access to the extra panels, or I'd have to put them across the bottom (negating the advantage of making it taller).

about 2 months ago

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