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MtGox Files For Bankruptcy Protection

LordRobin Re:Ha ha (465 comments)

I recently checked Reddit's /r/bitcoin, to see how the True Believers were taking the latest developments. To hear them say it, Bitcoin has already recovered off its lows, which mean everything is fine and all this bad news is just FUD spread by haters. Bitcoin believers truly live in their own universe.

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about 5 months ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

LordRobin Gotta agree with you there (924 comments)

I cannot drag myself to the movie theater anymore, unless it's something I desperately need to see, or the wife really wants to go. Together, both situations add up to maybe two or three times in a year. I'm just so spoiled when it comes to entertainment. Why should I drive to a movie theater to see a movie that starts at a specific time, paying for both myself and and my wife, when I can watch Netflix, or movies on HBO or Showtime on demand, or rent via the cable box or iTunes? The movie starts when I want to, pauses if one of us has to go to the bathroom, and I don't have to pay twice.

Like others have said, the picture and sound are really the only reason to go to the movie theater anymore, and I have HDTV and surround.

The movie theater experience sucks. The only thing keeping it in business is people's impatience to see movies NOW.

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about a year ago
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The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

LordRobin Not a problem, if you can wait... (924 comments)

My wife and I are going to see the Star Trek movie tonight, six weeks after it came out, on the last showing on Sunday. I'm guessing there will be maybe 10 people in the theater. I'm not expecting to hear any of the other customers, but if I do, it will be pretty easy to move away from them.

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about a year ago
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Cops To Congress: We Need Logs of Americans' Text Messages

LordRobin I use iMessage, not SMS (342 comments)

Apple is not a "wireless provider". Is the same law going to require Apple to archive all their messages? What about all the other alternative messaging apps you can get for your smartphone?

This doesn't work unless we declare that any provider of text communication between two individuals be archived, just in case the authorities want it.

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about a year and a half ago
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Samsung Galaxy S3 Face Unlock Tricked By Photograph

LordRobin Solution: Silly faces! (174 comments)

There's an easy solution! Just cross your eyes and stick out your tongue when taking the security image! Of course, the people on the bus might think you're a little looney each time you unlock your phone, but that's the price you pay for security!

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more than 2 years ago
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FTC Expands Its Google Antitrust Investigations

LordRobin Wow, Slashdot sure is important! (137 comments)

I had no idea that Slashdot was such an important site that people are actually paid good money to troll the discussions on it.

He is owned by Microsoft, Apple, and RIAA/MPAA to name a few.

Why don't you add the Bilderbergers and the Illuminati to the mix?

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more than 2 years ago
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TV Isn't Broken, So Why Fix It?

LordRobin Channel numbers!! (839 comments)

What's wrong? I'll tell you what's wrong. It's the year Two Thousand f***in Eleven, and I still have to memorize channel numbers! If I want to watch Comedy Central, I should be able to tell the stupid box that I want to watch Comedy Central, not have to type in a four-digit code that I still can't remember after all this time. Yeah, there's the "Favorites" function which shortens your search, but why should I even have to mess with that? With the current state of technology, why is there no better way of locating channels other than assigning each one a number?

Current TV is premiering some new programming and is using their website to educate viewers on "how to find" their network. That's just obscene. Nobody should have to hunt through 1000+ channels to find what they're looking for.

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more than 2 years ago
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HTC Becomes Highest Shipping Smartphone Vendor In the US

LordRobin Re:Figures provided by analysts, not the companies (151 comments)

Believe it or not, the smartphone market is not middle-earth and it's not the forces of good against the forces of evil.

Really? You coulda fooled me. Reading Slashdot, you get the idea that Steve Jobs died because someone cut the One Ring from his hand.

I also LOL at anyone on Slashdot tut-tutting "Apple fanboys" for acting hysterical, when any article about smartphones is immediately filled with comments from chest-beating Android fans and mouth-frothing Apple haters.

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more than 2 years ago
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HTC Becomes Highest Shipping Smartphone Vendor In the US

LordRobin Android #1? Then explain web share. (151 comments)

Face it the iPhone is yesterday's phone and an Android phone is today's phone

And yet, according to NetApplications, iOS has a web share of over 60%, with Android a distant second place (31% US, 19% world). In other words, close to 2 out of every 3 mobile accesses of the internet are done via iOS.

Android supporters love to crow about how Android sales numbers are "beating" Apple, but the plain fact is that those sales numbers are padded with 2-for-1 and free deals that get Android phones in the hands of people who don't really need them. People who actually use their smartphones are buying iPhones.

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more than 2 years ago
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RIM Unveils New OS Based On QNX

LordRobin Re:The Apple shills don't get it. (262 comments)

Wow. 4 million iPhone 4S sold .. who's willing to bet that will be a significant number of the total sales?

Considering that Apple sold over 13 million of the old iPhones in just the last three months, I'll take that bet

If Apple had complete faith in their product they wouldn't be trying to hamstring Samsung and Android.

Absolutely. Because when you have complete faith in your product, you don't care if someone tries to rip it off. It's times like this I wish Slashdot had a :rolleyes: emoticon.

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more than 2 years ago
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The Search For Apollo 10's "Snoopy"

LordRobin Re:It's not the only thing (116 comments)

Curious: What happened to the lunar modules for Apollo 11, 12, and 14-17? After the ascent stage docked with the command module and the astronauts transferred over, the ascent stage was jettisoned, right? So what makes the LM for Apollo 10 special? Or did the ascent modules for the landing missions remain in orbit around the moon?

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more than 2 years ago
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WikiLeaks Sues the Guardian Over Leak

LordRobin "Keep Us Strong" :rolleyes: (289 comments)

If there was ever any doubt in my mind that Wikileaks has turned into nothing more than one man's vanity project, it was dispelled the moment I clicked that link and was greeted by the stern visage of Julian Assange. "Keep Us Strong", it says, the text right above a picture of The Man Himself. The message is clear. Assange is WikiLeaks and WikiLeaks is Assange.

WikiLeaks would be better off in the hands of someone who is not so clearly getting off on being seen as the face of the site.

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more than 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Ditches GNOME 3 For Xfce

LordRobin Re: Listening to the user base (835 comments)

Gene Roddenberry once said something similar: "If we let the fans write the show, it would be crap." (Or some such thing, I'm paraphrasing from memory.

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more than 2 years ago
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3D Hurts Your Eyes

LordRobin I can't REMEMBER movies in 3D! (244 comments)

Am I the only one with this weird problem? After having seen several movies in 3D, it dawned on me that I never had any visual memory of what the 3D effect looked like. For example, take How to Train Your Dragon. I remember that "the 3D was great". I remember the fact that several specific scenes looked friggin' awesome in 3D. I can even explain what was great about each scene. But I can't bring up a visual memory of what the scenes looked like, 3D-wise. All my memories of the movie are flat. When that began to sink in, 3D movies lost a lot of their allure. Knowing that, once I left the theater, the memories I was left with would be no different than if I'd watched the 2D version removed some of the incentive for paying extra for that 3D effect.

You know, my dreams are flat, too. I wonder if that's related, somehow.

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about 3 years ago
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Apple Store Artist Raided By Secret Service

LordRobin How long before this is a Law & Order/CSI epis (376 comments)

I can see it now: Spycam software installed at computer store captures image of mob capo on the run. Artist found murdered. Stuff practically writes itself.

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about 3 years ago
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EFF Stops Accepting Bitcoin, Regifts All Donations

LordRobin I'm enjoying the schadenfreude. (391 comments)

I disagree. These Bitcoin stories are great comedy. This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion, made all the more amusing by the people riding the train shouting out the windows at those jumping off, calling them fools and insisting that the train will somehow swerve around the obstacle and keep going.

I love how the only consistent defense of Bitcoin is that "ordinary" currency suffers from all the same problems. First off, that's not true, but even if it was, Bitcoin's problems are on steroids. That defense is like refusing to leave a burning house because it's uncomfortably hot outside.

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more than 3 years ago
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Friday's Big Swings, Mostly Down, Illustrate Bitcoin Value Volatility

LordRobin Re:Don't feed the trolls (476 comments)

Not true. There is no point in collecting taxes in dollars unless the government can buy with them.

But the government can always buy with dollars. Why? Because people will always want dollars. Why? Because people need dollars in order to pay their taxes.

If the US government has to chose between keeping to the current US legal tender laws or effectively abolishing all taxes in real terms, they will forget the US dollar overnight. That is what happened in Zimbabwe.

I think you're confusing two things here. The fact that a government's currency has a base value in the currency's use to pay taxes and other gov't obligations doesn't mean that runaway inflation can't make it worthless.

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more than 3 years ago
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Apple WWDC: iOS 5, Lion, iCloud

LordRobin Re:In other words... (662 comments)

No you haven't.

This happens every time Apple announces a new product. Someone invariably claims that it's nothing new, because some half-assed crappy version of the idea exists somewhere. Then once the product is actually released, everyone is amazed at what a leap it is.

This goes all the way back to the iPod. "Oooh, an MP3 player. Big deal. I have one of those."

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more than 3 years ago
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Collatz Proof Proposed: Hailstone Sequences End In 1

LordRobin So in other words... (90 comments)

...the conjecture could be more simply stated "Every hailstone sequence ends".

Or even more simply stated "Every hailstone sequence eventually contains a power of 2".

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more than 3 years ago
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Finnish Record Labels Want To Block Pirate Bay

LordRobin Does anyone use Pirate Bay anymore? (144 comments)

Okay, I'm being semi-facetious. But when I want a torrent of something, I never type in Pirate Bay's URL. I go to one of the many torrent search sites easily found by Google. Of the torrent files I download, many point to a Pirate Bay tracker, but just as many don't.

I guess what I'm saying is that I don't see what is accomplished by singling out the Pirate Bay at this point.

------RM

more than 3 years ago

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