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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

MBGMorden Almost Nothing (240 comments)

Honestly, there's very little worth paying for (for me anyways - everyone has different wants/needs).

99% of the time on my phone is spent in one of a few apps: Browser, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Music, Google Maps, Tapatalk, and Doggcatcher.

Only the last two cost money. Both were only a few bucks and were bought years ago. Don't get me wrong I love my smartphone and spend a ton of time using it - I just have never been fascinated with the bazillion "apps" out there.

about a week ago
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Oculus Rift Developer Kit 2 Ready For Pre-Order Today

MBGMorden Re:No low end market (100 comments)

For games - maybe not, but perhaps non-interactive content like many people already watch will be adapted to this.

Its not a holodeck - there's no tactile feedback, but I can a future where one could watch the superbowl as if they're standing on the field with the players. Or similar things for movies. Basically like being a "ghost" - you're there, and you observe, but you can't interact.

Your comment kinda reminds me of something my brother said back in the mid-late 90's. I had a DVD drive on my computer and I said "Eventually these are going to replace video cassettes.". He exclaimed that that would never happen because most people don't watch movies on a computer. While he was right on the latter part (for a time), that was irrelevant, because he wasn't seeing the full scope of what the technology could be used with.

about a month ago
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43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning

MBGMorden Re:Shouldn't they start out small first? (187 comments)

Its not as if they cloning lab gets charged by the pound. If they've got better preserved mammoth DNA then clone that - the final size of the animal is sort of irrelevant.

about a month ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

MBGMorden Re:Please.... (321 comments)

No, Google designed a system that would be a compromise between security and usability since some people would obviously go bat shit if they had to enter their password every time.

If only there were some precedent for making that time adjustable - or even eliminated. Perhaps if I'm quick enough I could patent the ability for a user to adjust the settings of a device to his or her own preferences . . .

about a month ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

MBGMorden Re:Please.... (321 comments)

Indeed. I don't think they understand that "parenting" isn't so well defined.

My kids I do a lot of activities with. Next weekend we're going to the zoo. A few weeks ago we went to the aquarium. I read to them and tell them stories quite frequently.

However, often times they WANT to go do something by themselves. Whether that is playing in the back yard or on the iPad (or more recently the laptop - the 5 year old has gotten pretty proficient with both. She can't even read but she understands how to open the browser and type in "pbskids.org"). You simply can't be there like a hawk for every second without delving into helicopter parenting, which is just a bad idea. At a minimum I should be able to set the tablet so that it asks me for the password EVERY SINGLE TIME you make a purchase.

Its not something that I have to worry about as I generally hate microtransaction games to the point that I don't let them buy anything in them (so I never enter the password the 1st time), but I certainly can see why someone would want this.

about a month ago
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Silicon Valley's Youth Problem

MBGMorden Re:research pay sucks (225 comments)

Pretty much the same in government. My friends in the private sector get paid 30-40% more, but the benefits are worth it. I have extremely good healthcare paid 100% by my employer, 4 weeks of paid vacation per year, a pension plan that pays for life after 28 years (I can retire when I'm 51) and an extreme level of job security (in developed countries governments don't "go out of business" like private firms).

I actually had a friend straight up offer me a private sector job a few years ago at a 25% pay increase over my current one and I turned it down. The extra pay isn't worth the stress.

about a month ago
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Valve Open Sources Their DirectX To OpenGL Layer

MBGMorden Re:On the road to replacing DirectX (130 comments)

Newsflash: IE still has >50% market share.

Um, no. Depending on what site you're looking at it might go up or down, but nobody is ranking IE at over 50% anymore. W3 is actually reporting IE at around 20% these days:

http://www.w3counter.com/globa...

about a month ago
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Ubuntu Gnome Seeking Long Term Support Status

MBGMorden Re:Pah ... gnome sux (26 comments)

No - the current one tries to be "different". Mac OS is far more traditionally oriented than Gnome 3.

They didn't just shoot themselves in the foot with that release - they did so with almost the entire userbase screaming "Don't do it!!!!!".

Oh well. XFCE makes for a perfectly fine replacement.

about a month ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

MBGMorden Re: There may well be life on Europa (216 comments)

Your link doesn't support that. It merely talks about life living near those vents without any energy from the sun. Indeed, the presence of shrimp, crabs, etc indicate that the life indeed did start elsewhere and then slowly migrate down into those areas and adapt to them.

While the life down there doesn't need the sun to survive, without the sun the life might have never made it down there.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Linux For Grandma?

MBGMorden Sure (287 comments)

Both my dad and my sister are running Xubuntu without issues. My sister is ok with basic tasks on a computer but far from a technophile and my dad knows almost nothing. His only use is really for fantasy football websites.

Neither really plays games - both just do web browsing and not much else. Honestly as long as there's a Chrome icon on the desktop many people wouldn't know they were using anything different.

Keeping that on their systems keeps me from the headache of supporting Windows and all the associated spyware.

about a month ago
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NASA Wants To Go To Europa

MBGMorden Re: There may well be life on Europa (216 comments)

Even on our planet life exists in very, VERY hot water that until recently we thought that life had no chance there

Yes, but its easier for life to exist in more normal environments and very slowly evolve into something suited to those extreme environments. Life springing up from scratch and then sustaining itself in an extreme environment would be much harder.

about a month ago
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

MBGMorden Re:Re... or without a background check? (310 comments)

Yeah I run into the same thing. There's a guy with my same (first and last) name and birthdate who was born a few rooms down from me (our mothers actually spoke that day and were amused that they both named their babies the same name). His middle name is different and his SSN is different.

Fast forward to adulthood he turned out to be quite the bad apple. Before I moved from my parents house I was getting his debt collection notices (of which there were many) constantly. They didn't hit my credit report so I didn't care too much. Then I found out my insurance had skyrocketed and upon investigating the insurance company had mixed up our records and raised MY insurance. About 4 years ago I was driving home, got pulled over for speeding. The cop mistakes me for him and I come damned close to being arrested because my doppleganger was supposed to be in prison on narcotics charges. The local hospital has also mixed up our identities as well.

Trust me, every time they'd call in for a NICS check I'd be nervous that they'd mix us up again (though I always put down my SSN, which is optional, to help narrow things down). Thankfully after I got my concealed weapons permit the background check is no longer necessary in my state so I don't have to worry about it anymore.

about a month ago
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

MBGMorden Re:..or without a background check? (310 comments)

You have no record of the sale so no proof that you did not supply the weapons specifically to have your alleged accomplice commit the crime.

You do realize that guilt must be proven right? Innocence does not have to be proven and is assumed.

about a month ago
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

MBGMorden Re:..or without a background check? (310 comments)

No - laws should punish things that are actually wrong. Theft, rape, murder, etc. Anything that it is claimed simply facilitates the breaking of another law without causing direct harm itself should not be illegal.

In the terms of this site - the DMCA is wrong, because (as is obvious) the pirates are gonna pirate stuff regardless. The law only prevents legitimate uses.
Banning guns or complicating the process is wrong, because murderers are going to get guns and kill people anyways.

Put simply, laws do not PREVENT crime. Never have, never will. All they do is define what crime is, so that we can identify those that have done society wrong and punish them accordingly.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

MBGMorden Re: Tired... (860 comments)

OP didn't say anything about Macs. He said in their OS. I'm pretty sure iOS is their OS.

You can't read.

"Their OS" implies an obvious subject else it would be ambiguous. Given that the topic at hand is desktop computers, referring to "their OS" would mean their desktop OS.

If we were arguing about stoves and you said "the GE unit doesn't work as well as Kenmoore", then I pointed out otherwise, it doesn't save your argument if you proclaim that you were talking about refrigerators.

about a month and a half ago
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Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

MBGMorden Bitcoin value (704 comments)

So, at what point are people going to lose faith in Bitcoin? With all the recent "collapses" it seems like the actual value would be darned near zero by now.

about a month and a half ago
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How much time do you spend gaming compared to 10 years ago?

MBGMorden Less (270 comments)

A good bit less. 10 years ago I had just graduated college and was still living with my parents. I had a job but far less income. Gaming is actually a pretty cheap hobby overall (even back then they had $20 "classics" titles that you could play for dozens of hours), so I spent a lot of my time that way.

Now, I make more money, own my own home, and have more expensive and time consuming hobbies. I still play games (and probably always will), but I get through a lot less of them compared to 10 years ago. I mostly do only the big AAA titles and get through maybe 5 of them per year.

about 2 months ago
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Is Google Making the Digital Divide Worse?

MBGMorden Re: So, learning scales linearly with bandwidth? (259 comments)

It maters less than you'd think. The people with fiber will just be streaming the "ultra super duper HD" version of the video.

Honestly though - I have "regular" cable internet. My speeds are 15Mbps - nowhere close to fiber speeds. I STILL stream full 1080p from Youtube just fine and instantly. Before I moved I was on 3Mbps DSL connection and I still was doing 720p just fine.

Don't get me wrong - I know that faster is always better, but I think we're truly getting to a point of diminishing returns for most things. A person with a 100Mbps connection might have a theoretical max speed 10x greater than someone at 10Mbps, but their actual internet experience is unlikely to be much different - PARTICULARLY for services that can auto-scale the bitrate of a video down as needed.

If anything educational uses will be the LEAST impacted by this type of thing.

about 2 months ago
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FCC Planning Rule Changes To Restore US Net Neutrality

MBGMorden Re:Could we be so lucky? (235 comments)

Depends on what small gains you wish to prioritize. You claim that driving more conservatively you save money and get to the same destination with a negligible difference in time.

By the same token, there's a lot of people that are going to view your savings in gas as negligible. Its not likely to literally affect your quality of life.

You arrived within seconds of her. She arrived within pennies of you.

FWIW my car (a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon) is rated at 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway, but not going out of my way I still get over 30MPG from it.

about 2 months ago
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Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits

MBGMorden Re:So a fake pub with drinks and a place to sit (118 comments)

For some of us, there are few visible signs of our intoxication.

Yep - its weird that alcohol affects people in such difference ways. My brother tends to be an angry drunk. I can't count how many fights I've had to pull him out of when we're out. I know plenty of people who get funny and jokey when drunk.

I personally tend to be a very quiet drunk. My friends find that amazing (since most people you get them drunk to "see their wild side" - I get drunk and just get reclusive). Its weird but though I'm impaired, my reaction is to acknowledge that and get very self-conscious about *appearing* to be drunk, so I try not to say or do much.

about 2 months ago

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Police Chases, Even on foot, banned in small SC to

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MBGMorden writes "Looks like if you commit a crime in Wellford, SC you should be ok as long as you run. The small town's mayor, despite the disapproval of the police chief, has banned police chases, even on foot. The stated cause is that the officers are hurting themselves in chases too often and the town is paying an outrageous $20,000 per year in insurance costs. When a reporter reminded the mayor that if a suspect gets away they may harm someone else, the mayor stated "That won't happen in Wellford.". Read more at http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=78680&catid=2"
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South Carolina seeking to outlaw profanity

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "It looks like in an act that defies common sense, a bill has been introduced in the South Carolina State Senate that seeks to outlaw the use of profanity. According to the bill it would become a felony (punishable by a fine up to $5000 or up to 5 years in prison) to "publish orally or in writing, exhibit, or otherwise make available material containing words, language, or actions of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent nature". I'm not sure if "in writing" could be applied to the internet, but in any event this is scary stuff."
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MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  about 7 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "I know that American Idol doesn't exactly garner a lot of respect from the Slashdot crowd, but I found it interesting that they are now selling (at 99 cents per track) the performances of the contestants of the various tracks they did on the show (http://downloads.americanidol.com/). Even more interesting was that they are 320kbps non-DRM'd MP3's. Perhaps the music industry is finally coming around to the idea of DRM-free media?"

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