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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

Macrat Re:There's two paths... (277 comments)

Google doesn't supply updates to most of the Android phones. It's the device manufactures that do that.

The manufactures don't either.

HTC G2 (aka Desire Z) and HTC One S. Updated ended barely a year after purchase.

3 days ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

Macrat Re:What if we hadn't? (211 comments)

That's also why the Americans stopped going there. It's a waste of the budget and resources.

And those resources were redirected into more bombing of Vietnam.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Macrat Re:Class issue here. (753 comments)

That's actually the GOAL of cashless.

Forcing the poor to get ripped off by all the fees for debit cards.

about two weeks ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Macrat Re:Useless coins (753 comments)

But what is also weird is that the US has a $1 coin.

The US HAD a $1 coin. It was shut down due to "cost cutting." But the old ones are still in circulation.

http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/$1coin/?action=schedule

about two weeks ago
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business

Macrat Re:Can't figure out their plan here (132 comments)

Oh, and about 95% of my customers use Google Maps instead of the phone book.

What's a "phone book"?

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?

Macrat Re:You'll want either AT&T or T-Mobile. (146 comments)

Yeah, I had a similar problem with a friend visiting the US again and forgot to bring his currently active prepay T-Mobile SIM.

He stopped in a mall near the airport to have his prepay account switched to a new SIM and they tried to sell him a phone. That's when I had to explain to him that the mall kiosks are 3rd parties reselling T-Mobile services and are not actual T-Mobile stores.

I took him to an actual T-Mobile store and they had him set up in a few minutes.

about a month ago
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NASA's Orion Spaceship Passes Parachute Test

Macrat Re:That's great (75 comments)

Space X already has a capsule.. No need for Orion.

about a month ago
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Can Thunderbolt Survive USB SuperSpeed+?

Macrat Re:So in other words, it will be just like Firewir (355 comments)

Heck, wasn't the iSight the only webcam for Firewire?

No, I had firewire webcams from 2 different vendors long before Apple released the iSight.

The original demonstrations I saw at conferences with the early firewire boards only had a Sony firewire webcam as firewire was originally only designed for moving video.

Using firewire for external hard drives and other tech came long after firewire/i.link was added to video cameras.

about 3 months ago
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Why Disney Can't Give Us High-Def Star Wars Where Han Shoots First

Macrat Re:Despecialized Editions (210 comments)

Han shooting first shows just what kind of a dangerous scoundrel the Rebels have to rely on. It's the beginning of his character journey from rogue to respectable.

Huh? Han blowing away some guy about to kill him was VERY respectable! :-)

He would have been even MORE respectable if he had double tapped.

about 3 months ago
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China May Build an Undersea Train To America

Macrat Re:Oh, to ALASKA! (348 comments)

I would assume their aim would be to keep going through alaska and join up with the main american rail network in canada. Just going to alaska would seem rather pointless.

Unless the tunnel is really to suck all the oil out of Alaska. ;-)

about 3 months ago
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Breaking Bad's Scientific Consultant On Making Meth and More

Macrat Hide the Knowledge (118 comments)

They helped so that we wouldn’t be presenting a cookbook on how to make meth and told him what steps to leave out so that anyone mimicking the procedures would fail.

Yup. A TV show giving inaccurate information is going to prevent people from making meth.

about 3 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Macrat Re:Really? (371 comments)

It takes more than two people to tip over a smart? Guess they must be little girly men.

A Smart Car is 1,6120 pounds.

about 4 months ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

Macrat Re:Smart Cars = HiTech ??? (371 comments)

36MPG is not good gas mileage, especially for a tiny car like that. I think that's what is bothering the vandals.

My 2009 model only gets 26-30MPG.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Macrat Re:I can see their response already (97 comments)

Also keep in mind that Comcast keeps the serial number for that modem in their database, so if you try to sell it or give to someone else to use on Comcast they will refuse to activate it and accuse the new owner of being a thief Even when you are no longer a Comcast customer and haven't used the modem with them for over 12 months.

about 4 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Macrat Re:Can I vote for.. (512 comments)

All episodes after the first or second season when they started letting Patrick Stewart actually act.

There are.. FOUR lights!

about 4 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

Macrat Re:Can I vote for.. (512 comments)

Voyager was somewhat watchable: several non-ridiculous characters, some non-ridiculous story, less of the "holodeck" ridiculousness.

A holographic doctor isn't holodeck ridiculousness?

about 4 months ago
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Google's Project Tango Headed To International Space Station

Macrat Skynet (22 comments)

...the prototype smartphone packed with sensors so it can learn and sense the world around it

Skynet becomes self aware in 3 2 1...

about 4 months ago
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Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Macrat Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (241 comments)

My MacMini will not run any version of OS-X later than Snow Leopard.

I do not plan to upgrade to a newer Mac, I plan to investigate other, non-Apple, options.

That would be a 2006 Mac mini. You are complaining about upgrading from an 8 year old computer?

about 5 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Macrat Re:Probably the home router... (574 comments)

Being horrified by NAT is all well and good, but the fact is, ISPs look at the horrible bandaids that work 80% of the time and say, "Good enough. Now I don't have to rebuild my entire infrastructure for IPv6."

And yet Comcast is rolling out IPv6. I'm on IPv6 at home today.

about 5 months ago
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Hard Drive Reliability Study Flawed?

Macrat 8 Years Old (237 comments)

'The oldest drive in the list is the Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB drive from 2006. A drive that is almost 8 years old!

I recently had a 1.5TB drive die and it was still new enough to be under warranty. Seagate shipped a 2TB as a replacement.

about 6 months ago

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