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China Has a Massive Windows XP Problem

Mex Re:LPT bit banging (520 comments)

As a new apple user, I'm curious about this, what did Apple do? What calls up a VM on OSX? Haven't noticed anything yet.

about a year ago
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L.A. School District's 30,000 iPads May Come With Free Lock-In

Mex Re:#1 reason this is stupid (232 comments)

People think of these devices as fun things... entertaining things. They are, in fact, designed mostly for entertainment. Why is this good for schools?

One of the more unfortunate things I've ever read on Slashdot. Rather appropiate username! ;-)

about a year ago
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Yahoo Board Approves a $1.1B Pricetag For Tumblr

Mex Re:Do none of you fight for the users? (142 comments)

No offense, but are you 16, or perhaps never explored the internet? There's hundreds of alternatives to blogging platforms, including rolling your own. I think even Google Plus works like you'd want with super advanced "Chronological order" features.

I imagine Yahoo will indeed screw up Tumblr, but "Think of the artists!" is the last reason to get worried about...

about a year ago
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Apple Near Deal For Radio Service

Mex At this point, can't Apple just buy the labels? (143 comments)

Apple has so much money in their war chest, why don't they just buy them outright instead of trying to strike a deal? Is this such a crazy idea? Or maybe they just don't want to actually run them.

about a year ago
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Did Steve Jobs Pick the Wrong Tablet Size?

Mex No (433 comments)

After owning an iPad since release in 2010, and now switching to a Mini, I've come to the realization that the full size iPad is much more useful. You trade portability for overall comfort too.

I thought the mini would be just as good as the full size iPad, but it's not. If you had given me the two choices in 2010, I'd have chosen the Mini, so Steve Jobs did it right : )

about a year ago
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Typing These 8 Characters Will Crash Almost Any App On Your Mountain Lion Mac

Mex Re:Sure enough (425 comments)

Firefox didn't crash for me, for what it's worth. I did type it with a capital F.

I managed to crash a couple other apps I wasn't using, including the Finder, so it's an interesting bug, although kind of silly how the summary blows it up.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Patents Wireless Charging

Mex Re:Worlds Gone Mad (253 comments)

Well, your system is just as stupid because it makes it even harder for the "little guy" to patent something. He might not have any money for it, and while he comes up with it someone else with deeper pockets might snatch his idea and patent it themselves.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will You Shop Local Like President Obama, Or Online?

Mex Re:Slashvertising? (430 comments)

You say: "your community" is richer--where "your community" is a book store.
But you make it seem as if the money the book store receives disappears, but presumably it goes to improve the local community? What about the money the local bookstore receives from you and pays taxes with?

As a customer, seems to me paying a bit less to "foreign" companies just to save some money for myself is bad in the long term? Similar to WalMart's deal.

Just asking questions that popped into my head and would like some clarification on your post.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Delays Simpler and Cleaner iTunes 'to Get It Right'

Mex Re:Good for them (252 comments)

Just because you haven't heard of the guy who designed both the Maps app and Siri doesn't mean it wasn't a very significant move for them to sack him. I don't know the names or importance of any Obama cabinet members in the US but I bet they're kind of significant.

Presumably it will make things better in the future, but a public apology and important heads rolling is at least an acknowledgement that they want to do things better.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple Forces Google To Degrade Android Features

Mex Re:I think this is a good time to post... (498 comments)

But if everyone can copy what you do in seconds, what will be the incentive to research and develop? Businesses are businesses...

about 2 years ago
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California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes

Mex Re:People should pay for their choices (842 comments)

Just because you "try your best" to eat healthy doesn't mean you can throw out decades of nutritional studies.

Look, it doesn't matter how many sugary drinks your acquaintances gulp down every day, what matters in the end is how many calories they burn compared to you.

If you work out once a day and the rest of your time is spent at a desk in near-immobility, while they have a physically active job, then they're going to burn more calories than you. Regardless if you work out and don't drink soda.

The only logical conclusion is that you're somehow ingesting more calories than you need and burning less than you should (if your goal is to be thinner).

It doesn't matter if you believe you are "doing it better". It's simply physically impossible for you to consume less calories and stay fatter.

So yes, it is all in the foods consumed.

Of course, this does not mean they are healthier than you, but it also does not mean you are healthier, or that drinking 8 sugary drinks per day is conducive to being as thin as they are.

more than 2 years ago
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What Would a Post-Email World Look Like?

Mex Re:What's email? (314 comments)

I don't email directly anymore, I post on G+, recipients receive it in whatever means they favor, email, text notice, online, G+ account, whatever. If they don't have a google account, it goes to their email.

What happens if Google decides they don't like you and you get banned from their service?

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

Mex Re:obvious joke is obvious (356 comments)

Agreed. Even the comments that ask "Why is Stratfor evil" are at least more inquisitive than the people automatically saying Anon was right. It's ridiculous how "educated" commenters don't know about Stratfor.

more than 2 years ago
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Anonymous Hacks US Think Tank Stratfor

Mex Re:Well good to know (356 comments)

You're pretty ignorant about this.

Anyone can access Stratfor's content for about 100 dollars per year. And if you just subscribe to their newsletter (no money required) they send free "intelligence" reports every few days.

It's not like only companies can receive their information, any global citizen can educate themselves if they choose to, have "First mover" advantage.

Their analysis are usually very informative, no bias (unlike "free" news), and from my limited understanding, they tend to get a lot of their information and predictions right.

It's like hacking Slashdot for offering a subscription option or something. I don't agree with this move by Anon.

more than 2 years ago
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No SOPA Vote Until 2012

Mex Re:Its a battle win, maybe not victory. (181 comments)

We could have literally half the country in the streets and these political cocksuckers wouldn't bat an eye. They might be a bit scared, but in the worst case scenario they'll fly away in a chopper surrounded by armed guards.

This is funny to me because that's literally what happened in Mexico in the last Presidential election.

Current mexican president Calderon won by a controversial advantage of a few hundred votes. The opposing candidate's supporters made a human blockade to stop him from swearing in as president before there was an official recount. No cars could get through, and the voters felt they had accomplished something and the people would be heard.

Then Calderon arrived in a helicopter, ignoring everyone on the ground and swearing in quite speedily.

more than 2 years ago
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Opera 11.60 'Tunny' Released With Ragnarök HT

Mex Re:FYI for Mac users (211 comments)

I used Opera for a long time, but after switching to a Mac, I have to say the OSX version is not as good as windows.

Can't even get gestures to work with my multitouch trackpad, which led me to switch to Safari. Not unhappy with the switch, actually.

But Opera feels very neglected on the Mac...

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Boss Expects Apple To Challenge Game Consoles

Mex Re:Apple computers are already basically consoles (197 comments)

Not only that, you can now mirror the display from your iPad to a HDTV (via AppleTV), so yeah, they're pretty much there already.

Nintendo is probably freaking out right now, considering their next Wii U peripheral looks like a gimped iPad, and popular DS games like Scribblenauts are being released on an Apple platform now.

more than 2 years ago
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Training an Immune System To Kill Cancer

Mex Re:"His temperature shot up" (209 comments)

I too have read that fevers are a way for the body to get rid of some extraneous bodies like harmful bacteria and viruses, basically "boiling" them alive inside your flesh (someone else might explain this much better, but that's the basic concept).

But since tumors are just masses of flesh created by a disfunction in the immune system, would fevers help at all?

You'd have to treat the reason that the immune system malfunctioned, no?

Just wondering, perhaps the fevers were not caused by his body "killing the cancer", but a side effect, a reaction to foreign bodies invading the system.

more than 2 years ago
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Google To Shut Down 10 Products

Mex Re:To: Google (167 comments)

"This, combined with Chrome's increasingly "We're Google--we can do whatever we want" functionality, is edging me closer to abandoning Google completely."

Isn't it too late?

Google is the de-facto search monopoly. If you don't exist in Google, you're irrelevant. Bing? Ha-ha.

So what will you switch to, if you decide to abandon Google?

Too late...

more than 2 years ago
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ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America

Mex Re:Preying on the ignorant? (482 comments)

Who in their right mind would buy gold right now? It recently passed the $1300 mark and may climb higher, but historical trends indicate that it is in a major spiking period. "What goes up must come down," doesn't only apply to gravity

I dunno man, I was going to buy gold when they were saying the same thing, but it was at $600 dollars.

I didn't buy, because guys like you kept saying the same thing. =/

Then 5 or so years later, I could have bought a new house.

Now? I WANT to believe it really is too late.

Never take advice about finances from the internet...

more than 3 years ago

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