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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

Mike Buddha Pony up the $80! (169 comments)

Your parents and grandparents took care of everything for you when you were growing up. $80 is a small price to pay to make grandma happy. You owe it to her.

2 days ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

Mike Buddha Re:sounds delusional and self-gratifying (71 comments)

2600 has always been about cultivating that hacker mystique. It's a kids magazine plain and simple. I think it's important, because it does give kids who are interested in electronics and communication a place to congregate, but you ain't going to be saving the world reading a magazine.

2 days ago
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2600 Profiled: "A Print Magazine For Hackers"

Mike Buddha Re:the last line of the summary (71 comments)

Read Phrack instead. 2600 has always been and will always be an ankle-biter magazine. That said, their meet-ups are their biggest contribution to hacker dom. Back in the late 80's and early 90's that was the place to go to meet like minded kids, and get access to all the hacker BBS's.

http://phrack.org/

2 days ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

Mike Buddha Re:Phones getting too big .. (258 comments)

That's what everybody says, until they actually try it. I'm sure there will be naysayers, but most everyone who's used my Note 3 has told me "gosh, it's not as difficult to use as I'd imagined". Once they try out the big screen, they're hooked.

about a week ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Mike Buddha Re:So you have to install an app... (113 comments)

iOS it's completely impervious to this attack.

Because no one's figured out a way to run unsigned applications on iOS, right? Umm...

about two weeks ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

Mike Buddha Re:Recognition (150 comments)

It's not exactly the name recognition, it's the name's reputation.

Nokia: well recognized, well liked brand with positive reception everywhere,except amongst developers that actually programmed for Symbian.

Microsoft: well recognized, universally hated brand, regular finalist in "most hated company" competitions,but appreciated by developers for their excellent dev tools/environment.

Marketing 101 says: they picked the right name but for reasons that aren't readily clear to the general public

FTFY

about two weeks ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Mike Buddha Re:android = windows (113 comments)

And the distinction is at least as meaningless as it is in Android.

about two weeks ago
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PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Mike Buddha Don't worry, PETA (367 comments)

Don't worry PETA, I'm sure they killed the camels like you do with all the animals in your shelters.

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Mike Buddha Re:Jamming unlinced spectrum is illegal? (278 comments)

The ISM bands are not unregulated. Operations in the ISM bands are not protected from unintentional interference, but the FCC most certainly has the authority to, but chooses to abide by agreements with the ITU deferring to ETSI.

This is exactly what the FCC should be regulating, and not the content of TV or Radio broadcasts. This type of intentional disruption of service should be policed by the FCC.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

Mike Buddha Re:C# using xamarin (316 comments)

I would tend to agree with this. If you intend to develop cross-platform, do yourself a favor and design your applications from the ground up with cross-platform in mind. Anything else and you're going to spend a lot of time rewriting code. That's just the reality of the situation.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Swift Or Objective-C As New iOS Developer's 1st Language?

Mike Buddha Re:Obj-C (316 comments)

Are you serious? Objective C is crap. It may have been hot stuff 25 years ago, but it's older than Java, and that shows. Swift is the future for Mac OSX/iOS development. Don't waste your time learning what was state of the art in 1988 (ie Objective C).

about a month ago
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Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets

Mike Buddha Re:board of directors is the problem not Wall Stre (167 comments)

The problem is faceless Wall Street, which will sue if they don't feel the CEO is doing their duty to artificially buoy the stock price in the short term. It most certainly is Wall Street that created this culture of "what have you done for me lately?" that guides the decisions of management. It is Wall Street's fault that executive management expects to be paid a hefty amount of stock instead of simple monetary compensation so that the higher ups making the decisions are all rewarded by taking the short position.

about a month ago
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Service Promises To Leak Your Documents If the Government Murders You

Mike Buddha Re:Hosted in the US? (98 comments)

But then stopping any of the stripes will stop the entire revelation.

about a month ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Mike Buddha Re:Shipped figures vs Sale figures (206 comments)

Amazing. Even when confronted with wording from their own 10K filing, the reality distortion field wins the day.

about a month ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

Mike Buddha Re:Almost twice (206 comments)

Yeah, that first iPhone really sucked.

about a month ago
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Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Mike Buddha Re:Good (126 comments)

iOS, like Android, only encrypts all data if a user opts to put a pin in. iOS8 might be different, but all prior version of iOS only encrypted when a pin was entered.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?

Mike Buddha Find an Astronomy Club in your area (234 comments)

Find an amateur Astronomy club in your area. Go to their events. Meet people. Learn things. Look at shit.

There are a lot of amateurs that hunt comets and asteroids.

about a month and a half ago
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Harvard's CompSci Intro Course Boasts Record-Breaking Enrollment

Mike Buddha Re:Not sure if troll but.. (144 comments)

Eastern time zone, Doctor Who.

about a month and a half ago

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