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Microsoft Launches Windows 8 Consumer Preview

Nightspirit When does this expire? (500 comments)

I couldn't find any information about this on /. or the MS page, but when does the preview expire?

I don't even use the desktop so all this complaining about it means nothing to me.

more than 2 years ago
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The FCC Says ISPs Aren't Hitting Advertised Speeds

Nightspirit Re:Buy the "light" plan (228 comments)

This is FiOS, there is no throttling and you do not share your connection with your neighbors. I don't think they even offer 1Mbps, I think in most locations it is 10Mbps then for $5 more you get 25Mbps. If you have more than 1 person streaming netflix and torrenting in your home it definitely makes sense to get the 25Mbps plan. Headroom isn't an issue, this is fiber, I think the theoretical limit of singe node is ~10 gigabit, so way beyond what they are selling you.

about 3 years ago
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Google Airs Super Bowl Ad

Nightspirit Why not Chrome? (315 comments)

Doesn't everyone already use google search? Wouldn't they have gotten much more bang for the buck with a Chrome ad?

more than 4 years ago
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Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

Nightspirit Tablet PC, Hello! (569 comments)

People say there is no use for a tablet PC, yet you describe the perfect scenario for one: notetaking. Get a convertible tablet PC (with a keyboard), get OneNote (the best software MS has made IMO) and create searchable notes where you can also draw diagrams. It was a lifesend in medical school. I still have my handwritten notes from undergrad in a box and I can't even read half of it. Ever wonder "hmmm, I remember taking notes on thijakoojis 3 months ago, I wonder where the hell they are?" well I have to do is search in OneNote and it will show me all the pages with that term. You can even export your notes into pdf to read on your ereader.

And sorry but some of us can overcome internet distractions, and I'm pretty sure if I didn't take notes in my classes I would have failed some of them, as professors frequently taught outside of the books, and I have to look at something several times to retain it.

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs Migrating Toward iPhone, Away From Wii

Nightspirit Re:False assumption? (143 comments)

If you like Tower Defense type games check out Azgard Defence. I have it for my crappy windows mobile and it is the first game that I have played that made the device worth anything. It is available for the ipod touch so it should be even better at that. I'm not affiliated with them, Zuma is probably my favorite casual game ever, short of the original gameboy Tetris with original 8-bit music, something I don't think anyone has done since except for on emulators.

That is one reason I'm holding out on the iPod Touch/iphone/ipad; I'm not sure what I would actually do with them that I'm not already able.

more than 4 years ago
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Google's Nexus One, a Steal At $49 Unlocked?

Nightspirit Re:I found the 'defective by design' aspect (311 comments)

Especially if you look at the HTC Imagio on Verizon it is a worldwide phone that can use both CDMA and GSM bands. The GSM bands are locked in the US but if you call verizon and tell them you are going traveling you can get an unlock code so you can use it with pretty much any provider. So the only reason the nexus is locked down is insistence from T-mobile or Google.

more than 4 years ago
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Studies Find Harm From Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals

Nightspirit Re:Just use bluetooth (474 comments)

Yes from my understanding bluetooth and wifi are harmless, the main reasonable health debate revolves around cellphone radiation risk.

more than 4 years ago
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Studies Find Harm From Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals

Nightspirit Just use bluetooth (474 comments)

and keep your cellphone away from your balls. Let everyone else find out if it causes brain cancer.

more than 4 years ago
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GameStop, Other Retailers Subpoenaed Over Credit Card Information Sharing

Nightspirit Re:My wife got scammed by Joann.com / Webloyalty (117 comments)

This happens to me about every year (I swear Best Buy must do this, I keep getting magazine subscriptions even though every time I insist no), so I've made it a habit of just closing my account once a year to change the account numbers so these companies no longer have my information (they are nearly impossible to get a hold of and claim ignorance every time). Now I only shop online via amazon and newegg and no longer buy anything from Best Buy, and so far I've been lucky.

more than 4 years ago
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GameStop, Other Retailers Subpoenaed Over Credit Card Information Sharing

Nightspirit Re:Legal but dishonest (117 comments)

I keep hearing about prohibitions in merchant agreements, such as they can't ask you for ID when using a credit card, or they can't charge an additional fee to use a card, or they can't require a minimum. Yet nearly every business around me does all of these things. So either restrictions on merchant accounts aren't enforced or there is a huge misunderstanding of what businesses are allowed to do.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple's Change of Heart On Flash

Nightspirit Except flash works on other platforms, if barely (409 comments)

I somewhat understand Apple's position, but if Skyfire can do flash on shitty windows mobile devices then it can be done on the iphone. I still can't believe after the mp3 patent fiasco that we don't have widely accepted open music and video codecs. I already don't run bloated Apple software on my computer I can't wait to file Adobe in the same cabinet I put Realplayer and Quicktime in.

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs Migrating Toward iPhone, Away From Wii

Nightspirit Re:False assumption? (143 comments)

The majority of Wii games are shovelware. These developers don't care about quality games, they care about maximum profit via little investment and ignorance. They probably throw a couple of Collins College graduates at a title and if it turns on and doesn't crash in 5 minutes it is good to go. It wouldn't surprise me if some of them said "learn to code for the iphone in a week, have something we can ship in 8".

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Reaches 1.0

Nightspirit Re:Symbian (198 comments)

I believe they're talking about program memory. I think in the old ipaqs you could adjust what you wanted between storage and program memory but once everything went to nonvolatile memory only recently have devices had 128Mb of program memory.

more than 4 years ago
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Firefox Mobile Reaches 1.0

Nightspirit Re:Symbian (198 comments)

Even the winmobile requirements are pretty harsh (128Mb ram), which pretty much means it can only be used on devices within the past year.

more than 4 years ago
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Fertilizer Dump Spoils Intel's Pure Water

Nightspirit Re:Priorities, people (211 comments)

I just graduated medical school and have worked with hundreds of patients, and while I have not seen as many patients as a 20 year old veteran I can count the number of patients that eat a proper nutritious diet on one hand.

more than 4 years ago
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x86 Assembler JWASM Hits Stable Release

Nightspirit Re:why? (209 comments)

NOD32 (one of the faster antivirus programs for windows) uses assembly for speed reasons.

more than 4 years ago

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