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Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Nikker Re:FUnny (202 comments)

You just need *more* internet!

about a month and a half ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

Nikker Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

Apparently the law says you cannot be billed more than a certain amount for going over your data for the month (I believe the overage amount is $50). So once you meet this threshold the tel-cos just nuke your access and send you a SMS asking you to waive your rights granted by said law. Not sure if this tactic is ongoing or just a month by month waiver but it's just another hollow law that had the loophole built in.

Basically business as usual.

about a month and a half ago
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The Light Might Make You Heavy

Nikker Re: the obesity smoking gun (138 comments)

"Consume less than you burn" please do the math. This could win you a Nobel.

about 2 months ago
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How Free-To-Play Is Constricting Mobile Games

Nikker Re:Red Herring (115 comments)

Just because currently 3% of people pay money for this particular gaming template doesn't mean none of the remaining 97% will never pay for anything. You are looking for a plate at a table that is getting smaller, quicker. The games that have attracted the payments of those 3% have been basically created, soliciting the remainder is the latest and greatest.

about 2 months ago
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Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

Nikker Re:This sounds more like incompetence... (191 comments)

Mistake on my math that would have been 2.5 / second, the real number would be:

40,000 x (60x24x2.5) = 144,000,000 rows per day (still quite a bit).

about 3 months ago
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Some Users Find Swype Keyboard App Makes 4000+ Location Requests Per Day

Nikker Re:This sounds more like incompetence... (191 comments)

According to Google Play Store this app has about 40K installs. We are saying that 40K x (60x60x24) x 2.5 = 8,640,000,000 rows added per day is something that not even the DBA noticed?

That's a bit of a stretch.

about 3 months ago
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WRT54G Successor Falls Flat On Promises

Nikker Re:OMFG compile! (113 comments)

From the mailing list:

The firmware can be built with what we have provided, and will run on
> the WRT1900AC successfully. It is true that it would lack wireless
> support, but that would not stop the firmware from actually working. We
> are actively working on the package to support the wireless hardware,
> this will not be overlooked.

So basically they are saying since the firmware they are providing will compile (even though it doesn't contain any wireless support) is still a firmware so they are technically holding up on their end of the bargain. This is just really obtuse.

So nerd or not there is no amount of compiling that will actually make this WIFI router actually connect any WIFI devices.

about 3 months ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

Nikker Re:electric golf carts (204 comments)

$500K for R&D? To integrate an electric motor into a design that was already established many years ago?

WOW

So how much R&D would it cost to put an electric motor into a Model T? It must be in the millions!

about 3 months ago
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Linux Developers Consider On-Screen QR Codes For Kernel Panics

Nikker Re:long-term applicablity? (175 comments)

The QR code has really nothing to do with smartphones. You could take a picture of it with any camera and upload it. QR Codes are just a software library that evaluates based on white and black marks within the picture.

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Nikker Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Your human rights are defined by your country's laws. If 50%+1% go one way and your not cool with that then your pretty much stuck, that is democracy. Then you have the option of looking for a place that you fit into the societal norm.

That is all.

about 4 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Nikker Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

Why not? If I start a campaign saying everyone should do %X then why should I not be able to? In reality most people have a common set of beliefs, whether it be about sex, violence or rock and roll. If someone starts a fund or other wise attempts to gather people into a strict belief more times than not they just come to the sad realization they are doing this because of their own short comings. Look at Westboro Baptist Church, they have fewer than 100 members, with all the media they get they should get more right? No! Because they are nut jobs, out of 9 Billion people only 100 show up and put something in the collection plate.

Sometimes people try to justify themselves by influencing those around them, when that is not enough they usually just huddle up with the few that have similar issues and recluse themselves. Now with all the government surveillance the chances of one of these groups coming back and messing it up for the rest of us isn't likely, they just go pound sand.

My belief is just that people with similar delusions will eventually find each other so let them, it's likely therapeutic.

about 4 months ago
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Minecraft Creator Halts Plans For Oculus Version Following Facebook Acquisition

Nikker Re:Unsurprising ... (300 comments)

Facebook won't last that long. I know they have cash in the bank but even they see it. They buy WhatsApp not because they never thought of making a SMS like app or integrate it into their stuff, they want the head count. Facebook was cool to my generation because you could check out all the people you knew from years gone by but it is like any popular hangout or bar, eventually people will buy their beer somewhere else.

When you or anyone else here was younger how many would go to hangout somewhere where their parents used to hangout? The newer netizens don't want to chat up with their friends where their baby pictures are posted, it becomes, well just lame.

They know this but for them to look strong to their share holders they need page views and a monstrous head count, the second that starts going south people will sell that paper all day long. Facebook doesn't have the legs that Microsoft does because Microsoft still has huge on going contracts to sell and support Windows. The workplace isn't going to Android / IOS anytime soon and Linux is making some slow progress but Microsoft can afford for people to hate them. Facebook just doesn't have that luxury. When their users go so will their share holders and the barrier to entry is damn low, look at WhatsApp, they have like 20 employees and a simple infrastructure.

Facebook is like the post grad that came back for extra credits and started hanging around the freshmen trying to be cool, they burn through cash trying to show off how cool they are but rarely get to re-achieve their previous self proclaimed brilliance.

about 3 months ago
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Job Automation and the Minimum Wage Debate

Nikker Re:One thing's for sure... (870 comments)

After a huge amount of the workforce is exchanged for "cheaper" labour who is going to pay for the wares that line the pockets of the CxO that just paid for a legion of robots?

about 3 months ago
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Blogger Fined €3,000 for 'Publicizing' Files Found Through Google Search

Nikker Re:Hacker??!! (248 comments)

I wonder constantly about people putting "production" material online. In the 90's you would be tarred and feathered for just suggesting putting important info anywhere else but an air gaped machine. Now it seems like it's just plain fashionable.

What gives?

about 5 months ago
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Adware Vendors Buying Chrome Extensions, Injecting Ads

Nikker Re:Autoupdate (194 comments)

I don't feel that you made an accurate comparison. You car is made by $X manufacturer but in this case all the aftermarket addons which you have purchased at a myriad of other locations (i.e. window tint, car stereo, cup holders, car chargers) will also pop in and make their own changes.

So in this case the store that sold you your Clarion deck will stop by and fix your stereo but also leave a GPS tracker or mute your system to play their own wares.

Updating Chrome is one thing because Google doesn't want to mess with the PR nightmare when someone finds out their update streams popups like mad but some one off developer who makes a LOL Cat extension probably isn't making any money to begin with will have no problems bending one way or another for a couple of quick bucks. Both get equal say over the clock cycles on your system. Does that really make sense to you?

about 6 months ago
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The Other Exam Room: When Doctors 'Google' Their Patients

Nikker Re:"feeling like I had violated my patient's priva (231 comments)

I don't think the result of your doctor finding out health concerns should result in a "gotchya" moment and why should it? Your doctor knows you very well in most circumstances in a medical and a social way, cornering his/her patient is always the least fruitful way of resolving an issue or helping someone.

about 7 months ago

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