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Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

Oliver Wendell Jones Netflix Time Now? (252 comments)

Maybe they could get around to putting the series up on Netflix so that the rest of the world, other than hardcore scifi nerds, will get a chance to view it and be ready for when it comes to theaters?

about three weeks ago
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Google To Close Its American Moto X Factory

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:As someone who... (154 comments)

I buy stuff from Hong Kong on ebay all the time - you can get items shipped from there for $0.00 - $0.99 shipping and handling - sure it takes 7-10 days to show up, but if they can ship that package 1/2 way around the world for $0.99, why does it cost $7.99 - $10.99 to get the same package shipped from 2-3 states away?

about 3 months ago
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Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Obviously.. (184 comments)

It will only be available in one color, that no one really wants, to begin with, and then ~6 months later, it will become available in the color you really do want, forcing you to buy a second roll of stamps... That's what the USPS is counting on - selling twice as many stamps!

about 6 months ago
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Swarm Mobile's Offer: Free Wi-Fi In Exchange For Some Privacy

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:SMS without a telephone number? (121 comments)

You sign up for a free number from something like Google Voice and you can text only over WiFi with that...

about 9 months ago
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CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

Oliver Wendell Jones Re: Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

And there are ample anti-malware/anti-virus apps available for Android in the Play Store. I'm on my 4th Android phone and have installed all kinds of software, legit and less so, and have yet to encounter any malware or viruses. Know how many are available in the Apple iTunes store? Zero. If they allowed one to be listed, it would be admitting that their precious iPhones are vulnerable.

about 9 months ago
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The US Now Faces the Same Dilemma Over Drones As It Did Over Nuclear Weapons

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Not the same... (211 comments)

yet...

about 9 months ago
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Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Maybe (365 comments)

Swatch(tm) makes a video watch for that purpose... but they call it the Twatch(tm)...

about 9 months ago
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Woz Says iPhone Features Are 'Behind'

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:about the same as my android (587 comments)

If you root your phone and install an ad blocker (I use AdAway by Dominik Schürmann), then most of those "free apps w/ ads" become "free apps".

If it's an app I like, I'll usually pay the $1 (or more) to buy it - I've purchased over 50 apps through the Google Play Store - usually ones that were part of a $0.99 sale, but a few others that I use all the time, like Titanium Backup and CoPilot GPS because they were definitely worth more than the few dollars they cost.

about a year and a half ago
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64GB MS Surface Pro Only Has 23GB of Free Space

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:OK. Next? (588 comments)

Then root the damn thing and un-install all that crap!

My first Android phone was the HTC Desire from US Cellular - it was actually a pretty decent phone, but they partitioned the memory and only allowed you access to a small partition - the rest contained the OS plus all of the bloatware that USC wanted on the phone - Myspace? Seriously? In 2011 you're still putting Myspace in the system partition where it can't be uninstalled?

Long story short - rooted it, repartitioned the storage area and installed a "stock without all the bloat + Apps2SD" ROM and after that it truly was a good phone.

I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S III now - rooted it right away and uninstalled (after backing up) any crappy bloatware I didn't want.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Free and Open Source Apps For Android?

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:It seems arrogant (134 comments)

Without knowing which app, we can't know for sure if it was pulled. The App Store filters (by default) apps based on whether they are compatible with your device(s) -- if you de-registered your old device and only have the new device registered,then incompatible apps will not be shown.

about a year and a half ago
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Tolkien Estate Sues Over Lord of the Rings Slot Machines

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Doesn't the Tolkien estate... (211 comments)

I was outraged by the fact that it was a penny (1 cent) slot machine, but the lowest possible dollar amount you could play was something like 200x, so even though it's a $0.01 machine, it ends up costing you $2.00 every time you push the Play button... Admittedly, not a lot of money, but you don't sit at the $0.01 machines because you want the pay $2.00 per pull...

about 2 years ago
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Ad Agency's Bizarre Steve Jobs Tribute Flash Mob Hits Seattle

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:ugh... (75 comments)

I would have watched that!

about 2 years ago
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Apple iPad Mini Could Complicate Things For Windows 8 Tablets

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:so? (200 comments)

I'm just waiting for Apple to claim that they invented the concept of a ~7" tablet and that all of the ones that have been on the market for years are actually copying their design...

about 2 years ago
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Walmart Abandons Amazon's Kindle Lineup

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Who's affected? (104 comments)

Those of us who live in small towns in the Midwest where Walmart K-mart or Target are your only real options for modern day electronics, unless you feel up to a 75 minute drive to a "big city" that has an electronic appliance store. If I'm going to waste that much gas and time, I'll just have it shipped Next Day Air - or go to Wal-Mart and get it right now.

about 2 years ago
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No Opt-Out For Ads On New Kindle Fires

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Expect more of the same (383 comments)

You push the power button on the Kindle Fire and the screen turns off. You push it again and the screen comes on and you're looking at the lock screen with adds - swipe the screen and the lock screen and ads go away. They are not displayed on the screen when the device is off. On the e-ink displays the ads are displayed when the Kindle is turned off, but it requires no power to maintain the screen in that state - every once in a while the device wakes up, updates the ad and goes back to sleep - it uses very tiny amounts of power and has almost on impact on expected battery life.

about 2 years ago
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Humble Bundle For Android 2 Goes Live

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Add to Market/Play Store (45 comments)

I contacted support through the live chat on their website and got the usual "this is a known issue, we are working to correct it ASAP, until then please manually download the APK files" and I'm OK with that.

more than 2 years ago
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Humble Bundle For Android 2 Goes Live

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:I've got it (45 comments)

I bough the bundle just to show support for a non-anime-themed RPG for Android - For some reason the anime-themed RPGs just don't sit well with me, I want my heroes to look like heroes, not 6 year old children with big eyes...

more than 2 years ago
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Get a Glimpse At the Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Not surprised (50 comments)

I'm not trying to dispute your claims, or belittle you in any way, but... how many people buy a $35 computer and expect to be able to have 10 tabs open in Firefox?

When you get to the point that the USB mouse and keyboard you have to provide probably cost more than the computer itself, you can't be too particular about how many tabs you can have open on your HD widescreen display...

more than 2 years ago
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NTT DoCoMo Asks Google To Limit Android Data Use

Oliver Wendell Jones Re:Well that depends... (160 comments)

How old is your Sig? I'm trying to figure out if it is new and and you're suggesting we replace the current crop of politicians with monkeys, or if in fact this is an old sig and explains our current predicament?

more than 2 years ago

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