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Ask Slashdot: Geek-Centric Magazines Still Published On Paper?

PJ1216 unplugged? (125 comments)

What's so special about being 'unplugged?' I never understood what fascinates people when they do enjoy something solely because it doesn't use electricity.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

PJ1216 Re:I feel like I'm repeating myself. (406 comments)

That's not a fair comparison. If you want Android, you have a multitude of devices to choose from and it comes down to niche differences which one you will choose. Apple doesn't give you choice. So, obviously, there'd be less Galaxy Nexuses sold than an iPhone 4S (even though they haven't gone on sale yet, i know they won't outsell the 4S) because the consumer has more choice. Sorta like what would happen if the one of the two main political parties split. Even if there were more combined votes for Party 1a and Party 1b together, there'd most likely still be more votes for Party 2 compared with either 1a OR 1b. It's simply because you're given more choice. Personally, I think since Samsung and Apple have different business models, it's pointless to compare any sales numbers. Hell, I could say that on a phone by phone basis, there's no comparison because Apple doesn't have a phone that competes with the Galaxy Nexus. I mean, have you seen the size of that screen? Apple offers no products in that market. You can twist anything to make one superior to the other, but its pointless because whatever you're basing it on isn't important to someone else.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Takes the Lead In the Smartphone Market

PJ1216 Re:Time for Apple to throw in the towel (406 comments)

I disagree. They obviously do care about market share. Have you seen what they've tried to pull on Samsung?

more than 2 years ago
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The Uncanny Valley Explained

PJ1216 Sounds similar to... (172 comments)

Sounds similar to the ability some folks have (usually women) of feeling uneasy around sociopaths. They generally fool most people, but sometimes the mind will see something (which we can't put our finger on) that warns you that something is wrong. A sociopath or an human-android could easily be a "wolf in sheeps clothing" and the brain wants to alert you. So, I don't know if its necessarily the same thing as trying to avoid someone who you think is sick, but more that you're subconsciously warning yourself about a possible threat.

more than 3 years ago
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Did Microsoft Borrow GPL Code For a Windows 7 Utility?

PJ1216 Re:not sureprised (493 comments)

I believe he may have been implying that the exact opposite could easily be true. Someone working at a company (for simplicity's sake, lets say Microsoft) and leaves. They then do some GPL contributions using code they wrote for their past employer. I'm not saying this is exactly the case, but it easily could be. TFA leaves a large amount of reasonable doubt in defense of Microsoft. He'll require a lot more to prove it. I believe in this country, you're innocent til proven guilty. You'll need a lot more than circumstantial evidence here.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows Drains MacBook's Battery; Who's To Blame?

PJ1216 Re:Doubt it's the "bloated codebase" (396 comments)

There are Windows laptops with both those features you mentioned (auto-adjusting screen/keyboard lighting). XP is more than capable of it (i know, I own one). From what I'm hearing, Apple provides the drivers and has been known to leave out various features (someone mentioned that you can't click the trackpad to perform a mouse click in XP), so its quite possibly Apple's fault and they may use this as a talking point.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

PJ1216 Re:Better way to go (423 comments)

Well, the same principle applies. There really isn't any reason why any program should require IE to be the default browser. Write, call, email, etc. to the company and tell them to change their practices. As alternative browsers pickup market share and IE's drops, they'll be forced to update their practices.

I've never used Quick Books, so I can't comment on what parts don't work correctly without IE being the default, but I'm curious to know whether its one of those overblown exaggerations by the developers instead of saying, "We never tested it on this browser because we didn't feel like it," and in the end, the application works just fine whether IE is default or not.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

PJ1216 Re:What is safari doing there? (423 comments)

I'd rather get targeted advertisements that I may actually be interested in as opposed to random advertisements.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

PJ1216 Re:Ballot? (423 comments)

well... it sort of is. you're electing which browser should be on your PC. You just happen to be the only voter as well. Personally, I think they just liked the alliteration.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

PJ1216 Re:Obsolete (423 comments)

Those last two examples sound more like accidents as opposed to attacks. The fact that correct info was sent to every other browser except Opera makes it seem like they just didn't bother testing with Opera and therefore the mistake went unfound until it went public.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

PJ1216 Re:Better way to go (423 comments)

Thats not MS's fault and those companies don't "work with them regularly." Those are lazy web developers. If you run into a site that is IE only, contact the site, tell them you're not using it because it doesn't support multiple browsers and tell them they lost a customer. If enough people do that, they'll be forced to start allowing other browsers.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Drops Windows 7 E Editions

PJ1216 Re:Wait, what? (423 comments)

I doubt they'll press a CD. They'll either download the installation of your choice or include the installations for those various browsers on Windows (not sure if they'd be allowed to do that though). I think having them link to download pages is the most efficient and best way to go as everyone will always get access to the most recent release of the chosen browser. Its safe to assume an internet connection or else the user is an idiot for trying to browse the web without one.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre iTunes Syncing Back With WebOS 1.1 Update

PJ1216 Re:cat and mouse (396 comments)

Did you read what I typed? I said Apple doesn't let you pick and choose. You have to go all Apple or no Apple. Then you, apparently trying to somehow offer a contradiction, point out how you buy all Apple. How is that in any way refuting what I said? Its like you wanted to just jump out and prove my point for me.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre iTunes Syncing Back With WebOS 1.1 Update

PJ1216 Re:Apple may not have a choice (396 comments)

I can confirm they don't mess with the ID3 tags. There are a multitude of easy to use applications that will rename mp3s based on their ID3 tags. You can easily copy a file from the iPod (because, surprise, its not some magical custom filesystem. Maybe a custom folder structure, but that stops no one). Honestly, I have no clue why they rename the music files. It really could possibly help improve performance. I don't really know. It could be a way to ensure that files never have the same name. They could just be the unique ID to the file and instead of changing the ID3 tag, they just change the filename. It eliminates the need of a relationship of ID to filename. All it needs is the ID and the information about the song. It doesn't need another column about where to find the file because, bam, the ID and the filename are the same. Is this really the case? I have no clue. But I'm just saying, they do *not* mess with the ID3 tags and its not a custom filesystem as its easily read by Windows as a harddrive and you can copy stuff to it. Filesystem != folder structure/hierarchy. I wrote software for a digital x-ray machine. Think we named every file created after the animal and what body part? Hell no. We used a unique identifier. it was virtually impossible for another file to get created with the same name (virtually, not actually).

I've copied mp3s off an ipod. I've run software that uses the ID3 tags to rename them in a format of my choosing (normally "artist - album - track - title.mp3").

I have an iPhone 3G. I actually still feel remorse about buying it because of purchasing a product from Apple. I feel better when I buy from Microsoft than when I buy from Apple. I still feel remorse at buying from MS, but sometimes I need what they provide. Sometimes I need what Apple provides. I don't have time to wait around for someone to do it the right way. Honestly, I think the Pre may be pretty close, but I'm not switching mid-contract. When my contract is up, I may consider it though.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre iTunes Syncing Back With WebOS 1.1 Update

PJ1216 Re:cat and mouse (396 comments)

Why do you insist that Palm is "resorting" to this? I applaud them for it. I like iTunes. Now, I'm not being forced to purchase an iPhone (though, I'm not gonna lie, I do own one, but at least in the future, my options may be open) just so that I don't have to deal with extra software. I think its absolutely ingenious what Palm did. They're enabling their customers to not have to relearn anything. They're not forcing their customers to drop their media player of choice. They're not forcing their customers to run multiple library management software suites. They're making the life of the customer easier for them. THEY GIVING THE CUSTOMER WHAT THEY WANT.

Why are you so anti-customer and so pro-corporate? You cannot justify your position and actually care about the consumer in anyway? Apple is absolutely anti-consumerist here. They're not giving a really large portion of the population what they want. Palm is filling that niche. iTunes isn't going to be a make or break for many people. Most folks will either like the Pre or the iPhone better than the other. Palm is at least making it easier for its customers. Kinda like how APPLE CAN BOOT WINDOWS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE WHO USE WINDOWS. If Apple was so great, why'd they have to resort to boot camp to convince people to switch to a Mac? Isn't their OS good enough to stand on its own that they wouldn't need to reassure folks that they can still run windows? (Honestly, i don't believe that, but basically, your argument applies there. Either you don't have faith in Apple's OS and think they need to rely on Windows OR your argument is full of shit. You're not getting modded down because people disagree with you. You're getting modded down because your argument is horrendously weak, has nothing to do with anything, and really only consists of you trying to insult Palm because they were intelligent enough to sell a product that people want.

more than 5 years ago
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Palm Pre iTunes Syncing Back With WebOS 1.1 Update

PJ1216 Re:cat and mouse (396 comments)

If someone wants to stick with iTunes, they have to buy an iPhone and nothing else? So Apple is definitely not about choice in your opinion. You either have to go all Apple or no Apple at all. Whatever happened to buying products you like. Apple's intention for iTunes to sell iPods/iPhones notwithstanding, iTunes is a standalone application. There is no reason why you shouldn't be able to use one and not the other except for completely arbitrary business reasons, which in the end, are bad for the consumer. Pre is being the good guy here. They realize good software. They don't want to take that away from their consumers. They also don't want to burden them with more software. Apple is making their customers' lives difficult. If they use iTunes, they're still Apple customers. Maybe they aren't purchasing the other things Apple wants to sell them, but since when do you get to punish your customers because they only buy one product and not everything in the entire store.

Don't be mistaken. Apple isn't punishing Palm with this one. They're punishing consumers who've decided to buy a competing product. Apple is kind of a dick like that. I'm not saying other companies don't do it, but lets call a spade a spade.

more than 5 years ago
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Verizon Offers Compromise In Exclusivity Debate

PJ1216 Re:NO COMPROMISE ON THIS (106 comments)

CDMA world phones will actually also carry a GSM chip as well so it will work abroad (CDMA is bigger in the US than the world in general). So it can use GSM when CDMA is absent. The only technical reason is that it requires an entirely different chip in the phone. So, most phones come with one or the other, however, some will come with both.

more than 5 years ago
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Verizon Offers Compromise In Exclusivity Debate

PJ1216 Re:NO COMPROMISE ON THIS (106 comments)

There is a small difference. Not all cell networks are compatible. If all cell phones had to work on all networks, manufacturers would have to spend more to create different phones or just jam every chip in there like they do with world phones. It *could* cause handset prices to jump (above retail, not subsidized) at least temporarily until the market works itself out and they can figure out how better to address the issue (ie: how many of each phone generally goes to each network, is it cheaper to make different models as opposed to one model, etc.)

more than 5 years ago

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Nine Inch Nails releases completely free album

PJ1216 PJ1216 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PJ1216 writes "Just wanted to give you all a heads up that Nine Inch Nails is at it again with utilizing alternative distribution methods for his music. He now has a full album available for download, 100% free. Its available in high-quality mp3, FLAC lossless, m4a apple lossless, and high definition WAVE 24/96. You do have to submit an email address to get a download link though. You can use a throw-away email if you'd like, but I've never known him to misuse emails. The album was released under the Creative Commons and all the formats (other than the mp3, which is zipped) are only available as torrents. A physical format will be made available in a month or two. This is coming shortly after his ultra-deluxe Ghosts I-IV albums just shipped which cost $300 a piece. Maybe this is a sign that he was extremely happy with the final outcome."
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Scientists Make Knee-Brace Power Generator

PJ1216 PJ1216 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PJ1216 writes "Reuters has an article about how a few Canadian and American scientists have created a knee-brace that harnesses energy from the act of walking. The 3.5 pound device "...could easily power 10 cell phones at once. There are some low power computers that you could power. You could imagine devices like GPS locaters, satellite phones," though unfortunately its still too heavy to be a viable product."
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Glass Chip May Be an Alternative to Animal Testing

PJ1216 PJ1216 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PJ1216 writes "Wired has an article about how a glass chip may provide an alternative to animal testing in the fields such as cosmetics. From the article, "The chip looks like a standard microscope slide, but it holds hundreds of tiny white dots loaded with human cell cultures and enzymes. It's designed to mimic human reactions to potentially toxic chemical compounds, meaning critters like rats and mice may no longer need to be on the front line of tests for new blockbuster drugs or wrinkle creams.""
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Sci-Fi Last Bastion of Philosophical Writing?

PJ1216 PJ1216 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PJ1216 writes "Wired has an article written by Clive Thompson in which he reasons that science fiction novels are the last place to find 'big-idea' books these days. He writes, "Its authors rewrite one or two basic rules about society and then examine how humanity responds — so we can learn more about ourselves. How would love change if we lived to be 500? If you could travel back in time and revise decisions, would you? What if you could confront, talk to, or kill God?""
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Formula One Must Go Green

PJ1216 PJ1216 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PJ1216 writes "The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile has announced a ban on further investment into F1 engines and must look into more environmentally friendly technology. From the article, "The biggest teams — Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Toyota among them — each spend $200 million or more a year on fossil-fuel technology with little real-world application. But now the sport's ruling body has said, "Enough," and banned further investment in F1 engines. Teams must now focus on hybrid systems and other eco-friendly means of producing power."
Looks like the race needs more green than just a flag. The upshot of this is that this will spur eco-friendly technology that can make its way onto our streets and into our cars."

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Some predict Vinyl may be the end for CDs

PJ1216 PJ1216 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

PJ1216 writes "From the article, "Portability is no longer any reason to stick with CDs, and neither is audio quality. Although vinyl purists are ripe for parody, they're right about one thing: Records can sound better than CDs." Without any reason to really buy a CD, vinyl may find a wider audience now. Of course, the RIAA is downplaying it and saying there is no rise. They probably don't want to admit a medium that can't carry DRM, can be on the rise."
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'Nerd Auction' May Get Nerds Some Sorority Dates

PJ1216 PJ1216 writes  |  about 7 years ago

PJ1216 writes "Looks like a few guys from the Linux Users Group at Washington State University may be lucky enough to date some sorority girls if all goes well. From the article, "Looking to recruit more women, and perhaps date some sorority women, the largest computer club at Washington State University hopes to hold a 'nerd auction.'" The nerds will "fix your computer, help you with stats homework, or if you're really adventurous, take you to dinner!" according to a statement from Ben Ford on their web site. Maybe sorority girls buying computer nerds will catch on?"
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