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Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"

Paul Slocum Re:IOS has the same problem (289 comments)

This is definitely a really shitty thing about iOS devices. I think the best solution is to jailbreak and download old versions of your apps from pirate sites.

about a year ago
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The $200,000 Software Developer

Paul Slocum Re:Contractor (473 comments)

I'm a contractor with pre-existing conditions, and I got health insurance without any problem. I think health insurance generally runs from $3000-$12000/year depending on what you need and how big your family is. My current New York subsidized plan is about $4500/yr.

about a year ago
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

Paul Slocum Re:3-2-1 Contact (623 comments)

I actually sent in a C64 program that was published in 3-2-1 Contact in 1987. They paid me $25! :)

about a year ago
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BSA Study Demonstrates Open Source's Economic Advantage

Paul Slocum I'm convinced (87 comments)

Switching to GIMP, my productivity is about to go through the roof!

about a year ago
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97% of Climate Science Papers Agree Global Warming Is Man-made

Paul Slocum Re:I do believe it because it based on sound scien (1105 comments)

Actually according to them, only 32.6% "of climate science papers agree on it":

We find that 66.4% of abstracts expressed no position on AGW, 32.6% endorsed AGW, 0.7% rejected AGW and 0.3% were uncertain about the cause of global warming. Among abstracts expressing a position on AGW, 97.1% endorsed the consensus position that humans are causing global warming. source

about a year ago
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Newegg Defeats Alcatel-Lucent in Third Patent Win This Year

Paul Slocum Re:A simple summary... (143 comments)

"Evidence at trial showed Alcatel's patent application to the U.S. Patent Office (USPTO) that resulted in the issuance of the '131 patent was faulty because the claimed invention was both anticipated and rendered obvious by technologies from the 1980's that preceded Alcatel's patent application by years." source

about a year ago
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Cuban Video Game Recreates Revolutionary History

Paul Slocum Screenshots (199 comments)

This article has screenshots and more details about gameplay.

about a year ago
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Elon Musk Lays Out His Evidence That NYT Tesla Test Drive Was Staged

Paul Slocum Before you make up your mind (841 comments)

It's worth reading the New York Times article author's response to the accusations which was written before Elon Musk's new blog post with the data. And also remember when this all happened before? I'm not sure who to believe, but I'm not sure why everybody thinks the NYT reporter is blatantly lying but Musk wouldn't fudge the numbers a little. I think some of Musk's response is weak and still dances around some major issues that the reporter had with the car. All the graphs he posted are shown in miles instead of time, which hides some of the problems that the reporter talked about, like going to bed with with a 90 mile charge and waking up and finding the battery with 25 miles.

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

Paul Slocum Not a good policy to avoid abandonware (134 comments)

To avoid abandonware you have to look for software developed by a strong group of well-organized developers that have a history of maintaining their software. The most reliable may be open-source developers or they may be commercial. If a project like VLC is abandoned, are you really going to take over developing VLC yourself, fixing all the bugs when the new version of Android comes out? Is that really better than just learning whatever video player has replaced VLC?

about a year and a half ago
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Jonathan Coulton Song Used By Glee Without Permission

Paul Slocum Re:Copyright protection (307 comments)

They literally used inverse phase wave mapping to remove the vocals on his song, then sang the same lyrics, including the "Johnny C's in Trouble" line

Although the Glee version is a very close reproduction, I don't think it's done by channel phase inverting trick because that technique results in a mono backing track, and their backing track is clearly stereo. Plus if you listen closely on headphones you can hear they're using different drum samples and the instruments sound a bit different.

However, it's worth noting that the only thing used in Jonathan Coulton's cover from the original is the lyrics. The cover has completely new chord progression and vocal melody that doesn't exist in the original rap at all. Essentially in this case the "cover" is a completely different song with the lyrics from "Baby got back", so I think it's still a clear copyright violation regardless of how they reproduced Coulton's music.

about a year and a half ago
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The Android Lag Fix That Really Wasn't

Paul Slocum Re:There are four things that make Android laggy (226 comments)

Android audio also has unusually high latency, adding to the perception of lag. I'm an iOS music app programmer, and many audio developers have tried to get low-latency audio working on Android, but I've yet to find anyone who has succeeded.

about a year and a half ago
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Touchscreen Laptops, Whether You Like Them Or Not

Paul Slocum These aren't new (398 comments)

We've had Panasonic Toughbooks at my job for years with touch screens. We never used the touch screens much when working in the office, but the it's often very useful when you're out in the field or at some place other than your desk.

about a year and a half ago
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Google Wiring New York City's Chelsea For Free Wi-Fi

Paul Slocum Re:Should read, "Only part of Chelsea" (67 comments)

I'm guessing that part of the choice for the location is that it overlaps with the part of the High Line park that has a lot of hangout areas and food vendors.

about a year and a half ago

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Which OS Do You Primarily Develop FOR?

Paul Slocum Paul Slocum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Paul Slocum writes "1. Windows
2. MacOS
3. Linux
4. Unix
5. Real-time/embedded
6. old school (DOS, OS/2, AmigaOS, C64, etc.)
7. Like Cowboy Neal, I don't actually know how to program anything"
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Poll: How do you hide your pr0n folder?

Paul Slocum Paul Slocum writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Paul Slocum writes "How do you hide your pr0n folder?
— +h
— Named and placed inconspicuously
— I leave it on the web where it belongs
— Nobody to hide it from
— My significant other is cool
— Dedicated hardware
— How dare you accuse me of such immoral acts!
- /Cowboy_Neal_Vacation_Photos/"

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