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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

Phisbut Re:It's sad (423 comments)

For certain values of "better". If this is truly better, why is CM so popular.

How popular is CM really? I mean, apart from your anecdotal data that your small group of acquaintances all use it, what's the actual market share of CM?

CM appeals to a niche market of people that like to tinker with their phone and maintain absolute control of everything from start to finish. It is very good that CM exists, I used to run it too. However, a smartphone is no longer aimed at the most technologically inclined or the tinkerer. Most people don't need or even want full control of everything, they want something that works well with minimal maintenance, and that's what people get with an iPhone. That is why an integrated Google app suite is necessary for Android to succeed in the non technically inclined general population.

2 days ago
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Emma Watson Leaked Photo Threat Was a Plot To Attack 4chan

Phisbut Re:Not going to happen (590 comments)

"Join us as we shutdown 4chan and prevent more pictures from being leaked."

Yeah, that is definitely going to prevent anyone from posting any more photos.

You're full of BS, we all know those strategies work very efficiently. Remember how the Pirate Bay was shut down years ago and never, ever came back...

about a week ago
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After Celebrity Photo Leaks, 4chan Introduces DMCA Policy

Phisbut Collecting data (134 comments)

The legal owner of the copyright is most likely the person who took the picture, either the celebrity herself in the case of a selfie, or her boyfriend for non-selfies.

4. Contact information about the notifier including address, telephone number and, if available, e-mail address;

Basically, they're trying to build a full address book of everybody in the leaks.

about a month ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Phisbut Re:ROLF! (221 comments)

" the vaunted Canadian healthcare system"

- 17 hour average wait time in the Emergency Room

While I can't argue with you about the other ones, this one here is utter bullshit. If you stumble into the Emergency Room with an emergency, you will be treated accordingly. What people complain about is having to wait 17 hours in the ER because they sprained an ankle.

On one occasion, I ended up in the ER with a life-threatening acute heart condition. I was brought in an ambulance, and the doctor was actually waiting for me rather than me waiting for him... that's like negative wait time. On a second occasion (not so long after the first episode), I also had heart troubles but I managed to get to the ER on my own, and the nurse that does the triage sent me right into a room where a doctor arrived within 2 minutes. That is what the emergency room is about. Emergencies.

The fact that people end up in the ER for very trivial stuff is a symptom of a system that is utterly broken in many other ways (lack of family doctors, long waiting lists for specialists, and so on), but the ER itself is the one thing in the whole system that works exactly as intended, but it receives too much undeserved flak because that's what the population actually see, while they do not understand the failings of the bigger system above it.

Two trips to the ER which saved my life, a heart surgery that stabilized my condition, allows me a high quality of life and lets me contribute to society, all that without paying a dime. That is what the vaunted Canadian healthcare system is all about. By getting me back on my feet as a productive member of society, I have already paid back way more in income tax and other fiscal contributions than what the whole ordeal could have cost, so it is a net gain for society.

about a month ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Phisbut Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that each citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

No, it does not. The second amendment ensures "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed", because "A well regulated militia [is] necessary to the security of a free state." (Emphasis mine)

It says so, right there, in the amendment itself. Regulated. The right to keep and bear arms was never meant to be a free-for-all. It is for the purpose of forming a militia in a time when a state cannot raise an army. It was never about self-defense.

about 5 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Phisbut Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Having been robbed at gunpoint twice, I fully support legal gun ownership. Neither of the guns that have been held to my head were legally purchased

You've been robbed at gunpoint twice, yet you are still here to tell about it

Had you had a gun of your own, what would you have done? Pulled it while the other guy pointed his gun on you? How mentally stable were those people? The odds of him shooting you would have been much higher if you attempted to pull a gun on him. You really want to take such a chance with your own life, just so you can have revenge and kill the robber yourself?

and I'm sure it would have happened more than twice if it was widely known by criminals that I'm highly unlikely to be able to defend myself.

If that statement was anywhere close to being even remotely true, jurisdictions with highly restrictive gun-control laws would exhibit a much higher crime rate than the US. Up here in Canada, Most people are not allowed to carry a weapon on a daily basis. That is a well known fact, so every robber knows that everybody is a prime target unable to defend themselves. Why am I not being robbed on a daily basis if the big bad government is making me so vulnerable with those gun control laws?

about 5 months ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

Phisbut Re:the power of the internet .... (88 comments)

We'll as an outsider - non USA - this seems to me to be a demonstration of how powerful the internet is ie, forums like slashdot, social media, email, etc. Who in their right mind would think that they could sneak in a clause that takes away already recognised rights, without VERY public and international comment. Geez, who ever hired those lawyers needs to be fired on the spot, and the company needs to hire another firm of bottom feeders.

Yet, what is the actual backlash of all this? How many of us slashdotters will change our consuption habits because of this? And we're but a very small minority. Even on Facebook, the outrage will last all of 5 minutes

Companies do this because the risk is zero. If it works, they win. If it doesn't people will talk about it once, then everything is back to normal. There are no downsides to trying.

about 5 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Phisbut Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

Exactly. Let's not forget the second amendment calls for the need of a well regulated militia. It says so right there, in clear words, in the original text, that the right to bear arms has to come with regulation. It's those who want to buy all sorts of weapons without any regulation that are butchering the constitution.

about 5 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Phisbut Re:Lies (544 comments)

It's the (computer) mice clicks that always get me. Anyone actually have a mouse that loudly clunks in the way shown on virtually every television show, news show, etc? Even better when the visuals show they're using a laptop's touchpad...

Didn't Windows at some point actually have a clicking sound come out of the speakers when you clicked to select something? Such a sound would still play with a touchpad. Now that was a real annoyance.

about 6 months ago
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Are the NIST Standard Elliptic Curves Back-doored?

Phisbut Re:Meta review (366 comments)

Now let's all stop worrying about such silly matters and go buy new iPhones!

Yes, let's go buy new iPhones which will read your fingerprints and associate them with your name...

1 year,21 days
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The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

Phisbut Re:One thing is for certain... (352 comments)

In the 47 years I have spent on this rock, I have yet to see a futurist reliably predict the future.

Where the fuck is my flying car?

-- BMO

I'll just leave this here : http://xkcd.com/864/

about a year ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

Phisbut Re:Heh reviews... (511 comments)

You need to actually read the reviews for those 5-star ratings. They're clearly ironic 5-stars :

You'd think I'd be mega unhappy like everyone else at the constant waiting and lack of actually being able to play a game I purchased. Well, you'd be wrong. The hours upon hours since launch that I haven't been able to log in, whether it be sitting in queues, or server busy messages, or just plain old not working screens, I've managed to do a heap of things that I never do when I'm locked in my man cave playing video games. I've washed the dishes, the laundry, changed the oil in the car, mopped the floors, dusted, did a spot of gardening, greeted my children who I hadn't really seen since Christmas, walked the dog, asked how my wife's day has been and listened to the entire response, restocked the groceries and many more things! My family has never been happier that they've got a father and husband again.

So you stare at this window right, and then you watch a timer tick. You're nonchalant about it at first, get a bit excited at 20 minutes, more excited at 10. At 5 minutes your heart races, and then tick tock tick tock the second wind down, 4, 3, 2, 1, BAM! "Your server is still experiencing very high volumes..." Like Russian Roulette, slot machines and slicing your wrists all in one! Highly recommended!

I really don't understand the negative reviews for this. I've never seen another game emulate the experience of sitting at a loading or queue screen quite like this.

about a year and a half ago
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Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

Phisbut Re:How many developers? (177 comments)

The part that's relevant to most of us is that while Google Play is poised to surpass iTunes in catalog size, it brings in 1/4 the revenue.

Not the sort of stat that puts a smile on my face.

You're comparing apples and oranges. The Apple app store and the Google Play store will never have a vaild comparison for revenue generated, because some decisions are not up to neither Apple nor Google. An earlier post mentionned how Rovio and EA were overrepresented in the top sellers, and they are probably responsible for most of the revenue generated in the Apple app store. Heck, just Angry Birds, including all its remakes, probably makes a significant share of that revenue.

Rovio is itself responsible for a huge part of the difference between the revenues on Apple app store and Google Play. Why? Angry Birds, priced at $0.99 on the Apple app store, is free on Google Play. The exact same game, being downloaded millions upon millions of times on both platforms, generate infinitely more revenue on the Apple app store for the simple reason that they're giving away the game for free on Google Play.

They probably have good reasons to do that. They might have considered that people on Android are cheapstakes and wouldn't pay a dollar for a game and they prefer to be ad-based. Or maybe they figured they'd make more from in-game ads on Android than with an ad-free purchase, while on iOS the game is different. Either way, we can't compare $$$ from the Apple app store and Google Play, because they are not the same, and often times, the same company will sell the same game very differently on both stores.

about a year and a half ago
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Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013

Phisbut Re:Excellent; (362 comments)

Damn straight! As an American expat in Canada, I truly truly hate returning to the states and getting a wallet full of ones. Having $1 and $2 coins makes money so much easier to deal with. I say let's go the next step now: throw out the nickel and quarter, and give us a $.50 piece.

We already do have a $0.50 piece. It's been minted since 1870 and still is, but for some reason, people hoard them instead of spending them.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon EBS Failure Brings Down Reddit, Imgur, Others

Phisbut Productivity up (176 comments)

Productivity reached a record high this afternoon.

about 2 years ago
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Sexism In Science

Phisbut Re:That's funny right there (467 comments)

Males, less sexist against good looking females than other females.

FTFY, although reading it back, that's still pretty sexist, but in a different way.

Except that in this case, only the names provided would hint towards male or female, and you can't judge looks on a name.

about 2 years ago
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Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?

Phisbut Re:Inertia (557 comments)

As a Belgian, I abandoned azerty. Qwerty is indeed better for programming. And azerty is for the French language. The Dutch language, spoken by most Belgians, has absolutely no need for a q in the center row. I really don't understand how azerty ever ended up being used in Flanders.

As a French Canadian, I use a QWERTY keyboard since that's the north-american standard. It's probably because of the habit, but the few times I've had to use AZERTY, even to type French text, I absolutely hated it and I can't understand its logic. I can't imagine what it would be like to program with that.

more than 2 years ago
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Ten Cops Can't Recover Police Chief's Son's iPhone

Phisbut Re:Penny wide; Dollar foolish. (277 comments)

Wow. Really? Theft is very easy to put a value on. It's a phone worth a few hundred dollars, or a car worth a few thousand/tens of thousands, etc. We're not talking about rape/murder/violence being quantified into a dollar amount here - those are crimes worth going after without regard to cost, and the bulk of society agrees on that.

You can't really know the real value of what you're going to find until you actually find it. Thieves rarely steal exactly one item then retire from the thieving business. Chances are this guy either already stole other stuff, or will steal again in the future. If the cops recover the $200 phone and at the same time find thousands of dollars worth of other stolen goods, then all of a sudden, your waste of money just became profitable from your own calculations. And if catching the guy merely prevents him from stealing again, then we all end up better off in the end. Removing a thief from circulation, how much is that worth to society?

more than 2 years ago

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