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HTC Profits Drop By 79%

Propaganda13 Simple (209 comments)

Change the name of the poorly named HTC EVO 4G LTE to the EVO 5 then advertise it. It stacks up well against the competition, but either people think it's a 2 year old phone or they've never heard of it.

more than 2 years ago

Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

Propaganda13 Re:Before you do it (1186 comments)

My feelings on tattoos

Get one of the best tattoo artists in your area (if not the country or world)
Finalize a design then wait a minimum of six months to get it.

I've seen too many badly done tattoos and know plenty that got them removed or inked over.

more than 4 years ago

Airship Inflated To Create Monster "Stratellite"

Propaganda13 Monster (204 comments)

Am I the only one that started reading the title thinking they had made a giant airship that looked like Mothra only to be disappointed by the time I finished reading the title?

more than 4 years ago

Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

Propaganda13 Re:ugh, sequel (298 comments)

Star Wars has taught me that missing sections are best left to the imagination, no matter who you get to write them.

more than 4 years ago

MP3 Player Tax Proposed In Canada

Propaganda13 Re:Useful (281 comments)

How do they determine eligibility? Do they collect a sum from sales, then divide it proportionally based on percent of actual, normal sales?

Say Britney got 57% of all audio sales in Canada, does she (and her company) get 57% of the money?

And is that 57% based on units sold (albums, singles) or on $ sold? If she can charge more for an album than a nobody, does each of her album sales count as more towards that percent than each album for the nobody? Like if she sold 10,000 albums at retail of $20, but the nobody sold 200 albums at $10, is her share 10,000 x 20 vs. 200 x 10 for the other guy? Or 10,000 vs. 200?

The problem is how does copying affect sales. Did the person just create an additional copy of "The Great White North" that they purchased or did they copy it from someone else? Hell, did they just buy a downloadable version? Why is someone who hates Britney (or Alanis) paying them money because they're popular?

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Demonstrate Mammalian Tissue Regeneration

Propaganda13 Re:So (260 comments)

Minus the Claws. And the Adamantite interior. And the Rugged good looks - in your case, anyways.

There's always plastic surgery for the looks. Now without any scars.

more than 4 years ago

New Russian Botnet Tries To Kill Rivals

Propaganda13 Re:Why is this news? (136 comments)

Because the enemy of my enemy is my friend...wait.. the enemy of my enemy is my..the enemy of my friend...oh forget it. How about an antivirus worm that searches them all out and hoses them down like a hot bath of p*ss till there is no point to the black hat vocation.

The enemy of my enemy is my enemy's enemy - nothing more, nothing less.

If you've worked in a production environment, you'll know some fixes are worse than the original problem.

more than 4 years ago

What Are the Best Valentine's Day Stunts?

Propaganda13 Unfortunately (470 comments)

You have to do a little something for Valentine's Day even if she says otherwise. Keep this in mind though, giving her flowers on any other day for no reason will make her feel a lot more special than on V Day. Set a reminder in your calendar on a random day and do this.

more than 4 years ago

FCC's Net Neutrality Plan Blocks BitTorrent

Propaganda13 Re:Well... (303 comments)

US Postal system shut due to the ease of transfer copyright material as anonymous.

Nice try but the postal services serves to deliver parcels from and to a person. A better example would be the illegal liquor runs during the US prohibition. They clearly delivered illegal goods but the vehicle used can also be used for the delivery of legal goods. Now if your roads are full of vehicles delivering illegal liquor because it is cheap and well invigorating, to the point that ambulances can't get to hospitals, you'll have to take action. Be it by the inspection of the vehicles, widening the roads, or simply by prohibiting all vehicles who transport anything that smell like liquor - yes, by installing a sniffer. Otherwise, you as the transportation secretary, will get complaints from people who are trying to get to the ball game on time.
I'd say, widen the roads but there's a faily high price to pay for that especially since this may not resolve the problem but only provide temporary relief until even MORE vehicles begin to carry illegal liquor.
I think everyone needs to be pragmatic and avoid dealing in absolutes.

US Postal system analogy works ok. Generally, the US Postal service doesn't know if the package is copyrighted material and if the original sender is the copyright holder. USPS could delay and even open packages of certain types. Original senders can be anonymous using drop boxes.

more than 4 years ago

UK Police Plan To Use Military-Style Spy Drones

Propaganda13 Didn't help before (390 comments)

Didn't they already say that all of their cameras didn't help solve crimes? So why do they need drones now?

about 5 years ago

The DIY $10 Prepaid Cellphone Remote Car Starter

Propaganda13 Re: Idling is bad for the engine (454 comments)

Running your engine is bad for your engine - oh ok. I don't think your engine needs that much warm up time, but people idle their engines all the time.

about 5 years ago

What Is the Best Way To Track Stolen Gadgets?

Propaganda13 Re:The termitethingie (101 comments)

Random person bleeding all over my car and damaging it more in a fit of rage vs stolen radio

BTW, that story sounds made up as I can't see why you'd have to put your fingers anywhere that would cut them off when stealing a stereo. Plus it would have been spring loaded to actually cut the fingers off.

more than 5 years ago

Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide, 2nd Edition

Propaganda13 Re:Joomla is so simplistic (69 comments)

I wouldn't say impossible. The naming conventions cause you to click around a lot because it's not where you expected. Also there were certain parts that could be controlled in multiple areas. It definitely could have been made a lot more intuitive since it's supposed to allow almost anyone to run a site.

more than 5 years ago

Cameron's Avatar Trailer Posted

Propaganda13 Re:no: "dances with wolves" in space (278 comments)

Sorry, I prefer to relate new movies to low budget action flicks with people like Van Damme, Segal, or Lundgren.

Men of War
Nick Gunar (Dolph Lundgren) is a burnt-out, jaded and hard-up former mercenary who is having a difficult time adjusting to civilian life. At the end of his rope, he is hired by the Nitro Mine Corporation to strong-arm the natives of a South China Sea island into giving up their rights to its valuable mineral resources. Nick loathes the thought of another mission, but this seemingly easy job will earn him enough money to get back with his estranged family. He recruits some of his former mercenary buddies to help him with the job. The island people refuse to give up their land and Nick decides to help them fight the greedy corporation that hired him. The island and its people bring Nick back to life. He finally finds something worth fighting for and a place to call home. As greed and treachery begin to unravel, Nick's band of mercenaries choose sides. Some are with him and others, still working for the corporation, will stop at nothing to destroy him.

more than 5 years ago

Encryption? What Encryption?

Propaganda13 Re:Huh? (500 comments)

If police are looking at your computer, their interest is already piqued. TrueCrypt's ability is fine.

Cop 1: Let's look at all this guy's data.
Cop 2: Oh no, it's encrypted.
Cop 1: Let's unencrypt it and look at all this guy's data.

more than 5 years ago

Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink

Propaganda13 Brawndo (200 comments)

But Brawndo's got what plants crave. It's got electrolytes. I'm sure bees crave it too.

more than 5 years ago

RadioShack To Rebrand As "The Shack"?

Propaganda13 Re:Beware of namechanges (629 comments)

Yeah, their battery prices suck. I went in for an electronic part and a 9v battery. The prices on the batteries were insane even with the discounted buy way more than you need sale they had going. I bought the part then grabbed a battery at the grocery store for less.

At least, they don't have the Gestapo tactics of needing all your personal information to buy something that costs less than a dollar anymore.

more than 5 years ago

iPhone App Tracks Sex Offenders

Propaganda13 Re:Tired of scare tactics. (358 comments)

I don't know why it being a Iphone app is that big of news.

If you look at websites that already track this, you'll be able to see the dates of arrests or convictions, pictures, work and home addresses, etc. Some offenses are decriptive enough (Second-Degree Sexual Assault of a Child) and others make you wonder what they did (computer crimes). Throw in the fact, there also might have been deals made during the court cases to get a guilty plea and it's hard to know for sure.

more than 5 years ago


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