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Apple Claims New Infringement After Being Ordered To Tell Samsung HTC Secrets

Relayman Re:Tantrum? (287 comments)

pr people never use words like "tantrum."

about 2 years ago
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Apple Claims New Infringement After Being Ordered To Tell Samsung HTC Secrets

Relayman Re:OPINOPS ?? LIKE ASSHOLES ?? YES !! (287 comments)

Wouldn't the HTC settlement help Apple's case? If HTC will settle patent claims with Apple, why doesn't Samsung do so on similar terms? Why does Apple have to sue Samsung when Apple is this big reasonable company that just wants to cross-license its patent portfolio at a reasonable price?

about 2 years ago
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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Relayman Re:LTE is very old news (83 comments)

Agreed. Sometimes I have a situation where my MiFi device connects to LTE but there is no Internet connection at the tower. Sometimes it can't decide whether it should choose LTE or 3G.

But most of the time, it just rocks.

about 2 years ago
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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Relayman Re:LTE is very old news (83 comments)

In the real world, LTE rocks. I get faster connections on LTE than any wired connection I've ever had. Granted, they don't allow me outside of the dungeon much, so sharing the connection with the others in the cube farm doesn't give me much speed personally. When I'm on LTE, I get like 30 Mbps to myself.

about 2 years ago
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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Relayman Re:T-mobile (83 comments)

They did not say that they are actually able to connect to T-Mobile. My understanding is that they were not able to.

about 2 years ago
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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Relayman Re:If you're a Sprint customer, it doesn't matter (83 comments)

If you read the article, the answer is "No." Despite what the summary says, AnandTech was not able to actually connect to any cellular provider. They're just saying that the radio is there for LTE on Band 4.

about 2 years ago
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Crooks Steal $1.5M In iPads From JFK

Relayman Re: Serialized? (144 comments)

You're talking about Amazon, not Apple. Please read before posting.

about 2 years ago
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With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

Relayman Re:Embarassing day for whites (622 comments)

From now on, "Metro-style application" will be known as "Windows 8-style application" and "Metro user interface" will be known as "Windows 8 user interface." Yep, Ducks shall be called Nozzes!

about 2 years ago
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All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

Relayman Re:Math (576 comments)

No, it's better than a guess. It's called fuzzy logic and it serves me well. It allows me to make educated guesses without having to massage a lot of data.

The main-stream media and the campaigns wanted to talk about how close the race was so that people would watch the news, click on the stories and get out and vote. If you publicize, like Nate did, that Candidate B is definitely going to win, Candidate B's supporters may skip voting and Candidate A's may make a big push to vote, reversing the prediction of the polls.

about 2 years ago
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All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

Relayman Re:Math (576 comments)

In Ohio, there were a fair number of races at least 10 percentage points apart (55%-45% or better).

about 2 years ago
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All of Nate Silver's State-Level Polling Predictions Proved True

Relayman Re:Math (576 comments)

I won a free lunch Tuesday. At 10 a.m. EST, I bet a friend that not only would Obama win, but that he would win at least 300 electoral college votes. And I didn't even look at what Nate had to say. I was one of the people not surprised by the outcome.

about 2 years ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

Relayman Re:Look at who they appoint to the SCOTUS. (1576 comments)

I've had to deal with the IRS more than I would like to and I have always found their people to be fair and professional. Sorry if you had a bad experience.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Considering Switch Away From Intel For Macs

Relayman Re:Hey Apple, (530 comments)

How did you get a Score:5, Insightful? I'm still running PowerPC Macs and I can still run PowerPC OS 9 programs on my Intel Core i7 MacBook Pro. How am I being forced to upgrade hardware and software again?

about 2 years ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

Relayman Re:Tweedledee won ! (1576 comments)

The military does not want or need the money. We don't need any better fighter jets or bombers because that's not how the next war is going to be fought.

The next war will be in stealing money from people, companies and banks and, so far, the Europeans, Asians and Africans are winning.

about 2 years ago
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Barack Obama Retains US Presidency

Relayman Re:Tweedledee won ! (1576 comments)

We know now that Iraq had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden and 9/11. But G. W. Bush included a false claim that Iraq was connected to 9/11 as one of the reasons to invade the country.

about 2 years ago
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Nate Silver's Numbers Indicate Probable Obama Win, World Agrees

Relayman Re:Everyone loves a winner. (881 comments)

We survived eight years of George W. Bush, you will survive eight years of Barack Obama.

about 2 years ago

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40 people have fallen off Amtrak trains since 1972

Relayman Relayman writes  |  about 2 years ago

Relayman (1068986) writes "Charlie Dowd, a 68-year-old travelling from California to Chicago on Amtrak, disappeared. His body was found in Nebraska eight days later after he had opened an unlocked door and fallen off the train moving at over 70 mph. This is not new, as the Santa Fe New Mexican found 40 cases of people falling to their deaths since 1972.

If you have an elderly relative or one who has a tendency to exit a moving vehicle, do not send them on Amtrak alone!"

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Apple's iPhone sales alone are larger than all of Microsoft's sales

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Relayman (1068986) writes "MG Sieglar was looking at three pie charts developed by Ed Bott and noticed something interesting: Using last quarter's numbers, Apple's iPhone sales alone (over half of $46.33 billion) are larger than all of Microsoft's sales ($20.89 billion). In addition, Apple's non-iPhone sales (iPads, Macs, etc.) are also larger than all of Microsoft's sales. Perhaps it's time for some changes at Microsoft."
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Updated MacDefender doesn't need password

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Relayman (1068986) writes "The authors of MacDefender have released MacGuard, which doesn't need an administrator password to be installed. Instead, it copies the method Firefox uses, which is to copy the application directly into the Applications folder."
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Amazon EC2 Crash Caused Data Loss

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Relayman (1068986) writes "Henry Blodget is reporting that the recent EC2 crash caused permanent data loss. Apparently, the backups that were being made were not sufficient to recover the lost data. Although a small percentage of the total data was lost, any data loss can be bad to a Website operator."
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Do Servers Need to Change Time Zones for DST?

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Relayman writes "Is there any need to change servers for Daylight Savings Time? For a couple of years now, I have left my servers at UTC-5:00, which is Eastern Standard Time (U.S.) in the winter and Central Daylight Time in the summer. This solves a lot of problems, especially in the fall where a correct change from DST can result in two sets of log entries from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m. Since the UTC offset is usually included with the time, it's clear what time zone the server is in and there is no confusion with browsers or e-mail clients. [Editorial staff: This is an "Ask Slashdot" submission. I'm not sure if I will get to specify that later. Please double check my offsets to make sure they are correct. Thanks.]"
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Beware of using Google or Open DNS for iTunes

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Relayman (1068986) writes "Joe Mailer wanted to download an iTunes movie recently and his Apple TV told him it would take two hours. When he switched his DNS resolver settings, the download time dropped to less than 20 seconds. Apparently, iTunes content is served by Akamai which uses geolocation based on the IP address of the DNS request to determine which server should provide his content. When you use Google or Open DNS to resolve the Apple domain name, all the requests to Akamai appear to be coming from the same location and they're all directed to the same server pool, overloading that pool and causing the slow downloads. The solution: Be wary of using Google or Open DNS when downloading iTunes files or similar large files. Use your own ISPs DNS servers instead or run your own resolving DNS server (This is /., is it not?)."
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First 3-D Super Bowl commercial was 20 years ago

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Relayman writes "Leading up to Super Bowl XLIII, media outlets are referring to the broadcast of the "first 3-D commercial in bowl history" (Time Magazine) or discussing "What's Behind the First 3D Super Bowl Ads" (PC Magazine).
But these statements are simply not true.
The first 3-D Super Bowl commercial was aired during Super Bowl XXIII (20 years ago) and was sponsored by Coca-Cola. In addition, the halftime show, "Be Bop Bamboozled in 3-D," was also broadcast in 3-D.
Although anyone under 26 is allowed to overlook this error, the rest of us, especially Slashdotters, surely remember this. I still have the video tape and glasses.
And yes, it's documented in Wikipedia which makes it official.
Just because Jeffrey Katzenberg says his is the first Super Bowl commercial in 3-D doesn't make it so. Help me to set the record straight."
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Here's your chance to see a Ponzi scheme up close

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Relayman writes "Thanks to spam, I have found something that you may have thought you would never see in the wild: A real, live Ponzi scheme. Well, now's your chance, although hopefully somebody will close it down before too many suckers bite. You can see the unsecure Web site. You can see the posting on various blogs touting the scheme. You can even sign up to receive a 5% commission when you victimize your friends and relatives.

In these trying times, isn't it nice to know a place where you can invest $1,000 today and receive up to $61,469.80 in May 2009?

How does this work, you ask? By buying stocks when the market is rising and selling short when the market is falling! They make it seem so easy.

So enjoy the rare Ponzi scheme while you can. But don't touch, and don't invest. As they say in the sweepstakes rules, "Many will play, but few will win."

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed broker or financial advisor and am not authorized to evaluate investment schemes for their effectiveness or legality. The comments in this message shall be considered satire."

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Software used to find missing autistic man alive

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Relayman writes "Software developed by a police officer was instrumental in finding a missing autistic man alive in Minnesota. The software analyzes the terrain of the search area and the type of vegetation that covers the area, takes into consideration what searchers have already covered and develops probabilities and recommendations for further searches. In this case, it suggested searching an area again. This software, dubbed Search Tracker, was written by St. Louis County Sheriff's Rescue Squad Lt. Rick Slatten, according to the article.

Technical note: I believe that the original article was in the Duluth News Tribune, but they require that you sign in to read it."

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New Daylight Savings Time changes causes glitches

Relayman Relayman writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Relayman writes "I'm suggesting a general item that covers the various glitches that occurred because computers and people switched to standard time on Sunday, Oct. 28 instead of waiting until Nov. 4 (United States and Canada). For example, in Baltimore the "intelligent" parking meters incorrectly issued tickets based on parking in a space during a time that was not allowed. According to the Daily News, Blackberries also had the problem, although the article didn't say if it was all Blackberries or just some. In Toronto, the CityTV CityNews Web site was off for several hours on Sunday until the problem was fixed, according to the Globe and Mail. There may be more cases of clocks incorrectly set."
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