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Freescale's Cheap Chip Could Mean Sub-$99 E-Readers

RiffRafff Cheaper than the Kindle, and OPEN. (158 comments)

Cheaper than the Kindle, and OPEN. Meet those two criteria and they'll sell by the boat-load.

more than 4 years ago
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Another Study Attacks Violent Video Games, Claims To Be "Conclusive"

RiffRafff Very close to being junk science. (587 comments)

"If a meta-analysis is conducted by an individual or organization with a bias or predetermined desired outcome, it should be treated as highly suspect or having a high likelihood of being "junk science". From an integrity perspective, researchers with a bias should avoid meta-analysis and use a less abuse-prone (or independent) form of research."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta-analysis#Dangers_of_Agenda_Driven_Bias

more than 4 years ago
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Police Want Fast Track To Get At Your Private Data

RiffRafff Re:Need to cut police spending (301 comments)

"He was in/near my house" is not a reasonable answer to "Why the hell did you shoot that guy?".

If he was IN my house, uninvited, it IS a reasonable excuse to "shoot that guy." Period. I can logically assume he is not there to do me any favors, else he would knocked.

Give me one good instance where an uninvited, unknown person, in the middle of the night, should be allowed in a person's house without legal recourse???

In the U.S., property ownership still trumps criminals' "rights," as it should.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Want Fast Track To Get At Your Private Data

RiffRafff Re:Tyrants... (301 comments)

They probably ARE keeping a file, but not for the reason you hope. Mostly because citizens who understand the Constitution, and remember that Thomas Jefferson once said, "the tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants," are a stumbling block to wider and wider police powers. That that makes them a threat.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Want Fast Track To Get At Your Private Data

RiffRafff Re:Okay, but on one condition (301 comments)

Pay for storage AND maintenance of said storage. The ISPs shouldn't be forced to spend a dime on this, even if it does pass.

more than 4 years ago
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Police Want Fast Track To Get At Your Private Data

RiffRafff Police-only encrypted portals??? (301 comments)

Police-only encrypted portals?

Hmmmm... sounds like a challenge.

more than 4 years ago
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Using Windows 7 RC? Pay Up Or Auto Shutdown Warned

RiffRafff Re:Wait a minute... (430 comments)

If KDE isn't stable on your machine, then you still have crappy hardware. Or are you just editorializing?

more than 4 years ago
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Obama Choosing NOT To Go To the Moon

RiffRafff Re:Sad news (920 comments)

Si vis pacem, para bellum.

more than 4 years ago
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USPTO Grants Google a Patent On MapReduce

RiffRafff Re:!do no evil (191 comments)

At least the focus IS set to the search field. It always irked me that wikipedia requires an extra mouse-click before it's usable. Lame.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Phone Could Drive Apple Into Allegiance With Microsoft

RiffRafff Bing on an Apple product? (325 comments)

So. Android it is, then. That was an easy decision.

more than 4 years ago
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Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

RiffRafff Re:People aren't robots (709 comments)

2) A coders job does not start and finish when the clock on and off for the day - there is usual (and expected - as in some other disciplines also) continual problem solving that occurs all day and all night - remember most coding is problem solving. I certainly do not stop when I leave the office - this is just where my output hits my employers disks.

Which is why I no longer do that for a living (sysadmin now)... I was dreaming lines of code at night. It sucked.

more than 4 years ago
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Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

RiffRafff Re:People aren't robots (709 comments)

P.s Thank you for spelling colour with a "u".

Yeah, whatever. Yes, I know it's all very fashionable to pine on about -or versus -our spellings...beating a dead horse comes to mind. Face it, our way of spelling "color" is simply more efficient.

Besides, I've been spelling it that way too long to change:

"Webster's 1828 dictionary featured only -or and is generally given much of the credit for the adoption of this form in the United States."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_and_British_English_spelling_differences#-our.2C_-or

more than 4 years ago
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Office Work Ethic In the IT Industry?

RiffRafff Re:People aren't robots (709 comments)

The problem is, many people assigning deadlines don't have a clue. A persistent problem in almost any business is the over-optimistic deadlines. Or over-optimistic sales figures. Or over-optimistic [insert desired results here]. People always want/need something faster, and think that short deadlines are the way to achieve that. T'ain't often the case.

more than 4 years ago
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China Faces Piracy Suit Over Censorship Software

RiffRafff Re:I'll take Sovereign Immunity for the block (113 comments)

Asking the USA for a judgment against China? Sounds like even if they win they don't get anything.

China has plenty of assets in the US, which can be ceased, if the judge says so...

Or seized, even.

more than 4 years ago
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The Amiga, Circa 2010 — Dead and Loving It

RiffRafff Re:Obligatory //gs whine (383 comments)

"God, i miss when computers were fun."

This. +1

more than 4 years ago
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The Amiga, Circa 2010 — Dead and Loving It

RiffRafff Re:Move on (383 comments)

I heard it as marketing sushi as "cold, dead fish."

Cheers from the (long-defunct) Amiga-centric Ack! Phffft! BBS! (circa 1992)

more than 4 years ago
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The Amiga, Circa 2010 — Dead and Loving It

RiffRafff Re:2010 (383 comments)

Win95 didn't kill the Amiga, the new owners did, coupled with the first viable alternative that was available at the time...Linux.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Upgrades Chrome To Beta For OS X, Linux

RiffRafff Re:Google rocks, but their apps suck (197 comments)

Well, add another Linux user to the demand for a native port of Picasa. Picasa under WINE sucks, especially with its brain-dead directory system.

Guess I don't have to worry about Chrome...not only does it not install automagically after download as advertised, but attempting to run it manually results in:

Syntax error: newline unexpected

Oh, well...

more than 4 years ago

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