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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Sechr Nibw Re:Lots of deaths lately. (186 comments)

R. A. Montgomery, obviously - it was posted yesterday on a site called Slashdot, you may have heard of it. It's kind of a big deal. It has many leather-bound books...

http://news.slashdot.org/story...

about a month ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Sechr Nibw Re:30-46% less force is required to deform?! (304 comments)

If you're an American consumer, then your iPhone 6+ isn't a "$700 device", because only T-Mobile and small pay-as-you-go providers actually offer phone (service) plans that don't include phone (device) subsidies. When you shop for an iPhone 6 or 6+, you see anywhere from $199 to $499 as the price, because you're locked into a $350+ Early Termination Fee two-year contract. This is a huge reason why we, as a society, consider our phones to be two-year disposable devices - because we're getting even more robbed by the cell-telcos if we DON'T upgrade every two years.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

Sechr Nibw Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

I updated my iPad 3, iPhone 4S and iPhone 5S on release day, and haven't noticed any issues on them. Granted, the 5S is my day-to-day device, so it gets the majority of my usage, but the others seem to work fine (iPad as a gaming/reading/couch-surfing device, 4S mostly as a jukebox on my sound system). Heck, I've got my 3GS hooked up to my alarm clock, running iOS 6 and it's able to run the latest Pandora app still!

about 3 months ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Sechr Nibw Re:Pathfinder? (203 comments)

I don't know about everyone else, but I play both Pathfinder and D&D 5E. Can I still be pro-panda?

about 4 months ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Sechr Nibw Re:Freemium vs DLC (139 comments)

At the very least they should show if the in-app purchasables are something that you can buy just once, or repeatedly. That would be a good indicator of actual upgrade vs paid consumables. I have no problem with free, ad-supported apps that have a $1-2 "remove ads" in-app purchase. If it is a quality app, then I have no qualms about supporting it either with the ad views, or by paying to remove ads.

about 4 months ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

Sechr Nibw Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

I see what you're saying, but I very much like when there is a free, ad-supported version of a program, that I can try-before-I-buy, with the author either releasing a "pro" version or some such, that is $1-2, ad-free, or an in-app purchase to remove ads. However, if he made the second type of program, it would likely be grouped together with the freemium games that require daily purchases of $1 buckets of water to make your crops grow, etc. That's the problem I see with the EC ruling.

about 4 months ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

Sechr Nibw Re:All hail Netboox! (87 comments)

Like I posted (at the same time as you, apparently!), it's worse than that. I have a Kindle device, but I have to read the book JUST on the Kindle, I can't switch to any of the alternate devices, which is something I do all the time when reading a book. Whether I'm at my desk (Kindle for Mac/Windows), on the bus (iPhone/iPad), or at home, reading before bed (Kindle PW), I want to be able to read the same book, which just doesn't work for the KOLL checkout system.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

Sechr Nibw Re:All hail Netboox! (87 comments)

In my opinion, the most annoying part about the Lending Library is that you can only read the KOLL book on an actual Kindle. I use a Kindle Paperwhite, iPad, iPhone, Kindle for Mac, and Kindle for PC, but I can only read that checked-out book on the Kindle? Why?

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

Sechr Nibw Re:No thank you. (87 comments)

You either get constant prompts to go to the "furthest read page", or reset the furthest page after you finish a book and don't read the same one at the same time, or disable WhisperSync.

If you go for #2, good news: they did actually make a way for the user to do this (in the past, you had to contact customer service). Unfortunately, it's something that you have to do for each book, you can't select a bunch and say "reset all".

If you go for #3, then you lose the advantage of one person using multiple devices and having it sync.

about 5 months ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Sechr Nibw Re:For us dummies.... (382 comments)

I'd imagine one of the biggest factors/problems/differences between buying out-of-state Ferraris/Lamborghinis and out-of-state Teslas is the fact that you can refuel the Ferrari or Lamborghini basically anywhere along the way back to your state. The Tesla? Not so much. You either need to plan charging stops, or get it towed/hauled to within X miles of your home (where X depends on the model of Tesla, obviously).

about 5 months ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Sechr Nibw Re:another tesla fire (443 comments)

I'm pretty sure he meant that Michael Bay's designed car would be on fire before going 100MPH+, crashing, splitting in two, wedged into a Jewish community center...then exploding (with an impractically large explosion) then transforming into a semi and driving into the sunset.

about 5 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

Sechr Nibw Lock in $79 for next year (276 comments)

Copied from Slickdeals.net forums:

INSTRUCTIONS TO LOCK IN $79 RATE
Quote from orick:
If your current Prime membership is scheduled to expire on or after April 17th, and therefore would auto-renew at the $99 price, you can effectively lock in the $79 price by taking the following steps:

(1) Look up your Prime expiration date. (Let's say yours is June 11th.)

(2) Purchase a Prime Gift Membership here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/prim...

Set the delivery date as the date after your membership expires (in this case, June 12, 2014).

Enter your own e-mail address as the gift recipient. It is okay if this is the exact e-mail address already associated with your Amazon Prime account.

Place order (total will be $79).

(3) Turn off your Prime auto-renew. (End membership - at expiration)

(4) On the day after your membership expires, you will receive an e-mail from Amazon with the gift membership. Follow the instructions to apply it to your account.

This is a pretty straightforward way to save $20.
HOW TO CANCEL AMAZON PRIME AUTO RENEW:
Source: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help...
Quote :
Go to Manage Prime Membership https://www.amazon.com/gp/subs...
Review the renewal date listed on the left-hand side of the page.

If you currently have an Amazon Prime free trial, click Do Not Continue .
If you currently have a paid Amazon Prime membership, click End Membership .

Turn off your renewal using the link below the renewal date.

Note: Your membership will expire at the end of the current period. It will NOT end before your current paid subscription is over, nor can you cancel it early for a refund.

about 9 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

Sechr Nibw Re:"post-food consumers" (543 comments)

It's not intended as a diet plan, though that could be achieved through stricter (personal) regulation of how much you ingest. However, it does have a broader range of nutrients and calories, meaning that you can have a shake for breakfast, a shake for lunch, and a shake for dinner, instead of a sensible dinner. SlimFast aims at just replacing two meals a day. However, SlimFast is about $7 for 14 shakes (14 meal replacements), Soylent is $65 for "one week", 21 meals, though you scale the meal to how hungry you are, supposedly. Still, SlimFast is a bit cheaper, but it's been on the market for a lot longer, able to subsidize development and all.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube

Sechr Nibw Re:Well (128 comments)

That killed any and all nostalgia value that Ocarina of Time had? "I hate Windows 8/8.1 so completely, that I'm going to uninstall Windows 7 and switch to Fedora or Ubuntu."

about a year ago
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Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube

Sechr Nibw Re:Well (128 comments)

Obviously those are great classics, too. But the post I replied to specifically mentioned Pokémon and Zelda. As I said, I've never played Pokémon. I've not been much of a fan of that style of game, including the FF series.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube

Sechr Nibw Re:Well (128 comments)

Well, I never did play Pokémon, but I have to ask: does one ever really outgrow Zelda? Maybe the new games don't do it for you, but don't you ever find yourself wanting to play Ocarina again?

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Sechr Nibw "Please don't adblock us" (731 comments)

Any site that I use more than once a week, I add to the AdBlock whitelist. However! If I get an annoying ad on that site, it goes back to the blacklist, for at least a month or two. Basically, until the guilt starts creeping in that I'm using their service without paying for it. If you want to remain on the whitelist, and get my page impressions, then don't use shady advertisers that use self-expanding ads, auto-play ads, and especially flashing or noisy ads.

about a year ago
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Life-Sized, Drivable 500,000 Piece Lego Car Runs On Air

Sechr Nibw Super Awesome... (73 comments)

Am I the only one that thought it said "Super Awesome Mario Project", and was confused by the yellow/black theme? Maybe if it had been white/black, it could've been codenamed "Bullet Bill".

about a year ago
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Prison Is For Dangerous Criminals, Not Hacktivists

Sechr Nibw Define hacktivist (337 comments)

I can allow that certain cases of hacking are vastly over-sentenced by the justice system. However, you've got to be more specific by what you consider a hacktivist before I consider them not a criminal. If you break into a system, steal data, and then flaunt the data as proof that the system's owner is incompetent, corrupt, insecure, whatever, then okay. If you also use some of that data (i.e. credit cards) to charge innocent / unsuspecting / unrelated people $700,000, even if it goes to charity, that's criminal behavior. You're not just a hacktivist anymore, sorry.

about a year ago

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