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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Sepodati Re:IBM ThinkPad (674 comments)

I've opened it up for cleaning once or twice. No issues... instructions found online were pretty easy to follow.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

Sepodati IBM ThinkPad (674 comments)

I was going to say the IBM Thinkpads, too. Like any computer, they eventually get old and underpowered compared to the new stuff, but they keep chugging. Mine is from 05, I think right after Lenovo bought 'em, but it's still the IBM version. One key is missing, case is cracked and there are a few grey pixels, but it still works (typing this on it now). Made it through deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, too.

Is that "long lasting" or is it sad that 9-10 years out of a laptop is considered long?

2 days ago
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New Facebook Phone App Lets You Stalk Your Friends

Sepodati Why we can't have nice things (61 comments)

First, why would you have an ex as a friend on FB, still? Second, why would YOU choose to share your location with them?

Put aside the hate for a second and realise this is done right... or at least closer to right. It's opt-in, which solves the first problem most people have. Second, you specifically choose who you want to share with. It's not everyone by default. Yes, yes... you have to tell FB where you're at first. If you have a problem with that, you're probably not on FB, anyhow, so who cares?

I could see this being useful with the group of work friends I have. We all have families, so our plans are usually with them first. If we decided to go downtown, it'd be nice to see if someone else decided to do down, also. Our commissary/store is an hour away and everyone usually makes a trip down there every other weekend or so. Sometimes you run into them, sometimes you don't. Again, it'd be cool to get a little notice that someone is down there at the same time so we can bullshit in the foodcourt while the wives shop.

2 days ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Sepodati Update (641 comments)

IIRC, there was a special $40 upgrade from Win7 when Win8 first came out. $35, $40, something like that. I upgraded one of my laptops since it was so cheap.

about two weeks ago
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To Reduce the Health Risk of Barbecuing Meat, Just Add Beer

Sepodati Re:Fuck this (179 comments)

This. Cook with what's good to drink. Same goes for wine, I hear, but I don't really drink it that much.

I use Westvleteren when cooking, which should annoy any beer snobs out there. :)

about two weeks ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

Sepodati Re: Facebook is written in php (232 comments)

I don't believe that you can make an honest assessment because you believe every single statement from Facebook to be a bold faced lie.

Do you really believe the only way Facebook can make money from this is to turn it into a Facebook device?

about three weeks ago
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Michael Abrash Joins Oculus, Calls Facebook 'Final Piece of the Puzzle'

Sepodati Re: Facebook is written in php (232 comments)

What users should Facebook listen to for new features? Majority rules? Who defines the majority? People birching about change always seem more prevalent than those who just roll with it.

Also, the only damage I can see Facebook potentially doing is locking the software distribution channel for the Oculus into an Apple app-store like model. If this thing caught on, there'd be a Facebook app, social apps, ad-supported apps, in-app purchases, etc. regardless. I don't know exactly how those would fit into this VR interface, but you know someone would try.

about three weeks ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Sepodati Re:Quaint and backwards? (363 comments)

So you logically conclude (assume) that every single GG user is doing this and the concept should be abandoned? It's never just going to be a dude wearing a computer/phone/whatever this thing is?

about a month ago
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Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

Sepodati Re:Quaint and backwards? (363 comments)

But that's just paranoia right?

Definition of. You know... maybe it's just a dude with a wearable phone on his face. Or at least rail against every single piece of technology, so you can be consistent in your paranoia.

about a month ago
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NSA Hacked Huawei, Stole Source Code

Sepodati Re: No irony (287 comments)

Yes.

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Sepodati Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

Now you must also have YOUR computer in order to access anything, rather than just any Internet connected computer. It just really depends on how you work. A dropbox folder was the perfect solution for me when I was in school.

about 1 month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

Sepodati Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

So you want more government involvement, by creating yet another solution that'll have no applicability after school?

How is Google violating my kid's privacy by providing Google Doc/Drive so he can write his Rosa Parks essay?

about 1 month ago
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Engine Data Reveals That Flight 370 Flew On For Hours After It "Disappeared"

Sepodati Re:Here's What Will Happen (382 comments)

There's a conspiracy to generate conspiracies around every action so that in the end, no one knows what to believe.

about a month ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Sepodati Re: Nobody cares (194 comments)

Or some people just like it and learn how to use it. No script necessary.

I'll agree that there always room for improvement, though.

about a month and a half ago
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Ars Technica Reviews Leaked Windows 8.1 Update

Sepodati Re: Nobody cares (194 comments)

I know it's surprising to you, but some people like the new UI. Or don't hate it enough to bitch about it all the time.

Sqeaky wheels...

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

Sepodati Re:Character Positioning and Layout (63 comments)

You've got a 3 x 4 grid to work with. The old keypad on phones naturally fits that. What layout of keys would you propose?

If they can do this, though, why don't they just overlay a QWERTY keyboard in the air and just do one or two finger hunt-and-peck recognition? Or maybe even a Swype style in the air. Add in some error correction / auto-correct and I think it'd be a whole lot better than a keypad on my fingers.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Galaxy Glass Patent Plans To Turn Fingers Into a Keyboard

Sepodati Re:I came up with something like this (63 comments)

Assuming you're the #13 AC there, what you wrote doesn't even come close to what's been described.

"They should come up with a hand held controller that lets you control it. The exact interface needs to be worked out but perhaps you can control it with your phone connected to it via bluetooth. You have a pointer/arrow that you see on the glass and you can hold the phone in your pocket and control it with your thumb."

There's no controller. Your hand just becomes a keypad to enter data.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Wants Drones To Connect the Developing World

Sepodati Not that high (48 comments)

According to this article, the coverage for these will be an 18-mile radius.

http://arstechnica.com/informa...

While an air-to-air component could extend that with multiple drones, the whole system is still likely to link to a ground station within a small geographical area. That's why I don't think you'd get out of the "state owned" area, if these were ever employed in such a place.

A major point of these would be to eliminate the satellite link, so a further uplink to a satellite just seems ridiculous.

about a month and a half ago
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Facebook Wants Drones To Connect the Developing World

Sepodati Re:This will be a no go for most developing countr (48 comments)

These would still have to downlink somewhere, probably into the same "state owned" network as everyone else. FB or whomever would, I'm sure, play along with whatever rules, so long as it meant people got airtime and they got money.

about a month and a half ago

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