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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Slider451 Re:Can you explain how you migrate material over (222 comments)

It doesn't matter how old the phone, computer or iTunes installation is. Only the date of the backup matters. Just make sure to manually take a fresh backup of the old phone to iTunes before you setup the new one. (You should be running the latest versions of iOS and iTunes, too).

I'm on my third iPhone and about to get my fourth. The setup and restore from the old backup has always worked without a hitch. That's one of the big reasons I've stayed with iOS devices despite the lure of Nexus and Galaxy. I hate the idea of the walled garden but its seamless transition to new devices is a narcotic I can't seem to quit.

5 days ago
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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

Slider451 Re:Depends on a few things (264 comments)

Citation, please. I served before, during, and after Rumsfeld's tenure and have no idea what you're talking about.

about a month ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

Slider451 Occupation Test (431 comments)

I only buy cars from countries with a US military base. That still leaves a lot of options. Just to name a few: Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, BMW, Mercedes, Audi, VW, Hyundai, Kia, Fiat, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Lotus

about 3 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Slider451 Re:What's the problem? (1198 comments)

This is comic book morality.

No, that's good-guy morality. You can try to dismiss it with a pejorative, but I'll side with comic book morality over what I infer you consider a more mature and subtle value system.

"Not might makes right, but might _for_ right" - King Arthur, Camelot

about 5 months ago
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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

Slider451 Re:Knowledge (1037 comments)

Great post.

about 5 months ago
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NASA-Funded Study Investigates Collapse of Industrial Civilization

Slider451 Re:Manners (401 comments)

+1
Wish I had mod points.

about 6 months ago
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Star Trek Economics

Slider451 Re:Based on what? (888 comments)

Concur. There's no reason we can't establish a "subsistence floor", below which all critical needs are met. That doesn't prevent humans from seeking recognition, status, and exclusivity in other areas.

I think we've actually been heading this way for a while through technological inertia. As said above, being poor today is quite different than 100 years ago. At some point, poor will mean all your critical needs are met, but you lack the skills or desire to seek higher status. When that happens for everyone in the world, rather than appreciate how remarkable that is, we'll probably complain in the moment that it's unfair or still doesn't go far enough.

about 7 months ago
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Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

Slider451 Re:Citation Needed (134 comments)

NOT very interactive.

bleh.

about 7 months ago
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Game Developers' Quest To Cross the Uncanny Valley

Slider451 Re:Citation Needed (134 comments)

"Too much fighting" was a frequent complaint against Bioshock Infinite. People loved the story but had to wade through hundreds of bad guys to advance.

If they had an "Interactive Fiction" mode like Mass Effect 3, the game could have appealed to a much wider audience than the FPS crowd.

Granted you can watch it on YouTube to get around the fighting, but that's very interactive.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Suggestions For a Simple Media Server?

Slider451 Mainstream Solution for Those Sick of Tinkering (420 comments)

Mainstream solution using existing hardware without a lot of tinkering:

Server hardware: 5-year old multi-purpose Windows 7 PC (gaming, work) with a networked Silicondust HDHomeRun Prime tuner and Comcast Cablecard.
Server software: Windows Media Center, Plex server, MCEBuddy (to transcode and compress .WTV to .mp4 for mobile copies), iTunes
Clients: Roku with Plex, Xbox 360 (media center extender), Apple TV, mobile iOS devices w/ Plex

I can play games while WMC records two shows simultaneously in the background.
Plex on the Roku will transcode HD .WTV recordings on the fly.
Media Center extender on the XBox 360 works flawlessly. I wish they didn't yank the functionality from the XBone. I won't buy one until they add it back as an app.
Mobile devices can steam Plex locally, or must wait for MCEBuddy to finish transcoding to sync an mp4 for travel. This can take as long as the original recording playtime.
Apple TV will show the same mp4s I make for my mobile devices but I rarely use it for that.

about 8 months ago
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The Quiet Fury of Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

Slider451 Re:in other words... (341 comments)

You must not be talking about the Army; certainly not Army officer evaluations, anyway. Sr. Raters cannot rate more than a small percentage of their officers with a "top block". Their profiles are tracked, and abuse will likely end that senior officer's career.

about 8 months ago
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Counterpoint: Why Edward Snowden May Not Deserve Clemency

Slider451 Re:What's good for the goose (573 comments)

Great post. Wish I had mod points.

about 8 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

I'm not sure what your point is about crimes committed by soldiers. It's mostly just speculation on their motivations and psyches. Soldiers are human, a cross-section of the society from which they're drawn, and certainly not perfect. However, the percentage of them who commit crimes is far lower than that of the general US population. You're negatively painting a large group of honorable people by the acts of a few. I would love to live in a world where we didn't need people to volunteer to serve and protect society. But that world doesn't exist yet. You seem to be in denial of this fact. Regardless, those who serve protect you anyway.

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

I realize you didn't say money. I was conflating your post with another's who said money was the only motivator.

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

Distrust of authority should be part of a healthy skepticism. To a point I'd even call it a virtue. But when you use that as a justification to vilify or denigrate those who choose to serve in a more authoritarian system and claim you can't be friends with them, I think that points more to your character than theirs. A mid-rank officer, such as an army captain, knows how to lead, follow, and get out of the way, while respecting both those he serves, and those who serve under him. While he is expected to follow orders, when lawful, he is also expected to use his brain and values (including his own healthy skepticism) to determine the best solution to a problem, and how to employ his people to execute the plan. And if unlawful orders are received, he is duty-bound to disobey. (Note: the word "obey" is not in the oath of office). You may not understand such a structure or those who volunteer for it, but nothing beats the experience of working with a committed team of folks who trust each other with their lives. To say it's only about money is to be truly ignorant of what it means to serve something bigger than yourself.

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:Meh; clearly haven't talked to security workers (841 comments)

Let's see if I can rephrase your post: "They wouldn't let me in their club because I discovered THEY were lying

Fixed it for you.

Still not meta enough. "I saw through their BS but applied anyway. I thought I'd be clever during the interview and point out their BS to them. For reasons I can't fathom they denied my application. Doesn't matter. They're all corrupt, group-think circle-jerkers. Don't bother asking me why I even bothered to apply in the first place."

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

Slider451 Re:Meh; clearly haven't talked to security workers (841 comments)

This has been my experience. Most of the people I know who hold a clearance believe all or most of the bullshit they learned in school. The US are the Good Guys fighting against those evil terrorists. Sure there are problems, but any lawbreaking was done for the best of intentions. That's who gets cleared. If you color outside the lines, you don't get cleared. My clearance was denied, go figure.

Let's see if I can rephrase your post: "They wouldn't let me in their club because they discovered I was lying, convicted of a felony, or had significant financial trouble. Those guys are ALL just a bunch of sheep without honor, ethics, or critical thinking ability. I'm glad they wouldn't take me."

about 9 months ago
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Next World of Warcraft Expansion: Warlords of Draenor

Slider451 Re:That didn't use to be true (156 comments)

The difference between the subscription and the F2P model, at least in LOTRO (Lord of the Rings Online): Subscription = rental when you stop subscribing, any content (mostly zones) unlocked by the subscription becomes locked if you haven't purchased it. Pay = own You only pay once and will always have access to the content as long as the game is available. Note that both models require you to pay extra for expansions.

about 9 months ago

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