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How Sony, Intel, and Unix Made Apple's Mac a PC Competitor

Stewie241 Re: It helps to actually use the thing. (146 comments)

Bah. The magsafe connector is a gimmick. The advantage of the magsafe connector was supposed to be that it would release easily from the laptop in the event of a snag. This does work most of the time. Not always, but most of the time.

What is falsely implied is that other laptop connectors don't come out under such conditions. In my experience, this is not true - I've had two other laptops where the connector slipped out easily under a relatively small amount of force.

On the other hand, the magsafe connector is more complex and I've already had to replace it because the connector split apart, which I've never had happen on any other laptop I've owned.

That being said, Apple does, in general, make solid laptops. What I appreciate is that I can carry my laptop around open and not have to worry about the display flapping around.

The hardware integrates well with the software and OS - I've yet to come across a Windows laptop where the hardware vendor took the same care for the details.

5 hours ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Stewie241 Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Welfare does not reduce poverty structurally; it merely reduces the effects temporarily. If a government wants to really reduce poverty, it should invest in education and everything that fosters the creation of jobs in the long term.

You could say the same thing about the prison system.

On the other hand, (pure speculation), I wonder if temporarily reducing the effects of poverty can have a long term effect by increasing the ability of impoverished parents to help their children get a good education and reducing the need for parents to work two to three jobs to make ends meet using time that might be better spent being good influences on their children.

about a week ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

Stewie241 Re:Prison population (407 comments)

Also, 65% of peple are bad at typng.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Stewie241 Re:The amazing part (201 comments)

Yeah I wasn't really commenting on the success or failure of Motorola as an organization. Was only saying that no matter how well or poorly Motorola was doing, they are owned by Google and therefore have a lot of contingency available in the event they lose money.

Which, upon further investigation, they seem to be doing.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Stewie241 Re:The amazing part (201 comments)

Do they?

http://investor.google.com/ear... seems to suggest that they are losing money:

"Motorola Mobile Segment Operating Loss - Motorola Mobile segment operating loss in the fourth quarter of 2013 was $384 million, or -31% of Motorola Mobile segment revenues. This compares to segment operating loss of $152 million, or -10% of Motorola Mobile segment revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012."

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Stewie241 Re:The amazing part (201 comments)

Hmmm... did I misread something? Please enlighten me. As for posting anonymously, meh. I try not to get too hung up on stuff like Karma or whatever else people worry about.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Stewie241 Re:cool (201 comments)

Ah, I see what you're getting at. We also have carriers that use both CDMA and GSM here. Wikipedia suggests that the North American model of the Nexus 5 supports:
2G/3G/4G LTE
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Model LG-D820 (North America)
CDMA band class: 0/1/10
WCDMA bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
LTE bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

I would then guess that the Nexus 6 would do the same.

My understanding is that technologies are converging and the technical divide that used to separate two groups of carriers is disappearing.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Stewie241 Re:cool (201 comments)

If I can properly decode your sentence (which I suspect got fragmented because you tried to change the way you expressed it three to fours times before hitting submit), you are expressing a suspicion that it will only be available for AT&T and T-Mobile.

However, according to http://www.google.com/nexus/6/ one might be lead to believe it will be available on Sprint, Verizon and US Cellular also (based on pre-order logos). Not intimately familiar with the US cellular market, but I don't think exclusion of other carriers is based on fragmented spectrum.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Stewie241 Re:The amazing part (201 comments)

It's amazing how companies can manage to survive when they are owned by Google.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Stewie241 Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

RE: Seatbelts - a smaller Canadian airline says this in their safety video: 'Now that you've done it, we'll show you how you did it' recognizing that by the time you're watching the video you've probably already fastened your seat belt.

I find the complaints by the flight attendants a little insulting - I was just as able to ignore the safety video before as I am now.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

Stewie241 Re:Too bad... (610 comments)

See what you do to calculate the area of a square is you take the square of the length of one side. So 11 x 11, IIRC, is 121 square miles. 121 square miles * 640 = 77,440 windmills. So, you're right, it is a bit more than a square 11 miles on a side, but it's pretty close.

about two weeks ago
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Chrome 38 Released: New APIs and 159 Security Fixes

Stewie241 No new features after beta? (55 comments)

So a company released a beta version, and then a stable version that didn't add features to the beta? Wow. That really *is* news for nerds!

about two weeks ago
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Boeing Told To Replace Cockpit Screens Affected By Wi-Fi

Stewie241 Re:Why is Boeing responsible? (142 comments)

I think that's between Boeing and Honeywell, no? Honeywell didn't supply the jets with the displays in them - Boeing did. Now if the displays weren't up to the spec under which they were sold, then Boeing probably has a good case to go back to Honeywell and demand compensation. On the other hand, if being unaffected by wifi was never part of the specs or the deal, then that's Boeing's fault and they should have to eat it.

Either way, the airlines should have to deal with Boeing and not with Honeywell.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

Stewie241 Re:Remember when... (354 comments)

I remember when I read in the summary that the FBI chief was all for needing a warrant. I guess the point is that the FBI wants to be able to snoop through a phone with just a warrant and not a warrant *and* cooperation of the phone's owner to provide the decryption keys.

about a month ago
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Not Just Netflix: Google Challenges Canada's Power To Regulate Online Video

Stewie241 Re:Broadcast rights (109 comments)

>> the strict enforcement of do not call registry

LOL... riiiiight

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Keep Students' Passwords Secure?

Stewie241 Re:well... (191 comments)

Do you mean that the habit of doing it right gets passed on from the parents to the children? Or from the children to the parents?

about a month ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Stewie241 Re:Why so much fuss? (156 comments)

Agreed. There's no value in the name recognition and reputation of those brands and buyers would have no hesitation in jumping in and buying a car under a new label.

about a month ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Stewie241 Re:Not Sharing (182 comments)

You are right - I mixed up my logic.

The OP indicated that B was a necessary condition for A. But this does not mean that B implies A. (there might be other necessary conditions for A)

about 2 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

Stewie241 Re:Not Sharing (182 comments)

No, that's not what was said.

What was said was:
It is ride sharing IFF (if and only if) the driver would drive to the same location without the other people in the car.
i.e. A IFF B

This does not equate to B implying A.

about 2 months ago

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Joomla! 1.5.0 Stable Released

Stewie241 Stewie241 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Stewie241 (1035724) writes "It is with great pride that the Joomla! community announces to the world the immediate availability of Joomla! 1.5 Stable [Khepri]. As a community of contributors, we have been through celebrations and tribulations. We have had fun, and we have worked hard. We have learned from and helped one another. What started two and a half years ago with a letter to the community has grown into a great opportunity for both the Joomla! project and community to benefit from these efforts and to consider our future.

Congratulations to all those who have worked extremely hard to get this landmark release ready!"

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