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Florida Judge Rules IP Address Can't Identify a BitTorrent Pirate

TavisJohn Re:Comparable to... (158 comments)

The problem is that unless you pay for a fixed IP address, your IP address can change at any time. So you can have one IP address today and in an hour, day or a week have another.

about 5 months ago

USB "Condom" Allows You To Practice Safe Charging

TavisJohn Re:Fast charge detection (208 comments)

Most phones do not care about resistance across the data pins. Just short them out and BAM fast charge!
That is how I was able to trick my Epic 4g to work with my palm pre touchstone charger.

There is no need for all the circuits and such... I made my own a while back out of a spare cable. I just opened the cable, cut the data wires. Than I shorted the data wires on the side that went to the phone. I sealed it all up and I can plug my phone into any usb port and it charges at the maximum output of the USB port. Does not matter if the port is 500 mah, or a 3rd party charger that can put out 1,000 or even 2,000.

Why do these solutions need to be soo complex?

about a year ago

Meat the Food of the Future

TavisJohn Re:Meat prices are high... (705 comments)

Corn subsidies make corn inexpensive.
The price of corn is not what is driving the meat prices up. Way to read the article. :p

about 2 years ago

Verizon Wireless Goes Ahead With 'Bucket' Data Plans

TavisJohn Nice move Verizon... (376 comments)

Just the dick move that will give Sprint more customers.
Sprint the only big name that has unlimited data on most of their plans.

more than 2 years ago

NYC Teachers Forbidden To "Friend" Students

TavisJohn Re:The issue is about supervision (238 comments)

E-Mail can just as easily be skimmed over. Several of my sister-in-laws college teachers basically told the class, "I do not use Facebook for school. All school related contact will be done via e-mail. No exceptions."
They had Facebook accounts, and you could friend them, but any discussions, questions, or classwork was to be sent via e-mail only. Some student's complained, but the teacher wanted what was easier for them.

more than 2 years ago

NYC Teachers Forbidden To "Friend" Students

TavisJohn Re:The issue is about supervision (238 comments)

I would never distribute work or anything important through Facebook. With their ever changing landscape of what they think you do and do not want to see, you can never know if the students actually SEE the postings!

E-mail is far more effective and reliable. And if the student's do not like that, tough. In College if the teacher says to use e-mail, you use e-mail.

more than 2 years ago

Michael Bay To Remake TMNT As Aliens

TavisJohn Check the letters.... (481 comments)

So this will turn TMNT into TANT...

Just add an "I" and it will describe this movie!

more than 2 years ago

Amazon To Lose $10 Per Kindle Fire

TavisJohn OMG this is a new concept! (181 comments)

Content providers have only been doing this for DECADES!
Atari did this back when the 2600 first came out. Sell the console cheap, and require all software developers to pay them for the privilege to make games for their console.

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting

TavisJohn Re:Sadly, I think Apple might win on this one (656 comments)

2 different "editions"

The Lite Edition - Only get software from the app store.
The Ultimate Edition - Install software yourself.

However I suspect that at this point Apple may be willing to give up Unix Certification for the extra profit to be gained from app store only access. (Plus most Apple users do not care about Unix certification)
Plus they could easily spin it as "Extra Security".

more than 2 years ago

Windows 8 To Natively Support ISO and VHD Mounting

TavisJohn Re:Sadly, I think Apple might win on this one (656 comments)

Apple already has an App Store for their laptops/desktops. Apple could easily make their next OS ONLY install software from the app store. And the sick thing, is that the apple fan-boys and iReligious nutters will not only accept it, but PRAISE IT!

more than 2 years ago

Ubisoft Scales Back Driver DRM

TavisJohn Re:until the next game... (121 comments)

But having to download a pirate copy of the game, because the DRM in the installer does not work is still considered piracy.

And in many areas cracking DRM is illegal. Regardless if you own the product or not.

about 3 years ago

Ubisoft Scales Back Driver DRM

TavisJohn Re:until the next game... (121 comments)

I have many older games that span back 20+ years that I go back and play often. I have been forced to pirate or crack many of those games because the DRM that is used does not work with modern DVD players, operating systems, or were crappy DRM schemes to begin with.

It is really sad that I have to pirate games I own in order to continue to play them.

about 3 years ago

Apple Patents Cutting 3.5mm Jack in Half

TavisJohn Brilliant! (369 comments)

As if the standard connector was not weak enough, they want to cut it in half!

Why not just use a standard connector that has been about for YEARS that is 1/2 the diameter of the "standard" connector?
You have the large 6.35mm (1/4") jack
You have the medium 3.5mm
Then there is the small 2.5mm jack

OR apple could just make a specialized connector that is flat (like Micro USB) and then include an adapter to allow people to use standard headphones.

about 3 years ago

Missouri Law Says Students, Teachers Can't Be Facebook Friends

TavisJohn There goes the neighborhood.... (415 comments)

Seriously tho, some teachers use FB to help students with their homework and such. One kid asks a question that many others in the class may have. When the teacher answers it, many students can benefit.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

TavisJohn Sanatize your collection... (758 comments)

using MP3TAG:

Remove all comments and other "red flags" from your ID3 tags. Clean up the artist, album and track info.

Make them all fairly uniform in ID3 info.

more than 3 years ago

The End of Paper Books

TavisJohn They said the same thing... (669 comments)

About Vinyl when the cassette & CD came out... However Vinyl is still rather popular.

Many people insist on getting the Vinyl version of an album over the CD version.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Patents Tech to Stop iPhones Filming in Venues

TavisJohn This is one patent I want Apple to win. (391 comments)

And I want Apple to defend it with all the power it has... So that only Apple devices are blocked and all other devices are unaffected.

more than 3 years ago


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