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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Colin Castro Re:iPads replaced laptops for me (289 comments)

A side note, I have owned many Apple phones and recently went back to Windows Phones. I was never an Apple fanboy, but I was a Steve Jobs fanboy in that he pushed people (very hard) and they made amazing products. His grasp on what people wanted is why Apple survives today, but the lack of that driving force IMHO will slowly push Apple back to the 90s.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Colin Castro iPads replaced laptops for me (289 comments)

I myself had a few laptops. IBM thinkpad, that super thin light Dell of the mid 2000's, then I got an iPad. Instantly I was like, "no need for a laptop anymore," (I still had a desktop for power using and torrents) they're great. The iPad even got my mom into computers more than she ever was, internet shopping, email, imgur, etc. is all because of my first iPad. They're great devices, relatively affordable and pretty affordable on the used market. Enough people buy one every year and put them in cases that you can find super clean ones in great condition. I just think that iPads have done a lot more for kids and older parents and grandparents than any other computing device has done in the last 5 years.

2 days ago
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The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

Colin Castro Re:Ipads last A LOT longer (289 comments)

This post has it right. I've sold, traded, etc my iPads to family members. The tech still works, I have my sisters old iPad now and it's great for surfing the web and writing letters and stories while watching tv.

2 days ago
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Illinois Students Suspected of Cyberbullying Must Provide Social Media Passwords

Colin Castro Re:Frist Psot (322 comments)

Probably has to do with intent or some such thing, like yelling "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater. Like I could tweet out for someone to kill the president, sure freedom of speech, but the secret service then gets to come visit me.

about a week ago
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Bitcoin Volatility Puts Miners Under Pressure

Colin Castro Re:Bitcoin (290 comments)

Nixon got us off the gold standard.

about two weeks ago
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What Isn't There an App For?

Colin Castro Re:Ghost Car Alert (421 comments)

They're just rims, they don't need covers. The SUVs in MD are missing the model name and other badging except the make symbol. They're also slightly lower than stock SUVs.

about three weeks ago
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Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health

Colin Castro Re:Yes brown fat will help you (234 comments)

People sat up when they slept back then too, so the beds didn't have to be as long since they weren't lying down. Many people had lung diseases and would cough flem and mucus when lying down and in the morning, but sitting up the mucus didn't come up so they thought lying down was the problem.

about 1 month ago
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Research Highlights How AI Sees and How It Knows What It's Looking At

Colin Castro This synopsis (130 comments)

makes it seem like the computers are morons. Anything that is black and yellow is a school bus...mmmmm nope.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge Rules Against Dismissal

Colin Castro Re:Only in America... (71 comments)

Couldn't prove they purchased the item from 8 years ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Colin Castro Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (291 comments)

You can't do it online, you have to call in, and on top of that when you reset your router the comcast wifi also resets.

about a month and a half ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

Colin Castro Re:What about all the other torrent sites? (251 comments)

EZTV is down a lot, but I think that's cause it's run by like one guy and for some reason hackers like to target it.

about a month and a half ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

Colin Castro Re:cut off one head (251 comments)

I'd mod this up, but I'd rather comment that I agree with you. TPB was always the place I could go to find hard to get things, organized terribly, but deep in its bowels were the links I needed. Other sites like KAT or whatever they have to rename themselves I like using more, but it's harder to find rare items.

about a month and a half ago
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FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

Colin Castro Re:When are Americans going to wake up? (83 comments)

Well AC, ploice states do make up false charges, and have public trials to show they can win. Which happens in the US, especially since the cops can take cash I have on me if they say they "think" it's going to be used for illegal purchases.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft Files a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit For Activating Pirated Software

Colin Castro Re:Creators wishing to control their creations... (268 comments)

NZ and Australia are ripped off harder than everyone else in the world, expect maybe people living in Marlyand.

about 1 month ago
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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

Colin Castro Re:First Do No Harm (127 comments)

Regulation is what kept airlines profitable, regulation is what got phone service to rural parts of the country. Regualtion can be good, in can also be bad in the case of long distance service because of the illusion of "natural monolpolies" in services that don't really have natural monopolies. Regulations are also why city water is cleaner than bottled water.

about 2 months ago
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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

Colin Castro Re:First Do No Harm (127 comments)

The only action with a company with a monopoly is to go without. Most people can't go without their Netflix and Facebook, so you have the problem where the company has no incentive to change. In markets where the local municipality or CO-OP does the internet no one has commercial service, why pay more? In places that have the choice of google fiber or FIOS, Comcast takes a huge hit. That's the reality, no competition for what has no become essentially a need/utility like electricty or gas or oil has created a vacuum between what the customer wants and what is provided.

about 2 months ago
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Civil Rights Groups Divided On Net Neutrality

Colin Castro Re:Shakedown (127 comments)

It depends on who the poor are. A lot of times you have to think that poor people are the ones working in call centers and probably get a discount on the dish and service. You also have to think that if it's low income housing that accepts section 8 vouchers and the person then might have enough to get a basic cable package.

about 2 months ago
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AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

Colin Castro I can't be the only one (285 comments)

I'm not so much concerned that companies create ads and that they're almost completely irrelevant to me. They only show ads for websites I've already went to or ordered from so they're meaningless. I'm more concerned that I can't click on ads for fear that they'll take me to malicious websites. Even companies you think you could "trust" sometimes have malicious code in them. Give me ads that aren't clickbate for viruses and are actually relevant and I'd click them.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

Colin Castro This was on slashdot before (312 comments)

A study, that I can't find on google, showed that even after like 15 minutes of web browsing people begin to exhibit ADD type of symptoms. The constant skimming, searching for links or clickable objects messes our brains up. Reading one book is hard for a lot of people nowadays because of the internet. Basically you need to cut off the internet for a while force yourself to take things slower, reading lengthy magazine articles is a place to start to get you back into the groove.

about 2 months ago

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Carl Sagan Smoked Cannabis

Colin Castro Colin Castro writes  |  about 4 months ago

Colin Castro (2881349) writes "“I am convinced that there are genuine and valid levels of perception available with cannabis (and probably with other drugs) which are, through the defects of our society and our educational system, unavailable to us without such drugs,” Sagan wrote in 1971, under the name Mr. X.

MarijuanaMajority.com founder Tom Angell spent a few days this summer in the Library of Congress researching the iconic American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist and author and has come away with a bounty.

Angell says he found some never-before-released writings on marijuana policy from the author of classics such as ‘Contact’ and the TV show ‘Cosmos’, which is the most widely watched series in the history of American public television."

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