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Do Readers Absorb Less On Kindles Than On Paper? Not Necessarily

Torp Maybe, but... (105 comments)

... an e-reader saves a LOT of shelf space, making it WORTH it!

about two weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

Torp Stockholm syndrome (331 comments)

Let's translate the OP's question:
I have this insecure by design environment, while there are more secure by design environments available (yeah, probably not completely secure, but much more secure than what I'm using now). I'd like to patch my grossly insecure environment to get at least an illusion of security instead of considering the alternatives.

about two weeks ago

Solid State Drives Break the 50 Cents Per GiB Barrier, OCZ ARC 100 Launched

Torp Why no 1 Tb version? (183 comments)

OCZ's reliability aside, why no 1Tb model? Believe it or not, I need most of the space for work purposes (huge source trees, virtual machines etc). A drive that just fits my OS wouldn't help at all.

about three weeks ago

Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors

Torp Re:Self signed-certificate?? (141 comments)

But the client's browser is not likely to have the company's certificate as trusted, so they still have to accept an unknown certificate. Just not the device's, but the manufacturer's.
Do you think average joe would actually verify his printer's certificate for authenticity? :)
This is only likely to happen in a large corporate network.

about three weeks ago

NVIDIAs 64-bit Tegra K1: The Ghost of Transmeta Rides Again, Out of Order

Torp Can they make one... (125 comments)

... that doesn't run Facebook?
Otherwise, no buy.

about three weeks ago

Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Torp Re:It's a still a nice PC. (337 comments)

Hmm question. When you develop for the ARM surfaces, do you compile with gcc/llvm or they have some custom compiler?

about three weeks ago

Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Torp By all means, do it (421 comments)

School all year round with NO breaks.
Also, give grades according to the number of overtime hours the kids stay in school, not according to what they manage to learn. You want all A-s, better spend 90 hours per week in school - you can even do 120 if you sleep under your desk and are careful when you shower.

about three weeks ago

My degree of colorblindness:

Torp Missing option here (267 comments)

I am not colour blind, but I can only distinguish 8 colours, including black and white, because I simply don't care about the other shades.
Male only :)

about a month ago

Harvesting Wi-Fi Backscatter To Power Internet of Things Sensors

Torp No thanks (138 comments)

Imagine a world in which your wristwatch or other wearable device communicates directly with your online profiles, storing information about your daily activities where you can best access it – all without requiring batteries.

Even if it doesn't require batteries, why would I want to have an online profile updated with what I've shat today?

about a month ago

Sony Tosses the Sony Reader On the Scrap Heap

Torp They should... (172 comments)

... put the PS4 designers in charge of all their product lines. And maybe the ones doing the mobile phones, which aren't bad for cheap Androids. And fire all the rest.

about a month ago

PlayStation Now, Sony's 'Netflix For Games' -- Pros and Cons

Torp Re:PlayStation Store-only games (75 comments)

Yeah but those kinds of games tend to show up on PC on humble bundle, steam or gog later... for 1.99 :)
Or even on console - check out the disc for Journey Collector's edition on Amazon. It actually contains Journey, Flower and Flow.

about 1 month ago

PlayStation Now, Sony's 'Netflix For Games' -- Pros and Cons

Torp There are no pros (75 comments)

Not with this pricing model.
PSA: On consoles, it's much cheaper to buy retail discs than to touch any form of digital-only delivery. Especially if you're willing to wait a few months from launch, but even if you buy the latest and greatest(tm).

about 1 month ago

Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

Torp Re:Funny (135 comments)

Exactly - you can, like in the US, get a free/reduced price phone with an X year contract if you want. All the carriers would be happy to sell you one.
There are two differences: one, when the X years end, they MUST unlock your formerly subsidized phone for an insignificant fee (i think i paid 10 euros last time).
Two, you don't have to get a subsidized phone. There are 5 million places that would happily sell you a new, carrier free phone to use with any GSM carrier.
The carriers are also required to unlock phones not attached to a contract for free - i.e. if you pay full price, it has to be unlocked - but no one's crazy enough to buy a full price phone from them, any other store would be cheaper :)

about 1 month ago

Cell Phone Unlocking Is Legal -- For Now

Torp Funny (135 comments)

Because where I live carriers are obligated by law to unlock any phone not tied to a contract for free, and one tied to a contract for a minimal fee as soon as the contract is up.
The legality of firmware modifications isn't even talked about, this is a consumer protection requirement.

about 1 month ago

If You're Always Working, You're Never Working Well

Torp But if you start rewarding efficient work... (135 comments)

... what will happen to those incapable of efficient work? :)
At least this way they can do unpaid overtime and convince their boss - who's also incapable of efficient work - that they're useful...

about 1 month ago

Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

Torp How about... (171 comments)

... labeling all games with IAPs as rentals and displaying the average cost of being able to keep playing... per hour or something like that?

about 1 month ago

Driverless Buses Ruled Out For London, For Now

Torp Re:Trains sound like a good idea. (84 comments)

Let me guess, an american who has never seen public transport :)
Hint: the OP is talking about in-city transportation.

about 1 month ago

Is the App Store Broken?

Torp Just one data point here... (258 comments)

... but I stopped looking for new apps (well, i was getting mostly games) for iOS because there's simply too much free to play shit.

about a month ago


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