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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

Wokan Going to miss my Droid 4's keyboard (544 comments)

I get the reason why manufacturers aren't producing slide out keyboards. Internationalization, easier to break, etc. That doesn't mean I like what's happening.

I'd like to see a flip phone that doubles as a wi-fi hotspot and then I'll just use a tablet for the things I wanted the "smart" part of the smartphone to do. (And it will look a lot less stupid than talking on a phablet that barely fits in anyone's hands who isn't 7 feet tall.)

about 3 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

Wokan Use the smart phones / tablets as controllers (559 comments)

Find a way to communicate between the next Wii and smart phones, perhaps via Bluetooth. Create an app that lets the phone act as a touch screen controller for games. Perhaps have settings and preferences that can be stored on the device so people can keep their settings when they visit friends to play. Perhaps use LAN TCP/IP protocols instead of Bluetooth if you want to make the software workable on sub-$100 tablets. (Because what adult lets their 5 year old nephew repeatedly drop an iPad?)

about 9 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Wokan H1-B and/or specific (465 comments)

Both arguments I see are correct. I've personally seen it used to justify an H1-B and I have no doubt the internal promotion after a "public advertisement" arguments are both correct.

Next time I see such a specific placement ad, I may just call up the HR department and ask them whether or not I should bother submitting for a job as it seems they already have someone in mind.

about a year ago

CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

Wokan Re:Where's the outrage?! (255 comments)

How am I supposed to be outraged when CM doesn't bother supporting my Android 4.x device? I'm not going to buy a several hundred dollar phone just so I can turn around and void the warranty on it. If I'm going to experiment with an unsupported OS, it will be because my carrier is never going to bother updating my phone OS again.

about a year ago

Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against WoW Bot Company

Wokan An unbottable game (285 comments)

If they want to prevent people from using bots, maybe they should END THE EFFING GRINDING. Seriously. What kind of entertainment company thinks people are entertained by repeatedly clicking a set of actions in the same place over and over again?

You want bots to stop being made? Stop making games that people don't want to have to drudge through.

1 year,3 days

HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

Wokan The beatings will continue until morale improves (477 comments)

Because nothing improves morale like being stuck in traffic for 30-60 minutes each direction so you can sit in a low walled cubicle with your over-cologned and over-perfumed coworkers trying not to listen to them think out loud for most of 8 hours. And in this case, even the dehumanizing cubicle might be too much for employees to ask for.

1 year,11 days

When Criminals and Terrorists Communicate In Real Time

Wokan YouTube, FB, etc isn't live video (245 comments)

More likely they'll use a platform like Ustream if they want to put up live video.

1 year,23 days

Facebook Deletes Social Fixer Community Page Without Explanation

Wokan Thankful for FBs action (192 comments)

I wouldn't have heard of this extension if FB hadn't done something to annoy this guy. I installed it this morning and tried it out. I like it. It does give me options Facebook doesn't offer and that I didn't even know I was missing. It probably won't be for everybody. Their overlay is well done, but is slightly different from FB's styles. That's probably a good thing. I'll be more likely to know where problems are coming from if I have any.

It's not all that different from using Greasemonkey scripts to fix sites, just with Facebook APIs thrown into the mix.

about a year ago

The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

Wokan Incidental admission of an unrelated crime (452 comments)

A witness could, by virtue of their statements, admit to committing some crime they may not even be aware they were committing. Before testifying to anything I would want to be granted immunity to any crimes I may have, unknowingly or not, been committing myself. (Even if it's something as arbitrary as trespassing.)

about a year ago

Scottish Academic: Mining the Moon For Helium 3 Is Evil

Wokan Iron Sky Hollywood Remake? (462 comments)

Seriously, the first time I saw the article was about helium 3 mining on the moon Iron Sky came right to mind. I thought that was just Sci-Fi BS they made up as a premise for why nazis would be on the moon at all.

about a year ago

Devs Flay Microsoft For Withholding Windows 8.1 RTM

Wokan So when is RTM not RTM? (413 comments)

When it's Windows 8.1 and Microsoft is struggling and rushing to patch over a huge mistake.

about a year ago

IAB Urges People To Stop "Mozilla From Hijacking the Internet"

Wokan Maybe... just maybe.... (499 comments)

Maybe we'd like to browse a website without feeling like the advertisers know more about us than our own family does.

about a year ago

India To Overtake US On Number of Developers By 2017

Wokan Programmers, not Developers (157 comments)

I'm not saying India doesn't have any developers, but I have seen a lot of programming defined as copying and pasting the code of someone else and testing that it "works as required". I couldn't understand why the JavaScript countdown timer we were supplied by an Indian company was written in Spanish until I caught on to how they "fulfilled" their contract obligations. I'm sure a lot of that goes on in every country with programmers (and developers). My point here is that we should be careful how we define developer vs programmer (not to mention the ongoing debates regarding the phrase "software engineer").

about a year ago

Ask Personal Audio's James Logan About Patents, Playlists, and Podcasts

Wokan Re:Is It Wrong? (99 comments)

Is it wrong for me to hope you die of the most unimaginably awful cancer, that will cause you to ooze horrible puss-like fluids that reek so awfully you're family won't be able to bear to be around you, and they will pray to God each and every night that you finally die... but you don't, and just linger in that state for years.

Is that wrong?

The wrongness would depend on how strongly you believe in the power of hope.

Here's hoping.

about a year ago

Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

Wokan Passenger side = plausible deniability (398 comments)

If the owner of the car is near enough that they see their car's headlights blink from the unlocking, seeing someone standing by the driver's side door would appear to be intent to steal the car. Someone standing by the passenger side could more realistically feign ignorance or claim they were just going to steal belongings from inside the car (likely avoiding the grand theft felony).

about a year ago

Do Developers Need Free Perks To Thrive?

Wokan It is a good canary (524 comments)

I stopped drinking soda many months back, but I see such perks as signs of a company's financial health, just like the OP suggests.

about a year ago

Facebook's Android App Can Now Retrieve Data About What Apps You Use

Wokan Not MY Facebook (176 comments)

I declined the "upgrade" and will remove it from my phone when it ceases working. Facebook needs people more than people need Facebook.

about a year and a half ago

Scientists Study Getting an Unwanted Tune Out of Your Head

Wokan Timely topic (219 comments)

I'm trying to drive out an annoying TV theme song right now by listening to Pandora until I find a song I'd rather have stuck in my head.

about a year and a half ago

Google Removing Ad-Blockers From Play

Wokan Alt market (337 comments)

Maybe we need a market called something like Unplayed for stuff Google won't carry.

about a year and a half ago

Facebook To App Developers: Good Idea, Now Stop Using Our API

Wokan No. (158 comments)

No. Didn't you read the subject?

about a year and a half ago


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Wokan Wokan writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Every time Slashdot hides the teaser, showing only the title, of a story I want to read and I click on that title, I see the teaser for a moment while I'm taken to the story page. I didn't want to leave the Slashdot home page. I just wanted to read the damn teaser without having to click the back button afterward.

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