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I Want a Kindle Killer

Xenious Just ensure its an app too (321 comments)

I'm all for making a cool new ereader but I ask to ensure its available as an app as well. I like to use my iPad mini and some books I have on kindle (use kindle app) some I have on the iBookstore (use apple app). I do prefer to combine them all to amazon but if forced to go with a new market leader at least I can use whatever device I want (as well as their hardware).

about 4 months ago

'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

Xenious riiiight (606 comments)

"Googles and Apples of the world should 'locate themselves in existing urban communities. Ideally, in blighted ones,' says Dutta."" Right so I can live in a place I think is nice but am forced to work somewhere that is awful? No thanks.

about 7 months ago

Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

Xenious simple work around (465 comments)

Wouldn't they have known about this article from the past and then just used counter measures to avoid detection?

about 8 months ago

Student Arrested For Using Phone App To 'Shoot' Classmates

Xenious actually.... (706 comments)

I'd like to see this go to trial and see if they can really get a conviction. It would be very cool if they fail and then get sued for damages and compensation.

1 year,2 days

Megatokyo Gets a Visual Novel Game

Xenious Re:In Regards to the Visual Novel (88 comments)

Thanks for posting this. I'm really surprised by the negative comments here. Yes the updates have been infrequent of late but MT has a big foundation with the same spirit as Slashdot from its roots. I'm excited about the project (and backing it myself). While a Visual Novel may be a bit unfamiliar here in the US I'm interested in how the different story arcs will play out and am excited for it more as a 4 dimensional representation of the published MT books. W00t!

about a year ago

Tool Reveals iPad and iPhone User Locations

Xenious Can be used to find where people live.... (36 comments)

Hmmm, "it can be used to find where people live", so can a phone book. ;) A lot of the time summaries take a very specific issue (quoting from Thornburg) "this relies upon running an access point with no DHCP, which is what forces the iDevice to send ARPs for the last DHCP server it used" and escalating it to a more dramatic issue. Sometimes with a very simple partial solution (again from Thornburg) "NO device should be configured to automatically join wifi networks," and a general attack with the open source vs closed or apple vs anyone fighting. Grated the dry description isn't as eye catching but its much more logical.

For the record yes I have an iPhone and no I am not setup to automatically join new wifi networks.

about a year ago

Why Working Remotely Needs To Make a Comeback

Xenious Some of both is best (455 comments)

I found that spending a few days a week at the office and a few days at the house provides a good split. When I need quiet I can focus on things best at home and at the office I can casually chat with co-workers and keep up with what's happening.

about a year and a half ago

New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

Xenious when a gun is taken by law enforcement (1591 comments)

So when it is determined that a gun owner needs to be relieved of their firearm by law enforcement (because they are no longer defined as able to own it) is the state going to re-imburse the owner the value of the gun? Would the funds come from some fund from gun sales tax? Are they temporarily taking it with the intention of returning it when able? Where will they be safely stored?

about a year and a half ago

Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

Xenious Yes it would (446 comments)

it would stop my iMessaging which is a bad thing (tm) to happen. Looks like its time for eye for an eye lawsuits.

about 2 years ago

School Regrets Swapping Laptops For iPads

Xenious They didn't swap back for a Mac?? Jeez (504 comments)

Actually and iPad is great for digital textbooks and content consuming. That's what they should use it for.

about 2 years ago

Is Innovation the Most Abused Word In Business?

Xenious Just like... (287 comments)

an economist writing a paper on technology, Innovation is an abused term all around. While the current smartphones might be more pervasive than innovative, they are being utilized and accommodated in more places. So in the end the application gatekeepers allow compatibility and I can do more on my phone than I ever could in the past. So is acceptance and exploitation of a technology, innovation?

about 2 years ago

How Apple Killed the Linux Desktop

Xenious Because the UI was "meh" (933 comments)

I promise I'm not trolling. I was very pro Linux as cool new UIs like Enlightenment started coming out. Shortly thereafter OS X really started taking off (albeit fueled by cool hardware design too) and I found that where the Linux UIs were rough and undependable the OS X UI (+look and feel) was sleek, smooth and very polished. On top of that you had all the functionality of the Linux OS underneath it. Aside from a higher cost, it couldn't compete. Temper this with the fact that I'm focusing on client use and not as much on server use.

Where I see the real value of Linux (and Android) is in embedded systems where GUI design may not be as critical.

about 2 years ago

Young Listeners Opt For Streaming Over Owning

Xenious What happens when blocked? (390 comments)

So you've got all your streaming music ready to go. You arrive at the office only to find they don't enjoy your use of streaming bandwidth as much as you do. Your music is blocked and you have no local tunes. You cry and listen to white noise and co-workers loud calls.

more than 2 years ago

In Nothing We Trust

Xenious The problem is overall unhappiness (910 comments)

When people are unhappy they project their dissatisfaction on their world. Some have less money to work with, some have no jobs, some have no hope of a job after graduation. The news is constantly reminding us of how everything is depressing. Proposed changes bring fears of higher taxes which leads to fears of less money when budgets are already challenged. Fear makes people lock down and avoid change. The current climate will continue until better financial times return or people decide better financial times aren't their source of happiness.

more than 2 years ago

You're Driving All Wrong, Says NHTSA

Xenious Troubling outcome (756 comments)

This is another troubling outcome of trying to alter the optimum behavior for control to accommodate for over-done safety or security. Maybe the intensity of the airbag or placement can be modified so that the optimal place for controlling the wheel is still used?

Surely the government wouldn't mandate an over achieving potentially harmful design in the name of security would they?

more than 2 years ago

All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

Xenious Age discrimination (483 comments)

When they post congressmen and senators they should list their ages along with their party affiliation. That way you know when they are old fogies and walked uphill both ways in snow to the capitol building when they were younger.

more than 2 years ago

Apple Switches (Mostly) To OpenStreetMap

Xenious Awful data (218 comments)

It is pretty sad that their dump is from 2010 because streets in my part of town that have been there since 2001 are not on the map. I say use Google. At least it is always up to date.

more than 2 years ago

The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

Xenious let's normalize and remove taxes from discussions (1205 comments)

Let's stop the influx of "get over it" comments from Europe by removing the taxes from the price discussion. Then we can all equally complain about the cost of refined petrol instead of how much our governments like to add to the fees.

more than 2 years ago

Sensor Networks In San Francisco Finds Parking Spots

Xenious or.... (209 comments)

you could tear down a few blocks and build a parking garage and have tons of parking!

more than 2 years ago

Wikipedia Still Set For Full Blackout Wednesday

Xenious Thanks a buttload, Chet... (291 comments)

I'm all for calling attention to stupid legislation, but causing major inconvenience to me just angers me against you. I think a full blackout against reading the site is just BS. Just make everyone do a couple of extra clicks to get to the content and call it good. I suppose I'll brush up on my French in case I need to look something up that day.

more than 2 years ago


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