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ITU Softens On the Definition of 4G Mobile

Zixaphir Re:T-Mobile - The country's largest 4g Network (45 comments)

And why should they be shot? HSPA+ may not be as fast as LTE Wimax, but it is clearly superior to 3G technologies that proceeded it. HDSPA was already called 3.5G or Turbo 3G, Edge was originally considered to be a 3G network built on 2G technologies, so I don't see what the deal is. It's just a stupid buzzword for a family of technologies that's easier for the average consumer to understand than LTE / Wimax.

Again, these are all buzzwords. They were created by marketing to be abused like this, usually by pulling shit like having two different networks released within the same time frame and then calling faster of the two the next "generation" of speed. When this doesn't work, you get shit like AT&T with the fastest network and Verizon with the biggest. WOOHOO!

more than 3 years ago
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GoogleSharing, Now With No Trust Required

Zixaphir Well (152 comments)

Looks like Google has a huge pool in which to gather generalized data on what "people who want privacy" tend to do with that privacy from.

more than 3 years ago
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Devs Bet Big On Android Over Apple's iOS

Zixaphir Re:That sounds about right.... (328 comments)

It's sad, because the apple marketplace actually discourages using open code. You can't install anything that isn't through the app store, and you can't put anything on the app store without the intent to make money off of it. Otherwise, you're penalized with a developer fee that comes out of your own pocket with no way to have that fee waived. Free software is DOA on iOS.

more than 3 years ago
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Swiss Canton Abandons Linux Migration

Zixaphir Re:Hmm... (442 comments)

And when those 90% don't do anything to defend the system, they've lost touch with democracy. Seems all you gotta do to get what you want is be loud and obnoxious, so be loud and obnoxious.

about 4 years ago
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Swiss Canton Abandons Linux Migration

Zixaphir Hmm... (442 comments)

As much as I love Linux, it is nice to see a government who will do what the majority wants than what a niche minority lobbies for. Or perhaps it's nice to see a society that fights for what it wants, rather than a government where anyone who is against the corporate overmind is unimportant.

Of course, this is Windows 7 (and therefore Microsoft) that we're talking about. I'm certain ConsumerWatchdog doesn't honestly count as a public critic, so who is to say the same thing hasn't happened here. Dammit, I hate watching the fruits of the powers that be without getting a real glimpse of what's going on under the hood of the beast.

Ah, I hate being a conspiracy theorist, and I could probably throw out how corporations have rotted this world for their protection, and how the majority means nothing as the Dollar is king. Bow down to the almighty dollar who's at the top, and where are you?

But who is to say that happened here. I am just a rambler.

about 4 years ago
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Credit Cards That Think They Are Gadgets

Zixaphir Re:Biometrics? (239 comments)

So people who are educated in philosophy, computer science, and math are modded up as informative, but being educated in the English language is trolling?

about 4 years ago
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Credit Cards That Think They Are Gadgets

Zixaphir Re:Biometrics? (239 comments)

Actually, the correct term in this instance would be "have you ever tried". "Did you ever try" would imply he had previously suggested you change your fingerprints.

~A real grammar nazi.

about 4 years ago
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IE 9 Beta Strips Down For Speed

Zixaphir Re:No cross platform support either (288 comments)

I'm going to make some unfounded but logical assumptions about you. I'm going to assume you're a nerd or at least semi-geeky, because you use slashdot. Next, because of the previous assumption, I'm going to assume that many of your friends are geeks or nerds, and you generally hang around like-minded people. This sets your friend group in a niche. In this niche, there is probably a much higher probability that these people have opinions on technology and like to educate themselves about what is available, as it's logical to assume that a nerd or geek finds technology to be something of a hobby, and people tend to know a lot about things they consider hobbies.

Taking all of this into consideration, I'm going to assume that there is a higher likelihood of people in your friends group who want to put forth the effort to change operating systems on a computer or laptop or netbook, simply for the sake of exposure. So already we've assumed that the people you are friends with are more tech savvy, more opinionated about technology, and therefore more likely to try linux or whatever is out there. So within your group of friends, a percentage of even 20% that use linux would not be surprising. However, much like unscientific pools, it is an inaccurate measure for the rest of the uneducated, uninterested majority population that could give a crap about what their computer is running as long as it does, even with much difficulty (adware, spyware, malware, viri, popups, toolbars, etc), what they want it to do.

about 4 years ago
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Astronomers Find Diamond Star 4,000 km Wide

Zixaphir In The Future... (197 comments)

People will think that Lucy was the first human being who originally was a goddess who fell from the sky and had her star removed from the sky as a result of some sin. Suddenly, everything you know about mythology becomes a lot more made up by scientists, doesn't it?

about 4 years ago
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Pentagon Aims To Buy Up Book

Zixaphir Re:Is this really censorship? (347 comments)

My entire point revolved around what is and isn't censorship, not about the advantages or consequences of censorship. We have agreed that the book has been censored, so I have no further comments.

about 4 years ago
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Pentagon Aims To Buy Up Book

Zixaphir Re:Is this really censorship? (347 comments)

Damn right. You are "censoring" information you deem "inappropriate" for your audience. "Censorship is the suppression of speech or other communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the general body of people as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body." "When a publisher comes under pressure to suppress a book, but has already entered into a contract with the author, they will sometimes effectively censor the book by deliberately ordering a small print run and making minimal, if any, attempts to publicize it. This practice became known in the early 2000s as privishing."

about 4 years ago
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Facebook Surpasses Google For Users' Online Time

Zixaphir Re:Facebook? Try Farmville. (159 comments)

4chan has hookup threads, your argument is invalid.

about 4 years ago
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Facebook Surpasses Google For Users' Online Time

Zixaphir Re:Facebook? Try Farmville. (159 comments)

You now understand why women don't date gamers.

about 4 years ago
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HDR Video a Reality

Zixaphir heh heh (287 comments)

I wanna deprecate organic eyes. :3

about 4 years ago
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Mozilla Labs To Promote Open Web Gaming

Zixaphir Re:Maybe... (127 comments)

I hate to be under the mantle of "it works for me", but I have never seen firefox running over 500MB of memory, and I have to push it to get that high. I don't know what platform you're running on, I don't know if you have Microsoft's Silverlight plugin, I don't know what you're doing right or wrong, if anything, but I have never had any memory leak problems with firefox.

about 4 years ago
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Mozilla Labs To Promote Open Web Gaming

Zixaphir Re:Maybe... (127 comments)

I can agree with having the option on install or first start up. It doesn't exceptionally bother me, though, as you've probably already noticed. The track record of the security of Mozilla's (or anyone's, for that matter) automated update servers versus the track record of browser security in general makes it a kinda moot point for me. As for a violation of privacy, I have no idea where that idea comes from and I wonder what information you'd be transferring to Mozilla besides what version of their software you're using using automated updates.

about 4 years ago
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Mozilla Labs To Promote Open Web Gaming

Zixaphir Re:Maybe... (127 comments)

I am sorry, having to opt into updates is a security hazard in and of itself.

about 4 years ago
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Mozilla Labs To Promote Open Web Gaming

Zixaphir Re:Maybe... (127 comments)

I can not for the life of me understand how anyone thinks that Firefox is a substandard browser. It does everything I want it to do and more, while allowing me to tweak anything in almost any way I please.

about 4 years ago

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