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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

aNonnyMouseCowered Like Microsoft Encarta? (331 comments)

No, I thinks this would be more like those ancient multimedia encyclopedias that came out on CDROM. Or maybe like those kiddie edutainment titles where you click on characters/object to make them dance, jump etc.

yesterday
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

aNonnyMouseCowered Conspiracy theory (222 comments)

Apple planned the outage to make the iFaithful salivate more and to prove to the tech press that demand is high.

about a week ago
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Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:RT.com? (535 comments)

It's downright retarded. China is more of a threat than Cuba is to US. Why not a trade embargo against China?

about a week ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

aNonnyMouseCowered Discounted not free (121 comments)

6 cents a book at current prices seems more like Amazon's discounted books business model. So it's not exactly free. Hell even brick and mortar stores conduct cut-price "sales". And at war time, reading books would have been a luxury both at home and at the battlefield. So selling them at the cost of production or at lost is more likely investing for the future loyalty of customers.

about two weeks ago
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New US Airstrikes In Iraq Intended to Protect Important Dam

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Eurasia vs. oceania (215 comments)

The significance of your list assumes that Country = Country's Government. That might be more or less the case for most Western countries with a democratically government. But what about the Arab states. We have no way of knowing if the masses of those countries are actually sympathetic to IS cause (sympathetic until they actually have the chance to live other it). So while a certain Arab government might condemn IS, their support for any US military action might be just that, fighting words without any bite. Who knows if this will turn out to be a coalition of one backed up by a peanut gallery of nations unwilling to contribute a single soldier or even let their territory be used as an operations base.

about two weeks ago
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NVIDIA Sues Qualcomm and Samsung Seeking To Ban Import of Samsung Phones

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:So.. (110 comments)

I don't know if the patents legitimate or not. They could be legitimate (ie approved by some patent office and not yet invalidated by a court) and still be bad patents. But a high-profile IT company that starts filing patent law suits can only mean one thing, the company has peaked and is on its way down. So maybe you should start looking for your graphic card and cellphones elsewhere? (AMD suing Intel is a different thing, since it concerns Intel's supposed monopolistic business practices.)

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

aNonnyMouseCowered And why does Russia need to expand? (789 comments)

"A country of merely 140 million, this may well be Russia's last chance to expand its borders until the end of history, so if that is Putin's goal then now is the time to play his hand as hard as he possibly dares to."

And that is what I don't understand. Russia is probably one of the most underpopulated but most resource rich countries in the world. Why does it need to expand its borders when it's already the LARGEST country in the world?

I can understand if China wants the South China Sea to be its private oil field or fish pond so it can feed its billions. I can understand the Germany of old starting two world wars in a bid to increase their Lebensraum (living space). Ditto with Japan and Britain in their imperial wars of conquest. But Russia wanting even more territory? Or is it natural resources? Maybe the Siberia is too cold? Then Putin should be extending his dick south, not west.

This is plain nuts. They might as well send a space force to take over Mars. It's much bigger and the inhabitants are less hostile if any.

about two weeks ago
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In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

aNonnyMouseCowered Reports are still too sketchy (441 comments)

The reports (the Atlantic article is an opinion piece about the local reports regarding the incident) are too sketchy at this point to decide if there's a good probable cause for the teacher to be arrested (besides his having written a presumably controversial book, which is not a good reason for somebody in a presumably democratic country to get arrested).

What it does reveal is the attitude of the local reporters who appear to be somewhat supportive or at the very least neutral to the police action. I know, a news report is supposed to be objective. But I don't see any mention in the quoted parts of the news reports about the teacher's free speech rights. The "first ammendment" comment is in the Atlantic article not the news reports. Since these are local news reporters they probably also reflect local biases. Possible threats to safety are given more importance than any free speech rights.

about three weeks ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

aNonnyMouseCowered A foretaste of the future (336 comments)

I remember reading a book by Arthur C Clarke (I think it's something called Light of Other Days), where surveillance has become so pervasive because the technology to do so has become penny cheap everybody assumes everybody will be spied on. When that point is reached, then you'll have to take it for granted that somebody somewhere has a revealing photo of you. Does the shower head have an embedded nano-camera? What about that coffee mug?

So maybe when that time come people will just try to look their best everywhere whether it's in the crapper, bed or kitchen. In bed people will simply avoid embarassing/humiliating positions unless they want to be known as the hideous kinky type.

Worse than having a leaked photo of your naked self is having a leaked photo of your warts, love handles and other ugly spots. If you're built like a body builder or a supermodel, your nude photo can well become part of your professional resume. Who knows, maybe some celebs are deliberately careless about their nude photos because subconsciously they want the whole world to see how beautiful they are even when they're not wearing designer clothes?

about three weeks ago
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Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Nothing really new (187 comments)

I'm not sure if Google already has a solution (I still use a highly anonymous payment system called cash for most of my financial transactions). But all Android needs is the right API and vendors can potentially design their phones to that spec using components from any of the dozen or so semiconductor manufacturers that matter (Samsung, Qualcomm, Broadcom, etc). I mean why can't the hardware component of the payment system not be a "standard" like Bluetooth or 3G? The software part is clearly Google's problem, but the supposed fragmentation of Android isn't an unsurmountable hurdle for a unified mobile payment system.

about three weeks ago
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Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Temptation (542 comments)

The persecution of Christians in so-called communist regimes is really a side-effect of the fact that these Christian groups are primarily foreign-funded. The so-called "communist" regimes (in Marxist dogma there's no such thing as a truly communist regime since that is supposed to be the "perfection" of political development into a "classless" society) tend to be paranoid of anyone or anything that affects the social order. Every non-conformist is viewed as a dissident or worse, a foreign agent out to sabotage the State. Atheistic dissidents are also harrassed, locked up and murdered. Since they don't belong to an organized group, their cases tend not to be as greatly publicized.

about three weeks ago
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Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare

aNonnyMouseCowered Antisocial networks (76 comments)

Social networks make being a shut-in more socially acceptable when online meetings become a substitute for the real thing. FB meetings tend to be faceless except for your liberally retouched profile photo. And who knows if you're still having an intimate chat with that person in the photo and not her husband or the FBI already? With the possible exception of celebrities, you don't need the skills of an undercover agent to impersonate somebody in FB.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

aNonnyMouseCowered Clothes (635 comments)

Ancient technology I know, but I feel really naked when I try to leave home without them.

about three weeks ago
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Google Testing Drone Delivery System: 'Project Wing'

aNonnyMouseCowered From bots to robots? (52 comments)

Well it's seems Google is making a serious step toward a literally robotic future. That seems to be pretty obvious with its driverless car project. But when Google first acquired a fistful of robotics-related companies, some commentators speculated it was to allow Google to more effectively "mine" the data that would be flowing from what's effectively a mobile data scanner. Google already has Streetview and its book scanning project, so this, the reasoning went, is where Google's new robotic technologies will most likely slot in.

Now I don't know. Maybe Google is really planning to build a robot army.

about three weeks ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

Well, the statistic cited by the parent is interesting. I might be wrong in assuming that Indian kids don't get their own cellphones (maybe majority of them do have their own dumb/feature phone). Since India is a poorer country than the US, where people seem to have more of one device per device category, I'd expect a closer to 1:1 correspondence between number of cellphones to number of users, since more people wouldn't have the money to buy a second or third phone.

about three weeks ago
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Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:Discrimination (579 comments)

"Well, because that would be making an assumption without any credible data to support it, whereas there is avast amount of accumulated evidence showing that women are treated like shit in most walks of life."

There's even more overwhelming evidence that unless you're filthy rich, a celebrity, or the ruler of some big and powerful country you get treated like shit no matter if you're male, female or shemale.

I'm pretty sure Hilary Clinton will get better treated than 99% of the typical male population of the planet.

about three weeks ago
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Euro Bank Santander Commissions Study On Bitcoin's Impact On Banking

aNonnyMouseCowered Just like Linux ... (50 comments)

Bitcoin has been forked many times over. There are probably as many Bitcoin derivatives as there as GNU/Linux distributions. So it's not exactly the Banks (Microsoft) vs. Bitcoin (Ubuntu?).

Carrying the analogy further, there's another cryptocurrency family that's like the BSD of the virtual currency world, CryptoNote (https://cryptonote.org/coins/). One interesting CryptoNote feature is teh use of multiple public addresses generated from the owner's wallet key, in contrast to Bitcoin, where each wallet consists of a single unique public address.

about three weeks ago
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$33 Firefox Phone Launched In India

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:1 Billion Mobile Users? (83 comments)

Not even 1B mobile users. Indian has a relatively younger population than US and other first world countries. I'd expect that, because of poverty, most mom and pops there (who themselves own/share a cellphone) would be unwilling to spend extra to equip their children until they reach the where they can earn enough to at least work for their airtime. So no vanity sexting there, just the necessary communication.

about three weeks ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

aNonnyMouseCowered Re:original games? (113 comments)

mod parent up.

I haven't seen an original game since the PS1. Most/all of the popular most downloaded games can be shoehorned into a few dozen categories. The only "originality" I see comes from the refreshed graphics, a few plot tweaks and whatnot. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. But to insist that your (the developer's) game is all so brand spanking original that Thou Shalt Not Copy My (your hapless animal species here) Game is hypocritical to say the least.

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

aNonnyMouseCowered Simple solution ... (191 comments)

for the electronics part. Just back up your essential data in solid state storage. You'll be dead or severely injured before your SSD, SD card, etc, is damaged, at which point you stop worrying about your electronics.

As for the other, more important stuff, I have an emergency grab bag in my room just for such incidents. All the essentials, including the flashlight and first aid kid, are packed. The food is in the fridge, which is on the way out.

about a month ago

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Free and open source apps for Android

aNonnyMouseCowered aNonnyMouseCowered writes  |  about a year and a half ago

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) writes "One of my favorite freeware Android applications has been pulled from the Google Play app store. While I found a replacement for the app, I've decided to install only apps that won't become obsolete merely because of the developer's whim or lack of interest. With the exception of games, which I don't deem essential for work, I don't want to install potential abandonware even if they cost the pauperly sum of $0.00. My decision has thus far meant installing a relatively crude text editor like BusyBox's version of vi, rather than any one of those full-blown mobile office suites. I've found a short list of open source Android apps at Wikipedia, including the usual suspects, Firefox and the VLC media player. There are also links to two other sites at the end of the article. But even the more comprehensive listings have large gaps in them even when compared "merely" to the programs available in a typical GNU/Linux repository. So can anyone recommend useful or even just fun Free, Libre and Open Source Software for an Android smartphone or tablet? Free virtual beer to those that can find links for FLOSS programs for editing audiovisual media (Blender for Android?) and documents more sophisticated than HTML."
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