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Reading Rainbow Kickstarter Earns One Million Dollars In Less Than a Day

beckett Re:Two Problems (164 comments)

can't let your kids grow up with poor trigger discipline, that's just wrong.

about 8 months ago

Wireless Carriers In Huge Washington Lobby Fight Over Spectrum Auction

beckett Preview of paid research c/o Canadian Telcos (51 comments)

Canadian telcos have also been busy buying university research.

Canada has only 3 large telco companies, and they all work together. they do wonderful free market things like raise their prices simultanously last week..

Jeffery Church from University of Alberta seems to have taken a pro-incumbent stance in his research. he has been presenting this research at conferences indicating canada's incumbents are playing fair. read the paper here. he's also been busily writing pro-incumbent columns for the National Post.

Dwayne Winseck from Carleton University has been calling bullshit on this bought research, and you can hear his criticism of the paper and the comm industry on his CanadaLand podcast interview.

about 10 months ago

NYPD Is Beta-Testing Google Glass

beckett Re:Here's how it works kiddies! (158 comments)

"Well, I was chasing the suspect and my Google Glass fell off, so I don't have footage of the event. I have NO idea how he fell down and broke both arms, both legs (multiple fractures each), and caved his own skull in so he can't testify...err...caved his own skull in..."

sounds like the slashdot beta experience.

about a year ago

Russia Plans To Extend Edward Snowden's Asylum

beckett Re:Come stand trial. (315 comments)

snowden had been working in the defense industry for a decade before he decided to join Booz Allen et al. He had ample opportunity to find out what was really going on behind the curtain before he made the decision to blow the whistle.

1 year,2 days

The Year's Dumbest Moments in Tech

beckett Re:Mavericks was glitchy? (96 comments)

using it right now. works great. dual menu bars are useful. the screens operate independently, and have their own virtual spaces.

1 year,26 days

Cassini Gets Amazing Views of Saturn's Hexagon

beckett Re:Let me be among the first... (50 comments)

Farnsworth: Fry, but astronomers renamed Uranus in 2620 to end that stupid joke once and for all.

Fry: Oh. What's it called now?

Farnsworth: Urectum.

about a year ago

Woman Fined For Bad Review Striking Back In Court

beckett good news for Everclear! (249 comments)

Any publicity is good publicity! we're talking about the drink, right? oh crap.

about a year ago

Unpublished J. D. Salinger Stories Leaked On Bittorrent Site

beckett Re:That's terrible... Salinger won't write any mor (218 comments)

Maybe Princeton shouldn't be in the business of playing gatekeeper to a dead man's paranoiac death wishes about publication. .

what.cd admins took down the file out of respect to the author as well. Princeton's not the only gatekeeper in this story.

about a year ago

NY Police Get Tall SUVs To Combat Texting While Driving

beckett taller SUVs payoff for the hungry investor (319 comments)

More truck means slower pursuit and longer interdiction times, but just think of how many doughnuts a Yukon with a lift kit will haul! no more embarassing loading-u-haul-in-the-crispy-creme-parking-lot for NY cops.

about a year ago

Jury Finds Newegg Infringed Patent, Owes $2.3 Million

beckett not over yet (324 comments)

guaranteed if Newegg is taking such a strong position vs. patent trolls, this is not over by a long shot.

expect appeals for years to come.

about a year ago

The Surprising Second Life of the PlayStation Vita

beckett Re:Moave? (161 comments)

the "no rootkit" canary LED?

about a year ago

Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

beckett Re:It's not about innovation (219 comments)

The design is OBVIOUS.

this argument is invalidated by Samsung successfully carving niches for a 5" note, a 7" tablet, and phones with wider and taller screens than the iphone's. the iphone itself has also grown an extra row of icons in height. there are criteria regarding screen size selection that have outgrown the original 'human hand' argument.

Rounded edges. Wow. Not having rounded edges are uncomfortable in your pocket. Oblong, well oval or round phones are not comfortable in your pocket either and you'd also like something that doesn't use more space other than to house the required components, of which the size of the touch screen is probably the most important factor.

I too, have 20/20 hindsight. You also focus on the hardware design, and fail to acknowledge the blatant copying of the the IOS look and feel. it wasn't accidental, there are 132 pages which look at every aspect of the iphone with the intention to copy software features wholesale.

Most people handed the same components would come up with the same generic design.

This is precisely the argument, except the components were proprietary at the time. During the development of the phones in dispute, Samsung was responsible for mfg. parts for the iphone and ipad, including screen. of course they would have intimate access to the components ahead of the competition, which is how apple stays ahead. Samsung abused their agreements with apple, and were given an unfair competitive advantage./p

about a year ago

Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

beckett Re:The distinction is minor (223 comments)

You magnetically drop your device into place onto a block on a power cord. Instead of plugging the power cord into your device. The actual distinction in convenience is a half a second of fiddling per day.

this was why i was genuinely surprised to see cordless mice and keyboards being so commonplace, even though the distance and hassle is so minimal with such devices.

cables are a necessary evil. i'd much rather have a clean desk.

about a year ago

Amazon Gets Blow-Back Over Plan To Sell Kindles At Small Bookshops

beckett Re:May as well get SOME money (176 comments)

Right, the music industry made such a big comeback and now you see music stores on every corner. CD's are still sold, but not many in independent shops.

Who said anything about CD's? Before Technology seems to be interesting again.

about a year ago

Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

beckett Re:Never expect (274 comments)

No, places I would never expect would be Kansas, Siberia and the middle of the Sahara. If cable television has taught me anything, it's that the sea is out to kill me. If I can smell saltwater in the air, I'm expecting some explosion of deadliness.

who says they have to be marine only? bioinvasive, freshwater jellies have been found:

Hamilton County
Erie County, Ohio
Trenton, Ontario
Hoosier county (aka Laporte), Indiana

about a year ago

Scientists Says Jellyfish Are Taking Over the Oceans

beckett Re:On the plus side (274 comments)

we can farm turtles through aquaculture techniques and mitigate directed fishing pressure on sea turtles and wild eggs. this farm has been operating for over 40 years, and can complete the life cycle from hatch to reproductive recruitment.

"We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting." - Jacques Yves Cousteau

about a year ago

Robotic Surgery Complications Going Underreported

beckett Re:I wish I could say this stage was unnecessary (99 comments)

Sorry, I didn't mean to sound facetious.

I didn't perceive you were being facetious. Rather, you came off as an antiintellectual.

get a better dictionary.

about a year ago

Adobe Breach Compromised Over 38 Million Users, Photoshop Source Code

beckett Re:We can always hope (145 comments)

CS6 has content aware fill.

about a year ago



how did the switch to digital broadcasting go?

beckett beckett writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Theodore Bagwell II (27524) writes "1. i don't live in the US
2. i upgraded a while ago
3. Ma couldn't watch her stories, dagnabit!
4. i torrent everything so i missed all the commercials
5. i watch CowboyNeal's 2000" TV
6. I don't watch TV."


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