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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

bickerdyke Re:"Affluent and accomplished" is not the criterio (158 comments)

People.

The reason is people.

They put their bar and siting room and tennis court in their leaflets, but you buy your membership because of who is sitting, drinking and playing there. And the information they have.

11 hours ago
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Netropolitan Is a Facebook For the Affluent, and It's Only $9000 To Join

bickerdyke Re:Oh my (158 comments)

As Moist von Lipwick already knew, this is the essence of a really good scam. Nothing lets someone leave all sense and care behind as the prospect of fleecing someone else.

11 hours ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

bickerdyke Re:Lucky them (156 comments)

I'm calling the Walkman to the stand to support your point.

(Intresting enough, over here "xeroxing" and "kleenex" never reached such a generic status)

3 days ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

bickerdyke Re:Lucky them (156 comments)

And my old clueless aunt calls Firefox "Internet Explorer". And even if she means Firefox, that's still wrong!

Going to court to allow using wrong semantics... sorry, but we're definitly headed towards "Idiocracy"!

3 days ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

bickerdyke Re:Lucky them (156 comments)

And "work" is much shorter than "having a beer at the local bar". But I still can't use the term "I'm at work" when I'm getting wasted. Words have meanings and are not interchangeable, you know...

3 days ago
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Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

bickerdyke Re:If there was only one viable choice ... (156 comments)

Yahoo, Astavista, ... amongst others

Astavista? Thank you for pointing out what kind of search queries you were intrested in :-)

3 days ago
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To Really Cut Emissions, We Need Electric Buses, Not Just Electric Cars

bickerdyke Re:Well, we really should be at that stage by now. (486 comments)

But even if lost due to non-nuclear reasons, the nuclear inventory will be lost with the rest of the ship and happily lie waiting for the containment to rust away in the salt water.

about two weeks ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

bickerdyke Re: Talk is cheap. (266 comments)

is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins, is it better to burn out or fade away?

Doesn't matter as long as you're doing it in dignity.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

bickerdyke Re:how about .... (131 comments)

OK, so what's the realistic way to use an app that uses more bandwidth than your plan includes?

If you want to use an app that plays video (and you want to use it outside of your wifi) you need a way to get those videos to your phone.

I basically agree with you on that here

The issue here is that most smart phone plans make you, the user, responsible for paying for the total amount of bandwidth consumed, but the phone and the apps don't give you a good mechanism to allow you to act on that responsibility in a meaningful way.

It's not that bad as decent mobile OS offers you options to a) see and meter the data volume used up per application and restrict network activities that are not triggered by actively using the app to a wifi environment ("background data") and even have a list what wifis aren't anything but tethering hooks for another mobile data access.

And as you mentioned, the other problem is feature creep. An app gets added a video play feature, and the data usage goes up. But it's still the app developers who have the right to decide what the "correct" scope of features for their app is. And asuming the developers aren't complete morons, tradeoffs in size, network usage, accessibility and such have been carefully considered and are outweighed by new benefits. (If not, the devs probably ARE morons, but everyone has toe right to make their own app worse than before.)

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

bickerdyke Re:how about .... (131 comments)

Absolutely right.

On the other hand, we still require these not-technologically inclined people to select and sign-up for a data-plan. The proper selection already requires them to be available to connect "seeing videos on cellphone" with "huge data volume required"

So if an app starts to play video, one should know that you're going towards your data limit at bullet-speed. And who else but user (and cellphone provider) know where that limit is? That information is not availble to the facebook app and so that descision has to be made by the user.

I know we can't and shouldn't expect that from facebook-app-user Joe Sixpack, but we already expected him to estimate his bandwidth and monthly data usage when signing up for a data plan. Sp you either can expect an informed descision about video loading or you need to start way earlier.

And for the sake of the argument imagine a good salesperson who is not intrested in just selling the most expensive option and asks "Are you planning to watch mobile video on your phone?". If the user answers "no" here and suddenly sees videos on ths phone, he should remember that his plan may be a bit too small for that.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

bickerdyke Re:how about .... (131 comments)

Ok, so you're saying "never launch the Facebook app" is the only responsible choice?

If you have a limited data-plan, using apps that autoplay/preload huge amount of data is irresponsible.

The sane choice of course would be for the facebook app to limit mobile data usage by culling data-heavy features as video autoplay. At least in a market where most users have data caps on their mobile plans. Or have it optional. If it's opt-in or opt-out could still be determined by the current data-plan prices.

It's worth remembering that not using the facebook app is supposed to hit facebook harder than yourself.

facebook is no human right and neither are mobile videos. And if you use your phone to watch video streaming, you should have a data-plan that matches your online.usage.

about two weeks ago
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

bickerdyke Re:Bad Planning (194 comments)

So not with their own money, but still the government pays for it.

about three weeks ago
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Google Wants To Test Driverless Cars In a Simulation

bickerdyke Re:so what is the problem? (173 comments)

Please define "simulation".

You can't test some rare situations in real life because they are so rare.

For example car accidents. We're glad that they have been greatly reduced in real life and aren't predictable enough so that cars can be deliberatly sent into real life accidents. That's why we're running simulated accidents, crash tests. Of course not a computer simulation, it's still a simulation that neglects human factors. (evasion maneuvers might lead to other impact angles and speeds, passengers tensing and bracing for impact are simulated by limp dummys)

These "actual physical" simulations also only test what the test designers have accounted for. (It's just that hurling a large mass at a concrete wall isn't a highly dynamic system so it can be safely assumed that all important parametrs have been accounted for)

(Wow, i guess that's the first correct car anaolgy...)

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

bickerdyke Re:Free market (257 comments)

Well, I once thought that too.

But after receiving the same shitty customer "service" from a more expensive phone company, I decided that if I'm to get screwed over, I'm not going to pay extra for it.

about a month ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

bickerdyke Re:One solution (375 comments)

Call the unexploded scotsman disposal squad?

about a month ago
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Correcting Killer Architecture

bickerdyke Re:How about preventing KA? (98 comments)

Sunshields would be a workaround and not a PREVENTION.

Prevention starts at the problem source, which is a curved, reflective surface. Making the curve non-parabolic or pointing the aperture north would have been prevention. But sunshades are rather acknowleding the problem and working around it. (Usually adding more complexity and points of failure, but that's another story)

Yes, sometimes you have to use workarounds, maybe the source of the problem might be the solution to an even bigger problem, or the new problem isn't big enough to warrant fundamental design changes, but still that's not prevention.

about a month ago
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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

bickerdyke Re:Unrealistic... (47 comments)

OK, you're right with that, but on the other hand it would be okay to measure the results of any therapy only compared to the number of patients who want it to be successful in the first place.

about a month and a half ago
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Researchers Create Virtual Reality 'Parties' To Treat Drug Addiction

bickerdyke Re:Unrealistic... (47 comments)

This is about teaching on HOW to say no despite peer pressure.

about a month and a half ago

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Telecommunications data retention unconstitutional

bickerdyke bickerdyke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

bickerdyke (670000) writes "The highest german court ruled this morning that the advance retention of telecommunications data is unconstitutional. Collected data has to be deleted immedeatly.

Comming into effect January 2009, telephone and internet providers had to store information about each and every telephone, internet or email connection for 6 months. 35,000 people sued against that law at the Bundesverfassungsgericht

Article in german: http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Karlsruhe-kippt-Vorratsdatenspeicherung-2-Update-943695.html
Press release: http://www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/pressemitteilungen/bvg10-008.html"

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