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How Mobile Apps Are Reinventing the Worst of the Software Industry

ckaminski Re:App permissions (333 comments)

Blackberry didn't. Which is what makes it a better Android than Android.

An app can ask for the permissions, but you can deny them from the OS. The app might still not work, but it's not getting access to your camera or mike unless you want it to.

Apple and Google both FUBAR'd this.

about 7 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

ckaminski Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

Yes it does, you nitwit.

about 7 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

ckaminski Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

The real answer is to tax spending, not income OR wealth. FairTax.org

about 7 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

ckaminski Re:End the MIC? (506 comments)

Social Security is a ponzi.

about 7 months ago
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FreeBSD Throws the Clang/LLVM Switch: Future Releases Use LLVM

ckaminski Re:Grin (360 comments)

Everyone seems to forget that the GPL wasn't created for DEVELOPER freedom, but for end-user freedom.

Dummies. :-P

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?

ckaminski Re:Find someone to help (239 comments)

He could have sold out.

Successful businesses could have been ended for any number of reasons. Video stores come to mind - arcades, skating rinks, drive-ins, etc. Massive changes in demographics killed entire industries.

As a general rule, however, I'm skeptical of entrepreneurs in 2012 talking on Slashdot. :-)

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Video Monitors For Areas That Are Off the Grid?

ckaminski Be wary (340 comments)

Any commercial infrared camera (game cameras) can be detected at night by simply turning the bright lights off. You'll have to spend $$$$$$ for motion sensing night vision gear if you don't want your evidence to "disappear" as the trash appears.

 

about 2 years ago
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Largest Moon Rock Ever Auctioned Expected To Sell For $380,000

ckaminski Provenance? (49 comments)

How the hell can anyone say with any amount of certainty where a meteorite come from?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?

ckaminski Re:dyk (397 comments)

Only if your free time is worth $0 to you.

about 2 years ago
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China Unveils Yet Another Stealth Fighter

ckaminski Re:Money best spent elsewhere... (223 comments)

You can't help people (witness drug addicts, alcoholics, etc).

They have to help themselves - else you'll be helping them FOREVER (I.E. America's own Trillion dollar welfare state).

I'd rather spend money on rocketships.

about 2 years ago
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What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed

ckaminski Re:Windows Phone 8 (246 comments)

And fucking all of the WinMo 6 folks by moving to a completely incompatible architecture surely helped. How'd that work out for Palm?

about 2 years ago
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Don't Build a Database of Ruin

ckaminski Re:Good luck with that (209 comments)

What's the big deal. Other than Staples, every place I go that has a "loyalty" program has a card they let non-members use right there on the terminal. I always get Stop & Shop and CVS discounted pricing.

about 2 years ago
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Large Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapses With a Loss of $5.6 Million

ckaminski Re:Is Bitcoin trace-able ? (327 comments)

And the Fed's manipulation of rates has broken natural competition between banks. If a banker has a good eye to investments and makes an AWESOME return for his clients, that should encourage them to give more money back to their capital holders (savers) and thereby draw more customers allowing him to make more deals.

The Fed skews this by setting on rate - no real competition in rates (until the Internet banks came along), and those profits instead go to the CEOs and management, who have very little skin in the game, since they buy and sell their debt to the Fed (who transfers it to the taxpayer).

Biggest. Ponzi. Ever.

about 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

ckaminski Re:Nice Political Flamebait (1469 comments)

They always backpedal when their mouth gets away from them.

more than 2 years ago
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The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

ckaminski Re:Nice Political Flamebait (1469 comments)

No. Dont. Stop.

No ALWAYS means no.

more than 2 years ago
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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

ckaminski Re:Downgrade rights (671 comments)

Except my touch trackpad on my MBP and my mac mini have right mouse buttons...

Apple may still ship a one-button mouse, but it's one button in physicality only.

more than 2 years ago
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CowboyNeal Weighs In On the Windows 8 "Metro" GUI

ckaminski Re:Downgrade rights (671 comments)

This pisses me off. I can't have two excel spreadsheets side by side unless I open two instances of Excel. Fucking win - not.

MDI blows.

more than 2 years ago
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Why Apple Is Suing Every Android Manufacturer In Sight

ckaminski Re:History (738 comments)

Unless you're buying a new phone, or you are really lucky, you're not getting ICS. The Motorola Droid for instance, isn't getting it - even though it's capable of running it.

more than 2 years ago
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Koch Bros Study Finds Global Warming Is Real And Man-Made

ckaminski Re:State =/= government (769 comments)

No, it is the collective dishonesty of an entire nation (nay world) in which +8-11% ($$) per year FOREVER was a mathematically possible outcome.

more than 2 years ago
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Feds Ban 'Buckyballs' Magnets

ckaminski Re:faux-libertarian dipshits (820 comments)

I prefer to keep the CPSC aimed at finding problems that AREN'T fucking obvious, like bad plastic in car seats.

Eating a handful of rare earth magnets runs up there in the fucking obviously bad idea if you're smarter than a 5th grader category. Fuck that.

more than 2 years ago

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