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Free Software Foundation Endorses a "Truly Free" Laptop

colesw Re:"Truly free", but with Intel inside(tm) (340 comments)

...but with Intel inside..I laughed...

Why does that make you laugh? Please, do tell, what's the open alternative.

I think the fact that it has Intel inside, but is called "Truly Open" is what makes it funny. Until I saw the hardware, my first impression was that they had sourced open source hardware, to be truly free and all.
Just because there is no open alternative, doesn't mean that it is "Truly Open".

1 year,2 days
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Amazon Offers Cut of Ebook Sales To Book Stores Selling Kindle

colesw Re:lifespan? (80 comments)

I'm also just over the three year mark on my original kindle. No plans on replacing it unless the screen messed up, or I can't read for at least a week without charging.

about a year ago
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Leak: Almost a Third of Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatches Are Being Returned

colesw Re:Best Buy? (365 comments)

At least in Canada they will price match any online ad (and give you 10% of the difference as well).

I price matched my TV from dell.com

about a year ago
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Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

colesw Re:Why? (569 comments)

A reported prison population ...

about a year ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

colesw Re:They pretend (655 comments)

Like screwing up the software that controls your breaks? Or perhaps the auto pilot of the plane you are on? This list could go on for quite a while for the things that are now programmed by 'IT' people that could kill you.

about a year ago
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EA Repeats As 'Worst Company In America'

colesw Re:And Slashdot repeats and repeats (346 comments)

Except the first story was about being in the finals on the poll, this one is about 'winning' the poll ...

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon Payment Adds "No Class Action" Language To Terms of Service

colesw Arbitration Package (147 comments)

Maybe I'm missing something, since I've never had to go through arbitration (or small claims court). But couldn't a lawyer/firm put together a kit to show you what you needed to do to take these cases to small claims court, or even requesting arbitration? Do companies have a time limit for arbitration? I could only imagine if a law firm did a "class" action style sign up for these kits, and charged people a small amount of money for it (generic kit, couple hours, sell it for like $10 even) that it would cost these companies a large sum of money to respond to all of them.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Catch Photoshop Plagiarism?

colesw Re:Change the assignment (284 comments)

This is so true, I'm taking some college courses online and I've picked up the solutions manuals for the courses. I'm not using these for the assignments, but I do use it to see what I've done wrong when my teachers provides no feedback. The one "awesome" teacher just attaches a word document for his marks, and this is just a copy and paste from the solutions manual. This is probably the teacher I've hated the most while doing courses online, he'll give you a mark like 5.74 out of 6, and then just the word document with no idea why the one number you got wrong was worth .26 of the assignment.

more than 2 years ago
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To Mollify Google on Moto Patents, Apple Proposes $1/Device Fee

colesw Re:Is $2.25 FRAND? (582 comments)

Not $2.25, 2.25% ... probably makes a bit more of a difference :)

more than 2 years ago
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48-Core Chips Could Redefine Mobile Devices

colesw Re:Desktop (285 comments)

Xeon is not usually considered a consumer product but a business product.

more than 2 years ago
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Captive Beluga Was Able To Mimic Speech

colesw Re:He was really saying... (103 comments)

I've seen said sponge speak in English, Spanish, Chinese, and other various "human" languages, so I don't think OP was that wrong :)

more than 2 years ago
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Regulators Smash Global Phone Tech Support Scam Operation

colesw Re:Heh, I remember them (110 comments)

I never did understand why someone would trust their computer, with all their pics and docs and private stuff, to some guy halfway across the planet.

And on that note I use to have a co-worker with a strong Indian accent, even though he had lived here in Canada for about 20 years, and he would have people hang up on him because they didn't want to speak to someone in India.

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise of Paid Wikipedia Consulting

colesw Re:Difference between adding and subtracting (85 comments)

And who is to say what is an important fact?

Someone interested in geological formations would obviously find those facts important. Someone interested in the wild life of the area could be very interested to know what type of moose your country has while doing a project.

This is the problem with a bias free publication, because just by omitting unimportant facts you are generating bias no matter what you would like the internet to believe.

more than 2 years ago
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Booted From Airplane For Wearing Anti-TSA T-shirt

colesw Re:Not the TSA (826 comments)

You mean where the TSA passed cleared him through security and then at Delta's insistence had to then re-review him, clear him again (this time with some harassment of course), and then have Delta's pilot throw him off the plane? Clearly sounds like that is ALL the TSA's fault! Neither Delta or the pilot did anything wrong at all!

more than 2 years ago
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Legitimate eBook Lending Community Closed After Copyright Complaints

colesw Re:As an Indie Author Myself... (288 comments)

So did they let you borrow the book, or pirate it? You never actually answered the reason you decided to try the site, just that he had a shitty search engine.

more than 2 years ago
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War By Remote Control, With Military Robots Set To Self Destruct

colesw Re:expendable (144 comments)

Although unlike landmines you won't have millions of land mines sitting in the ground for decades waiting for people to step on them.

more than 2 years ago

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