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Greenpeace: Amazon Fire Burns More Coal and Gas Than It Should

danbob999 Re:Apple no saint with 2 year disposable iPads (287 comments)

It's an Apple issue, beacause they make it hard to replace the battery, which is probably what is going to fail after 2 years

4 days ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

danbob999 Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

I understand some people are honestly trying to make money by selling quality software. But others write a crappy application that they wouldn't even use themselves, put ads in it, and then hope that some people will be stupid enough to keep it for a few days on their phone and then make a few cents with advertisement. At least if those applications were in an "ad-supported" category, we could filter them out.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

danbob999 Re:Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

Neither am I paying for my text editor, file archiver, ssh client and media player. But you are telling me that a flashlight cellphone application wouldn't exist without ads? At least paid applications you know the price up front. With in-app purchase or ad ware you can be fooled by installing a crappy application.

about two weeks ago
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Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

danbob999 Good. Now what about ads? (139 comments)

We should be able to filter out adware applications too. I don't understand how people tolerate adware and nag screens on their cellphone. I thought the days of the infamous WinZIP "I agree" were over. I certainly wouldn't use a file browser, instant messaging client or or text editor on my PC with ads. I don't see why it would be anymore acceptable on phones.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

danbob999 Re:IBM # is misleading (272 comments)

So? Indians are not employees? They somewhat doesn't count because they earn less?

about two weeks ago
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The World's Best Living Programmers

danbob999 damned multi-page (285 comments)

Jon Skeet Main claim to fame: Legendary Stack Overflow contributor
Gennady Korotkevich Main claim to fame: Competitive programming prodigy
Linus Torvalds Main claim to fame: Creator of Linux
Jeff Dean Main claim to fame: The brains behind Google search indexing
John Carmack Main claim to fame: Creator of Doom
Richard Stallman Main claim to fame: Creator of Emacs, GCC
Petr Mitrechev Main claim to fame: One of the top competitive programmers of all time
Fabrice Bellard Main claim to fame: Creator of QEMU
Doug Cutting Main claim to fame: Creator of Lucene
Donald Knuth Main claim to fame: Author of The Art of Computer Programming
Anders Hejlsberg Main claim to fame: Creator of Turbo Pascal
Ken Thompson Main claim to fame: Creator of Unix
Adam D'Angelo Main claim to fame: Co-founder of Quora
Sanjay Ghemawat Main claim to fame: Key Google architect

about three weeks ago
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing

danbob999 Re:Wait for tha Apple zealots... (198 comments)

Apple was late with "retina" because Android vendors already had 800x480 while Apple was at 480x320. Apple only took the resolution lead for a short while. Then Android vendors came out with 1280x720 phones.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

danbob999 Re:Good! (619 comments)

People buy more trucks/SUV in the US. Cars are larger, have worse fuel consumption, and this is a pollution problem. Per capita CO2 emissions is higher in the US than almost every other country. So yes, gas is way too cheap in the US.

about a month ago
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Amazon Announces 'Fire Phone'

danbob999 Re:Resolution is 1280x720 (192 comments)

That's because no benchmark is using any significant amount of RAM. Any benchmark using just 1.5GB RAM would make the iPhone rank near the bottom. Most CPU benchmarks are actually javascript benchmarks and tells more about the software (javascript engine) than the performance of the CPU. Also, there is nothing wrong with releasing a phone with low specs. But the price should be lower. The Moto G is an excellent phone for the price. The Fire Phone shouldn't be more expensive than the Nexus 5 to begin with.

about a month and a half ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

danbob999 Re:Units! (176 comments)

Many "32" class" TV are in fact 31.5" when you look at the details because they are 80 cm which is even less than 31.5" (so should be rounded down to 31")

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

danbob999 Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

Even if every citizen of Virginia was a member of the Slashdot Party, and we were leading in the polls, the state of Vriginia still wouldn't organize a primary for us. Primaries are only organized for parties, and a party is defined as such:

"Party" or "political party" means an organization of citizens of the Commonwealth which, at either of the two preceding statewide general elections, received at least 10 percent of the total vote cast for any statewide office filled in that election.

It's pretty much impossible to get 10% of the vote without being a party. And you can't be a party if you didn't receive 10% of the vote. Typical chicken-egg problem to enforce that there will never be more than two parties.

about a month and a half ago
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House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

danbob999 Re:Democrats voted (932 comments)

What's wrong is to have state-sponsored open primaries. That's fundamentally anti-democratic. Why should the state organize primaries for only 2 parties? There are dozens of small parties out there which would like to receive the same treatment. Parties should organize primaries themselves.

about a month and a half ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

danbob999 Re:Russia (417 comments)

Canada's number one rival in the North isn't Russia. It's another country called the USA. There is a conflict over a part of the sea near the boundary between Alaska and Yukon. Canada's number two rival isn't Russia either. It's Denmark. Canada and Denmark both claim a tiny island which is on the border between the two countries. Russia does not claim any territory claimed by Canada.

about 2 months ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

danbob999 Free peering (238 comments)

Peering/Transit is a complex economic topic but it is never free. You have to pay for the hardware. I can say that everyone is free to peer with me for free. They *only* have to bring a Gigabit Ethernet cable to my basement. By the way, I live on a tiny island away from the civilization. Also, if my 8 ports switch is full, they have to buy me another switch.

about 2 months ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

danbob999 Re:A decent machine (316 comments)

The base model with only 4GB RAM and 64GB storage is pretty much useless instead to be used as an expensive tablet. To replace a laptop, MS knows most people would need 8GB RAM and 128 GB storage... but such option doesn't exist so they are forced to get the $1300 tablet, and then buy a keyboard cover. We are talking about $1400-1500 to replace both a laptop and a tablet. Great device for portability, screen resolution, but expensive.

about 2 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

danbob999 Re:Winner determined by new sales? (197 comments)

I understand it's the metric for TelCos, because they care about the amount of paying customers, no matter what phone they use. It's even better for them to have customers paying for a SIM card and not even using it in a phone. However, to know who's winning the smartphone platform war, we can't rely on that, just like we can't rely on the number of Internet connections to ISPs to determine who's winning the desktop operating system war.

about 3 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

danbob999 Re:Winner determined by new sales? (197 comments)

Some people have more than one SIM. Others use the same SIM in more than one device. Also, a smartphone can still can be usefull without a SIM card.

about 3 months ago
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7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated

danbob999 Re:Winner determined by new sales? (197 comments)

Total adoption is hard to dertermine. Is a phone bought 3 years ago still used? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe it's only used as a remote control for the TV while the same person has a new phone. Does that count? Hard to say.

about 3 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

danbob999 Re:Myopia (482 comments)

The telcos also provided rotary home phones at first, and they managed/owned your inside wiring. Things have changed, they should change for cell phones too.

about 3 months ago

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