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Kindle Fire Will Be Hotter Than iPad This Holiday

dancingmad Re:No access to Google Market - NO THANKS (258 comments)

Of course - this thing is cheap as a loss leader for Amazon's media sales. Amazon wants you to buy more stuff from them so the tablet's cheap. Apple wants you to buy an iPad (and the iPad margins are decent enough to do this) so they see iTunes music/books/apps whatever as a value add.

more than 2 years ago
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Kindle Fire Will Be Hotter Than iPad This Holiday

dancingmad Re:Kindle's biggest strength is it's biggest weakn (258 comments)

I don't think you know what easy means. For my iPhone, I drag ePubs into iTunes and either wait for the phone to autosync with iTunes or physically sync it myself. Done.

Calibre is easy (and I used to use it to sync with Stanza, until the iOS5 upgrade broke it, though Amazon just issued a last working zombiefied version) but it's still harder than using iTunes. Not a big deal to you or I reading slashdot, probably, but I could probably teach my parents how to work it with iTunes, I know I couldn't with Calibre.

more than 2 years ago
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Porn Reportedly Found At Bin Laden Compound

dancingmad Re:nothing new... (537 comments)

Read a book called Orientalism by Edward Said. Your perceptions of Islamic views on sex are greatly influenced by the desire for your (and to some degree my) own culture to create the other, something, through opposition, by which it can define itself.

The most striking thing is how different this other was one hundred to two hundred years ago - Western culture was prudish, while Asians (including Arabs) were the ones of wild sexuality (think about our misconceptions of the haram, geishas, etc.).

more than 2 years ago
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Newt Gingrich's Amazon Book Reviews

dancingmad Re:Other books (275 comments)

I've been reading a lot of these insider books lately and I take them all with a grain of salt, whether they come to praise the politician or just bury them. However, it still says something about Palin that she couldn't name any national or international newspapers or magazines. Even if she flubbed the answer a bit after getting flustered if she recovered and answered something, she probably would have been forgiven (for that gaffe at least).

more than 2 years ago
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Dollar Apps Killing Traditional Gaming?

dancingmad Re:Most are crap (343 comments)

I think there are few, if no, great native iOS games. Angry Birds may be the exception (I don't like it much, but people seem to love it). Of the good games on iOS they mostly seem to be ports that fall into two categories. First, ports that work exceedingly well with touch controls. I'd throw Plants vs. Zombies in this category, maybe with Game Dev Story, and the Castlevania Puzzle game. The second category are games that don't work well with touch controls, but aren't too hobbled by them either. The port of Final Fantasy 3 falls into this category I would say, as do most good RPGs.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

dancingmad Re:Are these people insane? (465 comments)

I'm an Apple fan and a user (though a realistic one). Rush Limbaugh is an Apple user. Not everyone who uses one is highly educated.

more than 2 years ago
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Students Suspended, Expelled Over Facebook Posts

dancingmad Re:Good. Deserved. (669 comments)

I'm a US law student studying in the UK. While I'm not specializing in tort at all, UK and US libel laws are pretty different.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Kills the Kin

dancingmad Re:But??? But??? (351 comments)

Agh, the band is The Roots! They've had a ton of studio albums and were well known before becoming that piss-ant Fallon's house band.

more than 3 years ago
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Empathy Is For the Birds

dancingmad Re:Raven... (201 comments)

Yeah. I'm not scientist, but I do dabble in this, and it's not surprising; a lot of the birds, including crows, ravens, and the parrot show strong cognitive abilities, even though they are "are very distant evolutionary relatives of Great Apes."

In fact a lot of animals not close to our own species have been shown to have strong cognitive abilities, these birds for example, and cetaceans, especially dolphins.

more than 3 years ago
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iOS 4 Releases Today

dancingmad Re:I'm a little confused (702 comments)

It's not out yet. It'll be released today but as of me writing this (12:13PM EST) it's not hit the servers yet.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Quietly Goes After Mac Trojan With Update

dancingmad Re:iPhoto? (321 comments)

It'll upgrade the point number but not to the next major release.

more than 3 years ago
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iOS 4 Releases Today

dancingmad Is iOS 4 Sick? (702 comments)

Releases what?

Oh, you mean Apple releases iOS 4 today. iOS 4 will be released.

C'mon man, let's not ruin our language.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Quietly Goes After Mac Trojan With Update

dancingmad Re:iPhoto? (321 comments)

Whatever the current version of iPhoto is comes with your Mac. To upgrade you have to buy the latest version of iLife.

more than 3 years ago
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Safari 5 Released

dancingmad Just Downloaded 5... (308 comments)

I'm skeptical of a lot of promises Apple makes, but I download Safari 5 now and after playing with it, I'm pleasantly surprised. I'm on Snow Leopard and moved from Safari 4 to the Chrome betas and to the release version of Chrome when it came out. I prefer Safari's integration into the system, but Chrome's extensions and speed make it my primary browser (but when downloading PDFs, visiting Hulu, I'd have to go back to Safari). Safari 5 may make be switch back again, depending on the extension support.

Reader works pretty well; makes reading multiple part articles far more pleasant. Even on sites that don't break articles into multipage monsters (Ars Technica) the reader version was much better. Even better than that printing from the reader version prints the reader version (I'm doing a research project involving online newspaper articles and now I can simply print PDFs of the Reader version to Yojimbo!).

It seems a fair bit faster than Safari 4 or Chrome for OS X. There's been a few UI changes, especially in Top Sites/History, but overall it's the same beast.

The deciding factor is going to be extensions. I depend on Rikai-kun, Gmail Notifier, and Adblock for Chrome (plus I use flashblock, but there's already a good version for Safari, Click to Flash). If I can get those (and I wonder if/how Apple will deal with Adblock) I'll certainly move back to Safari; the fit and finish on it is much better than even the release version of Chrome; Chrome often doesn't shut down correctly, has crashed occasionally (and while page crashes aren't supposed to bring down the whole browser, they've make the browser unusable enough to warrant a restart), text input glitches, and webpages with semi-dynamic content (like a message window and then the subsequent message sent page) not visually updating for several seconds.

There's a second tier of extensions I'd like to see; Google Calendar, Amazon wishlist, etc.; hopefully Safari's extension community will be large enough that those also see the light of day.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

dancingmad Re:They are willing to do the needful (534 comments)

Really? I got the impression that while Wodehouse's books were certainly still in print, but for this generation of young English, it wasn't a major cultural force. I certainly could be wrong.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

dancingmad Re:They are willing to do the needful (534 comments)

My Dad's an English professor and he is fond of telling his classes that American English is closer to Shakespeare than contemporary British English. Upper class English is actually pretty understandable by Americans; it's the dialects and subculture jargon that get us Americans.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

dancingmad Re:They are Americans! (534 comments)

I hesitate to feed an AC troll but:
I was born and raised in the U.S. and consider myself "Indian-American." I live in the U.S. and am culturally, mostly American, but I speak my native language at home, eat that food, and often dress in that clothing.

I'm as American as imply you are, but I am also of my parents country.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Are Indian Kids So Good At Spelling?

dancingmad Re:They are willing to do the needful (534 comments)

I'm Bengali (we're all apart of the same culture group), but born and raised in the U.S. You're intuiting the right answer here (though a quick Wikipedia search would have helped you even more).

My original guess was one of your two suggestions; either it's an old British phrase or the Indian-ization of the English words. A lot of phrases died out in contemporary British English that still survive in India. One of my favorite authors, P.G. Wodehouse, for example, isn't widely read in England anymore, but remains popular in India; a lot of British literature from the Victorian era to perhaps the 1920s or 30s remains popular in India and until recently was most educated Indians' English literature (the growth of American popular culture in India and of Indian literature being written in English is probably changing this).

I read a joke somewhere that the last Englishman will be an Indian; there's a large element of truth to that; English manners, social norms, and cultural ideas from the Raj remain entrenched in Indian culture, even though they are no longer a major force in contemporary English culture.

Anyway, do the needful was in common use in the U.S. and Britain until the 20th century.

more than 3 years ago
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Israel's Supreme Court Says Yes To Internet Anonymity

dancingmad Even for torts? (198 comments)

Is there a good argument to cover even tortuous actions under this? I'm for a free Internet, but defamation on the Internet is still defamation (for example).

Of course, an anonymous source who defamed someone else could be judged by society; (if you're not willing to sign your name then why should we trust you?). That said, there's a strong argument for a defamation plaintiff that even if the defamer is anonymous he or she is still subject to the harm from an anonymous person's defamation.

about 4 years ago

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