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The Old Reader Will Stay Open To the Public Thanks To US Corporation

darjen Re:Self-hosting is an alternative (61 comments)

I thought about setting up an apache server and going with the self hosting option. I decided to just give up on RSS completely. I realized that I was wasting too much time reading blogs and news and not reading books. Ultimately, there are very few websites that I feel the need to check regularly. I can count them on one hand. I do now read Google News more. I like the new variety it gives me that I wasn't getting with just my chosen feeds.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

darjen Re:New Coke? (786 comments)

There will surely be some OEMs who do survive. They might be selling ChromeOS or Android laptops. But these will be stop gap measures at best until Microsoft gets their act back together for the next version of Windows. Neither OS has the critical mass necessary to compete with windows in the next few years. Perhaps in the future though.

about a year ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

darjen Re:"anarchist and radical libertarian" (717 comments)

Capitalists wouldn't need massive armies. Just competing private security companies. I do agree there would be a practical limit to how much property one person could reasonably defend. Therefore we would generally have a more egalitarian distribution of wealth than under the state.

State capitalism and state socialism are just different forms of a planned economy. There is a clear difference between state capitalism and liberal, laissez-faire capitalism.

about a year ago
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The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

darjen Re:"anarchist and radical libertarian" (717 comments)

Nonsense. Capitalism is not a structure of governing law. It is a way to determine who owns the means of production. Capitalism = private ownership. Government = public ownership. Capitalism is fundamentally opposed to government.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

darjen Re:New Coke? (786 comments)

Microsoft can survive more than two bombs in a row, and they really do have the cash to do it. However, I don't think there will be another bomb. Windows 7 was a decent recovery from the Vista debacle.

about a year ago
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Amazon Reportedly Working On Set-Top Box

darjen Smartphone with hdmi (100 comments)

I have no need to purchase a set top box. My Android smartphone with hdmi cable and bluetooth trackpad is good enough to watch pretty much any content I want from my living room couch. The one thing I wish I could do is somehow turn my Android phone into a Clear QAM tuner and use it to watch the free tv channels from my internet cable with an Android based XMBC app. I know there are usb tuner cards out there, maybe someone could make these work with an Android micro usb port.

I do realize there are a steadily shrinking minority of a few people who don't already have a recent smartphone or tablet with hdmi capability. I guess they must be the ones who are targeted by the set top box market.

about a year ago
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HTC Does What Google Wouldn't: Sell an LTE Phone That Sidesteps AT&T

darjen Re:News at elleven (290 comments)

I have a Verizon LTE iPad and a galaxy s3. I put my iPad's sim card in the s3 for LTE service on my phone. Calls do work but VZW charges 25c per minute. I rarely make calls, so I still end up paying less than getting a regular voice plan. And I use google voice for free texting.

about a year ago
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Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

darjen Re:Yes, it's an industry-wide problem (211 comments)

How many good programmers actually exist who are capable of writing secure code in C++? And out of them, how many will still make simple errors like an occasional buffer overrun? Even if you're a "good" programmer there will be lapses in judgement or things that are just overlooked.

I do largely agree with your comment about keeping it out of the browsers though.

about a year ago
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Let Them Eat Teslas

darjen Re:Collateralized vs Non-Collateralized Loans (461 comments)

Profite motive? Really? Private education is virtually non-existent, except for a handful of church-run schools. The vast majority of people go to a publicly funded primary and secondary education, then attend a publicly funded university, underwritten by loans which are mostly provided by the government itself or government-backed institutions. It's hard to imagine how much more funded by The People it could get.

about a year ago
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Creationist Bets $10k In Proposed Literal Interpretation of Genesis Debate

darjen Re:Easy... (1121 comments)

Unfortunately there are very few Christians who actually follow that advice. The vast majority of them have no problem occupying and bombing middle eastern countries, for one small example.

about a year ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

darjen Re:They get it (404 comments)

Why not buy it used? I usually get the itch to upgrade when prices start to drop around or below $300. Then sell my older phone. Recently I just found someone to trade my galaxy nexus + $75 for an almost new galaxy s3. So now I have a more recent phone without being stuck on a new contract.

about a year ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

darjen Re:500GB in the article summary is a typo (404 comments)

I rarely use more than 2GB. Most of the time I need the internet I'm at home or work. If they are gonna raise prices, I would rather them do it on the heavier users.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Getting Apps To Use Phones' Full Power?

darjen Cripe (184 comments)

Could we just give the OP the benefit of the doubt that he simply just misspoke? It seems like he has a legitimate question, and instead the discussion is getting lost in a bunch of crap posts all saying the same thing about the 16GB. Jeebus, people.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Buy a Raspberry Pi When I Have a Perfectly Good Cellphone?

darjen Re:Because you need your phone as the remote. (273 comments)

I use my android phone, a galaxy s3 that I recently picked up used off contract, as my media device. Before that it was my galaxy nexus that I also got second hand. When I get home from work I plug it right in to my tv with hdmi. With my bluetooth keyboard and trackpad I'm good to go. I don't need to use the phone as a remote when I have a trackpad.

IF you primarily use it as a media device, and you already own a fairly recent smartphone, there is no need for a Pi or Apple TV or anything else. If you want to build robots and circuit boards in your spare time, then go with a Pi.

about a year ago
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iOS 6.1.3 Beta 2 Patches evasi0n Jailbreak

darjen Re:The Apple Monoculture: (272 comments)

I've never had a virus on my Android phone. I think as long as you don't install shady stuff from the play store or random apks from the web I think you should be ok.

about a year and a half ago
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The End Is Near for GameStop

darjen Re:I doubt it (393 comments)

While I agree with your frustrations about PC gaming, I'm curious why you throw in mobile devices at the end there? I have a galaxy nexus and an iPad, both have some decent games on them, and they work great over hdmi. Admittedly, I only play games very occasionally though.

about a year and a half ago
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Congress Takes Up Online Sales Tax

darjen Re:Amazon's strategy (297 comments)

Even if Amazon doesn't get special tax deals, it will still hurt smaller online retailers more. Due to their large size, Amazon is better situated to handle the extra overhead and cost these taxes will bring. Amazon has essentially been handed a blank check by investors to get by with extremely low profit margins, as evidenced with their stock price. This could be just the extra bump Amazon needs to put their competition out of business.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making Side-Money As a Programmer?

darjen Re:Mac OS X in VMware for Mac OS X (257 comments)

to be honest I am not completely sure. I have heard it is a violation of the EULA, but I never read it myself.

about a year and a half ago
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Obama Proposes 'Meaningful Progress' On Climate Change

darjen Re:Not News For Nerds (583 comments)

I've been reading Slashdot for over 10 years, and there has been politics ever since I remember. Nerds care about this stuff too.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making Side-Money As a Programmer?

darjen Re:Not necessarily (257 comments)

vmware.

about a year and a half ago

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Historic Jazz Recordings mired in copyright

darjen darjen writes  |  more than 3 years ago

darjen (879890) writes "The collection is, in a word, historic. “It is a wonderful addition to our knowledge of a great period in jazz,” says Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. And, Morgenstern says, “the sound quality of many of these works is amazing. Some of it is of pristine quality. It is a cultural treasure and should be made widely available.” The question, however, is whether that will happen anytime soon. And if it doesn’t, music fans might be justified in putting the blame on copyright law."
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