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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

dontbemad Good decision? (352 comments)

It feels like they're trying to beat Apple to the punch with this huge multi-platform OS merge, but I can't imagine that anyone will really enjoy this. It has been clear that one of the bigger upsets in recent history involving Windows was the "seamless merging" of a tablet and desktop OS experience, so why would they continue this obviously damaging trend?

about a week ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

dontbemad Re:magicJack alternative? (162 comments)

edit: oh wait, that Google service will work fine for 18 months and then Google will remove it because, hey, no profits in it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

Introduced in 2009. Since then, it has received carrier integration with Sprint, has been integrated into Google Talk, and now into Hangouts. I hardly think this service is going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

about a week ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

dontbemad Re:Switching is too hard? (145 comments)

Because if the problem doesn't immediately pertain to me, it must not be a problem, right? Also, are you familiar with the concept of "the illusion of choice"?

Based on your post, you are either a shill or delusional if you think that our concern with the general state of ISP monopolies in this country is "nonsense" that "has to end".

about two weeks ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

dontbemad Switching is too hard? (145 comments)

How can you call it switching when there is no one else to switch to in most places?

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

dontbemad Re:come on Google Fiber (341 comments)

Atlanta resident, here.
I'm currently paying Comcast a pretty hefty premium for 50 Mbps speeds with a 300 Gb cap every month (which is pretty easy to reach when you torrent and stream a good deal). Google Fiber is possibly coming here in the next year or so, and I can not be happier about it. Even with Google's "reckless spying", supposed GFiber outages, and everything else, what Google is really doing here is a forcing competition in a market that hasn't seen the legitimate face of that... well... ever.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

dontbemad Jezebel? (299 comments)

I think the example given in TFA is an absolutely terrible one. Jezebel, as a site, has been known to pander to fairly extreme, militantly feminist views, while trashtalking and flaming any counterpoints or opposition. While commenting on legitimate news outlets may be a problem, Jezebel is certainly no more credible than a blog, and honestly should be treated as nothing more serious than such.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

dontbemad Re: ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Feel free to post some documented evidence of that.

about a month and a half ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

dontbemad Re:Henchmen (325 comments)

regime
riZHm
noun
1. a government, esp. an authoritarian one

The emphasis is on the authoritarian part. Granted, one could argue that many "governments" we support are actually regimes in disguise...

about 6 months ago
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N. Korea Could Face Prosecution For 'Crimes Against Humanity'

dontbemad Re:first (325 comments)

Don't forget about Obama. Or are civilian casualties from machines not technically the responsibility of the commander in chief?

about 6 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

dontbemad Re:No, Salaries (321 comments)

I don't know how it is in the UK, but as a STEM graduate (and a software engineer), I can't really understand what you're implying about science and engineering not already being well paid jobs. Sure, management generally makes higher than the average engineer, but the average engineer has a pretty high salary as well.

about 7 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

dontbemad Re:But Kansas! (430 comments)

Make myself feel better? Man, I have no idea what you're talking about, but since a point isn't really being debated here, you're completely right if you want to be.

about 8 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

dontbemad Re:But Kansas! (430 comments)

The act of putting legislation into effect that empowers corporate interests is certainly not foreign to either of the 'ruling' parties.

about 8 months ago
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Kansas To Nix Expansion of Google Fiber and Municipal Broadband

dontbemad Re:But Kansas! (430 comments)

That is the American Political Machine for you

I'm sure you meant that.

about 8 months ago
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Google and Samsung Sign Global Patent Deal

dontbemad Re:Also blocks startups. (64 comments)

Or perhaps it is a "taste of one's own medicine" treatment?

about 8 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

dontbemad Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

Well, as with any scientist or pastor, you need to provide an actual reference, instead of just stipulations.

about 8 months ago
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Stephen Hawking: 'There Are No Black Holes'

dontbemad Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (458 comments)

Didn't know they were opposed.

I've been a staunch believer of both for many years.

about 8 months ago
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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

dontbemad Re:We have one of those already. (221 comments)

You're kidding, right? Reddit is about as non-nerdy as it gets. There are far more "I use the internet for facebook" users on reddit these days than, say, developers.

about 8 months ago

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