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William Shatner On Star Trek Vs. Star Wars

earlymon In other news... (511 comments)

Batman battles Superman, winner defended by Denny Crane.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows Phone 7 Sales Continue To Struggle

earlymon Market momentum (351 comments)

http://www.toptechnews.com/story.xhtml?story_id=023000QNLD00&full_skip=1

http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Apple-Android-Sales-Soar-Despite-Component-Shortages-in-Q3-692598/

Last I heard, Android was activating 200k handsets per day.

Bedwetting over whether Android or iPhone is better is reaching tidal levels.

RIM continues to decline. WebOS is not setting any sales records.

WMP7 _could_ turn things around and make MS powerful in the cell phone market - but seriously, it just looks like too little, too late to me.

The new Android wave is driven by converts, unhappy with what was out there.

I see nothing driving a WMP7 wave beyond legacy users - and that's not going to be good enough.

Even the apologists are describing Android "like the new Windows on smartphones." God forbid they come out and admit that Android is Linux and that they never got that the OSes should work for us - not polarize us into fan camps.

But I could be wrong. It's entirely possible that the best thing you could do would be to completely trust Microsoft to build a compact operating system that works swimmingly on much-less-than-desktop hardware.

Meanwhile, Android and iOS are proving to be effective at driving handsets and tablets.

about 4 years ago
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The Genome of Your Thanksgiving Supper

earlymon Re:No, corn is not cool (84 comments)

No, corn syrup is not worse the can sugar.

Remember that wonderful New Coke?

about 4 years ago
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Hands-On With Acer's New 10-Inch Android Tablet

earlymon Re:The real story? (159 comments)

Yeah, I know. It's safer to call it a version of Linux - root it and run ps from adb and there's no doubt.

But - for those that think in terms of Linux distros with things like rpm and debian installers, Android is other.

about 4 years ago
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The Genome of Your Thanksgiving Supper

earlymon Line item food order (84 comments)

Pass the GC-AT-AT-GC...?

No thanks, I'll have the turkey!

(Well how about the cranberries? They don't have much AT...)

So - do we sing the genome to the tune of Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam?

about 4 years ago
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Hands-On With Acer's New 10-Inch Android Tablet

earlymon Re:No USB ? Dickheads (159 comments)

USB would give quickly allow access to USB-based devices like hard drives and burners - the apps would come.

I think the manufacturers are simply walling things in to protect their low-end laptops.

If true, I'd point the finger for the USB design shortfall at marketing and management, not R&D, fwiw.

about 4 years ago
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Hands-On With Acer's New 10-Inch Android Tablet

earlymon The real story? (159 comments)

I don't know that Acer rules any roost, so I think the point of this story is that tablets are getting bigger, more powerful and hopefully, as implied by the Acer name - cheaper.

So far as I can tell, the big winner here is the 10" screen - using tired old LCD tech.

Personally, I think where tablets lose is the display (not e-ink) and for those that may be interested, there's an Android tablet on the horizon with Pixel Qi tech and Qualcomm's Mirasol is also something to know about:

http://www.gottabemobile.com/2010/11/05/pixel-qi-powered-notion-ink-adam-android-tablet-in-time-for-the-holidays/

For some other tablet alternatives - http://www.anythingbutipad.com/

(I got nothing against the iPad, that's just a halfway decent site for a tablet alternative.)

My 2 cents on tablet ownership would be - match your OS to your cell phone if you can because it makes your transition from one device to another smoother and tablets should be all about ease of use. In that sense, Acer's move to offer these things in Androids and Windows shows real insight on their part (and no sad surprise - no Linux out of the box, again).

I'm OS agnostic and believe in the right OS for the job, fwiw.

about 4 years ago
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Utah vs. NASA On Heavy-Lift Rocket Design

earlymon Re:Bring in the lawyers... (285 comments)

Regulation and red tape is seriously hampering the space program. We need to cut back on that.

"Unfortunately that won't happen until pigs fly with solid rocket booster assistance," according to an ATK spokesman.

Fixed that for ya.

about 4 years ago
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Recycling an Android Phone As a Handheld GPS?

earlymon Both (328 comments)

Dad needs and wants both, doesn't he?

more than 4 years ago
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'Bloatware' Becoming a Problem On Android Phones

earlymon A lot of false whining in this thread. (415 comments)

When you root your Android phone, you can remove any bundleware (great term, thanks!) you want - but moreover, you can change the desktop (launcher) itself, you can go with kernel variations.

Everyone's talking about root like it's something goofy.

It's simple: it's superuser (Administrator to Windows-only users) access.

You can plug your phone in to a Linux/Mac/Win machine via USB and access whatever you want via a command line.

The way God intended.

You can pay Sprint for the privilege of wifi tethering, per month - or you can root and do it yourself.

You can buy a backup application - or you can use the command line and do it yourself.

There are a few Androids that you can't do this with - such as the Droid X, where you can root it, but you can't replace the rom image.

Otherwise, if any of you are the least bit knowledgeable of why preemptive multi-tasking with superuser control of your device is a good thing, then you want Android.

It's just that simple.

And no - task killers are sufficient for bundleware and neither do they innocently sit quiescent doing nothing. The Sprint crap on the EVO - as well that most popular malware, Facebook - and that Amazon MP3 store thing - were constantly waking up.

And given that these phones use scalable processors whose actual CPU speed varies based on load and number of apps being serviced, yes, they do impact battery life.

And the rm command is alive and well.

OBTW - they say rooting voids your warranty. yeah. big deal. you can remove your root access and leave no trace.

With iOS, you violate your TOS and you jailbreak. With Android, you gain superuser (root) access.

Words mean things. /rant.

more than 4 years ago
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Motorola Says eFuse Doesn't Permanently Brick Phones

earlymon Re:But but but its android... (294 comments)

Yeah, that's great. I believe the apps I pointed out do not affect the carriers' backbone in any way.

They affect my data usage however, by installing things that give me the latest NASCAR and NFL stats - whether I want that bloat or not.

Me me me - it's my money.

more than 4 years ago
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Motorola Says eFuse Doesn't Permanently Brick Phones

earlymon Re:But but but its android... (294 comments)

Remember Its a phone, they aren't supposed to be user modifiable devices...

According to what rule?

And who laid that down?

So - the entire class of apps is just wrong according to your theory: ringtones, volume modifiers, brightness modifiers, radio on/off controls, anything that changes the stock performance of contacts, calendars and call lists, on screen clock and weather widgets that replace or repair included widgets, soft keypad and dialer replacements, news aggregators, email client replacements, text-to-voice replacements, navigation replacements...

We're all supposed to pay out the nose and drink from the trough like pigs because there's some rule that phones aren't SUPPOSED to be user-modifiable?

Seriously - here's your new phone:

http://www.tias.com/10782/PictPage/1923012113.html

more than 4 years ago
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Motorola Says eFuse Doesn't Permanently Brick Phones

earlymon Re:Ordered Sprint HTC EVO 4G on Friday (294 comments)

Usable device is a subjective term.

HTC's Sense UI is a product differentiator as is the hardware. Like Apple or RIM or any other company, they slather their UI onto the hardware knowing that that's sufficient for many/most users to get what they want.

When it's time to use things outside their box, it's root time.

Android isn't mature. It's just not. I agree with you, root access should be easy to come by - but just as easy to avoid, few people running as root in Linux all of the time should be doing that. Until there's a sudo equivalent for Android, we'll face this problem.

There are only two reasons to lock users out of an Android phone - 1) to keep the unwashed from creating service nightmares by uninstalling things in /system that didn't meet their unwashed scruntiny, and 2) to protect the phony baloney interests of bloatware.

I rooted my Evo just to get rid of Qik, Sprint apps (except TV) and that freaking Amazon MP3 Store app that started to decide it owned my phone.

In summary I agree with you with the proviso that more than just stock/root options are needed, in my opinion.

more than 4 years ago
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Education Official Says Bad Teachers Can Be Good For Students

earlymon School of hard knocks? (279 comments)

That's what a classroom for a kid is supposed to be?

It's not tough enough for any kid to figure out what's going on in the world?

In other news today:

Teacher Provided Grant to Study Creative Defense of Incompetency
NEA Announces Press Release Tomorrow

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Says Microsoft Is 'Hardcore' About Tablets

earlymon 1993 - the IBM Simon - a touchpad mobile with apps (324 comments)

And sold by BellSouth.

Nokia 9000 in 1996.

Smartphone 2002 announced by Microsoft in 2001 - defined as lacking a touchscreen.

Winner: IBM, by nearly a decade.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone#History

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2002/feb02/02-19intelwirelesspr.mspx

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2002/feb02/02-19tismartphonepr.mspx

http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/wireless/2004/01/01/mpx2002.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_9000_Communicator

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_(phone)

more than 4 years ago
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The End of Free

earlymon How about a little Sprint accuracy? (348 comments)

The individual plan for unlimited everything, no data caps, except for 450 minutes to landlines, with a per-minute charge thereafter is $70/month. For unlimited everything , it's $100/month.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but your Nexus One plan at $70/month is capped at 500 minutes and does have a data cap, does it not?

Further, as an EVO owner, I can assure you that Sprint adds a $10 premium stated for 4G access (whether you use it or not) and with some suggested preferential treatments for any data throttling.

That puts the EVO at $80/month compared to your $70. Sprint charges $30/month for the feature that lets your phone act a mobile wifi hotspot - it is not required if you don't use the service, and if you do want that capability but would rather escape the charges, you simply void your warranty, root your phone and do it for free.

Bottom line, Sprint's pricing isn't mysterious, it's $10/month more to use an EVO on Sprint than a Nexus One on T-Mobile with plans that are only arguably comparable.

I'm not saying that I'm happy with the price, tho.... ;)

more than 4 years ago
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The Android Gets Its HyperCard

earlymon Hey - Slashdot... (256 comments)

I thought this was a fabulous submission - news for nerds, with links to balancing links to opposing points of view and a counterpoint example of a competitor's approach.

That said - isn't it time that Android got its own sub-section?

This isn't Apple news, it's Android news, and it seems to me that just putting this in the Apple area has done little to help signal to noise.

Android isn't going anywhere and it's market share is on a steady incline.

Sure, it's only a mobile OS - but it also represents a significant penetration of a desktop based on a Linux-based operating system for mobile users.

How is that not a good rationale for a new category for news for nerds, stuff that matters?

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

earlymon Re:Want one so bad but won't buy (1184 comments)

http://www.evdoinfo.com/

Android 2.2 Features Announced By Google

Today at the Google IO keynote, Google announced the new features that Android 2.2 code named "Froyo" will introduce. Android 2.2 will be available via update for the super popular Sprint HTC EVO 4G phone this July!

Hopefully, I didn't misread that. "Via update" implied a supported process to me, not rooting, or ad hoc or something.

more than 4 years ago

Submissions

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Should we be allowed to give away mod points?

earlymon earlymon writes  |  more than 5 years ago

earlymon writes "Every so often I'll post something that makes sense to me at the time, gets modded up, and then later turns out to be completely boneheaded. In my case, this is often brought on by thinking to research something after spouting off. Per some law I don't know the name of (I'll try to look it up after this submission), often people correcting my mistake get unnoticed by the mods, and therefore less noticed by others. Does anyone besides me think that there'd be some merit in a capability for an erroneous poster to give his mod points to someone with a better POV or better information?"
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Possible 100 year low for sunspot activity

earlymon earlymon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

earlymon (1116185) writes "From DailyTech:

The sun has reached a milestone not seen for nearly 100 years: an entire month has passed without a single visible sunspot being noted. The event is significant as many climatologists now believe solar magnetic activity — which determines the number of sunspots — is an influencing factor for climate on earth.

The most controversial conclusion is that this could lead to a mitigation of global warming."
Link to Original Source

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Electron filmed for the first time

earlymon earlymon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

earlymon (1116185) writes "From http://www.opednews.com/articles/life_a_kathlyn__080309_electron_filmed_for_.htm — From TFA: 'Using a stroboscope and laser, a team led by Swedish researcher Johan Mauritsson, assistant professor in atomic physics at Lund University, went beyond measuring the end result of an electron's interaction, they tracked and filmed its process.' A controversial must-see."
Link to Original Source
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DVD Ripping Going Mainstream

earlymon earlymon writes  |  more than 6 years ago

earlymon (1116185) writes "from http://www.apple.com/hotnews/ full press release at http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2008/01/15fox.html

Twentieth Century Fox and Apple today announced iTunes Digital Copy for iTunes, which provides customers who purchase a DVD of a Fox movie title with an additional Digital Copy of the movie. The iTunes Digital Copy can be transferred effortlessly to iTunes and then viewed on a PC or Mac, iPod with video, iPhone or on Apple TV — just like a movie purchased and downloaded from the iTunes Store.
The barriers to DVD-ripping by Joe and Jolene Average — what software to use, does it really work, what's involved, perceived or feared level of technical difficulty, and any piracy issues or concerns — just went out the window."

Journals

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Moderating

earlymon earlymon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

I've just exercised my moderator privileges for the first time. It was hard. I decided to not moderate down, as I just didn't see anything that warranted that - and as a first time moderator, I didn't want to perform any slams that I'd later regret - so I found a few posts and moderated them up. I felt that they deserved it - especially as I had other reasons to do so that were different than precedent moderators.

I then meta-moderated. Harder because of tracing context, but hopefully, the feedback will help others - because I said some were ok, others not.

I have a point or two left, and I'm not going to use them - Mom said always leave the table a little bit hungry.

Anyway, it's easy to sit in judge when you're free to toss in your two cents - hard when you want to do an honest job.

But seriously - people that are not modding all of my stuff at +5 - doooodes - I mean - seriously.........

Where's the story? Like SNL said in paraody of Sam Donaldson - Me! I'm the story!

Call it pandering - (ok, me first, "It's pandering!") - but I'm seeing sigs and side discussions on moderators and moderation. Add that in with complaints about slow news days and I figured, "Why not? People are throwing gauntlets to these so-called impartial moderators. Why not give them a hard target for once?"

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Fair Use

earlymon earlymon writes  |  more than 7 years ago Thanks for finding this journal entry. If you care at all about copyrights, DRM, DCMA - you care about Fair Use.

I want everyone to know what I've learned. Please see this reply by me:

http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=283809&cid=20435019

If you have time (and I hope you do), read the thread around it for context - but please, I encourage you to read that reply and follow the links. I'm going to complain to Congress. I hope you'll be as amazed as I was and take similar action. Maybe if we understand the issues our voices will be heard. Well, I hope so.

(PS - I added Torodung as a friend for taking time to help me; anyone who does that deserves at least one fan!)

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I'm a foe and didn't know

earlymon earlymon writes  |  more than 7 years ago

As it turns out, someone's named me as a foe. I'm mystified. It's not that I've never opposed the guy (I haven't AFAIR), but more exactly like, how has any of the trivia of I've written so far rise to the level of someone actually wanting to take the time to enter me as a foe?

IOW, my question isn't, "What did I ever do to alphatool?" It's, "Where did this Australian student ever find the time to think about it and write me up that way?"

Is it jealousy over my huge brain or Auroran good looks? Golly, that's hard to say. But it's really just an extension of the burden I carry of accepting the responsibility that absolutely everything I post gets modded as either 5, Insightful or 5, Informative. I even looked under Fans and learned what I already knew - apparently, eveyone loves me, even if secretly. By extension, I'm even loved by the one guy that doesn't like me - cool.

BTW - I can't figure out the difference between Publish and Post - and it's not in the FAQ - so I'm going with the default. I think it means that others can read this, but does NOT mean that others will be notified. See? Even my enormous brain is stumped at times. Admitting that just goes to prove that I'm massively humble, too. (And yes - humility does have mass. I guess that means it also has momentum. So if any of you are suffering from a lack of humility, feel free to use some of mine.)

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