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Barnes & Noble Cuts Prices on Nook Color, Tablet

erick99 Re:Really? (154 comments)

I am guessing that the next Kindle will be a lot more like the Nexus than the current version of the Kindle. Amazon really rushed that first version out but I think that they can, and will, do better this go 'round.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Has the Best 3G Coverage In California and Nevada?

erick99 Reasonable Question (134 comments)

Come on, folks. It's a reasonable question. He is going to two large states and is asking about coverage. There is no need to ridicule him for his request. If you can't answer it or are not interested than move on. I doubt SlashDot would have posted it had they thought it wasn't a reasonable request.

more than 2 years ago
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LED's Efficiency Exceeds 100%

erick99 Re:Maybe (502 comments)

Good explanation. Wish I could mod you up but you'll be at 5 in a few minutes anyway.

more than 2 years ago
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Virginia High Court Rejects Case Against Climatologist Michael Mann

erick99 Re:An agenda (420 comments)

I am a weather enthusiast and even have a fairly popular (though local) website. I've read a great deal about how warming/cooling works and I cannot come to a conclusion that any warming/cooling is any more than a cyclical climate change but I also cannot say that's it's not at least partly anthropogenic. I wish I could find more dispassionate reporting about how any current, global, climate change is occurring. A lot of what I read is very one-sided. Both sides of this argument cherry pick scientific data/evidence to support their opinion.

more than 2 years ago
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Schematics and Circuit Simulation In the Browser

erick99 Fantastic! (93 comments)

I have been waiting for this for some time. I want to be able to use any machine I am at to teach basic electronics and this makes the circuit simulator portable.

more than 2 years ago
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Master Engineer: Apple's "Mastered For iTunes" No Better Than AAC-Encoded Music

erick99 Would like to hear the other side. (312 comments)

I am not an Apple fan, and, actually, dislike the company. However, I wonder if they are truly making claims that are not true or if their claims are simply carefully worded to convey, well, nothing. Apple seems to big and way too self-important to risk the scandal of an outright lie. It reminds me of how they handled the antennae problem with the iPhone. It would be interesting to hear Apple's response but my guess is that they will simply not respond and their fans will be fine with that.

more than 2 years ago
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Publisher Pulls Supports; 'Research Works Act' Killed

erick99 Re:I agree (72 comments)

When I get more moderator posts I will come back and mod this up. Well written. Thank you.

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Trying To Woo Customers With Porn, Gambling Apps?

erick99 Sex sells (157 comments)

Sex does sell and it sells well. But, it's painful to watch a company that was once so very great, reducing itself to offering porn & gambling to garner some market share. It might even work - but it would be the kind of success that makes you want to take a shower to get the ugly off.

more than 2 years ago
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Intel Gets Serious With Solar-powered CPU Tech

erick99 Sunscreen (74 comments)

I don't about using my computer outside, especially in the summer when it's very hot and in the winter when it's very cold. I might be able to manage spring & fall but not on windy days as my papers would fly about.

more than 2 years ago
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Reddit: No More Suggestive Content Featuring Minors

erick99 Jeans (722 comments)

Now, if we could get the folks who market jeans and other clothing to teens to stop using sexually suggestive images of people under 18 . . .

more than 2 years ago
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Texas Jury Strikes Down Man's Claim to Own the Interactive Web

erick99 It's true (151 comments)

All your Internets are belong to us.

more than 2 years ago
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BigDog Robot Gets Much Bigger

erick99 Such rumors! (158 comments)

It is not true that Michael Vick ordered eight of these to be shipped to a kennel in West Virginia.

more than 2 years ago
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Anger With Game Content Lock Spurs Reaction From Studio Head Curt Shilling

erick99 Re:Not on the disc (908 comments)

It doesn't help that, outside of Boston, Shilling is a very unlikable guy. I wouldn't expect him to throw a rope to a drowning person in a river if it would make him 15 seconds late for lunch.

more than 2 years ago
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Anger With Game Content Lock Spurs Reaction From Studio Head Curt Shilling

erick99 Re:Yes, it's wrong (908 comments)

I am single dad with a single income but I have two teenage sons who like to play games. When something hot comes out like Gears of whatever, I buy a new copy. But for other games they wait until it's available used. I can't afford a new version of everything. I think that what they are doing is, at the least, mean-spirited.

more than 2 years ago
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Siri Competitor Evi Arrives, But Already Overloaded

erick99 Gotta start somewhere (233 comments)

The Android community will eventually get a Siri equivalent though I doubt Evi is it. But, the more iterations the better and we will eventually get there. I'm glad that there is active development.

more than 2 years ago
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Thousands Take To the Streets To Protest ACTA

erick99 Re:But does it change anything? (217 comments)

There were members of the media participating as well. And while I am pretty much in agreement with a lot of the core stuff that the occupy movement opposes, I do not think that a member of the media should report on something that they are participating in. I don't see how they can remain objective. That objectivity, a crucial component of critical thinking, needs to be there so that they can ferret out anything that might go against some of their own beliefs. I teach, among other psych classes, social psychology. In that course we discuss how our biases get in our way and how we can get blind-sighted by them. We tend to see our own group as diverse and heterogeneous while we view the "outgroup" as a monolithic block on unthinking lemmings. We know we do that so we have to correct for that bias.

more than 2 years ago
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Thousands Take To the Streets To Protest ACTA

erick99 But does it change anything? (217 comments)

These protests are short-lived and I wonder if they end up doing any good. I am against ACTA and I have called my congressman as has my son to ask him to not support it. Interestingly, he knew little about it and wanted information. We had a fairly long call. At the end of the call he said that he would not vote for it. How many others in congress are not aware of what's in this bill? Protesting is well and good but I think making phone calls, emails, etc. are also very, very important. We can get to folks in congress one phone call at a time and put ACTA out of our misery.

more than 2 years ago
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Indian Site Offers Reward For Googler Vandal

erick99 Free time (84 comments)

Lots of free time in India??

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Money-Making Home-Based Tech Skills?

erick99 Re:Production values (332 comments)

I think that most folks do better being an affiliate for one or more large porn outlets as opposed to making & marketing their own porn. I would expect that a well-designed website that was essentially a portal to many porn offerings (as affiliates for those companies) would do well with commissions. I have been tempted to this so many times but it comes down to not wanting to make money from porn.

more than 2 years ago
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LG To Pay Licensing Fees To Microsoft For Using Android

erick99 Re:I'm honestly confused... (359 comments)

I'm not a MS Fanboy - not even a little bit - but I still found his argument logical. Not liking his logic doesn't render it not logical. I think we often argue too emotionally in these discussions and we attach each other too much. People have different beliefs and sometimes both sides are mostly right and it's that murky area of overlap where the real work has to be done to tease out what is really going on.

more than 2 years ago

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