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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

flibuste Re:Starcraft. (1168 comments)

Starcraft? Seriously? That breeds killers?

Well...have you seen how those zergs reproduce and eat everything on their path? I'd answer "Yes"....

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Finding Work Over 60?

flibuste Re:Consulting (306 comments)

I second this. It's probably a better bet for the OP. Companies won't hesitate hiring someone with a lot of experience that won't be on their permanent payroll when they need to. Of course, it also means having a bit of job-hopping but that is part of the consulting life.

more than 2 years ago
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Free Apps Eat Your Smartphone Battery

flibuste Misleading article is misleading (214 comments)

As a developer of entirely free Android applications (free as in "beer" and in "free of ads"), I take offense at the overgeneralization of the article to "Free Applications". If you are not a careful reader, this may lead you to think that ALL free apps are full of ads AND power eaters.
A lot of "free" apps don't have ads and don't use more power than any other app. Many behave actually way better than paid ones.
Stupid article is stupid.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Pulls Support For CDMA Devices

flibuste Re:Why not support CDMA? (272 comments)

If I had mod points, I would hammer you with them.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Pulls Support For CDMA Devices

flibuste Re:For us non-US folk... (272 comments)

Your parent poster is right. Things are just "different", only in the US, because of the "why should I?" mentality. Also, your list of US companies supposedly ahead of the game is half moot: RIM is a Canadian company, Apple isn't involved in developing mobile technology - just integrating it, and Palm has never really took of.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Android Tablet For Travel?

flibuste Transformer with keyboard (356 comments)

I own a Xoom and a Transformer. I love both.
The Xoom feels less plastic and more sturdy than the Transformer, and since the 3.2 update, the Xoom is just as great as the Transformer as used as a tablet-only. I actually prefer it to the Transformer. Now, the Transformer with the keyboard is just another piece of awesome for daily stuff.

So for your usage pattern I will definitely recommend the Transformer with the keyboard.

more than 2 years ago
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US Defunds UNESCO After Palestine Vote

flibuste Re:How about not admitting terrorist groups (735 comments)

"The Palestinians are like a family that wanders onto your property, sets up a tent on your lawn and then demands you give over your house to them because their ancestors once owned it. When you tell them to get off your lawn they then start terrorizing you and your family. What you do in response is not likely to be pretty."
This is not what History learned us. The "right to return" is a Jewish concept and not from Palestinians. That is actually Jews who are claiming back their "ancestor" land, not the other way around, and land was taken from Arabs after WWII to accommodate some people. Palestinians are being thrown away from lands they inhabited for hundred of years, just because a bunch of religious wackos read in a thousands-of-years book that this place was their holy land and they still own it. That's non-sense.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

flibuste Re:Consider Medication (516 comments)

It is possible but I can tell from experience that it is not always the case. I am on medication and just quit my current job out of utter boredom and lack of innovation. Boredom at work is a well-known source of stress and depression too.

more than 3 years ago
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How Do I Get Back a Passion For Programming?

flibuste Personal Projects (516 comments)

I can only speak for myself but the "cure" I've found to that problem is to learn Android (I'm a Java expert already, no sweat was produced) and create a publishable application on the Android Market. After half a year I am back in enjoying coding for myself, the company I work for getting more hopeless in that regard every day, and I have a neat application that is successful enough in its own niche to make me a happy coder.
For the curious and for the sake of auto-promotion, the app is Evanova, an Eve Online companion.

more than 3 years ago
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US Defunds UNESCO After Palestine Vote

flibuste Re:How about not admitting terrorist groups (735 comments)

Displacing or depriving people from basic resources, invading and killing civilians, that all sounds like terror to me. That is what Israel does to Palestine.
Maybe they aren't "terrorizing" you?
Now, regarding UN vs antisemitism, and all the bashing on your post is biased and has no actual valid source of reference. Your point is moot.

more than 3 years ago
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US Defunds UNESCO After Palestine Vote

flibuste Re:Excellent news for Unesco (735 comments)

Thanks for saving me the time to type my mind.
It is always sad (and worrisome) though when a country gives up on culture and education for the sake of political or monetary interests, whatever form they take.

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Removes Java Signatures, Breaking Webstart

flibuste Re:Alternative! (198 comments)

Operator overloading? To end up with an operator mess like in C++ and not making the difference between apples and oranges? Hell no! If there is one thing that Java properly didn't incorporate, it's operator overloading and friend methods/classes. Phew..

more than 3 years ago
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Fermilab Scientists Discover New Particle

flibuste Re:Really new? (151 comments)

No, you're wrong. It IS old, but they descoverred it.

That would make it a new discovery, not a new particle.

I would go as far as to say it is neither a new particle, or a new discovery. It is a confirmation that a particle predicted to exist by the Standard Model actually does. Which will allow for (even) more confidence in this model and more discoveries to be made.

But that is just me being pedantic ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Jailbreakme 3.0 Released

flibuste Re:Android pod touch (102 comments)

But what's the Android counterpart to an iPod touch?

The Nexus One comes to mind...They are both about the same size, same weight, same solid feel, same responsiveness...Sometimes I mistake one for another when they sit on my desk. The big Home button on the IPod Touch reminds me I cannot call with it, that's all there is,, One advantage to the Nexus is that you don't need ITunes to put stuff on, and you can put any kind of stuff you want...so it's better than an IPod Touch because you can use it as a USB drive :P

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

flibuste Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (241 comments)

Hitting the "Report" button would have taken that reviewer WAY less time than writing that assumption-full and misleading review, and reports help developers WAY more than a "It forces close" review. Anything other question?

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

flibuste Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (241 comments)

"The customer is always an idiot" is true much more often than the other one.

I would actually sort of debate that too ;-)
Misinformed people are misinformed people, wherever they are a 'customer' or not. In all matters of life, they are the ones who need to be worked on the most. Sometimes it is just not worth the cost in time or anything you may invest in them.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft's Hottest New Profit Center: Android

flibuste Quizz! (276 comments)

I remember a company who was in difficulties by not being able to sell enough products. It went into litigation mode trying to sue the hell out of everyone or everything that moves, hoping to generate revenues from those patent enforcements. This company no longer exists because that mode ended up not being sustainable as a good business.

  • Q1: Name said company
  • Q2: Name a company that is adopting the same "I'm losing it" tactics

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

flibuste Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (241 comments)

Yes, and the inability to answer to comments on the Android Market is a major pain. There is nothing more frustating to see comments such as "I couldn't do this or that - UNINSTALLED!!!!" where it is obvious that a few lines of explanations would make one clumsy user happy.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

flibuste Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (241 comments)

I see no indication that he even investigated the problem

What can you investigate when the problem isn't described and assumptions are made about your application, which you know have absolutely no grounds.

more than 3 years ago
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Developer Calls Amazon Appstore a 'Disaster'

flibuste Re:One very good point and a lot of bitching (241 comments)

Dear seller: [b]The customer is always right[/b].

I went through your first lines of misinterpretations of TFA, but then I stopped there. This doctrine is ridiculously outdated. If you constantly listen to the unwashed masses, you get non-sense most of the time.
And yes, that review was wrong and paranoid with far reaching consequences. Another example of an idiot who will be trusted by others. That is way too much power to leave it to a "customer" - who thinks "is always right".

more than 3 years ago

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