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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

fmaxwell Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (200 comments)

Probably not, people aren't usually willing to replace their wardrobe to accomodate their smart phone.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

fmaxwell Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (200 comments)

I realize that you are personally invested in seeing this phone succeed, and that you can site some minority of smartphone users who are fine with massive phones, but it doesn't change the fact that my argument is sound. If you want to talk into something the size of a small tablet, I'm not going to stop you, but don't be surprised when Apple outsells it with phone-sized phones.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

fmaxwell Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (200 comments)

Hmm - if that is true, I wonder why Google wants to create the impression it has a security team that is quite happy to pretend to be law enforcement.

Because, unlike Apple, they could not get actual law enforcement interested in getting involved. So they needed to do something to add some drama, intrigue, and a sense of danger to the situation.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

fmaxwell Re:Just a failed publicity stunt (200 comments)

I don't think it was intended to be funny. I think that it was intended to make people think that there is the same kind of buzz around this phone that there was around the iPhone that was left in the bar. The whole intimidating security routine was all part of the "just like Apple" routine they were doing.

I'm sure that there are some folks with big pockets that will like the phone, but I just don't see it having the kind of mass appeal that the iPhone does. On the other hand, a huge phone definitely can't be missed on a display filled with normal size phones, so it will get attention at Best Buy.

I've seen women with hands big enough to hold this phone comfortably. Of course, they used to be men. ;)

If you can imagine a 4.7" display functioning as a laptop replacement for routine stuff, you've got way better eyes than I have. I go nuts having to work on a laptop with a 13" display.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

fmaxwell Just a failed publicity stunt (200 comments)

What's really funny about this is that it's a transparent publicity stunt -- but almost no one in the mainstream press even noticed.

Even if you're Google, you can't create much buzz about the release of yet another Android phone into an already overcrowded marketplace. It's about as exciting as a new inkjet printer.

Outside of the nerdosphere, there really isn't a lot of call for a phone that is almost the size of a small tablet . It dwarfs the iPhone 5 shown next to it, and bigger isn't always better in something that is supposed to be portable. Well-heeled consumers can afford both a smartphone and a tablet. They don't need a phone so large that it requires its owner to only buy clothes with massive pockets.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Nexus 4 Prototype Lost In a Bar

fmaxwell Re:fdsfds (200 comments)

Maybe searching for love on Google wasn't working out so well...

more than 2 years ago
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Craig Mundie Blames Microsoft's Product Delays On Cybercrime

fmaxwell Re:Never designed to be network-aware (182 comments)

Microsoft's entire security model was based on the idiotic notion that one could take a single user OS with no security (Win 3.x/95/98/Me) and years later create successors (NT/2K/etc.) that didn't break applications that were already written. It wasn't users -- it was coddling the software vendors that drove the convoluted, unmanageable pseudo-security that got pasted on to the OS.

No rational OS architect would have permitted end-user applications to write to OS system directories, nor would they have allowed Dynamically Linked Libraries to be created and added to OS directories with no entity controlling the namespace (meaning you could create a blorm.dll that installed with your product and I could create a blorm.dll that overwrote it when my product was installed).

Other ideas, like allowing some kid in the Philippines to e-mail you a script that automatically ran when viewed, were just examples of the level of stupidity that had permeated the Microsoft campus.

more than 2 years ago
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Help Average Users to Get All 250GB from Comast

fmaxwell Not getting sarcasm (5 comments)

It's you who does not seem to get it: The original poster was being sarcastic and vindictive -- which is fine by me when Comcast starts capping a service that they sold as "unlimited."

Comcast's decision to cap the usage is not based on some altruistic concern for their users. It's simply motivated by profit. If they were so concerned that their users all experience top-notch speeds, they could simply purchase more bandwidth, install more fiber, etc.

If the response by their "normal" users to the cap was massively increased usage, then the cap would go away -- since the whole purpose of it is to cut back on the amount of bandwidth that Comcast has to provide.

more than 6 years ago

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fmaxwell fmaxwell writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Numerous people outside the U.S. are demanding that control of the IP address space and name space on the Internet be turned over to some international body. The arguments are just being recycled ad-nauseum at this point and none of them stands up to scrutiny. Let's examine the most common ones with analogies for clarity:

1. 'The way that the U.S. doles out IP addresses and top-level-domains is unfair.'

It may be unfair, but that doesn't have anything to do with whether the U.S. has the legal and moral right to control TLDs and IP addresses.

Analogy: The Red Cross might feel that it's unfair that you give more money to Greenpeace than to them, but that doesn't mean that there should be some committee deciding how much of your money will go to each charity and how much you will get to keep. If the U.S. wants to reserve 10 IP addresses for each man, woman, and child in the U.S., that's their call.

2. 'Much of the modern Internet technology was developed in other countries, including HTTP (the World Wide Web).'

That's nice, but it doesn't mean that the country where it was developed automatically gets to assume shared control of the name space and IP addresses.

Analogy: If you were invited to stay at someone's home, the fact that you voluntarily planted a garden, furnished the living room, and hung paintings does not mean that you get to form a committee and decide who gets which bedroom.

3. 'This is like Britain trying to control the world's steel industry because Britain invented steel.'

Except that the U.S. is not trying to control your computer industry. The U.S. is just dictating the terms by which a computer can be attached to a network that was invented by Americans at American taxpayer expense. The U.S. is deciding how to apportion IP addresses and namespace.

4. 'It's vital to the infrastructure and financial security of many countries.'

Then it sounds like those countries made a mistake in relying on a U.S.-run network for something that important.

Analogy: That's like me demanding that I be given managerial powers at my cable modem provider because the service has become so important to me.

5. 'The Internet has grown massively through the addition of non-U.S. computers, networks, web sites, services, etc. Much of the growth has been through foreign investment.'

On the other hand, the Internet has fueled the growth of countless non-U.S. businesses. Does that mean that the U.S. should get a say in how those businesses are run? No? Then why should the countries in which those businesses are located get a say in how the Internet's IP addresses and TLDs are doled out?

Analogy: International airlines have been taking off and landing at London's Heathrow airport for decades, funding much of its operation, growth, and expansion. Given that, should the English support a U.N. takeover of Heathrow airport? Should the U.N., rather than England, decide whether a block of gates was assigned to Air France or British Airways? In time of war, would the English rather be able to deny their enemies access to Heathrow airport, or would they rather that the U.N. decided if the enemy planes could land there?

6. 'Then the U.S. should pay us for the invention of {insert one or more: steel, steam engines, the world wide web, computers, light bulbs, etc.).'

Why? The U.S. isn't charging you for the use of Internet protocols, hardware standards, or concepts. In fact, through our generousity, organizations all over the world have set up standalone networks based on U.S.-developed Internet standards. We're not even charging you royalties for the use of the Internet.

In conclusion, if it's important to you to have a U.N.-controlled version of the Internet, you are free to set one up. You can even base it on the same standards as the Internet without paying the U.S. any royalties or fees of any kind. That is a generous offer and more than fair.

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fmaxwell fmaxwell writes  |  more than 9 years ago

When I checked Slashdot today, I discovered that my five most recent postings had all been modded down by one point (overrated). These were postings in three separate threads on different subjects. Two of the postings had been modded up shortly after they were made.

It is pathetic when someone is so small-minded that they abuse the Slashdot moderation system just to "get even" with, or play a practical joke on, another user. If you're not bright enough to debate on Slashdot, then go back to your AOL chat rooms and leave Slashdot to the grown-ups.

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fmaxwell fmaxwell writes  |  more than 11 years ago

If you are a U.S. citizen and a technical professional, it's time that you call your Congressional representatives and tell them to eliminate the H-1B visa program. According to the latest (as of 02/09/2003) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures, there are about 94,000 unemployed U.S. computer scientists. Yet, at the same time, there are hundreds of thousands of H-1B visa workers holding tech jobs in the U.S. -- often the same jobs for which unemployed U.S. citizens are qualified and available.

At the same time, there are American firms who have outsourced everything from tech support to engineering. These firms pay individuals and companies in other parts of the world to perform tech work formerly done by American workers. When you come in contact with a firm that does this, let them know that you will actively avoid their products and will, instead, buy from firms that employ U.S. citizens.

It is unfair and unreasonable to drive unemployment up and wages down in the tech sector by importing cheap labor and exporting jobs. We should guarantee that our U.S. citizens are gainfully employed before foreign workers are allowed to fill positions.

I am not advocating hostility towards foreign citizens who are just trying to earn a good living. If I were in their position, I would probably do the same thing. What I am against is our government siding with big business by giving desirable jobs away to non-U.S. citizens.

The H-1B visa program and outsourcing are not necessary to remain competitive in a world market. They exist to line the pockets of wealthy CEOs and major stockholders by replacing fairly compensated American tech workers with undercompensated foreign workers.

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fmaxwell fmaxwell writes  |  more than 12 years ago

"Flamebait" and "Troll" do not mean "I disagree with the author."

"Redundant" does not mean a comment submitted 50ms after a similar one.

Being part of the open source movement does not mean that you just want software for free. It means that you contribute something.

Not all free software is good.

Not all commercial software is bad.

Sometimes Linux is not the best choice.

Sometimes Windows is not the worst choice.

Showing off a few hundred dollars worth of consumer-grade PC parts with Plexiglass window and lighted PC case is just pathetic.

Professionals, like the entire medical community, pick PalmOS handhelds because they work better than Pocket PCs. They are smaller, lighter, have a much longer battery life, and have a more intuitive interface. The far lower cost probably does not concern your average neurosurgeon, but it's an added bonus for many other people.

If you think that a handheld needs to play MP3s, you should hold off buying one until you grow up.

If it's a thrill for you to get "first post" on Slashdot, you need to turn off your computer, take your pasty-white self outside, and interact with human beings.

Installing a store-bought Linux distribution or screwing a PC together does not make you an "3L17E D00D!"

A 14 year old kid with a net worth of $32 who pirated a copy of a $3,000 software package deprived the publisher of $0.

Spam is not "free speech." It is theft and should be outlawed just like junk faxes already are.

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fmaxwell fmaxwell writes  |  more than 12 years ago

You know you are a dick when...

...you get in a turn-only lane to pass everyone who's in the correct lane.

...you think that it's more important for you to get to work on time than for those around you to.

...you use entrance ramps to pass cars in traffic jams.

...you cross over solid lines at traffic lights to get a better lane.

...people regularly have to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting you.

...you drive with your seat reclined so far that it looks more like a bed than a seat.

...you change lanes in intersections to get the jump on other cars.

...your idea of a performance car is a lowered Honda Civic with an obnoxiously loud exhaust system.

...people flip you off more than once a day when you pass them.

...you get pissed off when people don't slow down to let you cut in front of them.

...you have an ashtray in your car but throw cigarette butts and ashes out your window to avoid having to clean up after your own disgusting habit.

...you miss your exit and think that you have a right to cut across solid lines to get back to it or, worse, you think that you are entitled to back up on the shoulder to get there.

...your windows are so darkly tinted that it's dangerous to drive your car at night.

...you tailgate people who are going 20 or more over the speed limit.

...you think that temporary spares are for something other than getting your car somewhere to have your flat tire fixed.

...you see a car parked away from all of the other cars and you park right next to it.

...you park in handicapped spots even though you are not handicapped and are not transporting anyone who is.

...you believe that you have a right to drive like an asshole because you are late for something.

...you change lanes more than twice as often as the average person on the road.

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