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Proposed California Law Would Mandate Smartphone Kill Switch

freman Re:California (252 comments)

Here in Australia we just report the IMMI number as stolen and the phone companies block it... why does America have to do things the hard way?

about 9 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

freman Re:Teaching programmer? (381 comments)

and now... 20+ years later on... do we still enjoy it?

about 10 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

freman Re:Teaching programmer? (381 comments)

I started because there was a computer... and I wanted to... I enjoyed the problem solving, making it do what I wanted it to do.
I continued because I wanted to...
once I actually reached school age I was discouraged through most of it... so I continued then because I wanted to...
It wasn't until grades 11/12 that I was again encouraged, and there I excelled, the course work was beneath me, but I rose to the occasion and returned more than was asked of me...
Now I've been doing it as a job for 20 years... I don't want to...
The fun is gone, I'm tired of it, work ruined it...
No freedom, no control, all "make this so" but no "how about this?", no chance to innovate...
Expected to produce amazing results while being treated like a clerk...

I get home most nights and just turn on the TV now, programming was the only thing I ever wanted to do because it just felt so right.

about 10 months ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

freman Re:doesn't help people take games seriously either (737 comments)

*shrugs* the women are being paid aren't they?

If they don't want to do it then they're free to find other work, it is a free market in a free country after all.

Capitalism!

about a year ago
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Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One

freman Re:It is all software, really (509 comments)

Trust me, as someone who has a PS3 and "chose" to keep the other os feature instead of partaking in the "optional" required update to remove it.

I can't play recent games, I can't play recent movies... so they have ways of forcing you to update...

about a year ago
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Apple's War Against Jailbreaking Now Makes Perfect Sense

freman Re:Phone-based ransom-ware? (321 comments)

You don't need this sort of security on the phone.

In Australia they just bar the phone from networks by IMMI - a stolen phone is useless without the need to hamper the operations of whoever owns it

about a year ago
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British Foreign Secretary on Surveillance Worries: '"Law Abiding Citizens Have Nothing To Fear"

freman Re:Yeah, right! (404 comments)

Funny thing is, if we were to dig around in their personal lives and post what we found... we'd end up in jail so quickly...

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

freman Re:Copper? (347 comments)

Just keep a watch on the September elections in Australia

If the Coalition get in you can gaurentee 20 more years of copper wiring here - so when wherever you are goes all modern and new, move down under - we're backwards.

about a year ago
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Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

freman The answer is simple (595 comments)

Shut down antiquated banks.

I'm sure we can save a fair wack of power by pissing them off.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Can a Blind Singer 'See' the Choirmaster's Baton?

freman I've done something similar for a deaf lady (189 comments)

She couldn't hear people enter the shop...

Vibrating bracelet bluetooth bracelet and replace the baton with a wiimote :)

about a year and a half ago
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Adobe To Australians: Fly To US For Cheaper Software

freman Re:Regional licensing agreements? (255 comments)

You wouldn't believe the effort I went to to get my hands on a copy of The Last Starfighter - in the end, it's a US version I had to rip before I could watch, but at least I could say I paid for it.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Makes Direct X 11.1 a Windows 8 Exclusive

freman Re:Let's hope Steam on Linux gathers... steam (553 comments)

Did you know, Adobe Acrobat has previously been full of security holes, embeds it's self in your browser, and frequently crashes (taking your browser with it?)

Even on my windows netbook I prefer free/open source PDF readers, if I want OCR I'll do it myself, I've never wanted OCR....

about 2 years ago
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EXT4 Data Corruption Bug Hits Linux Kernel

freman Wait what? (249 comments)

People reboot linux?

about 2 years ago
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DoJ Investigating Samsung For Patent Abuse

freman Re:not even (146 comments)

That was my first reaction - if apple hadn't started this shit it wouldn't be a problem

The mobile phone industry was getting along quite happily before apple came along, minor squibbles and scuffles but for the most part it was a quiet industry.... apple comes along and starts suing everyone...

Besides... how many small countries does apple want to buy?

about 2 years ago
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Scientists Who Failed to Warn of Quake Found Guilty of Manslaughter

freman Re:Misleading summary (459 comments)

Next up, suing the weather girl for saying it's probably not going to rain...

about 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Gets 512MB Filling

freman Re:"Bad news" (178 comments)

I feel like an apple user happy with incremental updates (only they pay $700 odd, I only paid $42)... but I'll have an original, an original with mounting holes, and now a 512 meg version... What'll you give me for the complete set? :P

about 2 years ago
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Amazon Considering Buying Texas Instrument's Chip Business

freman Re:Whats the point of an intermediary step? (108 comments)

I bought a tablet first, then went to an eReader - I can tell you I carry the eReader everywhere now, the tablet stays docked at home...

about 2 years ago

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