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Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab Won't Get Android 4.0

gad_zuki! Re:No *official* port. (333 comments)

But the suite of google apps aren't (maps, gmail, access to the market, etc). Google has tons of leverage.

I think the obvious solution here is to put in a simple skinning API and let the devs go nuts with it. Sense, TW, etc would just be apk's that skin the GUI elements. End users should be able to disable this if they wish.

Google could use its muscle to make this happen. Shame they won't. In the meantime, the released stats show a big move from android to iphone because people seem to prefer Apple's way of doing things. Heck, I had a phone with a published security vulnerability and it took almost 12 months to patch it. That's 100% unacceptable.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?

gad_zuki! Re:Salvation Army (570 comments)

Yeah, its the whole anti-gay agenda that bothers rational people about the SA as well as they're close relations to their own evangelical arm and partners.

I give to secular charities, thank you very much.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple, Android Devices Swamp NYC Schools' ActiveSync Server

gad_zuki! Re:Best use of money? (205 comments)

Don't bother with this crowd. These guys clearly have no practical experience with Exchange and are the same people who have been yelling "ZOMG POSTFIX AND EVOLUTION/CHANDLER/THUNDERBIRD WILL KILL OUTLOOK" 10+ years ago.

As much as I dislike defending my vendors, I have to say the Exchange is surprisingly nimble and the number of devices I can support with a very modest server is pretty surprising. The idea that you're getting 10x the number of users on similiar hardware with a similiar featureset is the same bullshit these FOSS guys have been peddling for years. I just with the FOSS crew could write a usable, supported, efficient Exchange/Activesync replacement. That product doesn't exist and the current crop are all nightmares. Heh, there's a reason why they won't let you test this junk.

more than 2 years ago
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$529M DOE Loan Spawns $97K Made-in-Finland Cars

gad_zuki! Re:oh, really? (372 comments)

Considering no US money is being spent on this plant and they have bought a Delaware plant for stage II, my comment on your ignorance still stands.

Tesla managed to get around this issue by buying a retired Toyota plant in the US as a stopgap the same way these guys are using Finland as a stopgap.

You can argue whether or not the DOE should be making these investments, but not finding a facility here in the US is perfectly understandable. Regardless, in a year or two they'll be in Delaware and Tesla will move to its permanent factory in Cali. Yet guys like you dont give two shits about this, because you just want to complain about the government, not really understand or care how electric car investment works, or why certain decisions are made. Took yer jerbs, indeed.

about 2 years ago
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$529M DOE Loan Spawns $97K Made-in-Finland Cars

gad_zuki! Re:oh, really? (372 comments)

This is too informative and logical for slashdot. Please instead stick to right-wing libertarian talking points, anti-government rhetoric, and stick to as much Ayn Rand as possible. Thanks!

The idea that this is a little more complex than "they too our jerbs" or "damn federal government is a scam" is too much for most people here. Just look at the comments.

Facts and reasonable discussion don't get ad impressions. Uninformed commentators on hot button issues do.

about 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

gad_zuki! Re:A slightly unrelated topic... (988 comments)

>This cancer is not "perfectly treatable".

Except this particular cancer was relatively easily treatable with surgery.

>And Jobs seemed to have waited with surgery only until it was clear that the tumour wouldn't shrink.

How was it going to shrink exactly? The homeopathic bullshit he was engaged in wasn't going to do anything anyway. He signed his own death warrant.

>But yes, maybe he would have lived longer if he hadn't waited. Maybe not.

All facts point to yes, he would have. Oh well, that's his decision. I can't stop people from killing themselves, but we can at least use him as a cautionary tale for those who are entranced by woo medicine.

about 2 years ago
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Jobs Wanted To Destroy Android

gad_zuki! Re:Kindergarten (988 comments)

Jobs accuses everyone of theft. He did it with MS and he did it with Google. Shame he was such an IP and patent fascist.

He was your typical American CEO. He's all take, mine-mine-mine, and fuck you. The fact that the base of all his OS's are built on open principles and open source doesn't matter to him. He's allowed to take and he's allowed to own ideas like sorting with a linked list, but no one else.

about 2 years ago
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Global Warming 'Confirmed' By Independent Study

gad_zuki! Re:Why so hard. (967 comments)

>Why is it so hard to accept that human actions can have consequences ?

Because big business and conservative ideologues don't want to pay the bills. Its the same with fighting the EPA. We're destined to fight this battle every few years because the conservative noise machine is so powerful and its followers are unusually credulous.

about 2 years ago
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OpenOffice Is Dying (And IBM Won't Help)

gad_zuki! Re:So? (298 comments)

Its so silly. Just the other day I was using Apache Tomcat and Java and then later making a flowchart in Visio. Later I was using Firefox and Silverlight and chatted on Skype. Oh, I had to upload a large file using Filezilla, but only after scanning it with ClamAV to be safe. Last week, I was updating the FCKeditor in Drupal while chatting on Pidgin.

But Libreoffice! Ugh, what a silly name!

Look dude, just because you're scared of anything that sounds remotely foreign doesn't mean your position is valid outside of a Tea Party convention. Hell, considering most open source types think "The Gimp" is a perfectly acceptable name for software, Libreoffice is quite the step up.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple's Siri As Revolutionary As the Mac?

gad_zuki! Re:Hype much? (692 comments)

>Current Speech recognition technology is still at the babbling three year old stage

Hold on here, I agree that AI is in the gutter for the foreseeable future, but I use google voice recognition several times a day and its absolutely amazing. It seems to understand my context and gets my voice to text right a lot more often than it gets it wrong.

Its not perfect, but its way past the level of a three year old. Right now, it beats typing on the virtual keyboard. If apple matches this quality then I can really see a revolution in how people interact with their smartphones, at least when it comes to voice to text vs keyboards.

more than 2 years ago
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HP Rethinking Wisdom of Spinning Off PC Division

gad_zuki! Re:My thoughts (239 comments)

That includes dock failures. The laptop themselves have a better rate without the dock issues.

Its major faults were:

1. Drive failure. Not sure if we got a run of duds, but I think 5% alone here.
2. Fan failure. CPU fan would stick to 100% then die completely after a few days. Another 5%.

All of these machines save one or two are pampered and usually docked. No heavy loads or anything. Just bum hardware.

I have a couple of machines that don't use the standard image and its ridiculous how bad these HPs are. 3 ebook readers installed, tons of other shit, and a nice issue where if you uninstall one of these ebook readers, it decides to delete a system font. I'm done with HP.

more than 2 years ago
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HP Rethinking Wisdom of Spinning Off PC Division

gad_zuki! Re:My thoughts (239 comments)

I picked up a demo 8460p elitebook. Its about as thick and heavy as most contestants on the Biggest Loser. Its like something out of Dell's late 1990s lineup. Its faux MacBook casing isn't helping matters either.

For around the same price I'm switching to Lenovo, getting a much slimmer and nicer machine, and a heck of a lot less crapware on the standard image.

Considering how many elitebooks have failed for us in the past couple of years (25%) as well as their docks, I'm happy to get rid of HP. May you have better luck than me, but you won't. HP is the newest winner to the race to the bottom.

more than 2 years ago
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NASA Sues Apollo Astronaut To Return Moon Camera

gad_zuki! Re:Not bound by the statute of limitations? (395 comments)

Hey, you don't get on the front page of slashdot without lots of bias. This crowd leans right/libertarian so you need to pander to them to keep the ads flowing.

Before we start deifying Mitchell as some kind of anti-government hero and genius, I'd like to point out that he's deeply into ESP, the paranormal, remote viewing/healing, and other woo. He started something called the Institute for Noetic Sciences in the 1970s. He's essentially the opposite of James Randi. I love to see these charlatans exposed in other parts of their lives too. Turns out he's not only a Uri Geller-level bullshitter but also a common thief.

more than 2 years ago
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Real Life Super Hero Arrested

gad_zuki! Re:Walter Kovacs responds: (590 comments)

>Hell, all those liberals and intellectuals and smooth-talkers.

Stupid liberals with their non-discriminatory laws, weekends, and social safety nets. Stupid intellectuals who don't believe in god or starting a posse!

> Decent men who believed in a day's work for a day's pay

Funny how that didn't work out too well during the industrial revolution when the market was in charge and it took regulation and labor unions as well as massive protests before that was even possible.

Ugh, I love how Rorschach went from being a complete and utter right-wing psychopath to the posterboy of "common sense" in America. Wow, just wow.

more than 2 years ago
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Sprint Details Shift To LTE

gad_zuki! Re:uhh... (183 comments)

None of that matters if you like to travel. Or if you like to actually own a phone and can swap out SIM cards to change phone numbers and carriers quickly.

Or if you like fast 3G (EVDO vs UMTS/HSPDA).

So CDMA is technically better, in theory but in practice its a lot of lock-in and slow ass 3G. There's more to deciding which is better than just tech specs on a piece of paper, but this being slashdot, we have the "TECHNICALLY CORRECT IS THE BEST KIND OF CORRECT" crowd.

more than 2 years ago
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Iran Blocks VPN Ports

gad_zuki! Re:Use OpenVPN (134 comments)

This isn't about ports. I'm not sure how it suddenly became about ports (poor writeup?).

Iran uses packet inspection. They're getting good at it. They took down Tor for a little while before those guys found a work around. A lot VPNs don't work in Iran. Lots of things don't work. Simple work arounds like port numbers don't work.

In other words, when your country is a theocratic dictatorship, bad things happen. Considering how Iran is also a police state, there's little to no chance of anything stopping this anytime soon.

Ah religion. Your evil knows no bounds.

more than 2 years ago
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Does Italian Demo Show Cold Fusion, or Snake Oil?

gad_zuki! Re:Where are the patents? (479 comments)

>It reads like an Al Gore infomercial, not a patent. More space is given to banging on about saving the planet than about the actual claims.

What? Are you saying Gore's global warming presentations were full of false information? Granted, his agenda was to popularize a marginalized message (which what it was when he started) but the facts were in line with IPCC.

more than 2 years ago
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Samsung Seeking Ban of iPhone 4S in Europe

gad_zuki! Re:Choose your poison. (331 comments)

Look, the broken patent system isn't being shut down in our lifetimes. I have a choice to buy from the company that shuts down competitors with patents or the company that bills competitors with patents. Guess who I'm going with.

more than 2 years ago
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Big Brother Calls 'Shotgun' In Illinois

gad_zuki! Worst slashdot article ever? (475 comments)

There is no camera in any ipass system nor any intention of doing so. Camera tech is ancient, this could have been implemented 10 years ago. I know this is the kind of manufactured controversy that gets ad impressions for slashdot, but please, there are real problems in the world, and this isn't one of them.

more than 2 years ago
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How Windows Gets Infected With Malware

gad_zuki! Re:Three guys beat IE!!! (373 comments)

Yep, the advice I always give is:

1. Uninstall java. Most end users never have a need for it and don't update it.

2. Use Chrome to read PDFs or Foxit. No need for Adobe, but to be fair Adobe's new sandbox model in version X is resistant to viral infections and exploits.

3. Update flash as often as it says or switch to Chrome.

4. Run MSE or some other AV.

more than 2 years ago

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Best videogame for a 9 hour flight?

gad_zuki! gad_zuki! writes  |  more than 4 years ago

gad_zuki! (70830) writes "Tomorrow I'll be taking a 9 hour flight and would love to spend it gaming, but I would like to maximize my gaming time. I have a macbook (2.1ghz/8400) with OSX and Win7 with one spare battery. I'll run the screen as dim as possible and keep the sound low. Im thinking of taking a bunch of MAME roms or a classic game like Command and Conquer. Any suggestions? Dwarf Fortress perhaps? I will be flying coach in a 777, so there will be no outlet for me to charge."

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