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BlackBerry Sues iPhone Keyboard Maker Typo

gknoy Re:Do those things actually sell? (226 comments)

I think it may be the way you were using it. My wife swipes with big swirling curlicues, and the software appears to suggest random crap instead of every other word. She hates it with a passion.

I draw angular shapes that go from letter to letter, sometimes with pauses on double letters, and only rarely need to correct it. I love it.

My mental model of how it works is by matching shapes (points here, curves there, pauses there) with a dictionary of words that could be created with letters near the shape's distinctive features. I'm sure that's not exactly how it works, but when I act on that mental model, I end up drawing over specific letters, with as clear a line as possible to the next one. Consider trying it this way, and you might find you like it better.

about 8 months ago

NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide

gknoy Re:false positives powering off (256 comments)

This is why you remove your batteries (or use a faraday cage) at home, before you go. Better would be to leave your phone completel at home and not take it with you when you go to meet your friends.

about 10 months ago

Electric Cars: Drivers Love 'Em, So Why Are Sales Still Low?

gknoy Re:Because they're EXPENSIVE (810 comments)

The key word was "used" car. My car budget is around $10k, and even that I am not eager to pay (since I do not have the cash for that right now).

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

gknoy Re:Neverwinter is excellent (555 comments)

I'll second that: Neverwinter's gameplay is one of the best I've seen in an MMO. The capitol city was terribly laggy, but the combat felt __very__ satisfying. Unfortunately, the few people I talked to indicated that there were some class balance issues -- I took that with some grain of salt -- , and my pocket healer expressed a lot of frustration that as a cleric he couldn't really healbot. Healing mechanics requiring you to face people to see their health didn't make it any nicer, he said.

We're hopeful that Elder Scrolls Online (beta soon!) will be nice.... but honestly I'm not eager to maintain two subscriptions, so the bar for awesomeness is that much higher.

Go where your friends go, though. If my guild rolled to a different game, I'd go with them.

about 10 months ago

Google: Our Robot Cars Are Better Drivers Than You

gknoy Re:Show time (722 comments)

Fortunately, Detroit can easily enroll in one of those pilot programs for robotic peacekeeping units that Omni Consumer Products is working on.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

gknoy Re:yeah no (682 comments)

Perhaps he misses the bus and is worried.
Maybe he is lost in a store.
Maybe his mom's car crashes and the kid can call 911.
Maybe he misses talking to his dad and wants to talk to him.

A phone is a tool, if you treat it as one. Seeing the unbridled joy as my son ran off with his aunt's iphone to do face-time with his grandmother was a life-changing moment: I finally understood the value of the smartphone as a tool. A knife is a tool, too, and some cultures are OK with teaching kids how to use them.

about a year ago

First Cases of Flesh-Eating Drug Emerge In the United States

gknoy Re:desomorphine does not rot flesh (618 comments)

I tend to feel that considering the expected failure modes of your product when sold at a drive-through is wise and considerate to other humans. People drive, and people drop things. It's not something one plans.

about a year ago

The Average Movie Theater Has Hundreds of Screens

gknoy Re:I'm too nice (924 comments)

"Sorry kid, maybe next time your dad won't ruin everyone's movie by texting..."

about a year ago

DoD Descends On DEFCAD

gknoy Re:hidden weapons (496 comments)

I would not be keen on being in a situation where I would need to argue that in court, with my resources frozen and a set of frothing federal prosecutors on the other side of the bench.

about a year ago

RMS Urges W3C To Reject On Principle DRM In HTML5

gknoy Thank goodness for RMS (320 comments)

I am thankful that RMS is a zealot devoted to fighting things like this. I know that I and others don't always agree with him, but other times I am profoundly grateful for his good arguments.

about a year ago

Rackspace Goes On Rampage Against Patent Trolls

gknoy Re:Interesting idea (132 comments)

Except, since so many trolls are shell corporations, they'd just dissolve themselves, and the next shell company would not be bound by the agreement, right?

about a year and a half ago

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants

gknoy Re:Realtime voice encryption apps? (146 comments)

Encrypting the communication will likely not encrypt the routing or connection information: the cell network has to know where to send your call. Signals intelligence can get a LOT of information about you from knowing to whom you are talking, even if they do not know what you are saying.

about a year and a half ago

Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

gknoy Re:Not true. (984 comments)

My mother told it to me as a slightly more pessimistic version: "Assume the other driver is an idiot or a LIAR". That right turn signal? He forgot about it, or will change his mind. It's saved my bacon several times, and the only side effect is that I drive like a timid mouse. :)

about a year and a half ago

Game Site Wonders 'What Next?' When 50% of Users Block Ads

gknoy Re:I used to block ads (978 comments)

I wonder how much the BBC would make if they let non-brits subscribe as well.

about a year and a half ago

Seattle Bar Owner Bans Google Glass, In Advance

gknoy Re:Glasses in real life (471 comments)

You could probably wear an IR LED hat as a countermeasure.

about a year and a half ago

Bradley Manning Makes Statement

gknoy Re:Torturing ants (440 comments)

AH, but here's the rub: How do you know that he has lied? There's no way you can trust his information before the Bad Thing happens, because it's unverifiable. And, as cold reading shows us, it's very possible for him to tell you what he thinks you want to hear, once you start hurting him enough that he'll do anything to make it stop.

There's a reason the Inquisition was able to get people to confess to things which were untrue: torture.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Feel About Recording Your Entire Life?

gknoy Re:My rule has always been "record nothing" (379 comments)

I don't care about remembering my own, but I would have loved to have had video records of my dad, or grandparents, when they were younger, talking about their hopes, dreams, fears, jobs, parents, etc. I have stories that my dad tells but they are only the rose-colored few, and my son will nearly never hear them. THat makes them somewhat special, but it also makes me a bit sad that once my dad is gone, so will the stories be.

It's not about memory, it's about family history in a way which has been impossible before now.

about a year and a half ago

Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

gknoy Re:so what? (812 comments)

Not to mention that signing that would effectively be perjury, which could very well come bite him later when a DIFFERENT bureaucrat looks over the papers.

about a year and a half ago

Jonathan Coulton Offers Some Gleeful Turnabout

gknoy Re:Over 50 comments and nobody has said it... (157 comments)

I'd be more interested in what would happen to Fox's channel if Coulton were to have issued takedown requests on _theirs_.

about a year and a half ago


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