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Nokia Design Guru Urges Apple To End Cable Chaos

goldspider Re:Oh, I totally agree... (791 comments)

I've been fortunate enough to not have broken the micro-USB port on my Android phones, but I can see how easy is for one errant push of the plug to snap that little plastic guide piece. As a new iPhone owner, I am glad to be without that risk (however marginal) behind.

I'd love to see Apple use a standard connector so I don't have to pay $40 for a second/replacement cable that probably costs a penny to manufacture. That's not the Apple way, though, and in this case they have the superior design.

about 6 months ago
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CPJ Report: the Obama Administration and Press Freedoms

goldspider Voters duped (289 comments)

How many people voted for Obama believing that he wouldn't use the executive powers expanded by the previous administration? How many were dumb enough to believe he'd actually try to roll them back?

Worse yet, how many are OK with their guy abusing his new authority?

about 6 months ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

goldspider Re:DEA cannot win this. Why bother? (455 comments)

The law is something the government creates, not follows.

about 7 months ago
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Fukushima Actually "Much Worse" Than So Far Disclosed, Say Experts

goldspider Re:"expert" is a kook (274 comments)

Don't these crackpots realize they are doing more harm to their (supposed) cause than good?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Would You Accept 'Bitcoin-Ware' Apps?

goldspider Re:Sorry, no. (232 comments)

I used to run something like this (might have been the same thing) years ago, but I became concerned over what impact it has on my electricity usage and the longevity of my computer hardware. Can you shed any light on these concerns?

about a year ago
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President Obama To Nominate Cable and Wireless Lobbyist To Head FCC

goldspider Well, technically.... (304 comments)

"No political appointees in an Obama-Biden administration will be permitted to work on regulations or contracts directly and substantially related to their prior employer for two years."

If he hasn't been a lobbyist within the past two years, I suppose we ought to give him a pass. Right?

about a year ago
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QuakeFinder: Is It Possible To Reliably Predict Earthquakes?

goldspider I use QuakeSpy (59 comments)

Oh, so this article submission is NOT a repeat from 1997?

1 year,5 days
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When Your Data Absolutely, Positively has to be Destroyed (Video)

goldspider Hammered (295 comments)

I still find the old fashioned way, "whack the drive real hard with a hammer and shatter the platter" combines the best parts of effectiveness and gratification.

1 year,23 days
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

goldspider Re:Who is actually earning minimum wage? (1106 comments)

"Now, if you want to complain about the actual stuff he's for that are bad and he has actual power over..."

I'll save those for a thread that isn't about minimum wage.

about a year ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

goldspider Re:Who is actually earning minimum wage? (1106 comments)

You've completely missed my point. I'm all for minimum wage at least keeping up with inflation as a minimal baseline. But this portrayal of millions of two-parent, two-child households relying on a single full-time minimum-wage job is a complete myth, and takes attention away from more urgent problems.

about a year ago
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Future Fighters Won't Need Ejection Seats

goldspider 35:1 cost ratio (622 comments)

Considering the benefits that unmanned drones offer for the price, we can afford to lose a few at the cost of $4.5 million per. A $161 airplane + pilot, not so much.

about a year ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

goldspider Who is actually earning minimum wage? (1106 comments)

I'm willing to bet this changed beginning with the recession, but if I recall correctly, there are very few adults with children working full-time and making minimum wage. I wish I had citation to back that up readily available, but to my recollection it was mostly young people just entering the workforce who made up a majority of the minimum-wage earners.

If that's still the case, way to grandstand on a non-issue, Mr. President.

about a year ago
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School Shooting Prompts Legislation To Study Violent Video Games

goldspider No will, no blame (1168 comments)

IMHO anyone who wants to "blame" something that has no will of its own for the acts committed by something that does should not be included in the conversation.

about a year ago
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Hello, I'm a Mac. And I'm a $248 Win8 PC.

goldspider Re:A comment on Geekwire? (642 comments)

"Idiot submitters ... are turning Slashdot into a anti-Microsoft tabloid rather than any place for serious discussion."

Hello there, and welcome to Slashdot!

about a year ago
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USPS Reports $15.9 Billion Loss, Asks Congress For Help

goldspider What's the point? (473 comments)

The USPS's primary role these days seems to be cramming my mailbox with unsolicited and unwanted advertisements, and providing landfills with a limitless supply of dead trees.

Remind me again why we're still spending $billions to keep this going?

about a year and a half ago
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With NCLB Waiver, Virginia Sorts Kids' Scores By Race

goldspider The right people aren't angry about this (622 comments)

It's been 60 years since institutional racism was (supposedly) outlawed. What made it OK again for a government entity to establish that certain races are inherently inferior to others?

Since I have a decidedly white perspective on this issue, I'd be interested to get a different take on how governments are subscribing to this notion that minorities cannot compete on an even playing field. I'm more interested in understanding why people in these demographics aren't mad as hell at what these policies insinuate.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off

goldspider Re:Way too confusing (1264 comments)

That's a meaningless point when the "average user" doesn't know which distros are meant for him/her.

Your defensive impulse sounds a lot like "You're holding the phone wrong."

about 2 years ago
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$60 Light Bulb Debuts On Earth Day

goldspider Re:Satisfied with CFLs (743 comments)

I'm not making any claims about their overall reliability. Just sharing my own positive experience with them.

about 2 years ago
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MIT Institute's Gloomy Prediction: 'Global Economic Collapse' By 2030

goldspider Re:Not surprising considering our growth (816 comments)

"Our societies are now based on rampant consumerism and the freedom of the individual to do whatever they want, so long as it's not illegal and they can pay for it."

The majority of the people on Earth already live under repressive governments with horrendous environmental protection laws in place (if any). Your "solution" is to further restrict individual freedom. I think your idea needs some work.

about 2 years ago

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