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Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

ichthus What. A. Doofus (289 comments)

He takes an (1) example of a company with obviously poor QA, and turns it into a critique of the free market. ? Sorry, but to make this argument stick, you'd have to show that ALL (or, at least, most) of the companies selling phones operate under this MO. Additionally, you'd have to show that these same problems wouldn't plague a product line in a regulated market scenario. Good luck.

4 days ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

ichthus Re:Great example (204 comments)

I certainly agree with you, but I would tend to emphasize the environment of innovation over cold war muscle flexing. We won the race largely due to the developments in computer technology that had already happened -- invention of the integrated circuit being key among them. I think you could make an argument that the IC came as a successor to the tech developed during and after WWII, but (and I'm no historian) I believe Fairchild Semiconductor's work was privately funded.

4 days ago
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States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

ichthus Give it some time (777 comments)

In other news, the plants I fertilized and watered a little extra yesterday show no sign of extra growth today.

5 days ago
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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

ichthus Great example (204 comments)

What a great example of what can be achieved with real leadership, and an environment that bolsters creative problem solving and innovation.

5 days ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

ichthus Re:November? (148 comments)

I don't think he mentioned railroads, phone lines or electric wires in his post.

Try again.

about two weeks ago
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US House Passes Permanent Ban On Internet Access Taxes

ichthus Re:do you read? (148 comments)

Why you no like-a the pasta pasta?

about two weeks ago
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Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

ichthus Re:Questionable? (83 comments)

lest it would be legal to rob and murder tourists.

There's a difference between civil and criminal law.

about two weeks ago
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Consciousness On-Off Switch Discovered Deep In Brain

ichthus Re:Consciousness (284 comments)

New "religionist" theory: the claustrum is the interface of the brain to the soul.

about three weeks ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

ichthus Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

So, the government becomes the equivalent of a helicopter parent.

about a month ago
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Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

ichthus Re:Doesn't give warm fuzzies (162 comments)

You're so full of shit it's coming out of your mouth...

No, you're full of shit. And, to prove it, I'll now provide exactly twice as much evidence as you did to the contrary:


...

about a month ago
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First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

ichthus Re:Metro Interface on Android (193 comments)

Yeah, I remember Windows Phone. Does it still have the little button hole on the back to stick a paper clip in when it locks up every few hours?

about a month ago
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First Phone Out of Microsoft-Nokia -- and It's an Android

ichthus Re:So what? (193 comments)

Well Microsoft has a pretty good history of offering long term support

What the Zune are you talking about?

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

ichthus Re:Listen up, Japanese. (195 comments)

I've heard of this, but I was under the impression that it was mostly motivated by power saving -- that it was solely during the hot summer months. If this is, in fact, an effort toward making things more comfortable and more conducive to creativity (and consequently, more sane), more power to them.

about a month ago
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Workplace Surveillance Becoming More Common

ichthus Listen up, Japanese. (195 comments)

I'm an embedded systems engineer for a company in the US, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of a large Japanese company. We enjoy comforts like alternate work schedules, telecommuting, etc. Our Japanese counterparts, however, arrive at work promptly at 8 am, spend much of each day in meetings, and then begin actual work well after noon. They work late into the night (~8:30P or later), have dinner at 10, go to bed and wake up the next day for more of the same. And, they work on Saturday. Additionally, they all wear uniforms -- it's like watching prisoners march to the mess hall when it's time for their collective department lunch break, given at 45 minute intervals.

Not only are they not as productive, their creativity is obviously stifled. Aside from the cultural norm of not wanting to rock the boat or "think outside the box", they are simply unable to innovate and create the same way we are. Indeed, when they need some creative problem solving, they come here to the US for brainstorming sessions. And, the frustrating thing is, I get the impression that they feel their way is superior. Not so. They live to work, while we work to live.

about a month ago
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The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks

ichthus 20 bits per second (121 comments)

Wow! So, after 4 days, 17 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds, you could transfer a whopping... 1 whole MEGABYTE.

about a month and a half ago
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Fuel Cells From Nanomaterials Made From Human Urine

ichthus Comes out by itself? (83 comments)

.the stuff just comes out by itself.

Well, if ((age < 2) || (age > 65))

about a month and a half ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

ichthus Re:What? (213 comments)

Thank you for making my point for me. It has already happened, so it will again. It sounds like, even though you started your first reply with, "Well, as much as I don't like to defend it ...", you've talked yourself out of defending it. We are, therefore, in agreement. Now, let's go get a beer.

about 2 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

ichthus Re:What? (213 comments)

So, then you either get actual attacks happening nobody took seriously. Or the men in dark sunglasses hauling you off in the night for questioning because they're 100% convinced that your threat to drop the condoms, Snickers wrappers, and Depends on Capitol Hill was real.

Which scenario do you think is more likely? Furthermore, if anyone is a real threat, there will be much more intelligence (as in evidence of a threat) surrounding that individual than their tweets. Arresting people based solely on their tweets or FB posts will very rapidly devolve into an outright ban of saying anything critical of government officials or policy -- AKA fascism.

about 2 months ago

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Benki Launches Kickstarter to Get The Internet of Things Right

ichthus ichthus writes  |  about a year ago

ichthus (72442) writes "We use our smartphones for everything and we should also be able to use them to control all our appliances and devices from wherever we are. Benki has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $220,000 for three initial consumer devices and a single-board microcontroller to connect other devices to Benki’s cloud service."
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Ask Slashdot: T-Mobile VoIP and the DoD

ichthus ichthus writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ichthus (72442) writes "I've been a happy user of the T-Mobile @Home phone service for about nine months. Recently, though, I checked the "Advanced Routing" table on my Linksys WRTU54G-TM (the VoIP router used for this service) and noticed something odd. There was a gateway entry for 7.2.237.105. The reverse DNS points to the DoD Network Information Center in Columbus, OH. As I've watched the routing table, this address has changed to different IPs, but they always resolve to the DoD NIC.

I posted a question to T-Mobile's forum for @Home and, so far, have had three other users confirm the same behavior. T-Mobile has yet to respond, though.

Firstly, I acknowledge that this could be something benign. I don't want to sensationalize this. What I'm really after in submitting this are possible explanations for why my VoIP router appears to be talking to the US Department of Defense. Are there any other Slashdot readers with @Home that want to chime in? Are there any DISANET or T-Mobile people who can shed some light on this?

The linked post to T-Mobile's forum provides an explanation of where to find this routing table in the router's web interface."
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ichthus ichthus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ichthus writes "Poll: 'I empty my recycle/trash bin..."

* Immediately
* Daily
* Weekly
* Never
* Don't have/never use
* Into Cowboy Neal's drawers (OR) Onto Cowboy Neal's head (OR) Into Cowboy Neal's MR. Fusion(TM) (OR) Something something Cowboy Neal blah"

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