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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

ilparatzo Re:Where are the buggy whip dealers? (524 comments)

Not to mention that I would think biasing the results to only people who have used both a slide out keyboard and a touchscreen will mean you have more people that actively sought out a slide out keyboard, which is (by the accounts of the poster) difficult to come by. Those that actively sought it out are more likely to want and/or prefer one.

I used a slide out keyboard for 2 years and hated it. But if it hadn't been for a mandated company phone, I never would have even given it a try. So more importantly to the survey results, my wife has never had a phone with one and never will.

To be a fair assessment, you can't just say "of the people that have tried both , a small majority prefer the keyboard". You need to at least be able to also say "those that have never tried it want to try one". But you probably need to go even farther. Does it added thickness? Does it add weight? Does it add needed support (for fixing it)? Will it reduce my screen size? And finally, is my desire for a slide out keyboard outweighed by any or all of the above?

2 days ago

World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

ilparatzo Re:Finally! (474 comments)

"Also, the high prices are driven by the prohibition of drugs"

Making them legal isn't going to suddenly make them cheap. On the other hand, they are likely to get more expensive as they are taxed to pay for the problems that can arise from a drugged population, programs to get people off of them as they can be destructive to lives (illegal or not) and because it's a great source of revenue.

You're going to have to pay for increased work by the FDA to regulate recreational drug production and sales (keep Joe Blow from cooking meth in his basement that is "dangerous" compared to legally sold Meth). You might end up with more people hooked on drugs, since I can now go down to the store and buy a hit of Heroin, so you'll need more treatment programs.

Besides, alcoholics tend to lead self destructive lives and the worst of them tend to have a hard time holding a job. Same will be true of a legalized heroin junkie. And when he's dead broke because he can't hold a job while high all the time, someone has to pay for him to rehab. Or, he's gotta find some way to get the money to pay for more heroin.

about a week ago

Google To Stop Describing Games With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

ilparatzo Re:Freemium vs DLC (139 comments)

These tend to be pretty easy to detect though at least. I like the app stores that show you the most frequently purchased in-app items. You'll quickly see the in-app "currency" and know that it exists, versus the one time purchases (or in some cases, both).

I've come to rely on the fact that just about everything on the "Free" list has in-app purchases, most likely to move along in the game. It just turns into determining if they are 100% required, or just make things easier.

about two weeks ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

ilparatzo Re:What? (382 comments)

If I write a petition asking for something that the President is passionate about, I would expect that I'd get a major response and it would be used to drive policy change.

Otherwise, stamp a form letter in response and move on.

about two weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

ilparatzo Re:People need an outlet for their evil (223 comments)

When you know that just about anything you say could turn you into a pariah within society, or cause you to experience bodily harm, you're generally careful with what can be attributed to you and go a little crazy when you've got the power of anonymity. This is true of truly hateful speech, borderline speech and more and more with rather benign speech. As it can often help a political or personal agenda, speech is often twisted and distorted into something it never was.

In a world where every word we say or write runs the chance of living forever in it's original or a twisted form, you can't blame people too much for going a little crazy during those times they have a mask.

about three weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

ilparatzo Re:Comments (223 comments)

These kind of haters represent a tiny but vocal minority of the US population but they seem seem to swarm to the comments sections of any story that touches on one of their hot button issues.

This is true of many issues out there. There are techies that jump on everything they slightly disagree with. Christians, Muslims, Jews, etc ... they all have their vocal minority. Seems there will always be a group within any cause or idea that lets out the vitriol at the slightest opportunity.

It's the price of living in a free society, lest you have a group (with their own biases) overseeing it all and deciding what can and cannot be said. It relies on a majority not getting sucked into the wild conspiracies and vitriolic hatred that is present and being more level headed.

about three weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

ilparatzo Re:Buy the book BANNED by Costco! (223 comments)

The power wielded by a corporation obviously depends on whether or not it helps your argument.

On one hand, corporations are evil and all powerful, swaying elections, forcing their religious beliefs on their employees and getting off scott-free for crimes Joe Blow on the street would swing from the gallows for.

On the other hand, they don't have the ability to decide what books they will sell and make decisions from a purely neutral standpoint when doing so.

about three weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

ilparatzo Re:Incorporate (223 comments)

Incorporating doesn't help, because you also need the vast coffers of cash that the big corporations have so that you can a) pay for the lawyers to argue the stances you described, and b) put money into the coffers of the campaigns that are going to help you get off.

Simply incorporating gives you squat, because you're still an individual without millions of dollars. Small businesses are still ground into the dirt when the politicians or public desire it.

about three weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

ilparatzo Re:Probable cause (223 comments)

Constitution guarantees freedom of speech, but not freedom "from" speech. Same goes for religion. The two don't really go all that well together.

But in this case, you have the freedom to ignore their religion, and ignore speech you don't like. You also have the freedom to speak out against their religion, or their speech. How amazing is that?

about three weeks ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

ilparatzo Re:TSA = the USA's Gestapo (702 comments)

TSA = the USA's Gestapo

True ... because asking you to turn on a dead cellphone is equivalent to throwing you in a concentration camp due to your political views without due process.

about three weeks ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

ilparatzo Re:Classic $Politician (211 comments)

"would be best for the major corps"

It's never been about appointing people best for the major corporations, though that tends to happen by virtue of what's really going on. It's always been about repaying those that helped you get into office. Those people just so happen to be those that tend to have the major corporations in mind, since they throw around all the money.

No matter how much either of the two parties like the say the other is in the pocket of industry and they are looking out for the people, neither is telling you the full truth. They are interested most in the people that put money into their campaign funds. And not the $5 that Grandma gave. That doesn't even start to break into the benefits given those who will help them once they are out of office as well.

about a month ago

White House May Name Patent Reform Opponent As New Head of Patent Office

ilparatzo Re:Obama (211 comments)

What else do you expect? These sorts of positions aren't given to the "best man/woman for the job" but the most closely qualified who is buddy buddy with the president's staff and/or contributed tons of money to their campaign. It's more about "you scratch my back I'll scratch yours" than anything else.

about a month ago

Girls Take All In $50 Million Google Learn-to-Code Initiative

ilparatzo Re:Want to code? (548 comments)

Sure, the writer isn't put upon, it's the teenage boy who doesn't get into his CS class even though he's passionate about it so that a girl that may or may not even want to go down that path can. But we don't care about him so much, as he's part of that big bad demographic that has had so many benefits for so long. Poor him, he can pay for the transgressions of his gender.

Instead of trying to see why girls aren't going into IT and to find ways to get them interested in it, this instead is just spending money to cram girls into the field. How about we say that any woman in an IT job automatically makes 20% more then the men in the same position? Just give them enough money that whether they enjoy the work or not, they'll do it. Then we'll have all of these women in IT and everything will be great!

about a month ago

Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

ilparatzo Re:so shout "fire" in a crowded theater (646 comments)

"incendiary or hateful speech is prohibited by any number of state and local ordinances"

So then why are KKK members allowed to have marches down streets and publish papers that most would consider "hateful speech"? I had no idea that I could be arrested for walking up to a Native American and using a racial slur and stating I was happy for what happened to their people in the past.

If this is true, why aren't we arresting all of those rappers who sing about killing cops and beating up women? All of these prohibitions you speak of, who is using them to stop all of this hateful and incendiary speech that is out there?

There are laws that restrict speech which can be deemed a direct threat, or the "yelling fire in the theater" sort of stuff. Those are a far cry from incendiary or hateful speech. Prohibitions of "hateful" speech are routinely overturned because of the right to "free speech".

about a month and a half ago

IRS Lost Emails of 6 More Employees Under Investigation

ilparatzo Re:Massive conspiracy (465 comments)

Imagine if this was a matter of corruption at a company like Microsoft, and the government got wind of the deleted emails. Politicians would be calling for people to be fired, for new laws and regulations to be drummed up, it would be a veritable hell storm of activity.

about a month and a half ago

"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

ilparatzo Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

Someone should show them the "Food Plate", formerly known as the "Food Pyramid" then, shouldn't they?

Or are we prepping an argument about how it's nearly impossible to eat "properly" when you're poor?

about a month and a half ago

The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

ilparatzo Re:The US Government can overrule anything (173 comments)

It's a collective effort of many people across many administrations and congresses.

If everyone else was jumping off a cliff little Johnny, would you do it too? We've been pumping CO2 into the air for generations, but something tells me that I can do more to change that than my Great Great Grandfather. And if I stick to the status quo, It's "my" problem ... not his. After all, he's not around anymore.

Problem is, no matter what kind of high ideas and grand changes you have in mind, when it gets down to it, it is oh so much easier to just follow the status quo. Or even improve (read: make worse) upon it. Real change is hard. And in politics, hard is generally avoided.

about a month and a half ago

The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

ilparatzo Re:The US Government can overrule anything (173 comments)

And on Slashdot, Anonymous Cowards can lie, distort and misrepresent everything. Because to them, they are ABOVE IT ALL!

Come on ... this is hardly the realm of just Anonymous Cowards. People lie, distort and misrepresent regardless. They'll do it standing in front of a packed crowd while being video-taped, and the certainly do it behind a slashdot moniker.

about a month and a half ago

Seattle Approves $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

ilparatzo Implement? (1040 comments)

Seattle is the first city to implement a living wage for its lowest earners.

Whether or not it's a "livable" wage aside ... it hasn't been implemented yet. Rather than actually implement a $15 an hour minimum wage, they made it a slow and laborious process. The "livable" wage being spoken of will not "implement" for years.

I wish I could get all the credit at my job for implementing something by saying I will and agreeing to do it 10 years from now. Only in the government ...

about 2 months ago

Study: Stop Being So Cynical, You Could Give Yourself Dementia

ilparatzo Maybe I'm Just Cynical ... (153 comments)

I might just be cynical [har har har], but there is something about a group saying "hey, if you don't just trust what people are telling you, you will one day become crazy". I would rather end up a little crazy in my later life than become too optimistic. A little bit of cynicism keeps you from being taken advantage of too much.

It's like the government funding a study that finds that if you question what the government says or does, you're more likely to end up with Alzheimers. So you better stop complaining and believe everything we say.

about 2 months ago


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