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Ubuntu Asks Users To Pay What They Want

ks9208661 Re:This just in (280 comments)

Always avoid alliteration.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Is Giving Away Its Secrets By Litigating

ks9208661 Re:How much is paid to astroturfing? (149 comments)

The money Apple spends on suing Samsung and other companies comes out of the advertising budget.

about 2 years ago
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Whistleblower: NSA Has All of Your Email

ks9208661 i hope... (478 comments)

... they got all the spam as well.

more than 2 years ago
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Global Christianity and the Rise of the Cellphone

ks9208661 Re:New technology, old mindsets (559 comments)

"I don't believe in the existence of God" is not the same as "I believe in the non-existence of God". The same way that "I don't know it is" is not the same as "I know it isn't". It depends on where you put the negation, either on the verb, or on the noun. If you negate the verb, you are assuming no position. If you negate the noun, you are taking a side.

Contrary to what the author in that link wrote, there is such a thing as agnosticism, and she is one.

more than 2 years ago
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China Internet Users Hit Half a Billion

ks9208661 strength in numbers (85 comments)

Now if they would just all ping the Great Firewall of China to death at the same time, they could make history in being the first to stage, and hopefully win, an e-revolution.

more than 2 years ago
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Germans Increase Office Efficiency With "Cloud Ceiling"

ks9208661 They shouldn't stop at clouds (223 comments)

Would be great to have other things flying over the fake sky, like birds, planes, pterodactyls, Superman, and UFOs, to make things even more interesting.

more than 2 years ago
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Interview With 'Idiot' Behind Key Software Patent

ks9208661 patently obvious (223 comments)

From TFA: "... because the USPTO focuses much more on "prior art" (i.e., "is this new?" rather than, "is this obvious?") all sorts of obvious stuff gets patented."

I couldn't agree more.

more than 2 years ago
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1 in 8 Take Fake Phone Calls to Avoid Talking to Others

ks9208661 Re:App idea (160 comments)

I have this on my HTC Android phone too. It's a widget called Fake Call. You select a person in your phone book who will fake-call you, then the number of minutes of delay (from 0 to 10 minutes) before you get the call. It would be nice if this could be scheduled at a specific time.

more than 2 years ago
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Senators Taking Sides In AT&T/T Mobile Merger

ks9208661 Re:Bad news for international GSM phone users (124 comments)

I have a feeling the iPhone-wielding AT&T users will just eat up whatever extra bandwidth AT&T gets from T-Mobile, so the service, in the eyes of T-Mobile customers, will be worse. In the eyes of AT&T users, the service will be "slightly less unusable" (an upgrade from "unusable").

about 3 years ago
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Senators Taking Sides In AT&T/T Mobile Merger

ks9208661 Bad news for international GSM phone users (124 comments)

I travel for work and have a GSM phone which works in most countries I go to. Since I go to the US a lot, I got myself a prepaid AT&T SIM card many years ago and used that when I was in the US. In my last few visits however, I experienced so many annoying issues with the service (e.g. bad sound, dropped calls, dead spots even in the middle of big cities) that I decided to switch to T-Mobile prepaid in my next visit. Now this. *facepalm* This AT&T/T-Mobile merger will bring about a GSM service monopoly in the US which is bad news for us international travellers.

about 3 years ago
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Belgrade Hosts First Public Solar-Powered Cell Charging Station

ks9208661 Re:Yeah right... (106 comments)

I will know if the other end of the cable is connected to a PC/laptop if get this popup window asking whether to just charge my device only, or to do some sort of sharing. Default setting is "charge only". At least this is how my old Symbian-based and my current Android-based smartphone behave. I haven't heard of a case yet where this was circumvented.

about 3 years ago
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Belgrade Hosts First Public Solar-Powered Cell Charging Station

ks9208661 Re:Yeah right... (106 comments)

How will you get a virus by charging your phone?

about 3 years ago
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German Parliament Backs Nuclear Exit By 2022

ks9208661 Re:Brilliance (364 comments)

My money is on the EU being there even after 2 years. The debt problems in the PIGS countries are euro issues that could lead to a breakup of the currency, but the EU is not the €. In the extremely unlikely case that the EU splits, France and Germany will still be on the same side.

about 3 years ago
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German Parliament Backs Nuclear Exit By 2022

ks9208661 Re:Brilliance (364 comments)

Until the day after you shut down the last German reactor and find France has just raised the price of power by 600x...

EU rules will most likely prohibit such a thing from happening.

about 3 years ago

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Brain Structure of Liberals and Conservatives

ks9208661 ks9208661 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ks9208661 (1862000) writes ""Previously, some psychological traits were known to be predictive of an individual's political orientation," lead author Ryota Kanai from University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience said in a statement. "Our study now links such personality traits with specific brain structure." The researchers used a survey to probe the political views of 90 University students who later underwent brain scans. People with self-reported liberal views tended to have a larger anterior cingulate cortex — a brain area involved in processing conflicting information. And those with conservative views were more likely to have a larger amygdala — a region important for recognizing threats. "Individuals with a large amygdala are more sensitive to fear," and might therefore be "more inclined to integrate conservative views into their belief system," Kanai and colleagues wrote. "On the other hand, our finding of an association between anterior cingulate cortex volume and political attitudes may be linked with tolerance to uncertainty" — which may allow people to "accept more liberal views.""
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