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$1.2 Million Worth of MS Points Taken After Hackers Figure Out Code Algorithm

lowrydr310 Re:Dumb kids (203 comments)

If Microsoft is anything like the big record labels, they'll go after the individuals for huge sums of money claiming loss of profit.

Surely all these people who 'stole' several thousand dollars worth of MS Points would have purchased them, had they not been able to obtain them by generating codes, therefore Microsoft suffered financial damages.

more than 3 years ago
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King Wants To Sell Out Ham Radio

lowrydr310 Re:But will we? (309 comments)

I used to be part of a HAM club that provided communications to coordinate an annual community event. The club had it's place back in the day, but realistically with the widespread use of FRS/GMRS there's really no reason to have a HAM club do it anymore. Maybe it made sense back in 1960 when the average Joe couldn't get his hands on a radio.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Preparing To Launch G-Town

lowrydr310 Re:Sheriff Required (251 comments)

Don't forget the minimum 3.7 GPA requirement.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Preparing To Launch G-Town

lowrydr310 Re:Troubling trend in employer running your life (251 comments)

There are several other large companies in the same region as Google who provide similar benefits to their employees. Normally I'd be concerned of the potential doomsday scenario which you speak of, however these employees could jump ship to another company which offers the same benefits.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Preparing To Launch G-Town

lowrydr310 Re:I wonder how this will end... (251 comments)

I'm not super-old, but I really am amazed about the difference in generational attitudes about privacy.

I'd have to agree with you there. I'm not super old either; I've been out of college for about 10 years now. I recently had a discussion with some current college students about privacy and they casually said, "this is 2010, just accept the fact that you don't have any online privacy or any other privacy for that matter." These "kids" just don't seem to care anymore - as long as they get their energy drinks, marijuana, video games, and social media, life is good and there's nothing to worry about.

more than 3 years ago
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Why There's Still No Netflix App For Android

lowrydr310 Re:I Can Dream, Can't I? (291 comments)

On the otherhand the handsets present a new playing filed where it looks like lockdown platforms are going to be the norm for a variety of reasons.

I'm just not seeing the benefit of watching movies on a sub-4" screen. Movies on a "handset." Am I just an outlier, or is this the 'in' thing right now?

I have one of these fancy android handsets with a big (4.3") screen and I don't use it to watch movies yet. Mine even has an HDMI output. The only problem for me is that I'd be lucky to be able to watch an entire movie without the battery running out. I could always plug the charger in, but then what would I do if I was watching a movie and I got an incoming phone call? There is a benefit to not have all you devices bundled into one.

more than 3 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

lowrydr310 Re:Well... (500 comments)

Yes, I know that, I made a typing error

LibreOffice/Lucha Libre -> "Libre" is the common demoninator, that's why LibreOffice made me think of Lucha Libre, and it's not nearly as stupid as WWE

more than 3 years ago
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Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

lowrydr310 Re:Two stroke diesel engine (570 comments)

That is why even diesel locomotives run a generator and use electric motors to haul a train.

It's certainly *a* reason, but not the only reason. Electric motors are easier to control (think traction management) and they also eliminate the need for a complex transmission.

more than 3 years ago
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Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

lowrydr310 Re:Burning Coal is the problem, not the machine (570 comments)

Clean, renewable energy is the way of the future.

Though it's nice to have and good for the environment, we don't even need 'renewable' energy. Safe and clean nuclear energy technology that produces very little waste already exists and has been proven. Any waste can be safely managed, but for some reason clean and safe nuclear power generation does not seem to be much of a priority.

more than 3 years ago
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Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

lowrydr310 Re:Doesn't solve the biggest problem (570 comments)

The only problem is that electrical energy can't be stored with the same convenience and density as petroleum.

more than 3 years ago
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Looking To Better Engines Instead of Electric Vehicles

lowrydr310 Re:energy density (570 comments)

"We don't want new sources of energy that are going to make the greenhouse gas problem even worse," House Oversight Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., said in a recent interview.

Despite CA getting tons of attention by being 'clean' and having stringent air quality laws, Big Oil still has a huge presence there and operates several refineries.

Why do politics always have to get in the way of real progress?

more than 3 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

lowrydr310 Re:LibreOffice will join the ranks of Linux... (500 comments)

I just want something that works, is NOT from MS, and is dirt cheap or FREE (even better!). When it comes to Word Processing and reading/editing .doc files which everyone still seems to use, I found OO to be cumbersome and not always 100% compatible with .doc/.docx files created in MS Word. I found Abiword and never looked back.

more than 3 years ago
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33 Developers Leave OpenOffice.org

lowrydr310 Re:Well... (500 comments)

Oddly enough, when I read "LibreOffice" the first thing that comes to mind are a bunch of leather masks (Lucha Libra for those who don't get it).

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Alarm Bug Leads To Mass European Sleep-in

lowrydr310 Re:Hows this bug work? (487 comments)

I ran into all these timezone issues when I installed OS X, Ubuntu, and Windows 7 on the same machine. If I remember correctly, OS X treats the BIOS clock as UTC and displays the OS's local time as an offset of that baseline according to timezone and other silly daylight rules. Windows 7 (and all other Windows versions) treats the BIOS clock as the local time. Ubuntu would normally treat the BIOS clock as UTC, however tries to make dual-booting Windows simpler and therefore assumes the BIOS clock is local time (a friendly 'work-around' to play nice with Windows).

My clock kept changing nearly every time I'd boot into a different OS, and I finally figured out that to fix it, I had to change the Windows registry to treat the BIOS clock as UTC, and then make the same change in Ubuntu.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Alarm Bug Leads To Mass European Sleep-in

lowrydr310 Re:Not just iPhone 4s (487 comments)

Are they still available at that price, and is it possible to get them in the USA? I just checked ebay and they're around USD $300.

more than 3 years ago
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8pen Reinvents the Keyboard For Mobile Devices

lowrydr310 Re:Future steps (214 comments)

Nah, it's not so much "handwriting" - more like graffiti.

more than 3 years ago
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Electric Car Goes 375 Miles On One 6-Minute Charge

lowrydr310 Re:Rubbish (603 comments)

I thought it was common knowledge that a bolt of lightning provides 1.21 Gigawatts.

All you need to do is capture that lightning and instantaneously use it to charge the battery bank. You'll have plenty of power to charge, and all you need is a large liquid cooled resistor bank to take care of the excess energy. Simple, right? Why hasn't anyone else thought of this?

more than 3 years ago
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Aussie Kids Foil Finger Scanner With Gummi Bears

lowrydr310 Re:Next up... (303 comments)

I'll echo what everyone else said in their replies - bypassing the security is a fun thing to do.

I went to a private high school (where 90% of the students go on to be lawyers or doctors, NOT engineers) right around the time when *real* computers were starting to be widely used in classrooms. A few geeky friends and I had so much fun playing all sorts of innocent pranks, staying three steps ahead of the faculty responsible for fixing them.

more than 3 years ago
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FarmVille Now Worth More Than EA

lowrydr310 Re:Social games (344 comments)

I haven't ever played FarmVille, but did try CafeWorld on a friend's account and couldn't figure out what the objective of the game was. I also recently experimented with a social/interactive game on Android/iPhone called World War by Storm8.

It was interesting at first - do missions, collect money, buy equipment to fight (ships/aircraft/vehicles/troops), then battle others, all gaining skill points and advancing to the next level. Then after a week or two of casually playing (more like button pressing) I realized it's a giant waste of time. There's no real action or skill involved and no specific strategy.

When I feel the need to play games, I either pull out the NES/SNES/MAME emulator or bust out original Half-Life/CS from 12 years ago.

more than 3 years ago

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