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Motorola Ordered To Recall Android Phones and Tablets In Germany

lunatic1969 Re:Stop supporting APPLE!! (190 comments)

The problem is, this is a game everybody is playing and we can't seem to make it stop. The only hope as I see it is to encourage these lawsuits. Sue everyone, sue frequently. Let the corporations bleed tons and tons of money. When the corporations decide it's a bad idea because they've gone broke, things will change -- they won't change until then.

more than 2 years ago
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What Happens To Your Used Games?

lunatic1969 Used Games Helping Market (276 comments)

I don't think used games are killing the market. I think they're helping it. I'm sure I'm not the only one on the planet that has paid $ 60 or more for a game only to find out it's absolute crap. If it wasn't for used games or Gamefly I wouldn't buy any games at all.

more than 2 years ago
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The Poor Waste More Time On Digital Entertainment

lunatic1969 Teaching, Not Toys (515 comments)

I guess what got me interested in being 'Digitally Literate' was the fact that they did a bit more than just slap an expensive digital doo-dad in front of me. They taught me how it worked. They taught me how to make it do things. They taught me what made it tick. Hell, in High School I didn't have a computer of my own. For much of college I had a dumb VT-52 terminal with a 300 baud modem. It was enough to teach me the basics, and spark my interest to learn more. Don't they /teach/ anymore?

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

lunatic1969 Re:OH my... (402 comments)

Funny Story. I used to have a cat that I absolutely hated. I asked a Chinese friend of mine if he knew any good recipes for Cat. He said no, cats weren't very good to eat. Too tough. Dog, on the other hand - Dog was good for winter months. Okay. Maybe that wasn't so funny.

more than 2 years ago
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Options For Good (Not Expensive) Office Backbone For a Small Startup

lunatic1969 Re:Have You Accounted for User Preference? (204 comments)

We've used LibreOffice/OpenOffice for a long, long time at our office as well without issues.

more than 2 years ago
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Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test

lunatic1969 Re:The solution to the problem. (580 comments)

You actually have just made a huge point. I'll take it another step and tell you that the key is to have kids interested in what they are doing. If you take the smartest kid in the world and surround him with people who don't care, chances are he's going to give up eventually too. If you take a kid who is maybe not so bright but give him the opportunity work with something that /does/ interest him and surround him with people who are actually /trying/, he'll try to. The problem I see is classrooms become nothing more than groups of kids who all think it's cool to not be engaged in the topic at hand. They have teachers who don't have the ability to interest them. And the problem feeds itself and grows.

more than 2 years ago
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Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test

lunatic1969 Self Motivation (580 comments)

When I was a kid, I was self-motivated to learn as much as possible and to take the challenging classes. Taking the challenging classes meant I tended to get the teachers who were also motivated and enjoyed what they were doing. My parents weren't involved in my education. They didn't need to be. I don't think they talked to any of my teachers even once. Am I really in the minority?

more than 2 years ago
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Eric Schmidt Doesn't Think Android Is Fragmented

lunatic1969 Re:fragmentation not a problem (431 comments)

I agree with you. I have an android phone. Anybody I know that also has an android phone can run any app I do, even if we have different phones by different manufacturers. Fragmentation is a Figment.

more than 2 years ago
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Webhosting For A Large Art Project?

lunatic1969 Re:Techark (137 comments)

I'd recommend contacting them about the specific requirements. I've been using them for years, found them to be reliable with actual people running the show instead of automated drones. And believe me, I've been through quite a few hosts before these folks.

about 3 years ago
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Webhosting For A Large Art Project?

lunatic1969 Techark (137 comments)

I've used Techark for years ( http://www.techark.com/ ). They've been reliable. Nice folks too.

about 3 years ago
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Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Digitize All Records

lunatic1969 Good Move (186 comments)

We did this at our office some time back. There's more to it than you might think, and I wish we'd done it sooner. First, the cost savings is pretty significant. You've no idea how much paper, files, file cabinets, and sheer storage space for all this paper that's involved until you don't have to use it anymore. Add to that the labor cost of constantly running somewhere to hunt down a paper file, or the labor cost of having someone file away a stack of papers into that paper file. It really is pretty significant if you're in an office type environment that creates paperwork. The problem is going from a hard copy environment to a soft copy environment. What do you do with all your existing hard copies? What mechanisms or hardware do you use for going from hard copy to soft copy? We opted to implement our change on a going-forward basis. Basically as of a certain date all future paperwork would be soft copy. The idea being that (at least in our case) eventually the hard copy files would age into being obsolete and destroyed. There's other issues. What kind of a system do you use to store it? Do you run your own server solution? Do you farm it out to a cloud-type solution? In our case, there was excellent proprietary management software geared to our agency, but what happens if that company goes under, or is sold? All in all, it's an excellent idea but the solution isn't as simple as one might expect.

about 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

Just as an aside, I recently did the same to my Evo 4G. I really was surprised, Cyanogenmod is some good stuff. The installation process is also easy enough that even someone who hasn't done such things before should be able to handle it without issues.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

You're clearly having a bad day. I'm not arguing the iPhone. It's a perfectly good phone. I don't have one. I'm not against having one, but I have an android and my comment was regarding the android, battery consumption, and the act of turning on/off sensors. Contrary to your analysis, my reading comprehension is perfectly sound. I stand by my suggestion on the decaff, by the way.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

So in effect you are stating that your brain does not work well so for you an iPhone is better?

I had to!

Not at all. I'm saying my brain doesn't work so well, so I need the phone to manage its resources for me. I have an android phone and the solution for me was an application to help do that. I'm not trying to argue iPhone vs Android, to me it's all the same. I'm just sayin'. I have an android, and this is what worked well for me.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

You're looking for a fight where there isn't any and I have no idea why. My recommendation is decaff. While you're looking for the coffeepot, you might re-read my message and try to figure out where I had misunderstood anything I read.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

I don't need it on all the time. I also know that realistically there's no way I'm going to remember to turn things on and off on my phone when I need them. My brain doesn't work that way at this stage of the game. That's why I'm glad there's an app for that.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

So you would rather not have them at all?

The device has to be usable. If the battery consumption is such that I have to be within reach of a power supply every few hours, then no - I don't want the features. I'd rather have the battery life.

more than 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

My reasoning has always been, if you have to turn off all the features to make the phone usable, why have the features at all? And turning them on only when I want to use them is too much hassle if I have to do it manually. I'm an American, I want it now and I want someone else to do it for me, damnit. Fortunately I found a workable solution (battery saving application).

more than 3 years ago
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Android Ice Cream Sandwich SDK Released

lunatic1969 Re:That's cool, but my one grip still (309 comments)

That's been a huge issue for me too. I went and got the extended battery for the Evo 4G which worked wonderfully, although it made the phone heavy as a brick. I've found a surprising solution though. Recently upgraded to the Galaxy S2 (Or whatever the hell you call the thing) and there wasn't an extended battery available yet that I could find. So, against my better judgement I tried JuiceDefender. It works. It works *well*. Basically it shuts down the sensors when they aren't in use, and turns them on when you unlock your phone to use it. Worried about email? No problem, it turns on the data every so often to allow apps to synch that need to synch. I'm actually not sure why a similar strategy isn't just a default part of the operating system.

more than 3 years ago
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MS Wants Laws To Block Products Made By Software Pirates

lunatic1969 Wait..what? (617 comments)

Unfair competition laws apply to a monopoly? No, really?

more than 3 years ago

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The Idiot's Guide To Backing Up

lunatic1969 lunatic1969 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

lunatic1969 (1010175) writes "I'm trying to get serious with my backups. Maybe I'm just used to the way of doing things in other operating systems. Maybe you can set me straight. I have several Windows 7 Home Premium edition machines and large USB network drive (Hooked to the router). I figured wow, I'll just use windows built-in backup utility. No. It won't grok saving to a network drive without using some VHD work around that I'm having mixed results with (The drive disconnects at some point for some unknown reason...). I suppose I could walk around with the USB drive to the various machines and back up every so often, but the point is I'm lazy. It has to be automatic or it won't happen. What utility or method would slashdotters use given a setup with several Windows 7 Home Premium machines and a network drive?"
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What to do with an old G5 Tower?

lunatic1969 lunatic1969 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

lunatic1969 (1010175) writes "I've got an old G5 PowerPC tower that's sitting in a spare room not seeing much in the way of use. I'd like to stick a linux distribution on it and maybe breath some life back into it. I've got a few vague ideas. It might be a handy file server, streaming video for a security system, or simply just to have a spare box around. My question is therefore in two parts: First, are there any particularly creative projects or ideas anyone has for an old G5, and second and most important, which distribution currently offers the best support for this box?"
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Internet Explorer Connection Issues

lunatic1969 lunatic1969 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

lunatic1969 (1010175) writes "There are certain websites I have to access at work that simply require Internet Explorer, and there's no getting around it even with an agent switcher. That being said, I do use Firefox as often as possible but I've run into a problem... I'm using Internet Explorer 8 currently. This problem has been surfacing prior to IE8 as well. My home page is set for Google.com. Periodically, when opening up IE, it will stay 'Connecting....' forever. The top tab says 'Connecting...' the bottom says 'Connecting to site 74.125.45.99'. This typically is resolved by closing IE and restarting a few times until it decides to work. This really is beyond annoying as it can also occur when I'm trying to open another tab to do something, or when a website opens another window. I've completely reinstalled Internet Explorer, cleaned all history and caches, etc. Google really has given me no workable solution other than others apparently out there have the same problem. Help?"
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lunatic1969 lunatic1969 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

lunatic1969 writes "Our office handles a lot of files on various clients, and so far we've been handling things the old school way — lots and lots of filing cabinets. We're able to keep things in check somewhat by weeding out 'stale' files and tossing them into off sight storage. Having some sort of a digital storage solution would be both space saving and in the end time saving. There are various proprietary solutions that are offered to us, but I'm wondering if there is any sort of an open source way to handle this. Any solution would have to be easy for a relatively inexperienced person to use. Anything that makes it easier/faster for the actual data to be scanned is a plus. Naturally there would have to be an easy way to retrieve images once everything is set up. I'm interested in any ideas for implementing this, as well as any experiences people have had with this."
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lunatic1969 lunatic1969 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

lunatic1969 writes "We have a small business that relies pretty heavily on our ability to receive incoming phone calls. We have five incoming lines right now, plus a dedicated fax line. Our service at the moment is with a traditional bell company, but I'm curious about VOIP solutions for small business. What experiences have slashdot readers had with this? How bandwidth hungry would such a service be (we have a cable modem connection feeding the office now)?"

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