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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

markhb Re:Candy Makers (437 comments)

T-Mobile has some extra apps, most particularly WiFi Calling. Our carriers go to great lengths to differentiate their phone offerings, plus there is some variation as to which carriers offer which protocols on which bands. As it stands, I'm signed up for the JUMP! program which means I can trade my phone in once it's half paid for (coming this spring), and I'm definitely planning on doing that so going off-label for the upgrade wouldn't be in my best interest. Thanks, though!

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

markhb Re:Candy Makers (437 comments)

Are you referring to Nestle? I believe the "K" release of Android was going to be Key Lime Pie, but Google and Nestle actually worked out a licensing agreement for the KitKat name. The company that implied it wouldn't be evil turned the name of its OS release into a paid chocolate commercial.

Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for T-Mobile to release the KitKat update for my Sony Xperia Z1, so I guess I'm part of the statistics that few people really care about but crapflood Slashdot anyway.

about two weeks ago
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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

markhb Re:Tucows start (65 comments)

General Atomics and the original AT&T were the other parts of InterNIC, but only Network Solutions provided registration services (rs.internic.net). IIRC, AT&T's role was to supply Directory services and General Atomics were to supply some services that they failed miserably at, which got them booted out of the contract.

Wasn't the original head of Tucows (The Ultimate Collection of Winsock Software I believe it stood for) a guy named Scott? Is he still there?

about a month ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

markhb Re:...an hour?.. (525 comments)

I have a friend who actually has a road-worthy Delorean. Unfortunately the flux capacitor went out and is on backorder, but the regular driving works fine.

about 2 months ago
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Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

markhb Re:Simple (222 comments)

In the old days, I would have been astonished to get this far down the page without someone suggesting that we just wait for the AC to figure out how to reverse entropy.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

markhb Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

OnDemand is definitely available with Time-Warner DVR's, and I think with their non-DVR boxes as well.

about 3 months ago
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Google Announces Inbox, a New Take On Email Organization

markhb Re:More changes I don't want ... (173 comments)

You do realize that "high IQ individuals that have fuck all common sense" used to be Slashdot's key demographic, don't you?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects?

markhb Re: Options... (155 comments)

SourceForge was open-source in its earliest days, and then they stopped open-sourcing later releases as they added more features that were intended to generate revenue. There was indeed a lot of coverage of SourceForge's failings here, even though both Sourceforge and /. were owned by (I think) VA Software at the time.

about 3 months ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

markhb Re:To quote TBBT (187 comments)

They've confirmed it will be Jason Momoa.

about 3 months ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

markhb Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

As was said below, cable TV is a natural monopoly: in all but a few very densely-populated areas (as in, parts of Manhattan dense) there isn't enough potential profit to make it worth their while to set up a competing cable plant. Forget TW and Comcast for the moment, in how many parts of the country are there ANY localities with competing cable companies where one of them isn't government-owned, even when the franchises are specifically non-exclusive (as they are in my state)? That's not a result of illegal collusion, that's a result of the fact that competing for anything other than the initial franchise agreement is a stupid business decision.

Plus, you appear to have misrepresented what the NYT article said: the sentence "Under conventional antitrust standards, it's pretty much an open-and-shut case" is actually saying that it's an open-and-shut case that the merger would not affect competition, and would be approved. The people raising the "potential competition" issue are the opponents of the merger!

Incidentally, the "guy they got to comment for the story" is a woman named Susan, who is actually a professor of IP law, and in fact a former member of the board of directors of ICANN, so by /. standards doesn't that make her evil?

about 3 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

markhb Re:"Microsoft's long love of BASIC...." (547 comments)

If the WP article is accurate, Commodore's PET BASIC was a licensed Microsoft product, and as I mentioned so was the version in the TRS-80. So other than Apple's, I would say that the parent's statement that "the BASICs for most early PCs and home computers came from Microsoft", regardless of the fact that any other OS layer may or may not have, is accurate. And as others have pointed out, the first MS BASIC was in 1975 with the Altair, but I never used one of those so I went with "at least" as old as the TRS-80.

about 3 months ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

markhb "Microsoft's long love of BASIC...." (547 comments)

From TFA:

Microsoft’s long love of the BASIC programming language extends all the way back to 1991, when the company purchased a pretty awesome (for its time) visual programming designer from Alan Cooper.

I'd say that MS's love of BASIC goes back at least a decade before that; they wrote the ROM BASIC for the TRS-80 (as I found when doing a PEEK scan through it).

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

markhb Re:RIP (116 comments)

We don't speak of DejaNews?

about 4 months ago
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Yahoo Shuttering Its Web Directory

markhb Re:Moderation (116 comments)

It should be possible since Flamebait is a -1.

about 4 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

markhb Re:"Stuff that matters" (169 comments)

Oh, it was the OLD version he wrote (I haven't RTFA yet). I was hoping to blame him for IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL!

about 5 months ago
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A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

markhb They've invented Transformers! (56 comments)

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these babies! (Sorry, I'm still on a retro kick.)

about 5 months ago
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Getting IT Talent In Government Will Take Culture Change, Says Google Engineer

markhb Re:It's more than the tie (166 comments)

That's a distinction without a difference. The people in the private sector are wasting the investors / suppliers / customers money.

The difference is that the investors / suppliers / customers have a choice when dealing with a particular private company. We have no real choice regarding paying our taxes (assuming one doesn't want to wind up in a courtroom over it).

about 5 months ago
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Nokia Buys a Chunk of Panasonic

markhb Network stuff is fine... (54 comments)

Just so long as they don't stop them from making 50" plasma TV's before it's time to upgrade my current set!

about 6 months ago

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T-Mobile presents Facebook Voice Chat

markhb markhb writes  |  more than 3 years ago

markhb writes "T-Mobile has announced Bobsled, a Facebook app which enables VoIP voice chat via the Facebook Chat interface. Plans for the future include video chat and apps for Android, PC, and tablets. From the announcement: "Once downloaded, customers can use the Bobsled application for Facebook to place voice calls to their friends through Facebook Chat with just one click. This is one of the first VoIP application seamlessly integrated into Facebook Chat, which makes it quick and simple to place an impromptu call to a Facebook friend. The application eliminates the need for dialing – users simply click on a friend’s name to start the conversation. There’s also no need to remember screen names or to input numbers. With the new application, customers can also leave a voice message for friends when they’re not available. Anyone on Facebook can receive a call; no application download is required to receive a call via the Bobsled application for Facebook. " No word on how this is going to make them any money."
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Google: Um.. err... better now?

markhb markhb writes  |  more than 6 years ago

markhb writes "Google has rescinded the "We have rights to everything you look at through our browser" portion of their EULA for Chrome. As some commented, they just reused their global Terms of Service, apparently without thinking too much about it. Those readers who are programmers might recognize this as a "copy and paste error.""
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markhb markhb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

markhb writes "Sure, Google can show you your house, but can they show you what where there before your house? A Maine company is building a database of historic maps, making them scrollable and searchable much like Google is. The plan, as reported in today's Portland newspaper, is to eventually make it into a 3-dimensional map database: length, width and time."
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markhb markhb writes  |  more than 8 years ago

markhb (11721) writes "While the BBC homepage at www.bbc.co.uk appears to be working, squatters seem to have taken over the Beeb's News domain, as a look at news.bbc.co.uk will show. The BBC News site is one of the most heavily-viewed sites in the world, so this is likely to be disruptive — or at least disturbing — to many until it is fixed."

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"be the majority of voters"

markhb markhb writes  |  more than 11 years ago

In case you're wondering about an old posting of mine which contains the phrase "Remainder of my .sig:", the full .sig was originally supposed to be:

Those who would surrender essential liberty for a little temporary security may deserve neither, but they tend to be the majority of voters.

AFIAK, I am the source of that statement, with apologies to Ben Franklin.

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