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Digia Spins Off Qt As Subsidiary

mattack2 Re:Linux-oriented? (28 comments)

OK, but I've run into plenty of third party apps using it.

yesterday
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Digia Spins Off Qt As Subsidiary

mattack2 Linux-oriented? (28 comments)

Since it is by definition a cross-platform framework (and first showed up on Windows and X windows), how is it "Linux-oriented"?

yesterday
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

mattack2 "Avoidance" == following the rules (265 comments)

How do you "crack down on" people following the rules and doing exactly what is best for them, paying the least amount of taxes?

yesterday
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

mattack2 Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

I was just trying to be a little bit sarcastic, in that I (and many many many others) were using VCRs in the 1980s to "watch whatever I want, whenever I want"... and nowadays (and for the last decade for me) with DVRs.

It's not a new thing.

4 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

mattack2 Re:Unbundling Horsecrap (108 comments)

I would gladly pay the SAME amount if I could literally turn off the channels I don't watch.

Yes, I KNOW you can disable channels e.g. in a Tivo (IIRC, at least in some cable company boxes, you STILL can't do that simple thing).

But I mean literally turn them off. Why? I want to give positive reinforcement to ACTUALLY the channels I want, and remove the home shopping & religious channels, even if they are subsidizing part of my bill.. (But I would also be removing some channels that ARE being paid through my bill..)

If it were on a show by show basis, but NOT at the $1-$2/episode price the various services charge now.. even better..

Heck, even though I love DVRs, if Hulu Plus had an AD FREE version for $50/month (that worked on a TV, not just on a computer -- I know, Tivos have Hulu Plus too), I'd use that INSTEAD of DVRing stuff.

4 days ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

mattack2 Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

It is also about watching whatever you want, whenever you want. Not just Thursdays at 9:00... People no longer want to schedule their lives around the broadcast schedule.

Welcome to the 1980s, houstonbofh.

4 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

mattack2 Re: I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

Yes, but did Brazil have credit cards at *all* in the 1950s?

Changing credit cards is one of the cases (along with cell phones being far more prevalent than land lines, in developing countries), where having technological advances far earlier than other parts of the world causes tons of inertia which makes FURTHER advances much harder/take longer/more expensive.

4 days ago
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HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division

mattack2 Re:LOL ... (35 comments)

Maybe he can show HP how to do URLs instead of the gibberish ones they've been using for years.

To be devil's advocate, are URLs "intended" to be human readable? I think there are arguments on both sides.

Doesn't it seem kind of silly, even though I admit they are more memorable, that every new movie that comes out has a new 'memorable' web site URL that's only relevant for a few months at most, rather than something like http://moviestudio.com/MOVIETI...

4 days ago
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Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

mattack2 Re:Is the expense of electrolysis the main inhibit (113 comments)

Seems to me you are arguing FOR econ 101, when you think you're arguing against it.

To be able to do a "real" supply vs. demand comparison, you DO need all costs involved included.

4 days ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

mattack2 Re:Trust us with your payments (729 comments)

OK, so I presume you mean in other countries.

In the U.S., there are laws that prevent charging different prices for credit or cash. (Though yes, there is a loophole that you can list a "discount" for cash... Though, at least for me, gas [the only situation I noticed it used] was just as cheap or cheaper with credit card after counting the cash back, compared to other stations like Arco that do not take credit cards at all.)

But again, I agree that it costs the merchant something (but doesn't it save them time/money going to the bank to get change/bring cash in, and probably other time?)... Yet, at each individual purchase for me, it's as cheap or cheaper to use credit card, AND more convenient. I'd probably use credit card even without the cash back, for the convenience. Of course, I auto-pay in full every month, so don't pay any interest.

about a week ago
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UCLA Biologists Delay the Aging Process In Fruit Flies

mattack2 Re:I don't want to live longer (82 comments)

If you had a 401(k) or whatever your local equivalent is, or your own investments, you wouldn't have to rely on a pension.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

mattack2 Re:Trust us with your payments (729 comments)

You mean you're outside the U.S., right?

I'm IN the U.S., and I almost never use cash. I use credit cards. (Yes, the store has to pay a fee, which theoretically comes back to all customers, but at each individual purchase, my price is the same.. or actually lower, if you count my cash back, plus it's more convenient.)

about a week ago
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Twitpic Shutting Down Over Trademark Dispute

mattack2 Re:Pretty blatant trademark violation (81 comments)

I actually agree with you, though it's apparently due to Twitter's objection to Twitpic's trademark *application*.

You'd think Twitter would just use the system the way it was designed to, and object to Twitpic's trademark application (it actually seems like they have), and even possibly fight AFTERWARDS (if it is granted) for it to be revoked, due to the confusion it is actually causing.

Twitter seems to be doing a "we don't like what you're doing, so making you unable to continue".

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

mattack2 Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (253 comments)

That's why I specifically said "for people who want that functionality".

I can see wanting your sprinkler system online -- to change it from your couch.. or heck, even from somewhere else (not everyone has automatic rain sensors).

The common "fridge keeps track of what you have in it" idea would be great if it ALSO coordinated with the local grocery store ads that week..

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

mattack2 Re:Great idea at the concept stage. (253 comments)

Umm, the "Internet of things" doesn't NEED "modern Internet speeds". Does your fridge or your sprinkler system or whatever need high speed? No, it just "needs" (for people who want that functionality), some kind of comparatively dirt slow communication path.

That's not an argument FOR IPv4 directly, just that your "modern Internet speeds" argument directly doesn't necessarily justify throwing away decades' worth of hardware that is providing people functionality.

about two weeks ago
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UCLA, CIsco & More Launch Consortium To Replace TCP/IP

mattack2 SMTP (253 comments)

As long as you're replacing the "DNA" of the Internet, wouldn't replacing SMTP be a better thing to start with? (To prevent spam, or at least untraceable spam?)

about two weeks ago
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Reno Selected For Tesla Motors Battery Factory

mattack2 Re:CARson City (157 comments)

Your humor will be a Bonanza.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

mattack2 Re:maybe (355 comments)

I know, that's why I made that analogy.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

mattack2 Re:What are you downloading? (355 comments)

But that doesn't really make sense.

Lets say someone wants Netflix access, but doesn't use it that much (a couple shows a week).

They need the bandwidth, but don't need all that much total data. They can't choose a lower bandwidth, since then that would mean not getting HD quality, or not even being able to get it at all.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

mattack2 Re:maybe (355 comments)

But isn't this technically not "spillage at the bottling plant", but "packaging removed by the delivery men"? So it's almost spillage on your front door...

That is, you're paying for the full weight of the package, including the container.. But when they deliver it, they remove the container and take it away.. So you did pay for delivery of the container, you just don't have it anymore..?

about three weeks ago

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