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Google Attack On the Mobile Market Rumored

mofag android is disappointing (324 comments)

Google's Android is a huge let down, mostly because of Google's policy of rolling over and allowing us to get fucked by the other supposedly more traditional corporations. Apple says "please don't do multi-touch", they take it out (and fuck us), T-Mobile says "we don't want our customers to tethering" and so Google make it so no-one can tether (and fuck us - I am not even a US customer - how is this happening). Fuck Google and their phones (I have a HTC magic which I will need to hack to get it to do what Rogers told me it could before I bought it - i.e. tether - Rogers don't understand this either). I am saving my pennies and waiting for a Nokia (and maybe the next iteration which will hopefully be lighter). I was always a big fan of Google but they are too big and too much like every other corporation.

more than 4 years ago
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Total number of conventional, paid positions I've held:

mofag Re:First... (357 comments)

I understood it the same way. I ticked "1" as even though I have had lots of crappy jobs in school and college, I interpreted the poll to be about real jobs - "conventional paid position" - and not: delivering papers, temping in a warehouse, life-modelling for art students, dealing weed to your friends, working for your own business, lap-dancing, being a lab rat etc. I had one real job in Montreal in which I had to get up at the same time 5 days a week and I was dealing with clients and helping grow the company etc. all very grown up. The rest, including my current, much better paid and higher profile, contracting position don't really count as I understand it.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Attempts To Assuage 2012 Fears

mofag Re:Wow. (881 comments)

I think that's what the suicide offers are for - to reduce the number of stupid people. Seems like a naturally self-correcting system to me. I say let it run its course. Next thing we will have 10foot disclaimers on the entrance to cinemas telling the dumb masses that its just pretend.

more than 4 years ago
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At My Computer Desk, I Use...

mofag Re:missing option (628 comments)

You've actually never heard of a rhetorical question have you?

more than 4 years ago
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At My Computer Desk, I Use...

mofag Re:missing option (628 comments)

I don't think so. Do photons have mass? In any case, light speed is the limit for any type of information with or without mass.

more than 4 years ago
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Cable Exec Suggests Changing Consumer Behavior, Not Business Model

mofag "cord cutting" (675 comments)

I cut the cord and I don't miss it. The funny thing is the cable company keeps calling me up and offering me free cable. I tried it over summer and my wife and I made a concerted effort to watch cable. The thing is though, and I expect you're not going to believe me when I tell you this, they expect you to organise your life around their schedule if you want to watch a specific show. I know! Also, the amount of adverts just made it completely unwatchable. So I took the box back. Since then the cable company still calls me up offering free cable and I tell them we're not interested. They said if I ever change my mind I can have another two months of free cable and again with no obligation. I'm thinking maybe I'll let it in the house for the NHL playoffs.Then again....

The world has changed. Cable companies haven't and wont. They will go the way of the newspaper and the dial-up internet ISP.

more than 4 years ago
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BBC Planning To Launch Global iPlayer VoD Service

mofag Re:Great! (179 comments)

Black books
League of gentlemen (so different from the similarly named the crappy film)
Spaced
Jam
Little Britain

Off you go :)

about 5 years ago
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Disney Close To Unveiling New "DVD Killer"

mofag Re:So, basically, this is Steam for movies? (498 comments)

I prefer the steam way because I don't have to keep CDs/DVDs and look for keys all the time. I can move to a new PC and everything just downloads and works. Once, I had a gaming session planned with mates from the UK and my PC was at my girlfriends in Montreal and she was out of town for the weekend. I just took a machine from work, went home, installed steam and a couple of hours later I was ready to play.

Also, Valve used to let you install the same game on up to 5 PCs and play on them all simultaneously so I trust that they are fundamentally not morons. If you are still in love with Mickey Mouse then good for you.

Steam has had its hiccups but it seems rock solid for the past few years. I'm happy with it but you can go get your games where you like. If Disney has their way they will be the only show in town. TV is crap though so am not sure I care.

Nick

about 5 years ago
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Disney Close To Unveiling New "DVD Killer"

mofag Re:So, basically, this is Steam for movies? (498 comments)

That's what I thought too. However, there is one important difference and that is that I trust Valve to not be complete cunts. Yes sometimes they are stupid or unreliable but never evil whereas Disney could be argued to be completely evil in that they are 100% against our interests as consumers and citizens to the extent that they can change international copyright law to suit their own interests and thus deny us content that should by now be in the public domain.

So yes, this system is just like steam for movies but I for one will not be buying in as I don't trust Disney the way I trust Valve.

Nick

about 5 years ago
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10/GUI — an Interface For Multi-Touch Input

mofag Re:Not for desktop pc's, but (344 comments)

I saw that too and immediately thought they need to split the touch pad - one half on each side of the keyboard. Also I'm not sure how thise would make best use of multiple monitors. I don't think I know anyone who uses just one monitor anymore.

about 5 years ago
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Why Motivation Is Key For Artificial Intelligence

mofag he's exactly wrong (482 comments)

Surely the whole point of AI is to create something that isn't selfish, shortsighted, ego-driven. We don't want to create another us. For a start, another human type intelligence will wipe us out as its first motivated action. Boyden has hit on a very interresting idea but he has drawn the completely wrong conclusion. Motivation is what we want to miss out of our AI. Let it find its own motivation or let us try to persuade it that our motivations are the ones worth following. One greedy, destructive, genocidal intellignce is enough for any solar system. If it has a tendency to boredom and nihilism as Boyden suspects then lets allay that by filling the remainding billions of years by fixing mortality and scarcity and exploring the universe together.

more than 5 years ago
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Apple Dominates "Premium PC" Market

mofag Why are we argue the definition of "Premium" (475 comments)

when surely the bigger question here is who was dumb enough to believe that fucking stupid and clearly made up statistic in the first place? I will eat my PCs if anyone can prove that Apple get anywhere even close to 91% of all PC sales over $1000. Remember folks, approximately 87.93% of statistics are made up on the spot.

Nick

more than 5 years ago
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Canadian Gov't Asks Public About New Copyright Law

mofag Re:No surprises there (77 comments)

Maybe South Park the musical was to long ago? Today's moderators don't know they're born....

more than 5 years ago
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Checked out from the library right now, I've got ...

mofag Re:GO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY! (369 comments)

Wow, librairies only contain propaganda. That's quite a claim. In order to make that claim of course you've read and evaluated more than half of the books in at least the librairy closest to you. Strictly speaking you'd have to do that in a reasonable sample of all the librairies in the world but I'm missing the point aren't I? Can I guess? You're part of some cult or sect which fears knowledge right (an extreme version of christianity perhaps)? Or are you just too damn lazy to read and therefore take the position that there is nothing of value in books.

Either way, this post (mine that is) is pointless as you flaunt your ignorance way more effectively, and admittedly succinctly, than I ever could.

Have fun finding and burning the local witches...

more than 5 years ago
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HIV/AIDS Vaccine To Begin Phase I Human Trials

mofag how do you test it? (329 comments)

If I take the vaccine and I only sleep with my wife and in 10 years I'm HIV free does it work?

Or is one of the pre-requisites of joining the trial that you commit to sleeping with as many sleeezy whores as you can find?

These are the questions that keep me from being a productive member of society.....

more than 5 years ago
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Canada Considering Online Voting In Elections

mofag Re:What could possibly go wrong? (324 comments)

I can say: its because politicians are lying, scheming whores who care nothing for the people they are meant to represent. Not only that but in Canada they are bland, uninspring, grey, dull and well bland. I would rather take an interest in US politics. It probably has more of an impact on our lives here in Canada in any case.

more than 5 years ago
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Canada Considering Online Voting In Elections

mofag Re:What could possibly go wrong? (324 comments)

He doesn't appear to be going "on and on". He appeared to me to be a talking about how we already have a working system but how, given that Canada is small and unimportant, its the perfect place (like say NZ) to experimentally roll out a new system and that in any case, even though the sytem aint broke, its the way everyone is going to go sooner or later.

I actually think that online voting is the first step towards true democracy although I have to admit to being scared as well as excited by that possibility (come see the Canadian death penaly...)

more than 5 years ago
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Beamed Space Solar Power Plant To Open In 2016?

mofag Re:In Space (512 comments)

Its not just a matter of whether nuclear power can be done safely. In principle it can if you neglect the fact you have no way of getting rid of the waste. Its the practice thats the issue. Nuclear power is almost always done by private companies and they prefer their bottom line to our environment any day of the week and so, in the UK at least, they frequently let radioactive waste vent into the sea to the extent that all our coastlines and estuaries around the Irish sea are radioactive to many many times the legal limits. Come drink from and bath in the Irish Sea and bring your kids too and then maybe I will believe you when you say its perfectly safe. We have beautiful beaches in that area. I never saw people swimming....

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Discloses Windows 7 Pricing

mofag Re:Competitive pricing? Doesn't matter... (821 comments)

I think his point is that those same legislators are abdicating their responsibility by allowing an effective monopoly (as pointed out by many previous posts) which then is free to abuse its market position. The point being then that capitalism is no longer working as advertised (i.e. increases consumer choice and leads to competitive pricing through... competition) and so one can either roll over pay up whatever they demand or rebel and pirate.

more than 5 years ago

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