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Paper On Super Flu Strain May Be Banned From Publication

moozh84 Re:Peh. (754 comments)

Surely they have. Governments are usually far ahead of the curve when it's devising ways to kill people, if only then.

It's (going to be) like The Stand.

If I start having dreams of an old black lady and a Nebraskan corn field, I'll start worrying.

more than 2 years ago

Canada CRTC Rules Against Usage Based Billing

moozh84 The proof of the pudding is in the eating (117 comments)

Here are the facts:

- Of the developed world, Canada has among the worst Internet speeds for the worst prices.
- Our Internet providers are all posting record profits year after year.
- Our Internet providers are all buying up big media companies so they can control the gateways and the content itself for their own benefit.
- Alternative forms of content distribution are between throttled and bandwidth-capped.
- I can get better service for significantly less money through a competitor who is a fraction of the big company's size. If Wal-Marts taught us anything is that the little guys can't compete with the big guys. If the big companies don't have to undercut the little companies to stay in business or to keep their customers, they're obviously doing other uncompetitive things.

It's safe to say that Usage-Based Billing, or anything else these companies are advocating for, are not in the best interest of everyone. You can argue the theory of pricing models and justify traffic management policies until you're blue in the face, but as long as the facts are laid out like this there is no reason to trust anything the companies are pushing for.

more than 2 years ago

Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware

moozh84 Re:Bogus study (357 comments)

There is one problem with that: Google certifies every single Android phone.

They have the ability to prevent manufacturers from releasing disposable garbage, but instead they just certify it as long as the maker does not dare remove google tracking services.

So, although the manufacturer of the specific phones should be listed, Google is the one that opens the door for manufacturers to create and sell said garbage.

Google does not certify Android phones.

They probably should, but they do not.

Show us this alleged Google list of certified phones.

more than 2 years ago

Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware

moozh84 Re:You can't have it both ways. (357 comments)

An Android phone is not the same as an Apple or Blackberry phone. Google just makes the software. Apple and Blackberry make their own hardware. Therefore you can't really say "Android phones have a high rate of defect".

So that means an end to the stories and claims and general nerd mirth about how 'Android phones are now the largest market segment'?

That's apples and oranges.

Measuring market segments by OS is like measuring Windows vs. Apple vs. Linux desktops. It's about the software people are running and the applications they can use. Whereas Dell/HP/Acer/Apple/etc. market segments are used for comparing hardware.

Why is that so hard to understand?

more than 2 years ago

Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware

moozh84 Re:Bogus study (357 comments)

That's fair to say. The same comparison can be made between PCs and Macs, due to the Macs only being sold in a limited choice of first-party hardware configurations.

But any Linux using Microsoft hater has plenty of justification to bash Microsoft for crashes when they have PCs at home that have run for years without crashing or rebooting.

more than 2 years ago

Hardware Running Android Fails More Than iPhone, BlackBerry Hardware

moozh84 Bogus study (357 comments)

What a garbage article.

An Android phone is not the same as an Apple or Blackberry phone. Google just makes the software. Apple and Blackberry make their own hardware.

Therefore you can't really say "Android phones have a high rate of defect". More accurately, you could say "Low-end no-name brand Android phones for that cost under $100 have a high rate of defect". High-end Samsung or HTC Android phones are just as good as their Apple or Blackberry counterparts.

Low-end phones have existed forever, and they've always had more technical issues. They just never had a high-end operating system. Since Android is free you can get it on even the cheaper phones. This is a good thing because it allows cheaper phones to have top-of-the-line software on a budget price.

It's no wonder that if you search for the study all you find is links to this and similar articles about this bogus study, but no references to the company or the studies themselves. Obviously a paid interest study.

more than 2 years ago

Dashboard Avatar To Replace Car Owner's Manuals

moozh84 Re:The real question is... (236 comments)

Cause the point of a car is to get you places, not to screw around with the internet.

And the point of a cellphone is to make and receive calls. That didn't stop us from using them for dozens of other things.

And why wouldn't you want to screw around on the Internet? You don't want news on demand? Traffic and weather reports? Maybe Google Latitude or some "Find My Car" app so if you can't remember where you parked (or your car gets stolen) you can track it from your smartphone?

I wouldn't mind being able to visit websites like in a hands-free manner without having to break the law by operating my smartphone on the road.

Not to mention Skype video-calling. That could easily be done.

I wouldn't mind syncing of my music collection (or cloud music service) from home, to phone, to car, etc.

Plus maybe I don't want to listen to the radio on the way to work, maybe I want to listen to a YouTube vlog.

The hardware for all of this stuff is cheap, as evidenced by the $500 smartphones. You could easily share minutes and share your data plan with your cellphone.

People already pay for things like this in their cars, but they overpay thousands of dollars to get something far inferior.

more than 3 years ago

Dashboard Avatar To Replace Car Owner's Manuals

moozh84 The real question is... (236 comments)

Why are automobiles still so far behind technology?

We can get $500 smartphones that can do substantially more than any $30000 car. Our phones have a touchscreen, GPS, compass, accelerometer, multiple microphones, HD camera, 3G chip, WiFi, Bluetooth, Internet browsing, video and audio playback, voice control and speech-to-text, and access to thousands of apps to use all that hardware.

OK, in an automobile you need a bigger screen (albeit lower dpi). Does that justify paying thousands more for a "Limited" feature package to get basically inferior products running on inferior software?

I want NFC in my vehicle so I can pay for parking wireless from my car console.

more than 3 years ago

Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab Blocked in the EU

moozh84 You can't patent popularisation (412 comments)

The only real innovation that Apple can be credited for, is popularizing of certain product types (MP3 players, touchscreen phones and tablets) and bringing them into the mainstream with their huge marketing campaigns and their hipster appeal.

All of those product types already existed for years before Apple started making them. Apple did not revolutionize them from a technical engineering standpoint. They just made them cooler to have.

You can't patent that. You can't say that just because you brought tablets further into the mainstream that you own that market segment. There have been dozens if not hundreds of models of Microsoft Tablet PCs since 2001 and many of them looked like the iPad does now. These are prior art and invalidate Apple's patent.

Yes, companies are copying Apple by pushing cool new tablets right as Apple expands the market for tablet PCs. That's perfectly legal. It's like if a trendy clothing label started pushing a new bellbottom fashion lineup and they started selling like crazy. Any other clothing labels could also pick that time to push new bellbottom lineups. If they didn't invent the bellbottom pants, and they can't patent it after the fact, even if they try adding on stupid modifications to the style like "rounded corners".

more than 3 years ago

China's 5-Year Cyberwar Met With Western Silence

moozh84 Chinese hackers? (185 comments)

In Command and Conquer: Generals, you just nuke them. They'll be sitting in a field with a laptop.

more than 3 years ago

Researcher's Tool Catches Net Neutrality Cheaters

moozh84 Re:Canadian ISPs (131 comments)

While it's true that Canadian ISPs already blatantly throttle whatever they want, they try to describe their throttling practices in such a way that doesn't inflame the masses to force more strict regulation. Not enough people care about VPN to make a stink. However, if we can catch them throttling other traffic, like Rogers was caught throttling World of Warcraft traffic (and claimed innocence through ignorance), it could make a lot of people angry. All they need is to get caught throttling something popular like YouTube, Facebook, Netflix, etc. to raise a lot of heads.

more than 3 years ago

Researcher's Tool Catches Net Neutrality Cheaters

moozh84 Re:And if its the target who is shaping? (131 comments)

And if its the target who is shaping? I was playing certain MMORPG and at some times it would start to lag like hell. I would then ask on chat if it happens to someone else and turns out that it does for some, for others not. If I would try other game, then it would be fine. Proof for this is existance of services like with offer you VPN that should actually LOWER your latency. Never really did try that tho.

Don't confuse server lag and capacity limitations with throttling. Lowerping services have nothing to do with throttling. A lowerping service will create an encrypted tunnel between you and a physical location near your destination server, so it gets there faster. Encrypted traffic has a higher priority on the Internet. So the result is that even though you are bouncing off a proxy, you will still get a lower ping. Any server can limit your connection speed or prioritize whatever traffic it wants to in and out. For example a download server prioritizing paid downloads over free downloads. Or a free-to-play MMORPG prioritizing paying subscribers. You also could experience lag due to their servers not being fast enough. This is a private server and is not within the scope of net neutrality. Net neutrality is the neutral traffic management of the gatekeepers to the Internet. It's the roads and intersections, not the endpoints.

more than 3 years ago

Google Announces Google CDN

moozh84 If I use a pseudonym on Google+... (205 comments)

Will my webpage suddenly become inaccessible and point to an "Account suspended" page?

more than 3 years ago

Retailer Calls Rivals' Bluff On "HDMI Scam"

moozh84 SHH (664 comments)

Don't forget that most big box retail stores set their pricing based on selling these cables and selling extended warranties. They often lose money on the TVs. If you're savvy, you'll buy the cables for $5 from elsewhere, and you'll buy the TV for below cost when there's a sale at a big box store. I respect what Kogan is doing but I'm not going to be a crusader for lazy consumers so I can pay higher prices.

more than 3 years ago

Is There a New Geek Anti-Intellectualism?

moozh84 Nerds vs Geeks (949 comments)

I think there is a difference between geeks and nerds. They both like Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons... but geeks hate school and nerds love it.

more than 3 years ago

MI6 Swaps Bomb Making Info With Cupcake Recipe On al-Qaeda Website

moozh84 Re:My god man (149 comments)

Which one? The yummy cupcake recipe, or the infidel punishing recipe?

more than 3 years ago

Australian Govt. Proposes Internet "Panic Button" For Kids

moozh84 A better idea would be to... (434 comments)

The only true danger for kids on the Internet is if they get tricked by child predators into meeting in real life. A "panic button" does nothing in that case, since the child does not think he/she is in danger. Here's a better way to spend tax money to protection children on the Internet: Pay a software company to develop a good, free "Net Nanny"-style software program and make it available for everyone to use. The market for software like that has always been weak, since most parents don't care enough about protecting their kids from the Internet to actually want to spend money and time buying and configuring the software. Part of the reason is because the software is not known to be very good. Government spending could keep software like that universally compatible with all major OSes, browsers, etc., with a very good matching algorithm or a database on which sites are safe and which aren't. And it could be a free download from your government's website.

more than 4 years ago

Inside Intel's Core i7 Processor, Nehalem

moozh84 Re:only the super high desk tops have Quick Path a (146 comments)

You won't be locked into an Intel chipset. Obviously NVIDIA will be making chipsets for Nehalem processors. So with Intel processors you will have Intel and NVIDIA chipsets. With AMD processors you will have AMD and NVIDIA chipsets. It won't be much different than it currently is, except most likely VIA will completely drop out of the market in favor of other ventures.

more than 6 years ago


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