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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

morgauxo Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (195 comments)

I would happily sacrifice the multi-touch capability that capacitive screens bring to get back the precision of a resistive one.

yesterday
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Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

morgauxo Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (195 comments)

Why is capacitive touch so important? Multi-touch is cool but I use my Android phone all the time and for just about everything. The only multi-touch gesture I even know is pinch zoom/out. I go whole days without using that and if I didn't have it some sort of disappearing slider would suit me just fine.

I miss the resistive touch screen on my Sharp Zaurus. No, I didn't HAVE to use the stylus. For the normal stuff I do with my capacitive touch screen now I usually just 'clicked' with my fingernail. But... if I wanted to draw a picture, write something (actual handwriting), or use tiny controls (such as desktop apps via VNC) I could do that with a stylus. Capacitive touch screens CANNOT DO THAT!!! they are way too inprecise.

Ideally I would like to have both. My understanding is that some company has a patent on a touch screen which is basically just both a capacitive and a resistive sensor stacked. That way you can have precise single-touch sensing AND multitouch. I have yet to see any product though. It is just wonderful that we have a system where companies can patent good ideas without ever making them available to people who might want to buy them!

yesterday
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

morgauxo Fuck Alpha (630 comments)

I just got a Slashdot Alpha page!!! Worse than the beta, it's Facebook comments!

about a week ago
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Born To RUN: Dartmouth Throwing BASIC a 50th B-Day Party

morgauxo Re:Posts like these (146 comments)

Maybe you just don't have a very good grasp on who "most people here" are.

about a week ago
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Last Month's "Planet X" Announcement Was Probably Wrong

morgauxo Likely Wrong (44 comments)

Duh, they were announcing planet X. Those anouncements have always turned out to be wrong! That was fun. We'll do this again in a couple of years.

about a week ago
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European Parliament Votes For Net Neutrality, Forbids Mobile Roaming Costs

morgauxo Re:Good, I guess (148 comments)

I don't think it's likely to be 'in addition to'. 'In addition to' requires building of infrastructure. Taking away from everyone else just requires a software tweak in the routers.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

morgauxo Re:Spectrum Frequency (73 comments)

Personally my favorite way to increase efficiency has been around a long time... ETHERNET!! Don't get me wrong, I use WiFi for things that NEED WiFi (ChromeCast, laptops carried to strange places, visiting friends that want to use their Sprint (shitty network) smartphones, etc...). But.. for stationary things that can do ethernet... it's no contest, ethernet for the win!! With a little creativity you CAN find a place to run the cable and it IS worth it!

about two weeks ago
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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

morgauxo Re:Spectrum Frequency (73 comments)

Wouldn't increasing the symbol rate also increase the bandwidth used? Or are you sugesting a different kind of modulation too? In that case isn't it the different modulation that is saving the bandwidth, not the increasing of the symbol rate?

about two weeks ago
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FCC Boosts Spectrum Available To Wi-Fi

morgauxo Re:Spectrum Frequency (73 comments)

That's the first thing I was looking for too, I wanted to see the frequency range to see if it was an amateur band. This time it isn't (thankfully?). On the other hand, how much activity is there on the microwave amateur bands? Maybe sharing it (with the part 15 services on a secondary basis) would make it less attractive to comercial interests that might take away our access completely? I don't know. Just a thought.

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Virus DNA Discovery Could Be a Breakthrough In How Diseases Are Treated

morgauxo Re:Not "thousands" (53 comments)

That assumes that these genes are the ONLY way for cells to specialize and that it could never happen without them. How often are questions of genetics THAT simple? More likely these genes turned out to be helpful to a process which was already occuring and that is why evolution preserved them.

about two weeks ago
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Ancient Virus DNA Discovery Could Be a Breakthrough In How Diseases Are Treated

morgauxo Re:Not "thousands" (53 comments)

Millions ARE thousands! Many of them!

Have our ancestors carried these genes for millions of years? By most counts our species is only about 1 million years old so I would believe it if someone told me we carried genes that were only 100s of thousands of years old. Then again, we could have inheritted this from our non-homosapien ancestors so I would believe milliions of years too. Maybe I should stfu and rtfu?

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

morgauxo Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

>>"This is why our justice system when it is working, doesn't try to fully compensate the victim. As the hurt party they will demand more then what is fair."

What is fair? The penalty must be higher than the amount stolen. Otherwise, what is the deterent? A thief could just hold on to the loot for a while until it is clear that he/she got away with it. If caught, just return it and try again another day. Of course in the real 'justice' system the penalty to the thief is not just making a payment to the victim. There is jail time. So.. instead of the thief being punshed by being forced to overcompensate the victim all of society is punished by being forced to house, feed and guard the thief. (or at least pay those who do). Meanwhile the thief is producing nothing of value (stuck in a room) from which the victim or society in general could benefit.

yup, justice is served!

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Court: Chinese Search Engine's Censorship Is 'Free Speech'

morgauxo Wow! (284 comments)

Somebody really opened up a can of dumb in this room didn't they!

What am I replying to? Everything!

about three weeks ago
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Interview: Ask John McAfee What You Will

morgauxo What does it feel like? (172 comments)

What does it feel like to kill a man?

Hypothetically speaking of course...

about three weeks ago
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Operation Wants To Mine 10% of All New Bitcoins

morgauxo What Bitcoin might be good for (275 comments)

Reading many of the comments it would seem people think Bitcoin is nothing other than something to mine for money and then argue it is pointless. Well, yeah, that would be pretty pointless. A few mentioned it's being 'untraceable' and so good for buying drugs. I don't really think so. The record of every transaction is out there for everyone to see. Sure, individual transactions are anonymous but if law enforcement agencies can manage to find out who was involved in one transaction they can start leaning on people until they have the one they are after. I wouldn't recommend using Bitcoin as a way to commit a crime!

Where I see value in bitcoin is the ability to perform transactions with little or no fees. Why do I have to pay on average $3.00 every time I use another bank's ATM? What did the transaction actually cost the 3rd party bank and any other middlemen to complete? That has to be 99.99...% profit. How about credit card merchant fees, Paypal fees when one person sends money to another outiside of Ebay? Don't get me wrong, I'm not against companies getting a profit for providing a service but when the transaction is 100% digital the real cost must be vanishingly close to zero. That means the profit margin these banks are charging must be rediculous! Besides, even if the fees the banks are charging aren't rediculously high (unlikely) If others are willing to provide that service to the community for free or lower cost then why is it worth paying the banks to do so?

That's what I hope to be someday using Bitcoin or some other virtual currency for... real honest day to day transactions. At the moment though I haven't seen the things I normally pay for on a day to day basis available for Bitcoin. Maybe someday...

about three weeks ago
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Russian Army Spetsnaz Units Arrested Operating In Ukraine

morgauxo Re:Whose liberty? (623 comments)

>> Putin is trying to rebuild the USSR. Piece by piece, little by little.
Assuming all the same human rights issues as the original USSR that would be a bad thing

>> We are. Russia's modus operandi ...
Noted

>> Unexpectedly, Ukrainians overthrew Russia-supported Yanukovich

If you believe the Russian side of the story the Crimea region is more Russian and would have kept Yanukovich. The rest of Ukraine was making the decision for all of Ukraine by ousting him. I have no idea if this is true, not my side of the world. I think you are saying that it isn't true. In that case... Out with Russia!!

I would put the liberty of individuals over that of nations any day. Nations by their nature limit the liberty of individuals. By chosing the government that best represents them people can keep this limitation to a minimum. Of course.. my neighbor might not have the same ideas I do. We can't all get our own micro-nation. Still, if a whole region leans a different way than the rest of their nation maybe that region shouldn't be a part of the nation. It could be it's own nation with Yanukovich as leader. Or it could be a part of Russia. That should be worked out by the people who live there.

Again, I don't claim to know what the people of Crimea want. For all I know everything I ever read about them leaning towards Russia is BS propoganda propogated by people who report directly to Putin. Or not... But if I am to be outraged at what Russia is doing it is better to hear that Russia is imposing their will on people who don't want it rather than reading that one nation (artificial grouping of people) moving the border (artificial line in the sand) between itself and another is a violation of 'liberty'.

I'm just a little naturally suspicious when people talk about liberty when it comes to nations or other artificial entities (like corporations) as opposed to individual rights. How many serfs have died defending the lands of their lords from yet another group of lords that just would have made them their own serfs?

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

morgauxo Woosh! (409 comments)

Or at least I assume she was joking.

"...dont trust anyone...VM I rent." Yup, no inconsistancy there!

about a month ago
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Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

morgauxo Charity (409 comments)

> Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis said she'd rather see companies pay more in taxes and fund schools that way, rather than relying on their charity or free software."

I'm sure she would. And I suppose the schools are all going to buy software for the students then? Or perhaps the students will stay after and do all their work at school. What a self-serving bi**h.

about a month ago
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Overuse of Bioengineered Corn Gives Rise To Resistant Pests

morgauxo Re:So you say you want a revolution? (259 comments)

Well... you could just call it the American Revolution and refer to them as the founding fathers or something like that which pretty much everyone else does. Usually when one names something as you did it's to belittle, like only George Washington wanted a revolution. That war was all his fault...

Also, my understanding is that George Washington was very much against political parties and the two party system in particular. It's my personal opinion that he was absolutely right and the two party system is a huge part of the reason our 'democratic republic' has gotten so far out of the people's control. I think it's a big contributor to the people's apathy. The two parties just play the voters against each other, everyone votes for one of them even though they don't like it just to try to keep the other out while they both are totally corrupt. Individual politicians get away with murder since the voters only choice is to back the other party.

That being said I would argue that this is NOT the system that George Washington fought for and all the more reason not to call it his revolution.

And then there is the fact that for his time during the revolution he is mostly famous for losing battles... And the fact that it is an entirely different small handful of people that are famous for their roles in the declaration of independance, surely a more defining role in the revolution. Oh.. and then of course there is the constitutional convention which was practically a revolution itself thus driving home the point that this is not the system created by "George Washington's Revolution"

Yah, mentioning the nations entire history would be rather silly but calling it George Washington's revolution? That's kind of like calling the automobile "Rudolf Diesel's vehicles"

about a month ago

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