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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

onix Re:Deprecating the telephone system (160 comments)

People puzzle me indeed. They guys is not an idiot; he is ignorant just like the rest of the masses. Platform-independent Skype with multi-user video conferencing has been around forever but FaceTime locked to a single OS is much more popular. Go figure. And for a modest fee you can used Skype for POTS communications with reasonable great international rates.

And for that matter VoIP (Viber, Burner, etc) has existed for a long time, the main issue/hassle has been integrating it with a direct dial number (POTS). At one point I used SipGate.de with a Sip application on iOS successfully having a local area code and it had free incoming and modest cost for outgoing. SipGate is no longer available to US subscibers.

I guess blame European companies for poor marketing.

5 days ago
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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

onix Re:Hangouts is, in turn, part of plus, right? (160 comments)

"Just to clarify - the iOS hangouts app had VoIP => POTS capabilities before this. I think the Android app is catching up."

Thank you for this. I was wondering what exactly was new for iPhone users. I installed Voice on my iPhone 5 before it was deprecated. And fortunately, it was needed to show incoming. Hangouts on the iOS has never shown me incoming, except as of this change only two days before when I for the first time I received a call on Hangouts.

UPDATE:

Also I just checked (within the last 5 mins and after my last check about 1 day before) and both Google Voice and Google Hangouts have updates. Google Voice on iOS is at version 1.6.0 (the last version 1.5.0 came out in Sept 2013) and Hangouts is at version 2.2.0

I'm wondering exactly what's happening here... I guess I still remained perplexed.

5 days ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

onix Re:wut? (523 comments)

My justification, was not an excuse for "their" behavior. It was merely pointing out how important marketing is to their efforts and how they'd like to get by calling it "broadband"... clearly my point was missed. FWIW, I hate cable internet more than another other ISP, and refuse to use them.

about a week ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

onix Re:wut? (523 comments)

"They" are not Comcast/cable who can provide 10Mbps or higher universally. AT&T and Verizon are stuck with copper line DSL in certain geographies. Even with ADSL2+, the best "they" can "reliably" advertise is 6Mbps.

I say let them have "broadband". The marketing types only have to invent another term, e.g. wideband, ultraband, fastband... speaking of which perhaps I should get out a trademark :)

about a week ago
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How Scientific Consensus Has Gotten a Bad Reputation

onix Re:Whatever happened to scientific discussions the (761 comments)

People believe what they want to believe. Humans are fallible and will act in their self-interest. The question are:

(1) Is science and are scientists responsible for "explaining" themselves and their discoveries?
(2) Is the scientific community responsible for calling out charlatans that pose to use the scientific method, but don't?
(3) Are scientific discoveries constantly open for debate? And does it make sense to have proper channels for inquiry and discussion, or can anyone jump in?

about a week ago
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Scientists Regenerate Rat Muscle Tissue

onix Nerve control (26 comments)

That seems to be less than 1/2 of a solution. Nerve ending working in sync to create useful motion would be needed, no?

about a week ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

onix Re:The trouble with billionaires (362 comments)

Funny, this is exactly the point I'm making. That mentality. Monetary success does not equate to being omniscient. Some would argue the Koch brothers are common thugs, Michael Jordan with his inordinate wealth knows little about anything else aside from basketball, a "successful" gangster does makes him an expert on a certain type of sociopathic behavior, but not much else.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

onix Re:That depends... (362 comments)

Degree or otherwise, as so many men are self-taught with a better connected-ness to society and reality, I agree of Gates' complete and abject deficit in critical reasoning that at a core lacks a guiding moral compass. It's hard to take anything seriously from a man who "needs" a 66,000 sq. ft house. Contrast this childishness to persuasions of Warren Buffett or, even the Koch brothers. Morality aside, they are far more shrewd and centered in their purpose and beliefs.

about two weeks ago
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Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?

onix Re:The trouble with billionaires (362 comments)

Or put yet another way, put a bunch of billionaires in the same room and see if they come to any consensus on policy. They always act individually. Put Buffett, the Koch brothers, the Walton's, and Gates in the same room. Eventually one of them will pull out a dagger and kill the others. Just an experiment in hubris. Blame also society for giving them a pedestal to speak on.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

onix Re:True enough (220 comments)

I am saying your memory woes will be incredibly worse. Your use scenario of 13 FF windows multiplied with that many tabs is clearly well out of the bell curve.

about two weeks ago
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Firefox 32 Arrives With New HTTP Cache, Public Key Pinning Support

onix Re:True enough (220 comments)

Grim Reefer, " I have 13 FF windows open with 5 to 24 tabs open in each." Yes, just try exactly this on Chrome and report back on memory usage.

about two weeks ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

onix Re:Too many apps, too much appcrap (258 comments)

Oh man, couldn't have said it better. nwf's opinion is of course self-serving. In all seriousness, Apple doesn't help to reduce web clutter. I'm forced to use iPhone's safari, but also use Weblock in combination.

about a month and a half ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

onix Re:Surprise! (137 comments)

Depends on how those bugs were discovered. If reported by the outside community, chances are hackers might have exploited them before they were patched. Also, the hacker community culture is important. Avoidance is prudent. If a red honda civic is a target for crime, then drive a blue toyota corolla.

about 2 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

onix 10 years later (550 comments)

10 years ago I would have gotten 20/10. 10 years later, and presbyopia has set in. At least now, I can pull up my near-sighted glasses to read up close. In another 10, I will need bifocals. It's too late for me to get lasik, as it is for most people 40+.

about 2 months ago
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Feds Now Oppose Aereo, Rejecting Cloud Apocalypse Argument

onix Fundamentals (140 comments)

The reality is that cable would turn off all OTA if it could. It's not an issue of whether the content is public.

about 6 months ago
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Open Source Add-on Rewrites the User Interface of IE11

onix Anyone who doesn't use Firefox as their main brows (86 comments)

IE only necessary and useful for MS updates. Chrome useful for google applications, such as google drive. Firefox remains OS, OEM, and platform agnostic. So anyone trying to hack "IE" to be a better browser, and IE 11 at that, is drinking the Redmond's kool-aid.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Secure Your Parents' PC?

onix Router with AntiVirus (408 comments)

Why not go with a router that does packet inspection for everyone in the household. For computers that do not leave the household, this seems ideal. OpenWRT and DD-WRT provide some options. While Packet Protector issued and EOF in 2012 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PacketProtector), others exist.

about 9 months ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

onix Re:brilliant! (112 comments)

Yes, but can you explain friction?

about a year ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

onix Re:Obvious/Common sense wins again (112 comments)

Also, this is about testing theories. They mean nothing without experimental backup. Add to that the ability to make uniform 0.1 micron ridges that are 0.2 microns deep. Let's see if you even know how to begin to do that first before you speak. Clearly the nuance of science is lost on you. If you have a PhD, I wish to take it back.

about a year ago
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US Nuclear Weapons Lab Discovers How To Suppress the Casimir Force

onix Re:brilliant! (112 comments)

Maybe you should read the article first.

about a year ago

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Noam Chomsky on the end of civilization

onix onix writes  |  5 days ago

onix (990980) writes "The universe will carry on but will human civilization? Are we reaching the point where things have irreversibly unraveled and spiraled beyond control in a positive feedback loop that will not end until our species is extinct? Chomsky writes, "One index of human impact is the extinction of species, now estimated to be at about the same rate as it was 65 million years ago when an asteroid hit the Earth.""
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Crash landing trajectory of Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 into SFO

onix onix writes  |  about a year ago

onix (990980) writes "This compares trajectories of a typical 777 landing at SFO with the Asiana flight. Off-course trajectory caused last minute changes causing the plane to dive deep and lose speed."
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