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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

pauljlucas Re: Stupid (130 comments)

Just use cash, its infinitely easier than all this nonsense.

Before heading out, you have to check whether you have enough cash on hand. If not, you have to stop by the ATM. To pay, you have to pull out your wallet and look through it for the required bill(s). If you pay with large bills, the cashier may opt to examine the bills carefully to ensure they have the necessary security measures signifying that they're genuine currency.

If you choose to pay the exact amount, you also have to pull out coins and pluck out the required ones. If you didn't use coins, then the cashier has to give you change back. You have to accept the change putting the coins in one place and the bills, if any, in another. You should also count the change to ensure the cashier gave you the correct amount.

Yeah, that's so much easier.

about a week ago
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Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

pauljlucas Re: Stupid (130 comments)

Apple pay isn't better or all that different from Google's NFC pay, the difference is that they've done the legwork to build a network of vendors.

The differences are that Apple Pay is easier to set up (just take a picture of your CC card -- no logging in to your bank's web site), easier to use (just put your finger in the sensor -- no turning on the phone, no launching the Wallet app, no PIN to enter), neither Apple nor the merchant has your real CC number (unlike Google), and the kicker is that Apple doesn't track your purchases (unlike Google that brokers every purchase through their Wallet debit card).

about two weeks ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Universe Could Come From Nothing

pauljlucas Re: Nothing? (429 comments)

Isaac Newton knew that something existed to make the apple fall to the ground, or the planets orbit the sun, but until he spent time studying it, he didn't know what gravity actually was.

Newton never new what gravity actually was; only how to describe its behavior. It wasn't until Einstein that humanity knew what gravity actually was (a warping to space-time).

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

pauljlucas Re:Small Goverment (260 comments)

Short catchy phrases can not be copyrighted.

They can be trade- or service-marked, however.

about two weeks ago
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Computer Scientists Ask Supreme Court To Rule APIs Can't Be Copyrighted

pauljlucas Re:Just shorten it (260 comments)

State-granted ownership is not the same as state ownership (which is what was previously posted).

about two weeks ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

pauljlucas Re:About effing time (214 comments)

I don't want to go with iOS, because ... the only way to load software on it is through the app store.

I get that, but how big of a deal is that for you really? (Or, in general, for most people?) Is it a matter of principle or are there apps that you really need that you just can't get from the App store?

about three weeks ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

pauljlucas Re: About effing time (214 comments)

The manufacturers are in agreement with the carriers...

Of course they are, but at whose behest? The carriers control the "last mile." If you don't play by their rules, they don't sell your phone.

There's an agreement with carriers because they have to include their special baked in junk ware.

And it was Steve that would never let that happen with iOS. I'm still amazed he got AT&T to agree to it when the iPhone was introduced.

about three weeks ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

pauljlucas Re:About effing time (214 comments)

Now if Verizon can get it's head out of it's ass and roll out 5.0 updates quickly after the mfrs release them, things might be looking up.

This is one of the things I hated most when I had my previous phone: software updates can only be had via your carrier. The problem is that there's virtually no incentive for carriers to do this: they want you to buy a new phone (and lock yourself into another 2-year contract).*

Even if you hate iPhones, you'll probably admit that it's much nicer to get software updates directly from Apple they day they make it available.

If only all other manufacturers forced carriers to allow end-users to get software updates directly, the mobile world would be better. The mobile market place, however, is fairly crowded and no single manufacturer (other than Apple) probably has enough power to bend the carriers to their will (when the carrier can simply opt not to carry their phone).

Of course it's not clear that other manufacturers want to be able to deliver software updates directly to end-users either. I suppose it would reinforce brand loyalty.

* This is starting to change since some carriers are now doing away with phone subsidies and instead moving to phone financing.

about three weeks ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

pauljlucas Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (339 comments)

[I]t's incredibly stupid to ground a plane over a joke SSID.

It's incredibly sad is what it is. What if the SSID were "There is a bomb on this plane"?

about a month ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

pauljlucas Re:How balkanized? (139 comments)

I pay only Netflix. HBO releases their original series on DVD eventually which means I can get it from Netflix. I don't need to see episodes live.

about a month ago
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Will Apple Lose Siri's Core Tech To Samsung?

pauljlucas Re:Siri! What does Betteridge say about this? (161 comments)

Seriously, do you really think that Apple would allow one of its flagship technologies to be compromised by another company?

Like Google did with Maps? Like Motorola did with the PowerPC? Like Microsoft did with Internet Explorer? Nah, Apple would never let things like that happen.

about 2 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

pauljlucas Re:When would I need it? (175 comments)

Why would I wear a relatively uncomfortable piece of jewelry with no other purpose just so I can know to the second what time it is throughout the day?

I have no idea -- which is why I gave up wearing a watch on my wrist and now wear it on my belt-loop (as I originally mentioned). Even if I were to buy a new watch, I'd get one that either came on a belt-loop from the vendor or one that I could easily replace the band with one (as I did with my Casio).

The watch-on-a-belt-loop also allows me to stealthily check the time while I'm being compelled to do something (or talk to someone) boring.

about 2 months ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

pauljlucas Dumb watch (175 comments)

... a quality dumbwatch can last decades ...

Very true. I have a cheap Casio watch that I've had since the 1980s. The band long-ago broke, but I replaced it with a belt-loop hook. I can only recall changing the battery twice. It runs a tiny bit fast (several seconds a month), but until it completely dies, I see no reason to replace it for telling time at a glance (something that can't be done with a smartphone). Plus, if I lose it, I don't care (I've gotten more than my money's worth out of it) and nobody wants to steal it.

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

pauljlucas Re:As a BlackBerry user (189 comments)

My e-mail is over SSL already. What's more secure about BlackBerry?

about 2 months ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

pauljlucas Re:As a BlackBerry user (189 comments)

I'm genuinely curious: can you elaborate on how the messaging is better? And how an entire OS can be focused on messaging rather than messaging just being one of many apps on the phone?

about 2 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pauljlucas Re:Seriously though, why a singularity? (227 comments)

I don't know, but I'm supposing that such a possibility had occurred to physicists and they ruled it out.

about 4 months ago
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Black Holes Not Black After All, Theorize Physicists

pauljlucas Re:Seriously though, why a singularity? (227 comments)

Why wouldn't a black hole a big star on the inside?

Because the gravity is too intense for even the neutrons to support its weight and there's currently no other known force or mechanism known that can stop the collapse. You might be right, but something new would have to be discovered or theorized to allow for that possibility.

about 4 months ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

pauljlucas Re:There is no magic bullet (474 comments)

As for legalizing highly addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin, I don't see how decriminalizing them [could] possibly be a good idea.

As someone else pointed out: as counter-intuitive as it might be, the data is in since Portugal ran the experiment.

about 4 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

pauljlucas Re:WTF rich people? (1330 comments)

How about I choose women to have personal responsibility? Why does them having sex instantly mean I have a bill to pay?

The hard reality is that it's never going to be 100%. So what do you do? Let the kids starve to death? Or force the mother into doing crimes or prostitution just to feed her kids?

about 5 months ago

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