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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

pauljlucas Re:A Pox on Both Your Houses (330 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"?

2 days 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 two weeks 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago
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Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

pauljlucas Re:... I need to filter out the apple posts... (214 comments)

Then why don't you just set your /. preferences so you don't get Apple stories and be done with it? Why are you telling us? Learn how to use your account preferences.

about 4 months ago
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Update Your Shelf: BitLit Offers Access To Ebook Versions of Books You Own

pauljlucas No iPad version (82 comments)

Yes, there's an iOS version, but it's only for the iPhone. An app that displays books that doesn't work on an iPad whose larger screen size if so much better for reading books? Seriously?

about 4 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

pauljlucas Re:What I say (286 comments)

Can you legally be detained without being placed under arrest?

about 4 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

pauljlucas Re:If they walk away with this money... (448 comments)

Care don't have to be on it constantly. Once the glass breaks, it's stays broken. Debris will scratch the glass making it more translucent rather than transparent reducing its effectiveness. Roadways don't track the sun making solar cells much less efficient. LEDs aren't visible in direct sunlight especially at shallow angles. The glare from any reflected light will blind drivers. As he rightly points out, putting the solar cells NEXT TO the road works much better. There's simply no reason to put them IN THE road even if it did work.

And the idea of putting it in parking lots is even dumber. Yeah, parking lots where cars are parked on it during the day (this blocking the sun) and empty at night (where there's no sun).

But if you want to donate money, go right ahead.

about 4 months ago
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$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

pauljlucas Re:If they walk away with this money... (448 comments)

Huge different between a solar WALKway (foot traffic) and ROADway (auto traffic). Thunderf00t,, the creator of all the videos, is a pretty sharp guy. Watch and you might learn something. It's not my job to force-educate you. If you don't want to watch, don't. I don't care.

about 4 months ago
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The Supreme Court Doesn't Understand Software

pauljlucas Re:Why not patent compression algorithm? (263 comments)

As it was explained to me by a patent attorney, what is colloquially known as a "software patent" really isn't. Rather, it's a patent on the resulting machine that software transforms a general purpose machine (computer) into.

If I had a black box wherein you fed in paper tape encoding data on one end and different paper tape with the data compressed came out the other end (thus taking less tape), that would be a data compression machine. Certainly, if the black box had no software at all but was instead a bunch of gears and such, i.e., totally mechanical, you'd have to agree that the machine would be patentable.

But it's still the type of machine that's being patented (a data compression machine). The preferred embodiment as described in the patent is just one way to do it. Now if instead of gears you had a computer running software, well that doesn't change the functioning of the machine -- the tape output is the same for a given input. Therefore, the fact that a particular embodiment just might happen to use a computer and software rather than gears is irrelevant.

about 4 months ago

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