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Museum's Adults-Only Nights Show That Alcohol and Science Are a Good Mix

pauljlucas Re:Who goes to museums (131 comments)

Do they serve alcohol as well?

I wonder how it's possible to find out. Hmmmm....

about three weeks ago
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Museum's Adults-Only Nights Show That Alcohol and Science Are a Good Mix

pauljlucas Re:Who goes to museums (131 comments)

It's not like you can learn anything or interact with anything [at museums].

That's certainly not true for a museum like the Exploratorium (that also has adults-only nights).

about three weeks ago
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How Galaxies Are Disappearing From Our Universe

pauljlucas Re:How galaxies are disappearing from our universe (174 comments)

It should really be stated as, "... galaxies are disappearing from our observable universe ..." which is little more than simply disappearing from view and not the actual universe.

about three weeks ago
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How Galaxies Are Disappearing From Our Universe

pauljlucas Re:What? (174 comments)

The photons can't reach us from those distances because the amount of space between the far-off galaxies and us is increasing faster than light can travel.

about three weeks ago
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Apple Faces Class Action Lawsuit For Shrinking Storage Space In iOS 8

pauljlucas Re:Maybe this is good! (325 comments)

If the ability to add an SD card is a feature you want and, after reading Apple's specs, you discover that Apple devices don't accept SD cards, you should simply not buy an Apple device. While the merits of the other aspects of the lawsuit are debatable, the lack of SD card support isn't. Nobody put a gun to these people's heads to buy an Apple device.

about three weeks ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

pauljlucas Re:don't fucking post it! (218 comments)

Ever consider the case that he probably posted the photo of his daughter while she was still alive? And that he either forgot about it or couldn't bring himself to retroactively delete it?

about a month ago
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Chinese Government Moves To Crack Down On Puns

pauljlucas The best ever ... (156 comments)

... is when KTVU News in San Francisco got praked into reporting fake Chinese names on live TV as part of the story of the Asiana Flight 214 crash. As tragic as the crash was, it's one of the best pranks ever.

about 2 months ago
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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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 4 months ago

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