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Obamacare Could Help Fuel a Tech Start-Up Boom

phaggood Re:Exactly! (671 comments)

*Can't say that we've seen a tech boom here in Massachusetts*

Mass-a-freakin'chusetts? What, did MIT move to Alabama?

Seriously, are you even conscious?

about 7 months ago
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Sprint May Have Unlimited Data Plans, But Not Unlimited Customers

phaggood Re:Why I left (207 comments)

How do you get unlimited for $115? I can't find anything but $40/pp on their site; for my four household users that's $160/mo.

about 9 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Will You Update Your Technical Skills Inventory This Summer?

phaggood Re:HTML5, XCODE, and AJAX (208 comments)

I'm learning Angular this summer to keep my jQuery at bay.

about 10 months ago
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Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

phaggood Re:Florida (1078 comments)

TODAY it can be very [not nearly as easy]. Not impossible, but [not nearly as easy as it used to be]

FTFY

about a year ago
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Noodle Robots Replacing Workers In Chinese Restaurants

phaggood Re:And it begins (531 comments)

> since China was the last big pool of cheap human labor

Guessing there's a lot of Sub-Saharan Africa that would both disagree with you and welcome even the dirtiest of factories

about a year ago
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HTC Unveils Revamped HTC One

phaggood Re:Customers Satisfied (152 comments)

> Droid Razr Maxx HD
I am waiting for this phone to come to Sprint; I replaced my Zio with an EVO with an extended battery but my wife doesn't want to trade her Zio for a phone as thick as mine even with the long battery life I get.

about a year ago
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HTC Unveils Revamped HTC One

phaggood Re:Non removable battery, no memory card slot. (152 comments)

>Removable batteries mean a battery door. This makes the phone thicker.

Bollox. The Sanyo Zio had a batter door that was at best the width of three sheets of paper; and the battery lastest much less than the lifetime of the phone (my wife still uses her somewhat-less-than 3yr old Zio)

about a year ago
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DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build

phaggood Re:Build? (56 comments)

> frozen meal

That example is like taking a Roomba out of the box and putting batteries in it (i.e 'not building')
Taking frozen peas, a jar of curry sauce, a can of potatoes and a can of garbanzo beans, heating all w/o burning then pouring over a pile of minute rice *is* cooking.

about a year ago
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DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build

phaggood Re:Build? (56 comments)

> No, never ever claim that around EE graduates. We despise things like this being called "building"

Never, ever claim it's 'cooking' unless you graduated a French cooking school!

Never, ever claim you taught something unless you have an education degree.

Never, ever claim you improved cleaned a room unless you've gotten the dust levels down to some ridiculous clean-room PPM.

Never, ever claim its 'programming' unless you're doing it in binary.

Geez, anal much?

about a year ago
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DIY Web-Controlled Robot That Takes 1 Hour To Build

phaggood Re:actually interesting project (56 comments)

I'm thinking of a more educational use; Curiosity landed on Mars a few months ago and I think it would have been the awesome-est STEM-related outcome had hundreds of thousands of middle-school kids been able to take a break from their standardized test reprogramming, er, studying and instead they got a $200 kit to remotely 'explore' the alien landscape that is the dirt patch behind the school.

about a year ago
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A US Apple Factory May Be Robot City

phaggood Re:Automation and unemployment (602 comments)

And stock brokers often end their rosy historical returns with the statement "past performance is no guarantee of future results".

about a year ago
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Honda's "Micro Commuter" Features Swappable Bodies

phaggood Re:How unsafe could that be? (96 comments)

I live in a small college town (> 100k) with a daily commute that takes me nowhere near a freeway, thus 50mph is way more than I need going to/from work. Keeping my 5yr old Saturn to run and down the freeway would satisfy all my travel needs. Unfortunately, the sticker-shock on these exotic powerplant cars means it'd probably cost a multiple of what I paid for the Saturn which begs the question - what kind of crazy math do I have to do to get a decent ROI on the car's purchase?

about a year and a half ago
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Are Teachers Headed For Obsolescence?

phaggood Re:Ha, you threaten teacher jobs and see what happ (570 comments)

I see the classroom of the future becoming something very much like the average grocery store over the last few years; a bunch of automated service 'stations' overseen by a central observer who comes over when there's a problem. Or like that 'spacebowl' that Spock was in during the Trek reboot, tho a little less bowl-y I think.

about a year and a half ago
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Third 2012 US Presidential Debate Tonight: Discuss Here

phaggood Re:Socialist agenda on full display tonite (529 comments)

Once the majority of either governors or at least 25% of one of the congress-pools is 3rd party, they won't have a chance. I wish people would figure that out; a viable party isn't going to start in the White House.

about a year and a half ago
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Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

phaggood Re:There's nothing Darwin about it. (992 comments)

That was just featured on one of those science/reality shows; a SmartCar hit a concrete pylon at about 70mph to test out the passenger safety cage; it indeed did not collapse but the narrator did point out that such an impact and rapid deceleration would destroy your organs and you'd be severely injured and/or dead.

about a year and a half ago

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phaggood phaggood writes  |  more than 7 years ago

phaggood writes "The missus would like a cell phone upgrade; I lucked up on a used Razr that, with a swap of the chip, replaced a crappy LG with keys that were wearing out (from dis-use, apparently). I'd prefer to get a new one for her Christmas gift w/o another multi-year service enslavement, but checking out Cingular's store I find the prices for these glorified packet radios are unreal! Recently, I upgraded my laptop and got a lot more machine for quite a bit less money, yet these phones, which AREN'T really increasing in capabilities (the real upgrades are in the network anyway) are still as expensive as they've always been. Why? How is a $300 Sony Ericsson W300i, with it's whopping 20MB (yes, that's an M) which can "hold up to 4 songs", that much more complicated than a Nano, at 2X the price?

Why do these damned SIMPLE devices cost so much?"

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