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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

praxis Re:I just want a phone (189 comments)

Yes, I wasn't asking if it has a reasonable browser installed, I was asking if there was one available to install later, otherwise that if could never be satisfied. Sorry for the confusion.

about a week ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

praxis Re:It's sad how red communists took over so fast.. (383 comments)

How many communists voted for this ordinance?

From the article:

"The council vote to pass the new composting measure was a unanimous 9-to-0. No public hearing was required."

That does not address party membership of the voters.

about a week ago
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BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone

praxis Re:I just want a phone (189 comments)

Do those have a reasonable browser? That was one of future assassin's requirements--the possibility to install a browser after wards (sic).

about a week ago
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Users Report Warping of Apple's iPhone 6 Plus

praxis Re:Not just iPhone (421 comments)

lol, you don't have a fucking clue what you are talking about. i keep my g3 in my front pocket, back pocket, whatever pocket is convenient and it has never had any problem. also that link that you also did not look at clearly shows bent iphone 4 and 5.

so yeah, fuck off crapple shill.

Just because you've never had a problem with your one instance of phone does not mean that other instances of those phones do not get bent.

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

praxis Re:Book Bans (402 comments)

Is it more efficient for millions of parents to repeat the same steps of rating the book, or for a standards / rating body to do it once and have that information available to the public?

No, but it's more fair since not all parents have the same mores. I don't want information withheld from my children because of your mores, even if that's a more efficient way of doing things.

about a week ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

praxis Re:Laser? Try Gummy Bears (70 comments)

Well, it doesn't appear to have improved...

Why does it not appear that way? It's much more difficult to fool a fingerprint scanner today than it was ten years ago. Just because they're not perfect does not mean they're not better.

about a week ago
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Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

praxis Re:Law Enforcement (70 comments)

I propose setting a nine digit password, enabling touch ID and disabling responding to texts on a lock screen.

Nine digit password is better than four because it is quick to enter when you need to enter it, the length is unknown to an attacker and is less vulnerable to the dirty screen attack. The touch ID can be extracted by law enforcement but using the left middle finger or other less-common touch ID finger means they might run into the failed attempt limit before they get the right finger. Not having to unlock your phone to respond to a text message is convenient but I would disable that because you don't want someone pretending to be you (e.g. a cop responding to a text with "I have the dope ready for delivery" and then using that as probable cause to arrest you).

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

praxis Re:Book Bans (402 comments)

So, would books be voluntarily rated? What about authors or publishers that don't want to front the cost of rating their book? Far, far more books get published every year than movies are put in theaters (by my quick rough research: 2.2M books per year versus 50k movies). Most movies are not rated in the US.

This all seems like a very costly and complicated system for essentially limiting access to information on behalf of parents' fears. In my mind, it's better to shift that cost onto the parents. If a parent does not like X, let them be the filter. Why should libraries, schools and greater society be burdened enforcing millions of different combinations of taboos?

about a week ago
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It's Banned Books Week; I recommend ...

praxis Re:Book Bans (402 comments)

The adult section is more to prevent accidental exposure than anything.

To which ideas do *you* want to prevent accidental exposure? It likely differs from my list. It likely differs from everyone else's list. Who defines what books are cordoned off? Who is allowed past the cordon? How do we describe the cordon to library patrons?

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

praxis Re:what?!?! (277 comments)

You know, there was an appreciable amount of time and personal experiences that Lauren had between those two quotes. People do change their views and sometimes its for reasons you or they might not understand. Ascribing her change in liking Phablets to "Apple did it to? (sic)" is pretty presumptuous.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

praxis Re:"birth" Oi vey, no "ingles" (206 comments)

English being my second language, I went to my dictionary with the hopes of learning something from your comment. Unfortunately, my dictionary only lists two entries for birth the verb:

1. intr. To have birth, be born. rare.
2. trans. To give birth to; to give rise to. Chiefly dial. and U.S. dial.

Do you mean give rise to?

Also, I don't find using words metaphorically to be "simple" English 101, or your 101 classes are rather advanced.

about a week ago
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Apple Sells More Than 10 Million New iPhones In First 3 Days

praxis Re:Hype, more hype, blah (206 comments)

If "Android" sells 10M phones per day, that's 3.6 billion phone a year. Do you have some sort of actual data to back up that claim?

about a week ago
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My resting heart rate:

praxis Re:Before or after (169 comments)

Before, as resting heart rate is typically your heart rate when you first awake. One normal dose of caffeine raises my heart rate about 3-4 bpm; while significant the buckets of the survey are rather broader.

about a week ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

praxis Re:confused (358 comments)

You're right, Seattle is not representative.

Charliemopp's claim that there is no live music and local bands are not permitted on the radio wasn't representative either--as evidenced by the existence of Seattle. The truth is somewhere in the middle: some places have great music scenes, some places have non-existent music scenes. I believe, as I stated in my last paragraph I think population has a lot to do with it.

about a week ago
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Home Depot Says Breach Affected 56 Million Cards

praxis Re:Credit cards? (80 comments)

RFID cards have proven to be easy to compromise.

I've not seen an RFID card. Do you have a link? Or did you mean EMV?

about two weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

praxis Re:confused (358 comments)

And local bars don't have live music anymore because local bands aren't allowed on the radio.

I don't know where you live, but in Seattle there are three *pages* of live shows for *today* [1] and five *pages* of live shows for *this weekend* [2]. Granted that is both for bars and larger venues, but the vast majority are small local bars.

As to local bands not allowed on the radio?! There are plenty of radio stations that cater to music lovers and absolutely do play local bands. One of several Seattle (again, I live here; I don't think Seattle is unique) is KEXP. They even have an article on how to get airplay on KEXP [3]. While it's a local station, I know many of their listeners are from beyond the city limits so getting airplay on such a local station can have wider-ranging effects for an up-and-coming band.

I guess what "local" bars offer depends on locale but generally higher-population areas sustain more arts. That's always been the case, though. Artists and patrons congregate.

[1] http://www.thestranger.com/gyr...
[2] http://www.thestranger.com/gyr...
[3] http://blog.kexp.org/2011/08/0...

about two weeks ago

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