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"Infrared Curtain" Brings Touchscreen Technology To Cheap Cars

red crab Re:Multi touch while driving? (114 comments)

True. when you are driving you should be actually only driving; even taking your eyes off the road to have a look at the dashboard could be dangerous. Jabbing your fingers at a touch screen while driving is plain stupid.

yesterday
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

red crab Re:Solar Lanterns already available (143 comments)

Kinda of hard to do that in the dark. Oh and in Bangalore, they are talking about the poorest of the poor. the lowest caste who CAN"T sell to others ans contact with them makes those people outcasts. But other than that you are sadly correct.

I don't where you come from; but I can certainly tell you one thing that one can sell or buy anything in Bangalore irrespective of his or her caste. Unfortunately, Slashdot doesn't allow to mod and reply to the same discussion. So I had to make a tough choice between trolling you down or replying to your post. I've opted for the latter so that at least you can think before you post the next time.

about two weeks ago
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Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

red crab Re:Combine hosts with ABP (319 comments)

He is the madman APK - don't reply to his posts.

about a month ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

red crab Re:Good for him! (223 comments)

Mere incompetence occasionally should also imply an accidental underbilling. But that never happens. I'd call it a common business practice; the goal is make more out of customer's negligence and reluctance. I recall how I was regularly fleeced by HSBC Bank, with whom I used to hold a savings account. They once "upgraded" my account to a "Turbo Account" (of course without my consent) and started deducting a considerable monthly penalty for not keeping the minimum balance required for a turbo account. I noticed that a couple of months later in my statement and demanded a downgrade and refund of penalty charges. They responded by downgrading the account but the money was never refunded. Also later, they kept revising the minimum balance once in every months and intimated this well after a penalty was deducted. I could and should have moved to court; but I simply didn't have the time and resources for that; and they (the companies) know that very well.

about a month ago
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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

red crab Re:Good for him! (223 comments)

Mere incompetence occasionally should also imply an accidental underbilling. But that never happens. I'd call it a common business practice; the goal is make more out of customer's negligence and reluctance. I recall how I was regularly fleeced by HSBC Bank, with whom I used to hold a savings account. They once "upgraded" my account to a "Turbo Account" (of course without my consent) and started deducting a considerable monthly penalty for not keeping the minimum balance required for a turbo account. I noticed that a couple of months later in my statement and demanded a downgrade and refund of penalty charges. They responded by downgrading the account but the money was never refunded. Also later, they kept revising the minimum balance once in every months and intimated this well after a penalty was deducted.

I could and should have moved to court; but I simply didn't have the time and resources for that; and they (the companies) know that very well.

about a month ago
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Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

red crab Re:How long will it take slashdot to spin this? (106 comments)

How many of you will take a potshot at Microsoft, even though Bill hasn't worked there in years?

Let me try. Apple doesn't yet depend on government contracts in developing nations.

about a month and a half ago
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Gates Donates $500M+ To Fight Malaria and Other Diseases

red crab Re:Thanks Windows :D (106 comments)

Yes of course. And the developing nations need to oblige by buying Microsoft products.

about a month and a half ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

red crab Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

Third, even most Linux distros do not explicitly encourage the use of dual-booting, and have a whole system setup including walk-throughs telling you how to do it, built right into the OS. .

Could you name just one Linux distro that does not "explicitly encourage " the use of dual-booting. It's not even clear what do you mean by that term, have you actually ever seen a message on any Linux installer that tells you its "dangerous" to load multiple operating systems on one disk. I am asking that because I've seen that laughable message during Windows XP installation. Or have you ever come across a situation where the Linux installer has failed to detect another already-installed third party OS.

This is Slashdot; please don't write down anything unless you have researched it. But yes, some fuckhead has modded you up as "Informative"; so times are changing, even Slashdot readers are not the ones like they used to be.

about 2 months ago
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Test Version Windows 10 Includes Keylogger

red crab Re:Yeah since XP (367 comments)

Trust Microsoft. No gpedit is not Open Source but believe me it doesn't have a backdoor.

about 3 months ago
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Debian Switching Back To GNOME As the Default Desktop

red crab The decision is based on (403 comments)

based on accessibility and systemd integration, along with a host of other reasons; mainly political.

about 3 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

red crab Re:No. (502 comments)

All I can tell is that back in 1999 my Sound Blaster card hooked to Creative SBS speakers sounded way better than all my friends PCs which had built in audio. Times must have changed now, don't have the hardware now to do a comparison; but its anyway the audiophiles whom Creative is targeting here; and they do exist in large numbers, more than willing to pay the price Creative is asking for.

about 5 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

red crab Re:USB DACs (502 comments)

And besides, back in the late 90s, even USB wasn't commonplace. I had to purchase a USB add-on PCI card that housed 2 USB ports on my Pentium II machine. With the Creative Blaster card already occupying one of the 2 PCI slots, adding the USB card left no space to add a network card to the system. It was alittle later when boards with 4 PCI slots were introduced.

about 5 months ago
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Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen

red crab Re:Slaves of Dubai (265 comments)

How was this modded as Insightful? There's some difference, a lot of it in fact, in driving a Porsche for someone else and actually owning and driving it. This is a step backward in economic equality, but its like that in most of the parts of the world now these days, not just Dubai, so no use whining about it.

about 5 months ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

red crab Re:Email Insecure (346 comments)

Compartmentalized Security - one of those more than a hundred buzzwords that sound good on IT security workshops and exam curricula, but which nobody knows how to put into practice.

about 6 months ago
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IRS Misses XP Deadline, Pays Microsoft Millions For Patches

red crab Re:see where your taxes go (322 comments)

The linked article states that out of $30 million they have in hand, they would be paying 11.6m to M$, and the remaining 18.4m to upgrade the oldest of the PCs running XP. If they were to upgrade all 58,000 systems at once, $317 per PC will be needed on average, which equals to 18m anyway. The numbers are clearly wrong here.

about 8 months ago
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Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

red crab Re:Seems pretty different, not a gesture (408 comments)

The iphone was also the first major phone to consist exclusively of a touch screen. Prior to that, other phones had hardware buttons to lock and unlock.

The touchscreen wasn't a novel idea anyway. No phone manufacturer ever thought of making a touchscreen based hand-held device prior to Apple as it was believed (and very correctly too) that it was inherently difficult to operate a 3.5" touch display. It was the app store that outweighed the negatives of iPhone touchscreen , and remember that Apple was already riding on the success of iPod at the time iPhone was released. iPhone clicked and other phone-makers simply followed suit; but that does not mean that touchscreens are more convenient than keypads.

about 8 months ago
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oVirt 3.4 Means Management, VMs Can Live On the Same Machine

red crab Re:Still trying to wrap my head... (51 comments)

AIX Workload Partitions and Solaris Zones already implement that concept, but its more about application mobility rather than optimal performance. It makes sense usually to have your own box when you need more control of your environment. And anyway the resources are dynamically allotted; so its unlikely that your web server box would be holding on to its 32 GB of allocated memory even when its not heavily loaded.

about 9 months ago
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Layoffs At Now-Private Dell May Hit Over 15,000 Staffers

red crab Re:Quality, Too (287 comments)

So thats' more about poor aesthetics than quality. You will almost never see the quality of any electronics manufacturer going doing down as such, given the frequent advances in technology that are so freely accessible. Its very unlikely that they would be cutting cost on components to maintain their profits.

about a year ago

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Jose Mujica: The world's 'poorest' president

red crab red crab writes  |  more than 2 years ago

red crab writes "BBC News has carried out an article about Jose Mujica, labelled as the world's poorest president

It's a common grumble that politicians' lifestyles are far removed from those of their electorate. Not so in Uruguay. Meet the president — who lives on a ramshackle farm and gives away most of his pay. Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity. "This is a matter of freedom. If you don't have many possessions then you don't need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself," he says."
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India's call centre growth slows down

red crab red crab writes  |  more than 3 years ago

red crab (1044734) writes "India's call centre industry has grown rapidly in the past decade, but recent research suggests it's no longer the world's biggest. Some British and American companies are moving operations back home, so what's the future for Indian phone bashers?
Other factors like rising labor costs and property prices in India are prompting compaines to move their businesses back to English speaking countries"

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red crab red crab writes  |  more than 7 years ago

red crab writes "Book publishers worldwide concerned about online piracy have found an unexpected supporter in Microsoft. BBC is carrying a report in which Microsoft has openly castigated Google on its approach to copyright issues. Quoting Microsoft lawyer Thomas Rubin, "Companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the backs of other people's content, are raking in billions through advertising revenue and IPOs". Microsoft is expecting to take on Google Books with its recently launched Live Search Books. Google has defended its position saying that it has complied with all international copyright laws."

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