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Ask Slashdot: Best Software To Revive PocketPCs With Windows Mobile 5-6?

redmid17 Sure (110 comments)

Let me help you since you can apparently type out an entire summary but not the letters "google.com" into the address bar.

https://www.google.com/search?...

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Non-Coders, Why Aren't You Contributing To Open Source?

redmid17 I like open source (488 comments)

I just don't give a shit enough to contribute. I already have hobbies. I get paid to administer, consult, develop, and test at work. Most of my hobbies do not involve computers (sports, reading, music, good ole fashioned napping). The few that do relate fairly closely to my line of work, which is largely closed source.

tl;dr - neither the time nor the willingness to contribute to something that only affects me tangentially

about three weeks ago
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Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case

redmid17 Re:A plan for Bennett (152 comments)

Not that I disagree with jettisoning him, but this is a stupid fucking idea.

about three weeks ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

redmid17 Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

Not since the early 90s. Find me a working Mosin for under $50. You won't be able to. Those things run several hundred dollars for the most part.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

redmid17 You guys are all missing the most pertinent issue (214 comments)

Now Bennett can finally find a phone that will let him buy a movie and download it directly to his phone!

http://features-beta.slashdot....

He can finally gt rid of that LG Optimus, assuming Dice pays him enough money to buy a new phone! (or he has enough money left over after paying them to be his personal blog).

about a month and a half ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

redmid17 Re:Lucky for Stripe (353 comments)

Animal House was an awesome, irreverent movie that has stood the test of time and become one of *the* classic comedies.

Animal Farm is a dystpoian, allegorical novella about government overreach and oppression, which is what I think you're going after here.

about a month and a half ago
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MPAA Bans Google Glass In Theaters

redmid17 Re:Anyone still going to the movies? (357 comments)

Where the fuck are you going to see movies? Seriously I have no idea.

Are you going to a circle of hell that only caters to people who don't like movie theathers because almost nothing you've described accurately resembles a movie theater run in the last 50 years except maybe the price and cleanliness.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

redmid17 Too dumb to google? (170 comments)

The least you can do is give us a ballpark location so we can look at a coverage map. Sprint or T-Mobile have have deals going with unlimited data.


Personally I'd go with Sprint, but I know their coverage can be spotty in certain places, though it has gotten a lot better since I signed up for it 5 years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Google Search Finally Adds Information About Video Games

redmid17 Re:I don't like (47 comments)

It's not really a direct competitor. The smart search answers have 3-4 sentences topically explaining something. Wikipedia has, almost always, exponentially more data.

'Smart search' is great for questions like "Who won the World Series in 1987" or "How many Grand Theft Auto games are there". It's not so great for "What is the plot of GTA V".

about 2 months ago
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The One App You Need On Your Resume If You Want a Job At Google

redmid17 Really? (205 comments)

Google is so large and has such a massive need for talent that if you have the right skills, Google is really enthusiastic to hear from you

Well color me shocked. Is the army looking for people who can accurately fire rifles and follow orders? What about the FAA and air traffic controllers?

Whoever wrote that and whichever (copy) editor let it through need to reevaluate their life choices.

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

redmid17 Re:It's not just Sweden (346 comments)

No I understand that, and the US model is not great shakes. Needs more municipal broadband.

That doesn't mean that Sweden's particular use-case is applicable to the US. It's roughly 5% of the lower 48 states. The economies of scale for distance blow the Swedish model out of the water.

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

redmid17 Re:It's not just Sweden (346 comments)

2/3 of Sweden is empty. When you can concentrate your population in 1/3 of the country, the population density flies out the window:
http://www.nordregio.se/templa...

The sheer distance makes it exponentially more difficult and expensive

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

redmid17 Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

Not if you look at the population density. It's mostly on the coast and in the south. 2/3 of the country is devoid of anything but Møøse and possibly squirrel

http://www.nordregio.se/templa...

about 2 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

redmid17 Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

You are using the wrong word. Hostile, yes. Unlivable, no. If it were, there would be a lot fewer people left in the US.

about 3 months ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

redmid17 Re:Lost opportunity? I doubt it (554 comments)

Well I will just say, like the others, that you do not know what you're talking about. I installed win 7 on a few PIII netbooks with 768 MB RAM, with the typically office image. Worked fine. I've used it on Dell D410s and D430s with 1 GB of RAM. Did absolutely everything I needed and wanted it to do.

about 3 months ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

redmid17 Re:Simple answer (942 comments)

Wow really? I can't remember a year of my life where I didn't experience sub zero temperatures and 100+ in the same year. There might be a few years where it was from 0-5 degrees or upper 90s, but that's pretty much the climate in most of the US Midwest region.

about 3 months ago
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FBI Chief: Apple, Google Phone Encryption Perilous

redmid17 Re:Rich like the Twinkie Filling (354 comments)

Some courts, not all. It varies by district. Most do not in the US.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...

That is, unless you're outside the US. I'm not super familiar with laws in other countries, but I believe most require a defendant to provide the password.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

redmid17 Your employer (182 comments)

They should be bearing the cost of the training and conferences. The only time I've shelled out cash for anything was when I didn't prepare enough for a certification test and needed to retake it. That was all on me though. Had I studied a bit more, I'd have passed on the first time.

Companies that want to retain talent need to shell out for training and conferences, especially if the budget isn't a concern for the time being. It's not as if they squirrel that money away for a rainy day. If the conference is as relevant to your work as you say and isn't insanely expensive, this should be a slam dunk.

about 2 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

redmid17 Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

There's essentially no difference between purchasing a firearm in the US vs CH, assuming one is not a prohibited person in either country*
The only real substantive difference is the statutory vs constitutional issue. The universal militia service is a misnomer, since the majority of swiss can purchase a firearm but don't serve in the military. There are even parts of the US where you get a purchase permit (MN, NJ, CT, CA, DC, IL). I live in a state where I have to have a permit/license to purchase a gun. Frankly I think it's a bit ridiculous as the process to get said permit is identical to what I need to do to purchase the gun. Lots of redundancy that doesn't really accomplish much.

* Swiss law bans several nationalities/ethnicities from purchasing firearms (primarily Balkans peoples). They can do that as its firearm ownership is a statutory allowance in CH versus a civil right in the US.

about 3 months ago

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