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International Longest Tweet Contest Seeks Entries

rhesuspieces00 Re:still useless (99 comments)

You do realize you can read other people's tweets without posting your own, right?

more than 3 years ago
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International Longest Tweet Contest Seeks Entries

rhesuspieces00 Re:still useless (99 comments)

you are assuming that by choosing his news sources, he is choosing to only read things that confirm what he already believes. you have no basis for that conclusion.

i frequently read news from sources like The People's Daily (beijing newspaper) or al jezeera. i think a lot of what is published in those sources is bullshit, and plenty more i just disagree with. I still find them more useful than Fox News. In this case getting news on "my terms" simply means I am not dependent upon the popular mass media of this country for my information.

more than 3 years ago
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International Longest Tweet Contest Seeks Entries

rhesuspieces00 Re:still useless (99 comments)

Its revealing of how far slashdot has fallen that we're 4 years in and still trying to figure out whether or not twitter might be useful. If you don't like using twitter, don't. But here are some things I like about it.

* I frequently discover that a friend is doing something (e.g. getting a beer) nearby, and I join them, when otherwise I wouldn't have known.

* I get news much sooner that I would otherwise.

* I don't have to have a facebook account.

* I find other people with similar interests to mine because they follow me on twitter.

* Some of my friends are hilarious. I love hearing their running commentary on their experiences.

* If I'm in a part of town I'm not familiar with, or another city, and want food recommendations, i tweet and usually get a few good suggestions within minutes. There are probably other good opportunities for crowd-sourcing decisions I'm not thinking of.

* I can quickly plan events by suggesting a time and place on twitter, and dont have to send emails or make phone calls.

* When I am at conferences and events, it is invaluable for meeting up with people, or finding out last minute about something awesome I want to be part of.

I could probably go on.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Smartphone Plan Covering US and Canada?

rhesuspieces00 Re:Why a smartphone? Google voice + prepaid is bes (199 comments)

This sucks. Examples of why:
* GPS navigation only works if you have a gps enabled device and a constant data connection. Wi-Fi is useless for this.
* Netbooks suck. Period.
* Pulling out a laptop to check twitter to see where your friends are while walking down the street does not make sense.
* Prepaid SIM service sucks. Calls are deprioritized relative to other traffic and call quality is terrible.
Do I need to keep going? Start counting the apps in the iTunes store that *DONT* work on the iPod Touch and you should start to get the idea.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Smartphone Plan Covering US and Canada?

rhesuspieces00 Re:Don't bother (199 comments)

Get this. Up until 85-100 years ago (practically) no one had cars. They all managed to survive and get through life despite that handicap. You may have to endure being a social pariah for a few years but it isn't necessary to have a car. I don't know if it's still available but you can use the horse-drawn buggy on a road without getting a car. Whether they'll let you ride it to the grocery store without upgrading to a car is another thing. They allowed this for the first time with the Model T.

more than 4 years ago
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Obama DoJ Goes Against Film Companies

rhesuspieces00 cynicism (321 comments)

The Supreme Court was thinking about overturning an important and just ruling but decided to just maintain the status quo. Oooooh, I suddenly feel so optimistic.

more than 5 years ago
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Handset Vendors Plug Micro-USB Charge Ports

rhesuspieces00 Re:the oh-so-special adaptor is more than just USB (363 comments)

moreover, firewire iPods *can't* charge over USB. At least my 3rd gen can't.

Pisses me off. Firewire is much better tech than USB. Loading a 160 GB iPod over USB sucks.

more than 5 years ago

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Everything you know about user-interface is wrong.

rhesuspieces00 rhesuspieces00 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rhesuspieces00 (804354) writes "The ubiquity of frustrating, unhelpful software interfaces has motivated decades of research into 'Human-Computer Interaction.' The author argues that the long-standing focus on 'interaction' is misguided. For a majority subset of software, called 'information software,' interactivity is actually a curse for users and a crutch for designers, and users' goals can be better satisfied through other means."
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