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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

rodrigoandrade Because... (190 comments)

My life is more important than saving a few bucks by allowing a stoned 16-year-old to drive me around town in a rainy night.

3 days ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

rodrigoandrade No thanks (134 comments)

I hereby declare that I can take care of my own posting and am fully responsible for my actions, drunk or otherwise.

Fuck you Big Brother.

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

rodrigoandrade oops... (243 comments)

I meant this, sorry:

http://www.amiright.com/misheard/stories/blacksabbath.shtml

about a week ago
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Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

rodrigoandrade And the lawsuits (243 comments)

Let's not forget the lawsuits that miseheard song lyrics have generated over the past.

Most famous case:

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

about a week ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

rodrigoandrade Re:Did they use OpenBSD? (170 comments)

Yes, which was loaded through OtherOS.

about two weeks ago
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Why Elon Musk's Batteries Frighten Electric Companies

rodrigoandrade Liberals will regulate it away (460 comments)

Goddamn liberals will regulate the hell out of Tesla until its out of business. Look no further than the dealership vs direct sales debacle.

This is bullshit, I dont want my tax dollars wasted on stupid legislation o line some poliician's pockets. Let the free market sort it out.

And fuck /. liberal bias, I got karma to burn.

about two weeks ago
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How Astronomers Will Take the "Image of the Century": a Black Hole

rodrigoandrade Save the trouble and our tax dollars (129 comments)

Here, I got your work cut out for you:

https://www.google.com/search?site=&tbm=isch&source=hp&biw=1440&bih=811&q=black+hole&oq=black+hole&gs_l=img.3..0l10.1410.3802.0.4788.10.9.0.1.1.0.267.1084.0j2j3.5.0.msedr...0...1ac.1.58.img..4.6.1087.Tj8XnhV53ww

about two weeks ago
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Woz Downplays the Significance of Apple's Startup Garage

rodrigoandrade Re:The Myth of Rags to Riches (77 comments)

If you simply showed up at the Telco, demoed your invention, and expected to walk out with a big check and a contract, you did it wrong.

You should have patented your invention, then have the big bad Telco sign an NDA, then show them your invention.

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

rodrigoandrade Re:Doesn't apply to Google (73 comments)

Get the image straight from Google as TFS suggested and flash it manually.

https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

about two weeks ago
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Android Policy For Nexus and Google Play Devices Updated To Excuse Carrier Delay

rodrigoandrade Re:Doesn't apply to Google (73 comments)

You have to clear the data/cache from within recovery. Look it up, as I use CWM recovery and don't know how to do it in stock recovery.

about two weeks ago
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Conglomerate Rock From Mars: (Much) More Precious Than Gold

rodrigoandrade Up next, tulip bulbs from Mars (65 comments)

I think I've seen that movie before...

about three weeks ago
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How Facebook Is Influencing Who Will Win the Next Election

rodrigoandrade Competition (72 comments)

> protect users from third-party apps collecting too much of
their information.

Right, because Facebook hates competition from third-party apps that collect too much user information.

about a month ago
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Polyphonic Overtone Singing Explained Visually With Spectrograms

rodrigoandrade So can anyone with Pro Tools... BFD. (51 comments)

With the advent of technology, anyone can sing or play any instrument like a pro.

Outside of a live performance, does it really matter?

about a month ago
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Intel Announces Major Reorg To Combine Mobile and PC Divisions

rodrigoandrade Intel lost the ARM wrestling then (75 comments)

This is Intel basically admitting defeat in the mobile space. It's good they don't feel so cocky anymore. Competition is good for everyone.

about a month ago
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Popular Smartphones Hacked At Mobile Pwn2Own 2014

rodrigoandrade Physical Access = Game Over (52 comments)

Haven't we learned by now that physical access to a device steamrolls every security measure put in place?? Why are we still shocked and awed by headlines like these?

about a month ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

rodrigoandrade NdGT (459 comments)

What does Neil deGrasse Tyson have to say about racial diversity in astrophysics?

That's right, nothing, so who fucking cares??

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

rodrigoandrade Repeat with me (127 comments)

Regulations protect corporations!!
Regulations protect corporations!!
Regulations protect corporations!!
Regulations protect corporations!!

Say NO to regulation!!!

about a month ago
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Blizzard Announces Overwatch, a First-Person Shooter

rodrigoandrade "Approacheable FPS" (183 comments)

Hmmm, let's see:

- Autoaim
- Regenerating HP
- Tons of ammo
- OP weapons
- HUGE hitboxes

Thanks, I think I'll pass...

about a month ago
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Discovery Claims It Will Show a Man Being "Eaten Alive" By an Anaconda

rodrigoandrade Re:I don't watch discovery any more (164 comments)

And let's not forget the History channel.

- Pawn shop guys
- Restoration guys
- Alien shows
- Ancient civilization shows
- Anti-Nazi propaganda

about a month and a half ago

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Ralph Baer dies at 92

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about two weeks ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Baer, inventor of the first ever home video game, later known as the Magnavox Odyssey, just passed away at 92. Baer, whose death was confirmed by the New York Times, began exploring the possibility of playing video games on a television screen while working as an engineer at a defense contractor in 1966. The result of his work was the "Brown Box," a prototype for what would become the Magnavox Odyssey, the first home gaming console. His invention helped transform computer gaming, an activity previously isolated to large, expensive computers, into a global market now generating billions of dollars in revenue each year."
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Apple's Tim Cook is gay. Seriously, he is.

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a month and a half ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "What seems at first to be the pinnacle of Apple fanboy trolling is actually true. Tim Cook has publicly come out of the closet. "Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple."
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Pay to Win game made almost US$1 billion in revenue in 2013.

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a year ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "CrossFire, a South Korean first person shooter by SmileGate, took in nearly $1 billion in revenue last year, making it the most lucrative free-to-play game online, according to Super Data Research. Runner-up League of Legends earned "only" US$624 million. CrossFire is heavily based on Counter Strike, but implements a clear pay-to-win strategy that prioritizes money over skill. Players must pay to even equip body armor, for instance.

Don't let EA read this."

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Tech websites NOT run by Apple fanboys

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a year ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Are there any tech websites nowadays that aren't run by Apple fanboys (or any fanboys in general)? I just read a screen comparison (link below) between the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the iPhone 5 on PhoneArena, and it's pretty obviously written by an Apple fanboy. They only tested the strengths of the iPhone 5's IPS display, and not the weaknesses. For instance, nowhere does the article mention the Note 3's AMOLED display's low power consumption compared to IPS.

But I digress. Lately, it's become increasingly harder to find objective tech websites that are not biased towards Apple (and Sony Playstation 4, to a lesser degree--hello, IGN)

What tech website do you guys recommend I should read to find fair and balanced tech news, reviews, etc??"

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The Elder Scrolls Online will demand $15 a month, on top of a $60 pricetag

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about a year ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "In a day and age where all MMOs are going fom subscriptions to free to play in order to stay afloat and turn a profit, The Elder Scrolls Online will go against the tide and charge monthly $15 subscriptions along with a $60 pricetag. All recent games that tried this approach recently failed, and eventually went free to play with cash shop, for better or worse. TESO will probably follow suit and go free to play when the novelty factor wears thin and people start quitting over the new shiny game in the future. Even if the Elder Scrolls series has a loyal fanbase, I'm afraid it won't be enough, since een the MMO wth the STAR WARS brand couldn't keep the subscription model alive."
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Help me find a new hobby

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  about 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I'm almost 36 and, as I grow older, I no longer feel passionate about my current hobbies (mainly listening to heavy metal and playing video games--on a PC). Leaving aside the ideological discussion on the current state of the gaming industry, and the fact that new heavy metal bands really suck, I've come to accept the fact that I'm just getting old. I don't want to be 50 and still be listening to Motorhead or playing Doom. The burning desire to download Far Cry 3 or the new Helloween album just isn't there anymore.

Over the past 35 years, I've had several hobbies. Otherwise, I'd have gone crazy just studying and working all the tim. I've done a lot, from backgammon to amateur bodybuilding, including playing the bass, watching NHRA, and building model trains. I don't feel like going back to any of them, as I like trying new things (I'll watch Daytona 500 this Sunday, though).

So, I'm looking for suggestions for a new hobby. Here are a few guidelines so you're not completely in the dark.

1. I hate outdoors and nature stuff, so mountain biking, rock climbing and such are out of the question.
2. Money isn't (much of) an issue. Any money-intensive hobby (flying real airplanes, offshore racing) are out of the picture.
3. It doesn't snow where I live, so winter sports are a no-no.
4. It'd be nice if it didn't require a huge time commitment, a lot of analytical thinking and math. I need a hobby, not a second job.
5. Low tech would be nice, too, but not required.

Any ideas???? TYIA!!"
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Ouya: The $99, Android-Powered TV Game Console

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "Ouya is a new Android-based home console that promises to bring to the living room the $0.99 games business model that has worked so well for Apple. Admittedly, its vaporware so far, but it could turn the industry on its head, effectively putting an end to the things we all hate about modern console gaming ($60 games, DLC, DRM, endless sequels, movie tie-ins, etc.)"
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How Much Does Data Recovery Cost?

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I have a 1 TB external harddrive (Toshiba Canvio USB 2.0) that crashed on me. It's for personal use, so no trade secrets or FBI data were compromised. Aside from my encrypted financial data, my life doesn't depend on any of the files in the drive but I'd really like to get that data back, since I've spend so many years collecting it. It's about 550GB worth of investment, fitness, dieting, e-books (plus more crazy shit that interests me); DVD rock concerts (my vice); some old pictures etc.

I did all troubleshooting short of cracking the shell open, but it was a no go. I tried using tools like Easy Recovery and others to no avail. So I took it to a specialist. He gave me an estimate of U$200,00 to recover the data, which I thought was a major rip off. The tech eve had the audacity of telling me that my harddrive is physically OK, and it'd be even more expensve if there was physical damage to the unit. I looked around other places (both brick and mortar shops and services online), and found some even more expensive shops.

Then again, if I were to buy all the DVDs (not including out of print and imported ones) and dead-tree version of the e-books (obviously not including the online-only ones), I'd be out of a lot more than US$200.

I'd like some expert opinions from the /. crowd: should I just cough up the $200 or is this really too much for this type of service?? TYIA!!!"
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Living PC free

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I just had enough of fixing my own PC problems. I grew up using PCs and messing with

hardware/software, configuration, tweaking, upgrading, etc., but this is 2011 and I'm not

getting any younger here. These things should work like any home appliance by now, but

they aren't. So I was thinking maybe the problem is with me. Maybe the industry already

moved to something else (tablets?) and I haven't noticed.

My home use of PCs is fairly basic. I play gams, watch movies, browse the web, and do some

very light office work (nothing MS Office can't handle). Geek factor aside, there isn't

much that my PC does that can't be done on another device. And yes, it's a fairly decent

gaming PC (C2Q, HD5850, etc.)

I don't buy into this perpetual upgrade cycle some PC guys love. I only buy new parts when

old parts breaks, but then I'll buy the best parts I can afford. What I feel I no longer

have (or I'm quickly losing) is the TIME and WILL to do these upgrades, then

troubleshooting, etc. I work all day and when I come home exhausted the LAST thing I want

to do is dick around with the PC just to get a gamer running. I'll just wait untill

Saturday to fix it.

So I decided to free myself from this dreaded PC legacy, and wanted to see how /. readers

would go about it. I know it's impossible to actually live PC-less, so any combination is

welcome as long as it keeps the PC relegated to the backstage (file/print server, torrent

box, streaming content, etc.). My reasoning is that a PC that's used less frequently has

fewer problems. Also, if the PC breaks down, I'm not at a complete loss."
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What to do in SW:TOR for just 3 days?

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rodrigoandrade (713371) writes "I've been invited to participate in the beta testing program for SW:TOR. However, EA's giving out 3-day passes to most testers. A few people are receiving passes for longer periods.

Mine will be from Friday 5am through Monday 12am (CST) (i.e. Sunday evening)

Since it's a frakking 10GB download (amost 2GB for video alone) I'll use for only 3 days, I'd like to make the most out of it. If you're an experienced beta tester, please post some tips travel-guide style on what I should do, quests I should take, places to visit, etc. TYIA. May the Force be with you!"
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Swedish factory fined $3,000 for robot attack

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rodrigoandrade writes "Maintenance worker was attacked by a robot. The robo-assault reportedly took place in 2007, when a man attempted to repair a defective machine used to lift rocks without properly checking the power supply beforehand. And unfortunately, the human head isn't all that different than a big juicy rock to such a robot."
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Change "Games" Section

rodrigoandrade rodrigoandrade writes  |  more than 6 years ago

rodrigoandrade writes "Hello folks, am I the only one who gets upset about the "Games" section being blocked at my workplace's firewall?? I'm pretty sure many geeks here have the same problem, and /. won't accept my proxy connections, so I'm SOL. Well, I suggest changing the section name to something else, like, oh, "Mario" or something that reminds people of games."

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