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Facebook Home Flagship Phone, HTC First, May Be Discontinued

rta Re:The light is on but nobody's home (192 comments)

I had a t-mobile g1 and now am using a t-mobile g2. They were both fine. Since all these things are Android the difference is relatively minor. I like Samsung in general as a brand and have been buying their stuff for over a decade, but my tilt currently is that they've currently become the expensive brand. Like Sony was back in the day when they were on top.

That said i don't really understand the phone market. Except for hated Apple who has a decent product lifecycle and longish term support all these manufacturers just pump out and endless stream of nearly identical phones and then abandon them after a few months anyway. Hopefully now that we're at 2-4 cores and ~1gb of ram things will stabilize some.

On the FB specifically (and i am a strong detractor of FB and haven't used it in over a year)... i similarly don't understand why they're bailing so soon. Give the thing a chance. It's not like it's HURTING people or something. For example, relatively few people actually buy the Nexus phones and tablets from Google, but they're still around and serve their purpose.

about a year ago

Oculus Rift Loses Doom 3 BFG Edition From Launch Package, But Gains TF2

rta Re:It's a VR helmet. (69 comments)


I was on the verge of googling it, but then i thought, "eh, i don't care enough, but maybe someone will describe it in the comments."

about a year and a half ago

Will Real Name Policies Improve Comments?

rta Re:Maybe "93 Escort Wagon" IS my real name... (264 comments)

i have a somewhat strange name and tried to make this point in email to and both of which require real names. Unless you require SS# as well, "real name" really has a disparate impact on people w/ more uncommon names.

My solution had been fairly easy. I won't even consider posting on a real-name site. And this doesn't even address the issue of how trivial it is to circumvent these by posting under a false name. So basically the only people you exclude are the ones (like myself) who are prudish enough to care about not breaking a EULA for which there's no penalty anyway.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Says It's Filtering Comments For Spam, Not Censoring Them

rta Just stop using Facebook (155 comments)

Problem solved.

And actually, the guy who tried to post, is the reason why FB has so much power anyway. The blocked comment itself says he can't be bothered to read blogs anymore and he just watches FB, G+ and twitter. If you want to go swimming with sharks don't be surprised if you get eaten.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Dealing With University Firewalls?

rta Re:The OP isn't asking your opinion about IT polic (582 comments)

Well... i'd say the solution is not a technology one (though many of those are available and many have been mentioned).

The best solution would be to transfer to a real school, because if they have as restrictive of a policy as OP suggests they're probably a crappy school anyway.

An easier one would be to just use a phone or get DSL or cable or something to get to the blocked sites.

more than 2 years ago

T-Mobile Announces LTE Network

rta Re:Scam. (75 comments)

Don't worry, they'll continue to be terribly oversubscribed the same way they are now. Most places i go i only get between 150k and 500k even on their "4g" HSPA+ It's clearly a load issue since on holiday weekends or in the early morning it actually gets faster.

i have no idea why they keep advertising all these stupid video services and when i can barely surf the web.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Helps Give Hacking a Good Name Again

rta Re:Old School Hacks FTW (52 comments)

I'd be much more impressed if Facebook actually got their own house in order. Every programmer who writes a 3rd party app for facebook is a hacker because that's what it takes to get something to work and keep working on there. Their platform is terribly documented with documentation that isn't just incomplete but actually wrong and misleading. They change stuff randomly without any announcement. They regularly break things with their weekly updates. They take weeks and months to acknowledge bugs and then take months and years to fix them.

As a biz person, i can understand why people deal with FB (ooh eyeballs!), but as a developer it's just a bad experience.

more than 2 years ago

5th Edition of Dungeons & Dragons Announced

rta Re:exponential version growth (309 comments)

ha ha. nice! And yes it does... as i type this in Chrome 16.0.912.75 m

more than 2 years ago

Has Apple Made Programmers Cool?

rta Re:Appillionaires? (378 comments)

if you look carefully you'll note TFA says explicitly:

"Chris Stevens used to write reviews and make funny videos for CNET UK. He left to start an app company, Atomic Antelope, which made the smash-hit Alice for the iPad apps. Now he's written a book about the app development scene, Appillionaires. This is an exclusive extract."

So this is just self-serving masturbatory ego-stroking hipster scenester BS. Of course Angry Birds is right up there w/ penicillin in importance. No one had EVER written a mobile game before it's hard to even imagine society before it. sheesh.

more than 2 years ago

OnStar Terms and Conditions Update Raises Privacy Concerns

rta Re:Privacy Concerns?! (185 comments)

This is the thread i'm "voting" in. OnStar was ALWAYS creepy. If there was ever any doubt then the commercial a few years ago about their remote disable that shut down the "stolen" SUV on the highway should have struck fear into the heart of any red-blooded nerd.

about 3 years ago

Seismologist Manslaughter Trial Begins Next Week

rta Re:If they get Amanda Knox's defense team, they're (185 comments)

Your timing is somewhat off. Guede was tried and convicted before the Knox trial even happened. Otherwise i'd say your overview is accurate. Don't forget also the generally exculpatory physical evidence like how the supposed murder weapon knife the shape of which doesn't match blood stains at the scene and the infamous "bra clasp" that was apparently kicked around the crime scene for weeks before someone picked it up to analyze it.

about 3 years ago

Seismologist Manslaughter Trial Begins Next Week

rta Re:Lack of evidence of damage.... (185 comments)

yeah... the Knox trial and verdict was a real wake-up call. You expect that kind of thing in Iran or Pakistan... not in Europe. I'm surprised that there wasn't more outrage about the outcome in Italy itself. After all for every random American that gets screwed by their so called justice system there's probably 1000 Italians who suffer the same fate but no one ever hears about them outside the country.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: 802.11n Bake-Off Test Plans?

rta are you the cluster guy? (125 comments)

Unless you're going to deploy like 100 APs or more i an skeptical that the vendors will work with you for such an effort.

Actually doing this correctly is going to be hard and expensive. Anyway, i'd read up on smalnetbuilder's methods and just run, say 10 or 20 concurrent client machines o a 3 or 4 AP set-up. make some of those clients mobile and walk around the space to see that hand-offs happen ok.

graph it all and look for major priods of drop-out etc. Again, though, unless you're doing a massive deployment or this is mission critical more than normal office lan this is not likely to be a cost effective exercise. I've previously had a good experience with Cisco APs

about 3 years ago

GE Unveils Fridge-Recycling Behemoth

rta Re:Shredder Fun (52 comments)

You'll also note that their demo fridge (2nd pic in TFA) has had its compressor and coils removed as well before being sent in.

about 3 years ago

SAP To Plead Guilty For Downloading Oracle Software

rta Re:I'm a little confused... (43 comments)

Yeah, the world of enterprise software/hardware pricing and licensing is "interesting" that way. You really have to look at TCO type numbers rather than initial price due to the various schemes that marketing departments have come up with.

Sad thing is though that even though you have to pay for support in order to get the patches and upgrades, if you actually have any problems the support is usually pretty useless if you already have decently good people in-house. Say you run into a bug with Oracle DB... are they going to fix it ? Maybe if you're the federal government or something. Otherwise it's like anywhere else. For a long while they'll tell you it's not their fault. Then if you're persistent enough and jump through enough hoops they'll admit that it is a real bug.... and then it'll sit there for months and years. By the time it's fixed it's irrelevant for your project and probably for your product overall. Heck at today's pace your company may already be gone altogether by the time they get around to doing something about it (though really only big slow moving companies buy Oracle nowadays so that's not as true as it was during bubble 1.0). Smaller companies are usually better since they actually care about your small company 5 and 6 figure purchases unlike the big guys.

about 3 years ago

A Talk With Syllable OS Lead Developer Kaj de Vos

rta Re:To summarise the article. (121 comments)

Thanks for the explanation. I went to their "about" page( ) and after about 3 paragraphs of mythology and squishy backstory they still said nothing about what the project is, what problem it solves or what it does differently than other OSes. It probably says so further on but skimming didn't yield anything and it sounded too much like an infomercial to continue.

If it wasn't so late at night maybe i'd have more focus, but that page really needs a punchier intro.

about 3 years ago

App Uses Facial Profiling To Identify Perps

rta Re:In the less advanced parts of the world (62 comments)

Creepily enough... i just read that the CIA ran a vaccination program in Pakistan to secretly collect blood in their search for Bin Laden.

But that's ok because you see they were looking for bad people. "the government" only throws out all the rules when they're looking for "bad guys".. Fortunately i'm a good guy and thus i don't have anything to worry about.

more than 3 years ago

Google eBooks-Integrated E-reader Out On Sunday

rta "over-the-air" ? (56 comments)

Since when is WiFi considered "OTA"? Wi-Fi is a fine feature but it is a lame marketing tactic to use it in a context where it suggests that you have cell coverage when you don't.

more than 3 years ago

Obama: 'We Don't Have Enough Engineers'

rta Re:Of course you don't. (651 comments)

Well, in the meantime we can just issue more H1Bs and outsource some more. That'll help motivate the kids.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Proposes Smaller SIM Card Design

rta Re:Thinner devices? (198 comments)

The use-cases around sim cards already suck.

a) Why do I have to remove my battery in order to swap my sim card ? (on a G2, but also on my G1 and my blackberry Pearl). some security is good so that someone can't easily swipe my sim card, but there's NO reason why these things shouldn't be physically hot swappable in devices (as smart cards are already hot swappable electrically and in terms of interface )

b) Why don't phones support multiple sim cards concurrently ? Perhaps, you know... your business line and your personal line ? i remember some such beasts existed like 10 years ago, but haven't heard anything since. Or using one for data and one for voice etc. At least have both installed and allow for a sw selection. (I don't fully understand the cell to tower protocol, so don't know how actively a unit has to listen on its assigned channel, so don't know if one radio can actually register on multiple networks or multiple ids at the same time).

anyway... this move is totally about more control by apple.

more than 3 years ago


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