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FDA May Let Patients Buy More Drugs Without Prescriptions

rufus t firefly Re:Lipitor (392 comments)

I recall one wag claiming Lipitor should be given away with every fast food meal. Sad to see it is still being held hostage by the ultimate drug dealer: Big Pharma.

It's available in a generic variety now, although according to the wikipedia article, the price won't be dropped to "normal generic" price until May 31st of this year.

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon Customers: Say So Long To Unlimited Data

rufus t firefly Re:I'd just like to remind everyone... (303 comments)

Be careful, the Sprint Unlimited Plan is only on their 4G service. If 4G service is not available, the phone silently downshifts to 3g where the 5gig caps still apply.

This isn't true, in my experience. Both my wife and I have the "Unlimited Plan" on 3G phones, and haven't had to worry about any caps, even with very heavy tethering use.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

rufus t firefly Re:Open Platform? (459 comments)

Well, I am free to update my HTC Hero on Sprint to whatever I want. Granted I do void the warranty but a call to SquareTrade Warranty fixes that and its cheaper than Sprints insurance and easier to deal with than Sprint. I have Cyanogen6 on mine and she purrs like a kitten. I do see the point though, and it is bull. Less than 2 years old and now Sprint isn't updating the os on the Hero anymore, and Samsung pulling that bs, It's a sad sad world.

I'm running CM 6.1 on mine (was running nightly builds before that) and it's running better than the original stock firmware. The first step was getting rid of that "Sense" crap that HTC bundles. I also wish that the carriers and/or phone vendors would be more open with their software, but it still beats a closed platform, in that the community can still hack newer versions of the OS onto older phones and keep them viable, much as CyanogenMod has done for the Hero.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

rufus t firefly Re:Jobs is babbling. (864 comments)

Yes, because people have proven that having more than one drug store, supermarket, or fast food chain inevitably disorients them and fouls up their lives. Oh, wait.

I have only one Google Marketplace on my phone but the prices are in different world currencies. I have more than one drug store, supermarket, and fast food chain near me most of the time, and they ALWAYS give their prices in my LOCAL currency. Apple's App Store is the same way.

Google's Marketplace needs more work before it can approach the user experience given by Apple's App Store.

The last time I looked at the market on 2.2, it showed everything in ~ USD amounts.

more than 3 years ago
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HTC Launches HD Phones and Updated Sense UI

rufus t firefly HTC Sense vs Stock Android (165 comments)

I have found that stock Android is pretty nice. HTC Sense is a good *looking* UI, but it suffers in some places. The stock mail client for stock 2.1 is much nicer than the sense variant, for example, and there are a number of other places where it looks like HTC tried to "reinvent the wheel" (with shiny chrome) for what appears to be little or no reason. Perhaps they're trying a little too hard to offer a differentiator on the software side...

I've been much happier with the stock android versions of 2.1 and 2.2 (thanks to CyanogenMod) on my HTC CDMA Hero, since switching from the stock firmware. (Doesn't exactly help that HTC orphaned OS support for that model before 2.2...)

more than 3 years ago
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Does the GOP Pay Friendly Bloggers?

rufus t firefly Re:conservatives (759 comments)

Pretty much every political party and candidate they run promises change and transformation -- otherwise they would tell you to keep the person you've got in office now. Both parties seem to favor policies which tend to benefit the richest and best connected, which doesn't seem as though it's going to change any time soon. Sadly, it seems as though the only "ideology" we're seeing now is "tax cuts and fuck you" from both sides of the two party system, in the name of budgetary balancing.

more than 3 years ago
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Lightspark 0.4.2 Open Source Flash Player Released

rufus t firefly Re:No, that's-a fish! (172 comments)

"Tie on the bed, throw the rope out the window." Classic.

about 4 years ago
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EU Plans To Make Apple, Adobe and Others Open Up

rufus t firefly Re:NOT great news (389 comments)

You can also use a Hackintosh, if you don't want to buy a new Mac (you can always buy a second hand one of course).

If you are seriously thinking about Mac development, then buying a second hand Mac might be the way to go, or you could just drop OS X on a hackintosh and be done with it.

Who'd have thought actually having the target platform would be necessary for decent development on that platform!

A "hackintosh" isn't really a way of doing this, since Apple has been trying (and is continuing to try) to make it impossible to run Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple-branded product. They don't use standard toolkits, for the most part, and aren't really meant to be developed on anything other than themselves. It's more of that "walled garden" garbage at work.

about 4 years ago
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VLC 1.1 Forced To Drop Shoutcast Due To AOL Anti-OSS Provision

rufus t firefly Re:AOL makes software? (315 comments)

And I'm sure that their overpriced drugs and the people who are being gouged for them are paying for all of that crapola. I'd rather they turn around and subsidize the cost for some of their lower income customers, but we all know *that* isn't about to happen.

I grew up with industry schwag as well, but that industry was far better off when it couldn't direct market to patients. Turns doctors into mere "prescribers".

Pharma is out of control in the US -- and they're more bloated and less "innovative" than ever.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Browser For Using Complex Web Applications?

rufus t firefly Re:but I thought HTML was supposed to fix all that (347 comments)

You could probably use NoScript or its equivalent in other browsers to keep web-based application from running on your machine based on domain.

more than 4 years ago
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Best Browser For Using Complex Web Applications?

rufus t firefly Re:but I thought HTML was supposed to fix all that (347 comments)

Also GWT is another alternative to plugin-dependent and OS-dependent solutions like Flex and Silverlight. It has great development support, even down to WYSIWYG design using Eclipse, and has the benefit of code written in Java compiled into Javascript/DHTML to work across modern browsers.

Also, I'd recommend Chrome for testing. It's very fast and has a nice profiling extension available for it, as well as a GWT-specific development extension.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Announces iPhone 4

rufus t firefly Re:Competition is a good thing (1184 comments)

Shit, I used to love my Rebel XT. Great camera, other than Canon not designing it to handle heavy lenses... I found out the hard way that you can destroy the camera by using nicer/heavier lenses (although I did use a Tamron 75-200 for a few years without damaging it). A bit of glass does make a difference ...

more than 4 years ago

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