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Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?

shibashaba Re:Look, the thing is... (413 comments)

ok, I forgot about 64 bit apps as usual but otherwise I'm happy. :)

about 2 years ago
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Surface Pro Sold Out; Was It Just Understocked?

shibashaba Re:Look, the thing is... (413 comments)

Sounds like my 5 year old Fujitsu Lifebook. Only I can run indefinitely off of modular bay batteries.

about 2 years ago
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AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

shibashaba Re:Too bad. (798 comments)

What a load of crap. One of the reasons I left AT&T was a few years ago they decided to opt everyone into a data plan. I had to argue with someone on the phone for a refund. Their line was they wanted everyone to have access to it the web. My phone didn't even have a web browser.

Furthermore, I can't imagine that many people calling AT&T for tech support for something as ubiquitous as an iPhone. There's nothing in the contract that obliges AT&T to provide support for devices people didn't by from AT&T. Makes for a nice cover story though.

about 2 years ago
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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

shibashaba Re:Nice! (240 comments)

Yeah, I'm sure there gonna listen to someone who reports people on a regular basis. There's at least seven people I could have reported. I know what would happen, without having any solid proof other than my observations they would write me off as a nut case sick of paying taxes. Sound like someone you know?

There is no crime in people having opinions. Something you don't seem to understand.

about 2 years ago
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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

shibashaba Re:Nice! (240 comments)

I said opinions. Not options. They are different words with different meanings.

There is little to report in cases like this. It would be defamation at the least without having hard evidence. This discussion was about the welfare system in the USA.

You see, in America there is this principle of innocent until proven guilty. Not to mention, people have rights to privacy. As a private citizen, I don't have the right to investigate other peoples private actions. Most of the funds for welfare come from the federal government or states, which is administered by the local counties. The counties are not going to hire people to investigate what happens with other peoples money.

about 2 years ago
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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

shibashaba Re:Nice! (240 comments)

It's easy to see all around you. It's all these unmarried couples that live together with kids. Man goes out and makes money, while wife stays at home crying about being a single mother. Or the man works under the table.

BTW, common sense has it that people who commit fraud are worse than people who simply have opinions.

about 2 years ago
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Is the Can Worse Than the Soda?

shibashaba Re:Silly (388 comments)

My understanding is that light degrades the taste of beer. Glass, though is a much better insulator. I'm assuming that's why European beers come in cans, since many people over their prefer it at room temperature. Us Americans expect our beer ice cold, which is probably why we usually go for glass bottles.

more than 2 years ago
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Criminals Distribute Infected USB Sticks In Parking Lot

shibashaba Re:Expensive (298 comments)

These were targeted specifically though at the one company, greatly increasing the odds of getting into something that they were interested in.

more than 2 years ago
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Exxon CEO: Warming Happening, But Fears Overblown

shibashaba Re:C'mon (288 comments)

Tillerson blamed a public that is "illiterate" in science and math, a "lazy" press Yes, the public is about as smart as a rock. But that doesn't mean you need to spin it. Desertification of wide swaths of land as well as the acidification of the oceans will be pretty hard to deal with.

He may be right, but I'll bet he wonders why people hate oil companies universally with comments like this. It doesn't even sound like he tried to spin it, sounds like he was drunk.

And dependence on other nations for oil is not a concern as long as access to supply is certain Not a concern for Exxon, he means.

Of course it's not a concern for Exxon, when you have the US military, NATO and the UN as your personal mercenaries. Once again, sounds like he's drunk. How else could that be interpreted.

more than 2 years ago
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The Long Death of Fat Clients

shibashaba Re:Circles have no end... (277 comments)

I'm pretty sure thin clients were the original idea, back when IBM saw a market for about 4 computers.

I do believe that the cloud and thin clients will become far bigger players, but I don't think it's going to shrink the fat client market too much. Bandwidth was just too expensive back in the day for it to be practical with graphical desktops, which is what everyone wanted as soon as they came out. But anyone who is more than just a casual user is gonna opt for a fat client.

more than 2 years ago
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ADA May Force Netflix To Provide Closed Captioning On Content

shibashaba Re:The deaf are kind of militant these days (694 comments)

How much can a transcript possible cost? If an indie can't be bothered to sit there and write down what they while they watch it then I'm not sure if anyone else should watch it.

more than 2 years ago
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ADA May Force Netflix To Provide Closed Captioning On Content

shibashaba Re:The ADA pushes too hard (694 comments)

I keep hearing this argument over and over, but ramps and 'special' bathrooms make life easier for a lot of other customers. Kids for one things. Those special bathrooms give you plenty of room to change diapers. Ramps come in handy for parents with strollers. Not to mention that someone in a wheelchair probably has friends and family that would like to come with them.

It really is an absurd argument. If you only gain 4 customers than you probably didn't have many customers to begin with.

more than 2 years ago
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ADA May Force Netflix To Provide Closed Captioning On Content

shibashaba Re:Is that serious, or a straw man? (694 comments)

The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Some things are just so simple most people don't bother to point them out. I'm bored right now.

Congress also has the right to regulate interstate commerce. They also have the right to regulate businesses through the criminal code. Something else very obvious, but contract killings are illegal. I'm sure there's money to be made, but that is beside the point.

more than 2 years ago
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Georgia Apple Store Refuses To Sell iPad To Iranian-American Teen

shibashaba Re:Poetic Justice (1116 comments)

For the benefit of anyone else reading this(obviously not you since you never will).

The US is a civilized country that respects the rights of ownership. This is not a socialist or communist state. A sole proprietor has the right to discriminate at their will.

Large businesses, corporations, and non-profits do have an implied duty to serve for the greater good of the community. Their positive impact is expected to be in proportion to the size of their business.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

shibashaba Re:One hour ... (196 comments)

But yeah, I do tend to ramble on at times if you haven't noticed. I'm not trying to back peddle, I just forgot about the other side while I writing that.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

shibashaba Re:One hour ... (196 comments)

Yes, I do realize that most linux users are technically orientated. Programmers especially as they need the power if not for compiling then virtualization. And of course, programmers and sys admins have real work to do so having a light weight distro that can allow them to take advantage of their hardware is probably preferable. Now that I want to get back into programming I probably am gonna buy a new computer, definitely at least something that has virtualization extensions. Which still won't be too modern.

I should have said that a lot of people using desktop linux are using it on older computers. I'm also of the belief that theres a hidden percentage of regular users using linux that just doesn't get headlines. If you wanna count POS systems as desktop linux, then the vast majority are still running 32 bit :). I just think it's crazy to assume theres next to nobody using linux on 32 bit systems is all.

And yes, I do think it's short sighted on skype to not have a 64 bit client. The day is getting close to where 32 bits are as obsolete as Pentium 2's. If not just for the hassle they cause people, there missing out on years of testing.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

shibashaba Re:One hour ... (196 comments)

I knew there was something I was forgetting.

more than 2 years ago
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Skype 4.0 For Linux Now Available

shibashaba Re:One hour ... (196 comments)

No your just insane. Plenty of people are still using 32 bit linux, and I'm sure plenty are still using it on 64-bit hardware even.

I don't even think most netbooks are fully 64 bit yet(I know my friends wasn't when he tried to install a 64bit version of windows on it, and it was just over a year old with an atom processor), which are all the rage if you pay attention to anything other than your big black rig.

Really, no one sane cares about 64 bits for what amounts to an accessory. Which is what skype pretty much is. Are you crying about your mouse not being usb 3.0? I doubt my keyboard is either, and it cost close to a hundred bucks. Hell, my monitors probably still worth more than my computer and 4 tb of storage attached to it, and it was made in 2004! Nice though, looks the same from a right angle as it does from the front. If I were to just leave a picture on it, it would look like a backlit painting, from whatever angle your at! Yes, it is a lcd and not a crt. I have upgraded some stuff in the past decade.

Of course my printer is the oldest of the bunch, it's a laser printer I got for 15 dollars. Nice just being able to print up 50 or 100 pages at a time just for the convenience of it, and not worry about the cost. The local computer store that still has plain VESA video cards on display(along with books on 2.0 linux based distros) in the back was shocked when I came looking for memory for it. I do have an inkjet for the fancy stuff, but I use it maybe once a year. Before anyone crys about the enviroment, yes I do recycle.

Yes I take it personally that people ignorantly assume everyone upgrades every two years for no real reason other than to run bloated software. Which is the great thing about linux, there's more distro's dedicated to being light weight than there are being filled with the latest eye candy. Then again, my old as dirt Pentium 4 is still well within the requirements of the most popular distros. Which should make it obvious that, most people using desktop linux are using it on older hardware.

more than 2 years ago
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Oracle Not Satisfied With Potential $150,000; Goes Against Judge's Warning

shibashaba Re:U.S. court systems (234 comments)

You make far too many assumptions for me to even try to discuss anything with you.

Where you got ethnic cleansing from, that this was my best example, that liberals wanted to live in a certain place, etc is all beyond me and I'm sure anyone else.

Are you even old enough to vote?

more than 2 years ago

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Mandriva 2011 Out

shibashaba shibashaba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shibashaba (683026) writes "While a few hours before the official launch, Mandriva 2011 is out. Look around for ISO's or click here if you already have Mandriva installed. Mandriva may not be as popular as Ubuntu, but they came long before and had an easy to use and powerful desktop back when it was almost unheard of. 32bit Torrent Here"
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Pay at the Table or Wait for Your Card?

shibashaba shibashaba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shibashaba (683026) writes "Years ago, Best Buy and others tried mobile cash registers, sending data (including credit card numbers) over unencrypted networks. Now the idea is back, this time for restaurants by attaching card readers to hand-held computers. The idea is marketed as reducing fraud from those low life service sector employees, but does the potential risk of hackers pulling numbers from the air negate any benefits? Many common encryption methods used for wireless are easily circumvented these days. Also, can restaurants be held liable if a hacker does do such a thing?"
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PSN Network Still Has Many Open Exploits

shibashaba shibashaba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shibashaba (683026) writes "Sony's network may still be open to attack as they start bringing it back online. While Sony has claimed that this outage was caused by aggressive attacks, independent security experts disagree. There are still vulnerabilities, and they haven't even looked for 'more sophisticated' vulnerabilities yet."
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Completely Hands Free Car

shibashaba shibashaba writes  |  more than 3 years ago

shibashaba (683026) writes "Germans have created a car that can see traffic in front of it and automatically drive around obstacles in its path safely. Not only that, the car can be calibrated to respond to your thoughts, so you can control the steering and speed completely hands free. While this will probably increase the number of distracted idiot drivers on the road, it will be a major step forward for the handicapped."
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