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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 4S Battery Problems

slackbheep I can hear it now... (315 comments)

" With Apples new iCloud it's never been easier to carry a backup iPhone! "
Has iOS5 really been that much of a battery killer? I didn't notice a different on my ipad, though I'd only been using it a few days prior to the update.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Securely Share Passwords?

slackbheep Re:Dont worry about it (402 comments)

Some of us have concerns beyond our meat, sir.

more than 2 years ago

ASUS Running Out of Hard Disks

slackbheep Re:The return of Linux on Eee? (207 comments)

My /windows is 22.8gb and has been going about nine months on this higher end gaming pc. Would be interesting to see how much lighter one could get a "barebones" install of 7.

more than 2 years ago

Lost Hour-Long Jobs Interview Found

slackbheep Re:"and promptly lost" (120 comments)

Actually, if he's anything like me it could simply change how he communicates in English. It took some time to let the two sets of rules coexist in my brain, but even now I speak in a manner which is notably different from before. I suppose learning any other language makes you more aware of or changes the way you use your own native tongue.

more than 2 years ago

Siri Envy? Iris Brings Some Voice-Assistant Features to Android

slackbheep Re:Just like Siri... (402 comments)

Much like the rest of apples products its not the first, just the first (or one of) the first that doesnt suck.

more than 2 years ago

Ballmer Slams Android As Cheap and Overcomplicated

slackbheep Re:He does have some good points (645 comments)

I think his point was simply to show Microsoft could in theory screw Android. In reality I think Microsoft would come with less in this deal than Apple would. I don't know anyone who's second choice for a phone after Android was W7, heh.

more than 2 years ago

New Vaccine Halves Malaria Risk

slackbheep Re:good or bad? (147 comments)

Yeah well my uncles friends cousin worked for David Icke, Turns out Icke is really a monkey who went to space and returned with amazing powers of speech, now he wages a war against the reptilian power structure of the world in order to conquer it for his simian brothers. You can believe me, because my information is from such a highly placed source.

more than 2 years ago

Security Researcher Threatened With Vulnerability Repair Bill

slackbheep Re:Lesson learned (231 comments)

Does his neighbor read /.?

more than 2 years ago

Richard Stallman's Dissenting View of Steve Jobs

slackbheep Re:Stallman and FOSS (1452 comments)

The vast majority of people don't care about much but dinner and the weeks TV line up, Susies recital and next weeks pay cheque. Does the fact that these people are not overly concerned about news in general make economic meltdowns and other recent events meaningless as well? Stallman is weird and sort of a jerk, most people are either stupid of largely uninterested in the bigger picture for one reason or another. These things have very little to do with one another.

more than 2 years ago

Oil May Be Finite, But U.S. Production Is Ramping Up

slackbheep Re:Reserves isn't the only reason... (745 comments)

Absolutely, I was just disagreeing with the notion that environmentalism has to mean a loss for the economy. Take for example recent breakthroughs in the sorting and recycling of plastics. (MBA Polymers is the company which comes to mind due to seeing a recent talk posted at by one of their head honchos.) This benefits our economy, allowing us to stretch the oil we do have farther.

more than 2 years ago

Oil May Be Finite, But U.S. Production Is Ramping Up

slackbheep Re:Reserves isn't the only reason... (745 comments)

Plenty of money to be made in renewable energy and lessening our environmental impact/stretching resources further. Finding a few years more harvestable oil is a good thing for our immediate future but isn't going to solve the problem long term.
More to the point it seems you're talking more about hippies than environmentalists. It's pretty safe to ignore the ones who've joined hands and begun swaying.

more than 2 years ago

ISPs 'Exaggerate the Cost of Data'

slackbheep Re:Maybe Plum Consulting should become an ISP? (173 comments)

Oh come on, you think Bell is charging $13/gb overage just to "keep us in line" and not to line their pockets? If they wanted to keep users in line, they'd throttle or contact the account owner and advise them of the issue/threaten fees. Instead they're skipping those steps and laughing all the way to the bank.

more than 2 years ago

Russian Telco MTS Bans Skype, Other VoIP Services

slackbheep Re:Not new... (94 comments)

"Most of the rest of the world benefits from having far smaller distances to run service over!" I live in northern Canada and that is essentially the argument slapped about our faces whenever this issue comes up. It couldn't possibly have anything to do with Bell having no competition over landlines, due to a deal made in the past with an idiotic or arguably corrupt territorial government resulting in them owning the poles until 2012, if I recall correctly. Meanwhile they post record profits in a down economy.

more than 2 years ago

State Dept. Employee Investigated For Linking To WikiLeaks

slackbheep Re:What classified information? (172 comments)

I'm just going to submit that there is a certain expectation by the public that their government not behave in a manner best described as... fucking silly?

more than 2 years ago

Help Liberate the Debian Administrator's Handbook

slackbheep Re:Not a bad idea. (143 comments)

Does the maintainer of dpkg deserve support? Yes.
But this isn't a request to support him, it's about drumming up some cash to translate a book he wrote seven years ago.

more than 2 years ago


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