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Thanks For the ... Eight-Track, Uncle Alex

smallfeet Assume advanced teck in the future (633 comments)

Beam the messages into space and just assume there will be faster then light travel by then.

more than 5 years ago
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How To Help a Friend With an MMO Addiction?

smallfeet Hack his account (811 comments)

Steal his game password and kill his character.

more than 5 years ago
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Lie Detector Company Threatens Critical Scientists With Suit

smallfeet Re:How it works... (367 comments)

I don't understand what the 18 parameters could be. I mean, all it has to work with is sound waves, what the heck does this mean? What is it using for a baseline?
It sure sounds like BS to me.

more than 5 years ago
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Progress On Electric Cars

smallfeet Kind of need a driveway for a charge at home car (594 comments)

If you live in an apartment or in the city and have to park on the street, you really don't have a good way to plug a car in over night. I think I will patent a 'Charger Post'; insert credit card, open door and plug in car, lock door, next day insert card again to open door.

more than 5 years ago
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Anti-Piracy Firm Offering ISPs Money For Outing File-Sharers

smallfeet But if the extortion fails (132 comments)

Don't they have to go to court if the extortion attempt fails and wouldn't the ISP then have to testify? If my ISP started to sell out its customers like that, I would have to shop around. Even if I am not a file sharer, that is still a company I could not trust (we need some revenue, so fake some logs so we can extort some customers).

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Uses WGA To Obtain Record Jail Sentences

smallfeet Micro$oft lie? (311 comments)

So did MS lie when they assured me that no personal information was collected when I installed WGA?
(RTFA)
Maybe not. Oh well, so much for a massive class action.

more than 5 years ago
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Microsoft Invents $1.15/Hour Homework Fee For Kids

smallfeet Re:New model? (580 comments)

Unless because of the smaller entry cost you can get more people using your product. Then both might benefit.

more than 5 years ago
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D-Link DIR-655 Firmware 1.21 Hijacks Your Internet Connection

smallfeet Re:Slashdot Editors, Do Some Editing (428 comments)

I just upgraded my 655 from the Update Firmware link on the routers admin page and got the non SecureSpot version. I think most of us noobs are going to do it that way.

about 6 years ago

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New hobby under consideration

smallfeet smallfeet writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Ever notice how things are fine until money enters into the equation? Soon as something gets popular and profitable then the money eaters show up and things become complicated. Money eaters are interested in making money. They do not have a passion for what they do to make the money, just the money. So they may sell software but donâ(TM)t really care about software. It is just a way to make lots of money.

      I have noticed this cycle with a number of hobbies - home computers, the internet, even beer and wine making. It starts out with a small group of enthusiasts that are in it for love. They do the ground breaking work and there is a slow build up of interested people. At some point a profitability threshold is passed and then the money eaters get involved. With the money eaters come nasty things like copyright infringement and intellectual property lawsuits.

      Is this a good thing for the hobby in the long run? Probably. There are a lot more people involved and enjoying the hobby. The number and availability of items supporting the hobby increases exponentially and costs go down. The competition between the vendors even seems to improve the quality of many of the products.

      But I am not sure it is a good thing for the enthusiast. The private club is no longer private and the secret handshake has gotten out. Itâ(TM)s a Zen sort of thing, if everyone is into computers then no one is into computers. Sorry to say we canâ(TM)t all be special in the same way.

      So I am looking for a new hobby to make me feel unique again. It has to be something that is complex enough to stimulate but not beyond my meager means, finance or intellectual. Also it has to appeal to only a small group of people and be consider either very odd or a bit perverted by the masses. Klingon? Robotics? What?

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