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Google Nexus Gets Wireless Charger

somarilnos Re:The distinction is minor (223 comments)

Modern day, that's true. The problem was largely resolved with the adoption of MicroUSB for most charge cables. Micro was designed to put most of the stress of plugging and unplugging the device on the cheap, easily replaceable cable, instead of the phone's internals. Makes a big difference.

about 9 months ago
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Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

somarilnos Re:Huh (567 comments)

It actually evolved entirely the opposite way. I'm a former employee of Progressive. They started out piloting it by having it in 24/7 (it was called MyRate at the time). They determined that largely, the behavior that they saw in 30 days was a good enough picture of someone's actual driving habits (i.e., it's exceedingly difficult to represent yourself as an amazing driver if you're not). That's why they switched to the current model and named it SnapShot. It costs money monthly to operate the device (SMS service), so if they can get the information without continually monitoring, it makes sense to operate with the current model.

about 9 months ago
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HDMI 2.0 Officially Announced

somarilnos Re:No Mention (293 comments)

It may literally [definition 1 of literally] mean that. But literally [definition 2 of literally], it means doing the same thing and expecting different results.

about a year ago
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Bradley Manning Wants To Live As a Woman

somarilnos So now ... (784 comments)

...the conservatives will jump ship on the 'defending Manning' bandwagon. The only force stronger than supporting the leak of classified information is pure, unbridled, fear of what they don't understand.

1 year,7 days
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Boston Marathon Bomber Charged With Using 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

somarilnos It's the only way to kill him (533 comments)

There are only a handful of things that will get you sentenced to death under federal law. Yes, he could be charged with first degree murder, but that wasn't done on the federal level, so the jurisdiction of the commonwealth of Massachusetts would take precedence over federal law there (and there is no death penalty in MA). He can be charged FEDERALLY with nothing else that would be able to get him the death penalty. He wasn't smuggling aliens, did not destroy aircraft, did not perpetrate a drug-related drive-by shooting, didn't kill law enforcement officials, etc. Thus this is the only charge that the federal government can bring against him that could result in the death penalty. It's not about being politically charged - it's about them desiring to be able to kill him, and not having another way to go about it.

about a year ago
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Kick-started Remake of Leisure Suit Larry Now On Sale

somarilnos Re:Release of original version of Leisure Suit Lar (113 comments)

Crisper fonts available in the modern day computer? Hell, I'll do it if someone wants to give me a few hundred thousand on Kickstarter.

about a year ago
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AMD Making a 5 GHz 8-Core Processor At 220 Watts

somarilnos "Performance should closely match" (271 comments)

The summary suggests that the "performance should closely match the recently released Intel Core i7-4770K Haswell processor", but nothing in the article, or anything released about this chip so far, supports that. It's all just guesswork until we see some actual benchmarks from the chip.

I don't honestly expect we're going to be seeing performance parity from this chip (although I'd love it to be true). But that hasn't been AMD's selling point for me for a long time. Chances are, we're going to see a chip that breaks the 5.0 GHz barrier, under-performs relative to Intel's top end chip, but costs about half as much. That's been their game for a long time now, and I haven't seen anything that leads me to believe that this chip is changing that.

about a year ago
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Reps Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Legalize Mobile Device Unlocking

somarilnos Re:No chance of passing (133 comments)

Not the Protestant theologian, the other one.

about a year ago
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Boston Replacing Microsoft Exchange With Google Apps

somarilnos Of note... (251 comments)

The link that suggests that Los Angeles was unhappy with their switch to Google does not, in fact, say that. The link is to a letter of a consumer group bitching to LA about their switch to Google. Given, by all accounts, things did not go smoothly, but maybe a better link would be this?

about a year ago
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US Senate Passes Internet Tax Bill 69 To 27

somarilnos Re:bollocks (678 comments)

Really, it's the exact opposite. Trickle up (tax breaks for the lower income brackets) doesn't work unless people spend their money.

The point of trickle down is to encourage people to produce. The point of trickle up is to encourage people to consume.

about a year ago
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Why Are We Still Talking About LucasArts' Old Adventure Games?

somarilnos Re:Why? The definitive answer is... (285 comments)

I see what you did there. But sadly, you're a day late to get one of my mod points :(

about a year ago
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FTC Awards $50k In Prizes To Cut Off Exasperating Robocalls

somarilnos Re:Where's that checklist when I need it (216 comments)

With that in mind... Rasmussen still gets enough people to respond to actually publish polls, and they strictly make automated calls to gather this information. That means that their intended purpose (spamming a large enough population with a low percentage chance play) is still a successful business model. All it is is spam for phones, and it wouldn't happen if it didn't work. No matter what peoples' attitudes are towards it.

about a year ago
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Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Reviewed

somarilnos I'm actually surprised... (48 comments)

Given the brand name, I was expecting a cheap piece of plastic with some sort of glowy light, labelled 'gaming' to sell some units. Couldn't they instead have focused their energy on making a single product that a legitimate gamer would want to use, and then maybe branch out into trying to create a market for an overpriced, underpowered wannabe laptop with a low res screen?

about a year and a half ago
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DOS Emulation Arrives For the Raspberry Pi

somarilnos Yo dawg... (189 comments)

I heard you liked DOS.

about a year and a half ago
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What If Manning Had Leaked To the New York Times?

somarilnos Re:Left wing bird cage liner (348 comments)

Like many conservative arguments, it's the kind of thing that seems like it's an absolutely perfect argument. Right up until you take a look at the world around you, and how things really are.

Because taking everything you've ever earned and giving it to someone that hasn't earned it is bad, therefore, therefore, any sort of taxation, and any sort of social welfare is bad. You always think in absolutes, and the world isn't like this.

Yes, there are some people who would never work if they didn't have to. But the bulk of the country is made up of people who feel that the incremental gain they get from the destitution of welfare is something that's worth working for. And that benefits everyone.

Summation: the world is not entirely full of people who are trying to take all of your hard-earned money. Also, taxes pay for the police forces that arrest that crackhead when he tries to steal your TV. Try to base your arguments on the actual circumstances in the world around you, rather than trying to base the circumstances of the world around you on your arguments.

about a year and a half ago
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With 'Obamacare' Kicking In, Microsoft Sees a Health-Data Windfall

somarilnos Re:The premise of this article is entirely wrong (201 comments)

Also, why is Microsoft explicitly being mentioned? There's a lot of established players in Healthcare software that are getting much more out of this windfall. Microsoft barely scratches the surface, and they're, quite frankly, not significant in this particular market, unless you're counting the machines running their OS. Look for EHR (Electronic Health Record) vendor market share on Google, and you're not even going to see them mentioned. You're going to see Epic, Meditech, Allscripts, McKesson, Cerner, Siemens. MS, at best, is an "also ran".

about a year and a half ago
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With 'Obamacare' Kicking In, Microsoft Sees a Health-Data Windfall

somarilnos The premise of this article is entirely wrong (201 comments)

Hospitals aren't buying into software because of "Obamacare" (or the Affordable Care Act, if brevity isn't your thing). Hospitals are buying into software because of the HITECH act, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). They're getting more Medicare reimbursement for showing meaningful use of their software, so that's the trigger, not the ACA.

about a year and a half ago
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How the U.S. Sequester Will Hurt Science and Tech

somarilnos Re:Total BS (522 comments)

In total agreement. Anyone can shave 1 to 2 percent of a budget .. In fact as you so rightly point out, we all were asked to do this in 2013. The thing that gets me is how Obama got away with raising a regressive tax like the payroll tax and didn't get slaughtered in the media for raising taxes on the poor and middle class.

Well, the fact that the payroll tax rate went back to exactly the same as it was when he took office probably helped to prevent getting slaughtered in the media. It wasn't a tax increase, so much as the expiration of a tax holiday. Yes, the effect is the same, but at the end of the day, the poor and middle class aren't paying any more in payroll taxes, or federal income taxes, than they were in 2008.

about a year and a half ago

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