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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

static0verdrive Re:COST (506 comments)

I can't disagree with you, but I feel there's another aspect missing here - what the manufacturer sees as beneficial (costs such as making physical kb's in every language) and what retailers or business analysts feel will sell based on all the latest marketing research (and remember in Big Data correlation IS causation!). "Wow look at how well the iPhone 3G sold! I guess no wants a physical keyboard anymore... None of our phones will ever sell again unless they're exactly like the iPhone in every way." (Nevermind the fact it could have sold for any one of 10-15 fairly cool / fairly new / or fairly well implemented features).

I believe this is also the reason someone (somewhere) in just about every camp (Mac, Win 8, Ubuntu as examples) thinks a desktop OS should start being gutted to look and work more like a mobile OS. I firmly believe LACK of features on mobiles (like real keyboards, mice, configurability/customizability, etc) are helping keep the PC market alive ever-so-slightly.

11 hours ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

static0verdrive Re:It depends. (143 comments)

I do the same. Does it count as "streaming" if I download shows to a linux box that streams them to a WD TV Live? They're both downloaded and streamed! I don't stream from online sources beyond the occasional youtube video.

11 hours ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

static0verdrive Re:Not surprising. (378 comments)

Not sure where you get your information from, but find a new source. Any language can be on the outside as long as the French is bigger OR on top (or both), and I'm from Quebec but barely speak French; we only ever spoke English outside of class. I don't deny they're pretty stupid with some of the language laws though... For example, considering the laws are to protect their culture from erosion due to the overwhelming English majority in North America, which makes sense, doesn't it also make sense to assume that road signs for tourists should be in English because a) tourists don't speak French and b) the locals already know where they're going?!

about a month and a half ago
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Which desktop environment do you like the best?

static0verdrive Re:icewm (611 comments)

Of course world is absolutely full of weird situations which make Windows go on knees too, but those can be pinpointed to specific components, like the "wrong network driver" you mentioned. They are not a general problem.
They aren't general problems in Linux either - they're usually related to graphics drivers. If you buy a video card that is well supposed in Linux on purpose you'll find everything runs quite well. It's all about being smart when you build a system - knowing you want to run whichever distro makes the hardware choices pretty easy.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

static0verdrive Re:Data Caps are already here (475 comments)

Don't be fooled into thinking AT&T won't add caps soon too - they've always had them here in Canada (Rogers here is AT&T) and they make a killing off the overage fees - I can't imagine they wouldn't want to apply that to a larger marker like the US; it's free money! Re "no one seems to care", I would guess the polititians are getting hand-out incentives to go for this. "If the company makes more they promise me more, and I can afford the unlimited plan (if they don't give it to me free anyway)!" Matured-Capitalism-in-a-Matured-Democracy 101.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

static0verdrive Re:Only pirates & terrorists need more than 30 (475 comments)

So true... and they'll ignore the obvious stuff like Netflix, Steam, and the other modern e-business models that have greatly increased our average monthly bandwidth. I'm in Canada and I got tired of paying Rogers (AT&T) $68 a month for a 120GB cap, only to habitually over-step that line (I'm a habitual line-stepper, as Charlie Murphy would say) and get charged up to $100 more - thankfully laws prevent them from charging any more than $100 extra per month, but that's still $168 in a month just for internet. I've recently switched to Acanac where I'm paying less than $50 for the same speeds with no cap. Hopefully US customers will be able to find smaller/independant ISPs that offer something similar... switching away from the big guys when they make stupid moves like this is the only way to ge the message across - vote with your dollar! Don't be shy to sign online petitions and send out emails to politians on the upcoming bill they have to vote on, too.

about 2 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

static0verdrive Re:If you regulate properly, we'll stop our busine (286 comments)

This is along the lines of what I was thinking. Yes, the internet can be used for telecommunications. Using morse code, so can my flashlight... should it be regulated too?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft and Google Challenge US Government Gag Orders

static0verdrive Here's hoping... (115 comments)

This type of lawsuit can help regain some of the liberties the government has taken away, or at least some of the transparency. #WishfulThinking

about a year ago
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My SSID Is...

static0verdrive Re:A Series of Tubes (458 comments)

One of my neighbours in my apartment building uses "Get off my balcony!" (which I thought was hilarious).

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

static0verdrive Re:WTF is TV? (443 comments)

Yes. You remember seeing your grandparents watching golf, Matlock, Murder She Wrote and The Price is Right? That was on a TV, not a computer. I know you don't believe me, but it was in 480i at best!!! And they'd have to sit through commericials and wait until the show started! At least it was free! Hahaha! It's true!

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

static0verdrive Re:Broadcast TV (443 comments)

Exactly. In Canada, thanks to TV being completely digital now, there is no such thing as 'free tv' like there used to be - where having commercials made sense (they paid to show us their ads, while we didn't pay for channels). Now, we can't get TV for less than about $40 a month! Well guess what: I'm not watching commercials if I pay. PERIOD.

Next up we have the format. I can't be available to watch it exactly when they want me to watch it. I want to be able to watch it on whatever device I want, and I want to be able to pause it whenever the need arises. I have computers etc so I'm not paying for a PVR, especially when they don't have a lot of space and half time stick you with commercials, prevent FF through them, whatever.

Last, I'm sick of "them" (be they the channels, producers of the shows, whoever) thinking piracy is so bad - once upon a time you'd blast that shit free to everyone (see first point). Now you have proof people love it, and rather than pump out DVDs Blurays and merch, you'd rather spank people and get them to overpay for channels that play garbage and ads the other 99% of the time because otherwise you'll go broke even though you have a great show to provide?! GET A NEW BUSINESS MODEL. Many are still somewhat blind sheep, but too many have woken up and there simply is no going back. You can't fool all of the people all of the time.

about a year ago
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A Climate of Violence?

static0verdrive Now I know why... (184 comments)

Now I know why I punch my air conditioner when it's not working!

about a year ago
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FreeBSD, Ubuntu Offer Same NVIDIA OpenGL Support As Windows

static0verdrive Re:AMD Shooting themselves in the foot (74 comments)

This answers the question I was about to ask... I figured if the PS4 was based on FreeBSD there *was* an AMD driver, but you point out well that it may not be one usable by the (freeBSD) PC gamer crowd. Boo.

about a year ago
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Satellite Reign on Kickstarter, Spiritual Successor to Original Syndicate Games

static0verdrive Edit (24 comments)

Although the kickstarter campaign is now done, they are still taking PayPal donations through their site http://satellitereign.com/pledge/

1 year,11 hours
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Patent Trolls Getting the Attention of the Feds

static0verdrive Re:What about Apple? (92 comments)

Is that worse than buying competition to create a monopoly the way corporations like Microsoft do? IMO Patents aren't as much the issue so much as the laws surrounding corporations and their free run on power. Power derived from money. A good example is how they can do illegal/dangerous/harmful things if they want because often a fine is less than the profit they'll make. Shouldn't they be put out of business and their cash given back to the public or shareholders rather than scolded mildly so they can repeat the offense?

1 year,11 days
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Patent Trolls Getting the Attention of the Feds

static0verdrive Re:What about large companies' patent portfolios? (92 comments)

I can't imagine corporations with all their money and control (thanks largely to their money) will allow the system to be changed toward anything they don't like.

1 year,11 days
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USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden

static0verdrive Re:Doing what is right... (955 comments)

I guess it depends on if you think anything anti-government counts as treason. Some think the government is somewhat anti-freedom, which is another form of treason? In this case, I wonder about the secrecy of the documents he released myself. Just saying a document is "top secret" doesn't make it top secret, I'm sorry. It has to contain info that would endanger lives or the good of the country. You can't have douchebags marking every document "top secret" just to prevent it from being shared because they know it will incriminate them. Did these documents contain the info gathered or just let us know that info was being gathered?

about a year ago
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Police Capture Second Marathon Bombing Suspect in Watertown, Mass.

static0verdrive Re:But why was he shooting? (773 comments)

Not to mention giving attention to the act and criminals, thereby potentially motivating other evil attention-seekers to perform similar acts. The media needs to report it once, maybe the odd update when it matters, and Never, Ever, name those responsible. (Saying whether they were caught is OK, but why make them famous/infamous and go down in history?)

about a year ago
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The ATF Wants To Know Who Your Friends Are

static0verdrive Re:The Onion's satire becomes reality (131 comments)

Yessir! A one-stop-shop for the authorities (or anyone smart enough to side-step their "security").

about a year ago

Submissions

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Satellite Reign on Kickstarter, Spiritual Successor to Original Syndicate Games

static0verdrive static0verdrive writes  |  1 year,1 day

static0verdrive (776495) writes "Satellite Reign, a game in development by 5 Lives Studios, is intended to be the "spiritual successor" and third installment (not counting EA's recent first-person disappointment) to Syndicate / Syndicate Wars from the late Bullfrog Studios. 5 Lives includes staff who worked on the original games. The kickstarter fundraising campaign, now in it's final 24 hours, highlights a few very interesting stretch goals as well. Satellite Reign will incorporate the same real-time strategy and dystopian setting that made the Syndicate series so popular. Gamer fans of any kind of cyberpunk, from Syndicate to the works of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson should check this project out!"

Journals

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static0verdrive static0verdrive writes  |  more than 9 years ago The list if linux distributions I've tried now includes the following (in no order):

  • Mandrake/Mandriva
  • Red Hat
  • Slackware
  • Gentoo
  • Vidalinux
  • Ubuntu/Kubuntu
  • Suse/Novell Suse
  • Xandros
  • Smoothwall (firewall)
  • Knoppix (live cd)
  • lnx-bbc (live cd)
  • Linuxcare toolbox (live cd)
  • Freesco (firewall)
  • FreeBSD, OpenBSD

I recommend Mandriva or Kubuntu for newbies/average users, Gentoo for gamers/tweakers, Smoothwall for firewalls/gateways, and OpenBSD for servers.

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Having to piss

static0verdrive static0verdrive writes  |  more than 9 years ago I have to piss. I have to wait here in the office until I hear the network is back up (any minute now), so I sit here reading /.

But damn. I have to piss.

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