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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

steveg Re:I quit buying Samsung (220 comments)

I think they did you a favor. My point is that ICS on hardware that can't support it is pretty unpleasant to live with. I really wish they had *not* decided to upgrade the Bionic to ICS. Evidently they considered the Bionic to be powerful enough to justify the upgrade.

They were wrong.

I agree about locking the bootloader -- at one point they promised "no more locked bootloaders." I think their arguments later were in the category of, "Oh no, *we* didn't lock the bootloader, it was the carrier."

about two weeks ago
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Where are the Flying Cars? (Video; Part One of Two)

steveg Re:Srsly? People can't drive cars at 2x bicycle (107 comments)

It's the miles of separation that's the biggest issue. If I'm in the air and I see another aircraft a mile away I think I've cut it pretty close.

The best pilot in the world flying as close to me as I routinely experience in ground traffic would scare the bejeezus out of me. Yeah, the Blue Angels can do it, but even they don't spend a lot of time going in opposite directions at those distances.

about three weeks ago
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Samsung Announces Galaxy Alpha Featuring Metal Frame and Rounded Corners

steveg Re:I quit buying Samsung (220 comments)

Personally, I've never understood all the rancor directed at Motorola (or anyone else) because they didn't roll out the latest version of Android immediately. My OG Droid got updated (eventually) past its hardware's ability to handle it, as did my Bionic. Some of the early Droid updates really did address some serious problems, but most of the updates were more along the lines of "Ooh, shiny!" and weren't substantively better. I was very sorry to get ICS on my Bionic -- it became painfully slow, almost unusable. Gingerbread worked very nicely.

My daily ritual for the last 6 or 7 months has been to deny Motorola's request to upgrade my Droid Maxx to KitKat. The Maxx under Jelly Bean has been by far the best phone I've ever owned. All reports about KitKat indicate that it is a step down. Less battery life, removal of features like OTG USB mounts, a less useful interface, etc.

Motorola has been pretty quick to get those updates out, and I wish they hadn't.

about three weeks ago
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Idiot Leaves Driver's Seat In Self-Driving Infiniti, On the Highway

steveg Re: Huh? (406 comments)

My 89 Acura had it on a 5 speed.

about three weeks ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

steveg Re:My own experience (544 comments)

You bring up a very good point, and that is console sessions. Swype convinced me to drop the hardware keyboard (I stopped using the physical keyboard on my OG Droid almost immediately after discovering Swype.) But Swype is *not* particularly good for console use (especially the beta version a few years ago that insisted on capitilizing the 'I' in exIt)
On the other hand, the Hacker's Keyboard gives me access to contol keys, alt keys, and so on, more than the old hardware keyboard ever did. And I can switch between keyboards trivially. Hacker's Keyboard if I'm using ssh, Swype for everything else.

about a month ago
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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

steveg Re:NO, all candy bar (544 comments)

My first smartphone was the OG Droid, and one reason I went for it was that it had a hardware keyboard.

Then I found the Swype beta, and the hardware keyboard was never used again.

about a month ago
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Valencia Linux School Distro Saves 36 Million Euro

steveg Re:TCO (158 comments)

That's been my experience as well. Base install of Mint might take 15 or 20 minutes, futzing around to get just the desktop setup I want maybe an hour or two. Cloning the result to different hardware is no problem under Linux, but has always been a problem under Windows.

When I create a base Windows machine to clone, now *that's* a time sink.

about a month ago
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Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

steveg Re: Yep, how the music industry was killed... (192 comments)

Author Eric Flint makes the argument that it takes practice to get good at anything, including writing. If we want good quality creative work (books, music, etc.) then we have to create an environment where authors and musicians and other creative types can actually make a living while creating.

If they can't, it doesn't mean we won't have books or music, but it does mean we won't have *good* books or music. Plenty of "idiots who want to try" can and will step up to publish albums or books, but Sturgeon's Law will have to be revised to say "99.9% of everything is crap."

about a month and a half ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

steveg Re:Solution: Get rid of steering-mounted air-bags. (186 comments)

When I was a poor college student driving a VW bug I had a great manual on everything to do with working on VWs. A hippie classic.

The author thought that everyone should be driving a VW bus, "spread-eagled across the front like an Aztec sacrifice." He figured that would bring the accident rate down sharply.

about 3 months ago
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Toyota Investigating Hovercars

steveg Re:I get enough flying priuses already. (186 comments)

About 40 years ago (when I was a college student) I was pulled over in Michigan while on a freeway.

The cop had three beefs with me:
1) I was exceeding the speed limit.
2) I was in the left lane traveling slower than the flow of traffic and he wanted me to move right.
3) I had out of state plates.

Number three was the one he was most upset about. He didn't write me up for any of them, but gave me quite a talking to.

about 3 months ago
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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

steveg Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

*All* telecom companies are evil.

But T-Mobile is the least evil available in the US.

AT&T, on the other hand, *define* evil.

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

steveg Re:So, what now? (566 comments)

Thanks. Are we sure that the truecryptcheck site has clean checksums?

about 3 months ago
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TrueCrypt Website Says To Switch To BitLocker

steveg Re:So, what now? (566 comments)

But it does appear to be unavailable if you don't already have a copy. Source is gone as well.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Votes To Consider Next Round of 'Net Neutrality' Rules

steveg Re:The Democrats killed Net Neutrality !! (182 comments)

I'm not sure if everyone else in this thread watched the same hearing I did.

I don't know what any of the voted for, since I haven't seen the details of the proposals.

But I know what they said. The Democrats argued in favor of Net Neutrality. Not the label of Net Neutrality, but the substance. The Republicans argued against the substance of Net Neutrality.

So if you try to convince me that the Democrats might actually vote for something contrary to what they said, I'll concede the point. Same with the Republicans.

But I'm a bit skeptical of the notion that both voted for the opposite of what they said, in effect each voting for their opponents' stated position.

about 4 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

steveg Re:32GB is useless because of DRM (216 comments)

Actually, it is. But even inside the center console, I feel safer with the low profile flash drive. The slot is on a ledge about halfway up the front of the compartment, so it's reasonably well protected, but I could still imagine dropping something on it or catching it as I put something in there.

about 4 months ago
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GM Sees a Market For $5/Day Dedicated In-Car Internet

steveg Re:32GB is useless because of DRM (216 comments)

Are there still cars with built in storage?

Ford included a whopping 10GB hard disk in their fanciest tech package 5 years ago. You can't get that now. Instead you get a USB port in the center console.

I've got a 64G low profile thumb drive plugged in with most of my music collection. Standard MP3s, no DRM issues. There are *other* issues -- the system has only so many slots to hold metadata, so if I add too many songs it will freak out and re-index the USB each time I start the car. But as long as I don't exceed some limit it behaves just fine.

For my purposes anyway, no storage and USB is far superior to built-in storage.

about 4 months ago
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One-a-Day-Compiles: Good Enough For Government Work In 1983

steveg Re:Huh? (230 comments)

You might be underestimating the cost of a PC. I bought my first PC in 1982 and it came out to almost exactly $3000. That *was* upgraded a bit -- it had *two* floppy drives and they were double sided. *And* I upgraded the memory to 256K, and got a CGA card and an amber monitor.

I was still using punch cards in school (FORTRAN and PASCAL) as of 1978, but turnaround was much faster than overnight. It seldom took more than two or three hours to run my several hundred millisecond program.

about 4 months ago
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Supreme Court Skeptical of Computer-Based Patents

steveg Re:The best the SCOTUS could do is wipe software p (192 comments)

It's both. Copyright is for authors. Patents are for inventors.

Congress later (1909) broadened the meaning of what an author is, so now copyright covers more than just text. Patents are still for inventors.

Whether either actually works to promote progress is another discussion, but it was clearly the intent of the framers.

about 5 months ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

steveg Re:Autoplay audio or my account. Choose one. (142 comments)

Flashblock.

You still get the flash icon on the page, but you have to click on it before it will actually execute. It does this on all web pages, not just Slashdot.

Second best (after Adblock Plus) of all the Firefox extensions I install.

about 5 months ago

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Slashdot scrambled for logged on users

steveg steveg writes  |  more than 7 years ago

steveg (55825) writes "The Slashdot main page went wonky for users who had logged in. Some other pages were fine, but the main page looked like this. If you logged out, everything was fine."

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