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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

theskipper Re: Mobile e-mail requires a mobile data plan (231 comments)

Re: $300, it really depends on your overall blend of cell usage. I've used Ting's pay as you go service for a couple years and do the same thing the op does, turn on $3/100MB mobile data for email on my S3 when I'm traveling. They're a Sprint MVNO, so coverage is predictable by looking at the Sprint maps.

Bottom line is that if all three parts of your voice/text/data usage are low, then $25/mo is not only doable, it's actually a little high.

2 days ago
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Viacom's Messy Relationship With YouTube and The Rise of Stephen Colbert

theskipper Re:Lost His Balls (73 comments)

Never heard of this Anita person before, but after watching the interview it looked to me like just a standard/funny Colbert interview. Shrug.

Btw, your youtube link was wrong. Here's the correct one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

3 days ago
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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

theskipper Re:$32 million of greed. (170 comments)

Put it this way, before 1980, sure. But over the last 30 or so years it's been a different ballgame.

There were 100 baggers available by selling at the top of the internet bubble. Or buying MDVN 10 years ago or tucking away some AAPL in the dark days. And these opportunities aren't dying out; for example, the same scenario is playing again right now in immuno/gene therapy.

Expand that out to real estate, Forex, domain names or just about any other investment/speculative vehicle over that time and you're talking a massive # of individual opportunities that yielded multi-fold returns. Returns that could be parlayed into further opportunities.

So imo it's not unreasonable for someone to turn $1m into $30m over a 20 year span even with average discipline, intelligence and luck.

5 days ago
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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

theskipper Re:$32 million of greed. (170 comments)

Most likely not. Based on a cursory look at Scholastic, McGraw-Hill and John Wiley, only the latter has returned close to a 10-bagger in the last 20 years. Of course the obvious stock in the book space is Amazon at 100x+.

But the point is that there have been tons of investment opportunities that yielded extraordinary returns over that period. Being "astute" means you get rewarded for great due diligence, mixed in with good timing and some luck. It's the same for everyone who takes risk by investing, he shouldn't be pilloried for success imo.

5 days ago
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Calculus Textbook Author James Stewart Has Died

theskipper Re:$32 million of greed. (170 comments)

RTFA. It clearly says that it wasn't all from textbook sales but also from "astute investments". Sounds like the guy worked hard and had his shit together financially.

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

theskipper Re:Check your math. (880 comments)

None? Is civil disobedience a crime? By its very nature it is. So lots of Christians have committed lots of crimes over the years in the name of their religion. Over issues like civil rights, gays, school prayer, to name a few.

Now the shooting of abortion providers in the name of Christianity is of course an actual indisputable crime. Only a few, but in fairness you did express the extremist view and say none.

about two weeks ago
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Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon and MATE Editions Released

theskipper Re:Cheers for Mint (89 comments)

Cinnamon was the antidote to the dumbed-down interface craze for me. Switched to it a year ago and haven't looked back.

Nemo alone is worth the switch, it's a file manager that doesn't treat you like a child and "hide the knives" (and trees in the sidebar are intuitive to me, ymmv). Workspace management via panel, hotkeys or OSD all work well. The system menu is usable and makes sense. Applets are actually easy to install and manage. A couple clicks and sane scrollbars are back. And simple things out of the box like being able to resize a window without the idiocy of trying to hit a single pixel in the lower right corner reflects the productivity mindset it targets.

Maybe all this has been fixed in Unity/Gnome 3/etc. but I haven't paid attention and don't care at this point. Sure there's still bugs and features that need polishing but imho it's worth setting up a vm to test it out.

about three weeks ago
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Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

theskipper Re:Or just practicing for an actual job (320 comments)

Well said. And it's not just for extending thinking to new areas, it's mandatory within the development process itself. Being able to debug quickly, develop test coverage and refactor efficiently requires that deeper level of understanding.

about a month and a half ago
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PC Cooling Specialist Zalman Goes Bankrupt Due To Fraud

theskipper Re:yeah but (208 comments)

But it looks like management really blew it. Will be a cold day before investors warm up to it again.

about a month and a half ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

theskipper Re:You need enough rope to hang yourself (217 comments)

"Test" refers to if(foo). "Document" refers to printf(...).

When both are frantically performed hundreds of times at 2am the night before going gold, that's called "coverage".

about 1 month ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

theskipper Re:It's Fun (485 comments)

Don't know, not much of a history buff. So was just curious if you had a citation about the etymology of the term.

Regarding changing the term in common language, as an old fart I tend to not pay attention to political correctness efforts like that. If the change shows up in the USPTO trademark database then I'll consider changing the usage. Until then, it sounds to me like a bunch of old women arguing about Sally's new boyfriend over Sunday tea.

about 2 months ago
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Silicon Valley Swings To Republicans

theskipper Re:It's Fun (485 comments)

I must be missing something. According to Wikipedia, the term "Democratic Party" goes back to 1828. Are you saying it was Andrew Jackson who used it as a political strategy?

And to be honest, I didn't even know there was an effort to change the term to "Democrat Party". Is that a cable news/talk radio thing?

about 2 months ago
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Windows 10 Gets a Package Manager For the Command Line

theskipper Re:We can do that thing you like (230 comments)

Hang on a second. Microsoft is a proprietary software vendor and will attack anything that jeopardizes their revenue stream. They're putting the "free candy" sign on the outside of their van based on a business decision, not because they want to create some warm and fuzzy community effort (i.e. actually give out free candy!).

It's in their DNA to only promote things that will further generating revenue because their shareholders require it (and rightfully so, they are the owners).

Point being, they must have opened up that other stuff because some competitive threat existed, or there was a sound basis that it would create further lock-in and recurring revenue down the road. It doesn't follow that future software releases like this must be opened just because they opened other pieces of their software portfolio.

about 2 months ago
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Snowflake-Shaped Networks Are Easiest To Mend

theskipper Re:When drawn... (38 comments)

Except for the chocolate star topology. It does look identical to...

a chocolate star.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

theskipper Re:On the bright side (644 comments)

The "Post Anonymously" checkbox is right above where you type the comment subject.

about 3 months ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

theskipper Re:whats the big deal? (336 comments)

Yes, her *OO** are larger than most.

about 4 months ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

theskipper Re:Alleged leaker already named (336 comments)

Wow. If it turns out to be true, it's yet another testament to how difficult it is to be truly anonymous online these days. But not because of standard technical things like using proxies, etc, it's simply because there's so much info out there in social media and Google to provide clues. One mistake or oversight and you're pretty much exposed.

about 4 months ago
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

theskipper Re:Not so sure it's harmless (251 comments)

Did that too. Protip: The reaction generated from using lemon party is just as good.

about 3 months ago

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