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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace Hack Demonstrated

tonycheese Does it matter? (89 comments)

It doesn't matter in my eyes; if people are going to want to crack the DRM, they will, if they don't want to steal, they won't. Hey, if I wanted to, I can probably look up how to pirate iPhone apps somewhere on the internet. Pretend these apps were music files or computer games for a second. We have always called for less invasive DRM on both fronts so that people who will to steal the software and files still will do it and people who want to pay and enjoy the product have no trouble doing so. People will always be able to crack the DRM until it gets so bad that it cripples the software. I don't see what there is to complain about here.

more than 3 years ago

Hard-to-Read Fonts Improve Learning

tonycheese Re:Not a surprise (175 comments)

Nothing is ever a surprise to the Slashdot crowd when they publish a study on it. Except, of course, when "correlation != causation!!!!!".

I happen to find this extremely counter-intuitive.

more than 3 years ago

Google Instant Announced

tonycheese Re:Ad revenue driver? (408 comments)

That theory's nice and all, but it doesn't make sense that they would do that. They want usability and a tiny amount of ad revenue isn't going to change that.

If you were searching for "extraterrestrial life", typed in an "e", and got expedia, I highly doubt you'd suddenly get an urge to go traveling. You would simply keep typing until you got a relevant search result.

If you type in "q" right now, you get quotes and Quebec fires as two of your top results.

about 4 years ago

iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store

tonycheese Re:I know it's fashionable to make fun of AT&T (285 comments)

Well, I am questioning, but there's no reason to apologize, since the questioning itself is pretty much an attack on you however you look at it. The reason your post was suspicious to me was that it was kind of tangential to the discussion at hand and the fact that nobody here ever seems to defend any mobile carrier (let alone AT&T). I'm young enough that I still let my parents buy me whatever phone and mobile plan they see fit, so I don't really care one way or another. I was just surprised to actually feel a post might have been written by one of these mythical "SHILL!!"s I often here about on Slashdot (and Slashdot alone).

On your point, though, I live in Boston and I think it is generally agreed (right or wrong) that AT&T is/was terrible for 3G or otherwise in a lot of parts of the city. If that has changed (as recently as one year ago, according to your post), I think it is really AT&T's job to let us know that or public perception is going to take a long time to shift.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 4 Pre-Orders Wreaking Havoc On Apple Store

tonycheese Re:I know it's fashionable to make fun of AT&T (285 comments)

Now I know what all those people feel like who scream "SHILL!!!" at Microsoft posts (still way too many of you, by the way).
Or (looking at your last two posts here) is it actually possible to be a carrier fan[boy]? Or do you just work at AT&T and love your employer? Maybe I'm wrong. I'm genuinely curious.

more than 4 years ago

Doctors Reverse With Drugs Autism-Linked Fragile X Syndrome In Mice

tonycheese Re:Headline...? (63 comments)

The headline with minimal editing was written.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Reverses iPad "No Cash Purchase" Policy

tonycheese Re:class act (377 comments)

I think their ("zero") sense is that a credit card is attached to a name, whereas cash isn't attached to anything (except an Apple account now).

more than 4 years ago

Using Twitter Data To Approximate a Telephone Survey

tonycheese Re:79% is not fantastic (68 comments)

Maybe I just don't understand inter-rater reliability, but where did you get 2/3 from? 79% is pretty much 4/5, not anywhere near 2/3.

more than 4 years ago

Linux Users Donate Twice As Much As Windows Users, On Average

tonycheese Re:Not surprising... (145 comments)

Second theory: a much higher percentage of Windows users paid 1 cent for the games. Kids are less likely to have a more expensive Mac and Linux is much more likely to be installed on an adult's machine. (Might be a stupid theory, feel free to poke holes).
Similarly, we can't forget that the total raised includes donations to EFF and some other charities. It would make sense to me that Linux users are more likely to donate to EFF?

more than 4 years ago

Rumors of Hulu's Subscription Plans

tonycheese Re:Backwards (224 comments)

All the shows I watch regularly on Hulu are up 3-5 hours after they air on television (Simpsons, Family Guy and in the past the Daily Show and Colbert Report).
The only shows I know of that are on a 7-day delay are anime which are sent over and subbed. If there are any shows on a 7-day delay, I don't know about them/watch them, and it's most likely the station's choice and not Hulu's.

I find it strange that there are still ads on the subscription model, though...

more than 4 years ago

IBM Breaks Open Source Patent Pledge

tonycheese Re:Claiming infringement (359 comments)

It seems to me IBM was notifying TurboHercules of all the infringements. If IBM decided to go to court, they could just as easily leave those two out of the lawsuit and still have 171 to sue over. No pledge broken here...

more than 4 years ago

Look At Sick People To Give Your Immune System a Boost

tonycheese Re:Correlation Is Not Causation (271 comments)

Seriously, that tag is so overused now it's sickening (har har). It's used on Slashdot for practically anything, even if the study doesn't attempt to prove or claim causation. At some point, you have to admit that, you know, not all researchers are complete dumbasses.

In this case, how would you honestly argue that it's NOT causation? People were shown a slideshow, those people's immune systems had a response. THAT IS CAUSATION. We're not looking at survey results here, it's not like we can claim people who are more likely to look at pictures of sick people are more likely to have an immune boost from looking at anything.

more than 4 years ago

Look At Sick People To Give Your Immune System a Boost

tonycheese Re:Stress? (271 comments)

Is it surprising? YES. Sure, it's easy to say after the experiment, "hey, that makes sense" and then call it obvious, but this is a really amazing mechanism, and I would not personally have guessed that our bodies are able to anticipate disease just through an image.

more than 4 years ago

iPad Launches, FCC Teardown Leaked

tonycheese Re:Lab coat pocket? (617 comments)

About 1.5 lbs IIRC. I was even more interested to find that the Kindle DX is over 2 lbs, about a kilogram.

A Kindle DX is 1.18 pounds, about twice that of a regular Kindle. I don't think you were comparing their weights, you were just saying that they're both "sort of heavy", but the Kindle does weight less. A 400 page novel probably weighs about a pound... and both the Kindle and iPad are likely to weight less than a textbook.

more than 4 years ago

Ars Technica Inveighs Against Ad Blocking

tonycheese Re:Sorry Ars, you are animated too (1051 comments)

It's been so long since I've heard those words yelled at me through my computer speakers. Not to mention seeing so many huge ads of almost naked women when I'm trying to do something basic on the internet. It takes some effort for people to other to install ad-block and much more effort for someone out there to maintain their list of things to block, so it's clearly in response to something hugely bothersome.

more than 4 years ago

China's Human Flesh Search Engine

tonycheese Re:But who verified it was really her?! (248 comments)

Yes, but in court you have to provide evidence. And you can refute that evidence. So it becomes rational.

You are right, but what elFisico's talking about happens anyway. How many people do we see get in trouble for "child porn" and have their names and faces plastered all over the news before any decision has been made? You can bet even if they are 100% innocent, their lives have been ruined for the next 10 or 20 years.

more than 4 years ago

New Chrome Beta Adds Privacy Controls, Translation Option

tonycheese Translation Option (181 comments)

This translation option is particularly interesting to me and begs the question: can anyone recommend a good extension with similar functions (automatic detection, etc) for firefox?

more than 4 years ago

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik's Cube In 12 Seconds

tonycheese Re:This Video is FAKE (224 comments)

Okay well apparently my original comment is too long for people to read through, so:

tl;dr: freeze the video at 30s and look at the cube in its "scrambled state". You'll see that 2/3 of the cube is lined up, and anybody could make that last turn in 1 second to "solve" it.

more than 4 years ago


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