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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

trybywrench Re:I love them (277 comments)

"I carry it in my front pants pocket. It snags not more than any other rectangular deice (because it's always the corner that gets snagged by a fold) and I can actually use it to browse the web without unusable mobile versions of websites and without pinchzooming like a deranged person."

Exactly. I use chrome, youtube, maps, and text messaging at least 5x more than I use the actual phone app. My note2 is a little awkward to hold to me ear but, like I said, I'm rarely using the phone. These days, the phone feature is just an app that comes in handy sometimes vs the primary mode of operation.

about 2 months ago
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WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

trybywrench Obama administration (200 comments)

Boeing has more union employees. Democrats are always in the pocket of BigLabor. Boeing is going to get favorable treatment from a administration led by a Democrat.

about 2 months ago
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GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

trybywrench more excited about V2V (185 comments)

I hope a V2V API is released, I would love to create an app that hops ahead from car to car and reports back the average speed and brake usage of 10 cars 3 miles ahead of me. Real time traffic congestion avoidance would actually be possible. It would also be cool to know that a car 3 ahead of me has just slammed on their breaks (animal/obstacle in the road etc). All kinds of things come to mind.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

trybywrench sxsw interactive (131 comments)

It's fun and can be informative if you know what you're looking for. Try to stay late and leave a few days after interactive is over so you can experience part of the music festival. The whole deal can be overwhelming however.

about 4 months ago
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Getting Back To Coding

trybywrench standard "use the right tool" applies (240 comments)

FTFA "The reason that so many tools have become unwieldy is that they chase after certain values that add complexity but not usefulness to SMB-sized projects"

If the author of the article would just choose his tools more carefully he could have saved himself these weird rants about things that he brings on himself. It's like a bike rider lamenting how uncomfortable his racing bike seat is when he's riding it around the block.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

trybywrench What's the big deal about win8? (346 comments)

I had to get a Windows 8 laptop, Surface 2, and Windows phone for work to test an application we're working on. I use OSX and Android day-to-day so from all the stories I expected to have an awful time trying to navigate through windows to even get to the application to start my testing/dev work but I don't see what the big deal is. The interface was intuitive enough for me ...maybe i didn't try to do enough, I just looked at the screen for the app, then click/touch it. :shrug:

about 4 months ago
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Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?

trybywrench Re:I've been there (164 comments)

if i had mod-points i'd give them to you. I wish more people realized that you don't have to be terrified of a gun. I live in Texas and no one seems to care about guns, not here in Dallas, not in Austin, not out West or anywhere. It's just not that big of a deal. Folks you don't have to live in fear, it must be exhausting to have to constantly worry about whether or not everyone you see owns a rifle.

about 7 months ago
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

trybywrench don't move to TX (336 comments)

please don't move here, i hear SanFran is nice.

about 7 months ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

trybywrench Re:Strangers With Candy (193 comments)

I loved that show. Those who can't "do" teach, and those who can't teach, teach at Flatpoint High.

about 8 months ago
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Interview: John McAfee Answers Your Questions

trybywrench read ever word (124 comments)

I read every word, I don't think i've ever done that with a slashdot interview before. The answer/explanation to the first question is just unreal. I can't tell if he's crazy or legit, that's been Mcafee's story from day one haha. Shine on you crazy diamond.

about 8 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

trybywrench good app for Google Glass (364 comments)

Seems like a Google Glass app could identify traffic lights and changes in their status way down the road while you're paying attention to the car in front of you. Then maybe project a little count down for when the app thinks the next light should turn green/red based on the one prior and the next one. Maybe you could give it feed back like "countdown off by +3 seconds" then the app could log that info along with GPS coords and heading for the next time you're encounter the light.

about 8 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

trybywrench Re:Stop signs and lights everywhere. (364 comments)

Round-abouts waste a lot of space. You have that center island that can't be used for anything, while an intersection produces 4 pieces of usable real-estate on the corners with no wasted space in the middle. Also, in an intersection the roads are perpendicular to each other setting up facilitating/enforcing a grid layout for city streets/blocks. All things considered, intersections are more efficient than round-abouts IMO

about 8 months ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

trybywrench conversational format (142 comments)

Wasn't Gmail the first to introduce the conversational layout? I remember the first time I saw it I was blown away over how simple the idea was yet how much impact it made on UX. Also, IIRC Gmail was the first to get Ajax right in a mail client, I remember being impressed when they embedded a GTalk client right there in mail. Then I think Google Calendar followed then docs with App Engine in there somewhere too. No matter your feelings on Google the company the software that sprang from Gmail is amazing.

about 8 months ago
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Teaching Calculus To 5-Year-Olds

trybywrench father of 4 year old, align with interest is key (231 comments)

In my experience, with young children your best chance at teaching them these things is to relate it to their current interest. My 4 year old is really into maps right now, he draws me one every day at his preschool. I've been showing him different maps and trying to relate the concept of directions etc. With his interest in drawing hopefully I can work in the alphabet at some point too. It's a tricky task to put things in terms a 4 year old mind and attention span can digest without overwhelming them.

about 9 months ago
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Yes, You Too Can Be an Evil Network Overlord With OpenBSD

trybywrench oh yeah well wait until the hear about SNMP (49 comments)

just wait until they discover ( re-discover ) SNMP and all the hooks in there. Reminds me of the time our local news discovered, with horror, IRC.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

trybywrench Re:Depends, but probably not. (421 comments)

I would add that developers who are interested in writing against Google Glass may consider the $1,500 price tag an investment in getting a lead on development.

about 9 months ago
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Can Reactive Programming Handle Complexity?

trybywrench cherry picked scenerio (149 comments)

I'm a fan of reactive programming, it's pretty neat. However, the article cherry picked the scenario that perfectly fits reactive programming. Furthermore, calculating a couple formulas is hardly complex, show me geographically distributed caches kept in sync with a few lines of code and I would be more impressed.

about 9 months ago
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Strange 'S'-shaped radar phenomenon appears off Australian Coast

trybywrench probably a radar bug (1 comments)

maybe the developer should fix it on their own time.

about 9 months ago
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Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

trybywrench Re:Limiting outbound access to servers is too toug (137 comments)

Unless I'm reading it wrong you're basically disabling webservices like making a SOAP call to a third party on behalf of the connecting user-agent. That's a non-starter for just about all companies that have at least one business partner.

about 10 months ago
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The First Prescription-Only App

trybywrench lots of and lots of $$ for this (84 comments)

if it can be prescribed then it can be medically necessary then it can billed to insurance/medicare/medicaid. this is a goldmine.

about a year ago

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210 million Facebook friends graphed by region

trybywrench trybywrench writes  |  more than 4 years ago

trybywrench (584843) writes "From the first paragraph of the article: "As I've been digging deeper into the data I've gathered on 210 million public Facebook profiles, I've been fascinated by some of the patterns that have emerged. My latest visualization shows the information by location, with connections drawn between places that share friends. For example, a lot of people in LA have friends in San Francisco, so there's a line between them.""
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Gang Kidnaps Gamer to Get Password Using Fake Orku

trybywrench trybywrench writes  |  more than 7 years ago

trybywrench (584843) writes ""An armed gang of four kidnapped one of the world's top RPG gamers after one criminal's girlfriend lured him into a fake date using Orkut, Google's social network. After sequestering him in Sao Paulo, they held a gun against the victim's head for five hours to get his password, which they wanted to sell for $8,000. And yes, the story gets even better." story is here"

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