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iFixit Takes Apart the Oculus Rift DK2, Finds Galaxy Note 3 Display Inside

war4peace Gonna get sued! (54 comments)

Just kidding. Hopefully.
It would be funny for Samsung to jump and say "hey you, copyright infringer!"

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Is the App Store Broken?

war4peace MOAR STATS!!! (237 comments)

No, seriously.
I would like to sort by app age (time elapsed since it was first published) then average # of updates/month. Then take that output and breakdown by category. Or breakdown by free, freemium, shareware, paid, paid for by ads, etc.

As an Android user, I loathe using Google Play to look for software. I have 5 games on my phone, all casual, the sort of things that you play while waiting for the bus or on the loo, and still I get shitty recommendations like Batman Arkham Origins (I hate Batman), Holly Hobbie and Friends Party (seriously??? what the fuck!) and Fantastic Eleven (I only watch the World Cup and European Cup, and only if I have time).

Under "Recommended for You" I see "in the Mood for Romance" (HUH!), Muscle Meals (the fuck, I don't cook), and so on, and so forth. Golden prize goes to "Hairstyle Guide" e-book. No Scifi, which I love.
recommendations based on installed apps ratings is flaky at best. I gave an app 2 stars (because it's mostly bad and I am looking for another), Google Play says "no recommendations based on your score" but when I give an internet Radio app a score of 5 stars (because it's awesome) it recommends me... more Internet Radio apps. It somehow seems to think that bad ratings mean "I don't need apps with that functionality" and good ratings mean "I'm looking for more of the same type" while it's quite the other way around.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

war4peace Re:Great... (571 comments)

The victims here are mostly innocent people who got on a plane without knowing exactly over which area it would fly. Except for a couple of them (the pilots).
People who get on a plane know the departure and destination and maybe a couple countries they would fly over. Everything else is usually "some land beneath".

The ones that chose to fly over that region are not the passengers. But passengers got killed.

So while I agree that blame is spread between more than one entity, passengers have no place in that category.

2 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

war4peace Re:maybe (511 comments)

+1 Mathematically impaired.

3 days ago
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New Findings On Graphene As a Conductor With IC Components

war4peace Graphene this, graphene that (34 comments)

It's been what, couple years since I heard of Graphene. It apparently could do anything bar French Fries... in theory.
Any mainstream or even military implementations yet?

Let me know when it does something, for real, in real life. So far, it kind of says in the labs.

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

war4peace Re:maybe (511 comments)

I can't be offended, I really can't. It's just that I realize when one can talk to people and when one can't. Reasons:
1. You make racial assumptions (they're wrong, by the way).
2. You make ad-hominem attacks.
3. You take the "we suffered the most" route (which nobody should, ever, this is not a fucking pissing contest).
4. Your judgment is clouded by subjectivism.

When a discussion is not constructive, I consider it as a failed one and move on.

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

war4peace Re:maybe (511 comments)

Oh, you! Read a fucking book, for fuck's sake, you white ass motherfucker.

I'm stopping. Have a nice life.

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

war4peace Re:Wrong device (540 comments)

Maybe it's the other way around. Maybe the phone is not a text input device because it sucks at doing the job right.
Screen size is big enough. Capacity is more than big enough. There's plenty a reason to type on your phone. I, for example would love to do that while I take a longer ride in an intercity bus or car (as a passenger, don't get any ideas), or even while traveling by train (I'm a failed writer of sorts). I tried writing by hand in a paper notebook, but my scribbles look awful because I'm in a moving vehicle which constantly exerts forces (small but not negligible) so writing by hand becomes difficult.
For the classic writing style I need a hard place to put my notebook on, stability and a comfortable position, none of which are available while traveling. But a phone would do the job a lot better. "Get a laptop" you'd say, but with bigger size, smaller battery life span and no good place to put it on (except own lap) it's still worse than a phone.
Bluetooth keyboards are worse than a slide-out keyboard because they're not attached to the phone and eat up battery.

Another reason is IM conversations while traveling. They don't bother other passengers like talking on the phone does, you can do it with multiple people at once, doesn't really eat up bandwidth.

Yes, a cheap phone would do just fine but then I'd have to carry two devices which makes no sense.
I understand this particular case doesn't represent "a market" but there might be a market if such a device existed.

About cost: I guess the extra cost would be negated if companies would simply stop spending time and money creating all that stupid bloatware they push on the damn phones.

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

war4peace Re:maybe (511 comments)

Who gets to define "obscure"?
From a culture wipeout perspective, yes it is a bigger loss.
However, I guess there's nobody left to feel offended if that particular tragedy is played down, don't you think?

But you're abusing a logical fallacy. We're discussing WW2 happenings in this particular thread and more specifically my statement that "Jews were affected the most" - which, from this "targeted group" perspective, is a correct statement.
They were targeted for extinction (the Chinese weren't).
They suffered the greatest losses from a % of total population perspective, as much as over 90% in each of the top 5 countries where the Holocaust happened.
This does give them the right to be sensitive, hell I would be if I were them, these sort of scars go deep and probably never heal.
But saying "my people suffered much" is one thing, and saying "my people suffered much therefore I have more rights to this and that than anyone else" is an entirely different thing.
No event, no matter how large, gives any nation/group a global, permanent "I am always first and always right" card.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

war4peace Re:What a surprise. (571 comments)

Wait, what?
The GP mentioned what people believe in Eastern Europe. I told him he's wrong. What does your comment have to do with Eastern Europe?

3 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

war4peace Re:maybe (511 comments)

Number of civilian Jews killed during WW2: 4.2 to 6.0 million

Until you measure as % of total population.
China: 1.93 to 3.86%
Jewish: 50.4 to 59.7%

It might be a cold way to look at it, but that's how you measure danger of extinction.
So Jews were the most affected, as a whole.
Of the nine million Jews who had resided in Europe before the Holocaust, approximately two-thirds were killed (source: Dawidowicz, Lucy (1975). The War Against the Jews).

So... you were mentioning proportions? I guess hard numbers don't really cast the right shadow there.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

war4peace Re:What a surprise. (571 comments)

Weird. I had the exact opposite experience in Italy, Poland and Romania.

4 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

war4peace Re:maybe (511 comments)

No, a WHOLE NATION doesn't need face-rubbing.
Whenever you do that to a whole nation, you antagonize that nation just a little bit more.
Analogy: your drunken uncle rips a flower from your neighbor's tree and the neighbor goes to court and demands all your family to plant another tree in his garden. He's technically right to be offended or whatever but his demands are over the top. As a direct result, you start to dislike the neighbor.
He could've come to your house and said "that flower, I liked that flower, you should pay me 10 bucks".

A nation always produces idiots. It's the way things are.

4 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

war4peace Re:What a surprise. (571 comments)

try asking younger people then, let the ones in their fifties alone

4 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

war4peace Re:What a surprise. (571 comments)

As an Eastern European, all I could tell you is: you're so very wrong.
NOBODY in Eastern Europe is believing the Russians. We all know better, after being under their boot for 45 years or so.

4 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

war4peace Re:Great... (571 comments)

Thatta boy, blame the civilians.

4 days ago
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Nightfall: Can Kalgash Exist?

war4peace Re:Beh (86 comments)

Like online document converters don't exist. My God, what are we going to do?

4 days ago
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In France, Most Comments on Gaza Conflict Yanked From Mainstream News Sites

war4peace Re:maybe (511 comments)

There's also a huge difference between BEING victimized and SAYING you're victimized.
Here's how I see the situation:

During WW2, multiple nations and groups were savagely "victimized" (that's an understatement but we'll go with that as an euphemism): Jews, Gypsies, Poles, homosexuals, etc. It is clear that the most affected were the Jews.
WW2 ended, the deeds were documented, everybody eventually moved on. Everybody but Jews.
Not that I have a problem with that, not at all, people are free to remember the bad things that happened to them, and are free to do that until the end of time. What i have problem with is the fact that their cries became increasingly strident over time. We're currently facing positive discrimination, which is even more ridiculously emphasized that the one regarding black people.

Couple years ago, a lesser government person from my country, due to his severe lack of historical knowledge, said something about the Holocaust, namely he played it down. I don't remember exactly what he said, because I read the statement back then and said "that guy's dumb. So, honey, what do we have for breakfast?" That's exactly how much attention that retard got from me, because that was the attention he was worth. People say dumb things all the time, we don't really pay attention.
BUT! The Jewish association was outraged. How dared he? So they squirmed and pushed and lobbied until that guy was publicly reprimanded by the government and had to go visit the Holocaust Museum in the States, then come back and issue an apology. We, the whole people from my country, had to apologize through our Government for what some dumbass said, and he didn't even really mean it. The poor bastard was uninformed. But nooo, let's not let it go, hurrah, time to rub this in a whole nation's face! said the Jewish Association.

Last Christmas (or Easter? I don't remember. probably Easter) there were some traditional songs being broadcasted over some local county TV station. All nice and good until some song was played which said something about jews, I don't remember what because it was a traditional song (centuries old) and the verses were recited verbatim. It's a documented song, not something made up recently. Anyway, nobody realized it might be offensive to anyone until the very same Jewish association jumped 9 yards and declared that song OFENSIVE and squirmed and pushed and lobbied until the TV station manager was fired and again a public apology had to be issued.

So my advice to Jews and anyone else who acts like that: stop blowing things out of proportion! Your stridence pisses people off and people remember you for being what you don't want to be, rather than what you really are. And to me, you're normal, regular people, not to be hated, not to be looked down at, and to be honest I never ever asked anyone I met what their religion was, because I DO NOT CARE.
But when you act like damsels who faint when they hear the word "spider", you cover yourselves in ridicule. So please, my plea to you is: talk to your representatives ant tell them that not every word issued out of ignorance is a direct attack on your nation.

One more thing: I have a colleague whose last name is Bernstein. I never made the connection until last year when we had a conversation about recent international events and I kept talking about how fascinating is the tech behind the Iron Dome and the Merkava tank, at which point he casually mentioned "yeah i have family in Israel" and only then i realized he was Jewish.
My opinion on him didn't change a bit. It was just a fact, nothing to it.
But if he would have said "yeah we're the best and anyone who messes with us should be put down like a dog" then I would have said "dude you're crazy" and probably wouldn't have talked to him again.
Oh and his manager is German. Heh.

I loathe fanaticism, extremism, the sense of superiority some groups have, etc. And that's valid for ALL groups, regardless of skin color, religion, traditions, past history, etc. And I stop here because most people don't read this wall of text anyway.

4 days ago

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