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Google Challenges Facebook Over User Address Books

zanderredux well done, google (120 comments)

awesome. fuck facebook for not giving the option to export contact lists with useful information. I had to pull a list of e-mails from facebook and I ended up going page by page and copying the e-mails by hand. facebook wants to hold all e-mails within it's walled garden and doesn't reciprocate...

more than 4 years ago

Passage of Time Solves PS3 Glitch

zanderredux Re:Sony is very lucky... (147 comments)

so what happens when the battery that keeps the RTC running dies or cannot be recharged again? if there's no way to write a new date or remotely synchronize it with sony servers, would the console be effectively bricked?

more than 4 years ago

SSN Required To Buy Palm Pre

zanderredux Severely missing the point (543 comments)

You guys are all missing the point. The ssn requirement is there because sprint will be running periodic credit checks on its customers. Sprint is probably subsidizing the phone and, internally, they must have customer activation goals to meet (like, the number of new customers who remain active after X months and so on) The credit checks are there because, as sprint subsidized the phone, you'll be actually repaying it back in installments through the phone usage fees. they could sell the device at full cost, but then wouldn't be able to force you to sign up for a 18 month contract. After you become a customer, the ssn is used for credit checks. If your credit score indicates trouble, then sprint will use that information to either try to get you to move to another plan or will send the collectors to get their money before you actually miss a payment. This is not about privacy, but about managing an instrument sale.

more than 5 years ago

Computer-Controlled Cargo Sailing Vessels Go Slow, Frugal

zanderredux Re:Financial fail ... (210 comments)

(and, I know you later said that the actual savings were higher -- but the point is, you should _never_ just multiply reoccurring costs or savings by the number of periods to get the equivalent present value, especially for periods of years.)

out of legimitate curiosity... why?

really, I just want to know the implications of doing so and what needs to be done to incorporate that information into financial models

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Caves, Will Change UAC In Windows 7

zanderredux changing 6 with half-a-dozen (249 comments)

the uac model is inherently broken. I cannot understand how these paliative measures will improve security beyond just the sense of it....

more than 5 years ago

McDonalds Files To Patent Making a Sandwich

zanderredux Re:Can you really patent food preparation? (346 comments)

Let's patent, then, a way to check if something is already patented.

That should short-circuit the whole system.

more than 6 years ago



Battlestar Galactica Was A Prophecy

zanderredux zanderredux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

zanderredux (564003) writes "The writers at io9 found this gem going around originally posted by Burnlab. The resemblance is scary. I loved the original presidential ticket of Roslin/Adama, or better yet Roslin/Airlock, but I'm not sure we are ready to have Col. Tigh as president... Like an hypothetical Tigh and Roslin, McCain and Palin should complement each other well. I eagerly await the moment in the VP debate when Palin is asked what she would do with Osama bin Laden if he were captured. One assumes her answer will be some variation of "Put that thing out the airlock.""
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