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VoIP Now Technically Illegal In China

zeroRenegade Like everything else illegal in China... (181 comments)

such as Twitter and other forms of social media, they will find a way around to be able to use it...

more than 3 years ago
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Progress In Algorithms Beats Moore's Law

zeroRenegade 45 years later (166 comments)

Moore's law is based more on economics than technology. He was just a hands on executive who had a clear vision of what the future would bring. Anybody who actually has read his original paper would realize this. The fact that his theory has held up this long is incredulous.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 released

zeroRenegade Genuinely Positive Experience (2 comments)

I have been recommending MSE to family and friends for a year. It found a virus that crippled the university network on windows machines that was not found by Mcafee or Norton. It is so lightweight, and the updates are wonderfully transparent. It is a joy for the very short amount of time I spend using a windows machine.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux

zeroRenegade Linux opens too many possibilities (481 comments)

I would love for Netflix to produce a Linux client (I was outraged to find there wasn't one), even though Netflix Canada still does not have anything to watch on it, so I'm paying $8 for about one movie every month.

Unfortunately, there are simply too many distributions to support. If we pay hard earned money for something, we demand that it works always, regardless of the distribution we may be using or what else we are running.

Saying that, It would be a joke to write a Linux client, especially since they already have some experienced developers as it would seem. I imagine there may be some lobbying that is keeping the service from coming to linux. Imagine the concept of dirt cheap netflix set top boxes using embedded linux. It may even be pretty easy to make with a wireless arduino module. I imagine it would completely destroy cable distribution as we know it (not that it isn't already dying), in America at least. The fact that most people still want to watch their tv on a tv, instead of having to hook up their wireless laptop to a wired tv to stream online media. If viewers could pay 10 dollars once for a set top box and 8 dollars a month for netlix, instead of 50 for cable, and a lot more for a crappy pvr. Imagine a set top box that is just a sheva plug using external flash storage, so you tv could go with you everywhere. I know I am a a dreamer. Linux opens too many possibilities.

more than 3 years ago
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Mozilla Plans Mobile App Store

zeroRenegade I'd like a taste (118 comments)

I'd be interested in seeing an app store moderated by a free software foundation. I think it could attract a lot of talented developers. It would free us from the walled garden and the android market is being drowned by a flood of low quality development. For example, if you look for a live wallpaper, there are hundreds of applications from just a few of the same developers. Developers should be restricted in the amount of applications that they slapped together which they are allowed to release. A foundation like Mozilla understands good software.

Cloud applications are making a good fight, but in reality local applications/games in javascript and webgl are the future. Both of these types of web applications could be distributed through mozilla. I'd be willing to part with the same 30% that Apple takes from my pie, if the store garners a decent customer base.

more than 3 years ago
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Thought-Provoking Gifts For Young Kids?

zeroRenegade Spirograph (458 comments)

When I was young, a toy that I enjoyed was "Spirograph". It was a drawing set that constructs artistic and geometric figures from hypotrochoids (shapes constructed within another shape) and epitrochoids (shapes constructed outside of another shape). It satisfied my fetish for symmetry, which ending up evolving into a career in computer science. The toy combines art and creativity with mathematics. An explosive combination.

If you want to generate keen interest in the present, you need to combine the toy with fancy pens. Crayons, markers, leads, and pencils just aren't cool anymore. Girls will be insanely attracted to metallic pens (gold, silver, etc). Don't skimp out on the pens! Kids LOVE fancy pens. And get all the colors in the rainbow. You may need to spend a bit of money, since pens are expensive, but a Spirograph with awesome pens is a sure to win some love from them.

Mechanics and electronics toys are a bit too advanced for a five to ten year old. I can't wait to get my nephew into software or electronics, but I keep reminding myself that he is not even two years old yet. Legos are always the obvious constructive choice.

more than 3 years ago
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Laser Camera Can See Around Corners

zeroRenegade This is clearly just range sensing with cameras... (97 comments)

It is ridiculous to call this new technology. It is just another form range sensing that is being researched in universities all over the world. Light is still just electromagnetic radiation. I am sure there are lots of other projects doing the same this as this, but since it is from the MIT Media Lab it gets the "oooo, awww.." factor.

Using the backscatter from diffuse reflection is seriously limiting.

Radar systems are brutally prone to clutter, echoes, and interference. The system is limited by range, and a linear line of sight (from object to object in this case).

It will only produce a three dimensional image when in a closed environment. Otherwise it will only produce a front shadow of a figure.

It blows me away how often old technology is replicated in computer science and called new technology. Not that their software does not make it better (like some decent noise cancelling), but to call it "new" is like painting a white horse with black stripes and calling it a zebra.

more than 3 years ago
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Net Pioneers Say Open Internet Should Be Separate

zeroRenegade Wish-wash (216 comments)

With all due respect to the 32 internet rock stars, it is fairly clear from TFA that these guys all remember when Keith Richards was young.

It sounds like they are selling out to the lobbyists that kiss their asses. Everything seems a bit too self contradictory.

A better question is "when did we ever think that the internet would/should/could be open and fair?"

more than 3 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade Re:The Good and the BAD (174 comments)

Wow, there is a post at the beginning of this thread that I refer you to... I hope you enjoy being a waste of a person...

All I wanted was some constructive feedback regarding my cousin... and instead I have to converse with an asshole

about 4 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade Re:like any other person (174 comments)

I've said this a couple times now, but she has cognitive disabilities due to an oxygen deficiency at birth. She has more problems than just her movements. She is really a great person on the surface, but sometimes her aggression becomes completely inappropriate when it is brought out by her impatience.

Also, I never said she should not be able to watch these videos. I said that these videos negatively affect her. I just wish there was some way to help her better understand things. The news clips she watches are about every murder, rape, violent or racist act in America. We are Canadian, so we are not use to such horrible news all the time. Not that these things don't happen up here. Its just not as abundant.

about 4 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade Re:The Good and the BAD (174 comments)

Hahahaha... man, I wish we could do that, then I would not have to watch those awful news clips. It is almost ALWAYS Fox news when she approaches me with a new video she wants me to watch. Sometimes I can not even watch five seconds of it. I'd say her mom is just trying to treat her like a normal person, and not block her from the rest of the world. Like I said in my original post, there are definitely some minor positives from her obsession with social media.

about 4 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade Re:I know CP well... (174 comments)

We do our best at treating her as a normal person. To say otherwise would be an insult to her family. (I know you are not trying to be insulting).

Unfortunately, it is impossible to treat someone the same way you treat others, when the person refuses to feed herself, use the washroom, or even wake up in the morning, unless directed to do so. I doubt anyone understands how hard this must be on her mother, unless they have gone through it personally. I really hate that I have had to get so personal about this just to make my point clear.

As I said in a previous post above, she had an oxygen deficiency at birth which caused her to develop cognitive disabilities. She is not like all other CP patients. All situations are different, which is my original point. It may be a positive for some people, but for others, it is definitely a negative.

about 4 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade Re:The Good and the BAD (174 comments)

I never took his comment as offensive. I took it as being indifferent. There is a huge difference, but I feel it is just as bad.

Get off my high horse? I was just trying to make a post about my experience in my own life. I took the high ground because the Kirijini did not understand my particular situation.

I bet you get so much satisfaction out of making completely useless posts that simply offend others. I realize I was offensive in my second post, but it was due to my hatred of indifference.

I will reiterate. People who take away from the significance of a comment by pointing out the obvious without considering the specifics of the situation really annoy me. I don't even know why I waste my time posting to these threads, since it all falls on indifferent ears.

I actually care about my cousin, so I would like to understand how she may be able to grow up to be a better person.

about 4 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade Re:The Good and the BAD (174 comments)

No worries. I'm sorry I was so quick to judge you. But I still think you are completely misguided. It is my point that it is not her condition that magnifies her reactions, but her lack of patience from an obsession with social media. She is not learning the required social skills to learn how to deal with frustrating situations. This is not a common situation, and it is obvious that you have not had to deal with someone with such drastic disabilities, otherwise you would understand my point. I'm not trying to sound haughty, but instead I am just trying to get my point out that media does in fact negatively affect our youth. The influence is just more obvious in some people than others.

about 4 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade Re:The Good and the BAD (174 comments)

Man, you have no idea what you are talking about. Unfortunately, she is not a normal young adult. Her oxygen was cut off at birth, and caused additional harm.

You know nothing about her situation, or her reactions due to her impatience.

However, I am not going to discuss anything personal about this here.

People like you rot me, who take away from the significance of a comment by pointing out the obvious without regarding specifics.

about 4 years ago
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Tablets Are Game-Changers For Special Needs Kids

zeroRenegade The Good and the BAD (174 comments)

My cousin has cerebral palsy, and I am amazed at her ability as a user of her iPod Touch. She has fully integrated herself into the world of social media, and as a result has made more friends who can seem to communicate with her more easily in the social media scene, than in a subjective and judgmental school yard.

Unfortunately, she also watches completely inane news videos online, which do nothing for her development. She constantly asks others to watch these horrible news clips. Her grandmother tells her that she "plugs in" or has "plugged in", whenever she puts her headphones in and becomes dead to the physical world. She hates when her Nan tells her this, and is very impatient with her Mom, brother, and others.

about 4 years ago
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CBC Bans Use of Creative Commons Music On Podcasts

zeroRenegade Re:Electoral death to Harper ! (148 comments)

The CBC is funded and completely dependent on the government.

Socialists my ass... conservatism is becoming synonymous with capitalism... where did our liberalism go?

about 4 years ago
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Why Are We Losing Vertical Pixels?

zeroRenegade Isn't it obvious? (1140 comments)

The manufacturers needed them for mobile devices...

about 4 years ago
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Flash On Android Is 'Shockingly Bad'

zeroRenegade Flash works great on my nexus one! (657 comments)

I am a developer, and I have to admit to my affinity for anime. I have tried flash on my nexus on most of the popular streaming sites (chrunchyroll, funimation, etc), and it works excellent, and their flash players are terrible. Most of the time, the player is the source of problems, not the framework. I think HTML5 is great as well (thewildernessdowntown.com/), but anyone who puts down Flash so adamantly is an idiot.

more than 4 years ago

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