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Comment: Re:5 Over (Score 1) 717 717

I get irritated when people are holding up traffic in the left lane but so long as you're not taking 5 minutes to pass one car maintaining your speed is fine.

I get annoyed when you have the "yo-yo" drivers in the left lane who get almost past the car beside them then get really interested in their cellphone conversation they shouldn't be having and let off the gas enough that the car on the right pulls ahead again. If a driver fails to pass the same car twice in a row then it's time to pull in behind them and get out of the way.

Comment: Re:Open Platform? (Score 1) 459 459

I want firmware that has been built by the manufacturer and then tested so I don't miss calls or SMS messages.

Hope you don't have a Droid X then, Motorola's update on that phone screwed up SMS messaging. I believe they fixed it now but still goes to show that having your OS update come from the manufacturer doesn't guarantee it works right.

Comment: Re:Open Platform? (Score 1) 459 459

He has a point, how often do you see someone saying "my Android is the bomb because it's open and I don't need Apple's permission to install software." Apparently you need the permission of Samsung and/or T-Mobile.

With Android you don't need permission to install software and unlike iOS there are other routes to install it without rooting or jailbreaking the phone to get it installed without using the app store. So it can be argued that you need Apple's permission to install software on your iPhone (as unless you jailbreak it you're stuck with what Apple permits on the App Store). The Android Market is far less restrictive and you can additionally install apps from outside the market without rooting the phone.

Now for firmware this might be a bit more difficult but one look at the glut of custom ROMs available for Android handsets shows what is possible for those who want it. How many actual customized firmwares are there for the iPhone?

Comment: Re:As an owner of a PS3, I say this to GeoHot (Score 1) 508 508

Sony can still easily PSN ban anyone using the hacks and aimbots you're so worried about. Just like Microsoft can on LIVE. Now please stop whining and ranting against the hardware being opened up for people who bought it to actually use it as they wish.

Comment: Re:More allergenic? (Score 5, Interesting) 760 760

Diet makes a big difference in how meat tastes too. My family hunts and depending on the available food sources in an area the deer will taste different. People who often find deer taste very "gamey" should try changing the area they hunt in, this is often a result of the diet. Taking deer in an area with abundant sources of alfalfa and beech nuts will usually result in very good meat.
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California County Bans SmartMeter Installations 494 494

kiwimate writes "Marin County in California has passed an ordinance (PDF) banning the installation of smart meters in unincorporated Marin. Among the reasons given are privacy concerns associated with measuring energy usage data moment by moment and the potential for adverse impact on emergency communication systems used by first responders and amateur radio operators. The ordinance also comments that 'the SmartMeters program ... could well actually increase total electricity consumption and therefore the carbon footprint,' citing 'some engineers and energy conservation experts.'" The ordinance also mentions "significant health questions" raised about "increased electromagnetic frequently radiation (EMF) emitted by the wireless technology in SmartMeters."

Comment: Re:Definition, please (Score 1) 525 525

Had you spent a second trying to figure things out before lambasting the writer you would have realized that TFS links into a post which is a continuation of an issue he introduced in a previous post. He is writing this post expecting that you've read the previous one, notice that the first sentence he writes mentions that he introduced the subject in a prior post and provides a link to it.

Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce

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