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Comment: Re: I dunno about LEDs, but CFLs don't last (Score 2) 595

by AvitarX (#48002087) Attached to: The Great Lightbulb Conspiracy

Every led I've purchased (I only buy energy star , because they are actually testing them for light quality ,unlike with CFLs ,so that may make a difference ) , has said it was dimmable , to the point I thought it was intrinsic in the technology .

They're also the only bulbs that have any real life in my old house . My porch light lasts 2-3 weeks incandesant . I'm 4 months on the led I put in it , on convenience alone it's worth the price .

Comment: Re: Other hackable things (Score 1) 70

by AvitarX (#47978837) Attached to: Apple's TouchID Fingerprint Scanner: Still Hackable

The security feature I'd like to see is a way to with touch only turn off a phone that's locked ( for example the 5 quick clicks method on the power button most portable vaporizors tend to use) .

This with a long password and whole disk encryption on boot

I could then use sloppy security most of the time , ( 4 digit pin) ,but I could easily turn it off in my pocket before handing it over to a malicious actor ( law enforcement / theif) .

Comment: Re: Because... (Score 1) 252

by AvitarX (#47974977) Attached to: Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

There's also people like me that can't seem to keep a phone working for more than a year or two .

At this point , I think I'll be sticking to phones like the Moto e or g , $200 for a workable phone , not customization to make it annoying (every non nexus android I've used had weird little issues with sharing objects between the built in apps and newer apps from the store)

Comment: Re: How is Yelp supposed to work? (Score 1) 249

by AvitarX (#47962483) Attached to: Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

That's the real problem. If they did it like google, essentially allowing payment to be featured and marked as such, it wouldn't be a problem taking the money from the people reviewed. Manipulating the reviews though sucks, especially since it's still the best way to find something nearby quickly when somewhere new .

Comment: Re: lock the front door before spend $1.5 billion (Score 2) 221

by AvitarX (#47961079) Attached to: Secret Service Critics Pounce After White House Breach

Oilcan completetly see how having unfettered access for the security is better than a locked door .

Casinos don't have locking doors either ,they have 24/7 security .

Double barrel locks are a higher risk in killing you in a fire than the added security of not being able to break a window and reach in to unlock .

Comment: Re:Dial up can still access gmail (Score 1) 334

by AvitarX (#47936289) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

We had one of them where I work (in the late 90s, maybe into early 2000s). One of our locations didn't have access to DSL, and cable didn't exist yet. Eventually, when the internet was more important, they got ISDN there, and then a T-1 when they got cheap (when factoring in all of the phone lines included). I actually think the location closed just before cable was available.

Comment: Re:"forced labor" (Score 1) 183

by AvitarX (#47933421) Attached to: Use of Forced Labor "Systemic" In Malaysian IT Manufacturing

I thought Obama was running more middle of the line than Hillary, wasn't she for single payer since the 90s?

My memory is hazy, but Obama seemed to run moderate with a liberal fervor (sort of like how second Bush ran super conservative, but with a moderate fervor). What policies was Obama running on that were more progressive than Hillary (or really even McCain?).

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