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Comment: Re:Phones getting too big .. (Score 1) 56

by CastrTroy (#48219867) Attached to: Preferred smartphone screen size?
The obvious solution is to just get 2 devices. Get a 7 or 10 inch tablet for doing document editing, playing games, reading books, and get a 4 inch (or even smaller) phone for quick glances at email, actual phone calls, etc.

There are very few situations I can think of that I could bring a 6 inch phone with me, but that I could not bring a 7 inch (or even 10 inch) tablet and a 4 inch phone. However, there are many situations in my life where I really don't want to have to bring a 6 inch phone, yet still want to have a phone on me. For the price of a 6 inch phone that still doesn't quite cut it as far as tasks like document editing goes, you can get a 4 inch phone which does everything you need in a phone, and a 10 inch tablet that will wipe the floor in productivity related tasks with any smaller device.

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 323

by CastrTroy (#48203875) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic
Lots of things are non-essential. That doesn't mean we should tax them at ridiculous rates and that people don't deserve to be able to use them. Toasters and microwaves aren't essential. You can do all the stuff you'd normally use them for in an oven or on a stove. Let's tax toasters and microwaves 50 cents for each minute used. Most people could probably walk 2 kilometers. Let's implement a tax on all car trips that are less than 2 kilometers.

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 323

by CastrTroy (#48203755) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic
The fact that people will find ways of routing around the problem is exactly why this is a bad idea. Having Linux Install-Fests was exactly what people did 15 years ago, which just goes to show that taxing internet usage will actually stifle technology. The amount of work required to update a Windows machine without going straight through Windows Update mean most people just won't do it.

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 323

by CastrTroy (#48203035) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic
Streaming videos isn't the only use of the internet. At $0.62 per gigabyte, it will not cost $0.62 cents every time you want to download a Linux ISO (usually about 1 GB). CentOS is about 4 GB, meaning it would cost about $2.50 just download that. Downloading updates and security patches would also cost you extra. Perhaps people will turn off updates in order to save money, which would create all kinds of security issues. Want to download the latest game? That's going to cost you extra. Even if you only used 25 GB a month, it would still cost you and extra $15.50 a month on your internet bill. I would agree that the internet is not an essential service, but the tax seems way out of line with how much people want to use and how much people are used to paying for internet.

Comment: Re:It would be interesting (Score 3, Interesting) 121

by CastrTroy (#48202671) Attached to: Xerox Alto Source Code Released To Public
I looks like there's a some assembly code there from my browsing, which might be difficult to cross-compile. I would guess from the age of the code that a fair amount of it is assembly code. It would be possible to run it on an emulator. Even that could yield some serious speed gains.

Comment: Re:Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads And More Ads Ads Ads Ad (Score 3, Insightful) 126

by CastrTroy (#48196683) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices
My thoughts exactly. It's obvious that Netflix can track you across devices because you are signed into your account and profile. They've been able to do this since they started streaming videos. I don't see how this has anything to do with advertisements though, as Netflix is a pay service and does not show any ads.

Comment: Re:It is a common thing right now in other cities (Score 1) 394

by CastrTroy (#48195189) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
They created their own problem. By making it so easy to avoid late fees, they've made people pay less late fees. They send you an email to remind you before your books are late, and you can renew them online. Unless somebody has reserved a book you already had, or you've had a book out for 9 weeks, which I think is the limit on renewals, it's quite difficult to get dinged with a late fee. Plus you can drop your books off at any branch, and there are many small branches all over the city. So it's not hard to drop off a book even if you only have a day or two notice.

Comment: Re:Simpsons Movie? (Score 1) 470

by CastrTroy (#48189499) Attached to: Manga Images Depicting Children Lead to Conviction in UK
Hollywood has always had a different standard. I was rewatching Good Morning, Vietnam. I was a little surprised to see child nudity in a major Hollywood film. Mind you, it was an innocent shot of some Vietnamese kids playing in the fire hydrant, but it was full frontal nudity of children nonetheless. And it's also hard to argue intent. Something that was meant to be innocent by the artist could still be arousing to other people looking at the content.

Comment: Re:The downside is (Score 1) 171

by CastrTroy (#48186491) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own
Especially for an embedded/mobile device. My phone came out with Android 2.3, and Android 4.0 was released 6 months later. It never saw an update. Less than 6 months of updates for my phone. iOS is a no go for me, because I don't like being locked into one vendor, and their phones are expensive, at least of bought new. Android is really my preferred choice, but I really don't want to be screwed over on updates again. I'm seriously considering going with Windows phone for my next phone, as there are multiple manufacturers supporting them, and the updates come directly from MS.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 273

by CastrTroy (#48185721) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
Why should it not be? As long as the Koreans can build the ship to the same specs as the Danes, I don't see why the jobs should go to one country over the other. Giving the jobs to Danes might mean that they have more jobs and more money to spend, but it would also mean that shipping costs would go up. As a country that is highly reliant on trade with other countries, they should want shipping costs to remain low.

Comment: Re:Ho-lee-crap (Score 1) 273

by CastrTroy (#48185571) Attached to: The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea
While obviously not as impressive in size (441 ft.), the Liberty ship could be built surprisingly fast. As a publicity stunt, they built one in 4 days, 15.5 hours. The average build time was 42 days, and in 1940, they produced 200 ships in a year. Impressive what countries can do during wartime.

Comment: Re:Data centers? (Score 1) 407

by CastrTroy (#48168791) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal
Datacenters are mostly remotely managed now anyway. You have a few people working there to make sure it's secure and to switch out a hard drive if you need to, but there's really no reason for a datacenter to be located where most of your employees are, unless you are doing research and development and are constantly adding and removing machines and changing the hardware configuration. Servers can even be completely powered down and powered back up over the network.

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?