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Comment Re:How about this? (Score 2) 30

Actually, this pretty much already exists. Go buy a $1 OTG USB cable and a $25 wired Xbox 360 controller and it just works. Or, you can get something like this for $12.
It's not that there's lack of controller support in terms of hardware or the OS. It's just that game companies aren't rolling out support for them.

Comment I'm looking at the first amendment here and... (Score 1) 563

I'm not seeing where it grants a right to acquire information. I'm also not seeing where it grants freedom of speech to non-U.S. residents.

So long as the websites in question do not originate in the United States, they may very well have every right to restrict our access to them?

Comment Reminds me (Score 1) 629

of when I was in high school in the mid 90s. Thankfully I didn't have to deal with criminal charges however.

Back when computer classes were still a new thing in high schools, I was attending introduction to computers for my first period. We'd all come in and turn on the computers and watch them boot up Windows 95.

These computers had a virus scan set to run during boot up, and on that particular day, it had found a virus. I waved the teacher over and pointed it out.

From that point on I was forbidden to take any computer classes in high school ever again.

Submission + - Five-year-old passes Microsoft exam (

Draeven writes: A boy from Coventry has become the youngest computer specialist in the world.

Ayan Qureshi is now a Microsoft Certified Professional after passing the tech giant's exam when he was just five years old.

Submission + - 5 year old passed Microsoft Certified Professional

EzInKy writes: The BBC has this heartwarming story about a five year old British boy who is the youngest Microsoft Certified Professional.

He told the BBC he found the exam difficult but enjoyable, and hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub one day.

"There were multiple choice questions, drag and drop questions, hotspot questions and scenario-based questions," he told the BBC Asian Network.

"The hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a five-year-old. But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory," explained Ayan's father Asim.

Ayan says he hopes to launch a UK-based IT hub similar to America's Silicon Valley one day, which he intends to call E-Valley.

Comment Totally pointless. (Score 2) 197

I can already imagine how many times someone will lose their phone, then remotely break it only to find it later and hassle customer service to fix it.

Putting that aside, I just can't see this kind of security being useful or reducing actual thefts very much. I can't imagine there won't be a way to disable, remove, or otherwise bypass this remote wipe in some way.

Submission + - NSA planned to discredit radicals based on web-browsing habits (

wired_parrot writes: New documents leaked show that the NSA was not only monitoring suspected radical sympathizers, but planned to discredit them based on their web-surfing habits. This includes not only evidence of porn browsing and online sexual activity, as well as extorsion and blackmail based on innapropriate use of funds. At the same time, the document leaked notes that very few of contacts noted were associated with terrorism

Comment Copyright impedes creativity? (Score 1) 442

I don't think the length of copyright impedes creativity at all. Once something is in the public domain it's free to use in whole unchanged. Where's the creativity in that?

It's overly restrictive fair use rules that impede creativity. Allow a copyright holder to own their property perpetually should be fine, but loosen fair use laws so that things can be used and built upon.

Comment Re:Smartphone a luxury or necessity? (Score 1) 572

smartphones are all but the norm anymore

Then it appears you disagree with some other Slashdot users who have told me that smartphones are a luxury, not a necessity. The only necessity is an $80/year dumbphone in case of urgencies, and that's only because payphones are being removed. But I'm willing to consider your arguments as to why a smartphone is a necessity.

There was no usage of the words necessity or luxury in the post you were replying to. Something being "the norm" or not isn't related to whether or not it is deemed a necessity.

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Submission + - Paper trail and open source software vote imminent (

Spamicles writes: "A vote is imminent for the bill that is a direct response to problems that occurred during the 2006 elections. This legislation would create a paper trail for elections, require a manual audit of every federal election, and open the source code of voting software in certain circumstances. The bill currently has 216 co-sponsors and is expected to be brought to the floor of the House and passed any day."

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