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Comment: Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (Score 1) 406

by Drathos (#48143525) Attached to: Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

If that's the case, they should also be calling for a ban on books and earplugs and should stop providing magazines/SkyMall for people to thumb through during those phases. But they're not and, as far as I know, they never have.

Before the electronics ban was lifted by the FAA, I demonstrated to a few of flight attendants how my noise canceling headphones made it easier to hear and understand them (since it's really only effective on the steady (engine and wind) noise, not on variable sound (talking)).

Comment: Re:billing address checks? what checks? (Score 1) 172

by Drathos (#47921259) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

The content owners don't let Netflix have the same content everywhere. They have to negotiate whole new licenses for each country they want to serve.

They're allowing the VPN users because, to Netflix, it looks like it's coming from a valid IP in the US. That's the whole point of the consumers using the VPN services - to trick the geolocation check that Netflix has.

Comment: This is news? (Score 3, Insightful) 44

by Drathos (#47084303) Attached to: Hawaii's Oahu Used To Be a Bigger Island

My first reaction was "Um.. Duh?"

I learned this in middle school, I believe. The Hawaiian Islands are a chain that's formed by the movement of the Pacific Plate across a hot spot. As it passes over, a volcano builds up and builds up, eventually forming an island that keeps growing as long as the vent stays over the hot spot. Eventually, it will move on and start eroding, while another volcano starts up at the ocean floor. All of the Hawaiian Islands except for Hawai'i (The Big Island) are currently shrinking, while Hawai'i is still growing. If you look at charts of the Pacific Ocean's floor, you can see a long chain going all the way to the subduction zone at the Aleutian Trench.

Comment: Re:Lame duck President (Score 3, Informative) 316

"Lame Duck" in politics means they're on their way out. Either they've already lost an election or, in this case, in his final term and can't run again. It has nothing to do with what he's done or what his goals are/were. It basically means he can do as he pleases and doesn't need to worry about what the voters think anymore.

Comment: Re: Or maybe (Score 2) 317

by Drathos (#44176407) Attached to: Why Automakers Should Stop the Infotainment Arms Race

Not entirely true.

If someone cuts in front of you and immediately slams on the brakes, there's not always enough space to avoid a collision. I've had that happen multiple times in the DC area (luckily no actual collisions, but many close calls).

There's also people who intentionally get themselves rear ended for insurance/lawsuit claims. Supposedly, the reason everyone seems to have a dashcam in Russia is because this is so prevalent there and I've seen vids of it being done in California, too.

That being said, in normal driving conditions, the person doing the rear-ending is generally at fault.

Comment: Re:Transferring purchased apps (Score 1) 315

by Drathos (#43411327) Attached to: Competitors Complain To EC That Free Android Is a 'Trojan Horse'

For a long time, AT&T was blocking the option to sideload apps on their Android phones. No Amazon Appstore or Swype for you!

And I'm convinced that Samsung is trying to work their way to having their own Android-based environment, separate from Google, including their own app store.

Comment: Re:because microsoft is always completely original (Score 1) 199

Yes, but that doesn't make Facebook Home uninstallable. It will almost certainly be a system app that cannot be uninstalled unless you root the phone. And some of the apps in the suite may be set up to start automatically even if you don't actually use them.

Thankfully Android 4.1 (or was it 4.0?) added the ability to disable apps you don't like but can't uninstall.

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