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Comment: Re:...and device runtime with stay the same (Score 1) 322

by Ivoch (#43947683) Attached to: New All-Solid Sulfur Based Battery Outperforms Lithium Ion
If you have root and want to invest a couple of bucks, you can get Tasker and its plugin, Secure Settings, and can make a very simple profile that automatically switches to the desired keyboard for the app you are currently using (and then back to the default one after you close the app, if you want). One of the many, many useful things you can do with Tasker. Alternatively, you might be able to do the same for free with Llama, but I haven't tried it and I don't know if Secure Settings works with it. But Tasker is way more powerful anyway.

Comment: Re:How do you get offenders to stop? (Score 1) 321

by Ivoch (#33680494) Attached to: Is the Web Heading Toward Redirect Hell?

Actually, why do people take the 140 character limit as if it's the speed of light anyway? I know it's because of SMS, but this is the freaking 21st century! It's like forcing people to use only 26 letters to write stuff because it has to be compatible with the telegraph, and Morse only has encoding for said letters! Arrrgggghhh!!!

While I myself don't use Twitter and have literally only read about 3-4 tweets since the site first appeared, I can certainly see the use of this imposed limit. Say I want to follow the news about several dozen people (book authors, movie critics, owners, etc.) but don't want to waste much time doing it. So instead of reading their homepages and the news items they post on them, or their blogs, which could conceivably degenerate into multiple-page-long ramblings with only a tiny bit of relevant information hidden somewhere in them, I'd follow them on Twitter, where they are forced by the limit to write short and concise updates. In fact I suppose this might have been one of the reasons for creating the site in the first place or if not, it should have been.

Comment: Re:*Some* people will pay (Score 1) 1115

by Ivoch (#32864118) Attached to: Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

Ask yourself how many popular sci-fi shows that plenty of geeks enjoy still get canceled in their infancy, because they don't bring in enough money almost immediately for those who bankroll them to continue writing the cheques until the series is established.

What actually springs to my mind is, how many of those popular, canceled sci-fi shows were actually successful (in terms of being well in the black when all expenses and all venues of distribution are considered) and were only killed because they didn't bring in as many viewers as the more successful non-scifi shows.

Comment: Re:"I'm just a guy trying to make a living." (Score 5, Funny) 973

by Ivoch (#32796128) Attached to: A Composer's-Eye View of the Copyright Wars
Yeah, what's with all that "music" and "movies" and "books" and "video games" etc crap? I just can't understand how anyone in their right mind could need to make or enjoy that stuff, when they could instead go work for a couple more hours per day in the fields or in the mines or something equally real and worthwhile. If everyone worked 16 hours per day instead of just 8 and then wasting the rest, just think about how much more advanced a civilization we'd be.

Science is to computer science as hydrodynamics is to plumbing.