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Comment: Re:About time common sense prevailed! (Score 1) 292

by Jagen (#39401373) Attached to: Time to Review FAA Gadget Policies

Arbitrary rules reduce respect for the necessary ones. For example: No headphones during take-off? Makes perfect sense - take-off is one of the most sensitive times of the flight. If someone needs to yell directions, you need to hear them. Reading a book on your Kindle? Not so much.

This seems similar to people creating backronyms, insisting there must be a valid reason for these rules even if it's not the one we're told, why do you think it's necessary? Air Canada apparently don't think it's necessary to not wear headphones, they only require that they are connected to the in cabin entertainment systems rather than a personal device, but you are free to wear your headphones and use the entertainment during takeoff and landing.

Comment: What is the point of Google TV? (Score 4, Interesting) 107

by Jagen (#38712876) Attached to: Google TV 2.0 Review, Tweaks, and Screenshots

I've heard the article, seen the videos, digested the spiel, but I still don't see why I'd want a Google TV box.
It's a standalone box that isn't a DVR, isn't a games console and doesn't play physical media like DVDs/BRs. And it was $300 at launch, did they seriously think they had a winner there?
It seems to be a solution to a problem that no one else thinks is a problem, if it had a least been integrated with a physical media player, or DVR (and I mean been a DVR, not sort of linked up to an external unit), it could have been justified as a replacement for something I already had, as it was it was just another expensive device wanting one of the limited HDMI ports on my TV.

Comment: Re:Are there any geeks in Congress? (Score 1) 278

by Jagen (#38301168) Attached to: EFF Asks To Make Jailbreaking Legal For All Devices

I've actually considered running for office for these types of laws to be passed (REAL net-neutrality, get rid of software patents, etc).

Unless you can convince large corporate donors, trial lawyers, unions, etc. that this is in their best interest, you haven't a prayer of getting elected, much less enacting any legislation.

If you want to change the way things work, you need to become very rich first. After which, you'll have a vested interest in making sure things don't change. This is true in all democracies.

And even assuming you managed to raise enough funding you then need to convince enough people in a particular area that your one issue stance is so important that they should vote for you ahead of any more rounded candidates, good luck.

Comment: Smart Meters != Energy Monitors (Score 5, Informative) 375

by Jagen (#38156794) Attached to: Smart Meters Wreaking Havoc With Home Electronics

Firstly a lot of people in here seem to be confusing Smart Meters with Energy Monitors. The former replaces the old dial meter and it supposed to communicate with other meters in the area and/or directly with the energy supplier for billing and better tracking of consumption.

Energy Monitors are those devices which clamp around lines by your meter and communicate to a box in your house giving you an idea of your realtime energy use.

Comment: Re:Efficiency check (Score 1) 359

by Jagen (#37688040) Attached to: Mazda Stops Production of the Last Rotary Engine Powered Car

The displacement number in rotary engines is quite misleading.

So true, it drives me nuts to see people going on about how awesome it is "and only a 1.3 litre engine". When you realise that this measurement for a wankel only gives you one rotation of the output shaft compared to 2 rotations for a 4cyl 4 stroke it doesn't look so great anymore and you see why the fuel economy sucks.


Sale of Samsung Galaxy Tab Blocked in the EU 412

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the former-lovers-quarrel dept.
bizwriter writes with a news piece in bnet about the continuing battle between Samsung and Apple. From the article: "In a stunning and painful decision for Samsung, Apple got a German court to issue a preliminary injunction against the Galaxy Tab. According to patent analyst and blogger Florian Mueller, that means Samsung cannot ... sell its tablet in the entire European Union, except for the Netherlands."

Comment: Re:Hypocrisy (Score 2) 917

by Jagen (#35586760) Attached to: Apple Removes Gay Cure App From App Store

I'm not sure how it works in the US but here in the UK a subsidised phone is yours to do as you wish with irrespective of the length of the contract. They discount the price (down to free sometimes) obviously based on the expected income from the life of the contract, but the phone is not leased to you during the contract it's wholly yours.

Comment: Better Article Here (Score 5, Informative) 91

by Jagen (#34047380) Attached to: 40 Million Year Old Primate Fossils Found In Asia

There in a link in the comments section to a much better article that explains why even though these fossils are from Africa they are being linked to primate origins in Asia.

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