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Comment: Under $200 now... (Score 1) 234

by Jager Dave (#47035197) Attached to: Why Cheap Smartphones Are Going To Upset the Industry
Got my LG Optimus F3 for $150, no contract... Everything I need and fast enough to play some multiplayer games on (as if I have the time, but I tried). 32gb expandable (second thing I bought for it after the case), GorillaGlass©, 5mp camera/vga-front-facing... Only thing that differs it from the F6 (for $75 more) is NFC and Infrared, neither of which I had a use for...

It's a sweet phone that a Macophile friend of mine said "It's a little slower than my 4S, but it seems easier to use..."

Comment: Re:IMHO (Score 1) 203

by Jager Dave (#43529043) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Science Books For Middle School Enrichment?

On the contrary, reading older science fiction and writing a report through a lens of 50 years in the future can be quite useful.

I am unable to recall even a single iota of actual science in the book.

What about when Ender (read "a pilot") controls a Starship (read "a drone") from billions of (read "thousands of") miles away, to smite the enemy (read "the enemy")... Real-world science/technology as used in Ender's game (albeit on a much smaller scale).

Comment: Mostly a scam... (Score 1) 53

by Jager Dave (#43424747) Attached to: Gambling-Focused Internet Cafes Now Illegal In Florida
One of the companies, in Florida anyway, that runs a chain of these (Gambling) Internet Cafes, was doing so supposedly to support American veterans. After a thorough audit of their business (which is partly responsible for this bill being drafted in the first place), it was found that out of the (10's of millions of) money the "organization" made that year, only 2% went to their charity, and a larger percentage going to political donations (which, apparently didn't help them much in the long run :> ).

Comment: Win7 6to4 (Score 0) 965

by Jager Dave (#43165131) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?
If you go back to Win7 - make sure you disable the Microsoft forcibly-installed 6to4 adapter (just google it - there's plenty of posts about it) - because if you don't, and you're running an IPV4 home network, your linux box(es) will do nothing but complain.... I have an iPad, and two laptops - older of which I use primarily as a file server running Ubunti... when I went to Win7, I suddenly got crawling file transfer speeds, despite being on a hardwired full-duplex 100mbit network... once I disabled 6to4, it got happy again...

Comment: Verizon too! (Score 1) 798

by Jager Dave (#42779893) Attached to: AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.
There was a point a few years ago, I lost my phone, and was not at a point to replace it immediately, so I bought a cheap Pay-as-you-go phone, and activated it under my contract... Then a friend went "Hey, I still have my Android, since I went to the iPhone, you want it?"... Of course I did. Verizon didn't. They wouldn't let me turn it on for JUST phone service. DEMANDED I had to have a data plan for it.

me: "but I'm not going to use it for data..."
them: "but you could"
me: "only if I had a data plan"
them: "which is why we insist you have a data plan"
me: "so you make people buy a service they're not going to use just because they have the capability to use it?"
them: "Yes, you have a device that uses data."
me: "but I'm not going to use data."
them: "But you can."
me: "No, I cannot, without a data plan."
them: "Which is why we insist you have a data plan."
me: "Your logic would therefore dictate castrating ALL catholic priests, since they have balls, and the capability to use them, but they don't..." (and hung up)

Demanding a data plan on phones JUST because they have data capabilities is just an absolutely stupid idea, and we should probably start a White House petition to stop it. I'll get started on the draft immediately...

Comment: Warranty? (Score 2) 256

by Jager Dave (#40342033) Attached to: Hybrid Drives Struggling In Face of SSDs
The fact that I found out - the hard way - that Seagate's warranty starts when their product(s) leave the factory - NOT when you actually purchase is. I purchased a Seagate drive, which failed two years later, and I attempted to call upon the "Five Year Warranty" - but oh, apparently NewEgg had said drive sitting on their shelves for three years (NOT knocking NewEgg - I love NewEgg and will for many more decades) - but Seagate considers THEIR warranty to start when it walks out the door, as opposed to when it was purchased. BOYCOTT Seagate, until they stop this silly warranty concept - it's the only major manufacturer that I know of that considers their warranty to start when their product leaves the factory, as opposed to when it is SOLD....

Comment: Panasonic.... (Score 1) 448

by Jager Dave (#40304803) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
I used to travel a LOT, on business - I bought these over-the-ear earphones for about $10 at Hel*Mart - they had about 40% better frequency response than the Sony ones that cost twice as much... Unfortunately, lost the last pair, and haven't been able to find the exact same ones again - but check out Panasonic headphones, definitely.

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