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Comment: Re:Good language support is important (Score 0) 75

by KingRatMass (#48845529) Attached to: The Free Educational Software GCompris Comes To Android
One of the disappointments when I bought my daughter her first tablet was the absence of "The Airplane Game" on Android. It took her two years to learn the name GCompris, so she always referred to it by what the icon represented.

I love the fact that it now on Android since my second child is on the way. As for the shortcomings, most can be overlooked. I can forgive the poor english and the vague name... What's unforgivable is logging into the Play Store and seeing these words attached to an app for children: Offers in-app purchases.

As a parent,. nothing is more frustrating than to have an app nag the shit out of your child every couple minutes to urge them to buy some special tchotchke. Charge for the app entirely up front and save the microtransaction business model for the adults. You completely fuck up your altruistic cause of "helping to educate the children of the world" when you use the predatory bullshit business model so common with apps targeted to children. I am in your target market and I'm urging you to not drive me away by being a bunch of douchebags .

Comment: Re: There must be a very good reason... (Score 0) 579

by KingRatMass (#45796565) Attached to: Utilities Fight Back Against Solar Energy

You don't need giant indoor dam, you just need a giant outdoor tank higher than the surrounding region. The problem is, big tanks like that are kinda expensive. Millions of dollars.

Expensive and, more importantly, dangerous - storing large amounts of power would risk a rather large flood. It would make more sense to excavate an underground cavern and pump water out of it to store power. This is (likely) cheaper, safer and allows far more height difference, thus more power per same amount of water and storage space. And of course you get a huge cistern out of the deal, too.

The Bear Swamp Project in Western Massachusetts has a peak generating output that exceeds that of it's neighbor, Vermont Yankee Nuclear. If Upper Bear Swamp Reservoir were a disaster waiting to happen, wouldn't the treehuggers be out in force, protesting the shit out of it? I doubt that 1% of the people in the Connecticut River Valley even know that Bear Swamp exists.


Comment: Re:Next Woburn/Billerica (Score 0) 252

by KingRatMass (#43322519) Attached to: Wayland/Weston Gets Forked As Northfield/Norwood
Wait for Lawrence/Lowell or Dorchester/Roxbury... That will happen right aorund the time they get Curt Shilling to act as their spokesman. Then project goes right down the shitter. The westbound drive on Rte 20 sucks, hardly worth naming a software project after it. Too bad he didn't live south, we might have gotten Marlboro instead.

Comment: Re:Cell phones are usually tied to a person (Score 0) 445

by KingRatMass (#42214015) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Need a Phone At Your Desk?
All you need to do is go to a new carrier and sign on for service with them. As someone else stated, have a copy of a bill from your previous carrier. Your new carrier will generate a Letter of Authorization for a number port, you sign the LoA. Then the LoA and the copy of your bill that clearly shows the Billing Telephone Number and/or the number being ported are submitted by an agent or the carrier to your old carrier. If all the information on th LoA and Bill is correct, you number will be ported to the new carrier. The process takes 1-7 days in the US typically. If there is any info wrong on the LoA or bill, the old carrier has up to 30 days to notify of a failed port and you have to repeat the process with the correct info

I have 3 LoA's and 3 bills sitting on my desk, next to my work SIP phone, that are being submitted today for number ports. One is waiting for the customer to resubmit the correct bill since the number being ported does not appear on the bill they submit. The original carrier was slick and used the BTN of the customers DSL service for the number being ported.

My work SIP phone has several inbound paths, Toll free, DID, SIP, etc... It also routes calls to different places like my cell phone, other SIP Phones inside our company and even a remote extension at home. All my call forwards are setup and controlled by me. The question of whether or not I need a phone at my desk is as pointless as asking whether I need a computer at my desk. I need a device for voice communication when I'm at, near, or under my desk... and a desk phone happens to be the best device for the job. I'm the opposite with my computer, my desktop PC is relegated to basic functions, my laptop is the one I use to do all my real work.

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