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Comment: Wrong Textbook (Score 1) 337

by LostCluster2.0 (#41445473) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Ask College To Change Intro To Computing?
If you're paying more than $30 for an MS Office book you're being overcharged. This sounds like a hardcover that's being sold in place of $20 books from the ...for Dummies series, the Absolute Beginner's Guide to series, and the Idiot's Guide to... series. Accuse this professor of making too much money off of his bookstore kickbacks (which are legal but students should hate) and next time get your education from another place or just the book.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT DOWN oops, it's the story! (Score 1) 371

by LostCluster2.0 (#41241927) Attached to: Nokia Claims a Memory Card Slot Would Have "Defiled" New Phone
Yep, and that's my point. The 820 comes with a slot for you to bring your own flash memory chip. The 920 has a chip already installed that goes, guest where...exactly where the slot would have connected. Now, when you talk Apple, the iPod Touch always has a double memory compared to an iPhone when comparing top end to top end because the GSM chip takes about the same space as the memory chip.

Comment: MOD PARENT DOWN oops, it's the story! (Score -1) 371

by LostCluster2.0 (#41241581) Attached to: Nokia Claims a Memory Card Slot Would Have "Defiled" New Phone
What do we have here? We have a phone that does not have an SD slot but has one of the smaller slots defined in the SD standard... you can add as much memory as you want and it costs the same as an SD chip because the plastic saved is of no value. The only way this chip is a problem is if you try to take it out too frequently it's not as easy, but that's not something you do often with your phone, you sync over USB. Nothing to see here, move along. Must be a SlowNewsNight..

Comment: Forgetting something? (Score 2) 85

If power problems are downing the city's datacenter for a holiday weekend, couldn't they just rent a few $100/mo servers and run the city apps on them for the downtime and make the problems transparent to the end user? No one-place site is ever safe for important apps, we call that a Single Point of Failure around here.

Comment: Do you want a killbit or not? (Score 1) 489

by LostCluster2.0 (#41111009) Attached to: Windows 8 Tells Microsoft About Everything You Install
In order for Microsoft to kill rogue software they have to know something about what you're installing. SmartScreen is Microsoft's attempt to implement this kind of malware prevention, just like the age-old send error report features lets Microsoft know about programs that crash into the operating system's area.

Make sure your code does nothing gracefully.