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Comment: Re:Congressman Amash’s letter sent to Collea (Score 1) 379

Yes, it does, in that part where the House can set the procedural rules. IIRC, the current procedure only requires one Congresscritter to request the vote be recorded and they have to comply. With this knowledge it is particularly concerning that the DMCA and some other horrid bills were passed by voice vote.

Comment: Re:As a BlackBerry user (Score 2) 189

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#47994689) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone
You just said it in your question. For the BlackBerry, messaging is not one of the many things it does, it's the focus of what it does. Here are some simple differences: I get a separate icon for each inbox on BlackBerry, whereas on Android I get one mail 'app' that has drop-down menus for each inbox. With BlackBerry I automatically get true push email, but Android only offers that if I'm using a Google hosted email account (yes, probably some way to fix this, but BlackBerry it is automatically set up on every account). BlackBerry is loaded with really great shortcuts available at all times because the physical keyboard, which allows me to accomplish routine tasks in a fraction of the time required on an Android. If you deal with high volumes of email (both receiving and sending -some people receive lots of email, but rarely respond, so that wouldn't matter), pick up a BlackBerry and try it out. If you don't deal with high volumes of email, then you probably will never understand why such a tool is better.

Comment: Re:AMA: Blackberry User (Score 1) 189

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#47988071) Attached to: BlackBerry Launches Square-Screened Passport Phone
My experience with the 9900 is only with OS 7 and then OS 7.1, the only notable difference to me was increase in battery life, making the stock battery tolerable. Never had any notable issues with viewing websites or attachments, other than the screen is tiny, though PPI is great. Even YouTube embeds work fine. I don't like the keyboard on the new X device and I have a fondness for physical buttons and trackpads. On the very rare occasion that the OS browser isn't playing well with a website, usually due to screen size and text flow, I just switch to Opera Mini, which magically renders the pages perfectly, though has as really crappy interface. I used the 8700c and then the 9000 before the 9900. I actually miss the jog dial for scrolling websites.

Comment: Re:Solution (Score 1) 410

Technically, if we're going to bother considering what the U.S. Constitution has to say on the matter, a sales tax is not authorized as it is not a tariff, excise tax, or income tax - the only three taxes currently authorized.

As an aside, I find it interesting that parent comment gets voted up while A.C. comment directly above it gets voted down into oblivion. I guess the current crop of slashdot mods prefers unconstitutional sales tax to world peace.

Comment: Re:will require less water (Score 1) 115

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#47897869) Attached to: Laid Off From Job, Man Builds Tweeting Toilet
Controllable flush volume is not 'fancier' since it contains all the same elements as the fix-volume toilets. In fact, the controllable volume toilets are likely less sophisticated since there does not need to be any sort of mechanism to determine flush volume - just a simple spring-loaded valve.

Comment: Re:Who would have thought (Score 2) 194

by MyFirstNameIsPaul (#47883371) Attached to: The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada
I agree. This is far more dangerous than cruise control and hand-free talking on the cell phone, dealing with kids in the back, arguing with a passenger, fumbling with other car controls, etc., and should not be allowed in vehicles, because the drivers wouldn't be able to handle it.

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.