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Comment: Apple (Score 1, Interesting) 187

It's only a problem with Apple devices. Both Android and Windows devices are generic bluetooth. My Windows Phone (HTX 8X) works wonderfully with my VW, which connects via bluetooth for the phone part, and bluetooth audio for the music part. Works seamlessly. iPhones... not so much. As long as people use devices that conform to generic bluetooth standards, it's not a problem.

Comment: $$ for software (Score -1) 419

by NineNine (#45174001) Attached to: Mark Shuttleworth Complains About the 'Open Source Tea Party'

I'm SO happy that I pay for software. I don't have to deal with all of this open source drama bullshit, and have to worry about when somebody's temper tantrum decides to end or radically change some software that I rely on for my business. My eyes glazed over halfway through the story summary, and I really don't care.

Comment: Re:Obvious Solution (Score 1) 177

Requiring people to use upper body strength is probably considered assault by most Slashdotters. Nowhere have I seen more people complaining about not being able to pick up Gadget X or Gadget Y because the few pounds it weighs is overwhelming to their frail bodies.

Comment: Re:Death and taxes (Score 1) 330

by NineNine (#45064515) Attached to: Sick of Your Local Police Force? Crowdfund Your Own

Looking at the financial state of our Federal government, state governments, and local municipalities, it is entirely unfair to leave off the Republicans and Democrats from your list.

Republicans and Democrats generally don't use "refusal to pay taxes" as a plank in their platform/philosophy.

+ - Foxconn to pay Microsoft patent licensing fees for Android devices

Submitted by micromoog
micromoog writes: Joining other major manufacturers like LG and Samsung, Foxconn has now contracted with Microsoft to pay licensing fees on every Android device for undisclosed patents covering basic Android functionality.

According to the BBC's source, "Microsoft is likely to earn several times more money through its Android patents than it does from licences for its own Windows Phone system".

Comment: Re:Capitalism (Score 1) 477

by micromoog (#43252063) Attached to: Bosch Finds Solar Business Unprofitable, Exits

> Money is a proxy here for the input/output ratio of resources, energy and labor.

You're ignoring the time factor. It's a valid proxy *when averaged over time*.

Not considering the time lag creates arguments like "don't invest in new science or technology if it's not immediately profitable". If people behaved this way universally, the various technology revolutions of the past would have never happened.

Comment: Re:Depends on the source (Score 3, Informative) 749

by micromoog (#43251615) Attached to: Can You Really Hear the Difference Between Lossless, Lossy Audio?
That's correct, there is no audible difference to a human between a 22kHz sine wave and a 22kHz any-other-shape periodic wave. Not to mention, no adult human can hear 22kHz anyway. I hear 16kHz. My 9-year-old can hear 19kHz. Get a frequency generator app and test yourself -- it's fascinating.

Comment: Re:Marketing is bullshit (Score 1) 54

by micromoog (#43139251) Attached to: SXSW: Google's Amit Singhal Talks SEO "Experts," Mobile, Search
I think the word you're looking for is "diarrhetic". You see, one involves excessive pooping, whilst the other is for excessive urination. A subtle distinction, yes, but nevertheless an important one. The fact that these words are homophones is just a happy coincidence of linguistics.

Comment: Re:good idea (Score 1) 529

by micromoog (#43110475) Attached to: The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban
You're arguing a false dichotomy. My made-up guy is neither Goofus nor Gallant -- he has the skills of Gallant, plus the initiative to do more. That's who I look for in my hires.

Goofus is a per-hour contractor -- you buy his time. Gallant is a per-piece contractor -- you buy his output. In an employee, I want neither -- I want someone who feels like they're part of the mission, and can identify work that needs to be done without some manager handing it to them. People who can do this well deserve to get paid more, get promotions, and still manage to keep a 40-hour week -- plus they get a sense of meaningful ownership of what they do.

Comment: Re:good idea (Score 1) 529

by micromoog (#43108107) Attached to: The Data That Drove Yahoo's Telecommuting Ban
They're both bad employees. The best employee is the one who does all his work in an hour, maybe takes a little break and has a snack, then says "Hey Boss, this took less time than expected. What else can I help with?". Your view expects the boss to know everything about all of his staff's work, which frankly is an outdated view outside of manufacturing and other simple, easily measurable areas. In today's complex "knowledge worker" (or pick your favorite buzzword) environment, employees tend to know more than their boss about the details of their work . . . which is a Good Thing (tm), as it increases everyone's capacity for meaningful work.

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