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Comment Re:And another on the ban pile (Score 5, Insightful) 289

When a company pulls this kind of trick, they are dead to me. I don't understand why companies think that they will get away with such actions. It may slip through once but it only takes one time getting caught and then people will start looking back at past hardware releases to see if they did the same thing before. The damage to a company's reputation can be devastating, all to earn some extra profit.. Such a shame.

Comment Re: 50MB = 750$ (Score 2) 321

Yep.. T-Mobile is awesome in the USA. The tethering works great. No ridiculous prices to add SMS. Free international roaming (slower speeds but I'll take it! Also can buy data at a faster speed). I was on AT&T's plan for years. I had a grandfathered unlimited data pan with them. Once they sent me a notice for exceeding normal use (wasn't that much to be honest, I think the phone hit 3 Gigs of data due to our son watching some Netflix videos) and slowed my connection down (actually it was my wife's phone) we decided to leave AT&T for T-Mobile and are so glad we did. I tell everyone I know that they should leave AT&T and use T-Mobile..

Comment Funding for Better Buildings? (Score 1) 187

I have never understood the mentality of throwing out these portables for students to use as a classroom. I see many schools here in South Florida using these portables as a permanent solution to inadequate classrooms. Before anyone says "but the school system can't afford to build new ones" keep in mind that in Florida, the lottery proceedings which the state takes in are supposed to go towards the school system. If the government would properly fund school sour of the normal budget and then allocate lottery revenue AFTER instead of including it as a part of meeting the budget (thus allocating the other funds elsewhere). If the school system actually got the lottery revenue after the base budgets were met, the school system would be a lot better off and these portables would not be a permanent structure.

Comment Re:Hell Yes! (Score 1) 251

I absolutely loved playing multi-player Descent. The death match sessions were fast and furious. It's funny because several days ago, I had wondered if people still host servers to play Descent and Starsiege: Tribes (another great game). So many great games just don't get played any more I guess. Threewave CTF Quake was another amazing game which I spent so many hours playing.. (oh, so many hours)...

Comment Re:Autism is the new ADD (Score 1) 558

Watching TV, ipads, whatever has zero to do with Autism. If you really do think that you really need to read up on it and perhaps speak with parents of a child with Autism. My daughter was not stuck in front of a TV or screen much at all and I have seen many kids who were. There's a marked difference between a kid with no social skills / experiences and a kid with Autism. Kids with no social skill still are curious about people around them, want to communicate with others, can smile for pictures, etc. A child with Autism wants none of those things. Your theory is laughable and that you'd sit there spouting on like this is pathetic. Go back to speaking of things which you have knowledge of and avoid commenting on things for which you know nothing.

Comment Re:Autism is the new ADD (Score 2) 558

As a parent of a 4 year old with Autism, I can safely say that you have no clue what you are talking about which is fine (hell I knew very little about it before having my daughter diagnosed at the age of 2). I do take issue when you make such idiotic comments as Autism is the new ADD. There's a difference between "throwing a huge tantrum" because a child had a toy, tablet whatever taken away and not having your child want to look at you, smile for pictures and be oblivious to everyone around him or her. I'd be very surprised honestly, if any parent ever jumped to the conclusion that their child must have Autism because they are misbehaving or are "nerdy".

"Increased screening sensitivity"? What does that mean? Do you even know what you are talking about? Have you ever attended sessions with doctors and specialists with a child to see how they determine if a child shows signs of Autism? No? Well, have you even read up on it? No? Perhaps you should before you continue to show your ignorance and insensitivity to others even more than you already have.

Trust me on this. Autism is not ever diagnosed because a kid has tantrums or is nerdy etc. The professionals know what they are doing. My daughter most definitely has Autism (on the lower end of the spectrum) and should lead a normal life provided she receives therapy and treatment as she grows up.

Comment Re:Not autonomous? (Score 1) 356

I think Drone / UAV can be interchanged.. I think the big differentiator should be the autonomous flying capabilities. Otherwise, I think of the stuff that individuals fly around as RC Aircraft even with a camera onboard which provides the person flying it with the ability to see from the aircraft in real time. Drones, as the term is popularly used these days, tend to refer to a military use UAV which packs weapons or sensors used for military reconnaissance.

Unmanned Areal Vehicle: A powered, aerial vehicle that does not carry a human operator, uses aerodynamic forces to provide vehicle lift, can fly autonomously or be piloted remotely, can be expendable or recoverable, and can carry a lethal or nonlethal payload. Ballistic or semiballistic vehicles, cruise missiles, and artillery projectiles are not considered unmanned aerial vehicles. Also called UAV.

Comment Re: I have mixed feelings about this. (Score 5, Interesting) 225

It's apparent that the whole patent system is in dire need of an overhaul. The question is who will finally step up in the government to fix this mess.. It's something I hear of almost daily (patent trolls killing off innovation and screwing people out of money).

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Comment Looks like it's being used by big companies (Score 1) 1103

Here's a link to a story of a McDonald's employee being forced to get paid off of one of these cards.

It's one thing if the employer is offering these as an alternative to a pay check for people that can't get a bank account somewhere. It's an entirely different issue when they are defaulting to these or forcing them on people. Pay employees the traditional way, via check but offer alternatives if needed. The alternatives though should not be saddled with these fees. I received a similar thing as a rebate from Goodyear for some tires I bought. It was a prepaid Visa card. There were a lot of fees for not using it (they charge per month), using it to get cash, going over the limit of what is available on the card, etc. So, I just took it and bought an amazon gift certificate for the full value of the pre-paid card and applied it to my Amazon account. These stupid cards are ridiculous. I can't imagine having to get paid off of one of these.

Comment Re:Missing Innovation (Score 1) 178

Yes, this is what I was referring to. Line up deals with content sources on the internet (such as Amazon... and Netflix etc) and index all of their content in a search engine which would include cable provider content and Over The Air Content. Have this searchable, categorized, etc. and then if a person wants to watch a movie, they can see that it's coming up soon through their cable company (albeit with commercials (cough fast forward.. cough) OR that it's available unedited and commercial free through their subscription to Amazon or Netflix or (insert service name here) and the person can opt to "DVR" any one of those sources to watch later. They could even set preferential sources so that Amazon is first, OTA is second and Cable is third etc. which then could be presented to the user when they get the search results with default being their preferred stream method. There's a lot that can be done to vastly improve the end user experience. For some reason, nobody's stepping up to do it.. To put the effort into decluttering controllers, or optimizing UI or making these deals to get everything into one box.

Comment Missing Innovation (Score 3, Insightful) 178

Adding additional tuners is a good thing, Increased storage is a must as well (to accommodate all of those tuners) but what they really need to do is to show some innovative changes to move them ahead of the pack. Simplifying the cable card piece, streamlining their controller and interface and adding some cool new features would compel more people to ditch the archaic dinosaurs that cable companies currently shovel out their doors to customers. I'm not talking about adding voice control or arm gestures which everyone seems to think is the next big thing for using TV's either. We can all agree that the user interface is horrible. They seem to be cramming more buttons on the remote control (3/4 of which I seldom have ever used) and finding content you want has been a horrible experience.
TiVo should look to integrate with other services too (via the internet) and pre cache content you'd like to watch, perhaps downloading during non-peak times to ease internet load. Get some truly-def content this way all lined up to watch later instead of dealing with reduced quality streams. This would require working out deals with the various providers but that's part of what they need to innovate. Say what you will about Steve jobs, he was able to push, pull and shove companies reluctantly along so that all pieces of his vision for a product were lined up.

Comment For Those that lack Woodwork skill/tools.. (Score 3, Informative) 106

I built a MAME cabinet from a pre-fab unit from Rec Room Masters for my wife as a Christmas present. It was very easy to assemble (just bolts which are provided) To this shell, you add a controller (Tankstick) from X-Arcade . Lastly you add a monitor, computer, drive space for ROMS and speakers. I spent some extra for side arcade art and illuminated Marquee. As a front end for selecting games, I use Hyperspin . It's an amazing machine and is pretty affordable, especially if the Raspberry Pi can run the games.. My wife and I have spent countless hours on this. I also grabbed ROMS for almost every older home console ever made and play them on this as well..

I don't have the tools, space and skills required to build a cabinet from scratch. The hardest part is finding the ROMS which work with the MAME version that you use.

Comment Re:not "visually captured" (Score 2) 47

Correct. I never indicated that they were taking pictures but were able to "generate an image" based upon the stylus' deflection from the forces in the atomic bonds (it's why I used the record player analogy). I recall first hearing about this when scientists used this method of visualizing atoms when they arranged some atoms to form the acronym IBM. See this article: and This for information on the Scanning Tunneling Microscope they used

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