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Comment: Re:Must-have features (Score 1) 470

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#47875661) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?
It's been fun to watch the reaction to smartwatches over at Hodinkee - 'high-end' watch fans will have a hard time taking ANYTHING that costs less than a grand seriously, and most people who wear a high-end watch certainly aren't doing it for the functionality of the perpetual calendar or the accuracy of the tourbillion movement.

I have my own issues with the iWatch, but while I will call the design clean and modern, I certainly won't call it beautiful.

Comment: Probably going to get flamed for this (Score 5, Insightful) 514

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#47568465) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
But I have a hard time referring to Rev. Jackson by the titular "US Civil Rights Leader" when in fact, he is most widely known for promoting the civil rights of a specific minority. Also, and again, I don't like where this is going. Hiring should be based on qualification of skill, and NOTHING else. Trying to make up for inequality of upbringing by arbitrating diversity standards is as stupid today as it was 20 years ago.

Comment: Colorado Attorney General (Score 4, Interesting) 319

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#47051439) Attached to: FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime
When Colorado passed the recreational Marijuana law last year, the AG stated that he expected to review employment-discrimination cases by the end of this year. It's going to be interesting when it comes to companies that do business in Colorado and other states, since current doctrine allows companies to have policies dependent on individual state laws, but I don't believe any of then conflict with national policy.

Regardless of your stance on the morality of it, maybe we just start treating one drug (MJ) like another (Alcohol or Tobacco) from a legal perspective? Contrary to Mr. Christie, Denver is a fantastic place to live, and I genuinely believe the recreational industry has improved it even more.

Comment: Re:What an open source baseband can be. (Score 1) 137

I was actually curious about this - when I used to play with radio scanners, you could (theoretically) get in lots of trouble if you opened them up and sniffed on frequencies that weren't approved. I would imagine very low level control of the radio within a phone could get you in tons of trouble if you were able to spoof things like the IMEI, but even if it was somehow burned into the silicon, you could still play silly buggers with a very controlled set of rules and standards.

Comment: Deja Vu (Score 1) 513

Didn't we go through this same nonsense with Windows 7 and XP? Call it buggy software or just a resistance to change, it is effectively guaranteed that in 3ish years the headline will be the same, about a major OEM offering disgruntled low-end consumers the last-gen OS as an option. It does NOT signal the death of Metro, or the supremacy of 7, or even a policy shift at MS - it's a vendor kowtowing to consumer demand.

Comment: Re:Wii U is decent, but needs quality games (Score 1) 559

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#46029463) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?
If you think the target market for the Wii U is Homeschooling dads trying to use it to keep their kids physically active, I have a few other large revelations coming for you. It's quaint at this point to hear people talking about the effectively moral supremacy of the Wii as opposed to the Evil Playstation and Xbox - tell me more about how one of the experience simulators is inherently worse for child-rearing outside of parental supervision?

Comment: Re:please stop (Score 2) 199

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#45861313) Attached to: Losing Aaron

While this may generally be a popular liberal justification for Judiciary reform (and I'm not saying we don't need it) I have worked in a number of high-security environments, held multiple positions with banking institutions, I have a passport with no restrictions on it, and by itself (violent, Drug, or sexual offenses obviously carry a different classification,) it does not qualify as a legal denial for protected-housing (which most rental units fall under.) You can be licensed and insured (*but not BONDED* - I can't be a locksmith) and in most states, it doesn't affect your voting rights at all. The biggest downside at this point is that I can't legally possess a firearm, so if I *were* to go trap shooting a couple of times a year at the country club, I *could* get in trouble.

Comment: Re:Colour me confused (Score 1) 165

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#45848787) Attached to: Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run
This is the guy who thinks that John Cornyn (R-TX) is too liberal and not a True Texan. You know, that John Cornyn who compared Homosexual Marriage to marrying a box turtle, or who voted in favor of notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions, or who mocked Democratic objections to Alito's confirmation and then made (effectively) the same accusations against Sotomayor.

This is the guy who ran a Dodge meme against Cornryn on his Twitter feed last week.

This is the guy who wanted to remove the 'gun-free' zones around schools to keep children 'safer', a month after Sandy Hook.

Actually, the more traction these fringe idiots get, the more fragmented the far right looks. VOTE STOCKMAN 2014!

Comment: Re:Video editing... (Score 1) 501

by TJ_Phazerhacki (#45778047) Attached to: A Flood of Fawning Reviews For Apple's Latest
I've been regularly accused of being a MS Shill, and it's unfortunate because it discredits this very argument when I present it. Outside of a personal preference with your OS Workflow for creatives, I have not supported an enterprise environment (or small business, for that matter) that had a justifiable need for Apple workstations in the last 5 years. If you want to use this overpriced designer hardware, be my guest and BYOD. I'll even give you DMZ Internet access. But if you expect the office to pay for your computer, it's going to have a PC logo on the front, Active Directory in the back, and a fully licensed copy of the industry standard application for your job. It's nauseating how many creatives act like I've dropped a dead fish on their desk when they see a Windows box - the only good news is decent creative is a supply-saturated market now, and most companies just won't put up with that crap.

+ - Carriers plan to keep gouging consumers on voice plans despite LTE revenue boost->

Submitted by redkemper
redkemper (2621761) writes "Although 4G LTE makes delivering data cheaper on a per-gigabyte basis, many wireless carriers are in no rush to give up their lucrative voice plans in favor of folding their voice services into their LTE data packages. The latest carrier survey from Infonetics Research shows that carriers are increasingly seeing average revenue per user (ARPU) go up as a result of deploying LTE as their data technology, as greater spectral efficiencies on LTE networks are sending data transmission costs downward. However, Infonetics says that roughly one-third of carriers surveyed said they “plan to use their 2G and 3G networks for voice services as long as possible.”..."
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