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Comment: Re:Loud? (Score 2) 382

by ThinkWeak (#44311381) Attached to: Pre-Dawn Wireless Emergency Alert Wakes Up NYC
I was surprised when the tornado warning alert went off on my phone last week here in Ohio. It was the second week that I have had the phone, a Galaxy S4. My Galaxy Nexus was more of a vibrate when one of the amber alerts or weather warnings went off. When the S4 fired, it was like a portable tornado siren. I kid you not, it rivaled the testing of the emergency broadcast system on televisions.

Comment: Somewhat redundant (Score 1) 365

by ThinkWeak (#43684687) Attached to: Biometric Database Plans Hidden In Immigration Bill

But privacy advocates fear the inevitable mission creep, ending with the proof of self being required at polling places, to rent a house, buy a gun, open a bank account, acquire credit, board a plane or even attend a sporting event or log on the internet.

Don't you sort of already have to do this for everything above, minus "attend a sporting event" or "log on to the internet"?

Comment: Re:I hope not. (Score 3, Informative) 232

by ThinkWeak (#43556449) Attached to: Paul Thurrot Predicts November Debut, $500 Tag For Xbox 720
Here's the thing, they haven't released any details on the $299 version. If it is the exact same machine as the $499 version, you would be better off to buy it and get locked into the 2 years of Xbox Live at $10 per month. Why? simple math:

$499 + 2 * $55 per year for Xbox Live = $609 2 year cost of ownership
$299 + 2 * $120 per year for Xbox Live = $539 2 year cost of ownership

I imagine the discounted one won't come with a Hard Drive, or a Kinect Sensor, or controller or something else to offset it. But all things being equal... it's a cheaper route to go.

Comment: Re:Nothing wrong with this patent (Score 2) 192

by ThinkWeak (#42008899) Attached to: Apple Patents Page Turn Animation

So calm down everyone. The patent system may be broken, but this is not an example of it.

Does this actual patent serve a purpose though? I have a few different Android products and my wife has an iPhone and I honestly couldn't tell you how their page turning animations differ, I just know they have one. I don't think anyone is going to confuse an Apple product with its competition based on the page turning animation. Patenting the icons and even the swipe to unlock thing (which most definitely had prior art anyway) could hold some legitimacy, but this patent just seems like something to bog down the approval system. Am I missing something?

Comment: Only 37 False Positives out of 7 Million (Score 1) 88

by ThinkWeak (#41312001) Attached to: GAO Slams DHS Over BioWatch Biological Defense System
This is from the DHS website: Link

I'm all for jumping down the government's throat for wasteful spending, but let's keep things in perspective. I also didn't see a link to the GAO report in the sensational article at the top . Here's a link to a GAO report: GAO Report I'm not sure if if is the one being described in the article, but this one came out in January.

Comment: Re:Oh really? (Score 1) 143

by ThinkWeak (#39965363) Attached to: Xbox 360 Kinect Said To Add Internet Explorer Browsing

"We are told that the browser will let Xbox users surf all parts of the web straight from their living rooms." Does that include YouTube for example? As far as I remember you have to be a XBox Live Gold Member to use the YouTube application...

I'm not trying to be rude, but do people actually buy an Xbox and not have a Gold membership? It equates to something like $5 per month for access to demos, weekly arcade games, an indie game market, promo videos, media streaming, a stable staging environment for multiplayer gaming across games, etc.

Not to burst your bubble, but you'll probably need a Gold membership to use the IE browser anyways. Hopefully they launch Skype soon. That's my only real complaint.

In Nature there are neither rewards nor punishments, there are consequences. -- R.G. Ingersoll