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Comment: Going to miss my Droid 4's keyboard (Score 1) 544

by Wokan (#47551863) Attached to: Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

I get the reason why manufacturers aren't producing slide out keyboards. Internationalization, easier to break, etc. That doesn't mean I like what's happening.

I'd like to see a flip phone that doubles as a wi-fi hotspot and then I'll just use a tablet for the things I wanted the "smart" part of the smartphone to do. (And it will look a lot less stupid than talking on a phablet that barely fits in anyone's hands who isn't 7 feet tall.)

Comment: Use the smart phones / tablets as controllers (Score 1) 559

by Wokan (#46025097) Attached to: How Can Nintendo Recover?

Find a way to communicate between the next Wii and smart phones, perhaps via Bluetooth. Create an app that lets the phone act as a touch screen controller for games. Perhaps have settings and preferences that can be stored on the device so people can keep their settings when they visit friends to play. Perhaps use LAN TCP/IP protocols instead of Bluetooth if you want to make the software workable on sub-$100 tablets. (Because what adult lets their 5 year old nephew repeatedly drop an iPad?)

Comment: H1-B and/or specific (Score 1) 465

by Wokan (#45555635) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Tech Job Requirements So Specific?

Both arguments I see are correct. I've personally seen it used to justify an H1-B and I have no doubt the internal promotion after a "public advertisement" arguments are both correct.

Next time I see such a specific placement ad, I may just call up the HR department and ask them whether or not I should bother submitting for a job as it seems they already have someone in mind.

Comment: Re:Where's the outrage?! (Score 1) 255

by Wokan (#45555589) Attached to: CyanogenMod Installer Removed From Google Play Store

How am I supposed to be outraged when CM doesn't bother supporting my Android 4.x device? I'm not going to buy a several hundred dollar phone just so I can turn around and void the warranty on it. If I'm going to experiment with an unsupported OS, it will be because my carrier is never going to bother updating my phone OS again.

Comment: An unbottable game (Score 1) 285

by Wokan (#45157489) Attached to: Blizzard Wins Legal Battle Against <em>WoW</em> Bot Company

If they want to prevent people from using bots, maybe they should END THE EFFING GRINDING. Seriously. What kind of entertainment company thinks people are entertained by repeatedly clicking a set of actions in the same place over and over again?

You want bots to stop being made? Stop making games that people don't want to have to drudge through.

Comment: The beatings will continue until morale improves (Score 1) 477

by Wokan (#45082073) Attached to: HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

Because nothing improves morale like being stuck in traffic for 30-60 minutes each direction so you can sit in a low walled cubicle with your over-cologned and over-perfumed coworkers trying not to listen to them think out loud for most of 8 hours. And in this case, even the dehumanizing cubicle might be too much for employees to ask for.

Comment: Thankful for FBs action (Score 2) 192

by Wokan (#44831217) Attached to: Facebook Deletes Social Fixer Community Page Without Explanation

I wouldn't have heard of this extension if FB hadn't done something to annoy this guy. I installed it this morning and tried it out. I like it. It does give me options Facebook doesn't offer and that I didn't even know I was missing. It probably won't be for everybody. Their overlay is well done, but is slightly different from FB's styles. That's probably a good thing. I'll be more likely to know where problems are coming from if I have any.

It's not all that different from using Greasemonkey scripts to fix sites, just with Facebook APIs thrown into the mix.

Comment: Incidental admission of an unrelated crime (Score 1) 452

by Wokan (#44808827) Attached to: The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

A witness could, by virtue of their statements, admit to committing some crime they may not even be aware they were committing. Before testifying to anything I would want to be granted immunity to any crimes I may have, unknowingly or not, been committing myself. (Even if it's something as arbitrary as trespassing.)

Comment: Programmers, not Developers (Score 3, Informative) 157

by Wokan (#44243419) Attached to: India To Overtake US On Number of Developers By 2017

I'm not saying India doesn't have any developers, but I have seen a lot of programming defined as copying and pasting the code of someone else and testing that it "works as required". I couldn't understand why the JavaScript countdown timer we were supplied by an Indian company was written in Spanish until I caught on to how they "fulfilled" their contract obligations. I'm sure a lot of that goes on in every country with programmers (and developers). My point here is that we should be careful how we define developer vs programmer (not to mention the ongoing debates regarding the phrase "software engineer").

Comment: Re:Is It Wrong? (Score 1) 99

Is it wrong for me to hope you die of the most unimaginably awful cancer, that will cause you to ooze horrible puss-like fluids that reek so awfully you're family won't be able to bear to be around you, and they will pray to God each and every night that you finally die... but you don't, and just linger in that state for years.

Is that wrong?

The wrongness would depend on how strongly you believe in the power of hope.

Here's hoping.

Comment: Passenger side = plausible deniability (Score 1) 398

by Wokan (#43919295) Attached to: Keyless Remote Entry For Cars May Have Been Cracked

If the owner of the car is near enough that they see their car's headlights blink from the unlocking, seeing someone standing by the driver's side door would appear to be intent to steal the car. Someone standing by the passenger side could more realistically feign ignorance or claim they were just going to steal belongings from inside the car (likely avoiding the grand theft felony).

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