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Comment Just ensure its an app too (Score 1) 321

I'm all for making a cool new ereader but I ask to ensure its available as an app as well. I like to use my iPad mini and some books I have on kindle (use kindle app) some I have on the iBookstore (use apple app). I do prefer to combine them all to amazon but if forced to go with a new market leader at least I can use whatever device I want (as well as their hardware).

Comment Re:In Regards to the Visual Novel (Score 1) 88

Thanks for posting this. I'm really surprised by the negative comments here. Yes the updates have been infrequent of late but MT has a big foundation with the same spirit as Slashdot from its roots. I'm excited about the project (and backing it myself). While a Visual Novel may be a bit unfamiliar here in the US I'm interested in how the different story arcs will play out and am excited for it more as a 4 dimensional representation of the published MT books. W00t!

Comment Can be used to find where people live.... (Score 3, Insightful) 36

Hmmm, "it can be used to find where people live", so can a phone book. ;) A lot of the time summaries take a very specific issue (quoting from Thornburg) "this relies upon running an access point with no DHCP, which is what forces the iDevice to send ARPs for the last DHCP server it used" and escalating it to a more dramatic issue. Sometimes with a very simple partial solution (again from Thornburg) "NO device should be configured to automatically join wifi networks," and a general attack with the open source vs closed or apple vs anyone fighting. Grated the dry description isn't as eye catching but its much more logical.

For the record yes I have an iPhone and no I am not setup to automatically join new wifi networks.

Comment when a gun is taken by law enforcement (Score 4, Interesting) 1591

So when it is determined that a gun owner needs to be relieved of their firearm by law enforcement (because they are no longer defined as able to own it) is the state going to re-imburse the owner the value of the gun? Would the funds come from some fund from gun sales tax? Are they temporarily taking it with the intention of returning it when able? Where will they be safely stored?

Comment Just like... (Score 1) 287

an economist writing a paper on technology, Innovation is an abused term all around. While the current smartphones might be more pervasive than innovative, they are being utilized and accommodated in more places. So in the end the application gatekeepers allow compatibility and I can do more on my phone than I ever could in the past. So is acceptance and exploitation of a technology, innovation?

Comment Because the UI was "meh" (Score 3, Insightful) 933

I promise I'm not trolling. I was very pro Linux as cool new UIs like Enlightenment started coming out. Shortly thereafter OS X really started taking off (albeit fueled by cool hardware design too) and I found that where the Linux UIs were rough and undependable the OS X UI (+look and feel) was sleek, smooth and very polished. On top of that you had all the functionality of the Linux OS underneath it. Aside from a higher cost, it couldn't compete. Temper this with the fact that I'm focusing on client use and not as much on server use.

Where I see the real value of Linux (and Android) is in embedded systems where GUI design may not be as critical.

Comment The problem is overall unhappiness (Score 1) 910

When people are unhappy they project their dissatisfaction on their world. Some have less money to work with, some have no jobs, some have no hope of a job after graduation. The news is constantly reminding us of how everything is depressing. Proposed changes bring fears of higher taxes which leads to fears of less money when budgets are already challenged. Fear makes people lock down and avoid change. The current climate will continue until better financial times return or people decide better financial times aren't their source of happiness.

Pound for pound, the amoeba is the most vicious animal on earth.