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Comment: Let lawyers do it free, in exchange for % damages? (Score 3, Insightful) 268

by ad454 (#48359217) Attached to: GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

I don't understand. It seems that there is a clear-cut case for GNOME, that should guarantee victory.

How come in the USA with its huge surplus of lawyers, they aren't some willing to take the case for free, in exchange for a percentage of damages against a publicly traded company like GroupOn? I am surprised that a publicly traded company would take such a risk which could diminish shareholder value.

Or it only scumbags like SCO/Novel which are allowed to sue?

Comment: Climate change will eventually be accepted by all (Score 4, Interesting) 163

by ad454 (#48346333) Attached to: The Military's Latest Enemy: Climate Change

All that is needed would be for new "climate change industrial complex" consisting of industries with huge growth potentials from climate change after-effects (such as dike/levee builders, water management including reclaimation & desalination, fertilisers for new growing regions with marginal soil, mega construction for displaced infrastructure, etc.) to make more money then the coal and petroleum industries. It may not sound like much, but many trillions of dollars will be needed for this.

Then they will be able to give/bribe more money to politicians, who will the universally accept climate change as fact and change the public perception.

Until then there is enough money from a new "climate change industrial complex", public doubt will remain.

Comment: North Korea is our Future (Score 5, Insightful) 271

by ad454 (#48338973) Attached to: Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

Just think of all of the crimes we can prevent or solve, if we place the entire American population in prison camps, with 24/7 monitoring, restricted movement, restricted access to information, and public displays of punitive punishment.

Why is this not being done? Won't someone please think of the children?

North Korea has show the world the way to the future, with our increasing plutocratic societies in the west with decreasing human rights.

Comment: Re:Will download (Score 1) 67

by ad454 (#47795297) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

I still need an offline mapping solution for Japan and South Korea, for upcoming trips, which are not supported by Nokia Here.

Any suggestion if there is any way to get an OpenStreetMap viewer and offline Japan+SouthKorea maps, which will work in one of these platforms: WindowsPhone8.1, iOS, Android, or desktop Ubuntu Linux? Thx.

Comment: Love Free Offline Nokia Here Drive+Maps (Score 4, Interesting) 67

by ad454 (#47794607) Attached to: Post-Microsoft Nokia Offering Mapping Services To Samsung

I recently picked up a cheap refurbished factory unlocked Nokia Lumia as a secondary phone, specifically for the free Offline Nokia Here Drive+Maps support. Considering the expense of getting a TomTom, Garmin, or iGO dedicated GPS unit with world map coverage plus unlimited updates, the Nokia Lumia was a much cheaper option. Having factory unlock, also allows me to purchase inexpensive micro-SIM GSM cards when travelling to avoid costly roaming charges.

In fact, in my most recent trip to Europe, I used it specifically for drive navigation with a cheap removable phone bracket, and it worked just as good as dedicated GPS. Saving me much more than the cost of this phone compared to renting GPS navigation for 2 weeks from the car rental company.

Furthermore, my Nokia phone is lighter, slimmer, and has better (> 720p) display than dedicated GPS. Furthermore, Nokia Here Maps, it also works great when walking around the city, looking for hotel and other POI.

My only complaint is that despite having offline maps for just about every significant country, South Korea and Japan are suspiciously missing, even though I really need them. :(

My biggest compliant with Windows Phone 8.1, running on my Nokia Lumia, is the lack of local offline backups (since I don't trust the cloud with my data), and device client certificate management needed for S/MIME, Wireless WPA-Enterprise, web client certificates, etc. Both of these are features are fully supported for years on iOS and Android, but Windows Phone 8.1 requires sending up MDM (Mobile Device Management Server) on WIndows 8.* to manage PKI externally, as oppose to on the device locally like iOS and Android do.

For my next primary phone, I have want a phablet, and have been on the fence between upcoming iPhone 6 (with large 5.5" of higher display) or Samsung Galaxy Note 4, both hopefully available by the end of this year.

Havinvg Nokia Here Drive+Maps with free downloadable offline maps on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 would be enough to tip the scales away from iPhone 6.

Comment: Love my Surface Pro2 with Ubuntu (Score 1) 365

by ad454 (#47301889) Attached to: Microsoft Wants You To Trade Your MacBook Air In For a Surface Pro 3

I currently have a Surface Pro2 with Ubuntu running. It is my first non-Apple computer in more than 10 years. Which I bought reluctantly when my previous MacBook died and did not like any of the current out-dated models.

For the most part, everything in Ubuntu runs great on the Surface Pro2, except Wi-Fi which is flaky due to sucky proprietary Marvell drivers.

In any case, it is now my primary work computer, and I am very happy with it, although I do really like the newer Surface Pro3 with larger screen and better kickstand.

Apple MacBook Airs are horrible out of date compared to Surface Pro2 & Pro3. No retina display, no touch display, and no pen input. And I trust Linux much more that NSA backdoor'ed OSX and Windows.

The fact is that Microsoft is now making excellent laptop/tablet hardware, even though their OS has issues. I wish that people look at things objectively and stop giving praise to a company that use to innovate but now refuses to upgrade hardware to meet customer's needs. (I am still

Comment: Re:Nothing to do with hole size (Score 4, Insightful) 405

by ad454 (#46803873) Attached to: In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Not to mention the horrible amount of water, fertilisers, pesticides, and land tracts golf courses require for their "prefect" greens. Heck, with so many people using golf carts, and caddies carrying golf bags, most people playing golf aren't even getting sufficient exercise.

Mini golf, and basically every other non-motorised sport, are by far much more environmentally friendly then golf.

In many places, it is known as the sport of the "white old mens club" (figure of speech) or the 1%, because of the restricted club memberships, expensive green fees, and huge variation in equipment costs, which can be in the thousands of dollars for a single decent club.

Comment: Built-in Spying (Score -1, Troll) 105

by ad454 (#46323473) Attached to: Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

Considering the deliberate spying Nokia does on their Windows phone, it seems that their NSA masters asked them to find a way to help spy on android devices.

Next, the NSA will talk to HTC, Samsung, Motorola, etc, forcing them to do the same, now that the precedence with Nokia has been established and accomplished on the Android platform.

Post Snowden, there isn't enough tin foil for my hats these days, since the revelations have shown that the NSA and corporations have been spying much more then the worse case proposed by the nuttiest crackpots, who are turning out to be the most insightful.

Comment: Re:Cancel Netflix Membership (Score 1) 520

by ad454 (#46321671) Attached to: Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

I am upset with the timing and principle of this action, which the news outlets are promoting as a death-nail in net neutrality.

I have visited China enough to know what it is like not to have net neutrality. It is a shame that the country which created the Internet will likely follow the same path.

Here is hoping that government regulators either allow real competition for consumer Internet service, and also list ISP as common carriers. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen, since there isn't any pool of consumer money available to bribe politicians more than they are being bribed with now by the current provider monopolies (like Comcast, AT&T, etc.).

Comment: Cancel Netflix Membership (Score 1) 520

by ad454 (#46319171) Attached to: Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

As a NetFlix streaming subscriber, I will cancel my membership Monday morning.

I don't have Comcast and refuse to pay some of my upcoming Netflix fees to undermine net anti-discrimination (otherwise know as net neutrality).

I was previously happy with and supported Netflix standing up to the Internet monopolies, but now this sets a horrible precedence.

I only hope now that other Netflix subscribers do the same, and cancel their service/subscription, to give the message to other companies that undermining the Internet has consequences.

Comment: Chinese Stamp? (Score 3, Interesting) 184

by ad454 (#46311003) Attached to: Steve Jobs To Appear On US Postage Stamp

Considering that apple out-sourced all of their manufacturing overseas, it seems that China and not the USA should be the ones honouring Steve Jobs with a stamp.

Alternatively, if the USPS wants to honour Steve Jobs in a historically accurate way, they could design the stamp in the USA, have China produce the stamps, and then sell those Chinese made stamps to Americans.

Comment: Power implantable devices? (Score 3, Interesting) 199

by ad454 (#46074009) Attached to: Powering Phones, PCs Using Sugar

This sounds like it would be prefect for implantable devices, that could leach off excess sugar in the blood.

With the high sugar content in western diets, one could both power implanted devices, plus prevent and treat diabetes by keeping blood sugar levels down to reasonable levels. It could act like an artificial pancreas, plus power a pacemaker, and maybe let you use a computer in your head. (Why isn't the NSA funding this, to stop thought crimes?)

Seems to me a much easier solution than forcing the political powerful processed food and fast food industries to cut back on sugar and syrup that are poisoning consumers.

Comment: Ban Removed Due to New Revenue From Micro-Cells (Score 5, Insightful) 183

by ad454 (#45486897) Attached to: FCC To Consider Cellphone Use On Planes

There was never any safety issues with using a cell phone anytime during flight. If there was, don't you think that planes would be dropping like flies from every nutcase and terrorist turing on (or leaving on) their cell phones?

It was disallowed because it cut into airline revenue from expensive airplane to satellite phones. However now that airlines are deploying micro-cells, with huge roaming fees, guess with, its now magically time to remove cell phone restrictions. But only when the planes are above 10000 feet, in order to allow these micro-cells to override ground based cell towers, and insure roaming revenue.

Below 10000 feet, the in-flight cell phone ban must remain in place, since it is much easier to bypass the micro-cells in planes and connect directly (and cheaply) to a ground based cell towers.

Comment: Cargo (Score 1) 466

by ad454 (#45163533) Attached to: Redesigned Seats Let Airlines Squeeze In More Passengers

Rather than do this incremental changes, why don't the airlines simply jump to their end game: drug economy class passengers, slap diapers on them, and put them in cargo?

I am sure that people are working on promoting this as a anti-terrorist measure. (Won't someone think of the children?) Kind of reminds me of slowly boiling a frog in water, except we are the frogs.

If only we had decent high-speed rail options in North America. Whenever I fly to Europe, I typically take direct flights to hubs such as Frankfurt which have convenient rail stations, and then take a high speed train to my target city, if the train ride is less than 5 hours. (It is usually the cheaper and more convenient option, that takes the same amount of time, since it takes you straight to the city center, and avoids going through European airport security, waiting for a connecting flight, and taking another train to get from the airport to the city.)

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.