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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Apple MacBook Airs are horrible out of date compared to Surface Pro2 & Pro3.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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boiling_frog

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.)

Comment: Fishing net with extension, capture, eBay, profit (Score 2) 178

by ad454 (#45130629) Attached to: Aussie Company Planning To Use Drones For Textbook Delivery

What is to prevent some enterprising individuals from capturing a number of these, and selling them on eBay? Reminds me of Pokemon, "gotta catch them all".

Each drone would be likely worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars, and would be a tempting target for thieves. Even the stripped down electronics are worth it, and one can easily remove any batteries/fuel, or toss them into a metallic mesh box, to shut down or block any tracking signals, before the tracking units are removed in a distant location.

Military and spy drones always operate at great heights, except for takeoffs and landings at secure locations. In comparison, these delivery drones are required to fly quite low, or even land, in insecure areas, when dropping off packages, in order to avoid injuring the recipients and by-standards. At this point could be easily captured by people on the ground the long nets.

The only way to avoid this would be to have people following these delivery drones, at which point it becomes easier and cheaper just to let these people simply hand-deliver these packages without any drones.

Comment: Let's hope this security hole is not fixed. (Score 5, Insightful) 247

by ad454 (#45113517) Attached to: Could Snowden Have Been Stopped In 2009?

The American public, and also the rest of the world, need more whistle-blowers to leak illegal activity and overreach by self-serving secret agencies, that refuse to allow themselves to be subjected to proper and transparent oversight.

No law abiding person has any issues with spying on suspected individuals and organisations with just cause and court order. But most people do not want a dictatoral police-state based wholesale surveillance on everyone, as we have now.

How is what the NSA is doing in the USA now any different than what the former East German secret police use to do, with their secret files kept on ever individual, so that they can use any individual's past as a weapon, in case they get out of line?

Nor do we want to see security, such as encryption, weakened, if it makes the public more vulnerable to attack by bad/evil organisations in general, or makes it harder for honest and lawful people to cooperate for the benefit of society, even if it means letting a few bad people get away. Proper security requires risk-benefit analysis for the whole of society, not just selected groups.

Comment: Re:Seriously? That's it? (Score 1) 773

by ad454 (#44811391) Attached to: Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

I can't agree more. I find Jailboken iOS much more capable that Android, and was really hoping for an Apple phablet.

Yes, I understand that phablets are not for everyone, but they fit nicely in my purses and I typically spent much more time running apps than talking, on my smart phone, so the larger size is better for me.

In any case, today's announcement from Apple is so disappointing, that I am now planning to ditch the iPhone and get a Samsung Note3 as my next phone, which has larger size, 1080p display, NFC, and pen when detailed input is needed.

It is a shame that Apple is no longer willing to meet the needs of a long time loyal customer like myself. Besides, I consider the fingerprint reader to be a big negative, and do not want share it with the NSA.

I am also seriously considering the Surface Pro 2 as my next ultrabook, since Apple refuses to make a MacBook Air with retina and touch+pen inputs. (I do a lot of CAD work.)

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Comment: Maybe not completely true? (Score 5, Informative) 329

by ad454 (#44672385) Attached to: Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

When I powered cycled my ChromeCast a couple of hours ago, I noticed that it installed a new update.

I then launch my Chrome browser and open several local files of type MP4 (video), PDF, and PPT (powerpoint), and I am still able to successfully cast these to my ChromeCast on my HDTV, with this type of URL:

file://{LOCAL_DIRECTORY}/{LOCAL_FILE}

Even the MP4 video plays nice on my HDTV in FullScreen.

I have not had time to do a packet inspection yet via WireShark, so I cannot speak about the complexity of the protocol used to transmit the content locally.

I am not denying that something with ChromeCast might have changed, since the author is likely telling the truth, and may have been using some "hack" or trick that they used to simplify incorporating their 3rd party support.

But considering that I have my Chrome browser at version 29.0.1547.57 which was not updated in the last 5 days, I would think that any 3rd party app could still be modified to support ChromeCast with the same protocol used by the Chrome browser, NetFlix, YouTube, etc.

Comment: Permanent brain damage & unbudgeted revival co (Score 4, Insightful) 254

by ad454 (#44611379) Attached to: The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video)

Permanent brain damage starts within 5 minutes of not receiving red blood cells with oxygen. So you would have to be frozen before then, and in such a way as to prevent ice crystalization from permanently damaging cells, which is not done with current cryogenic techniques. Otherwise you would lose so much of your personality, intellect, memories, and consciousness from brain damage, that even if they could regenerate all of that grey matter in the future, your brain would no longer be you, but would be someone else. (So what is the point?)

Aside from that, no matter how cheap it is to freeze someone, it's is likely going to cost a lot more to revive someone who is frozen, and regenerate their body into a functional state. How many people looking at cryogenics are budgeting for revival costs? Maybe they hope the future will be some socialist utopia, which is funny considering the global tend for wealth concentration and reduction of public services, including healthcare for the living.

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