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Comment: Re:Standard Connector? (Score 1) 373

by akintayo (#37969902) Attached to: How Android Phone Makers Are Missing the Marketing Boat

I don't care whether or not they use usb or something else, I just want to be able to use my car charger on all my subsequent new phones. I want my docks etc. to at least work across the entire family of phones, looking at you motorola. I want a headphone and mic so that I don't have to use an f'ing bluetooth headset.

Comment: Re:Sorry to sound apologetic... (Score 1, Insightful) 427

by akintayo (#36217762) Attached to: Google Founders' Jets Caught On WSJ's Radar

"A pilot furious with the Internal Revenue Service crashed his small plane into an Austin, Texas, office building where nearly 200 federal tax employees work on Thursday, igniting a raging fire that sent massive plumes of thick, black smoke rising from the seven-story structure."

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/02/18/pilot-crashes-texas-building-apparent-anti-irs-suicide#ixzz1NBnUiitg

Comment: Re:Oh Come on (Score 1) 487

by akintayo (#35945636) Attached to: Reform the PhD System or Close It Down

Coursework isn't the cornerstone of most PhD programmes, even in Computer Science. And utility, beyond C/C++ and Java, really isn't a big concern. The closest we have a to a mobile computing class is based on four or five experiment languages, languages that don't yet work on smart phones. We also another have research group that develop applications for the iPhone, but they are not interesting in improving mobile computing.

My point is, in a PhD programme you can go out and pick up what ever skill you find useful.

Comment: Re:Does it matter what reasoning lobbyists have? (Score 2) 791

by akintayo (#35562160) Attached to: CS Prof Decries America's 'Internal Brain Drain'

Odd. I quit IEEE-USA because they were opposed to H1B workers and supported lowering H1B limits. As an H1B worker, it did not seem prudent to I pay fees to an organization that was acting against my interests.

http://www.ieeeusa.org/policy/POLICY/2003/index.html
http://www.ieeeusa.org/communications/features/070703.htm

Comment: Re:Fraud (Score 1) 249

by akintayo (#35445868) Attached to: Text Messages To Replace Stamps In Sweden

I would prefer risking the chance that the postman would steal my stamps, rather than have someone track all of my mailings.

I think the postman would be quickly caught because the tracking system will be able to retrieve where the stolen stamps were used. If there is enough theft, it doesn't appear that hard to figure out who probably stole the stamps.

Comment: Re:Why does this matter? (Score 1) 590

by akintayo (#28906381) Attached to: Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

White. Armed. Hostile. Genocidal. Self-centred philosophy. Ethnicity is the important factor, Ok. I will have to disagree with that. Crusaders wanted to "recapture" the "Holy Land", this was the problem at the centre of the dispute. Sorry, but I fail to see how race becomes a dominant factor.

Of course I will demonize it, ethnic or racial discrimination is stupid. It has been a source of evil in the past, millions or billions of people were slaughtered. Thousands still die today because of it today, and there is no evidence that it is useful. Beyond weak conjecture. A bunch of feudal kings and their pope decide to slaughter people to claim their territory, and you would think it prudent to kill any European ... discrimination is a stupid policy.

Comment: Re:Why does this matter? (Score 1) 590

by akintayo (#28906161) Attached to: Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

Hmmm ... do you think before you write this? Only black kids glorify criminals? Sopranos? The Godfather Trilogy? That whole Billy the Kid fetish? And I would love to see these wonderful people who value education above all else ... the Intel commercial are funny because they run counter to normal behaviour. I don't think anyone is making movies about C.V. Raman, but there is one about Devi.

Quoting an African about the behaviour of American blacks seems a bit odd, since I assume you are an American white and therefore you would have more contact with American blacks than an African. Right?

Comment: Re:Why does this matter? (Score 1) 590

by akintayo (#28906059) Attached to: Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

Apparently it did.

The problem with the crusades was not the presence of white Europeans in the Middle East, but rather the presence of hostile armies. The ethnicity of the armies really was not that relevant, it was their arms and their hostile intent. So, that can't be your example.

Enlighten me, of the instance when discrimination was valuable.

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