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Comment: Re:54% is LOW (Score 1) 523

by bla (#40949047) Attached to: Poll Finds Americans Think the TSA Is 'Doing a Good Job'

probably a connection... i just did the same thing and had an identical experience. japan -> SFO -> east coast u.s.

in most airports international arrivals and domestic departures are in different areas. so you arrive internationally, go through u.s. customs and immigration, leave the "secure area," go to your connecting domestic flight, and welcome to security theatre.

i opted out of the scanners (as i always have) which pissed off my husband, but we had enough time to make the connecting flight and i guess i'm just stubborn enough to point out when theatre is, in fact, theatre. the GP was right... at least in japan, there was no taking your shoes off, no irradiating scanners, no obsession with liquids. just the old-style luggage scanners and metal detectors. way faster, way more dignity. and as so many other posters have pointed out, just as secure. *sigh*

Comment: Re:Annoying boss? (Score 2) 312

by bla (#38099472) Attached to: Microsoft Patent Aims To Curb Obnoxious Employee Behavior

If this is generally applied to a workspace, I'm confident that the bosses will be the first to be red flagged! Maybe this can help reducing the amount of psychopathic leadership?

nah. this will be configured to reward standard psychopathic, extroverted, "leadership" behaviours. there's no way that those on top are ever going to use something that tells them they shouldn't be on top.


Microsoft Wants $15 Per Android Smartphone 361

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-up dept.
sfcrazy writes "Microsoft Corp has demanded that Samsung Electronics Co Ltd pay $15 for each smartphone handset it makes based on Google Inc's Android operating system. The software giant claims to own a wide range of patents used in the mobile platform. From the article: 'Samsung would likely seek to lower the payment to about $10 in exchange for a deeper alliance with Microsoft for the U.S. company's Windows platform, the Maeil Business Newspaper quoted unnamed industry officials as saying.'"

Comment: Re:I may be wrong, Im not an astrologer (Score 1) 333

by bla (#28336547) Attached to: Ocean Currents Proposed As Cause of Magnetic Field

Astronomy is the naming of the stars, Astrology should rightfully be the logical study of the stars

actually, "astronomy" is the law (or regulating) of the stars. as opposed, for example, to anonymous. "nomos" is law, "onyma" is name (someday, someone will explain to me why the romans decided that the upsilon in greek ought to be transliterated as "y"). so "astronomy" isn't quite as mis-named as it appears.

Comment: Re:Secret or not... (Score 1) 539

by bla (#17545350) Attached to: How Apple Kept the iPhone Secret
it may be worth commenting here that Cingular doesn't cripple their bluetooth handsets. between us, my husband and i have had 4 bluetooth-capable handsets from cingular (a SonyEricsson T610, two Nokia 6820s, and a Palm Treo 650) and bluetooth on them has been used for the following:

1. to transfer contacts, ringtones, and photos phone-to-phone

2. to transfer contacts, ringtones, and photos phone-to-computer (both windows and mac) and back.

3. as a frontrow-style remote for a powerbook

4. email and web apps from powerbook-to-treo

5. as a dial-up modem for the powerbook

6. paired with a bluetooth headset

so i wouldn't doubt that the iPhone will he capable of pairing with a bluetooth keyboard and/or mouse. or if it can't, it (probably) won't be because Cingular crippled the bluetooth.

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