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Comment: Re:that's really stupid of them (Score 2) 173

by coinreturn (#46650519) Attached to: ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

It's not clear that USAID was at the front on this opperation. They were funding it secretly through shell companies. When it comes to clandestine operations the CIA has better qualifications. It's just stupid, and more stupid.

You assume that USAID is more than just a front for the CIA.

Comment: Re:USAID (Score 1) 173

by coinreturn (#46650493) Attached to: ZunZuneo: USAID Funded 'Cuban Twitter' To Undermine Communist Regime

Color me naive, but [...] I really don't have a problem with this unless they were actively using it to try and incite a Cuban Spring, rather than merely passively providing it and letting things develop on their own.

There is a wide range of gray between active and passive here. I'm willing to bet they were in an area that would make you uncomfortable.

Comment: Re:What's with the surprise announcements? (Score 1) 180

by coinreturn (#46647915) Attached to: Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

Bought a Roku 3 Sunday, set it up last night, woke up to this on sale, never knew it was coming. What's the point of a surprise announcement? Why not build up some hype in advance? I probably would have waited for this instead (for the voice search and extra ram).

Oh well, probably best not to get stuck in Amazon's ecosystem anyway.

It's been all over the rumor sites for weeks.

Comment: Re:in other news (Score 1) 160

by coinreturn (#46631499) Attached to: Apple Patent Could Herald Interchangeable iPhone Camera Lenses

I hope this is an April Fools joke. How long have cameras had a bayonet lens mount?

"Bayonet mount" is a generic term, kind of like "screw" - I.E. just as there are a wide variety of screws and heads, specific mounts can and do vary wildly from each other. Different specific mounts have different features and performance. For example, the bayonet mounts used for light bulbs aren't suitable for lenses because their depth would make a camera unwieldy, complicate optical design, and wear quickly because of the weight of the lens on the relatively small pins. Hence, lens mounts use typically tabs rather than pins. Light bulb mounts also suck at maintaining close and rigid alignment - something a lens mount absolutely must have. Lens mounts also use different retention features than a light bulb mount to facilitate quick changes and reduce the relative force required.

Wait, you're spreading actual information? But how can the trolls all yell, "Derp! Rounded corners! On a smartphone!"

Comment: Re:You don't want to see IR (Score 1) 99

by coinreturn (#46620959) Attached to: Contact Lenses With Infrared Vision?

For practical purposes (like night vision), sure, definitely useful. But for everyday "recreational" use, you really don't want to see people's blood vessels, etc. Given the choice, I'd much rather see UV.

Are you kidding? How about, "I would shake your hand, but according to my contacts, you have a fever."

Comment: Re:Some real statistics. (Score 1) 367

by coinreturn (#46601239) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use
Also important - time of day. I find that in the early afternoon, about 1 in 5 or higher are on their cells - coordinating pickup of children, what to pick up from the store on the way home from work, etc. In contrast, in the morning rush hour, hardly anybody is on their phone (I travel 6:30 am to 7 am).

Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 1) 323

I agree with you on the 100%. That comment wasn't mine. I have only had Netflix for about 5 months and so far it has generally kept me happy. Yes, they don't have everything, but they do have a lot. And I have watched a lot of series on it (Breaking Bad, House of Cards). I suspect that if you've had it a long time, the value goes down unless they have a pretty serious supply of new stuff on a regular basis.

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