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Comment: Re:Self-hosting is an alternative (Score 1) 61

by darjen (#44478569) Attached to: The Old Reader Will Stay Open To the Public Thanks To US Corporation

I thought about setting up an apache server and going with the self hosting option. I decided to just give up on RSS completely. I realized that I was wasting too much time reading blogs and news and not reading books. Ultimately, there are very few websites that I feel the need to check regularly. I can count them on one hand. I do now read Google News more. I like the new variety it gives me that I wasn't getting with just my chosen feeds.

Comment: Re:New Coke? (Score 2) 786

by darjen (#43644119) Attached to: Microsoft's "New Coke" Moment?

There will surely be some OEMs who do survive. They might be selling ChromeOS or Android laptops. But these will be stop gap measures at best until Microsoft gets their act back together for the next version of Windows. Neither OS has the critical mass necessary to compete with windows in the next few years. Perhaps in the future though.

Comment: Re:"anarchist and radical libertarian" (Score 1) 717

by darjen (#43644037) Attached to: The First Fully 3D-Printed Gun Has Been Successfully Test-Fired

Capitalists wouldn't need massive armies. Just competing private security companies. I do agree there would be a practical limit to how much property one person could reasonably defend. Therefore we would generally have a more egalitarian distribution of wealth than under the state.

State capitalism and state socialism are just different forms of a planned economy. There is a clear difference between state capitalism and liberal, laissez-faire capitalism.

Comment: Smartphone with hdmi (Score 1) 100

by darjen (#43546051) Attached to: Amazon Reportedly Working On Set-Top Box

I have no need to purchase a set top box. My Android smartphone with hdmi cable and bluetooth trackpad is good enough to watch pretty much any content I want from my living room couch. The one thing I wish I could do is somehow turn my Android phone into a Clear QAM tuner and use it to watch the free tv channels from my internet cable with an Android based XMBC app. I know there are usb tuner cards out there, maybe someone could make these work with an Android micro usb port.

I do realize there are a steadily shrinking minority of a few people who don't already have a recent smartphone or tablet with hdmi capability. I guess they must be the ones who are targeted by the set top box market.

Comment: Re:News at elleven (Score 1) 290

by darjen (#43538019) Attached to: HTC Does What Google Wouldn't: Sell an LTE Phone That Sidesteps AT&T

I have a Verizon LTE iPad and a galaxy s3. I put my iPad's sim card in the s3 for LTE service on my phone. Calls do work but VZW charges 25c per minute. I rarely make calls, so I still end up paying less than getting a regular voice plan. And I use google voice for free texting.

Comment: Re:Yes, it's an industry-wide problem (Score 4, Insightful) 211

by darjen (#43491593) Attached to: Oracle Fixes 42 Security Vulnerabilities In Java

How many good programmers actually exist who are capable of writing secure code in C++? And out of them, how many will still make simple errors like an occasional buffer overrun? Even if you're a "good" programmer there will be lapses in judgement or things that are just overlooked.

I do largely agree with your comment about keeping it out of the browsers though.

Comment: Re:Collateralized vs Non-Collateralized Loans (Score 1) 461

by darjen (#43346945) Attached to: Let Them Eat Teslas

Profite motive? Really? Private education is virtually non-existent, except for a handful of church-run schools. The vast majority of people go to a publicly funded primary and secondary education, then attend a publicly funded university, underwritten by loans which are mostly provided by the government itself or government-backed institutions. It's hard to imagine how much more funded by The People it could get.

Comment: Re:Because you need your phone as the remote. (Score 1) 273

I use my android phone, a galaxy s3 that I recently picked up used off contract, as my media device. Before that it was my galaxy nexus that I also got second hand. When I get home from work I plug it right in to my tv with hdmi. With my bluetooth keyboard and trackpad I'm good to go. I don't need to use the phone as a remote when I have a trackpad.

IF you primarily use it as a media device, and you already own a fairly recent smartphone, there is no need for a Pi or Apple TV or anything else. If you want to build robots and circuit boards in your spare time, then go with a Pi.

"It ain't so much the things we don't know that get us in trouble. It's the things we know that ain't so." -- Artemus Ward aka Charles Farrar Brown