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Comment: Re:Just Never (Score 1) 194

by dredwerker (#44294689) Attached to: I use a screen protector ...

Why isn't just not using one at all an option?

I concur - I dont have a screen protector and gorilla glass sucks donkey ...
My Samsung galaxy s2 screen broke after a mere knock on the edge after falling out of my pocket.. Its not that strong. I reckon that gorilla glass has a lot of paid shills to make sure their product doesn't get a bad name. 3...2...1 - paid shill time :)

Comment: Re:Fantasia (Score 1) 190

by dredwerker (#43648717) Attached to: Xkcd's Long-running "Time" Comic: Work of Art Or Nerd Sniping?

Sure, things date. I saw Fantasia just once, on the big screen at a film festival. And because the festival were good about putting the film in context of it's achievement, I could appreciate it for what an achievement it was when it was made.

It's a bit like Laurel and Hardy. It doesn't make many people laugh out loud these days. But you can still appreciate how it had people rolling in the aisles at the time.

I wonder what people will make of our best, innovative stuff in 70 years time?!

I played Harold Lloyd to my two year old and he liked it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shdzRq4BYWk that's similarly old. I think some things still have a certain sparkle if even if they are out of date.

On topic: I quite like xkcd but I dont have the attention span for this one. It might be great but .... o look bitcoins, jobs, is the galaxy note 3 actually announced yet :)

Toys

Six Retailers Announce Recall of Buckyballs and Buckycubes 343

Posted by Soulskill
from the first-world-natural-selection dept.
thereitis writes "The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with six retailers, is announcing the voluntary recall of all Buckyballs and Buckycubes high-powered magnet sets due to ingestion hazard. CPSC continues to warn that these products contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to children and teenagers. An administrative complaint has been filed which is rare, as CPSC has filed only four administrative complaints in the past 11 years." This follows last year's ban on buckyballs.

Comment: Re:no tech skills crisis (Score 2) 303

by dredwerker (#43300629) Attached to: Geeks On a Plane Proposed To Solve Global Tech Skills Crisis

To expound on this:

Stop asking for 100% demonstrable skills up-front. You may need to spend some time on-the-job training.

Stop paying executives so much so you can afford better workers.

Old people are not outdated. Experience is actually worth something. Use some of that money you're saving by not having golden parachutes for C-levels.

This entire crisis is manufactured.

Thanks for the expound :)

Comment: Re:User error. (Score 1) 330

by dredwerker (#42773115) Attached to: Online Narcotics Store 'Silk Road' Is Showing Cracks

If you buy anonymously with bitcoins, you can literally have it shipped to your house. It is not illegal to receive a package you were "not expecting' - otherwise you could send contraband to people you dislike and have them arrested by immediately calling the cops when the UPS confirmation hits your inbox..

As far as I can make out it still brings attention to you. Like buying hydroponics gear might or an excessive electricity bill.

Also if you get more than 1 package that would be suspect and the average person would have a history on their PC/ISP.

Comment: Re:Trolling? (Score 0) 594

by dredwerker (#41505367) Attached to: The Day Leo Traynor Confronted His Troll

Since you've almost nailed it, I'll just add one thing. Here on Slashdot we have a -1 Troll option and a -1 Flamebait option. Almost nobody here knows what either of those terms mean anymore, including right here on Slashdot. As an example, when someone is clearly making moronic statements that they actually believe, and one calls them a moron, that is neither a troll, nor is it flamebait. Wikipedia gets it completely wrong as well. Flamebait is much like trolling, where the poster says something ridiculous in order to bait people into flaming them. Ergo, if I call someone a moron when they have made it clear that they are either a moron or intending to be one, my response might be a follow up to flame bait (if the poster intended to get me to call him a moron), but is not itself flamebait. Now, I'd really like to see people read this, understand it, and start modding correctly, but let's face it: there are a lot of morons in the world ;-0

I completely agree with your post. And must be a moron as I accidentally moderated it redundant. So this post will unmoderate it.

Comment: Re:How is he going to become a citizen? (Score 1) 385

by dredwerker (#41448139) Attached to: Woz Applying For Australian Citizenship Because of the NBN

Yeah weird huh? The requirements to become an Australian citizen (which I'm well versed in, as my American wife has just obtained her Australian citizenship a few months ago) are:

- You have lived lawfully in Australia for at least 4 years; and
- You have lived in Australia for at least 12 months as a permanent resident

(OR ... you were born in Australia or used to have citizenship but lost it for whatever reason)

My wife moved here after we were married and lived here for 4 years. The first two she was a temporary resident (all spouse visas are temporary for the first two years, and can then be migrated to permanent). The latter two she was permanent. She qualified earlier this year, did the test, had the ceremony and voila.

Woz seems to be thinking that, if you are well-known and/or rich, you can bypass all these requirements. I am not sure that is the case. You can certainly qualify for a permanent residence visa to live here on the basis of being rich ('investing' in the country), but that isn't citizenship.

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My spouse visa is permanent straight away,it says so on the electronic visa. 4 years to get citizenship. Then you can get a passport. If you want go to Australia at age 75 or over you need a medical. Fail that and you would no longer be able to see family etc. Not so with a passport/citizenship.

Also returning resident visas are now much stricter.

Comment: Re:Cracked screen bad luck? (Score 1) 660

by dredwerker (#40721685) Attached to: Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

I managed to break a GalaxyS(not 2), but I did so by falling with it in my back pocket right onto ice with my butt. Before that, 'tossing' it to the floor by accident was pretty much a daily occurance and no damage was done. I got an otterbox for my next phone(atrix), and managed to break the case after a year. The phone is fine. Did the case do it's job, or is the phone just that tough? I'll have to see.

I don't know the specifics of what happened in your case, but there are reports of phones surviving things like multi-story drops out of helicoptors. A less than 1 story drop is supposed to be well within their design tolerance; even onto concrete.

Given my experience I figure there was some sort of 'aggreviating factor' to the cracking of the screen of your phone - being stepped or fell on, hitting something pointy on the screen, etc...

It just fell on its corner. Where as v. Similar drops didn't result in this problem with other devices.

Like I said if it hadn't been marketed as tough I wouldn't be so annoyed.

I think Corning should put their money where their mouth is.

I guess that most peeps will believe that I centre punched it, to create a hairline crack. See my first post which got modded down. O dear slashdot you cynical place :)

Comment: Re:Bigger != Better (Score 1) 660

by dredwerker (#40718075) Attached to: Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

o really. Then the crack in my Samsung Galaxy s2 is a figment of my imagination.

No, its user abuse.

For every user with a cracked glass I raise you 1 million users who do not abuse their phones.

The point was never that you couldn't break a alkali-aluminosilicate glass screen, its just that it breaks less easily than prior materials, and allows equal strength with less thickness.

Odd you should lash out a a key component of miniaturization in a story suggesting that phones are getting too big.

It wasn't particular user abuse.Obviously it fell on the floor, due to my son knocking it out of my hand, therefore its my fault that it fell. I have done similar things with lots of devices which I made plain, and nothing had ever happened to those, apart from scuffing. I am not a shill or astroturfing - read my posts etc. - arghh how paranoid is slashdot now.

Yeah there are millions of people who haven't cracked their screens etc.. I didn't originally say that the screens had got stronger, I was replying to a post. I am evidently annoyed that something that is advertised as better doesn't survive better than the abuse I have given previous phones/screens.

If I didn't keep seeing adverts for how good corning gorilla glass is on Dell products, mobile phones etc.. It wouldn't irritate me.

I said as much on xda devs and I got just as roasted. We shall see how well this glass handles in the future.

Thanks for your time :)

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