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Comment: Rooting .NE. Sideloading (Score 1) 91

Rooting applications are installed on about 0.5% of devices that allow sideloading of applications from outside of Google Play.

When an article (and a summary) include garbage like this, I refuse to take the rest seriously. Rooting is not Sideloading. There is a feature right in every stock Android system that tells Android that it is OK to accept Apps from sources other than Google. There are apps included with factory fresh Android that will install these apps as long as the user has chosen to allow it. This is how things like the Amazon app store work, which I have on every one of my Android devices even though none of them are rooted.

If the article can't get this right, and I know it is wrong, then I don't even want to risk exposure to bad information that I might not know enough to reject.

Comment: What happened to Topistat? (Score 1) 76

Back in the 1970's a friend who had been a medic told me about a spray clotting agent that was then saving lives called Topostat or Topistat. He found somewhere to buy it commercially and a few of up pitched in and got some spray cans. I never use it for more than patching up a scraped knee, but it seemed to be great stuff. Scrape you knee, spray on this stuff, and you had an instant scab to stop further bleeding.

I've never seen it again since, and even a search of the Internet seems to be completely ignorant of it. Apparently a Trademark was given for the name in 2004, but as that was about 30 years from when I saw the product that I had I'm thinking it is likely a different product. Anyone have any information on this product from the 70's?

Comment: easy (Score 4, Insightful) 61

by frovingslosh (#49323571) Attached to: First Prototype of a Working Tricorder Unveiled At SXSW
Anyone can build a working Tricorder as long as they get to define what a Tricorder is. In this case it sounds like people are taking any medical technology and slapping the Tricorder name on it. I don't remember the Trek Tricorder including a wearable collar (I assume as opposed to the other type of collar). I might as well call an app that interacts with a Bluetooth wrist strap a Tricorder.

Comment: It's lose-lose (Score 1) 111

People looking to spend 10 grand on a watch want a Rolex or some other quality brand that will last a lifetime and that they can pass on in their will, not some junk fad that will be obsolete in 24 months. Google and Intel will pay dearly for this mistake.

This will not be Intel's first time to fail in the watch business, but their last failure was not nearly as spectacular as this will be.

Comment: Re:isn't it time for another revolution? (Score 1) 1089

by frovingslosh (#49296779) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

And that's not all the extra rights that non-citizens have! They don't even have to register for the draft, or serve on juries!

or participate in the Obamacare mandate.

Hell, if I want to travel out of the country I have to pay at least $135 for a passport, I can't get back into the country without it. If an illegal is caught breaking our laws he gets a free tax-payer trip home, and he is usually back here without a passport in less than a month.

Comment: what's the C in AC stand for? (Score 3, Informative) 1089

by frovingslosh (#49296557) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

Spoken like a true AC.

Do a little searching of the news. You should find references that there are at least 850 registered voters over 150 in New York City. In North Carolina there are over 2200 registered voters over 110 and at least two actively voting over age 150, the oldest being 160 when a vote was cast in 2012. These people would be automatically purged from the voting rolls if votes were not being regularly cast against their registrations. And, by an amazing coincidence, the vast majority of these voters are registered Democrats.

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