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Comment: Why dumb phones suck (Score 2) 313

by ignavus (#49756513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Thing is, I don't want to make or receive phone calls or text messages!

I hate them.

The only reasons I own a phone are because a smart phone is a small handheld computer that can surf the net, play games, play music, show movies, and do other useful tasks (alarm clock, exercise timer - even flashlight). And a smart phone can act as a modem for my laptop to connect to the internet.

So ... remove the smarts - the data, the computer-like features, the hotspot - and all you have left are the two things I don't want: phone calls and SMS.

Comment: Re:Agreed but there is a point (Score 1) 341

by ignavus (#49525785) Attached to: Study Confirms No Link Between MMR Vaccine and Autism

Chicken Pox for adults is known as Shingles which is far nastier than Chicken Pox.

No, chicken pox for adults is known as chicken pox. In my 30s, my eldest toddler got chicken pox, then a week or two later my youngest toddler got chicken pox. Then a week or two later I got chicken pox. I had never had it as a kid, so I got it as an adult. It was standard chicken pox, and I was off work for 2.5 weeks.

My wife got shingles when she was pregnant with our first child. She had had chicken pox as a child, so she was the only one to miss out when our household had its chicken pox epidemic.

So chicken pox for adults is chicken pox - these are adults who never had chicken pox before. Shingles is for adults who had chicken pox as a child.

Comment: We the Government (Score 5, Insightful) 204

We the Government of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations, will not allow the democratic process to interfere with the rights of business to dictate monopolistic and oligopolistic solutions to citize ... erh, customers.

In particular, you have no right to competition nor to form any "more perfect union" that reeks of socialism or even just consumers rights.

Business must be allowed perfect freedom. All other freedoms are coincidental.


Your governor.

Comment: Re:Erh... I don't get it (Score 1) 104

As an American, I wonder... how do you do Christmas in warm weather? Or do you just do Christmas in July?

Couldn't we just get some mad scientists to invent something to rotate the Earth 180 degrees? Or if they're really mad, 360 degrees.

A: yes, we do Christmas in July (well, some of us do) ... and Christmas in December - so two Christmases, if you want

B: we put fake frost on shop windows, sing songs about sleighs and reindeer, and wear shorts and T-shirts and go to the beach and get sunburnt. I am not used to your wintry Christmas, so I have nothing to miss.

C: the world has already been rotated 360 degrees by mad scientists - didn't you get the email?

D: how do you do July 4th in warm weather? July is cold, and when we used to have "cracker night" (24 May - so one week short of winter) we would wrap up, sit around a bonfire in the street, and let off "bungers" (large, noisy, unsafe exlosive fireworks). Definitely a cold weather thing.

Comment: Re:Erh... I don't get it (Score 4, Informative) 104

I mean, yes, it's true. And yes, it's interesting. But ... news?

Yeah, not really. In Australia I have known for decades that we have a great opportunity for our telescopes because we see portions of the sky that are out of sight for all you Northern Hemisphereans. Hardly news. That is also why bases in Australia are very useful during space flights, when the capsules or whatever go out of range for the Nrothern Hemisphere.

Oh, and it's summer here - a balmy 25 degree Celsius (=77 degrees F). And I live three minutes walk from the beach ....

Comment: Re:Everyone's on the spectrum (Score 1) 109

by ignavus (#48503591) Attached to: Workers On Autism Spectrum Finding Careers In Software Testing

Workers On Autism Spectrum...

Everyone is on the autism spectrum. That's why they call it a spectrum.

Alternative post: No thanks, I'll wait for the Autism Amiga.

They call it a spectrum because autistic people vary quite a lot from each other - not because "everyone is on the spectrum". Not everyone is tall, even though everyone has a height. Not everyone is smart, even though everyone has an IQ. Not everyone is autistic, even though everyone can get an AQ ("autism spectrum quotient") test score greater than zero.

Comment: Re:Facebook indistinguishable from a scam (Score 1) 116

by ignavus (#48332535) Attached to: Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

I can't tell Facebook vs a scam... both ask for personal information, promise a fantastic experience that is never delivered, and sell my personal information for a profit...
I can see why people struggle to differentiate the two.

Any commercially greedy social medium is indistinguishable from malware.

Practical people would be more practical if they would take a little more time for dreaming. -- J. P. McEvoy