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Comment: Re:"although not with bug-free results" (Score 2) 30

by Andy Dodd (#49559695) Attached to: Google Officially Discontinues Nexus 7 Tablet

The article was pretty poor.

There were two Nexus 7 devices:
1) The 2012 Nexus 7 (often referred to by its internal codename, grouper), using an NVidia Tegra3 chipset. This did get Lollipop, although it was kind of "meh", mostly with performance issues, showing that the hardware was getting a little on the old side. Google may have been trying to make up for the Galaxy Nexus getting dropped prematurely due to TI by keeping a different Nexus device supported for as long as absolutely possible. This device was discontinued in Summer 2013 when its successor was announced.
2) The 2013 Nexus 7 (often referred to by its internal codename, flo), using a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064), pretty much the same as the Snapdragon 600 at a slightly lower clock speed. This runs Lollipop well due to newer hardware. This is the device that was just discontinued.

grouper was always a bit "meh" - I don't know if it was the fault of Asus or NVidia, but Tegra3 tablets from Asus were always notorious for poor storage performance. I think other Tegra3 tablets had similar issues, but honestly - Asus was the largest Tegra3 customer by far thanks to grouper and the Transformer series of tablets, so it's hard to tell who was at fault.

The fact that flo didn't have grouper's storage performance issues (same device manufacturer, different chip inside) indicates it was probably the Tegra3.

Comment: Re:Remember Hypatia (Score 1) 410

There are countless more recent examples I could have written about.

So go ahead then, because I think it's really silly whenever a new Muslim atrocity occurs, especially when it comes to women, that some apologist comes along and talks about things Christians did centuries ago.

Are you obtuse? Did you read what I wrote? I am criticizing monotheism as a whole. I probably despise extremism more than you do. I just see the historical context, and I see aspects of extremism in America that are similar to Islamic extremism. That is not being an apologist. It is being a realist.

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 91

if a disease can spread because it can find enough vectors since not enough vaccinate, you are also giving the disease time and space to tinker, and perhaps evolve a new strain that existing vaccines don't protect against

so: yup. but that's less superrich killing and more superstupid killing us

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 91

i always thought it would make a great conspiracy dystopian story where the superrich, with everything automated, don't need us anymore

so they simply kill us all off

the earth reduced to 700,000 souls from 7,000,000,000 in a matter of days (some sort of highly infectious agent?)

Comment: Re:Snowden is a hero (Score 1) 85

by cold fjord (#49558275) Attached to: Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

Hi Gary....,

Interesting theory, but it leaves some ground uncovered:
2014 was an off year election and turnout for them is pretty much always lower.
There were many democrats that were more than a little disenchanted with the Obama admin.
Obamacare was already starting to give people sticker shock, and it will get worse.
With the Republicans back in control of the House they could engage in meaninful oversight, especially on things that were "uninteresting " to the Dems. The IRS scandal is one of those. (I consider that one far more dangerous to the Republic than the NSA stuff.)
2014 was far enough along that Obama began to own his administrations record - no more Bush!!

Hard to say how 2016 will turn out. I can't believe the Democratic party will really run Hillary. New scandals emerge daily - Clinton Foundations funding, fudged tax records, foreign doners, Uranium for Russia, more to come .....

Have a nice evening

Thanks, you too.
That Gatorade is great stuff.

Comment: What do people do with 2 inch twins, Easy! (Score 3, Funny) 43

by EmperorOfCanada (#49558225) Attached to: The World of 3D Portraiture
It is easy to find customers in need of 2 inch simulacrums; voodoo dolls! If a little jute doll with a bit of your victim's hair having a pin stuck into it will cause pain then sticking a pin into a 3D printed one should blow holes in them like they were shot with Dirty Harry's 44 magnum.

Comment: Re:Snowden is a hero (Score 0) 85

by cold fjord (#49558055) Attached to: Officials Say Russian Hackers Read Obama's Unclassified Emails

Thanks kind of funny since the Russian army stil uses the goose step, and the US military never has. Interesting symbolism.

Kind of fits in with Russia invading Ukraine to steal Crimea (and was willing to use nuclear weapons to do it). Now Russia is sending troops into Ukraine's border regions to try to steal that away. Russia just openly threatened Denmark with nuclear weapons. Russia is also threatening Moldova, and the Baltic nations. Finland is concerned. Poland considers itself under threat. Russia has been sending bombers and naval vessels, and submarines to probe Sweden, the UK, and US.

And certainly Snowden is a hero in Russia for making millions of Top Secret documents on US intelligence systems available to Russia.

Wouldn't it be a pity if someday the goose stepping is outside your window? Maybe that will be sauce for the goose as well.

Comment: They didn't grab the opportunity (Score 5, Insightful) 232

by Jim Hall (#49557895) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

I remember when Google+ first appeared as an "invite only" service. That was just before Facebook made the huge blunder of putting members' faces in ads for any pages they "Liked," suggesting an endorsement. I remember a lot of people everywhere got really angry at Facebook about "faces on ads," and even threatened to leave because of it.

And Google+ remained invite-only. Pretty much no one I knew had an account.

Over the next week, pretty much all you saw in the news was how people wanted to leave Facebook because of the "faces on ads" thing. What an abuse of privacy! You're stealing my image to sell products! There were a bunch of petitions for Facebook to undo the new "faces on ads," or else they would delete their Facebook accounts. The only problem was that there wasn't a viable alternate social network out there. Twitter wasn't really a replacement for how most people used Facebook.

And Google+ still remained invite-only. By then, a few people I knew had accounts, but had run out of invites to share. So few others could get in.

After a few weeks, Facebook decided to calm the storm, and undid "faces on ads." And as expected, people stopped freaking out about Facebook. After another week, even the tech websites stopped writing about "faces on ads."

And finally, Google+ went "live." Anyone could join. I had an account, but few of my other friends bothered to sign up. Why? Because they were still using Facebook, they got over the "faces on ads" fiasco. Without other people to share with, Google+ failed to gain critical mass.

Google+ failed because they didn't know how to respond to the opportunity that Facebook gave them.

Comment: Re:edu-babble (Score 3, Interesting) 250

by catchblue22 (#49557799) Attached to: The Future Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

Sounds like dystopia to me. Something about a bunch of kindergarteners staring at a giant screen seems very 1984.

I think the truly intractable problem is that such a system would centralize control of the educational system. Centralize it right down to every single word that is presented. The true power of the public education system is that it gives teachers a great deal of independence in what they say in the classroom. Imagine a situation when something terrible happens in our democracy. Someone seizes control. The system gets even more perverted than it already is. Then imagine an educational system where children only received "approved" resources. No independent human teacher. Just video and text. If the children don't get information from the media, then they will effectively be blind to reality.

I know this is hypothetical, but I think it demonstrates my point, that independent teachers are an essential buffer against tyranny emerging in our democracy.

Comment: Re:Damn... (Score 4, Insightful) 410

by cold fjord (#49557345) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

Actually, we did. Like most Americans, sadly, you know nothing of history beyond, say, 1980 or some such. If you did know some history, you would know ...

Like many people on Slashdot you seem to have a defective knowledge of history and the church.

If one were to look into the history they would find that you either grossly exagerate on these matters, or are simply wrong. Many of the early colonies were formed by religous sects coming from Europe. Once in America they adopted the European customs of institutionalizing the church with the government. Although in some colonies other sects were persecuted, few were killed. In any case it was nothing like the scale or severity of European persecution. Other colonies had different views. Rhode Island was formed with the ideal of religious tolerence, and other colonies were adopting laws for tolerance by 1650. Eventually all of the colonies adeopted the US Constitution, became states, and moved past that.

As to the "Christian justifications for the genocide against American Indians" I have to ask, what genocide are you referring to? There wasn't one.

Reject the Lie of White "Genocide" Against Native Americans
Were American Indians the Victims of Genocide?

As to your claims about "lines of Christian preachers submitted tons of briefs, all saying that their Christian God had deemed that black people were inherently inferior and not worthy of any basic human rights" in the case of Loving vs Virginia, which briefs are you referring to? The only brief I see listed from an organization claiming church affiliation was against Virginia's law.

LOVING v. VIRGINIA, 388 U.S. 1 (1967)

Briefs of amici curiae, urging reversal, were filed by William M. Lewers and William B. Ball for the National Catholic Conference for Interracial Justice et al.; [388 U.S. 1, 2] by Robert L. Carter and Andrew D. Weinberger for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and by Jack Greenberg, James M. Nabrit III and Michael Meltsner for the N. A. A. C. P. Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc.

T. W. Bruton, Attorney General, and Ralph Moody, Deputy Attorney General, filed a brief for the State of North Carolina, as amicus curiae, urging affirmance

So it looks to me that your disparagement of Christians is based on what is essentially one half-truth and two whole lies.

Now that would be bad in and of itself, but you also overlook the many positive contributions made by Christians.

The abolition of slavery - Christian and churches drove the abolisionist movement. Perhaps you could start with this man:
      William Wilberforce - the story told in this wonderful movie: Amazing Grace, released in 2007
Higher Education - Many of America's first colleges were formed by churches.
Health Care - Many hospitals have been founded by churches, or with church backing.
The Civil Right movement - Once again many churches were participants in the Civil Rights movement

There are many more that could be added to that.

Yeah, you Christians are really, really superior to other religions....

Moving past the half-truth and falsehoods you wrote certainly seems to make for a better record to reflect upon.

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