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Comment: Plush toy walkie talkie (Score 1) 327

by k2r (#49037381) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Panic Button a Very Young Child Can Use

Maybe a Panic Button is too abstract, but a year ago I saw somewhere a WiFi enabled Plush Toy that a kid could press to send (and receive) a message to an absent parent anywhere on the net.
I guess that a device like this could be used even before a kid can clearly speak and the kid would be used to it being a means of contacting daddy.

Comment: a center of excellence (Score 1) 495

by k2r (#47364403) Attached to: Microsoft Takes Down No-IP.com Domains

From the article:
> This is the third malware disruption by Microsoft since the November unveiling of the Microsoft Cybercrime Center
> —a center of excellence for advancing the global fight against cybercrime.

How clueless do you have to be to reach that level of excellence in Microsoft?

I mean, where do you live if you don't know that no-ip has a huge customer base and that tampering with their DNS just might be a difficult thing to do? You have no place in IT if you don't know this.

Comment: Re:Who would have guessed? (Score 1) 217

> What I see is no different than homeopathic remedies vs traditional medicine.

I have to rethink my impression of organic food not (though this might be different in Europe and with the organic labels we have).
But I'm confident that homeopathic pesticides are safest. (i.e. washing the food) :-)

Comment: Apple changes their connector constantly (Score 1) 358

by k2r (#46487425) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

every 9 years or so.

I have used iPods with the dock-connector, the original iPhone and every iPhone and iPad up to the iPhone 5s now. I collected a pile of chargers and cables and they all are used, still. I'm sure that the charger of my very first iPhone is used everyday. There is no better investment into cables and chargers I have made within the last decade. Similar, but not as good, with the Powerbooks. Most of the chargers have had a very long life, and my very first Magsafe-Charger is still in use, daily. I have no use for the original Powerbook Charger anymore, though.

I own an assorted set of non-Appe tablets (currently Thinkpad T2, Nexus 7) and from daily use (they are fine devices for some uses) I'm very confident to have gathered enough datapoints to say:

"mini/micro-USB2/3 for a mobile phone or tablet on the device-side sucks. It's stupid and clumsy and everybody arguing that Apple should go USB (on the phone) is stupid, too, and most likely does not own such a device but just want's cover up a pychological deficite. Micro-USB-3 is just a really pathetic joke."

Don't force my to use the shit that you consider sufficient and I promise to keep quiet and use my chargers for years over years.

And now please have a look at
Apple vs. Samsung: A Decade Of Proprietary Connectors

Comment: Re: Should be Alternative Language Requirement (Score 1) 426

by k2r (#46072261) Attached to: Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

And you get some history lessons for free:
Das Ding = thing, gender neutral
Das Baby = baby, gender neutral
Das Kleinkind = small child, gender neutral

Das MÃdchen = girl, gender neutral
Der Junge = boy, masculine

Das FrÃulein = unmarried woman, gender neutral
Die Frau = married woman, feminine
Der Mann = unmarried or married man, male

You see the pattern :-)

Nowadays calling a woman "FrÃulein" is mostly considered rude, though :-)

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