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Comment: Re:Just works? (Score 1) 373

by kamapuaa (#49552377) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Most Stable Smartphones These Days?

> If you want a "reliable" smart phone that doesn't need reset or suffer stupid ass software failures, get one of those $50 Samsung android smart phones.

Some of them don't have a forward-facing camera, but generally speaking they have the same OS as the lastest and greatest from Samsung, and can do *everything* that any other Android phone can do.

Comment: Re:News for nerds (Score 1) 103

by kamapuaa (#49550633) Attached to: 7.8 Earthquake Rocks Nepal, Hundreds Dead

Missed a few:

1) This is the US's fault! Even left-wing politicians would be right-wingers in Western Europe.
2) This is the US's fault! Broadband adoption areas in rural areas are not nearly as good as those in Western Europe.
3) This is the US's fault! Copyrights go on for WAY too long.
4) This is the US's fault! Yada Yada Yada

Comment: No real comparison (Score 1) 617

by kamapuaa (#49528679) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

SUVs aren't necessarily the huge behemoths they once were. The current big fad in SUV's is small crossovers. For example, the top-selling car in the US is the Honda CRV, an "SUV" that's something like a hatchback Civic with raised suspension. It gets 29mpg, which isn't too bad at all. There's a large number of these SUVs that get mileage in the upper 20s/gallon.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 4, Interesting) 536

by kamapuaa (#49513399) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

In California, schools get equal public funding, it's not derived from local property taxes. On the other hand, rich school districts can expect to earn more in private fundraising, and can more realistically require students to pay for "outside resources" like money for field trips, a computer, etc...

97% of the difference between good schools and bad schools is family background (education, income levels, parent availability). If the student bodies of a poor school and a rich school exchanged campuses/teachers, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the educational results of the students would remain basically unchanged.

Comment: Re:Me personally? no.. (Score 0, Flamebait) 350

I am a ham radio operator, I have a significantly higher chance of survival than the rest.

Yeah, keep rationalizing your weird 1970s hobby, nerd.

There is about a one in a billion chance that it will save your life (I really think this is a realistic figure), and you put a large amount of time/expense into it. Imagine if you put that amount of time/money into, say, a health club membership. Or extra doctor visits. Or healthier food. A safer car. This would have a much larger chance of actually having anything to do with how long you live.

Comment: Re:I don't get why the government is involved at a (Score 1) 293

by kamapuaa (#49502109) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017

The market has already decided, and that's why the FM band is being closed.

Of course there will always be s few stragglers, the way some people (myself included) still shoot pictures with film. In this case, the public has an interest in the underutilized radio frequency, so instead of entertaining the stragglers, they open up the frequencies to people who will use them.

We don't really understand it, so we'll give it to the programmers.

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