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Comment: Re:Widescreen movies (Score 1) 138

by kylemonger (#47412431) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones
There are lots of IT people on Slashdot and we all carry laptops because a phone just doesn't cut it to get any real work done. But there are many other people who would glady stop carrying a laptop if they could. That's who phones like this are aimed at. I'm like that myself sometimes; I just get tired of carrying a bunch of crap around. I watched a whole season of a TV on a video iPod once just because it was more convenient than a laptop.

Comment: Re:It's like we've learned nothing in 5000 years (Score 1) 138

by kylemonger (#47412361) Attached to: BlackBerry's Innovation: Square-Screened Smartphones
That's never bothered Apple before. Jobs touted how great the PPC architecture was right up until they switched to Intel. They also touted how great the ergonomics of the desklamp iMacs were until suddenly cramming all the computer components behind the screen was more perfect in the new iMacs. Tablet computers were a joke until Apple decided they weren't. (Well, OK, they were right about that.)

Comment: Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (Score 4, Insightful) 250

by kylemonger (#47274263) Attached to: TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible
The first statement is a tautology and the second is unconfirmed and could just be FUD-mongering to discourage us from using a product the TLAs haven't cracked. If you give up a privacy tool every time someone merely claims to have subverted it, soon you will have no tools left. By the way, your home is not secure; I've subverted it. Good luck.

Comment: Re:Moneygrabbing Nominet (Score 1) 111

by kylemonger (#47237207) Attached to: Britain Gets National<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.uk Web Address
What I wonder is why does it matter. Ever since the first decent search engine came into being, guessing domain names stopped being a necessity. or or london.frog matters not a whit to me if it's the site I'm looking for. And any decent search engine will distinguish them quite easily. A proliferation of TLDs makes it easier to get the name you want and still have it be short enough to be easy to type. It will eventually make a shambles of the hierarchical structure of DNS but there are ways to fix that too.

Comment: Re:Still buying DVDs here (Score 1) 339

by kylemonger (#47125325) Attached to: The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes
Be careful relying on DVD's for archival. I ripped all our discs a couple years ago to ease access and found that for a few I'd waited too long. Disks do de-laminate and sometimes moisture and fungus gets in. (The Pirate Bay was very handy to recover the few discs that went bad. Was able to recover not only the movies but the DVD extras as well. Thanks Pirate Bay.)

Comment: Diffidently I point out... (Score 1) 216

by kylemonger (#46783569) Attached to: Click Like? You May Have Given Up the Right To Sue
... that we have courts to redress grievances so that people can go there instead of, you know, forming a mob and lynching somebody. Does this mean that General Mills is now OK with the ropes and torches and all that whenever someone gets sick or thinks they got sick from a General Mills product? Fantastic.

Comment: Re:Useful Idiot (Score 2) 396

What does Snowden care about free speech rights in his country of exile? The important aspect for him is that while the U.S. might drop a commando team into any Western Hemisphere country to retrieve Snowden and then say "umm, sorry" afterwards, they aren't going to risk that with China or Russia. I'm surprised the U.S. didn't just let Snowden go to Ecuador or Bolivia or wherever and then extract him. I guess that could still happen.

Comment: Re:Talk is cheap (Score 1) 313

by kylemonger (#46744293) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base
We're back to where we were in the 1950's

... and honestly nothing of value was lost. Sending people to LEO is about as worthless a goal as sending them to Mars in some flag-planting stunt. Human beings just aren't built for space travel as it currently exists. We should be putting 100% of our efforts into robotics and AI so that radiation-hardened machines can do whatever it is that's still worthwhile to do in space. Then we don't have to waste money on man-rated launchers, waste space and weight for human sustenance and habitation, or waste time and effort designing missions to bring people back alive and sane.

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