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Comment: Re:You're not supposed to ask that (Score 3, Interesting) 223

by Parafilmus (#48982249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Gaining Control of My Mobile Browser?

Serious question: But how do I totally block Google?

Using Apple devices is a pretty good solution for that. Another option is Cyanogenmod.

It's an open-source Android fork with better privacy: http://cyanogenmod.org/

Installing it is usually simple, but can be difficult or impossible on certain phones. If you're after a turnkey solution, your best bet is the OnePlus One, which ships with Cyanogen preinstalled. List price is $299, but they're going for about $400 on amazon right now, due to limited availability.

Comment: Re:Reprogram the G600 (Score 1) 431

by Parafilmus (#48897279) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Logitech's OSX driver supports remapping most buttons, but does NOT allow mapping the G600 middle button to middle-click.

It's kinda weird, since the other buttons are all configurable.

I'm not sure about the windows driver. Does Logitech allow mapping the G600 middle button to middle-click in their Windows driver?

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 3, Informative) 880

by Parafilmus (#48598595) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

In retrospect, I should not have posted the "brick testament" link. It was needlessly snarky.

Here are a few passages about Moses' military exploits, without the snarky lego commentary.

The slaughter of women and children at Midean: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=28...

The slaughter of women and children at Bashan: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=28...

The slaughter of women and children at Heshbon: http://bible.oremus.org/?ql=28...

Comment: Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 880

by Parafilmus (#48598315) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I don't remember anything in Exodus about Moses or his people resorting to violence

Have a look at the book of numbers. Here are some of the best parts: http://www.thebricktestament.c...

Also, I'm not sure how you give credit to Constantine for founding Christianity

Here ya go: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment: Re:Authors in the industry (Score 1) 58

by Parafilmus (#48312995) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

If the contract literally stated that the rights would revert when the comic went out-of-print then he was foolish to sign. It means that if his work becomes popular that he never gets it back as the publisher can sell and sell and sell while people are buying, and it means that even if his work is unpopular, the licensee has ways of hold on to it by printing small-batch limited editions every time inventory gets low.

Today, creators are aware of that possibility. They have the example of Alan Moore to show them ;)

Comment: Re:Authors in the industry (Score 1) 58

by Parafilmus (#48312619) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Warren Ellis a Question

Alan Moore is upset because he believes DC tricked him out of the ownership of Watchmen.

Watchmen was not a work for hire. The copyright would return to him after the comic was out of print. DC decided to keep it "technically in print" forever, which was an unprecedented move at the time.

I don't know the whole story. Maybe Moore should have read the contract more carefully. But I do understand why he's upset. He did not think he was "signing over" all the rights to his creation at the time.

Comment: Re:It's supposed to look that way (Score 5, Interesting) 167

I'm not sure I'm buying the "NES relied on blur and shadowing" argument.

Here's an example that may convince you. From a snes game, but still 240p.

Crisp Blocky pixels: http://files.tested.com/upload...

With NTSC blur and artifacts: http://files.tested.com/photos...

Which do you think is closer to the artist's intention?

Comment: Re: "up to" $650 for a macbook air trade in? (Score 1) 365

That's because people don't understand there's more than one model and if they do they don't understand how to tell them apart or what the benefits of a new model are.

That's just not correct. Look at the ebay listings. Every one features the model number and tech specs right up front.

Plenty of valid criticism can be leveled at Apple, but are you really suggesting that they aren't doing enough to announce their laptop hardware revisions?

They're not exactly shy when they update one of their laptop models. They tend to have a big media production where the CEO gets on a stage and explains the hardware and software changes in some detail. Convincing people to replace their 2009 macbooks with shiny 2014 models is a big part of their business. I'm not sure how much more they could do to spread the word that "this year's macbook has a better SSD/CPU/whatever."

Comment: Seems correct (Score 2) 53

I don't know anything about Mexican trademark law, but the decision seems fair on the surface.
If the "iFone" brand was in use beforehand, then I can see how "iPhone" would be confusing.

Maybe Apple or the carriers will cut a deal... or maybe their marketing material will just start referring to "apple phones."

Comment: Re:Good bye source compatibility (Score 1) 636

by Parafilmus (#47152993) Attached to: Apple Announces New Programming Language Called Swift

Here's a document about how C data types and pointers map to swift. It looks reasonably straightforward.


I don't really see myself using the language because it's locked to one platform, but the sky is not falling. I'm sure we'll see swift-wrappers for popular C and C++ libraries popping up all over the place.

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