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Comment: Re:Lipitor (Score 1) 392

by rufus t firefly (#39931429) Attached to: FDA May Let Patients Buy More Drugs Without Prescriptions

I recall one wag claiming Lipitor should be given away with every fast food meal. Sad to see it is still being held hostage by the ultimate drug dealer: Big Pharma.

It's available in a generic variety now, although according to the wikipedia article, the price won't be dropped to "normal generic" price until May 31st of this year.

Comment: Re:I'd just like to remind everyone... (Score 1) 303

by rufus t firefly (#36190944) Attached to: Verizon Customers: Say So Long To Unlimited Data

Be careful, the Sprint Unlimited Plan is only on their 4G service. If 4G service is not available, the phone silently downshifts to 3g where the 5gig caps still apply.

This isn't true, in my experience. Both my wife and I have the "Unlimited Plan" on 3G phones, and haven't had to worry about any caps, even with very heavy tethering use.

Comment: Re:Open Platform? (Score 1) 459

by rufus t firefly (#34873464) Attached to: Is Samsung Blocking Updates To Froyo?

Well, I am free to update my HTC Hero on Sprint to whatever I want. Granted I do void the warranty but a call to SquareTrade Warranty fixes that and its cheaper than Sprints insurance and easier to deal with than Sprint. I have Cyanogen6 on mine and she purrs like a kitten. I do see the point though, and it is bull. Less than 2 years old and now Sprint isn't updating the os on the Hero anymore, and Samsung pulling that bs, It's a sad sad world.

I'm running CM 6.1 on mine (was running nightly builds before that) and it's running better than the original stock firmware. The first step was getting rid of that "Sense" crap that HTC bundles. I also wish that the carriers and/or phone vendors would be more open with their software, but it still beats a closed platform, in that the community can still hack newer versions of the OS onto older phones and keep them viable, much as CyanogenMod has done for the Hero.

Comment: Re:Jobs is babbling. (Score 2, Informative) 864

by rufus t firefly (#33951928) Attached to: Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

Yes, because people have proven that having more than one drug store, supermarket, or fast food chain inevitably disorients them and fouls up their lives. Oh, wait.

I have only one Google Marketplace on my phone but the prices are in different world currencies. I have more than one drug store, supermarket, and fast food chain near me most of the time, and they ALWAYS give their prices in my LOCAL currency. Apple's App Store is the same way.

Google's Marketplace needs more work before it can approach the user experience given by Apple's App Store.

The last time I looked at the market on 2.2, it showed everything in ~ USD amounts.

Comment: HTC Sense vs Stock Android (Score 2, Interesting) 165

by rufus t firefly (#33592206) Attached to: HTC Launches HD Phones and Updated Sense UI

I have found that stock Android is pretty nice. HTC Sense is a good *looking* UI, but it suffers in some places. The stock mail client for stock 2.1 is much nicer than the sense variant, for example, and there are a number of other places where it looks like HTC tried to "reinvent the wheel" (with shiny chrome) for what appears to be little or no reason. Perhaps they're trying a little too hard to offer a differentiator on the software side...

I've been much happier with the stock android versions of 2.1 and 2.2 (thanks to CyanogenMod) on my HTC CDMA Hero, since switching from the stock firmware. (Doesn't exactly help that HTC orphaned OS support for that model before 2.2...)

Comment: Re:conservatives (Score 1) 759

by rufus t firefly (#33358570) Attached to: Does the GOP Pay Friendly Bloggers?

No... that would be the very poor and the very wealthy.

Not quite, at least according to the NY Times polling: http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2006/11/02/us/politics/1102-nat-webPOLL.gif . It may not be the most scientific poll, but it does look like higher income brackets tend to lean more towards Republican candidates.

Comment: Re:conservatives (Score 1) 759

by rufus t firefly (#33357946) Attached to: Does the GOP Pay Friendly Bloggers?
Pretty much every political party and candidate they run promises change and transformation -- otherwise they would tell you to keep the person you've got in office now. Both parties seem to favor policies which tend to benefit the richest and best connected, which doesn't seem as though it's going to change any time soon. Sadly, it seems as though the only "ideology" we're seeing now is "tax cuts and fuck you" from both sides of the two party system, in the name of budgetary balancing.

Comment: Re:NOT great news (Score 1) 389

by rufus t firefly (#32760652) Attached to: EU Plans To Make Apple, Adobe and Others Open Up

You can also use a Hackintosh, if you don't want to buy a new Mac (you can always buy a second hand one of course).

If you are seriously thinking about Mac development, then buying a second hand Mac might be the way to go, or you could just drop OS X on a hackintosh and be done with it.

Who'd have thought actually having the target platform would be necessary for decent development on that platform!

A "hackintosh" isn't really a way of doing this, since Apple has been trying (and is continuing to try) to make it impossible to run Mac OS X on anything other than an Apple-branded product. They don't use standard toolkits, for the most part, and aren't really meant to be developed on anything other than themselves. It's more of that "walled garden" garbage at work.

Comment: Re:AOL makes software? (Score 3, Insightful) 315

And I'm sure that their overpriced drugs and the people who are being gouged for them are paying for all of that crapola. I'd rather they turn around and subsidize the cost for some of their lower income customers, but we all know *that* isn't about to happen.

I grew up with industry schwag as well, but that industry was far better off when it couldn't direct market to patients. Turns doctors into mere "prescribers".

Pharma is out of control in the US -- and they're more bloated and less "innovative" than ever.

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