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Comment: Re:A better question (Score 1) 298

by sixteenbitsamurai (#35909614) Attached to: AT&T Admits Network Can't Handle iPhone, iPad Traffic
So much this. In northern MN, AT&T has great reception and Verizon calls always drop out. The 3G coverage for both seems spotty at best up here, though Verizon has slightly better data when and where you can connect. Yes, anecdotal observation, take it with a grain of salt, YMMV, etc.

Comment: That's great and all, but... (Score 1) 293

by sixteenbitsamurai (#35387516) Attached to: Google Cars Drive Themselves, In Traffic
I happen to enjoy driving. This tech is cool, but I personally don't want a JohnnyCab. I don't even really care for cruise control. Yeah, yeah, and you can get off my lawn, too, but there's something about driving... maybe it's because I lived in a rural area growing up and my first car was pretty much my ticket to independence and freedom -- being able to go just about anywhere I wanted when I wanted, no longer shackled to my parents' house in the middle of nowhere -- that makes me hesitant to give up control of my car. I guess I'd rather have true freedom than a safety net, which is the way I feel about quite a lot of things now that I think about it.

Also, I realize that perceiving automated driving systems as loss of freedom is irrational to an extent; this is because my opinion is based on personal feelings which are more subjective than logical. I merely present my opinion as food for thought.

Comment: Re:Culprit ? (Score 3, Informative) 376

by sixteenbitsamurai (#33466000) Attached to: <em>Hurt Locker</em> File-Sharing Subpoenas Begin

And the DRM makes them a more attractive choice than the Blu-Ray discs or HD cable

What makes them more attractive is that they don't cost $30 a pop. Having no DRM is a bonus, for sure, but really it comes down to HD movies being a horrible value. Most people outside the slashdot crew don't know what DRM is. Hell, most of them don't even know what a browser is. The bottom line is most people don't want to spend that kind of money on a Blu-ray when you can get two or three DVD's for the same price or just download them for free.

Comment: Re:Well, it depends... (Score 1) 308

by sixteenbitsamurai (#33372310) Attached to: When I no longer use a hard drive, I typically keep it for..
To be fair, every computer I had before my Pentium II box did not come equipped with a hard drive. And actually I only had one compy before that: A Laser 128/ZX. (Apple II clone) Come to think of it, I'm still using the computer desk I had got with the Laser for my current computer setup, sans the upper parts so I can fit current monitors. But I digress; I have older hard disks than my 8GB, but they were from salvaging older computers gifted to me because "you're into computers, right? I'm not using it anymore so..." Still, I think the smallest I have is the 2.1GB in my Thinkpad 380ed.

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