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Comment: Re:Status quo vs The Future (Score 1) 166

Renewable energy and "sustainable transportation" were largely tried in the 19th century and abandoned because they were too limiting.

Wind power is considerably older than that. It's actually considered to be the first form of non muscle based power used by himans.
Also "renewable" and "sustainable" have reached the point of being politcial "weasel words" more often that sensible descriptions.

Comment: Places with only Verizon (Score 1) 163

by tepples (#47527611) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Where you live is also a choice.

Not for everybody. For one thing, not until leaving high school, due to minors' inability to form contracts. For another, the people who grow the food that you eat tend to have fewer choices. Should farmers just up and stop growing food? Besides, it might cost tens of thousands of dollars to move, especially if your house is paid off. If moving were so easy, then replies to other comments expressing a similar notion might have been more sympathetic than they were: 1 2 3 4 5 And even if you do move, your new carrier might get bought by one with unacceptable policies.

I am betting you can't actually name an area where your claim holds true and there is cellphone service. If you can, go ahead and offer one up.

You can find several such areas among Google's results for "only verizon" signal or "only verizon" area or "only verizon" "where i live" or "only verizon works".

Comment: Re:Southwest Boarding Policies (Score 1) 412

That's interesting, but irrelevant. You don't fix disgruntled paying customers by humiliating them in front of a crowd. He tweeted about his initial experience; you think he'll meekly shut up about the follow on treatment?

He might've been acting like a pompous, entitled ass. If your job is serving the public, you have to get used to dealing with pompous, entitled asses in ways that don't make your entire organization look bad.

Comment: Re:Gömböc (Score 1) 48

by tepples (#47527287) Attached to: Empathy For Virtual Characters Studied With FMRI Brain Imaging

memorize plausible answers that cause your Voight-Kampff lie detector to display "inconclusive".

It's not the answers, it's the reaction that counts.

The same is true of anything else that behaves like a polygraph. A question with a memorized answer elicits a different reaction from an unexpected question. So if you start getting a bunch of memorized-answer reactions among the populace, you're going to have to rotate in different questions.

Comment: Showroom; hardware warranty (Score 1) 163

by tepples (#47527191) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

Xiaomi and Lenovo and Nokia off the top of my head

Where can I hold one of those phones in a showroom in northeast Indiana before I buy it, to gauge the look of its screen, the feel of its input, and its build quality? I don't think a lot of online sellers will like it if I buy a dozen phones, try them all, and then return the eleven that I decide not to keep.

flash CyanogenMod

If the headphone jack goes out a week later, I don't want the manufacturer to be able to use my installation of CyanogenMod against me.

Comment: Some Android games support the keyboard (Score 1) 77

by tepples (#47527157) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

And using a bluetooth keyboard and USB mouse to play on your Android phone is a goofy idea. Who wants to do that? How many games in the android play market are set up that way?

I haven't done any sort of controlled sample, but I do know that the free version of Pixeline and the Jungle Treasure handles a lot better with a Bluetooth keyboard than with the virtual gamepad. It's almost as if it were made for phones with slider keyboards.

Comment: Metroid Prime Hunters (Score 1) 77

by tepples (#47527143) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

But nobody would ever use a trackpad to play a game.

Games that use the mouse to point and click, such as any RTS, would translate more directly to touch input. I was referring to the control method that things like shmups and first-person shooters might use. For example, Metroid Prime Hunters and other first-person shooters for the Nintendo DS use the touch screen like a trackpad.

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