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Comment: Re:Saw something like this on the news (Score 1) 93

by thegarbz (#49633831) Attached to: Woman Alerts Police of Hostage Situation Through Pizza Hut App

it doesn't take a genius to work out what's happening.

I'm not sure about the policies where you live, but where I live it's an offence to call emergency services with out a genuine emergency. Even if you prank call them you'll end up with a police car at your door if for nothing else than to hand you a fine.

Comment: Re:2-Butoxyethanol (Score 1) 314

Oh I am following the thread, I also notice you're cherry picking answers. I'm still waiting to hear what you think about my other post, you know the bit about water treatment being trivially easy and extremely cheap compared to transporting waste products.

As for how some chemicals get into the water supply, in parts per trillion levels... I'm absolutely speechless. You do realize humans have been fucking up the water supply for a good 1000 years right? I'm willing to bet you'd find any contaminant in a water well at a part per trillion level. Even if your absurd idea that someone is packaging easy to process waste into trucks and then delivering it to fracking sites and pouring it down the holes as a method of... cost reduction (everyone here at work is staring at me because I had to laugh out aloud at the absurd notion that you think this is even remotely cost effective), ... it's in parts per trillion levels.

Let me put this into perspective. 0.0000000001%
This would give homeopaths a hard-on.

Comment: Re:Contributory infringement (Score 1) 96

by thegarbz (#49626523) Attached to: UK High Court Orders Block On Popcorn Time

Which also happens to be the country in which Slashdot operates.

What has that got to do with the price of eggs in China?
(A quote from a person in a country that is not where Slashdot operates, about a subject as equally relevant to the location of Slashdot as a court decision about an unrelated service).

Likewise just because one judge in the UK made one decision doesn't make the software illegal in any other parts of the world.

Yet.

Both the USA and Great Britain agree about the illegality of a copying service with no substantial non-infringing use. What makes you think courts in other countries that have signed the same copyright treaty won't reach the same conclusion when the MPA (the MPAA's foreign division) goes into those countries?

Absolutely nothing. I'm sure it would be considered illegal once it is tested in the jurisdiction covered by the court. In the mean time the decision in the UK has about as much affect on me and the software I use, where I live, outside of their jurisdiction as the above mentioned price of eggs in China.

Actually that's not true, my country exports to China so the price of eggs in China are actually more relevant to me than the court decision.

Comment: Re:Make them drink it ... (Score 1) 314

You're knowingly ingesting carcinogenic chemicals with every cup of coffee. You're also knowingly ingesting a chemical that is fatal in a certain dose with every glass of water you drink, specifically H2O.

I have no time for people who don't consider dose whenever they talk about a chemical, and think that chemical = bad because.. um... chemicals!!!!!

Now if you'll excuse me I'm off to excrete in your watersupply.

Comment: Re:2-Butoxyethanol (Score 1) 314

Yes. The process of disposing of refinery wastes. The reason they don't want you to know precisely what's in their fracking fluids and where they came from is that these compounds are wastes left over from the petroleum refining process, and they are taking this opportunity to dispose of them by injecting them into our aquifers.

Oh my god you've gone full retard. Treating refining waste water is something that is trivially easy to do and far FAR cheaper than moving it off-site to dump in some hole.

Look I get it, you're an incredible skeptic who (quite rightfully) thinks corporations will do anything to help their bottom line. Even through that lens your conspiracy theory is right up there with the faked moon landings.

Comment: Re:Contributory infringement (Score 1) 96

by thegarbz (#49625947) Attached to: UK High Court Orders Block On Popcorn Time

No the idea is that one courts decision only applies in that jurisdiction. Napster was shutdown by a court in the country in which it operated. If the Supreme court of the Cayman Islands ruled that it was an illegal operation, no one would give a shit.

Likewise just because one judge in the UK made one decision doesn't make the software illegal in any other parts of the world.

Comment: Re:My experience (Score 2) 399

by thegarbz (#49625869) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

Features don't disappear entirely, they get moved. I understand people are used to things, but there is no reason why a function which enables or disables radios on the phone should be tied to power button instead of the pull-down settings where every other function that enables or disables radios (bluetooth, wifi etc) is located.

Simply double swipe down and the airplane mode button is in the very middle of the screen.

Comment: Re:Unpaid shill for BlackBerry.. (Score 1) 399

by thegarbz (#49625855) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

For the life of me I do not understand all the BlackBerry hate on slashdot

I for the life of me don't understand why you think the BlackBerry hate is limited to only slashdot. BlackBerry is an equal opportunity bucket of crap and doesn't discriminate against non-geeks in the hate department.

Comment: Re:Nexus all the way (Score 1) 399

by thegarbz (#49625839) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

I just nuked Samsung's firmware from my phone in favour of a Google Play Edition firmware. Oh man could I not disagree with you more. The material UI is insanely difficult to use compared to many of the other interfaces out there. If every other person makes a "mess" then the latest stock Android release is a damn garbage dump.

Comment: Re:That's one reason the iPhone is so popular (Score 1) 399

by thegarbz (#49625827) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

In a nutshell, this shows one reason why the iPhone (and iOS) are so popular.

Disagree. This may drive popularity in a small number of people (geeks especially), and people who belong to groups where there's a feature expectation (Apple advertises it's new features so people expect to use them), but the vast VAST majority of Android users simply don't give a shit.

I personally know about 6 people who simply haven't updated their phone because they don't want to, don't see a need to, and have been burnt in the past (my girlfriend complaining that the WiFi icon no longer changed colour to indicate internet access state with KitKat). You go talk to iOS users and they know why they are updating, they know there's a benefit.

Me? I run the latest and greatest on my phone but I can't even answer the question of why. What did 4.4 bring over 4.3? I don't know. May have been a bit smoother, but that may have been due to a factory reset. What did 5.0 bring over 4.4? A completely redesigned user interface which does the same thing in a different and arguably more complicated way. When your biggest selling feature is that you need to re-learn how to use the damn phone then there should be little wonder why people aren't upgrading.

There are reasons why iOS is popular, but upgrade cycles is definitely not one of them.

Comment: Re:Systemd and Gnome3 == no thanks (Score 1) 296

by thegarbz (#49619553) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

As I said, I'm a Linux noob.

As a noob I highly recommend you search for quick answers before completely blowing off an entire distro in the future. I mean go your hardest and do whatever you want, but in some cases there are not only people out there with the same use case as you, but people who have made it trivially easy.

In Ubuntu just typing the following:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

will download and completely change the desktop environment to XFCE for you. Likewise "sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop" will download and switch the environment to KDE.

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