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Comment: Re:Don't worry about that (Score 2) 166

by wirefarm (#46492049) Attached to: Goodbye, Google Voice

I'm with you guys. I lived overseas when I signed up for Grand Central, which became Google Voice, so I could get a US number for my mom to call me on, that I would route to a skype number (it's harder to keep the same skype dial-in number if you're as forgetful as me at keeping a balance on it).

Now I have Google Voice going to an app on an old iPhone with no cell service, and use WiFi for 99% of my calls, occasionally sending the traffic to any number of 'burner' phones if I won't be near WiFi.

The funny thing is I had never noticed the MMS issue.

When I'm at the computer, I use the Hangouts plugin for chrome to make and receive calls and it works well, where before I had to be logged into the right Gmail account and have the page open for it to ring. If you use Chrome, I highly recommend it.

Comment: Re:Middle Initial (Score 3, Funny) 227

by wirefarm (#46202575) Attached to: Snowden Used Software Scraper, Say NSA Officials

Jerry: David Berkowitz, Ted Bundy, Richard Speck...
Alice: What about them?
Jerry: Serial killers. Serial killers only have two names. You ever notice that? But lone gunmen assassins, they always have three names. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, Mark David Chapman...
Alice: John Hinckley. He shot Reagan. He only has two names.
Jerry: Yeah, but he only just shot Reagan. Reagan didn't die. If Reagan had died, I'm pretty sure we probably would all know what John Hinckley's middle name was.

Comment: Re:Until you experience the speed ... (Score 1) 338

by wirefarm (#46064765) Attached to: Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

I had gigabit in Japan in 2007 or do, as did my girlfriend across town.
I could mount a disk at her place using AFP and a little port forwarding and play movies from her disk as well as if they were on my desktop.

Seriously sweet, especially considering that in around 1999 or 2000, the best you could get was 56K ISDN and evening rates where you didn't pay by the minute.

Comment: x86 Assembly Language (Score 1) 185

by wirefarm (#43502761) Attached to: Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids?

I would recommend teaching her x86 Assembly Language.
The instructions are simple little things like MOV, PUSH, POP, CALL, and INT. She can and should comment heavily and that can be in any language.
The mnemonics come from English, but are abstracted enough that they shouldn't turn her off for language's sake.
The concepts are basic as well. What she learns now will always be relevant. Consider this:
[...] a design architecture for an electronic digital computer with subdivisions of a processing unit consisting of an arithmetic logic unit and processor registers, a control unit containing an instruction register and program counter, a memory to store both data and instructions, external mass storage, and input and output mechanisms.
Von Neumann wrote that in 1945 and it all still applies today.

Comment: Re:If you want CD-quality audio, buy CDs (Score 1) 550

by wirefarm (#35473490) Attached to: Why We Should Buy Music In FLAC

"No. Bad boy/girl!"

Actually, yes.

Over the years, I've bought hundreds of CDs that I've listened to once or twice and then sold to recover a few bucks. (Much of this before I was ripping CD music to my computer.) I now often purge my music collection both of CD media, as well as digital copies.

Now if I buy a song as a digital download, I no longer have that option.

Social Networks

Meg Whitman Campaign Shows How Not To Use Twitter 147

Posted by samzenpus
from the type-slower dept.
tsamsoniw writes "California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman's campaign team attempted to share with her Twitter followers an endorsement from a police association. Unfortunately, the campaign press secretary entered an incorrect or incomplete Bit.ly URL in the Tweet, which took clickers to a YouTube video featuring a bespectacled, long-haired Japanese man in a tutu and leggings rocking out on a bass guitar. And for whatever reason, the Tweet, which went out on the 18th, has remained active through today."

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