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Comment: Re:I had the same problem (Score 5, Interesting) 179

by xyzzyman (#49451219) Attached to: Google Lollipop Bricking Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Devices
It is the power switch. Started happening with mine and confirmed it on the Nexus 5 subreddit. Entire thread dedicated to it. There's two different width power switches they've used and it's happening on both. It's in a very tough spot to solder a new one on so around here none of the cell phone repair places would do it for me. Now I just use a program called "gravity" that lets me turn wake it up with a swipe of my finger across the proximity sensor, and a flick of the phone itself to put it to sleep.

Comment: Re: WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 168

by xyzzyman (#46379737) Attached to: Damming News From Washington State
Unless the damn was built after using 3d rendered models and ran through thousands of simulations then it isn't "tech". It took no math or science to build the Erie Canal, the Hoover Dam or the Panama Canal. In seriousness this is a better story on the site than a story about outstanding student loan debt. The engineering in projects like this and what it will take to fix it requires the same skills as people who design realistic game environments and physics simulators, etc. Many facets all come into play. Anyone who doesn't see this as "news for nerds" should probably go visit the Hoover Dam or tour an aircraft carrier.

Comment: Re:Sure! (Score 1) 242

by xyzzyman (#41353297) Attached to: Are Commercial Games Finally Going To Make It To Linux?
And the step after that, is to just standardized the hardware for a generation, so that everyone has the same video card, processor, ram, etc and ship games on DVD's and play directly off of them... End-user support will drop even further to the point that your only calls are hardware failure and scratched disks (Outside of a buggy game). They could go with some trendy name, like XBox or Playstation.

Comment: People need to lose their feelings of entitlement (Score 1) 360

by xyzzyman (#40886443) Attached to: Why Internet Pirates Always Win
I'll never understand why someone would pirate. There are things I want to see but don't want to pay what they want, but I wait until it's at RedBox or on NetFlix, or I just wind up never seeing it. Just like there are restaurants I'd want to eat at all the time, but I choose to eat at home as I don't think what they charge is worth it, except for a special occasion. That's not to say I won't pay though. I'm going to a matinee of the new Batman movie later today. I'm not going to see The Watch until it's $1 though.

Once it hits the fan, the only rational choice is to sweep it up, package it, and sell it as fertilizer.