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Comment Re:"you don't need to be a computer scientist" (Score 1) 645

My mother in law has an Android phone (along with her husband, my wife, her brother, my two sisters, and my mom) and she also runs Linux! She knows next to nothing about computers and I was sick of dealing with their Windows installation every time I visited, so a few years ago I installed Ubuntu and called it a day. Only questions I get now is when she accidentally drags the Gnome bar somewhere or there's a printer issue (and it has always been a physical printer issue, nothing with CUPS).

If my mother in law can run Android successfully, anyone can.

Comment Re:The strike zone *is* subjective, though. (Score 1) 141

Yeah, I pretty much agree with you. I like the semi-looseness of baseball: the phantom tags and such. Some of that has just been developed naturally for safety over the years and you would pretty much have to outlaw any kind of take-out slide to also eliminate phantom tags and such.

To me, baseball is what it is today from its history, nostalgia, and aura around the game. It might sound somewhat mystical, but in some ways, the umpires are as important to the game as the players. Plus, I don't want baseball to turn into football where they spend three minutes looking to make sure the feet land in bounds and all that, though I guess I don't mind instant replay for non-subjective things like foul balls and home runs.

Comment Re:Biggest thing is SUPPORT (Score 2) 228

My wife, sister, mom, mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and father-in-law all have Android phones, actually only two variations among them. I would root them all if I could, but it voids the warranty, and I don't want to be _that_ guy who screws people from getting their phone fixed. Instead, I just listen to them complain about City ID, etc. Ah well.

Comment Re:Pre-fetching requires PERFECT security... (Score 1) 103

First time I encountered nastiness from pre-fetching was from using Stumbleupon. It would pre-fetch the next stumble (this can thankfully be disabled, though it should be noted you would have stumbled to it either way), so I would get a Noscript warning on like a Youtube or Wikipedia page, bit bizarre. Only until I stumbled again and actually landed on the page in question would things become clearer.

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