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Comment Re:Stupid claim (Score 1) 851

Also, most smart phones can be dropped or even accidentally put in water with the same survival rate as your dumb phone.

And unless you are constantly drunk, what does it matter? Or some super uncoordinated clumsy person -- gee, I hope they don't let you drive a car.

I've never dropped my phones. I had an HTC back before the iPhone, then an original iPhone and now a iPhone 4. I use minimal cases and never ever drop them. Not once have I broke a phone. All of them are still 100% functional.

Comment Re:Opposite (Score 1) 851

I agree with this. 99% of the time I don't need the phone functionality. I'd prefer to communicate via txt message. I have a smart phone because it's a general purpose communication device (web, email, SMS, Facebook, phone, etc) a media consumption device (web, music, videos, Hulu, Netflix, Spotify, books), it is also a camera, a programmable remote control, an alarm clock, a flashlight, a notepad, a todo list, and a guitar amp stack. And, YES I use it for all of those things. It saves me from having to own single purpose devices that I _really_ don't need and would otherwise have to carry everywhere.

Comment Re:First post from firefox (Score 3, Interesting) 507

Chrome's marketing is downright deceptive. After running a test on speedtest.net you'd be presented with a ad for Chrome that read something like: "Internet speed not what you expected? Try a faster browser." That's, in my opinion, a lie. Google isn't the saint we thought it was. It's a fucking advertising company. That's worse than any operating system or office suite company that was once the market leader.

Comment Re:PEBCAK or Troll (Score 1) 473

You probably confusing the Mac OS X 10.7.2 update with iTunes, yes that requires a reboot, but then you should have run software update again to get iTunes. It sounded more like you updated to 10.7.2 and then went on some kind of deleting rampage removing iTunes and kernel extensions, etc. Basically YOU fucked your system. And you wonder why your iPhone froze?!?

Comment PEBCAK or Troll (Score 1) 473

iTunes does not require a reboot! iTunes is an 87.9 MB download from software update. You can restart your phone by "pressing and holding the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least 10 seconds, until the Apple logo appears."

Comment Re:Ruling out nuclear entirely may not be wise (Score 1) 224

In Japan a 20 MW geothermal plant would cost $50 million. Let's say 4,000 MWs is a typical nuclear plant and that its cost is $6 billion. Japan would have to build 200 geothermal plants at a cost of $10 billion just to replace a single Fukushima Dai-ichi plant. That's $4 billion more than necessary. And it'd be even worse figuring in the cost of infrastructure to connect 200 power plants to the grid. Perhaps that's why nobody is talking about geothermal in Japan.

Comment Re:If I ever take my family overseas (Score 1) 699

In Arizona you would not be going to jail.

Arizona Revised Statues 13-411

A. A person is justified in threatening or using both physical force and deadly physical force against another if and to the extent the person reasonably believes that physical force or deadly physical force is immediately necessary to prevent the other's commission of arson of an occupied structure under section 13-1704, burglary in the second or first degree under section 13-1507 or 13-1508, kidnapping under section 13-1304, manslaughter under section 13-1103, second or first degree murder under section 13-1104 or 13-1105, sexual conduct with a minor under section 13-1405, sexual assault under section 13-1406, child molestation under section 13-1410, armed robbery under section 13-1904 or aggravated assault under section 13-1204, subsection A, paragraphs 1 and 2.

Basically if someone is going to molest your children or sexual assault your wife you may kill them. And I believe that's the way it should be.

Comment No (Score 4, Insightful) 624

Honestly, those are terrible books. If nothing else the signal-to-noise ratio is extremely disproportionate. I mean there are nuggets of good information in the books, but a 1100+ page language tutorial is unnecessary. It would be a stretch to call the series programming books -- let alone "influential" programming books.

Comment cmd-opt-shift-v (Score 1) 567

"Paste and Match Style" people! It's ironic that you'd suggest such a convoluted time-wasting method for striping formatting when there is a single simple command bound to a key sequence that accomplishes the task. Not only that but it will match the formatting, if any, you have set up into the document you're pasting into, which is what you want anyway.

Comment Re:I'm curious (Score 1) 170

In Firefox 4.0.1 it fails with "J is undefined" Here is the offending code: "";C=1;var a=window.applicationCache;if(z[n.APP_CACHING])z[n.APP_CACHING](C);a.swapCache();J.addEvent("KindleApp:AppCacheUpdate")}function d(){K="";C=1;E&&!E.getItem("cached")&&E.setItem("cached",1);if(z[n.APP_CACHING])z[n.APP_CACHING](C);N&&(N=!1,J.addEvent("KindleApp:AppCacheSuccess"))}function B(a,c,q){var s=J.startMetrics("Store::TOSOpen"),b=a?z[n.STORE_OPEN_STATUS]:z[u.STORE_OPEN_STATUS];F||(F=!0,KindleTOS.open(c,q).then(function(c){b&&b(!0);c?E.removeItem(w):(a||(h(),g()),t(),$("#"+k.KINDLE_READER_CONTAINER_ID).hide(),

In Firefox 5.0.1 it fails with "openDatabase is not defined" Here is the offending code: a.executeSql("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS annotationsCache;");a.executeSql("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS covers;");a.executeSql("DROP TABLE IF EXISTS metrics;")}var e=new jQuery.Deferred;a.dbHandle?a.dbHandle.transaction(d,c,b):e.resolve();return e.promise()}function m(a){var b=a.defaultSize;q!==void 0&&b>q*1E6&&(b=q*1E6);return openDatabase(a.shortName,a.version,a.displayName,b)}function x(a){function b(d){var e,q=[];for(e=0;e=0&&q.push(d[e]);c.resolve(q)}var c=new jQuery.Deferred;

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