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Comment Mystery Box (Score 1) 60

Oh, wow. I was re-gifted one of these in about 1987 or so, right around the time I was going into primary school. It had no manual with it, and some of the button labels were missing. I remember playing around with it for hours a day, weeks on end. I remember finally figuring out only about half the modes, probably limited by my childhood ignorance of standard game rules. Still, at it's heart, it was a simple computer with a few binary inputs and a few binary outputs. I can probably credit that device with launching an entire lifetime of experimenting, fiddling, tweaking, hacking, and documenting. Thank you, Bob.

Comment WA - The Best (Score 1) 821

Voted today in Washington state. Well, "today" is a misleading word.

I got my ballot weeks ago, spent about 12 full hours doing research with the provided ~100pg guide and an additional ~200 google searches. Carefully considered each vote, filled in the ovals (or abstained where appropriate), sealed her up, and dropped her off at a dropbox today.

I wish more states worked this way. I shudder to think the number of folks in walk-up-and-vote states that go on a whim, punch the name of a person they've seen on a commercial, and never give it another thought.

Comment Re:Anyone here (Score 1) 90

It's pretty simple: if SMS is point-to-point, Twitter is broadcast.

Provided you are sane and use a protected account, it's part microblog and part one-to-many SMS. Most folk I know have 25-50 'friends' and it is a heck of a lot easier to tweet "pub at 16:30!" than to text each one individually. Bonus points for being able to stay connected with friends in other states on a day-to-day basis in near real-time.

Now the whole business about having an open account and/or following people you don't personally know? Yeah, I don't get that either.


Submission + - CyanogenMod 6.0 Released In To The Wild 8

Jeagoss writes: CyanogenMod is the leading open source replacement ROM for Android based phones. With the 6.0 release, a targeted 8 models of phones have been hit with version 2.2 (Froyo) of Google's Android operating system for mobiles. Have a rooted phone? Been wanting a reason for rooting your phone? Head on over to and check out the forums. I think you'll be quite surprised.

Comment Who Cares? (Score 2, Interesting) 250

Doesn't EC2 let you request hosts in any of several particular datacentres (which they call an "availability zones") just so you can plan around such location-specific catastrophes? No matter how good the redundant systems, some day a meteor will hit one datacentre and you'll be S.O.L. no matter what if you put all your proverbial eggs in that basket.

Only a fool cares about a single-datacentre outage. This is why it's called "*distributed*-systems engineering", folks.

Comment Re:My complaint: Carrier data plan still required! (Score 1) 329

Can this "feature" (of Android?) be modified in software since this is open source, and since WiFi hardware is so clearly present?

Absolutely. Earlier android phones (the Dream and Magic and others) have well-known solutions for operating without an active SIM. The Nexus One is only 3 days old, so it might still need some work, but unlike the earlier locked-down hardware, the N1 is not only open-source, you don't have to "crack" it to replace the firmware.

The XDA forums contain all the info you could ever want about the topic. ( )


Comment Re:Google just trying to see what sticks? (Score 0, Troll) 262

It's also one more reason why I won't use Android, despite how good it is. I already use too many Google services. I don't need them to know even more about me than they already do.

What kinda weak FUD is this? It's a linux system on which you can gain root access with fair ease! You can packetsniff, block traffic, and swap out whatever bits of the OS you want. If the Big G were spying on you as such, you would not only know, you could do whatever you like about it.


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