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Comment Re:My methodology (Score 1) 191

I remember taking a survey of Western philosophy that I found pretty difficult to follow. The professor tended to ramble and didn't follow much of an outline. I ended up recording every lecture (on an old school microcassette recorder) while just listening and watching, then transcribing the recordings into notes immediately following the class. It was a little laborious, and it wasn't a magic bullet, but I think I ended up getting an "A".

Comment Re:If not... (Score 5, Interesting) 865

Well, my old Ford Contour had a key interface that failed. The tumblers in the ignition simply wore out. No amount of graphite could bring them back to life. So, I had to have the ignition tumblers replaced, the two front door lock and trunk lock replaced, and the new keys programmed. Not cheap.

Comment Re:What about the Japanese casualties? (Score 3, Informative) 211

The Nanking Massacre (AKA "Rape of Nanking") is just one example of the atrocities committed by Japan. From the late 19th century through WWII the Japanese goverment was extremely militaristic and hell bent on expanding their empire by any means necessary.

Comment Re:Lesson (not) learnt by music and games industry (Score 1) 304

I sometimes wonder how much market research the music and book publishers have (not) put into their pricing models. If they sell 1,000 copies at $10/each or 3,000 copies at $4/each, then tell me, at which price point do both the publisher AND consumer benefit? BTW, I think we're seeing this with iOS and Android apps. There are a lot of promising apps out there for two or three dollars that I am very willing to take a risk on. A lot of app developers are obviously going for volume sales.

Comment Re:Nook Color (Score 1) 396

Mine has been rooted now for about two weeks. It is an extremely low-risk process, does not remove any of the Nook functionality, and is completely reversible. I have been extremely pleased with the performance. I think the only reason you wouldn't choose the Nook Color would be if you wanted something larger.

Comment Re:It was a dumb idea (Score 1) 184

I just got the Nook Color. I love it. It's a great platform, especially when it is rooted/liberated/emancipated. However, I experienced frustration shopping for graphic novels last night on through it's native shopping applet. I assumed there would be some Will Eisner, etc. "Color Nook Edition" versions of his books. I really couldn't find anything. That's a disappointment. I'm not sure why they haven't leveraged that functionality. Maybe the screen is too small? I'll have to test it out with some Android CBR apps when I have a chance.

ITC Investigates Xbox 360 After Motorola Complaint 71

FlorianMueller writes "The US International Trade Commission, which is increasingly popular as a patent enforcement agency, voted to investigate a complaint filed by Motorola against Microsoft last month. Motorola claims that the Xbox infringes five of its patents. In October, Microsoft complained against Motorola, alleging patent infringement by its Android-based smartphones. Apple, Nokia and HTC are also involved with ITC investigations as complainants and respondents. A new one-page overview document shows the ongoing ITC investigations related to smartphones and the products that the complainants would like to have banned from entry into the US market. The good news is that any import bans won't be ordered until long after Christmas. The ITC is faster than courts, but not that fast."

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