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Comment Guess I'm lucky... (Score 1) 956

In high school, for a science project, I put together a simple timing device, that involved two photovoltaic eyes from Radio Shack, a cheap electronic stopwatch, a breadboard, a bunch of red and black wires, and a couple large lantern batteries for power. Most of the components were just held to the batteries with duct tape. And yes, it looked a lot like a cartoon bomb. I joked how it looked like a cartoon bomb, and so did my parents. My teachers joked about it looking like a cartoon bomb. Somehow, I managed to not get arrested, or have to talk with any police officer that day.

It sure is nice being white some days (ok, just about every day). I suppose it being the early 90s didn't hurt either.

Hell, the school had an engineering teacher. Maybe if you really think you have something slightly suspicious, you give him a call, let him have a look at it. Maybe point out the complete lack of high explosives in it.

Comment It's not what, but how (Score 1) 137

My belief is that it's not that you are using your cell phone, but how. I'm OK with people using it during whatever social event as long as it is in a constructive manner. Say, to pull up movie times while discussing after dinner plans, coordinating with other people to meet up, settle an argument with some facts, etc.

The phone makes it easier for someone to be non-social if they want to be, but it doesn't automatically turn social people non-social.

Comment Re:Google Fiber is to blame/thank (Score 1) 392

Although maybe not the sole reason, I'm guessing it is a major contributing factor.

For those who are reading this and don't already know, TWC, until recently, was the major cable provider for the Kansas City metro - Comcast had some of the more distant Missouri suburbs, and TWC only had the ever-changing entity that is Surewest/Everest/Consolidated as a minor competitor in a part of the metro. This year has marked a big uptick in the Google Fiber rollout, especially through south KC, and parts of Johnson County.

Of course, Google isn't saying what their subscription numbers are like. I've seen poll-based estimates that they are now providing service for 1/2 to 4/5 of the homes in areas they service.

Comment Re: Phones + 1 laptop. (Score 1) 260

No, I'm definitely part of the reason too.

It's ok, there's plenty of blame to share. Maybe you'd like some too, or did you use the power of your mind to add your reply to the Slashdot database?

He uses a tablet he made using responsibly harvested bamboo, free trade copper wire and artisan hand-blown glass. He sells them on Etsy, too.

Comment Already spotted in the wild - thought it was an ad (Score 1) 91

I can't remember where, but I've seen this in use this past week. When I saw it, first thing I thought was that this was one of those annoying ads disguised as a game that are out there. Still, once recognized for what it was, it was simple, much less a pain in the a$$ than the text based CAPCHAs.

Comment Re:SubjectsInCommentsAreStupid (Score 2) 281

Sooo... your evaluation of S/O/L (heh, cute) Office is based upon how they convert to and from proprietary formats created and designed by other developers? Out of curiosity, any complaints involving files created in their native formats, used exclusively with their respective suites?

I've tried to support a mixed Open Office/MS Office shop, and yeah, it was a pain. But, if something was going to stay entirely within one sphere or the other, no problems.

Comment Re:Er... (Score 2) 259

Not only that, but they are willing to let you pay that install fee in monthly installments, over the course of a year, no financing fees involved.

That's $300 up front, or $25/month for one year, after which you have guaranteed 6 more years of free service. If you want to break it down, that's around $3.57 a month of the course of this agreement. AND there were NPO's offering to help people offset even that much.

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