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Comment Re:This has existed a long time (Score 1) 127

... psychoactive drugs ... trying to release demons from one's brain with a hand drill and a piece of metal coat hanger...

(citation needed)
I have heard a similar story before, but haven't been able to find any useful reference, and have presumed it to be an urban legend. (snopes doesn't have this particular one, as far as i can tell)

As a parent, and occasional teacher of other children, though, more evidence on a subject such as this would be useful, if you have any.

Comment Re:Carrier locks suck, but who buys unlocked (Score 1) 207

Or, if you want to stick with Sprint's coverage (including voice roaming on Verizon) you can try Ting, which also has inexpensive "plan" pricing, provided you are willing to buy your phone.

Data is not particularly cheap with Ting, but my family (4 phones so far) doesn't use a lot of that anyway, so it winds up being fairly inexpensive for us. T-mobile would be $100 per month (or more) plus tax for us, and our high bill has been $67, so we've made up the up the up-front cost of the phones.

Ting doesn't have 2 year contracts or any of that noise, either, so we can leave anytime. Even though I don't want to leave, it's nice to have the freedom, and not worry about ETF's.

if you are interested in Ting, use this referral code, and save a little money:

Comment Re:The price isn't that great anymore (Score 1) 207

Ting is another MVNO on Sprint's network, but they do VOICE roaming to Verizon. (not data)

Depending on usage, they can be even cheaper than Virgin. The one complicated part about them is that you have to buy your phone upfront, which makes comparing oranges (no apples allowed yet) to other fruit more difficult.

Our family has 4 smartphones, many bought from craigslist, that have cost a net of $560. Our usage bills us for $67 per month, plus taxes (under $15) If you have a sprint phone that is paid for, you don't even have that startup cost to overcome. Still, saving more than $40 per month verses our previous bit with AT&T, we got there fast. Buying top end, unlocked, brand new phones would make it harder, though.

some people get concerned about the "pay for what you use" model, but for us, it has been really beneficial. I don't even stress about going "over" into the next bucket, because it's really only an incremental charge, not a "blow you out of the water" thing.

If you use this referral code, you can get a signup discount too:

Comment Re:Next up... (Score 1) 303

Hitachi has something called "finger-vein authentication", which seems pretty good.
Supposedly, it has really good accuracy, it's scanning something internal, so you don't leave copies of it everywhere you touch, or in long-zoom high megapixel pictures. Scanners can (have) been made that are touchless, making them useful in hospitals where germ-spread is an issue.

Unfortunately, it's pretty expensive.

Comment Re:Holographic movies (Score 1) 86

Actually, I saw a full-color hologram in high school (mumble-decades) ago. It was worse about angles, there was pretty much exactly one precise angle you had to look from, or the colors were all bad, but still, it worked. As for the "narrow range of angles from which they can be viewed", I thought one of the great parts about holograms was that it WASN'T "just ONE spot". Narrow, maybe, but honestly some of the new parallax barrier screens are MUCH worse.

Comment Re:When is the game over? (Score 1) 483

The game is over when you die.
While you are alive, whether you are investing in the stock market, keeping your money in a bank, precious metals, or other assets, you are being played by the game.
When you are done playing or being played, you are free to ignore it and Praise God. (actually, you could do that all along, but then it becomes more obvious)

Comment Re:Venn Diagram (Score 1) 95

Airset is a "social" tool that has a model like this; but it never took off like Facebook did.

It has much better find-grained controls for each group of friends, and lots of tools, including one of the best contacts data models I've seen. Unfortunately a good data model doesn't make you popular.

Comment IdImager (Score 1) 326

Yes, it has a database, but it sync's to the metadata in the file.
The part I like best is the "tags, with hierarchy". Maybe that's just a sign I have too many tags. You can't really get that feature without paying money, (photoshop elements, lightroom, IMatch) and this tool seems the best of them to me. (not as slow as elements, better features than the other two, not too expensive)

A few people above have mentioned the "thou shalt not touch the originals" principle, which I personally don't quite believe in, but it is possible with IdImager: You can set up the downloader to mirror to another location for backup or whatever.

IdImager has a bunch of other advanced features I haven't fully taken advantage of yet, like Stacks, Versioning, and scripting. It has a face detector, but it isn't as good as picasa's. Still, it's something, and picasa's tag system is horrible.

Overall, the best image organizer available right now. Technically I guess it is a general-purpose DAM, since it can import other file types, but it definitely focuses on images.

The Courts

Submission + - Supremes lift corporate election spending limits (

SnapShot writes: The logical conclusion of the insane idea that corporations are citizens, the five conservative supreme court justices have lifted campaign spending limits by corporations. On the plus side, at least the voting machine conspiracies will go away. Why would a corporation bother when it can just spend a few hundred million on the Congress that they want?

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