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Comment Re:Phones are all the same... (Score 1) 83

Most phones these days are all the same. Widescreen display, touch interface.

You also forgot, spycraft tools for data collections above everything else. I want segregation b/t my modem & the rest of the SoC or I'll just go retro w/ the flip-phone when my last n900 finally dies...

And BTW, this may be my last comment on /.

Yup, as I said in my last post two years ago when DICE began screwing with /. & SF. I recently re-added /. to my RSS feeds as they didn't go full advert articles as I expected, like other 'Daily' Tech sites. Regardless, work requires a simple rs232 enabled xp machine and that is all the 'digital' I need in my life anymore. I'll soon bid adieu to the 'Home Shopping Internet', it's been sad to see what it has become. Viva unbridled consumption!

Comment Re:NSA doesn't like the system it created??? (Score 1) 529

when was the last time that YOU(personally) went and fought corruption in your government?

I have been silently protesting for 13 years. I made a conscious decision to earn far less than previous and make only enough to survive... but not enough to pay taxes. ~$12k/ year and I never cashed either of the guv's "rebates, any of the Earned Income Credits nor taken any other guv handouts.
  I am single(surprise!), no kids by intent rather than circumstance, live in a cheap rent shack in the desert w/ swamp cooling, maintain/repair my few assets myself. and live a very uneventful existence. I read lots of library books and observe/track local fauna for fun. I am not happy nor sad but contented and ultimately feel more fulfilled than I had when I was stressed making money contracting, Best of all, I am 30lbs lighter and in better health than previous 10 years, I feed my brain everyday and I sleep like a baby at night.
Perhaps best of all, with all my free time, I can be generous without a profit motive and most people find me useful to have around. Like the old adage says, "If the ladies don't find you irresistible you better hope they find you handy".

This works for me.
Of course....YMMV.

Comment Re:Ahhhh (Score 4, Insightful) 250

I think you might be making an entire mountain range out of a pygmy molehill.

No, OP is not. OP is voicing a widespread concern amongst users. Obfuscating controls is trendy right now as the web is continuing to morph. Creating reliance on 'cloud' services, 'app stores' and 'search' serves only the providers and removes options from the masses. Call this 'walled garden' mentality paranoia, evolution or behavior modification... the fact is usability is being eroded in lieu of monetization.
This is a concern for me, the customer. Not me, the 'product'.


Submission + - Dice Holdings buys Slashdot and other Geeknet websites for $20M ( 3

Angostura writes: Dice Holdings Inc. said Tuesday that it acquired Geeknet Inc.'s online media business, including its Slashdot and SourceForge websites, for $20 million in cash.
The New York-based careers website company said the acquisition of the technology websites is part of its strategy of providing content and services geared toward technology professionals.

Comment Wait! Wait... (Score 1) 328

Isn't this the company who had to fly in the Englishman they stole the iPod design from to curtail an infringement verdict from Sony a few years ago?

Tried searching but even -samsung netted too much flotsam to find a reference. Anyone?

Comment Re:I used a lot now I use (Score 1) 193

I'm glad is dead. I just hope doesn't pull something stupid too.

Like employing/encouraging/allowing douchebags to game 9/10 of all submissions with a snowball's chance in hell of gaining any significant rank? Too late. According to recent revelations, the fix was in before even Conde Naste bought them up.

Oh yeah...Fuck Babyman! And now, fuck DavidReiss666 (et al)

Comment Re:Pads and phones are the domain of the trivial (Score 1) 636

Work? Angry Birds is more profitable than usefulness. More to the point, what is more important than profit margins? These slightly useful "toys" are enormously profitable and that is the only reason they are being pushed like crack in the alley behind a pawn shop.
Not posted from my tiny keyboard on my slow, tiny 'smart' toy that doesn't play well with /.

Comment Re:So from here on out ... (Score 1) 2416

What about the drug-seekers, the hypochondriacs and the lonely who pack the ERs every day of the year? Are we going to pay for their premiums through more welfare so that they can be in compliance? This is a band-aid to fix the symptoms, not a cure for the problems. As long as the able taxpayers are paying more and the corps make more in the immediate future, long-term effects are unworthy of consideration, apparently. We can always pay more.

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