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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: September 01, 2012, 08:03 AM »
Updated phone requirements in original post.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 11:26 PM »
Now I am tempted to buy a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant already flashed to CyanogenMod 9 ICS 4.0.4 as a "Phase 1" phone..I better go to sleep though. This is making me crazy.

P.S. Someone bought it for $86

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General Software Discussion / Re: learning programming
« on: August 31, 2012, 07:09 PM »
When I click on the Getting Started link (either from here or from the web site), it closes Firefox for me. Weird.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 04:37 PM »
I used The Scream as the image that comes up if my kids go to a blocked site.
 ;D

Love that pic!

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 01:11 PM »
getting a Windows Phone
(see attachment in previous post)

LOL. I just set up OpenDNS blocking at home and I used The Scream as the image that comes up if my kids go to a blocked site.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 31, 2012, 12:23 PM »
I came to realize Android 4.x (ICS) is a firm requirement, because Android 4.0 is the first version that supports Devanagari script (and font management on Android seems to be about the same as font management on Palm OS, you'd have to either overwrite the one Unicode font or use an application specific font). I need this for my personal project of learning Hindi, which I have slacked off on lately.

I briefly considered whether I could make an end run around this by changing course and getting a Windows Phone. Unfortunately there is apparently no way at all to get Devanagari script (or Tamil script, or Gujarati script, etc.) on the Windows Phone 7.5 OS. In spite of it being code named mango (the de facto national fruit of India, I think).

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Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 30, 2012, 05:31 PM »
(Please don't ask me what I consider to be the the most dangerous books ever written. :nono2:)
There's two of them, isn't there? (Perhaps three, if you consider the first book to consist of and old and a new part).

Bibles don't kill people, people kill people...;)

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Kneejerk reaction: email shell extension is a separate product? It's not like you need a big honking Outlook toolbar button to send zipped files.

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Living Room / Re: Apple v Samsung Verdict is in
« on: August 26, 2012, 06:34 AM »
An INFINITE number of sides! I will patent the CIRCLE WITH ROUNDED CORNERS~! ;D :P

I wonder who owns the "patents" to Palm OS these days:

http://redwan.poster...ology-through-my-eye

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This reminds me of why I am wary of dual boot set-ups. Someone could write a Windows virus to attack your Linux system files, or a Linux virus to attack your Windows system files. In either case any normal antivirus software would not be running.

Not sure if that exists in real life, either.

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What makes Crisis interesting is that it appears to be specifically looking for virtualized environments and is therefore believed to be the first malware to spread onto a virtual machine.

Looks like they left out an adverbial phrase there.

Now that I realize Renegade didn't take this a grammar nazi type comment  :D

What I meant by this is that they make it sound like make it sound like no virtual machine has ever had malware ever, which is obviously not true.

I would say something like "What makes Crisis interesting is that it appears to be specifically looking for virtualized environments and is therefore believed to be the first malware to spread onto a virtual machine by manipulating the files on the host machine" or something like that.


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Oh, oh. Thanks rgdot, I was confused there. Don't know why I thought it was to me. I'm definitely not that ^m(.*)f(.*) smart. ;)

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Wow. That was to me? Okey-doke.

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What makes Crisis interesting is that it appears to be specifically looking for virtualized environments and is therefore believed to be the first malware to spread onto a virtual machine.

Looks like they left out an adverbial phrase there.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:22 AM »
Whatever you do, don't be tempted to get an older Galaxy S II unless it has Ice Cream Sandwich installed OEM.  They are very nice phones, but I have dealt with too many horror stories of people who had one with Gingerbread, did the update to ICS and it completely broke multiple functionalities.  If you find, like, and purchase one with Gingerbread, DO NOT UPDATE IT.  It is not worth the pain...

Does this advice apply to OEM manual updates?

http://support.t-mob...le.com/docs/DOC-3029

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 23, 2012, 06:14 AM »
Interesting article here: Why I'm ditching the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, about why a Verizon contract Galaxy Nexus isn't a real Galaxy Nexus. He switched to a $30/month T-Mobile prepaid plan. :)

Until I found this article, I was under the impression from the T-Mobile web site that the $30/month plans and Bring Your Own Phone were mutually exclusive. Perhaps because that's how other carriers do it, and perhaps because both of the pages with the value plans listed direct you to the phones they sell.

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Living Room / Re: XKCD makes online ratings easy to understand
« on: August 22, 2012, 10:07 AM »
In the end, the success or failure of a movie depends on critical mass and the ability to hit a cross-section a combination of things, not the opinion of one particular person.

The reason I am more dependent on popular ratings than most people is that I have found the best movie critics can make a crap movie sound awesome and an awesome movie sound like crap. So I am trying to blunt the effect of relying on one particular voice to decide what movie to watch.

Plus I don't like to watch movies alone. If I am the only one who enjoys the movie, it is not a "win" at my house. So popularity means something, although it obviously doesn't mean everything.


Even hitting that, it still doesn't allow for individual tastes.  It's sort of like that conversation we had on why people make new software.  I usually try to find a couple of critics that seem to grade and think the way that I do, then follow them.  It's better to me than some random cross section- whether it is critics or the general masses.
(emphasis mine)

I haven't had much luck with finding a critic who thinks like me consistently.


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Living Room / Re: XKCD makes online ratings easy to understand
« on: August 22, 2012, 08:29 AM »
My rule of thumbs for movie ratings:

Ignore the (5 star) Netflix ratings, and go by the (10 star) IMDB ratings, because you get a bit more diverse (and international) group doing the ratings.

Anything with a rating over 8 is suspect. It is probably either one of the following (there are exceptions):

  • Something with A Good Message but no story and no interesting characters (these always seem to find their audience, to the delight of lazy directors).
  • Or, an old movie that people have irrational nostalgic feelings for, not because the movie was great, but because of where they were in life at the time.
  • Or, a 20 year old movie that was 5 years ahead of its time. Exactly.

Anything with a rating 5 of less has universal negative appeal, I haven't had much luck finding "undiscovered gems" in that category.

So an IMDB rating of 6 to 8 seems is where I check for movies that might be worth watching, if they have 100 votes or more.

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Living Room / Re: Google Stabs You in the Back...
« on: August 21, 2012, 06:59 AM »
If their search results are still based on relevance, but they also have a shopping results tab, then it seems like its two different parts of the service.

I agree with your general point, I think, but are you literally seeing a tab like that on the Google Products web site, or do you mean generally for that type of web site?  If I search for Vizio Costar, I get 5 results, none of which is a Vizio Costar. If I click on "Why these products?", I get the blurb:

Products and offers that match your query. Google is compensated by some of these merchants. Payment is one of several factors used to rank these results
.

It says "some" of these merchants, but it looks like the old metasearch results are gone completely, otherwise it would have found something.

And you can still sort by Relevance, so they kept their "promise," lol.

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Living Room / Re: Google Stabs You in the Back...
« on: August 21, 2012, 06:38 AM »
Google previously stated that it would only base search results based on relevance.

When did they say this exactly?

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Living Room / Re: Google Stabs You in the Back...
« on: August 21, 2012, 05:36 AM »
I am going to take a minority opinion here and state that Google has every right to make Froogle into a search engine for ads: after all, some of the sites I depend on are basically that: pricewatch.com and dealnews.com. However those are a little more narrowly focused on tech products, and that's probably why I find them useful.

That said, I don't think I will be using the new Google products search site for general not-necessarily-tech items. For now I am using PriceGrabber (which also accepts advertising) instead. Any other suggestions for alternative sites? Seems like they all accept advertising, are there any that show unadvertised items as well?

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 19, 2012, 08:15 AM »
This would be good time for Google to lower the cost of Galaxy Nexus to about $200 so it can keep its OS market share. ;)

Interesting article here: Why I'm ditching the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, about why a Verizon contract Galaxy Nexus isn't a real Galaxy Nexus. He switched to a $30/month T-Mobile prepaid plan. :)

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 19, 2012, 08:09 AM »
Two forces at work here obviously.

On the one hand, I want to stay within some kind of budget. On the other hand, I don't want to buy a disposable phone.

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Living Room / Re: Help me pick a midrange Android phone?
« on: August 19, 2012, 07:55 AM »
So I decided to ratchet up my battery talk time (according to the Phone Arena database) to an insane 20 hours (since they don't show data use time).

I've decided 15 hours is also insane, so I am seriously eyeballing the Galaxy Nexus (about $300 on ebay/swappa)

UPDATE: This may be the one Stephen suggested in his first reply, I'm not sure, there appear to be several Nexi.

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Living Room / Re: Go dark for IE - October 26, 2012
« on: August 19, 2012, 07:40 AM »
I think the only people who are using old versions of IE as their main browser are the ones being forced to by the fat, lethargic, too-big-to-manage companies they work for. After the Go Dark campaign, those companies will continue to be fat, lethargic, and too big to manage.

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