21 posts • joined 16 Dec 2010
Internet providers need to be declared "Common Carriers". That is what they actually are anyway. They don't have much, if any say in where their Internet customers surf, correct? You give them an outrageous bunch of money every month and they in return let you on the information highway to go wherever.
Unless a person is sitting inside a private business, the Internet is wide open to most anyone that can get on. Me thinks that pretty much meets the definition of common carrier.
The FCC needs to declare them common carries, drop the gavel and go to lunch. They won't though, because the FCC deck is stacked with people beholden to those very same businesses they are supposed to be regulating. No wonder this is taking so long to be settled.
When I was working..
I used the names of the towns on Oahu, Hawaii, plus the obligatory number of special characters, tacked on the end, to log on to my computer. Plenty of names longer than 10 characters with the padding.
Of course, I had a printed cheat sheet with all my many passwords in the drawer with the security files I used.
No way, with all the various differing password rules for the different log-ins I needed, could I remember them all.
Re: Possible option:
I can't write on those credit card thingies at the check out. My own signature sometimes does not look vaguely like my own signature. Then what?
They also removed the Refresh button. I do a web page. When I update it, I like to see the results. I already have the mouse in my hand clicking on buttons to upload the changes, bring the browser page to the front and before I could move the mouse a short distance and refresh the page by clicking the Refresh button, to see what I did. No more. Now I have to use the keyboard to press F5. Not a smooth move.
Not everybody just surfs the web and sends/receives E-mails of cute cats and/or forwards the latest PT Barnum style 'common wisdom'. Some of us do actual work on PC's, involving the web browser. Stop making things harder already, by removing needed tools.
Re: Tablets do not replace PCs
A "Start" button, with a listing of all the installed programs, is very useful.
I still have XP on my computer. On the Right side of the screen is a tool bar, I set up, with short cuts for the programs I use often. I tried to do this on our Win7 laptop and couldn't figure out how to do it, without messing up the tray. Surely there has to be a simple way to do this.
Oh and don't muck up the BIOS so that only Windows 7 or 8.XX can be loaded on that machine. Linux keeps looking better with each "advance" in MS OS
Computers are tools. One shouldn't have to take classes, use Google, or search You Tube, to figure out what was fairly intuitive in XP and even MINT16.
How about a variety of free GUI, so that the style of desktop you want can be loaded from a list on a web site. The operating system can then just be the operating system. MS can upgrade the OS and whatever, as long as they don't mess with the hooks in the GUI. That would make upgrading less painful.
Microsoft has forgotten about the KISS principle for their users. There is too much change for change sake with each upgrade. Why the every changing nomenclature? And stop moving stuff around, on top of the label changes!
One last thing - Get rid of the Registry. A properly designed OS doesn't need it.
Re: I worry about the squirrels and otters
Linux Mint 16 works great for several weeks.... Until the Network Daemons refuse to start and nothing you do can get networking to work properly again, except a reload - that works for several weeks, until the next time it quits working again...
That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
Killing their most popular operating system because their latest replacement isn't cash cowy enough.
Re: Code does not rot
Booting to a log-in screen does not mean the operating system has loaded. On Win8, that happens for several minutes AFTER you log in. And there is not a whole lot you can do till it is loaded. More MS fakery.
Re: Strange goings on
Outlook was bad for that. We had to change the .zip to ,zi1 or whatever. Anything other than .zip. With instructions in the E-mail on what to change it back to. There were a few other extensions that were problems too, like .exe, that were gotten around the same way. What a joke.
Every other time.
The NSA was adding another Splitter room to Google.
Sorry about the down time.
Re: Of course, there is ONE solution...
And let the world know how spaghetti coded or otherwise how badly their old Flagship XP OS really are coded? Someone would go through it and come up with a version of open source XP, half the size, twice as fast, with much better security, all within a few months. That would never do.
Re: We are all saved!!
Off peak energy for solar power definition: When the sun don't shine.
For the wind not blowing, it is in the evening when people get home and turn on the A/C and electric cook stove, usually about the time of the setting sun. Also in the early morning, when people are getting up and getting ready for work. The sun low on the horizon on both occasions. neither are really available, when you need them the most.
Hydro? Global warming is turning the water source for that into mud flats.
How's that nuclear looking now, huh?
The last member of the human race, because of our arrogance, is gonna freeze to death, starving and naked in a cave, shortly after s/he burns the last stick of wood in existence.
After 10 days my 5 O'clock shadow is just coming in. It took over 4 months for me to look as if I meant not to shave.
Re: Here is my solution: make the poll part of the boarding process
This sound too much like including the passenger in the security loop as a sentient person. Where does this "Keep'em scared" come in, if the targeted sheep can ask embarrassing questions in the survey and otherwise question the so-called security and procedures?
This can never work, 'cause it is a step back and counter productive from the eventual total control by our over Overlords.
The competition is already trying to catch up
But they can't. (Comcast and AT&T) Too many years scratching each others back and over charging the customer and over paying the CEO's and doing the minimum they could get by with on upgrading their systems.
They've had the fiber in the ground a block from where I live, for almost a month now.
Google's free 5meg Internet access is the same speed as I used to pay $65 a month for, from a cable provider.
And Now $70 a month for 1 gigabit. I really hope Google hurts them financially for their greediness all these years.
Signed up and chomping at the bit...
Re: Re: Just wait
What brown envelope? It is income. They report the kick-back portion of the "contribution" on their taxes as an expense.
Beat me to it
When are they going to address the memory leak? Anyone have a kludge or anything in the mean time?
Microsoft Trustworthy Computing
That's where the guy said he worked, from in the link at the end of the article.
Anyway, I think I'll be waiting a bit to install this Batch-O-Patches on the 5 XP machines I am responsible for.
When viewed from straight above the Earth looks round.
Which would be the case when the Moon is overhead.
Well, it's so obvious by now that it was, that 'inside job' didn't need to be mentioned.
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