295 posts • joined 28 Jan 2011
Re: When are they going to get it in their thick skulls...
To the contrary, I'm waiting for a W8 tablet to get under the $200 mark. I don't have a tablet yet, but I specifically want a Windows one for compatibility with my home network.
Re: Owning music on CD and vinyl
Totally agreeing on the benefits of physical media vs downloaded. However, if the price were the same, or better, I'd be quite willing to buy lossless-format albums on some form of SD card or USB stick.
I just assuming that the $10K/month employee cost was total cost.
Salary + Benefits + Government Programs (etc, etc) = $10K/month cost.
Re: @Fibbles - WTF is "tiles"?
"They're organised coherently into categories so that I can always find something no matter how obscure. However, this means that some of my most visited sites are buried 3 levels deep in the bookmarks menu."
Do you utilize the Bookmarks Toolbar on your browser page? I have folders created there by subject matter, then bookmarks within. For the sites I visit every day there is a separate folder, and with just two clicks I can open a tab for every site within. Otherwise it's an incredibly easy way to find individual bookmarks.
Chrome is where this "feature" first appeared. FF quickly copied it.
Re: WTF is "tiles"?
I'm with you, I found this "feature" to be utterly useless.
Re: Ignoring Reality
"Remember how when XP came out only serious gamers used even 128MB of memory? But with Service Pack 3 256MB will barely let you boot up?
128Mb? Come on, I was using more RAM than that with Windows 98."
When first released, Windows XP Professional had a minimum RAM requirement of 64MB, with 128MB recommended. And 64MB of RAM was a couple hundred dollars so 64MB was all most home computers had. Service Pack One basically doubled those requirements and by Service Pack 3 anything less than 256MB was basically unusable, and 256MB was not usable for much.
The reality of things is that if you have friends/family that are still running XP it's because the computer they have is running things perfectly fine.
The reality of things is that you probably have zero friends/family that have ever had a need to call up Microsoft for support on anything so they really don't see what the big deal about official support for XP ending in the first place, and they'll happily keep on going as long as they can find an anti-virus program that runs on XP. (But the secret reality of that is most of your friends/family are use a free anti-virus that is more than three years old already, and the truth is simply that they don't do anything so exciting as to even need bother with it.)
The reality of things is that even if that old XP machine isn't running so hot anymore, all you really need to do is reinstall XP, probably just a simple factory restore, and don't do the Service Pack upgrades unless their other software demands it. Without the newer service packs the hardware requirements for XP go way down. Remember how when XP came out only serious gamers used even 128MB of memory? But with Service Pack 3 256MB will barely let you boot up?
The final reality of things is that if your friends/family are still running XP the odds are really, really good that they would be much happier with any sort of tablet. As for me, two of my six gaming PCs still run XP and I'm quite happy with them; though I'm contemplating upgrading them to Windows 7 while it's still available.
Re: "13 years. 13 years. 13 years is far too long to expect support."
While I applaud your repair vs replace attitude, according to Microsoft if you replace the motherboard then it is no longer "the same computer" and your license for that OEM version of Windows is no longer valid.
"Really? Sure of that are you? Seems to me I'm a content creator, not merely a consumer. So, um, GTFO my internet."
Then, as a creator, this thread of the conversation is not about you at all. Troll elsewhere.
"These bills are typical for the Democrats, that feel the need to control every thing. If they get their way, everyone will have slow internet and investment will dry up."
You're funny, and terribly wrong, seeing as how not having net neutrality gives ISPs free reign to throttle your connection into oblivion and zero incentive to invest in anything. By forcing ISPs to be neutral in who their customers are connecting to, incentives to improve service are still there in order to keep the customer-base happy.
The internet is basically three components: Consumers, ISPs, and Data. The purpose of the ISP is to connect the other two, indiscriminately.
In relation to the internet, we are consumers. In relation to our ISPs, we are customers. The usage of consumer, phrased as it is in this case, is correct.
In the first place, why?
If said document will fade away in less than one day, then why did it need to be printed in the first place? Isn't this what e-mail is for?
Skeptical, but interested.
Definite potential for people traveling alone, but it will be interesting to see how it's adapted to handle groups and families. One potential issue I see is with fraud. Way too easy to change identification information on the device, and check in using stolen/unauthorized credit cards.
I work in the hotel industry, so I am very interested to see how this works out.
Re: How secure is it?
Actually, with mechanical keys, hotels never switched out locks, and it was simply not possible to track "lost" keys. My first job out of high school was as a bellman for a 250 rm. Holiday Inn. One of my misc. duties during slow periods was to go cut new keys for rooms that our inventory was low on. The ultimate goal was to have six keys for every room at the front desk, and another ten down in the key room. Each month hundreds of keys would never be returned by customers and the only time a lock was replaced was if it physically stopped working.
Getting a swipe key (mag. strip) is not too difficult, people leave them laying around hotels all the time, especially pool areas and vending machines. If you have the capability to read and write them, most need nothing more than to update the time stamp in the data to access the original room the key was made for. The keys mostly function using nothing more than a room number and time stamp. The door lock holds the most recent time stamp used in memory and no key with an older stamp is allowed entry.
89% is over-rated
>>> "the one that doesn't do YouTube", and hence very unattractive indeed. With 89 per cent of Americans having a choice of two broadband suppliers <<<
That second supplier in the equation is almost always aDSL, which can't hold near the bandwidth required to stream HD, though it is slowly improving. For example, in my urban area, the majority of aDSL is still limited to a mere 1.5 Mb connection, and a small number of subscribers are starting to see upgrades to 7.5 Mb. That'll work, unless you have other people in the house also trying to stream, or playing online games.
Re: graphics? buy a graphics card
>>> Are you that far removed from computer technology? They do not put GPUs on motherboard chipsets anymore. Duh... <<<
At this moment, NewEgg offers 39 motherboards with motherboard-based GPUs. Granted a bunch of those are models that are more than a year old, but it's far from a dead market.
Re: graphics? buy a graphics card
" If you are using a laptop for games then theres something wring with you."
Must be something wrong with millions of students who use their laptops for games, instead of trying to cram a couple more desktops into their dorm rooms. Not to mention limited budgets. Or people that have to travel a lot, and not being quite willing to haul their desktop along with them on flights.
How about the cost of power, straight juice or air-conditioning? My latest home build PC uses an AMD APU that allows me to play games quite happily at higher graphics settings and decent frame rates, but only requires a 250 watt power supply. It runs nice and cool, rather than heating up the room.
Perchance, is there a nearly hill from which it might have rolled down?
Re: Like, oh my god!
All the credibility of journalists/bloggers/hacks who translate as "about the size of a jelly doughnut" to "jelly doughnut materializes".
Re: @Trevor_Pott: What have you been smoking?
"Looking at your posting history you seem to mention Somalia a lot. Did you expect a round of applause here? Do you usually get one?"
Perhaps Somalia is mentioned a lot, because you're allowed to use a good example more than one time?
More Crap Headlines...
"See!" says me mum, "Coffee is good for your memory and I've just got back from buying a shipping pallets worth!"
"But mum!" says I, "the study says that CAFFEINE is beneficial, and you bought decaf coffee because of your heart problems."
Say's mum: "%$(&*%@ bloggers!"
They've been doing it for ages and it drives me flippin' bonkers. It literally (and I don't mean figuratively) cuts my reading speed 90%. It's rather like trying to do those little puzzles where names or phrases are done in pictures. It's also why I loathe texting shorthand.
Re: In answer to that question
Ditto that "no". Can't say that I've ever started typing out an e-mail without first filling out the "To:" and "Subject:" areas.
Re: I think the scale has eluded you.
Also keep in mind that the Yellowstone Supervolcano was partly discovered via a 1-meter layer of ash that covered Nebraska. A tish more than 10 km distant.
Re: They're in an interesting battle...
Perhaps it's just the entertainment value?
Re: These pirates are thieves, not 'leftists'
"and whether they understand the seriousness of piracy for those that are affected by it."
According to multiple studies, in multiple countries, the seriousness of piracy is that it INCREASES legitimate sales.
You have a problem with that?
Re: AC @ 23:44
"Unconstitutional is not the same as illegal."
When pertaining to government actions, unconstitutional is the ultimate illegal.
The real follow-up to this though, if it stands after appeal upon appeal, needs to be the booting from office of all of those who made statements to the effect of "it's okay to violate the constitution if it's for our protection".
Re: Harder to make a living?
I totally agree, but only 20 years ago (i.e., pre-internet) these "guys who are already short of cash" had pretty much zero alternatives to local performances. Now they can still do their local performing while supplementing their income via outlets like Spotify. An new revenue source PLUS the ability to reach a worldwide audience for potential sales and performance opportunities. HOW is this a bad thing?
Harder to make a living?
Just what sort of income is Spotify keeping artists from earning? Just because performers aren't getting as much as they want, doesn't mean their getting less than they deserve.
Affiliate Program is the Problem
If Amazon would set up their Affiliate program to instead treat themselves as a distributor, and their "affiliates" as simple customers to them, then the affiliates would be the end-seller and therefore responsible for collecting all sales taxes.
That doesn't resolve Amazon's concern that the customer sees sales tax as part of the end cost, which makes it more difficult to compete with local stores, but it does eliminate the costs related to collecting and distributing sales tax monies on State-County-City levels.
Re: Not pleasant reading for Redmond
>> What distribution offers 10+ years of support at a price lower than Windows?
>You only need that support because you would be like a bound and gagged gimp left alone in the bad part of town otherwise.
I don't know anybody that's actually called Microsoft for support, with the exception of having to phone in for Activation/Licensing issues. Now, since support was the only thing you disputed, out of several reasons given why Linux is rather pointless in this discussion, under what circumstances will the average user ever consider Linux over Windows? The reality of life is that for 99%+ of users, the only debate in desktop operating systems is still Mac vs PC, and even there Mac is still a (growing) niche market.
I don't. Neither do more than 40% of the world population.
I beg to differ!
Dueling Banjos played on bagpipes is bloody brilliant!
Tabs on bottom...
Is there any other browser that supports keeping your tab bar directly above the web page? Tabs-On-Bottom is the only thing that's been keeping me on FireFox.
The add-on bar is slated for complete removal, which is sheer idiocy IMHO.
Because if I mistype a web address I don't want to get a stream of useless, and unrelated, search data back?
I am curious if this might have any potential effect on all those companies that said they would ignore any "Don't Track Me" settings within browsers?
Re: That's weird.
It's a sub-category of self-preservation, filed under ego. The big read stamps reads "Don't bite the hand that feeds you articles."
Re: Child facing child pornography charges?
"That's exactly the point, it isn't regardless of age. If they had all been adults, it wouldn't have been a crime. Shitty thing to do, but not criminal."
Except that in more and more areas this sort of thing IS being made a crime when only adults are involved. It's acknowledging the wrongness of distributing naked images of somebody, without their permission, regardless of how they were obtained. Key word there: distribution. It's not (necessarily) about simple possession.
Re: If google ever believed in "don't be evil"...
An account is required if want to simply vote to like/dislike a video or, more importantly, save anything to a favorites list.
Even though there may be other options, I think this is an excellent thing to have built in. Especially since the change also uses indicators for other useful situations as well which, based on earlier comments, not everybody seems to have bothered reading before commenting.
I'll be looking forward to FireFox doing the same though, as I won't use Chrome since they still won't let me put the tabs underneath the address- and shortcut-bars, where they belong.
"Now if the victims in this case had not been wearing underwear would the offence have been absolute?"
Keep going down that path; if true, then not wearing underwear, regardless of the quantity of other clothing, would be considered Public Nudity.
Except that this story takes place in America.
No. Because, in most places, it's perfectly fine to give somebody permission to hurt you. But in very few places can you give permission to kill you. Most places also make it illegal to discharge firearms in urban areas.
Re: Ha ha ha
On the surface this does indeed look very hypocritical, but the big difference between Google and the NSA in this situation is that only one of them is supposedly bound by the Constitution.
Re: No, thanks
Some valid points, certainly, but while it was the music industry's failures to embrace the digital world that sparked the file-sharing revolution, that revolution also engulfed the world of video as well. The industry has tried to sink their claws into the world of Blu-Ray with all sorts of DRM meant to make watching Blu-Ray videos difficult and annoying, but all that's done is give file-sharers a bit more fuel for their fires. How that effects the potential new market for 4K remains to be seen, but Pirate Bay enthusiasts aren't likely to be bothered by the extra bandwidth it'll take to transfer files even 10x their current sizes. That's if 4K manages to not go the way of 3D.
Re: No, thanks
I have to disagree. The Web has plenty of content already. New content needs the Web or it will simply be ignored. If owners of new content want the attention of the web, then they need to play by the web's rules, not change the rules to suit them. Big Media already tried marginalizing the web once, back in 1999 with Napster, and see what happened?
" just 8.5 per cent of the population went to a bullfight during the survey period."
In 2011, the population of the USA was 311 million, and the NFL had total attendance figures of 17.1 million. Equivalent to only 5.49% of the population, and that would only be if you assumed that nobody attended multiple games.
8.5% attending at least one bullfight is pretty freaking impressive.
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