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Nokia Announces Nokia X Android Smartphone

0123456 Re:No Windows Pod touch (105 comments)

Then, after you develop your app, there aren't any users to buy it.

about 2 months ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

0123456 Re:Municipal Fiber (513 comments)

We would get the fastest and most robust internet connections available on the planet. We would get TV and phone service bundled on one wire. We would get lower monthly bills.

And unicorns would fly out of your butt.

about 2 months ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

0123456 Re:govt enforces the monopoly. Want govt monopoly? (513 comments)

roads, water, electricity, bridges: all were started by government and that was the major funder.

Do you actually, really believe there were no roads and bridges before government built them? No-one anywhere thought 'hey, we could put some logs over that river and build a bridge and then we could get to the other side without wading through the water' until a government bureaucrat came along and suggested it to them?

You really believe that?

No wonder the world is in such a mess.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

0123456 Re:If netflix is providing content (520 comments)

If netflix is providing content to comcast users, then why is netflix paying comcast?

Because, as I understand it, Netflix is on a different ISP, and traffic from that ISP into Comcast is overwhelminging in the Neftlix to Comcast direction, so the usual peering arrangements based on similar levels of traffic in both directions make no financial sense.

about 2 months ago
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Nostalgic For the ZX Spectrum? Soon You Can Play With a New One

0123456 Re:And why not the QL instead? (91 comments)

No-one wants to be forced to use Sinclair Microdrives :).

Besides which, there were far less classic games for the QL than the Spectrum.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

0123456 Re:Seventy years (742 comments)

No, the real problem was Greece lying its way into the Euro. Of course, everyone of clue knew they were lying at the time, but Germany and France were so desperate to make the Euro a 'success' that they had no interest in refusing anyone who wanted to join.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

0123456 Re:Are we pretending Windows 8 didn't happen? (742 comments)

The average user sits down and in a few minutes is back to doing what they want on a Win8 system.

Ha-ha.

Ha-ha-ha.

Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha.

Sorry, you'll have to wait a moment while I get up off the floor, where that insanely stupid statement just put me.

The average Windows user I know has no freaking clue how to do anything in Window 8, and has to go ask the 'experts', who have no freaking clue either because they don't want anything to do with that abomination. Most average users couldn't even start Notepad in Window 8 within 'a few minutes', let alone do anything useful.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

0123456 Re:The greatest single disaster in computing histo (742 comments)

In the final analysis, the Microsoft era was a massive failure of free market capitalism that left us all driving Trabants while thinking they were the best that we could have.

Ah, yes. The government grants copyright monopolies to software companies, and that's a 'failure of free market capitalism'.

That totally makes total sense.

about 2 months ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

0123456 Re:Change (742 comments)

"I know he used to beat me, but this time he's really changed."

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

0123456 Re:Homebuild (178 comments)

If the problems with security in iOS, and the fragmentation/security issues with Android continue, people will go back to the 'doze.

Yeah. 'Cause it's not like Windows has any fragmentation and security issues.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

0123456 Re:Business Model change or marketing ploy (178 comments)

It IS what they did to kill the Linux netbooks.

I thought they gave Windows away free to kill Linux netbooks?

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Said To Cut Windows Price 70% For Low Cost Devices

0123456 Re:Homebuild (178 comments)

If Intel starts packaging cheap Windows with their CPUs then this would be a major boon to the home PC builder demographic.

This is Window 8 they're talking about. Most people would pay more to NOT get a copy with their CPU.

about 2 months ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

0123456 Re:Netflix should get benefit from desirability (289 comments)

Do you have any hard data on how many people are actually purchasing high speed internet specifically for Netflix?

The only reasons I need megabit Internet are downloading games from Steam and GOG, and watching videos. Games, I don't much care if I have to leave the PC running overnight while it downloads, but streaming videos are either high enough bandwidth to play, or they're not, and will stutter and buffer or drop to low quality.

So I suspect many people are buyig high-speed Internet just to watch videos, be that Netflix, Youtube, or pirate sites.

about a month ago
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ISP Fights Causing Netflix Packet Drops

0123456 Re:sell is the key word. Cogent not paying Verizon (289 comments)

From what I understand, peering agreements are typically based on a similar amount of data going both ways, so both sides benefit from just connecting their networks together with no need for additional payments. But, if 90% more data is coming in than going out, then the network sending the data is going to have to pay the network that's receiving it. Which means Netflix will have to pay their ISP more so they can pay to deliver the data.

about a month ago
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New DOOM Game Not Dead: Beta Comes With Wolfenstein Pre-Order

0123456 Re:I remember Doom 3. (108 comments)

that was completely intentional.. the goal was to build mood and suspense through the lack of visibility.

There's not a lot of suspense when something jumps out of the wall behind you every time you go around a corner.

about 2 months ago
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New DOOM Game Not Dead: Beta Comes With Wolfenstein Pre-Order

0123456 Re:Did you play Doom 3? (108 comments)

Seriously, it was Doom 2 with better graphics. That's it.

No, it wasn't. Doom 2 had some colours on screen other than black.

about 2 months ago
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3-D Printed Pelvis Holding Up After 3 Years

0123456 Re:And how much would that cost in America? (82 comments)

As someone who has lived & travelled across much of the world, the UK's public transport infrastructure, especially within cities, ranks very highly.

And, given how bad the UK's 'public transport' (i.e. mostly private companies subsidized by the taxpayer) is, that just shows how much it sucks everywhere else.

about 2 months ago
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Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

0123456 Re:A big hole is the default password (264 comments)

Print the default password on the router's bottom side, or make it the serial number of the device (which then has to be different than the WAN MAC address).

Which is exactly what our router manufacturer did. Don't remember who makes it, I think it's rebranded with the ISP's logo anyway.

about 2 months ago
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Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

0123456 Re:Sigh - what the heck ... (264 comments)

What am I missing?

Again, used to be that the most common way for a Ubuntu machine to get pwned was for the user to install VNC with UPnP enabled. They only wanted to connect over their LAN, but VNC went and opened a UPnP port, and... oops.

Every new port opened on the router is a potential new security hole.

about 2 months ago
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Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

0123456 Re:design goals that emphasize usability over secu (264 comments)

Man, and I can't get my home router to do UPnP. It's bad that UPnP allows for the configuration of the router to come from a machine outside of the network, but that should get fixed and UPnP should be able to start behaving like it is designed to.

Considering UPnP is broken by design, that's not really an improvement. Replacing a security hole in the router by a hundred apps that want their own ports to expose their own security holes to the Internet doesn't help much.

about 2 months ago

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