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Comcast Pays Overdue Fees, Offers Freebies For TWC Merger Approval

ArmoredDragon Re:Corrupt. (76 comments)

My personal theory is that a merger would be the best way to dissolve them. Here's why:

The content industry has been pushing for higher and higher re-transmission rates across the board, and usually they've succeeded because individual MSOs typically don't have enough bargaining power to resist higher rates each time the contracts are up for renewal. At the same time, the content industry has been resistant to non MSO (over the top, internet based) content delivery because they know that they risk disrupting their already very profitable cable model.

If a massive provider such as Comcast is able to get enough leverage that they can resist or even lower the retransmission payments, then I think that would basically force their hand to look for alternative distribution methods, thus killing the cable model in the process.

Otherwise think about what happens if we leave things as is: TWC is already well known to be a douchebag cable company, about the same as Comcast is. I'm not sure how approving the merger would change that for the worse.

The only question is what happens to their internet service vis a vis companies like Netflix. I think a solution to that, which Comcast would buy, is to have them lobby hard for Title II as a condition of merger approval (they have to lobby first and it has to become law first before any merger is approved, and even if such a law is overturned later, they still have to agree to Title II conditions for themselves for the next 30 years.)

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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

ArmoredDragon Re:Screenshots (375 comments)

The only way I can figure is for each task you want to do, you have to search the Google

That's the way I've always done it with every scripting language (including bash.) Usually the most helpful examples are on stackexchange.

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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

ArmoredDragon Re:Screenshots (375 comments)

Dunno I'm just going by Microsoft's own terminology. They tend to refer to "legacy" apps as WPF and metro apps as XAML.

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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

ArmoredDragon Re: Regulation? (332 comments)

You seem to be forgetting WWII, the repercussions of which are still - to this day - haunting many countries, especially in Europe.

Ok let's look at one of the countries that got hurt perhaps the worst by WWII: Japan. (Two nuclear bombs, starving population, totally decimated manufacturing infrastructure.) Meanwhile they're perhaps second only to the US as far as a high tech economy. They also rank very high on many income inequality lists.

While they might be statist in some respects, economically they are anything but, and in many respects they make the USA look like a command economy in comparison.

Also the US isn't the country with the highest income inequality in the developed world.

http://www.pewresearch.org/fac...

But nice talking points anyways, I'm sure they make you feel good about yourself.

2 days ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

ArmoredDragon Re: Regulation? (332 comments)

That has more to do with there being more opportunities in the US than anything else.

Virtually all of the world's top technology companies were founded in the US, most of them within the last 10-20 years as well. A lot of their founders were first to third generation Americans. Is that because Americans are overall smarter than say Scandinavians or Germans? Or maybe luckier? None of the above.

Those opportunities come from there not being a government telling you what you can't do, meaning there's no cap on your potential for economic growth.

That isn't a bad thing. That's a good thing. If the US was more of a statist country, there's no chance we'd be the economic powerhouse we presently are.

And by the way, anybody who see's how I live wouldn't consider me poor. Yet because my income is below the poverty level, I'm yet another point on a spreadsheet that a socialist uses to argue that there's too much income inequality. Money is not wealth. For example a pile of gold is useless to a sailor on a broken raft; what's more valuable is a compass, an outboard motor, and some gas.

As for me, I'm typing this message in front of a 55" Sony TV that I use as a PC monitor, on a high end gaming PC, my phone is a Galaxy Note 4, I have a Nexus 7 and an iPad, I drive a Buick Regal, I ride a Giant Sedona XL bike on sunny days, I live in a house that is bigger than I need it to be, I have a pool in my back yard.

Yet my income is well below the poverty level, so therefore I'm somehow wronged by the rich (rolleyes.)

Where you see income inequality, I see a nation where everybody (including the poor) is wealthy. Meanwhile this whole nonsense about income defining how happy one should be is just that.

2 days ago
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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

ArmoredDragon Re:Not covered by the WaPo or the NYT? (408 comments)

Probably because this guy isn't associated with the Republican party in any official manner. TFA indicates that he worked for a company called Base Connect, which is currently under investigation for soliciting donations from senior citizens to political campaigns, and instead of giving the money to the campaigns, the company just pockets it.

In other words, he worked for a company that claims to be a Republican fundraiser, only it isn't actually one. Instead it's some kind of boiler room tele-fraud type company.

Yet somehow this got spun as being a big Republican conspiracy.

The reason this isn't big news is because it's literally a story of "Some guy raped his 5 year old daughter, got fired from his job, and is currently in jail. More news at 11." There wasn't anything sensational about it, so it didn't make national news.

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Anonymous Asks Activists To Fight Pedophiles In 'Operation Deatheaters'

ArmoredDragon Re: Think of the children! (408 comments)

Looking at TFA, this guy wasn't a Republican operative. It seems he worked for a company called Base Connect which is currently under investigation for defrauding senior citizens who vote Republican. They'd call in and get donations supposedly towards Republican politicians, and almost none of the money actually went towards those campaigns; instead the company just pocketed it.

2 days ago
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

ArmoredDragon Re:Screenshots (375 comments)

It's not much to look at, sadly, as the new build brings the start menu more in-lines with Windows 8. Also sadly, along with this change they require you to use Cortana in lieu of the normal start menu search. They replaced the regular WPF start menu with a XAML (metro app) start menu that depends on a bunch of metro stuff to work, and removing Cortana breaks it. There's a hidden registry setting to go back to the one found in previous builds, but I suspect Microsoft will remove it like they did the start menu from Windows 8.

Meanwhile I've found that you can presently "de-metro"ify this build with these three powershell commands:


Set-ItemProperty HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced -Name "EnableXamlStartMenu" -Value 0 -Type DWord
Get-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online | Remove-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online
Get-AppxPackage | Remove-AppxPackage
logoff # logs you off so you can log back in to see the effect

(The first two lines are actually one line; should be 4 lines total)

After you do that, it very much resembles the Windows 7 start menu. But again, I am doubtful that Microsoft will leave all of this intact for the final release, much as they did with Windows 8. One can only hope, or perhaps fill it in as a big petition in the feedback app (the code above removes that app, so keep that in mind.)

http://i.imgur.com/880f17Q.png

2 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

ArmoredDragon Re:Internet Explorer (99 comments)

It's very much up to date and I still get that result. This is even running chrome on a bare metal system, with Windows 10 running inside of a VM.

By the way, when I say pause, I more or less mean distinctly slowing down and then speeding up, as opposed to being a fluid motion.

2 days ago
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Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

ArmoredDragon Re:Insurance (208 comments)

If you're letting them drive on non-commercial licenses than that means that regular drivers are subsidizing Uber-drivers.

That's very much incorrect. If you drive more, your insurance company bills you more. Generally they're aware of how much you drive by one of two indicators:

1) How much you tell them you drive. (Yes, they do ask.)
2) What your odometer reads vs how long you've owned the car. They'll know this by looking at registration/emissions records.

3 days ago
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In Addition To Project Spartan, Windows 10 Will Include Internet Explorer

ArmoredDragon Re:Internet Explorer (99 comments)

As much as I've been bashing Microsoft lately for their major screwups, I've tested IE11 in the Windows 10 tech preview, and it seems even more standards compliant than the webkit/blink web browsers as far as the Acid3 test goes. Chrome for example has three distinct pauses on the acid3 test, whereas IE11 on Windows 10 has only one much shorter pause. For comparison, IE11 on Windows 7/8 fails the test at 92/100.

4 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

ArmoredDragon Re:Pay up and quit whining (423 comments)

Chances are you can re-map that logitech g600's buttons to do whatever you want. You can probably do it driverless as well, which means the changes survive across plugging the mouse into a different PC. Pick one up on Amazon and if it doesn't work the way you want, they let you return it.

4 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

ArmoredDragon Re:I won't notice (331 comments)

So personally, I'm expecting 4K and other very high resolution formats to flop outside of niche markets, like say luxury home cinema systems with a projector and a screen several metres across.

I don't think so. I think it'll keep going until 72" TVs are cheap enough for the masses to own or something like that HoloLens Microsoft was talking about matures. IMO one or the other will happen by 2030, at which point it will stop at 8k (however studio masters will be at 16k so that they can downres for a sharper 8k image, similar to how present 4k is downresed from 8k for the same reason.)

4 days ago
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WhatsApp vs. WhatsApp Plus Fight Gets Ugly For Users

ArmoredDragon Re:Really? (190 comments)

I myself am wondering why whatsapp/facebook hasn't simply sued them for trademark infringement. I mean they're clearly using the whatsapp name in a way that confuses the end user as to who owns the app. Unless they didn't file a trademark, which would be an incredibly stupid thing to not do.

I don't use whatsapp though.

4 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

ArmoredDragon Re:Why would you want this? (178 comments)

Drugs I can see on some level because they make you feel really good when you use them.

Cigarettes however don't really have that going for them. In fact from what I understand, the first time somebody smokes is rather painful.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

ArmoredDragon Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (148 comments)

My Nexus 7 fits in the front pocket of all of the pants I have (I never use my back pockets for anything.)

4 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ArmoredDragon Re:Good news (420 comments)

IMO they should just have Quentin Tarantino do Star Wars. We could finally have the glorious final showdown involving JarJar that everybody has been waiting for since he first showed his annoying face in episode 1.

Though this is Disney now...hmm...I wonder how a Quentin Tarantino Disney film would look.

5 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

ArmoredDragon Re:Why would you want this? (178 comments)

By the time they smoked that much nicotine, they'd have long since died from an acute but sudden onset of emphysema like symptoms.

The immune system is going to be rendering the nicotine inert, so the first step would be having so much of it that you somehow managed to overcome the immune system entirely.

5 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

ArmoredDragon Re:Why would you want this? (178 comments)

The numbers on people who try to quit and fail are scary. The numbers of people who quit and start smoking again within the first 2 years are also telling.

What I find even more strange is how many people I've known who knew full well that it was bad prior to even starting, and then started anyways. I've asked them why they did that, and the answers range from "it's so that you have something to do when you're with your friends" to "well I figured it would be good for me so long as I used a natural brand." (By natural, they mean those packs you can buy on the Indian reservations that are supposedly grown and made locally by the natives.)

5 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

ArmoredDragon Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (148 comments)

I wonder, if Microsoft will produce anymore a desktop optimized version of Office and or Windows?

Probably not. I think Microsoft is trolling their Office customers. I mean look at this:

These new Office apps will be pre-installed (they will be free) on smartphones and small tablets running Windows 10.

So they start a parade telling you its free and awesome, but then totally JK you by sticking it on a product that nobody actually buys. The tablet war is already over (tablet sales are dropping FAST) and nobody wants a Windows Phone except for Microsoft employees or die-hard fans.

5 days ago

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