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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Eponymous Coward I got a death threat (212 comments)

The person who called me didn't get far because I told him right away that I know it's a scam.

Then he threatened to kill me and my family. That was a little unsettling.

yesterday
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Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

Eponymous Coward Ashton Kutcher wasn't available (48 comments)

I'm thinking Stephenson was second choice because Lenovo already hired Ashton Kutcher to be a product engineer.

3 days ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Eponymous Coward Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

I put it on 2 computers, so does that make it $5/month?

I realize that in the long run, purchasing may save more money, but for such a small amount, it's an easy buy for me. Despite the hate here, Office 2013 is pretty good software and I don't mind spending a reasonable amount of money to support it. The $10 / month for 5 computers plan seems fair to me.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

Eponymous Coward Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

I actually defected the other way.

When Office was $250 per license, I used OpenOffice and then Google Docs because I didn't want to spend that much money. But now that it's only $10 / month and I can (legally) install it on my desktop and laptop, it's an easy buy. I'm going to be using it quite a bit until late spring, and then I can suspend my subscription if I'm not going to need it for a while.

about two weeks ago
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Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

Eponymous Coward Re:I look forward (137 comments)

his ability to sell a handful of vehicles to a small number of rich people

There are a lot of rich people in Texas. California is a bigger market for Tesla and New York may be as well. But Texas isn't far behind.

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

Eponymous Coward Look forward and the answer is clear (238 comments)

Proxying and caching was a huge win back in the analog modem days. These days it is still a win, but not as big. Looking forward, the costs associated with having a secure connection are only going down while the value of the secure connection is holding steady or maybe increasing.

about two weeks ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Eponymous Coward Re: The only way MS gets more apps in their store (192 comments)

Google makes all of their money selling ads, Microsoft makes their money selling software and services (mostly to businesses), and Apple makes their money selling a hardware/software ecosystem. Apple's cut on software sold in their app store is a multi-billion dollar business all by itself. That's what I was talking about when I said there's room for more than one business model.

Hardware is not what distinguishes a high-margin iPhone from a low-margin but high end Android or Windows Phone. It's the software.

about a month ago
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Visual Studio 2015 Supports CLANG and Android (Emulator Included)

Eponymous Coward Re:We all dance in the streets (192 comments)

Do you have any recommendations for C++ tools?

I've used PVS-Studio and was pretty happy with it.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

Eponymous Coward Re:Bullshit. (258 comments)

They do for sure. My point though, was that Comcast wasn't throttling Netflix traffic, they were throttling Cogent traffic because Cogent was operating well outside of the peering agreement. If they had been throttling Netflix, then Apple TV (via Level 3) users would have also had problems.

about a month ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

Eponymous Coward Re:Bullshit. (258 comments)

Rather than buy bandwidth from Cogent, Netflix is now buying it directly from Comcast. It's cheaper for Netflix, it makes Comcast more money, and it gives better service to Netflix's customers. Everybody wins, except Cogent.

People forget that when all of the Netflix congestion was happening, customers watching via Apple TV didn't experience any of the drop outs or pauses. That's because for some reason, Netflix streams to Apple TV via Level 3, not Cogent. Other companies that bought transit from Cogent had the same problem with the congested interconnect. If Comcast was targeting Netflix, the Apple TV customers would have experienced the same problem. In reality the problem was a between Cogent and Comcast.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

Eponymous Coward Finally! The Year of Linux! (219 comments)

Linux has finally become the dominant operating system and nobody knows it.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

Eponymous Coward Re:Microsoft losing to the school what? (219 comments)

Well, it's still early days as far as education and computers go. There are some amazing resources out there though. For example, my kids regularly use Khan Academy. For some reason, the way he explains things just clicks with them.

For anything Khan doesn't cover, Wolfram Alpha is an unbelievable tool.

For writing, some kids are going to do better on a text editor or word processor. I know I can no longer sit down with a pen and an empty page and just write.

I'm glad to see schools trying new things though. You could take a teacher from 150 years ago and drop them into a classroom and they would be able to work as a teacher. There aren't too many professions where that's true and it seems like we should be able to do better.

One thing that is working well for my kids is reversed classrooms. Rather than get a lesson in class then homework problems, they are expected to learn the material for homework and the teacher helps kids with problems during class. It doesn't work for every kid though and our one-size-fits-all approach fails too many kids.

about a month ago
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Pirate Bay Co-Founder Peter Sunde Is a Free Man Again

Eponymous Coward Re:Hollywood overlords (356 comments)

I wonder if TPB people ever regret posting their hilarious replies to copyright notices? Taunting your accuser is hardly ever a good tactic.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Enters the Wearables Market With 'Band'

Eponymous Coward Re:I have one (135 comments)

How well does it track other types of activity? For example, how well does it track bicycle riding or weight lifting?

about 1 month ago
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Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

Eponymous Coward Re:CurrentC doesn't have competitors (265 comments)

The credit card companies don't allow stores to charge more for a cc transaction. Perhaps this practice should be stopped as well. So something that costs $100 with cash, you might get a 2% discount for using CurrentC (and surrendering your data) or a 3%-5% surcharge for using a credit card.

about 2 months ago
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Object Oriented Linux Kernel With C++ Driver Support

Eponymous Coward Re:Why do people still care about C++ for kernel d (365 comments)

Am the only one who things COM is pretty nifty? I like being able to write components in different languages and have them all work together. You just have to get used to thinking in interfaces.

about 3 months ago
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Facebook Apologizes To Drag Queens Over "Real Name" Rule

Eponymous Coward Re:Reverse discrimination is still discrimination (280 comments)

Don't forget that the rule itself is some arbitrary thing made up by Facebook. It's their rule and they can define and enforce it any way they want (as long as they don't violate anybody's civil rights).

I suspect they will change the enforcement of the rule so that only people trying to cause somebody else grief will be punished.

about 3 months ago
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Bioethicist At National Institutes of Health: "Why I Hope To Die At 75"

Eponymous Coward I want to die when my life insurance term ends (478 comments)

This is something I thought about when I took out a term life insurance policy. My biggest fear is that near the end of that term (20 years), some problem will be discovered that indicates I may have only a few years left to live. I'll have to decide if I kill myself so that my family gets the life insurance payout or let nature take its course.

If I choose the latter option, I'm terrified that my death will be slow and incredibly expensive consuming everything I've saved. I'm going to die no matter what and if I can help it, I won't leave my wife and kids with nothing.

about 3 months ago

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