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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

Eponymous Coward Re:Which is kind of a shame (314 comments)

Radio Shack has tried to serve makers. It turns out, makers are among the people most comfortable shopping online.

I was in a RS recently and they had a 3D printer display, had a rack of Arduino kits, robotics stuff, and lots of little circuit toys for kids on display.

http://www.radioshack.com/diy-...

about two weeks ago
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Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Eponymous Coward Tablets age well (328 comments)

I have a tablet and use it all the time, but have no plans to buy a new one. I suppose if there are enough people like me, the tablet market is doomed.

Lesson learned: don't build a good product that is going to work well for a long time.

about three weeks ago
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65,000 Complaints Later, Microsoft Files Suit Against Tech Support Scammers

Eponymous Coward I got a death threat (246 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.

about a month ago
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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.

about a month 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 a month and a half 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 1 month 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 2 months 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 2 months 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)

That's not Apple's model and Apple is making lots of money too. There's room for more than one model I think.

about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 4 months ago

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