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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

Farmer Pete Re:Parallax. (425 comments)

I've been using Google Wallet for mobile payments. It works great. Not sure what Apple is adding to the mix other than adding a fingerprint security. With Google Wallet, I just take my phone out of my pocket, tap it on the reader, enter my pin, and tap it a second time. With Apple, I guess you make it one tap instead of two? Not really a big deal in my book.

about 3 months ago
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Applying Pavlovian Psychology to Password Management

Farmer Pete Re:ObXKCD: Passphrases (288 comments)

Lotus Notes has had this functionality built in since at least 2006 (when I first started using it). It was a little confusing though for end users. If I made my password complex like F*n2_b I could only have a 6 character password. Make it all lowercase, and it might take 10 characters. It didn't really tell you what you were lacking, just told you to make your password more complex if it didn't meet the restrictions. It was pretty slick how it worked though.

about 7 months ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

Farmer Pete Re:Videos unavailable on devices; Hulu for free (180 comments)

I built a HTPC a few years ago. I used a HTPC case, and it looks more or less like an audio receiver from the outside. When I have people over who see Windows on the TV, they often ask how I'm doing it. I point to the PC and they're shocked that it's a PC. My total cost was ~$500 for the entire shebang. On one hand, it's a little less couch friendly than a Roku or AppleTV, but I've never found content that I can't get to it. While the interface might not be simple enough to control with a 6 button remote (up/down/left/right/ok/back), it's the same interface everyone is used to with a PC, so it has a very quick learning curve. Last I checked, it drew about 30 watts running. In addition to streaming from the net, I have a dual TV tuner built in that turns WMC into a very nice DVR for my local channels. I've got the $40 comcast deal for 25mbps and HBO/HBOgo. Between our Netflix($8), Hulu (free), Amazon Instant($8), StreamPix (included in cable bill), and HBOgo, there are very few shows I can't get legally streamed to my TV. If I don't want to wait until the next day to watch a show, if it's a local broadcast, I can watch it from the DVR. For the one or two shows that I can't get legally, there are fairly simple illegal methods to attain them that I may or may not use. Total monthly cost is $16. That's not much money for the amount of content that we consume.

The part I like about the HTPC so much, is the flexibility. Not only can I view the sources listed above, but I can stream from the more specialized websites. For instance, I like watching cooking shows on foodnetwork.com. I'll watch shows off HGTV.com. It's hit or miss with these shows on Hulu or Streampix. I also like that with free software, I can easily have a VERY NICE front end to my 350+ DVD collection on my basement server (MediaBrowser 3). I can also play a real game on it fairly easily. Just nothing too graphics intensive, (It plays Civ5 pretty well. It's an i3 processor with a cheap passively cooled video card I think I paid $10 for after rebate from NewEgg). I also just love having the web browser on the TV. An example would be when my wife and I go over our finances, I can pull up the bank website on my TV and go over our finances for the coming month. It's a lot easier than trying to both look at a laptop or a small screen.

Having said all that, while I love my HTPC and I'd pay another $500 to replace it today if it broke, I would never recommend it to anyone who doesn't have a reasonible technical aptitude. There is certainly something nice about having a small box that you plug in, enter your account details, and it instantly connects you to your movies/shows. If it breaks, it's just $60 for a new one, so who cares, right? That's what end users want. It's much less complicated. My grandma can use a Roku, but she can't even use the DVR on her cable box. It's all about simplicity of design and ease of function.

about 9 months ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

Farmer Pete Re:Collector's Value? (221 comments)

Yeah. That worked for Buggy Whips. I'm sure you could have bought a buggy whip for less money back around 1900. I hope you're in it for the long run though.

about 9 months ago
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The Future of Cryptocurrencies

Farmer Pete Re:Is that so? (221 comments)

iCoins are the new thing. Apple is releasing them next week. You need an iPhone to use them. All iTunes transactions will require iCoins. You also can only buy them in $1000 USD increments.

about 9 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

Farmer Pete Re:Wow... (110 comments)

Without any assurances from Microsoft, it seems like one couldn't even guarantee the security of the Nokia apps and drivers running on Windows Mobile.

about 10 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Farmer Pete Re:An IM service for 19 Billion.... (280 comments)

Did Google do the math when they bought Motorola? Did HP do the math when they bought EDS/Autonomy? Did Sears do the math when they bought KMart? Did bank of America do the math when they bought CountryWide? M&A is a very risky business. The only people I've seen who think this was a good deal are the financial pundits who REALLY don't understand technology. Listening to them talk, they sound like they don't even know what WhatsApp is. I just don't see 19 billion of value in this purchase.

about 10 months ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

Farmer Pete Re:1 option here - Comcast (513 comments)

I routinely call to "cancel" my internet. I mention the high costs and my inability to pay the costs as my reason. I'll often spout off whatever discount rate the competitor will offer for new customers. I've never had my ISP not offer me a discount. I was paying half price for AT&T Uverse ($32 a month for 18mbps). Regular prices of internet service here is a scam. Just make sure you set a reminder on your calendar to call them back when your 6-12 months are up. And never agree to a contract that goes beyond the length of the discount.

about 10 months ago
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Lumia Phones Leaking Private Data To Microsoft

Farmer Pete Wow... (110 comments)

Nokia assured that the phone, excluding third-party software such as the operating system, did not violate Finnish privacy laws.

How much non-3rd party software does a Nokia phone ship with? I mean, if you aren't including the OS on the phone as Nokia's responsibility, than what exactly are they responsible for?

about 10 months ago
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Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?

Farmer Pete An IM service for 19 Billion.... (280 comments)

Am I the only person who can't understand why anyone in their right mind would pay 1 billion, (let alone 19 billion) for a company that pretty much just does IM for phones? I mean, there are a ton of instant messengers out there. Most have good phone integration. Whether this will break even for Facebook or not is a given. It wont. They may not loose their shirt, but there is no way they are going to make their 19 billion back from a company with 40 million in revenue. The math doesn't add up. Even if paying ~$40 a user was a good move for a company like FB, there is no reason people will stay on WhatsApp if they don't want to. It's not like FB where leaving can be tricky if you have a lot of content there you don't want to loose access to. You aren't going to see a mass exodus of FB, but within a matter of months, you could in WhatsApp. Having said that, the creators of WhatsApp get massive props. Creating a platform that does something that 50 other competitors have and are already doing, and then selling it for 19 billion dollars is massively impressive. With these numbers, I'm going to have to reevaluate Blackberry's stock price. Valued currently at under 5 billion, BBM has to be worth at least 10 billion by itself. Which means the stock should double in the next few days, as Google looks to acquire BBM to compete with Facebook.

about 10 months ago
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Foxconn Building Factories In Indonesia

Farmer Pete Re: How Can They Loose? (75 comments)

How can so many Americans, themselves living on government handouts and public assistance 'afford' iPhones that several hundreds of dollars?

Just doing a quick google search, it looks like the average single person on welfare can receive ~$300 a month. That's not including food stamps, medicaid, or housing assistance. Not to mention that a LOT of people living off welfare are defrauding the system by hiding assets, income, or additional support they receive from others. Around here, it's not uncommon for a woman to go on welfare/food stamps/medicade/housing support, while her live in boyfriend goes to work at some retail location. All of her government aid pays for the majority of the bills, while his income is enough to afford the luxuries. Around fifteen years ago, I worked at a national fast food chain while I was in highschool. I had a coworker who had a brand new F150 with all the bells and whistles. I had another coworker who was driving a brand new Caddilac. After I got to know them a bit, I found out the truth on how they could afford the cars. When you only make $7-8 an hour, it's hard to imagine how someone could afford a $35-50k car. It's not hard to spend $400 a month on your car payment, when your house, food, and utilities are all covered from your girlfriends government assistance.

about 10 months ago
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Foxconn Building Factories In Indonesia

Farmer Pete How Can They Loose? (75 comments)

How can a company as big as Foxconn think that the way to improve smartphone sales in Indonesia is to start mass producing Blackberries in Indonesia? Can't the Indonesians just skip Blackberries and go straight to Android? I'd recommend iPhones, but I doubt many Indonesians, living on $4,000 a year, could afford a phone that costs about two months wages. http://www.nationmultimedia.co...

about 10 months ago
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Mac OS X Bitcoin Stealing Trojan Horse Called OSX/CoinThief Discovered

Farmer Pete Re:OSX/CoinThief ??? (108 comments)

I don't think I would install an application called StealthBit either. Sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

about 10 months ago
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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

Farmer Pete Not likely (390 comments)

We can't even get them to include backup cameras in all cars, something that's been required in ALL new cars for several years. How do you expect this to ever be installed in every car?

about a year ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Farmer Pete Re:The real point of what Detroit has to offer... (398 comments)

Fishing, no. I've had plenty of fresh ocean salmon in my travels in Alaska and the west coast. Certainly there is some taste difference, but I doubt many people could put their finger on the difference unless given both at the same time.

about a year ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Farmer Pete Re:The real point of what Detroit has to offer... (398 comments)

Having done some Salmon fishing in Michigan, I have no clue what you're talking about. Lake Michigan Salmon is good stuff. The only nasty stuff I've seen is when you go river fishing trying to catch Spawning Salmon. The fish are going to die, and are certainly not very good tasting. Most people don't keep the ones they catch, and the ones that are "nice" are typically smoked to improve the flavor.

about a year ago
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Detroit Wants Its Own High-Tech Visa

Farmer Pete Re: The real point of what Detroit has to offer... (398 comments)

I think he's refering to the emergency city manager that Snyder put in to work out the financial crisis. Basically, the people in Detroit are pissed that after 5 decades of voting for democrats who ran their budget into the ground, the Governor decided that putting in a Democrat emergency manager wasn't the best idea. While I don't necessarily agree with everything Snyder has done, this certainly was not a bad thing. Change was necessary, and I don't think it would have happened any other way.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Farmer Pete Re:How many knew that it was a global release? (443 comments)

I don't have a problem with DRM, as long as I can use the content when I want, how I want, were I want, and with whom I want. I don't mind that the content is locked to me. It just needs to be treated like an asset, not a license. If I buy 1000 ultraviolet/Vudu/Flixter movies, and then I die, I want my wife or children to inherit my content. If I want to give a movie to my friend, I should be able to do that. I'd be willing to pay MORE for my content, if I had assurances that I could do more. For instance, I recently converted ~100 movies from disc to digitial using Vudu's service. They had a 50% off promotion, and I thought it was worth $1-$2.50 a disc to concert stuff. I get to keep my discs, and now I don't have to backup my data to hard disk like I had been doing. A single Bluray converted and compressed is typically still 10-15GB in size. To me, it's worth paying $1 to not have a 10-15GB file sitting on my servers hard disks. Sure, I have 4x2TB drives (6TB accessible) and can store a ton, but that storage is not free. Now I can access my movies on my phone, tablet, computer, HTPC, PS3, etc. I can also log in to my Vudu account at a friends house, and we can watch a movie in better than DVD quality. To me, that's worth paying a small fee. Having said that, I wouldn't buy a movie from Vudu. I want the physical disk. I want the backup in case Vudu (or UV) goes belly up. I don't want to be at the mercy of some company, with $1000's invested in content. There has to be ownership. There has to be an exit plan for the service provider. To me, UV solves some of those problems, but not all of the,.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Farmer Pete Re:Netflix comes through the Internet, you know? (443 comments)

So your argument is that you aren't going to buy a device to stream content to your TV because you don't want to jump through "hoops" to be a customer. So, which DVD did you buy that came with a free DVD player? How is buying a Roku different than buying a DVD player? If you'd rather that Netflix charged you an extra $5 a month and provided a player, than maybe you'll get somewhere. No place truly offers things for free.

about a year ago
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Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated

Farmer Pete Re:How many knew that it was a global release? (443 comments)

Clearly you have an agenda and aren't interested in views that don't conform to your idea...

Couldn't the same be said about you?

about a year ago

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Good computer manufacturer?

Farmer Pete Farmer Pete writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Farmer Pete (1350093) writes "I work at for a company with 2200 computers. We have been using HP desktops, Lenovo laptops, and Fujitsu tablets. I am sick and tired of calling these companies support lines to have them make me jump through a dozen hoops before they will send me warranty replacement parts. I am quite frankly pissed at these level one support people who treat me like I'm an eight year old blind man with no arms. Lenovo is the best of the bunch, but even they have been slipping lately.

The technicians at my company are very knowledgeable, and we are more than capable of troubleshooting 99% of the problems that come at us, but we want to take full advantage of the warranties these systems come with. Does anyone know if there are any hardware manufacturers out there that have an easier support system for companies without charging an arm and a leg? I don't feel that we should have to pay more money because we are competent people. We buy a lot of computers, and we are able to fix most of the problems ourselves, and the ones we can't fix we are able to diagnose without assistance."
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FOSS Software Deployment/System Management?

Farmer Pete Farmer Pete writes  |  about 6 years ago

Farmer Pete (1350093) writes "I've recently been put in charge of researching, testing, and ultimately deploying a software distribution system (i.e. SMS, Landesk, XBox, etc) for a medium sized company (+2000 computers). In the past, we've handled software installs either manually, or using a PSEXEC type push tool. Neither of these systems are very useful when dealing with so many computers, many of which aren't turned on, aren't reliably connected to the network, or are in remote locations with a 256kbps link. We need a system that handles software deployment using a good chunk of criteria for it's deployment. We need good logic as well as remediation steps if the deployment fails, and most importantly verification that the software was in fact installed! Making policies permanent would also be good, such that if any computer ever gets scanned with Adobe 7, it will upgrade it to version 9, not just the computers you selected who had version 7 last week. Also, having the ability to do extra system management such as configuration checks and inventory.

I've been looking around, and I've been very shocked to see the lacking in the FOSS community for solutions like this. It appears that OCS Next Generation has the most refined solution, but it's far inferior to any commercial product, and it lacks many of the features that we require. For instance, it doesn't have a force check-in option, so deploying software to a single computer after it was requested becomes impractical. It also doesn't have much in the way of logic for installing software. Does anyone know of a good FOSS solution? I really don't want to pay $50k to 250k for a commercial product (not to mention the perpetual license fees)."

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