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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

FlyHelicopters Re:How to get the monopolies out of the way? (85 comments)

You can't abolish copyright... as much as some modern day hippies would like to...

It exists for valid reasons... perhaps it lasts too long, I'd consider making it much shorter to be reasonable, perhaps 20 years...

But abolish it outright? You really can't do that.

about two weeks ago
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Intel's 14-nm Broadwell CPU Primed For Slim Tablets

FlyHelicopters Re:Thank GOD (96 comments)

This is so true... the comment "oh, you can't see the difference between 4k/1080p" is just as much nonsense as the one 10 years ago saying, "oh, you can't see the difference betwee 720p/1080p"

It is people talking out of their rear ends mostly...

Having seen them both in person, 4k blows away 1080p on the proper equipment.

about two weeks ago
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Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

FlyHelicopters Re:Funny money (409 comments)

How does this not make sense?

It makes sense because of the various government tax structures you have in place.

Without them, it makes no sense at all.

My electricity provider charges 10.9c per kWh, the cost to install such a system here is quite a bit higher than $2,500 (there were some nice tax breaks in there to make that happen).

Here, that system has a retail price of about $7,500, not including installation.

So given your specific situation, yes, it makes sense... but understand WHY it makes sense, and that it has nothing to do with solar...

about two weeks ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

FlyHelicopters Re:Lines to purchase new Apple products. (242 comments)

Apple does I'm sure... he is still a full time paid employee of Apple, receiving about $120K a year.

He doesn't actually do anything there, he just gets paid... well, because... :)

Woz likes to stand in line with everyone else and buy them because it makes him feel normal. He doesn't have Job's ego, and for that, I applaud him.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

FlyHelicopters Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

:) Yea, but MS Office "IS" the standard format... Open Office is not.

It is widely accepted that MS Office is "normal", so if you're not using it, well, the headache is on your end.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

FlyHelicopters Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Open Office is nice and if you just need a personal set of programs to do some work in, fine.

If you have to then share those files with other people who use MS Office?

Meh, you're just asking for trouble. No matter how hard they try, files created in Open Office, saved, opened in MS Office, edited, then resaved, then reopened in Open Office, way too often no longer look the same.

If you're actually running a business and not just playing with software, those problems are not acceptable.

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

FlyHelicopters Re:One switch to rule them all? (681 comments)

Office 2003 came out nearly 12 years ago...

It isn't coming back, let it go... it is well past the time to learn the Ribbon, since clearly that is staying at this point...

about 2 months ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

FlyHelicopters Re:Umm, ctrl+c/ctrl+v? (681 comments)

I honestly don't care about the start menu as much as some people do.

The stuff I run every day is pinned to my Windows 7 task bar.

I have 3 copies of Windows 8, I run none of them. It sucks for so many other reasons than the start menu.

Lets start off with... An OS called "Windows" can't run Metro apps in a window. Someone should be beaten with a stick for that one.

I use 3 monitors, I often have 5-10 programs open at once. I have no interest in a tablet/phone interface on my computer, I just want a simple flat desktop with my programs on my task bar and that's it.

If you take off the start menu, fine... what do I get in return? A full screen box fest? Meh, that isn't an improvement.

The sales of Windows 8, the uptake of upgrades, and the rolling back of the full screen Metro interface would seem to indicate that many people agree with me.

If it were wildly successful, they wouldn't be rolling it back.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

FlyHelicopters Re:Gee Catholic judges (1330 comments)

Actually, I don't have a problem with the idea of a consumption tax, such as a VAT or sales tax.

Income tax? That is evil, that you would take a large percentage of someone's time and labor and hand it over to the state.

So yes, many of us to believe the Income Tax is evil and morally wrong. If it was within our power, we'd do something about it.

about 2 months ago
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YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

FlyHelicopters Re:60 fps? (157 comments)

Yes, and directors have been using tricks and fancy effects for many years to compensate for the slow 24fps.

They should have gone to 60fps many years ago.

about 2 months ago
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YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

FlyHelicopters Re:Like it matters (157 comments)

He is talking about the fact that you can download, more or less, any video from YouTube using a third party web site...

But those web sites don't always have access to every version of the video on YouTube and in this case, for sure don't have access to the 60fps versions...

So he is watching the 60fps version on the web site and downloading the 30fps version and getting all confused...

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (216 comments)

Seeing as you neglected to name it, its fair to assume you have a soft roader.

My SUV is a 2015 GMC Yukon XL Denali 4WD

It has a low range gear and locking differentials, so it is a true 4WD. Nice improvement over last year's model when the Denali had AWD only (no low range gearing).

But in this one, I can select 2WD, 4WD (auto), 4WD High, and 4WD Low.

But the point was, an SUV isn't safer than a small hatchback, in fact, it's less safe than a hatch with the same safety features.

Not if my 5,981 pound truck hits your small hatchback it isn't...

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SUVs and trucks in general have gotten a lot better over the past 10 years... What you're saying is all 100% true, 20 years ago... but times have changed...

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (216 comments)

It is worth pointing out that national statistics may not apply locally.

1 in every 7 pickup trucks that GM sells anywhere in the world... is sold in Texas.

This really is a somewhat unique market, our local roads are overrun by pickup trucks and SUVs.

Your small car might be better off in NYC or SFO, but not in Dallas or Houston it sure isn't, when it is surrounded on all 4 sides by trucks.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Why does the post fail to mention the real pric (216 comments)

They have, they are the cool toy of the month... (or year)...

But the actual numbers are pretty small and will never get big until the price comes down by a whole bunch.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (216 comments)

BTW, for those playing along at home...

1. this is a 40 mph change in speed

2. this is a 80 mph change in speed

If both happen in the same amount of time, the latter will hurt far, far more... the very airbags and seatbelts designed to help you may not be effective in that case.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (216 comments)

I don't have hypothetical kids, I have three real ones...

It doesn't matter how well designed your 1,800lb car is, all the crumple zones and airbags in the world won't change the fact that 6,000lbs hitting 1,800lbs is just bad for the 1,800lbs.

For all that protection, the violence of the impact would be massive to anyone inside the small car, if they were in a head-on collision, the small car would be violently shoved in the other direction while the large SUV would probably just slow down but continue in its original direction.

What is more likely to hurt you? (assume both vehicles have everyone in seatbelts, both have airbags and crumple zones, etc.)

1. Going from 60 mph to 20 mph very quickly, but still in the same direction as before,

or.

2. Going from 60 mph in one direction to 20 mph in the opposite direction very quickly?

If the answer isn't obvious, you weren't paying attention in school.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (216 comments)

Hmm, must be nice where you live...

A bicycle, huh? Come to Texas, show me how well that will work here...

First, we buy a whole lot more than 10 pounds of groceries... try 100+ pounds of groceries... the milk alone is more than 10lbs...

Second, the closest grocery store is 1.5 miles away, which is fine, but you have to cross a main 6 lane road (3 in each direction) to get there...

Third, even basic cars like a Honda Accord weight over 3,500 lbs. What car exactly would you like my wife to drive? A SmartCar? That would fold up like an accordion when a pickup truck hits it?

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (216 comments)

My SUV is 4WD, the roof is also reinforced and would withstand quite a rollover. It also has full surround airbags designed to protect in such a case.

It also has stability control, traction control, lane departure warning, collision alert, auto emergency braking, cross traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control.

To top that off, it has magnetic ride suspension, adjusting 1,000 times per second to the road giving it amazing handing. You won't confuse it with a sports car, but it handles turns better than you'd think for a 19 foot long 3 ton truck.

My 2012 model didn't have that and the difference between that and the new 2015 model is night and day, the new one is wider, lower, and handles the road far, far better than the old one did. The suspension grips firmer and I can now take corners 10 to 15 mph faster with confidence. However, I don't actually do this, instead I drive the way I used to and have increased margin for safety.

about 2 months ago
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Toyota's Fuel Cell Car To Launch In Japan Next March

FlyHelicopters Re:Supersize Meal... and a Diet Coke. (216 comments)

Which would be relevant if SUV's were remotely safe...

Nice big brush there...

I assure you that my SUV is much safer than your little small econo budget box car...

First, if they should meet in a collision, the mass of the larger vehicle means that it will simply win, push you out of the way, and keep going.

Second, modern SUVs are much better balanced and are far less likely to roll over than what was sold 10 or 20 years ago.

Third, I can control my own driving, what I can't do is control the driving of all the crazy people on the road. In single vehicle accidents, it is true that injury rates are higher in SUVs than in cars, but in multiple vehicle accidents, SUVs are the safer vehicle.

Since I can prevent a single vehicle accident by being a defensive driver and driving safely, I drive an SUV so if some other moron decides he/she doesn't have to do that, I'll have more armor to protect myself.

All 5,981 pounds of it...

about 2 months ago
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Improperly Anonymized Logs Reveal Details of NYC Cab Trips

FlyHelicopters Data Security Officer (192 comments)

Too many governments and corporations continue to fail to understand that it requires having experts who actually know what they are doing be in charge of data security.

This doesn't mean you contract it out to the lowest bidder or hire the cheapest CS degree you can find.

It means you hire knowledge and experience, you hire expert skills, and those cost money.

about 2 months ago

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