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Tesla Motors May Be Having an iPhone Moment

FranTaylor Re:MSRP of $62,400 Though? (452 comments)

what I was referring to was buying a high end car when you only need to get from a-to-b and a cheaper car would do.

"Cheap" doesn't apply only to the retail price. "cheap" can also apply to the big picture where you also factor in fuel costs, insurance, reliability (breakdowns are very expensive in many ways) and RESALE VALUE. When you combine all of these factors (including the value of your time) then the "cheapest" car may end up being the most reliable car or the one with the best resale value.

1 year,5 days
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Russian Federal Guard Service "Upgrades" To Electric Typewriters

FranTaylor human beings are the security issue (163 comments)

Technology is just papering over the basic truism that the humans are the weakness in any security system.

It is in their very nature to be inquisitive about the unknown, hiding secrets is intrinsically difficult for humans, given their social behavior. The human mind is not a secure vault, it can be tricked or forced or otherwise convinced to reveal its secrets in a wide variety of ways.

All of the technology for secrecy is moot when people simply open up and communicate directly with each other.

For example the government spends unknown gazillions protecting secret information and a single person can unravel large portions of it by simply standing in front of a microphone and speaking some words.

1 year,12 days
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Russian Federal Guard Service "Upgrades" To Electric Typewriters

FranTaylor Re:Physical access? (163 comments)

to place a keylogger on a computer you need the internet

Only if you buy your keyloggers at radio shack!

And if said computer is never connected to any networks how do you propose to install said keylogger?

With a screwdriver perhaps?

1 year,12 days
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

FranTaylor Re:definitions matter (385 comments)

I just plug in a USB stick of the OS and away I go.

That's pretty much the procedure for installing cyanogenmod on an android tablet

I shouldn't have to do anything more complex than that for any of the newer class of computing device.

Well, there you go.

Yes indeed I choose automobiles based on how hard it is to change the oil filter, which is way more practical than you, because changing oil filters is something that is done way more often than installing an OS.

1 year,12 days
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

FranTaylor just more selfishness (385 comments)

The desktop industry will have to adapt at some point

No they don't HAVE to adapt.

the above is honestly the best idea for everyone.

No, it's the best idea for YOU. Your idea SUCKS from a low-cost perspective. Connectors cost MORE than chips, not less. They are the #1 failure mode on computers, each connector adds more risk of failure and warranty expense.

Have you noticed the trend toward FEWER and FEWER connectors on computers? This is why!

And this is from someone that screws around with hardware and the like.

If you eat twinkies every day, does this make you an expert on how to make a better twinkie?

1 year,12 days
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

FranTaylor Re:definitions matter (385 comments)

not the computer we know and love here on Slashdot

You CLAIM to speak for all slashdot users, but really you speak of the raw newbies who think computers come in a small metal box with an Intel sticker on it.

unless you like Vendor Lock-in and being told what you can and cannot run on said devices.

WOW you define words based on what you LIKE? And apparently you've ignorant of the fact that many devices can be unlocked and you can install whatever you want on them.

1 year,12 days
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

FranTaylor Re:It isn't tablets (385 comments)

your anti-social response tells me everything I need to know

1 year,12 days
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

FranTaylor Re:custom PCs? (385 comments)

i feel like it's gotten easier to just upgrade

Why do people insist on taking their own personal anecdotes and projecting them onto the rest of the industry?

I feel like going for a swim today, does this mean the computer industry should make a waterproof model?

1 year,12 days
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PC Sales See 'Longest Decline' In History

FranTaylor Re:It isn't tablets (385 comments)

Nearly every person I know who owns a smartphone and/or a tablet also has some sort of PC.

"Acquaintance of a slashdot user" is probably the WORST way to pick a statistical sample, your anecdote is WORSE than USELESS.

1 year,12 days
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Eric Schmidt: Google Will Continue Investing In UK Even If Taxes Raised

FranTaylor Re:When did CEOs get to dictate tax policy? (122 comments)

> Since poor people get most of the benefits the government hands out, it's only fair that they should pay for them.

Yes indeed it makes lots of sense to give people money and then take it back from them!

Would it not be much less hassle and paperwork to simply not give them the money that they would have paid in taxes?

Or perhaps you like the idea of big government churn?

about a year ago
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Eric Schmidt: Google Will Continue Investing In UK Even If Taxes Raised

FranTaylor Re:When did CEOs get to dictate tax policy? (122 comments)

> If you don't exploit all the loopholes you can then you're a fool and your shareholders will crucify you.

And yet somehow it's okay to pay lobbyists

about a year ago
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Will Robots Take Over the Data Center?

FranTaylor error rates (141 comments)

It's not about creature comforts, it's about error rates

Humans are imperfect, they pull the wrong drive out of the wrong server, they forget to power down before pulling, they forget to power back up afterward, they forget to set the BIOS correctly, etc.

The room for improvement is in fewer errors.

about a year ago
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Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

FranTaylor catch-22 (308 comments)

If they judge him insane, then he can claim that he was incapable of making the decision to allow the truth serum

If they judge him sane, then he can claim that any information gathered under truth serum is tainted; since he was already sane, the truth serum can only make him less sane.

about a year ago
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Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

FranTaylor why why why? (232 comments)

why not just pay the fee and watch some movies?

netflix, their hands are tied. the content holders want the DRM. No DRM, no neftlix. I am willing to accept that.

save your battles for things that deserve them.

netflix is not the devil. they make it possible for people to watch movies at home

if you want to change the system you are not going to do it by hacking netflix, you are just going to make trouble for everyone. they will not give up, they cannot. you will just force them to spend more engineering time and raise their costs, you will not "save the world" or even a small piece of it.

about a year ago
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Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

FranTaylor cost versus opportuinity (232 comments)

sure you can spend arbitrary resources decoding their stream and breaking their DRM but you could also just pay the fee, watch some movies, and have a life.

about a year ago
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Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

FranTaylor sign the contract! (232 comments)

SURE they can tell you what you can do with the hardware you bought, if you want to use their service.

It's no different from the oil company refusing to service you if you mess with your furnace.

You sign the contract, you get something, you give something. You don't HAVE to sign.

about a year ago
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Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

FranTaylor nonsense arguments (232 comments)

why does one need any of those things? The object is to watch the movie, I don't want a copy of it. I don't want to watch it on a wide variety of devices. I want to watch it on my computer.

Performance? My 6 year old opteron with its 7 year old video card can run Netflix on Silverlight on Windows on VMWare on linux and it runs just fine.

Usability? how can it be easier to use netflix? holy cow!

If I wanted more then maybe there would be something to complain about, but I want to watch movies.

about a year ago
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Netflix Using HTML5 Video For ARM Chromebook

FranTaylor Re:if you're ok with DRM (232 comments)

I fail to understand why

It's not their call, it's not their content. They do it because the content owners won't have it any other way.

about a year ago
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More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"

FranTaylor Re:Anything but X (337 comments)

X windows hasn't changed, why do the arguments need to change?

about a year ago
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More From Canonical Employee On: "Why Mir?"

FranTaylor Munchausen Syndrome (337 comments)

It's the only explanation I can think of for the defenders of X Windows.

They've been putting up with BAD for so long that they've lost all objectivity.

about a year ago

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