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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

HideyoshiJP Re:tldr (490 comments)

This, this, absolutely this. With Netflix, they have far less control than they do with something like UltraViolet (or better yet, their own service). They want to be able to set their own prices, have control over what titles graze the front page/home screen, run their own analytics, etc.

about three weeks ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

HideyoshiJP Re: Ridiculous. (914 comments)

I'm guessing she finally got around to watching some Deep Space Nine.

about 1 month ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

HideyoshiJP Re:So who is left (204 comments)

I remember listening to a discussion on Leo Laporte's Windows Weekly podcast with Paul Thurott and Mary Jo Foley regarding this.They seem to be under the impression that the PC manufacturers, in their mid-to-late 2000s price wars not only hurt the image of the PC with a race to the bottom, but also set an unsustainable price point. Admittedly, this is just one factor in the decline of the PC, but that certainly helped set the stage.

about 2 months ago
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IE Drops To Single-Digit Market Share

HideyoshiJP Re:I do not mind IE (390 comments)

IT guy here. I'm with you. I hate old IE. I wish it would die a horrible death. Having said that, I think new IE is quite nice, to the point that the only thing preventing me from switching is a few Firefox behaviors that are technically deprecated.
However, I must pipe up regarding old IE usage on corporate networks. In my experience, the thing preventing upgrading IE is legacy enterprise software, as you accurately pointed out. Sadly, these programs often were only purchased because they were the cheapest of the bunch. When you get products so cheap, you can imagine that someone isn't getting paid well, and you can surely bet it's not coming from the pockets of management. Thus, the development staff consists of people who are willing to work for $40K a year, and you can rest assured that they are not experienced developers. Sadly, they often aren't even the fresh-faced college kids with something to prove. To illustrate how bad this software is, I have seen an application that only works in IE9.. like IE9 specifically, not *up to IE9. It makes me cringe.

about 3 months ago
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Lenovo To Buy IBM's Server Business For $2.3 Billion

HideyoshiJP Flex? (160 comments)

I can see the sale of the System x and Bladecenters, but the sale of Flex Systems surprises me. I thought that was supposed to be their new hotness of 2012 - the magic box that lets you fire all your sysadmins. Maybe people didn't like having to develop using websphere?

about 3 months ago
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U.S. Teenagers Are Driving Much Less: 4 Theories About Why

HideyoshiJP Re:Murica Fuck yea! (635 comments)

That's odd, because the first frame in the US Volkswagen link you provided shows in small print underneath that it will achieve 42mpg Highway/30mpg City with the TDI diesel engine. Converted to UK gallons, I believe that's 50.4 mpg highway and 36.0 mpg city. Aside from that, while I can agree with you on the lack of fuel efficient European city cars, I can tell you it's very difficult for a company like Volkswagen to import such a vehicle and remain profitable. In order to meet US safety standards (which aren't necessarily better, just different for some stupid political reason), there's often a need to re-engineer different 5mph bumpers, headlights, lighting, etc., which is often not profitable for a car that may sell around 500 in a month.

about 3 months ago
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Exponential Algorithm In Windows Update Slowing XP Machines

HideyoshiJP Also an issue for 2003 (413 comments)

I've noticed that this is an issue on Windows Server 2003 (I believe R2 included). I have noticed that this is less of an issue once IE8 is installed (this should have already been done by this point), but this is still definitely an issue. I will be glad when I am rid of this OS (soon!).

about 4 months ago
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Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?

HideyoshiJP Re:When you have a bad driver ... (961 comments)

A. The enthusiast is purchasing the vehicle. As long as he or she is following the rules of the road, and his or her vehicle meets the safety standards for the year of manufacture, there should be no problem. B. It is up to each driver to decide what risk is necessary. It is a system you accept the risks of when you buy into it. Should you wish to reduce these risks, you should contact your elected officials. Once again, the lack of stability control should be a moot point when someone is driving legally. If there is a circumstance where someone has lost control, it is likely that broken equipment or broken laws were involved. C. The enthusiast should not be driving at unsafe speeds on public roadways. Period. If they have done so, they will have to take responsibility for their actions. This is one reason vehicular manslaughter statues exist in many states. It allows vehicles to be classified as deadly weapons, thus making it easier to convict. Sadly, the people who can afford these vehicles can often afford a good lawyer and somehow get off with probation.

about 5 months ago
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NYT: Healthcare.gov Project Chaos Due Partly To Unorthodox Database Choice

HideyoshiJP Re:MarkLogic = NoSQL (334 comments)

I heard webscale is what applications crave.

about 5 months ago
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How 3 Young Coders Built a Better Portal To HealthCare.gov

HideyoshiJP Re:Agreed.... (499 comments)

You're most likely correct. I can't even imagine what kind of nightmare it was to get the back-end connections talking to all those other government systems either. That's not even taking into account the government security requirements...

about 5 months ago
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Interviews: Ask Ben Heck About Gaming and Console Modding

HideyoshiJP Design Workflow (45 comments)

Ben, When you're generally designing enclosures for your hacked consoles, do you tend to start with an overall design first, or do you start designing around the mainboards and then attempt to make things look nice later in the design process?

about 5 months ago
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Lenovo Want Ashton Kutcher As More Than Just a Pretty Face

HideyoshiJP A Vision (101 comments)

I can see it now. Expect helpful input like "This thing is sweet!" or "That screen rocks!" Good luck, Lenovo engineers.

about 6 months ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

HideyoshiJP Re:Personally (655 comments)

Its one of those ridiculous English quirks, that I have to say in my head occasionally to ensure I've got it correct. See Wikipedia.

You should do that more often :)

I should also, really, think about my extraneous/incorrect comma usage.

about 5 months ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

HideyoshiJP Re:As someone who runs an IT company (655 comments)

In all fairness, paper means one thing in the IT world - mainly getting through HR somewhere where you don't have connections.

about 5 months ago
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Most IT Workers Don't Have STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) Degrees

HideyoshiJP Re:Personally (655 comments)

Actually, "its" is possessive, while "it's" is a contraction for "it is." Its one of those ridiculous English quirks, that I have to say in my head occasionally to ensure I've got it correct. See Wikipedia.

about 5 months ago
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Google Fiber Partially Reverses Server Ban

HideyoshiJP Re:Happy to see this, for two reasons (169 comments)

It's more than them not being evil. Their original stance is exactly the same as most ISPs: no servers on home accounts. While these are rarely enforced, allowing most game (i.e. Minecraft) servers and the like, it is still the policy of any ISP I've dealt with. Google has done a good thing by allowing these personal use servers. Sadly, they're not likely to reduce the amount of traffic sniffing.

about 6 months ago
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Grocery Store "Smart Shelves" Will Identify Customers, Show Targeted Ads

HideyoshiJP Re:Great way to lose customers (274 comments)

That's exactly what I plan to do. Ha!
...I hope the sticker store has some of these. I'm going to need a discount on stickers.

about 6 months ago
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Big Box? Nissan Note the First-Ever Car You Can 'Buy' On Amazon

HideyoshiJP Re:I wish this was real (182 comments)

You can't actually build it that way, unfortunately. The site is really only to help you price that configuration and help you find that or a similar build. All cars have to be purchased through a dealer. I was informed that my Mazda dealer could not special order vehicles built in Japan; Mazda simply sends a certain number of cars to the dealer in quantities and configurations they feel will sell best. There is some statistical information and dartboard decision-making in that process, I can only assume. I believe the reasoning behind this is due to the lead time from manufacture to dealership arrival. I believe that is somewhere in the neighborhood of three months. Sadly, Mazda is not the only company that does this: Hyundai does so for their entire lineup, despite a significant number of their vehicles being built in Alabama and elsewhere in the southern U.S.

about 7 months ago
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Big Box? Nissan Note the First-Ever Car You Can 'Buy' On Amazon

HideyoshiJP Re:I wish this was real (182 comments)

I was looking for a Mazda 3 2.5l Hatch with a stick. Sadly, that was impossible at the time, despite being able to build one on the Mazda site. I only managed to find a base model 2.0l sedan and a Mazdaspeed 3. Now, while I would have jumped at the Mazdaspeed 3 if I could, but my bank account had other plans. I settled on a Mazda 2, which I quite like, but I occasionally want more space.

about 7 months ago

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