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Microsoft Dumps 1,500 Apps From Its Windows Store

JohnFen Color me surprised (126 comments)

People actually use the Windows Store? Wow.

4 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

JohnFen Re:Motorcyclists rejoice! (258 comments)

It's evil because it's incredibly dangerous -- even worse than tailgating.. Motorcycles are hard to see to begin with. Having them dart out from nowhere and eliminate the buffer space around my car is a recipe for disaster. I don't want to be the driver who accidentally injures or kills a motorcyclist because he got too close to me.

4 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

JohnFen Re:Motorcyclists rejoice! (258 comments)

Legal or not, lane-splitting is just downright evil.

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

JohnFen Re:Short term (505 comments)

The reason is public transport sucks and the blocks are too large to make walking a viable option.

That's the case where we live as well.

If I lived somewhere where a car wasn't necessary I would still be pushing my kids HARD to get their license asap.

I tried, but I can't actually force her.

5 days ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

JohnFen Re:Fad (505 comments)

I agree with you, at least for the near to mid future. I know that I personally have no desire for a self-driving car. It would be gee-whiz cool for a while, sure, but I'd very quickly want to drive my own car again. There are just too many situations where I want the car to be in a very specific place, and it would just be easier to put it there myself rather than try to explain it to a machine. I suspect a large majority of people feel the same.

But in a couple of decades that could very well change.

about a week ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

JohnFen Re:Short term (505 comments)

15 years after driverless cars are released your going to have a whole generation of people who never learned to drive a car.

We are well on our way there already in some places, no driverless car needed. My daughter is 20-something, and she as well as about 25% of her friends don't know how to drive and have no interest in learning. The percentage of people who have no interest in driving is even higher in the 16-20 year old bracket.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

JohnFen Re:Still on (810 comments)

Sortof. But even if this were 100% true, it still doesn't solve the problem that systemd is present.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

JohnFen Re:Better question (810 comments)

That sounds like a truly excellent reason to stop using Gnome.

about a week ago
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Choose Your Side On the Linux Divide

JohnFen Re:My opinion on the matter. (810 comments)

I have to admit, I've never understood this fetishism for boot times. Boot times stopped being unreasonably long years ago. Why do people still care about modest improvements in speed to something that doesn't happen that often?

about a week ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

JohnFen Re:This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

If flying were always voluntarily, I'd never fly again. As it is, I fly about twice a year, involuntarily. Regardless of that, though, it absolutely is the government violating my privacy. That I technically "consent" to it doesn't make it any less of a privacy invasion.

about two weeks ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

JohnFen Re:Don't allow jpg or gif or ... (299 comments)

Even here, many of the highly rated comments are really just wisecracks which might be funny, but don't add anything to the discussion.

So? The point is that the readers here value those comments. The system works. Whether or not you think they should be valued is beside the point. A different site, with different readers, will value different kinds of comments.

about three weeks ago
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Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites

JohnFen Bad commenting system (299 comments)

Don't kill commenting just because Jezebel has a terrible commenting system. I've long known that Jezebel's system was bad from the perspective of a commenter, now I know that it's awful from the other side of the fence as well.

about three weeks ago
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Reversible Type-C USB Connector Ready For Production

JohnFen Good lord, please no. (191 comments)

We finally got to the point where we have an effective standard and I no longer had to use all the various adapters to be able to plug various devices in. Now Type-C USB comes along to ruin that? Reversibility is a minor advance at best, certainly not enough to be worth giving up having to go back to cable adapters and such.

about three weeks ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

JohnFen Re:Service in exchange for a free modem? (224 comments)

If you spend time in an urban area, basically anything remotely "downtown" then it is a BIG win.

This must depend on which urban area you live in. In mine, this is not a big win at all. It's a bit pointless, since you're almost always in range of a public wifi hotspot anyway.

about three weeks ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

JohnFen Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

determining the RL identities of the bullies likely would reduce bullying, as they could be held socially and legally accountable for what they are doing.

I don't see any reason to think this is true. The RL identities of most bullies are already known to those being bullied, yet the bullying persists.

about a month ago
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UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

JohnFen Re:Legitimate concerns (282 comments)

You disregard all the harm that anonymity causes online, from bullying, to hate speech, to terrorism.

I haven't actually seen any evidence that anonymity causes any of those things. I have seen evidence that the lack of anonymity doesn't reduce those things. So yes, I disregard it until there is a good reason not to.

We need to find a middle ground that will help curtain online abuse with minimal impact on Freedom of Speech, but the statue quo is not sustainable.

Well, I don't agree that there is some kind of crisis that needs to be addressed immediately (let alone that we need to give up any rights for), but ignoring that: please explain how removing anonymity will curtail any of the things you bring up. Since it hasn't worked in parts of the internet where it's been tried, I seriously and honestly don't think it will.

about a month ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

JohnFen Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

Presumably, if you're paying a particular rate in exchange for service, that's because you believe that the service has at least that much value to you. As long as that's the case, then the company providing the service isn't "ripping you off."

This argument might make some sense if we're talking about a business where there's something like competition. However, at least where I live, there isn't. If you want broadband internet, your choice is Comcast, Comcast, or Comcast. In that situation, Comcast is absolutely ripping me off by charging an absurdly high rate (not to mention using my money in order to effect legislation that is harmful to the internet) even though I continue to do business with them. The alternative is to not have broadband at all -- which isn't an option for me.

Fortunately, I'm moving soon to an area where I'll have another option. And I'll take that other option.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

JohnFen Re:Had to stop after a minute... (401 comments)

I actually don't see what would be wrong with just explaining that you didn't feel that the service was a good value, and that you feel they don't display respect for their customers.

What's wrong with it is that it opens a time-wasting conversation that doesn't need to happen. Comcast doesn't care why you're dropping, they just use the question as a ploy to engage you so they can give you a sales pitch.

about a month and a half ago
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Windows 9 To Win Over Windows 7 Users, Disables Start Screen For Desktop

JohnFen Re:Care to list your reasons, then? (681 comments)

What other disadvantages do you ascribe to it?

My main objection is that it provides no serious advantage over menus, it's hard to find the things that are used less frequently, it changes dynamically, meaning that I often have to hunt around to find the item I need rather than knowing exactly where it is no matter what, it's cluttered and visually confusing, it requires configuration to become remotely usable, and so on.

It doesn't take up meaningfully more space than the menu bar would (it takes significantly *less* space than a menu bar plus a single toolbar)

Not on my machines. I'm looking at the ribbon in Outlook right now, and it take up three times the space that a menu + toolbar does.

it scales to multiple resolutions and window sizes better than menus do, it makes it easy to see what the effect of an action will be before you click

I disagree with both of these assertions.

A lot of this (maybe most) boils down to taste, so let me just leave you with my #1 objection: I'm much less efficient working with the ribbon than with the menus. The ribbon just gets in my way.

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

JohnFen Re:Win 8.1 Start Screen is fine (681 comments)

It's very similar to the osx launchpad.

You say that as if that were a good thing...

about 2 months ago

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