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Verizon Launches Tech News Site That Bans Stories On US Spying

JohnFen Re:It's in their own slogan (136 comments)

Nobody said the new next was not going to be a shitty place.

True, but could it be any shittier than the sentence "SugarString publishes thoughtful tech-focused stories that track humanity's climb towards the new next."?

yesterday
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

JohnFen Re:CurrentC is all about the data (627 comments)

The merchants already know what you're buying.

Speak for yourself. The merchants I buy from only know that some anonymous person bought a specific group of items at one time. They have no way of tying it to me, personally, nor do they have any way of tracking what I've purchased over time. The miracle method I use to ensure this is to pay cash.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

JohnFen Re:Why CurrentC will fail miserably (627 comments)

If you want to take advantage of the retail's card or membership discounts, you will have to use CurrentC or the membership card (which will inturn use it).

No problem, then. I don't even trust retailers enough to use those cards in the first place. Further, I generally avoid shopping at stores that have such cards, since they typically jack the prices up and the card's "discount" just brings them back in line with what you would pay if you were at a reasonable store. So in the end, there's no little to no savings to be had by using the cards.

2 days ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

JohnFen Re:Total nonsense (627 comments)

I think you'll find that even for regular discounts, there are a LOT of people who will simply not be willing to give up their bank account and SSN details to retailers

I'm one of these people too. I simply cannot imagine a discount steep enough to convince me to not only share my banking details with a consortium of retailers, but to do so in exchange for a payment system that is less convenient than cash. Not to mention the increased amount of spying this lets those retailers engage in.

2 days ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

JohnFen No biggie (553 comments)

I don't trust Apple or Google enough to use their NFC payment systems. On the other hand, I trust a private consortium of retailers a whole lot less. So far as I'm concerned, there's still no viable NFC system on the horizon.

2 days ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

Download the process monitor from the SysInternals suite and take a look at the frequency of registry queries. Reading and particularly modifying text files at that rate would be a significant burden on the system.

Since the registry was introduced, both windows and applications access the registry as if it were a no-cost operation (in other words, far more often than is actually necessary or advisable.) Even so, the vast majority of those accesses are for the same small set of data. Things like file associations, etc. There would be no significant performance penalty if text files were used, as that data would be cached anyway (just like it is with the registry).

The registry also enables concurrent access and permissions control.

The registry is used for these things, yes, but there's literally nothing that makes it hard or impossible to do the same thing with text files, so that's not really an advantage of using the registry.

In my view, the registry is one of the top 10 worst things about Windows.

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

If you set up Word the way you like on one machine the settings should go with you if you log in at a different office on a different PC.

Windows can do this? I change machines managed by AD all the time, but have never seen this happen. Nonetheless, it's not necessary to use a mechanism like the registry to accomplish this, so this functionality doesn't explain it.

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

When using an application data folder, you have the choice of using Local, LocalLow, or Roaming. No one in the world understands the difference between these folders or why some programs use one over another (or use multiple!).

Yeah, this is another pet peeve of mine. When I have to look in an application data folder, I have to find the right one through trial and error, because the folder that's used is apparently chosen at random. And don't get me started on the horrorshow that is the Users folder.

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:And... (347 comments)

Those of you know more than me can maybe advise: why the hell does this thing even exist? Why not stick with ordinary text files containing things like

Because Microsoft doesn't like users and developers. That's the only reason I could find. When they introduced the registry in the first place, the primary advantage they talked about was the elimination of the onerous 64k restriction on .ini files (completely ignoring the fact that they could have just allowed .ini files to be arbitrarily large). Other advantages involved performance and being able to have all that stuff in a single place. Performance was never a big enough issue to be worth sacrificing the benefits of the .ini files, though, and the problem of having them scattered willy-nilly throughout the filesystem could have easily been addressed without eliminating them.

The only thing left that makes sense is spite.

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen Re:Just keep it off the servers.... (347 comments)

... and no, searching for everything is NOT a solution. ...

This may be a stupid question, but why not?

For a handful of reasons, but topping the list is discoverability. Searching for everything involves knowing what everything is called or consulting a manual. If you want to do something that you rarely do, this is a big problem. Personally, I absolutely loathe this trend of using searching as the main way to launch applications. It's intrusive and inconvenient, and makes the OS more difficult to use. It's basically removing the advantages of a GUI while keeping the disadvantages, and introducing the disadvantages of the command line without introducing the advantages. It's just suck all around.

about a week ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

JohnFen irritating (347 comments)

They're going to replace the control panel with a Metro app? Damn it. I was hoping that I could just avoid all Metro apps completely. That's really irritating.

about a week ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:Sounding another death knell for cable companie (126 comments)

people are no doubt running to the store to pay for a roll of tinfoil with a Bitcoin, but it's really not the Orwellian nightmare that you might expect.

Wait a second. You can't call people who object to tracking paranoid because the tracking is provably being done. Why do you think people who object to being spied on are somehow nutty for objecting to it?

about a week ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads Ads And More Ads Ads Ads Ad (126 comments)

From my point of view, there are two problems. The biggest one isn't the ads themselves, but the tracking that is used with them. That needs to die a fast, painful death. The other problem, which is about the ads themselves, is that advertising is ubiquitous. When you can't even take a piss in many public restrooms without having to look at another damned ad, it's no mystery why people want to see advertising itself die.

about a week ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Yes, this. And the switchover to digital broadcasting means that there are more people than ever who simply can't receive OTA broadcasts.

about a week ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Beyond that, it kind of sucks and there's really no point in denying it. Netflix by itself is no cable substitute. There's no point in pretending Netflix is something it's not.

I'm not pretending. Netflix by itself completely replaces cable to my satisfaction. Admittedly, that's a pretty low bar because cable sucks completely. Sure, Netflix and the like doesn't satisfy everyone's needs (what does?), but there's no need to be dismissive of people for whom it works or accuse them of being deceptive or misguided.

about a week ago
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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

JohnFen Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (126 comments)

Netflix compares poorly to a $200 cable package.

Personally, Netflix not only compares very well to a $200 cable package, it is superior to a $200 cable package. Cable offers nothing of interest to me that I can't get from Netflix, but Netflix is a much better viewing experience.

about a week ago

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