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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

JohnFen Re:People sure do like to beat the cancer thing (270 comments)

Not like a cancer, because cancer isn't contagious. GPL is more like a virus -- consciously and intentionally so. That's one of it's primary benefits, imo.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

JohnFen Re:I am so glad (270 comments)

Linux is no panacea. It is, however, a completely reasonable alternative for those who don't like Windows.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

JohnFen Re:Trolling? (270 comments)

Microsoft *thought* the desktop should lean toward touch. They seem to have revised their opinion on that.

Or so they claim. I haven't seen much real evidence of that, though. Win 8.1.1 threw a couple of small bones in that direction, but those changes were pretty weak sauce. Perhaps Win 9 will show something more substantial.

about a week ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

JohnFen Re:I don't understand the anger (641 comments)

there are legions of old infected machines that are a nuisance to everyone, making botnets and spamnets and other malware infection injectors.

Yes, and there are also legions of new infected machines doing the same thing. Yet I don't see the same kind of anger about people using those operating systems.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

JohnFen Re:I don't understand the anger (641 comments)

I said "not to stick with XP", but I meant "stick with XP". Sorry.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

JohnFen I don't understand the anger (641 comments)

Why are people getting so worked up over the fact that lots of people are deciding not stick with XP? Everyone has heard about the issue by now, and in the end it's their choice to make. It affects nobody else. So why do people care at all?

about two weeks ago
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Smart Car Tipping Trending In San Francisco

JohnFen San Francisco: crazy again (371 comments)

While I understand the social frustrations -- they aren't unique to SF and where I live there are very similar issues around gentrification -- the reactions I've been hearing about in that area are rapidly reaching the "crazy" level. Sounds like it's time to avoid San Francisco.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

JohnFen Re:Markup (218 comments)

This is true. I've never broken a phone. But if I were prone to do so, I still wouldn't buy the insurance. I'd buy a cheaper phone.

about two weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

JohnFen Re:Sort It. (142 comments)

Offline mailreaders are not the same as webmail services.

True. I suppose that I just don't see that as a meaningful distinction.

about two weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

JohnFen Re:Auto play audio? (142 comments)

I'm guessing joke, too. However, given all the nonsense we're seeing in the beta, this seems entirely plausible as a serious thing. Poe's law may be at work here.

about two weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

JohnFen Re:Sort It. (142 comments)

I sort like this frequently (I use a real mailreader, not gmail). My use case is that I find it useful to bunch together all of the emails from a certain person or with a certain subject, in chronological order. It often makes it much easier to find the exact email I'm looking for.

I know that I just said that my use case is that I find it useful. But, really, that's plenty enough justification.

about two weeks ago
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The Inside Story of Gmail On Its Tenth Anniversary

JohnFen Re:Sort It. (142 comments)

(most mailreaders couldn't handle conversation threading then, and tagging is much more useful than folders)

Literally every mailreader I've used in the many years before gmail existed did conversation threading just as gmail does. What they didn't tend to do is enable it by default, which is just as reasonable as enabling it by default (some people don't like mail threading, so either way you go with the default you're going to force some people to change a setting.)

Tagging was not a common feature, but it wasn't totally unheard of. Neither of those things are exampels of gmail being innovative.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

JohnFen Re:Massive Negativity (218 comments)

The negativity isn't about the kill switch as such. It's about having someone other than the phones owner having access to the kill switch.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

JohnFen Re:Markup (218 comments)

You and I have very different ideas of what constitutes "a pretty good deal". At full price, an iPhone 5 runs from $400 to $600 depending on features and where you buy it from. If we assume you paid $600, the $120 insurance on it constitutes 20% of that. I call that expensive.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

JohnFen Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

But the idiots who don't remotely wipe their phone increase the insurance costs to everyone, leading us back to the costs.

Only if those people bought the insurance -- something that I'm still amazed anyone does. That's like buying an extended warranty, for eris' sake.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

JohnFen Re:Go to hell (218 comments)

How about this: on principle, the phone belongs to me. If I don't want a third party to have that level of control over my phone, then they shouldn't have that level of control over my phone. Period.

about three weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

JohnFen I'm stunned (218 comments)

People actually BUY that insurance???

about three weeks ago
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How Facebook and Oculus Could Be a Great Combination

JohnFen Re:Depends (151 comments)

Are you sure that behind the scenes there is much of a difference between a FB login and an Instagram login anymore? Are you sure that the data collection doesn't all end up in the same database?

about three weeks ago

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