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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

MBGMorden Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

For the most part. Crapware isn't really like Malware you get from the red-light districts of the web. Most of it is just junk installed by the OEM that goes away when uninstalled.

That's not to say it might to leave a config file or registry entry lying around afterwards, but as far as visible, executing processes, most of them respond well to just uninstalling.

3 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

MBGMorden Re:Already? (251 comments)

Yeah - $30 or 40 may be a bit more reasonable. Still though, computers have gotten pretty cheap these days. I paid $199 for my Windows 8.1 laptop on sale. $30-40 is still a decent chunk of the purchase price to upgrade the OS (which I'm sure when the computer was assembled the OEM was charged next to nothing for the original copy).

3 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

MBGMorden Re:Why (251 comments)

Because "web only" is what Google is about. It works pretty well for them honestly. Android phones and Chromebooks are selling pretty darned well.

For the most part that's what people seem to want these days. Even for the "keyboard, mouse and screen" form factor you'll likely see a shift to those type of devices. As said Chromebooks are already selling very well, but they're also introducing Chrome "desktops" - basically a chromebook that connects to external peripherals (ie, the Acer Chromebox CXI).

In less than 10 years a full computer running local apps won't be commonplace for "regular people" anymore. You'll likely see them relegated to use by content creators, programmers, and hobbyists like us.

It's kind of odd that Linux might finally succeed as the dominate desktop OS eventually - because eventually a desktop OS might not really be a viable retail product anymore.

3 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

MBGMorden Re:Already? (251 comments)

I'm still wondering if the upgrade will be free for Windows 8 users or if they'll expect us to dish out another $100 to upgrade.

Don't get me wrong - WIndows 8.x has some nice features. I'm primarily a Linux user at home and only keep Windows 8 on my laptop (I use it for doing Visual Studio projects). The integration with Microsoft's cloud services is done pretty good.

HOWEVER, the UI is just insane (and I'm judging mostly from the "semi-fixed" 8.1 version - I never bothered with the original Windows 8). Metro is just not intuitive or useful. To make matters worse, system configuration seems to be split about 50/50 between Control Panel and the metro-based "PC Settings" screen (plus the registry in the background for other stuff you can't access from either of them).

It honestly feels like two dissimilar systems that they tried to rubber-band together, with the NEWER of those two systems being the aggravating one. Here's hoping that they ditch most of the bad ideas and clean it up some.

3 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

MBGMorden Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

True, though one good thing Windows 8 has done is include a disk imaging program utility. Boot your computer, uninstall all the crapware, update drivers, and then image your disk to a $15 USB key. If you ever need to restore use that to put it back to your own clean slate.

3 days ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

MBGMorden Re:What does it come with (215 comments)

Admittedly I don't like Microsoft's "cloud" as much as Google, but with Windows 8 they're pretty much there too. Web versions of Office are available with an Outlook.com account (which is actually what gets tied to your computer login). All the save dialogs (Microsoft's at least) are linked to your OneDrive (cloud) account.

Don't get me wrong Metro and the Start Screen are steaming piles of shit, but they're actually coming around ok on the cloud storage and integration front.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

MBGMorden Already there (215 comments)

Tiny Chromebook-sized Windows laptops are already about there. Acer's E3 series has basically Chromebook specs (Celeron Dual-core and 2GB RAM) and a 320GB hard drive and can be had quite easily for $250. I just recently picked one up from Best Buy for $199 (may have been a sale - not sure).

I may eventually put Linux on it (I run Mint on my desktop), but for my needs something like this works great. I use my laptop maybe 10 times per year while traveling. I just need something functional with a keyboard, screen, and internet connection.

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

MBGMorden Re:1 or 1 million (274 comments)

Nobody is really arguing for infinity here. I think the point is that their trigger number is 4.7GB, which is a pretty paltry amount of data.

If an "all you can eat" buffet kicks someone out after their 25th plate of food I'm not going to be very sympathetic. If they claim all you can eat though and then force someone to leave after their 4th chicken wing due to "fair use policies" then I"m going to cry foul.

about a month ago
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Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

MBGMorden Re:She didnt relapse, it came back (126 comments)

It's like how animals don't "evolve", rather then ones who DONT change simply die.

Untrue - some (many) mutations are bad, and the ones that change are the ones that die.

Evolution occurs when a mutation is a) beneficial and b) significant enough that it allows an animal to survive longer than those without that mutation. Being alive longer means they breed more. Breeding generally passes on the mutation.

It really is quite random, and there is no guarantee that the animals that change are better. Indeed for an animal that's particularly well suited to an environment that hasn't changed in a long time there could be very little room for evolution to occur. Certain types of fish (like gar and bowfin) for example have survived for tens of millions of years with relatively minor evolutionary changes.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Choosing a Web Language That's Long-Lived, and Not Too Buzzy?

MBGMorden Re:Perl (536 comments)

That's the crux of the issue. A good language shouldn't be one that lets you code cleanly - it should do its very best to make sure you CAN'T code sloppily.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

MBGMorden Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

I don't even think this ruling applies to generic birth control pills.

IIRC, this ruling doesn't get them out of paying for any and all birth control - simply birth control methods that they equate to being non-preventative and hence more like an abortion (ie, "the morning after pill").

about 2 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

MBGMorden Re:FOF (163 comments)

Highly doubtful. The commercial aviation industry is built upon pilots building up and and experience in smaller private aircraft. If you lose private General Aviation you lose your pool of upcoming pilots.

about 2 months ago
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Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

MBGMorden Re:In other news (358 comments)

Seems like most states ban texting while driving but talking on the cellphone while driving is legal in many areas.

about 2 months ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

MBGMorden Re:The EU public transportation with there higher (619 comments)

The US population is much more spread out. Our land area is over twice the size of the entire EU but we have only about 63% as much people. What works there doesn't necessarily work here.

about 2 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

MBGMorden Re:The difference is obvious (431 comments)

It's not without exceptions (ie, the link you provided), but it does work as a general rule of thumb.

Not all Chinese stuff is bad. Not all American made stuff is good. But ON AVERAGE, most stuff made in the US tends to be of higher quality. Most stuff made in Western Europe also tends to be of better quality - depending on the country better than the US. Even though I love "Made in the USA" goods anything from Switzerland or Germany still tends to be of even better quality - again, as a rule of thumb.

And before I'm accused of being racist there, not all Asian countries produce bad stuff. Japanese goods tend to be of VERY good quality. South Korean stuff isn't that bad either - better than Chinese IMHO. For the most part it seems that the average quality of life of the people in a given country translates into better quality goods. Not only are they happier which produces a better product, but if they have enough money to actually be buying and using the goods they're making then they will take a certain sense of pride in its manufacture.

about 2 months ago
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Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

MBGMorden Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

In socialist canada, education for residents is subsidized, and student loans have reasonable terms. No free ride unless you get a scholarship.

That's not really any different than in the US. Public universities are subsidized - that's why they cost so much less than private ones (usually 25% to 50% as much). Government student loans seem pretty reasonable to me. No interest accrues so long as you're in school, repayment doesn't begin until 6 months after you graduate, and most of them have repayment terms of 10 years or so.

I went to a major public university, got my BS, and after grants/other financial aid had around $24,000 in debt to pay off after graduation. Payments were less than $200 per month and I finished up on payments about 18 months ago.

BTW my dad is a construction worker who dropped out of school in the 8th grade. My mom is a receptionist who graduated high school. Growing up poor is no excuse for not getting an education. If you want it all you have to do is work for it.

about 2 months ago
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"Super Bananas" May Save Millions of Lives In Africa

MBGMorden Re:And hippies will protest it (396 comments)

Food like many things tends to follow the "2 out of 3" rule:

Healthy, Tastes Good, Cheap

You can pick two. For the poor the "Cheap" option is already mandated, so essentially it comes down to Healthy or Tastes Good. Unfortunately most tend to go with better tasting food over the healthier food.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

MBGMorden Re:That's Odd. (185 comments)

Didn't have to do any of that. After install I got a little message saying "proprietary drivers available". I clicked and they installed. Its been that way for years now.

about 2 months ago
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NVIDIA Is Better For Closed-Source Linux GPU Drivers, AMD Wins For Open-Source

MBGMorden Re:AMD Wins For Open-Source (185 comments)

Too bad that for a majority of users, Linux isn't an OS that they should be using to begin with...

Nonsense. The vast majority of users these days just need a working browser. My mom, dad, and sister all run Linux. Only my sister seems to even be aware that it's not Windows. Simple fact is they know to click on the Chrome logo (same one a Windows user uses) to bring up the browser and they're off. I don't have to worry about fixing any malware that does crop up, and in the event that they DO have a problem I can easily SSH into the machine and tunnel through to a VNC server to look at things remotely.

As a matter of fact its the mid-range skillset users who seem to have the most trouble with Linux. For basic users it covers all of their use cases. For the geeky power users they don't mind getting their hands dirty and getting creative to make things work. The mid-range users though want to do semi-complex things but get frustrated when it doesn't work exactly the same way in Linux.

about 2 months ago

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Police Chases, Even on foot, banned in small SC to

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MBGMorden writes "Looks like if you commit a crime in Wellford, SC you should be ok as long as you run. The small town's mayor, despite the disapproval of the police chief, has banned police chases, even on foot. The stated cause is that the officers are hurting themselves in chases too often and the town is paying an outrageous $20,000 per year in insurance costs. When a reporter reminded the mayor that if a suspect gets away they may harm someone else, the mayor stated "That won't happen in Wellford.". Read more at http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=78680&catid=2"
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South Carolina seeking to outlaw profanity

MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "It looks like in an act that defies common sense, a bill has been introduced in the South Carolina State Senate that seeks to outlaw the use of profanity. According to the bill it would become a felony (punishable by a fine up to $5000 or up to 5 years in prison) to "publish orally or in writing, exhibit, or otherwise make available material containing words, language, or actions of a profane, vulgar, lewd, lascivious, or indecent nature". I'm not sure if "in writing" could be applied to the internet, but in any event this is scary stuff."
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MBGMorden MBGMorden writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MBGMorden (803437) writes "I know that American Idol doesn't exactly garner a lot of respect from the Slashdot crowd, but I found it interesting that they are now selling (at 99 cents per track) the performances of the contestants of the various tracks they did on the show (http://downloads.americanidol.com/). Even more interesting was that they are 320kbps non-DRM'd MP3's. Perhaps the music industry is finally coming around to the idea of DRM-free media?"

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