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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

MachineShedFred Windows Nein (206 comments)

At least, that's my answer.

yesterday
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MachineShedFred Re:worse than crapware (420 comments)

I don't want to install FaceBook Messenger because it is change for the sake of change, and is worse than what they had before. Now there are two apps that give you a jarring user experience as you get ripped from one to the other, rather than having it integrated like it should be.

Net effect: I no longer use Facebook for messaging, and neither does anyone else I know, Good job on that one.

2 days ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MachineShedFred Re:It's sad (420 comments)

So don't buy that phone, or don't use Verizon as your carrier.

There are already solutions to that problem without Google exerting legally questionable pressure on OEMs.

2 days ago
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Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

MachineShedFred Re: It's sad (420 comments)

So a abusing their position in the market is fine, because you happen to like their products.

How very Slashdot of you.

2 days ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

MachineShedFred Re:Failure of Imagination; Utilities Could Sell So (475 comments)

Meanwhile, companies that are selling and installing solar are getting to utility-scale production. SolarCity should pass 1GW of installed capacity this year, and is accelerating.

2 days ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

MachineShedFred Re:Talk about an unsupported hypothesis (277 comments)

Yeah, because three years of software improvements and UX design couldn't possibly change a reviewer's ability to get used to a larger screen.

I'd bet they say the same stuff about the Galaxy S5 as well.

about a week ago
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Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6

MachineShedFred Woooosh (277 comments)

Better duck!

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MachineShedFred Re:Nuclear oopsies (341 comments)

Nobody wants to sell a group like ISIS a nuke, because it could just as easily be used on the seller.

Should ISIS ever be accepted as an actual government, they will be seen as a pariah who will make North Korea, Myanmar, and Iran look like a good cooperative players on the world stage.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MachineShedFred Re:MAD (341 comments)

the US kept developing larger and larger nuclear weapons throughout the 50s

What's funny, is that at some point someone sat down and did a little math, and realized that there is a vast scale of diminishing returns when scaling up anything that explodes. So the modern nuclear arsenal from every nation that has these weapons is made up of significantly smaller yield weapons than were tested and deployed in the 1950s.

The bulk of the US arsenal are "dial-a-yield" devices that top out around 450kt, because they are easier to lift and guide where you want them. Or, and you can fit multiple of them on the same rocket you used to have one big ass 5Mt warhead on. Missile crews at Vandenburg AFB aren't simply trying to put one of these things inside a neighborhood - they aren't happy unless their test "warhead" can actually hit an oil drum with a target painted on it from 9,000 miles away. It's not good enough to just put a hot one into a city - they want to put it exactly above some munitions storage facility, or an air field, or a naval base. And they drill on it.

about a week ago
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US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

MachineShedFred Re:It is all pork barrel politics (341 comments)

Expect a knock on your door from some friendly US Government employees in 3... 2... 1...

about a week ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

MachineShedFred Re:Mustang Shelby GT 500 (393 comments)

News flash: there is a lot of land between the coasts of North America, and it's priced vastly cheaper than most of the coastal states.

There's also a lot of people between the coasts that enjoy not having the ridiculous cost of living you see in the Northeast, and California.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

MachineShedFred Re:iOS NFC Only Being Used for Apple Pay (335 comments)

Oh, so just like the Touch ID, which is getting an API in iOS 8.

It's almost like people around here are looking for any reason to bash Apple whatsoever...

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

MachineShedFred Re:Nope they are clever (335 comments)

They don't have to interoperate, they just need to co-exist. Much like Visa and MasterCard.

Competition is a good thing.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

MachineShedFred Re:Well.... (425 comments)

The stores are changing out the PIN pads because if they don't have equipment that can read "chip and PIN" cards next year, the liability for payment card fraud shifts to them instead of the banks.

If you're already replacing the equipment to deal with the new version of the payment cards, might as well add the NFC module necessary to support RFID cards and Google Wallet / Apple Pay at the same time - the major expense isn't with the equipment, it's to get the technician out there to actually do the install.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

MachineShedFred Re:Where are the links? (425 comments)

Every photo on that link that even would remotely have aspect on the camera, shows the "bulge".

And we're talking about 0.8mm here, which is absolutely retarded anyway.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

MachineShedFred Re:Well.... (425 comments)

It will be interesting to see if even Apple is able to change user habits. Visa and Mastercard might have signed on, but that's not important. Retailer support is the critical factor.

You clearly don't know the first thing about accepting credit and debit cards. Without the payment networks, NOTHING happens at point-of-sale.

Retail lives and dies by the Payment Card Industry standards and audits. Without Visa / MC / Discover / Amex, you are a cash-only business. Period.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

MachineShedFred Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (425 comments)

Yeah, because the puck mouse was such a great design, which Jobs was all over back in the day.

The man was hardly infallible.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

MachineShedFred Parallax. (425 comments)

You always see the button side of the phone. The camera is on the opposite side. 1mm is likely to be obscured simply by the positioning in the photo.

If they cared so much about it to doctor the photos in a completely obvious way, why wouldn't they just make the case 1mm thicker instead of risking the lawsuits?

This whole article is troll bait.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

MachineShedFred Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

ignore half a billion relatively satisfied Windows 7 users

So, exactly what Microsoft did when they released Windows 8 / 8.1 / 8.1 "Spring Update" ?

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

MachineShedFred Re:Abject brand mismanagement (352 comments)

Drivers? The only drivers you'll ever need are graphics drivers, and that's only if you're a gamer; otherwise the default video drivers work just fine.

Horseshit.

6 year old Dell desktop hardware, and Windows didn't have an audio driver that would drive the headphone jack. Had to get a reference driver from Realtek and deploy it to hundreds of machines so that our IP telephone project wasn't derailed by a completely shit default driver that absolutely DID NOT "work just fine."

about three weeks ago

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Microsoft launches FUD campaign against iPad

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 3 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "ZDnet has posted an article containing a PowerPoint slide deck that Microsoft is shopping around to Windows-based tablet manufacturers showing how the iPad is horrible for the enterprise. Never mind that half of the things on the slides are incorrect, or are solved using Microsoft's own Exchange / ActiveSync technologies. The more things change, the more they stay the same."
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NTP Sues World + Dog Over Wireless Email Patents

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 4 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have been named in a lawsuit being brought forth by NTP, the company that settled a lawsuit against Blackberry-maker Research in Motion for over $600M. I would imagine that this is going to be vigorously defended, as the entire tech industry stands to lose on this one. Also, it's fairly obvious what NTP is about when even CNN calls them a 'Patent Troll.'"
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Oregon speech law challenged in court

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "A lawsuit has been filed against all the county District Attorneys, as well as the Attorney General of Oregon to block enforcement of a new law that restricts the sale of "sexually explicit" material to people under the age of 18. Powell's Books (who claims to be the largest independant new and used bookstore in the world) as well as Dark Horse Comics (publisher of Frank Miller graphic novels) as well as many other bookstores claim that the new law would be impossible for these businesses to comply with. In an affidavit, Michael Powell had to say "Powell's has in stock over 2 million volumes constituting over 1 million titles," Powell said in his affidavit. "We receive on an average over 5,000 new titles per week. Obviously we cannot read each new title to determine whether there are any sexual explicit portions and if so whether such portions 'serve some purpose other than titillation' (even if I knew what that meant).""
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Supreme Court to hear FCC indecency case

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "The Supreme Court of the United States has announced that it will be hearing the FCC's appeal to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision that the FCC has changed it's policy on fleeting expletives without adequate explanation. It's now on the FCC to explain to the Supreme Court why it's policy has changed.

This is also the first time the Supreme Court has heard a major "broadcast indecency" case in 30 years."
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MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 7 years ago

MachineShedFred (621896) writes "El Reg is reporting that MIT scientists have found a way to reduce the heat load on your standard Nuclear Pressurized Water Reactor from ~1800 C to ~700 C. They found that reshaping the fuel pellets as tubes rather than cylinders that are manufactured for the reactors can greatly increase the amount of heat transfer from the fuel pile to the coolant. This would make for a safer reactor system because you much farther below the melting point of Uranium (2840 C)."

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Clackamas Sucks!!!

MachineShedFred MachineShedFred writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Arrgh.

Stuck out in CLK in the broken ring closet.

PowerBook... barely... has... connection... !

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