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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Neil Boekend Re:toolbars (267 comments)

Yes you could change the menus in Office. You can still put buttons that you use often on the Quick Acces Toolbar.
However I'd be amazed if 2% of the users did that.
For most users everything must be available from the menu's and with that requirement the ribbon is far more useful. You'd start complaining too if the toolbars started taking up over 60% of the screen.

For power users like you you can even set everything you want on the QAT and hide the ribbon. One toolbar with only the options you need.

I dislike MS office for a fair few reasons, but now that I work with it the Ribbon isn't one of them anymore.

7 minutes ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Neil Boekend Re:Please Microsoft... (267 comments)

Ballistic end user management?

40 minutes ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Neil Boekend Re:As far as the US goes... (211 comments)

Not free. Payed with taxes.
That's a big difference.

3 hours ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Neil Boekend Re:All rural residents need High Speed Internet (211 comments)

If you have to lay the cable there isn't much difference in price between a cable that can handle 15 Mbps to each home and a cable that can handle 1 Gbps to each home.
The price is really in the laying of the cable.

The companies rightfully aren't going to be jumping at the opportunity to spend $100K to lay a cable that can service 100 homes of which 10% will sign a contract. Getting $10K from a customer takes too long.
And those 10% aren't going to pony up the $100K among them either. They'll say "screw it".

You could say the government has to step in. However I disagree. Then all the taxpayers have to pay for those few who choose to live in a location far away from everybody and still wish decent internet.

I say it's one of the prices of living in such a location. Along with occasional smells of nature, sounds of heavy farming equipment, noise of cows and distance to shops.
For some those pale in sight of the good stuff: isolation, the opportunity to start a campfire at will, space, nobody cares if you have 100 people over for a party and go on until 6 in the morning, more space and many, many other reasons.
I just moved away from such a location. I know the drawbacks as well as the good stuff. Different people different wishes.
For us internet is really important. Keeping up to date is important. For many it isn't.
You know what I found? They aren't less happy for it. Far from it.

3 hours ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Neil Boekend Re:A few corrections and some reality (211 comments)

Fiber is useful for last mile even if copper and wireless are last foot.
If you are making a last mile connection nowadays you are not going to install copper. You are going to install fiber.
Much of the old copper isn't suitable for what today's paying customer wants. Now you could replace it with new copper that can handle the current speed but not the near future speeds or you can replace it with fiber that can handle current and near future speeds. The total price isn't all that different.
I am not going to use the max speed of the fiber to my new apartment. Not for years. But I am happy that there is fiber there so the last mile is future proof.

3 hours ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Neil Boekend Re:you only need 5mbps for netflix HD (211 comments)

That 60 mbps (megabit per second) is "only" 7.5 mB/s (megabyte per second) is irrelevant. Everybody calculates connection speed in mbps (bit). So does Netflix.
Spikes are a problem, but mostly with buffer size. Netflix isn't real time so it should have rather large buffers. There probably is a reason why this isn't so but I don't know it.

Non standard cases like 12 people streaming HD video require non-standard connections. Where is the surprise in that?
At most parties I went to people *talked* instead of each watching their own video stream. In some cases a few people watched a single video stream.

4 hours ago
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Will the Google Car Turn Out To Be the Apple Newton of Automobiles?

Neil Boekend Re:Cars will be the secondary market (194 comments)

Sounds like a nightmare scenario for robbers: any decent software will send all data to the owner (and police) in such an event. Data like images of the robbers, location, images of the cars (with license plates) and which way they went.

Most truck thefts in the Netherlands are done on truck stops. When the driver sleeps. Guess what? An SDC doesn't do that.

5 hours ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Neil Boekend Re:Is Google Losing It? (153 comments)

They ALREADY put ads on top. They have for years. This is the same. They just check the ads against that list (which doesn't change anything because the illegal content providers don't have the money to pay for the ads.

Now you may argue that the ads are wrong. OK. That is arguable. But that is a different discussion.

6 hours ago
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Fiber Optics In Antarctica Will Monitor Ice Sheet Melting

Neil Boekend Re:Now this pisses me off (70 comments)

That's because that will be there for permanent - 1 day.

yesterday
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Fusion and Fission/LFTR: Let's Do Both, Smartly

Neil Boekend Re:Fission is Dead (217 comments)

The relevant question is not whether the hydro station caused the dam to fail but whether the dam would have been there if without a hydro station.
As the goal was both flood control and hydro power I can not say if it was.

2 days ago
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India Successfully Launches Region-Specific Navigation Satellite

Neil Boekend How do they stop at the borders (85 comments)

How do they stop the service at the borders? Do the sats turn around?
They are in polar orbits, so they cover the whole planet. How can that be considered regional?

2 days ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Neil Boekend Re:Overly broad? (420 comments)

So should dihydrogenmonoxide!

2 days ago
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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

Neil Boekend Re:Is Google Losing It? (153 comments)

Google doesn't really change anything. They just check the ads against a supplied list of providers that bought the searched content and won't place an add for a site that hasn't legally got the content.
Just like now. The illegal content providers didn't pay for ads anyway.
It's genius!

2 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Neil Boekend Re:Environmental questions... (565 comments)

Yes and no.

Fusion power would mean solar power is outdated. The area currently used for solar power can then be used for one of the (currently experimental) CO2 to CO and O processes. Combined with splitting water (directly with fusion power) and the Fischer-Tropsch process to convert CO and H to petrol it could give us both petrol for our cars and remove CO2 from the atmosphere.
That is, in an ideal world. In practice we have no good method to split water in large quantities (electrodes wear out relatively fast) and none of the CO2 to CO and O processes have been effective at a large scale.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

Neil Boekend Re:Not another scam! Right on! (565 comments)

If we use all the deuterium in all the water we'd still have 99.9844% of the water left. Deuterium is that rare.
That 60 l of water each year for each person will still be 59.99064 l of water when all the deuterium is out of it.
And that is additional to the 4 billion years argument. If we still need energy in 4 billion years we'll be able to harvest helium from the sun and use that as a fuel source with beryllium as a waste product.

Running out of deuterium is not a problem. It really isn't.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Neil Boekend Re:symbols, caps, numbers (546 comments)

Of course it's "CORRECT HORSE BATTERY STAPLE". Randall always shouts.

about a week ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

Neil Boekend Re: That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

Then please upgrade the door to an airlock. If the bouncer throws someone out we have a problem with the current setup.

about a week ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Neil Boekend Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

Actually the airco is easy.
The airco is mostly needed during the hottest moment of the day. The moment with the most sunlight.

about a week ago
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Can the Sun Realistically Power Datacenters?

Neil Boekend Re:Obligatoriness Extraordinaire (237 comments)

Bi-metalic strips: power aint your problem. Just install more.
The problem is temperature: in the winter the panels are going to stay facing east while in the summer they are going to stay facing west.

about a week ago

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Google privacy policy change

Neil Boekend Neil Boekend writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Neil Boekend (1854906) writes "Dear Google user,
We're getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that's a lot shorter and easier to read. Our new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting our desire to create one beautifully simple and intuitive experience across Google.
We believe this stuff matters, so please take a few minutes to read our updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policies. These changes will take effect on March 1, 2012."

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