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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Paco103 Re:Meh (201 comments)

Amen, even my Nexus 4 is bigger than I really want. Honestly I might even tolerate the size, but that price is absolutely ridiculous, going from a $300+ phone to a $600+ phone, and they STILL didn't include a damn SD Card slot? Sorry Google, hope this goes well for you but I will not touch this piece of junk. Maybe I'll try the OnePlus One, the FairPhone, or hopefully some other compact and unlocked phone will come out in the future.

Luckily for me, the specs of my Nexus 4 are still more than enough to run anything I've encountered, so maybe I'll make it until this whole phablet craze is over.

about a month ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

Paco103 Re:What was automated? (236 comments)

I absolutely refuse to use them anymore. I did for a while if I could go quick, but I got stopped at walmart once because it said I needed a cashier approval. I was buying headphones. I stood there for a minute or so trying to get someones attention. She comes over and it was so that she could ask if I wanted the extended warranty. It couldn't put that on the screen?

I decided then that they waste my time, are slower, and take jobs away without passing any benefit on to me, so I quit. I'm also tired of fighting the "place item in the bag" battle. If you can't trust me, don't hire me. I didn't want to work here in the first place!

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

Paco103 Re:You don't purchase back leased cars (126 comments)

I'm sure that is true, but some dealers have more desire to negotiate, some feel the number listed is the only number. It's the same reason it's sometimes worth driving a couple hundred miles to buy a new car, even when sales tax is the same. You'd think they'd lose business by never negotiating, but based on the number of people I know that actually paid sticker for their new cars, I guess it works for them.

about a month and a half ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

Paco103 Re:You don't purchase back leased cars (126 comments)

When I bought my car I had title in hand in my name. It had a lien on the back, but the title had my name on the front.

And there are some other differences, much like in the home market. I own my home, but the bank has a lien on it. I get to decide what colors I paint the walls, any upgrades or additions I want to do, if pets or guests are allowed, etc. The bank doesn't make those decisions like the landlord did for my apartment or rental house.

Similarly, a leased car has many restrictions. Usually something like 15,000 miles per year maximum without penalties. I drive too much for that. Modifications are usually not allowed or heavily restricted. I have radio equipment and auxiliary lighting installed in mine, as well as customized interior shelving in the cargo area (SUV). Trailer towing equipment is often not allowed unless it's a truck with a specific towing package at the time of lease. My loan agreement also specified either 30 or 60 days default for repossession. I don't remember exactly, it's been paid off for years and I have no payments. With a leased car, the payments never end in a situation where you get to keep a car. Sometimes the lease buyout option is more than buying the similar car. I know someone that wanted to keep her leased car, but due to the lease buyout price she ended up giving it back and just going to buy the same used car somewhere else.

about a month and a half ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

Paco103 Re:Not legal in the USA (132 comments)

GPS is not required. FCC issued a requirement to improve location tracking by 2018, which is still a few years out. GPS is not a requirement, just a possible way to meet that accuracy.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Paco103 Re:Incredible training (299 comments)

Not everyone can get paid for their passion. I hear some people have hobbies that involve women. Apparently they like to go out to dinner and shows and other things outside of the nice solitude of one''s house/mom's basement. I've seen these people do a lot of things you wouldn't think would be desirable to pursue their passions. . . or pursue passion. . . . or however you want to word it.

about a month and a half ago
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Why Military Personnel Make the Best IT Pros

Paco103 Re:Tasks in the military can be limited (299 comments)

Actually this isn't surprising. I had a friend that couldn't get a job as a security guard at the mall after returning from Afghanistan, and he couldn't get a job as armed security anywhere because they wanted people already trained. The military training may help on the resume in some areas, but a lot of places still want the non-military credential.

As far as the medical field, military field medics do all kinds of things that would be asking for a lawsuit on a civilian ambulance. A civilian EMT honestly can't do all that much for you. If you're breathing, your heart is beating, and you're not bleeding out, we can't do much more than give you a ride to the hospital. You're right that field medics take a lot of chances they don't want you to take in the civilian world.

A lot of advancements in trauma care come from things that have been tried and worked on the battlefield, just like a lot of advancements in auto safety come from the race track. Sure, there are programs to help transition. EMT is not even that long of a class to start from scratch. But, his point still remains that you can come back with the training that possibly (likely) even far exceeds the civilian levels, and still be overlooked as 'unqualified'. I'd blame lawyers, but that's just a personal opinion and I have no citation to provide.

about a month and a half ago
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Marines Put Microsoft Kinect To Work For 3D Mapping

Paco103 Re:online internet jobs (37 comments)

I think it's a fair set of questions to put in front of other peoples eyes. Unfortunately, most /. readers are probably not the ones needing this kind of logical thinking. But, if more people thought about questions like these before clicking the links, they'd get scammed less and we'd have less spam, a win-win scenario. Consider it an educational post for anonymous readers.

about 2 months ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Paco103 Re:Percent. . .Percent. . . PERCENT! (64 comments)

Well, I will consider myself schooled! Thank you for educating me. That has always been a huge annoyance of mine and many others I know, but I guess it actually does make more sense when considering the origin of the word. I am saddened that one of my huge pet peeves is apparently unjustified, but in time I will adjust.

On the other hand, I still love finding unnecessary quotes in public!

about 2 months ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Paco103 Percent. . .Percent. . . PERCENT! (64 comments)

Any article citing statistics is invalid when they don't understand the difference between percent and per cent. Getting 62 things right per US penny is a VERY cost effective system, probably regardless of what information we want to get right.

Unfortunately, all this says is that if we place our population under total surveillance with trackers, we can increase anticipation of crime by 8% (accuracy of 62 to ALMOST 70%). This says nothing about preventing those crimes or what type of crimes it prevents. Actually if you read the article, it only increased accuracy to 68%, so a 6% gain. Way to glorify the stats in the media. They should have said "just over 60% to almost 70%". This would have made this 6% increase look like a 10% increase.

about 2 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

Paco103 Re:hmmmm (275 comments)

Agreed. I always go straight to the bad reviews. Usually the 2-3 star are the most useful. 1 star is often posted by people that will never be happy and is usually a rant about something insignificant, unless there are lots of them. Even a company with 99% ratings, I'll look at those 2-3 stars to see how they handle things when they DO have problems,

That's the real lesson companies need to learn. Bad reviews are a great chance for good PR. It's ok to screw up. Last time I logged a complaint at Amazon, I almost felt bad about having said anything. THAT is why they're dominating the market. I have paid extra to buy things through them rather than direct from a dealer because the Amazon backing had that much value to me. I didn't know if the dealer would back the product, but I *KNEW* Amazon would.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft Takes Down Slideshow-Building Tool After Getty Images Lawsuit

Paco103 I thought we were seeing the end of powerpoint. (81 comments)

This summary just built up my hopes and then shattered them. Oh look, another meeting. I can't wait to see more stupid pictures and charts of information that can't possibly be read from a distance greater than 3 feet from the projection screen.

about 2 months ago
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Hidden Obstacles For Delivery Drones

Paco103 Re:Problem to be solved (215 comments)

It's like skeet shooting pinatas! This is so going to be so much better than clay pigeons!

about 3 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

Paco103 Re:Percents (611 comments)

Amen! This is one of my biggest pet peeves in modern journalism. It's so common that I actually get excited when I see someone use "percent" correctly!

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Paco103 Re:Pick your poison (337 comments)

I've been happy with it - but I would probably agree that ruggedness is not going to match the Surface just due to convertible vs slate form factor. I've had mine since April, but I'm not especially hard on equipment either. They also make the IdeaPad Yoga, which is similar in spec but much cheaper, targeted at consumers. This is the one you'll find at Best Buy and the like. It does not have the wacom digitizer, non HD screen, the keyboard does not lock when folded (though it does still deactivate, it just doesn't leave the firm back), and trades some of the magnesium for plastic.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Surface Drowning?

Paco103 Re:Pick your poison (337 comments)

I have the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga. Had been looking at the Surface (because I loved the pen input for note taking on my old WinXP Tablet.). I ended up going with the Yoga because
1) Full keyboard/touchpad/nub (whatever you prefer) and self supporting screen like a laptop
2) Pen input for note taking was important to me (not all subjects are great for keyboard input)
3) i5 with 4GB or i7 with 8GB pretty much matches hardware in Surface.

vs Surface where
1) Keyboard sucks
2) Display can't support itself, so it's only useful on a table or handheld, not as a laptop with a keyboard on your lap.

Cons (depending on perspective) is that it's larger (with larger screen). The keyboard is not detachable but does recess and become un-pressible (pretty solid) when in tablet mode.

Alternatively the Transformer is also pretty decent, if you're ok with the Baytrail class Atom processors. Still have been quite impressed by those. My old Atom's were painful to do much with, but I have a coworker that has used his Transformer to run Visual Studio and work on.

about 3 months ago
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US To Auction 29,656 Bitcoins Seized From Silk Road

Paco103 Re:They're worth $0 (232 comments)

You can transfer it to other addresses. Just because it's known that I own address A, doesn't mean it's known that I own address B. A transaction can be proved to have transferred from address A to address B, and that B now owns it, but there is no way to prove that the owner of address A also owns address B *without* gaining access to the local wallet file that contains the keys. This is how "offline" storage works. You generate a new address on a machine that never sees a network connection. The coins are still "stored" on the network, and anyone can see where they are, but nobody has access to the private key to sign it over to a new address without having physical access to the machine with the private key (or copies that have been made).

So yes, it can still be anonymous. You take the 3000 BTC as a known and identified user. You immediately transfer these coins to a bunch of other random addresses that you create. For all anyone else knows, you sold them to some guy on the street, some guy on ebay, some guy on craigslist, your brother Phil for that pizza. Prove I own that address? You would need my private keys to do that, and there's nothing preventing me from destroying the private keys as I empty the accounts. I have a coworker that pays me for lunch in BTC all the time. He only assumes that's my address he's sending money to. It could be my Grandmother in Switzerland, or a charity or open source project I'm fond of. He has no way of really knowing that without catching me with my private key.

about 5 months ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

Paco103 Re:How is this a good idea? (249 comments)

Why not both? Show them to me in grouped lists that I can blanket accept, and that expand with allow/disallow options when I click the group.

about 5 months ago
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New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

Paco103 Re:How is this a good idea? (249 comments)

I don't get why. I have PrivacyGuard on CyanogenMod, and it allows me to individually approve or deny permissions. So far, no app has broken in any strange, unexpected way. Some apps ask for SMS permissions because they have the ability to text friends for shares. I deny that ability, because I don't use that feature. It may be legitimate, or they may have provided a legitimate excuse to mask more nefarious behavior. Likewise, I've blocked GPS access to all apps except maps. For anything else (weather, yelp, etc), broad tower based location is good enough. I deny internet access to any app that doesn't have a legit internet need. Google can still display ads if they want, the google services have access, let them proxy ads. Very few apps have access to my contact list. I have not seen a single application fail to do what would be expected based on the permissions I grant it. It also lets me see how many times an app requests certain permissions, and it's amazing (and a little comforting) to see how many apps never request unusual permissions that they ask for at install.

about 5 months ago
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How Open Government Data Saved New Yorkers Thousands On Parking Tickets

Paco103 Re:The real fix should be (286 comments)

Or, instead of repainting everything to change alignment, just offer legitimate motorcycle parking in the available space.

about 6 months ago

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Paco103 Paco103 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Paco103 (758133) writes "I recently (today) purchased Need for Speed Carbon Collectors Edition. The game would not run after installing, claiming I need to insert the proper disc. I tried to call their tech support, but it was always busy. I tried submitting a support request online, but it would never go through. It stated the userID field must have a value (I was logged in, not much else *I* could do about it. So in response to the gaming industries lack of respect to their customers, and treating all customers as tbeives from the start, I'd like to submit an open letter to the industry. While this problem is not isolated to the gaming industry by any means, they are what hit my nerve today. At least with DRM, I *CAN* listen/watch how and when they say. With my game, I am not even able to do that tonight.

Here's just a thought. How about you give your customers the benefit of the doubt. I just bought a game today (Need for Speed Carbon by EA Games, if you're wondering). When I try to run it, I am told I need to insert the correct disc.

I resent being treated like a thief. The people that are copying this will continue to copy it. People like me, that purchased the game legit, are left wondering why we can't play the game we purchased, when James across the street was playing the copy he downloaded illegally a week before it was released.

Treat your customers like the enemy, and they may soon become it.

I don't mind copy protection that prevents me from using virtual images, as I like to do because dealing with discs can get annoying. It only affects me if I try to run the game in a non-standard way.

This just pisses me off as a loyal customer. Please feel free to provide solutions if you feel like respecting your customers. I'm not waiting around. I bought this game today, and I will play it as I have bought the right to."

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