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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

Samizdata Re:G'Day Valve, (139 comments)

Well, I have at least two games in my Steam collection that do not work. One, I was told by the company it wouldn't work ever with my config, and the other...Well, I am tired of pawing through forums trying all kinds of things. And, we are not even going to mention getting ripped off for my Minerva's Den DLC, which I place firmly in the split camp of Steam/2K Games/Microsoft.

about three weeks ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Samizdata Sneaky (275 comments)

A little more detail please? That's the first I have heard of such a thing.

about a month ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

Samizdata I seem to remember... (275 comments)

It was Apple, BTW. They loved how it was integrated into the OS.

about a month ago
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"MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci

Samizdata Re:straight from the OMFG NO dept (364 comments)

And, IMO, Kari has winsome in spades. And hearts. Clubs too. Oh, and diamonds.

about a month ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Samizdata Re:Where? (257 comments)

Well, I live in an apartment building. We could get basic cable in our apartments for $30 a month. I paid for that and extra for a connection, and I was pretty happy. Until Comcast re-negotiation time came around and they really jacked up the group price. So the landlord told them to get stuffed. So, what's my current broadband options? AT&T DSL or Xandoo wireless. AT&T is slow and the mandatory gateway sucks. Xanadoo? Slow, dodgy, and capped WAY low with no reliable way to monitor usage. So many options I have for ISPs....

about a month ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Samizdata Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Well, none of those are "necessary add-ons". Java necessary? Since when? Who the hell even uses java applets anymore? Silverlight? Who ever used that? Office? Seriously? Flash, ok, there's a metric fuck load of flash out there.

Educator that do online courses, and have to have Java for class chats to work?

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Samizdata Re:explorer is VERY useful (426 comments)

With a secure browser? (Or just keep my general generic install package installer on a stick.)

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Samizdata Re:explorer is VERY useful (426 comments)

On a secure machine?

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Samizdata Re:Never used any 8.1 apps from their store (188 comments)

Netflix app is better than the browser interface.

Of course, in my case, the browser interface lets me log on without crashing, so there's that.

about a month ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

Samizdata Re:explorer is VERY useful (426 comments)

for downloading firefox on a new windows install

That is why I skip that and use Ninite.

about a month ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Samizdata Re:As someone who had the DPC3939 (224 comments)

The family wasn't ready to deal with that sort of thing. It was all "Hook it up like Comcast says, then make our network work." Joy.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

Samizdata Re:Cat blog (148 comments)

Yo, cat. I heard you like cat pic blogging while you cat pic blog, so we...

about a month and a half ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

Samizdata Re:FTP authentication (148 comments)

I tend to roll with x@x.com. Less typing FTW!

about a month and a half ago
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Google Will Give a Search Edge To Websites That Use Encryption

Samizdata Re:Great step! (148 comments)

I wish I had some nifty browser plugin or bookmarklet or easy hack to quickly show me who is running IPv6. I, myself, am fully capable.

about a month and a half ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

Samizdata Re:This is not the problem (267 comments)

Just got the Linux email a couple of hours ago. Seeing as I have been using it since the preEbay days, you'd think they MIGHT have gotten in touch sooner.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Samizdata Re:Just refuse the new gear (224 comments)

Well then, I will have to look at moving that project up my priority list. I will miss the N connectivity, but oh well. I have a lovely little B/G Buffalo with Tomato/Shibby on it in the closet...

about a month and a half ago
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Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

Samizdata Re:Not without warning. (267 comments)

Funny. I used it a LOT and never saw an email. Also, they just did the same with the Windows version too. I fired it up while I was reading this just to see "You have been logged out...." and had to manually update the client (seriously? They couldn't just use the built-in update tool?)

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Samizdata Re:Just refuse the new gear (224 comments)

One of these days I plan on doing such. I have just put it off as

A] I have a VoIP line and I am not sure how that will work.

B] The NVG510 often has issues reconnecting with home base after connection/power failures and I need to make sure of how to talk to it (for diagnostics) if that happens.

C] I am sure Mr. Murphy will show his face, and I can't live without my connection for a couple days if things go sideways.

(You know, I can deal with beta, I just wish we didn't have to handcode for line/paragraph breaks.)

about a month and a half ago

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