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Lenovo "Rips and Flips" the ThinkPad With New Convertible Helix Design

Secret Agent Man And yet they still... (143 comments)

...put the fn key where the ctrl key goes.

about a year ago
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Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks

Secret Agent Man Re:Kindle changed my view (312 comments)

While I do like my Kindle, it is not my only source for acquiring reading materials. I'm perfectly content reading from paper.

about a year ago
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Poll Shows That 75% Prefer Printed Books To eBooks

Secret Agent Man Kindle changed my view (312 comments)

Well, more specifically, Amazon did. With a Kindle book, I can read it on any device (Kindle preferred, of course; love its display), can access my books anywhere with an Internet connection, and can even put documents I want to read on my devices onto my Kindle/cloud/etc by e-mail. Their implementation is rock-solid, and their main device feels just like reading a book to me.

about a year ago
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Hulu Not For Sale, Time Warner May Join

Secret Agent Man Re:Cable companies... (48 comments)

If you're paying for it, you are, theoretically, paying for not having to see ads, and such. Premium is a very broad term.

about a year ago
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The Black Underbelly of Windows 8.1 'Blue'

Secret Agent Man Windows 8.1 Install Instructions (608 comments)

  • Disable SmartSearch (ads? local searches online? No thanks.)
  • Use local accounts (already done)
  • Do not use Metro apps (already done)

At this point, I'm only upgrading for the unified search (not for online, but so apps/files/settings show up in the same blasted window). But now I'm hesitant to even go that far. Am I missing any "please let us have your data" steps?

about a year ago
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You Will Get DirectX 11.2 Only With Windows 8.1

Secret Agent Man Is there anyone running Windows 8... (403 comments)

...that doesn't want to upgrade to 8.1? It's a free upgrade and, as far as I'm aware, doesn't make any changes for the worse. The only thing I can think of is "local searches are sent to Bing," but since that's easily disabled, I can't think of a reason not to upgrade if you're already running on 8.

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

Secret Agent Man Re:Good Changes All Around (505 comments)

I dunno if I agree, necessarily. After all, we are talking about an operating system here. Dealing with files and what processes are running are supposed to be the bread-and-butter of an OS, to make our lives easier. They're not whiz-bang eye-catching features that marketing teams like to advertise, but boy do the improve the user experience.

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

Secret Agent Man Re:Lipstick on a Pig (505 comments)

I dunno if this is possible in Canoical, but in Windows 8.1 you can disable the Internet-searching quite easily. This could be a potential explanation for the lack of outcry.

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

Secret Agent Man Re:Good Changes All Around (505 comments)

Agreed, taking steps backwards is never a good thing. I still really can't recommend anyone do an upgrade to Windows 8. However, when getting a new machine and planning to put a Windows OS on it? I'd say 8 (the performance and under-the-hood buffs are nothing to sneeze at, in my experience).

about a year ago
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Hands-On With Windows 8.1 Preview

Secret Agent Man Good Changes All Around (505 comments)

The biggest thing is the fact that you can search all sections (Apps, Settings, Files) with a single search bar now. No more having to type, mouse-move, click, and then find the option I want! Plus, you can disable the "also search Bing" nonsense, thankfully.

I already run using 0 Metro apps, and live mostly in the Desktop space (truth be told, due to my Windows Key + type letters + hit 'enter' style of start menu usage, the start screen doesn't bother me). I'm glad I'll be able to boot straight to desktop, which will further distance myself from the Metro experience.

about a year ago
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Firefox Advances Do-Not-Track Technology

Secret Agent Man Good. Make them Squirm (148 comments)

Do Not Track was silly, being opt-in and so on. And, surprise surprise, advertisers backed out when it started getting turned on by default. Now a fire is lit under their hindquarters since Firefox and Safari (and hopefully others) will simply do away with third party cookie support altogether. Taking away an advertiser's tracking tools is the best way to fight.

about a year ago
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Facebook Bug Exposed 6 Million Users

Secret Agent Man Criminal Liability? (75 comments)

Is there any sort of punishment available for this? When a company hoards massive amounts of data, and it gets leaked, does anything happen other than "sorry, guess we goofed"?

This is one of the many reasons I don't like companies (or the government)sitting on so much data like this: If they have it, someone else will get it.

about a year ago
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Sexism Still a Problem At E3

Secret Agent Man Sex Sells (737 comments)

Until it doesn't, anything attempting to sell you a product will rely on it.

about a year ago
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Taking Action For Free JavaScript

Secret Agent Man Re:Gov services should not require a merchant lock (318 comments)

FAFSA does not require IE. It throws big scary warnings about browser incompatibility at the user, but it does not stop you from continuing in Firefox or Chrome. I filed FAFSA from 2006-2009 in not-IE without issue.

about a year ago
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House Bill Would Mandate Smart Gun Tech By U.S. Manufacturers

Secret Agent Man Re:Clearly THAT can't be the source... (750 comments)

It is disguised as a camera, but becomes a gun in a later scene.

In the one you linked, Q even programs Bond's palm print into it and mentions that no-one would be able to fire the gun but him.

about a year ago
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How Netflix Eats the Internet

Secret Agent Man Re:Bad codecs (303 comments)

Aren't they limited by encoders, etc. that support DRM? Not a slam against DRM or anything here, honest answer to the OP's question.

about a year ago
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How Netflix Eats the Internet

Secret Agent Man Re:You know... (303 comments)

It's actually quite a bizarre parallel to the time-shifting arguments posed to TV shows.

about a year ago
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Name.com Resets All Passwords Following Security Breach

Secret Agent Man My Password Wasn't Reset (35 comments)

I went in and changed it manually after I saw this, but it was never reset by name.com in the first place...

about a year ago
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Florida Supreme Court Rules Police Need Warrant To Search Cell Phones

Secret Agent Man Re:No minority opinion? (107 comments)

now what's puzzling is why the cop didn't get a permit for the cellphone search,

They probably just assumed that they had a right to seize the phone and its contents as evidence, since that's how it normally works (what a person has on them at the time of arrest can be seized freely).

about a year ago

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