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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Sir_Eptishous Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (358 comments)

That was the experience I had also. As soon as it started trying to force me down that road I just read about other peoples ways of getting around it, and found that other(hidden) option.

yesterday
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Sir_Eptishous Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (358 comments)

Exactly.
I've often wondered why they try to reinvent the wheel with things like a gui, etc;

It would be like "we just implemented the new dinner fork. You're going to love it! It's shaped like a flower petal attacked to a crowbar. Our marketing and eating interface people tell me it's great!"

yesterday
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Sir_Eptishous Re:Terrible names (358 comments)

DS9 allusions for $1000.

yesterday
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Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

Sir_Eptishous Re:Terrible names (358 comments)

I think of the Lucky Charms leprechaun sloshed out of his mind at the local pub!

yesterday
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Sir_Eptishous Re:Yawn ... (228 comments)

Why wouldn't you want to be able to be informed as to what everything in your house is doing

Are you fucking kidding me? Really?
People don't give two shits about that sort of thing.
People(consumers...) want things that are RELIABLE and CONVENIENT. They don't care how many loads a week they've done in their dishwasher or that they can remotely change their lights in the downstairs bathroom to purple...
Repeat after me: RELIABLE and CONVENIENT.
That is what people want in appliances, etc;

Anyone who deals with the hassles of home wifi and configuring home routers, etc, in addition to the usual pc/table/phone issues, upgrade and configuration hassles knows the IoT is a CF waiting to happen.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Sir_Eptishous Re:Yawn ... (228 comments)

The biggest concern here?
Who will install/manage/update/troubleshoot an army of IoT(crap) devices in someones house?

Who?

Sure, some duechebag home automation company, or even Google, but there you have it, in addition to the initial cost, you will have a monthly fee for support, ugrades, etc;
More bills for the average American who lives paycheck to paycheck. You know, the people who eat crap food just so they can continue to pay for cable tv and internet...
Who does Schmidt think he is talking to?

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Sir_Eptishous Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

As much as I would like to agree with you on that point, the way I see it is, anything compromising that Big Data grabs from some influential/powerful person will be removed just as quickly, unless of course, the Big Data in question is more powerful than said influential/powerful person, then they either "play ball" with Big Data or pay the price, aka extortion.

I think we all inherently understand that this is the real power behind all the tracking, etc;, so that in the future those holding the dirt on you can blackmail you.

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Sir_Eptishous Re:If all goes well. . . (228 comments)

I think you've summed it up rather nicely. Brazil, yes.

I've had one of my smoke alarms(the are brand new, and are wired to the house current) go off in the middle of the night. Scared the bejeezus out of me. I ran around at 3am looking for a fire that wasn't there, nor was there smoke... I am still wary of those things.

Events like that are just the tip of the iceberg if we give control of our homes over to nonsensical "smart" IoT devices. Bad updates, security issues, constant rebooting, replacements on backorder from a factory in China that is down because of an earthquake, botnets constantly banging on the door to take control, etc;

4 days ago
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Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

Sir_Eptishous Is this the world we want? (228 comments)

I enjoy having control over my house when arriving home at night. I enjoy having control over my vehicles. If there is one HUGE and glaring issue with all this IoT nonsense, it is the loss of control.

Control over our own residence, etc is to be given over to Google or whoever. Really? Could this be any more wrong. Wrong on so many levels and in so many ways that I need not explain them all. Common sense shows us what a CF this idea really is.

I don't want a smart home.
I don't want a smart car.

And with your permission and all of that,

What a joke...

As others have pointed out, "all of that" will be having this nonsense foisted on us without any real choice.

I don't want to have to pay for this, to monitor it, to have to constantly upgrade it, etc;
Look at the sad state of security with home routers, wifi, etc.
Do we want to have our oven, fridge and toilet be connected to the internet?

4 days ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

Sir_Eptishous Re:Jurors (303 comments)

It's faster, easier, and more reliable to explain things to people face-to-face, interactively.

You just explained why I get much more benefit out of taking a class in person than any online class...
Thanks for pointing out the obvious.

about two weeks ago
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Asus Wireless Routers Can Be Exploited By Anyone Inside the Network

Sir_Eptishous DD-WRT? (68 comments)

What about ASUS routers flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato or somesuch?

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

Sir_Eptishous Re:And? (448 comments)

Cable is pure luxury.

We have a winner!

about three weeks ago
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Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ

Sir_Eptishous Re:islam (1350 comments)

You need to understand the reasons for what the US did in Iran before using that as an example about how Christianity is as violent as Islam.
You're argument fails miserably.

about three weeks ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

Sir_Eptishous Re:One fiber to rule them... (221 comments)

as long as they don't alter the deal.

Lando: You said they'd be left at the city under my supervision!
Darth Vader: I am altering the deal. Pray I don't alter it any further.

about three weeks ago
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Pew Survey: Tech Increases Productivity, But Also Time Spent Working

Sir_Eptishous Re:Of course (82 comments)

you should ask what are the incentives that cause employers to try to squeeze more of existing labor than to employ more people?

We all already know this answer.
The American economy in the last 40 years has become increasingly tied to the the stock market and the quarterly expectations of shareholders.
That is why.

about a month ago
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Pew Survey: Tech Increases Productivity, But Also Time Spent Working

Sir_Eptishous Re:Duh (82 comments)

Then WHAT THE FUCK are you doing on Slashdot?!?

about a month ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Sir_Eptishous Re:There is PLENTY of valuable work to be done (327 comments)

Right, however you miss some critical parts of the "American Manufacturing Renaissance" meme that is so popular lately.
What are they, you say?

You mean I have to spell it out for you?
Ok then.

Sure, there are manufacturing jobs in the US, some that never went away, others that are new. Here is the catch, they employ a smaller amount of people, much, much smaller than they used to. These newer manufacturing jobs are usually of a technical nature, with much training involved and the innate need for employees to be able to follow complex instructions etc; These are not sweatshop jobs. These are good jobs with good pay and benefits, etc; Great, lets throw a party.

I have a friend who is a machinist. He can make anything out of metal. He tells me it is hard to find people who have the ability to do what they need at his company. Surprising? Not really.

The problem is that the types of employment, the skill levels required, have vastly outpaced the American education systems ability to generate competent workers to work in those jobs, and also that the number of those "New Manufacturing" jobs is very limited. Ironic isn't it? So throwing this whole "Manufacturing is back" BS isn't even close to reality.

about a month ago
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The Coming Decline of 'Made In China'

Sir_Eptishous Re:Automated manufacturing (327 comments)

The main thing you don't understand is that people create jobs, not the other way around.

I don't know about that, I'm sure there have been quite a few(ahem...) jobs that have created people...

about a month ago

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