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AT&T Plans To Launch Internet Video Service

bazmail A corporate tax scam (35 comments)

Classic tax scam. They can charge their video subsidiary for faster bandwidth, like what happened to Netflix, and write that off against their tax bill. Classic. They are not actually trying to compete with YouTube or Netflix.

4 hours ago
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In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

bazmail Everyone gets a medal. Yayyyyy (397 comments)

If you suck at a sport, pick another. don't expect the rules to bend to suit you. God damned generation of pussies growing up expecting a medal every time they play a sport.

Soccer-mom-itis infecting the gentlemans sport.

2 days ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

bazmail Re:Original premise is false (582 comments)

I like the way you think sir. I'm sure there is a practical angle there somewhere.

about a week ago
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How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

bazmail Original premise is false (582 comments)

Many eyeballs may make bugs shallower, but those many eyeballs don't really exist. Source availability does not translate to many people examining that source. People, myself included, may like to build to install packages but that's it.

What we need are intelligent bots to constantly trawl source repositories looking for bugs. People just don't have the time any more.

about a week ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

bazmail Re:APL (188 comments)

Is anyone looking?

about a week ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

bazmail A win? (325 comments)

I hope we at least have water neutrality where we don't get charged more for using water for showering as opposed to washing the car. thats where its all going folks.

about a week ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

bazmail Re:A possum playing possum (270 comments)

>In terms of how much control they had on the industry they absolutely did.
IBM never had a 90%+ stranglehold on the market. MS did.


>They never had the sort of installed base that MS has with Windows because there were never any where near
>as many mainframes as there are PCs, but guess what, there are already more mobile devices out there running
>Android than there are PCs running Windows.

There are also more ios devices being sold then windows PCs out there = more competition in mobile space than in the PC space.
http://qz.com/176643/its-offic...

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

bazmail Re:A possum playing possum (270 comments)

>Excuse me????? IBM never wielded or abused the kind of power that MS had????

Nope. IBM never had and install base like MS. Never had license revenues like MS. Were not at the top as long as MS.

Don't get me wrong, IBM were nasty motherfuckers in their day, but their stick was considerably smaller than Microsoft's.

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

bazmail Re:Good for devs. (270 comments)

True. So true. We narrowly dodged the WCF bullet by delaying so long in switching to it that it was dead by the time we were ready. Straight to WebAPI.

For years MS was run like the UFC with battling stables of fighters constantly trying to fuck eachother up, ultimately at the expense of the Devs/Users.

Remains to be seen if the new guy "gets it" and smashes the toxic and entrenched Fiefdom system that exists in Redmond.

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

bazmail Re:A possum playing possum (270 comments)

Correct. You'll notice I'm not shouting for any particular company to gain a monopoly or near-monopoly, As none of the companies you mentioned have ever wielded, or indeed abused the kind of power MS had, they are not considered as dangerous or debate-worthy in this regard.

The health of an eco-system can be measured by its diversity and MS has repeatedly demonstrated itself to be a diversity-killer.

about two weeks ago
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The New 'One Microsoft' Is Finally Poised For the Future

bazmail A possum playing possum (270 comments)

I still dont' trust MS. Once they start getting back large market share the old anti competitive stifling old fart of a company will emerge from behind the mask again.

They need to just continue to wither away. The software industry has never been as vibrant or innovative as the last few years when MS was down.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

bazmail Re:Changelog? (294 comments)

> So, is this just another update to shuffle a couple of buttons

Is there any other kind of sub-point release update?

about two weeks ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

bazmail Re:Don't care. (294 comments)

The Scene: A packed Moe's Tavern, with the tills ringing and overflowing due to sales of the 'Flaming Moe' beverage. Cue a disgruntled Homer Simpson...
Homer: Hey Moe, you just..... you just lost yourself a customer.
Moe: Yeah you can use it!

about two weeks ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

bazmail Utterly gutless (141 comments)

I guess we now know for sure who holds the real power in the US now that the supreme court judges are too cowardly to do their god damned jobs. Are they too busy hearing other cases? What case could be more pressing that allegations of illegal mass surveillance? 300 million victims, and some cowards in robes.

about two weeks ago
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Should Microsoft Give Kids Programmable Versions of Office?

bazmail No because BOOOOO Microsoft... (226 comments)

and HOOOORAY open source and slashdot type stuff!!!

about two weeks ago
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Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

bazmail The author is nauseatingly naive (312 comments)

He's still got Obama's election slogans ringing in his ears "Yes we can!" and "Change!!" lol. Obama is a political animal, just like all the others in DC. Do not expect anything different from him. As another commenter pointed out, he is part of the system that created and supports the military surveillance complex.

about two weeks ago
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New US Atomic Clock Goes Live

bazmail Re:How, exactly, do we know? (127 comments)

If it is the reference then making claims about its accuracy is surly redundant?

about three weeks ago

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How In-app Purchases Has Destroyed The Mobile Games Industry

bazmail bazmail writes  |  about 3 months ago

bazmail (764941) writes "We have reached a point in which mobile games couldn't even be said to be a game anymore. Playing a game means that you have fun. It doesn't mean that you sit around and wait for the game to annoy you for so long that you decide to pay credits to speed it up. And for an old geezer like me who remember the glory days of gaming back in the 1990s, it's just unbearable to watch."
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Lavabit, email service Snowden reportedly used, abruptly shuts down

bazmail bazmail writes  |  about 8 months ago

bazmail (764941) writes "Remember when word circulated that Edward Snowden was using Lavabit, an email service that purports to provide better privacy and security for users than popular web-based free services like Gmail? Lavabit's owner has shut down service, with a mysterious message posted on the lavabit.com home page today."
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