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Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

bev_tech_rob Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

That was the impression I got from the article....similar to Win 8. I bought two licenses when they were $35 a pop (because they were CHEAP) and now they are priced similar to Win7 (~$100 or more depending on version).

I would have no problem with a subscription model if it is not too expensive (less than $100 / year perhaps?), but a lot of normal non-IT / tech savvy folks will balk at that no matter how cheap....

Not very many folks like on-going costs apart from car / house payments and utilities in my experience.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Sounds We Don't Hear Any More?

bev_tech_rob Re:Sorta related... the teletype machine (790 comments)

Fax machines are still very common in medical claims processing and mortgage underwriting. For medical claims, think Medicare - very old people, who insist on filling out paper forms. It's easier to fax them than scan and email - especially since the email has to be secure, because of HIPAA.

Oh yea.....we have two servers (Rightfax) that process faxes from all over our company (nursing homes and rehab). Faxes still used VERY extensively in healthcare! They like that hard copy...

about three weeks ago
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CES 2015: WakaWaka Sheds Light On Technology, Profit, and Philanthropy (Video)

bev_tech_rob Re:Waka Waka (17 comments)

I can't figure out if he's trying to be Fozzie Bear or PacMan.

I forsee a trademark lawsuit by Mr. Bear as a result of this....

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?

bev_tech_rob Re:if it doesnt work (464 comments)

I should have said that coke-bottles are the ones that make peoples eyes look big from the other side (ie, make the wearer's eyes look big when you're not the wearer). I should have also included Normal: what we consider normal glasses are those for near-sighted people who need them to see far away. These are thinner than coke-bottles and don't have the bug-eyed affect.

Kinda like Milton's glasses in Office Space...

about a month ago
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U.S. Passenger Vehicle Fleet Dirtier After 2008 Recession

bev_tech_rob Re:On a per-mile basis, probably (176 comments)

Gas was very expensive during that time as well. I remember it peaking around $5 around that time. I only drove my vehicle to commute to work and back and that was it. Too costly to go on a trip.

about a month and a half ago
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Chinese CEO Says "Free" Is the Right Price For Mobile Software

bev_tech_rob Re:Do You Even Revenue, Bro? (133 comments)

Okay I give up. I clicked through all the links, all the links from the links and read all those articles. Nowhere does it explain or even allude to a business model. Is this that 'mindshare' bullshit again? I don't know, this Re/code site is apparently affiliated with CNBC and from clicking on a few other articles feels just as mindless and worthless as CNBC. How do they monetize Battery Doctor, Clean Master and Photo Grid? Do they have ads?

Yes....just installed it for shits & grins and every other link or button points you back to the Play store to download more of their software. Got the Battery Doctor app. Will see how well it works as my battery has been crapping out lately.

about 2 months ago
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Black Friday '14: E-commerce Pages Far Slower Than They Were in 2013

bev_tech_rob Re:I did not participate (143 comments)

Was needing another monitor for my gaming pc. Checked Best Buy online and they had a very nice 24" Dell Flat Panel monitor for only $99 at Best Buy. Had to work the first half of the day Friday, so went Friday afternoon.

Store was quite busy, but no lines outside or anywhere. Big stack of the monitors in the computer dept. Got what I needed and didn't have to pile onto a rugby scrum to get it. I can't stand that early morning madness. I always wait to later in the afternoon when the idiots have left.

about 2 months ago
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Study Shows How Humans Can Echolocate

bev_tech_rob Re:Give me a ping... (136 comments)

Anybody else read the headline as "Study Shows How Humans Can Echocolate"?

I first thought it said "eat chocolate", but I guess I was hungry.... :/

about 3 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

bev_tech_rob Yea....right (720 comments)

Quote from headline -- " It will take the stress out of ordering (lines) at fast food restaurants..."

Yea, right. Just another place where we will be standing for 10 minutes behind some clueless ID10T trying to figure out how to use the kiosk, just like at the Walmarts with the self service checkouts.

If you know how to use the kiosks, they are fast and easy. But you always get someone who is clueless and cannot comprehend simple instructions on the screen holding you up in line.

about 3 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

bev_tech_rob Re:Of course! (571 comments)

I was then reminded of many Star Trek episodes where power couldn't be generated because of damage to the "dilithium crystals". Maybe those should have been called "trilithium crystals" instead?

No, trilithium was used to stop fusion reactions in a star, thus collapsing it......

about 3 months ago
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SteadyServ Helps Keep the Draft Beer Flowing (Video)

bev_tech_rob Trademark suit incoming.... (48 comments)

iKeg system, huh? Apple trademark suit starting in 3......2.......1....

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Server Support and Monitoring Solution?

bev_tech_rob Whats Up (137 comments)

Our company uses 'Whats Up' by Ipswitch. Currently monitoring over 2500 devices such as servers, routers, temperature sensors. You can ping devices, monitor for SNMP events, logged events in Windows, AIX, Linux, WMI monitoring, services, tasks.... You can script custom monitors either via VBscript, Powershell, or JavaScript. You can script custom actions for Whats Up to take upon detecting a condition. Can restart services on either *nix or Windows boxes if they go down. Can launch applications if needed if a condition is detected. Can create audio, visual, and email alerts, as well as SMS. They license on a per-device basis as opposed to a per-port basis like SolarWinds. Only thing I don't care for on this software is you can only run Microsoft SQL for a database. Can't use any open source solutions. The default install uses MS-SQL desktop version, but the db size is limited. If you need to go bigger, you have to install a full install of SQL on the server, or connect to a remote SQL server on your network to host your database (as we are). My .02 cents...

about 5 months ago
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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

bev_tech_rob Re:Trying to keep up (34 comments)

Sorry....was referencing Justthinkit's questions...

about 5 months ago
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A Movie of Triton Made From Voyager 2's Fly-by 25 Years Ago

bev_tech_rob Re:Trying to keep up (34 comments)

So asking questions now equals trolling?

As Mr. Riggs said, yes sometimes.... The way you posed your questions implied that the money could have been better spent elsewhere and was a waste on this effort.

about 5 months ago
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A Thousand Kilobots Self-Assemble Into Complex Shapes

bev_tech_rob Reminded me of Reedman... (56 comments)

Kinda reminds me of the Microcons assembling themselves to create ReedMan in "Revenge of the Fallen".. Spooky..

about 5 months ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

bev_tech_rob Re:Scale? (170 comments)

syphilis kills and cripples more people annually [...] "What's all the hubbub, bub?"

compare slow progressing sexually treatable disease with ~80% mortality fast bleed-out disaster? get back in the womb, critter your brain is not fully developed yet

Or their mother's basement, whichever is more convenient....

about 6 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

bev_tech_rob Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Well, we paid for all that with $17 trillion of debt, and a behavior/thought process that it was ok, starting with Reagan and continuing to this day.

Other countries are just waiting for it all to collapse and pick our bones.

When Reagan took office federal debt was a little over 2T and went up to a little over 4T when he left office. Clinton took it from a around 6 to around 7. The current administration has seen it go from around 9 to around 17. Maybe you haven't kept up on current events but there hasn't been much union busting, new free trade treaties, or deregulation of wall street in the last 6 years.

You skipped a prez, hoss......GWB, the president who ran up that 8 trillion to bail out his Wall Street Buddies.....

about 6 months ago
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Cable Companies Duped Community Groups Into Fighting Net Neutrality

bev_tech_rob Re:ooh ive played this game before. (170 comments)

other things that are known to happen in american democracy with seemingly little if any recourse: Oil company dupes community groups into fighting EPA regulations Major food company dupes citizens into fighting a tax on soda Cigarette company dupes consumers into thinking smoking is a right, not a crippling addiction President dupes country into fighting country with no WMD's

No kidding......it looks like there would be some kind of FRAUD statute being violated with this nonsense (i.e. astroturfing)...

about 8 months ago
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Cable Companies Use Astroturfing To Fight Net Neutrality

bev_tech_rob Re:They all do this (142 comments)

Astroturfing should be outlawed as a form of fraud IMO...

about 8 months ago
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The Singularity Is Sci-Fi's Faith-Based Initiative

bev_tech_rob Re:Science Fiction is fiction made up by authors (339 comments)

That and there was the episode "Ship in a bottle" where Geordi instructed the holodeck computer to create a Moriarty character capable of defeating Data (not Sherlock Holmes). The program then gave Moriarty sentience.

about 8 months ago

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