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

chipschap Re:Terrible names (376 comments)

As I say every so often, I'm just so glad I don't have to deal with any of this. I need to actually get something done on my computer, and Linux has served me well for 20 years. To each his own.

4 days ago
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By the Numbers: The Highest-Paying States For Tech Professionals

chipschap How about including all the states? (136 comments)

The map leaves off Hawaii (and Alaska). Guess we don't count or don't exist.

about a week ago
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Interior of Burnt Herculaneum Scroll Read For First Time

chipschap Re:initial translation of the text (66 comments)

I think the scrolls warned about global warming. Fortunately, Al Gore was able to recover their content for the benefit of all mankind.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

chipschap Re: Stupid Americans (361 comments)

No, it's global warming.

about two weeks ago
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Linus On Diversity and Niceness In Open Source

chipschap Re:Civility shouldn't have borders (361 comments)

All they did was port unix to x86 and give it away for free. Hardly an accomplishment. Not much innovation going on with Linux, other than it's an alternative to paid options for OS's on x86. Linux Developers = we shit in our own nest, so you don't have to.

"All" they did? What they did was provide a choice, and a rather good one.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

chipschap Re:Easier to collect the fine (217 comments)

$45 million seems excessive for 53 phone calls

No more excessive than $200,000 per song downloaded or whatever it is.

about two weeks ago
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Belgian Raid Kills 2, Said To Avert "Major Terrorist Attacks"

chipschap Re:Prepare for more (257 comments)

I think it's all caused by global warming.

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

chipschap Re:Makes sense (448 comments)

Reminds me of a real estate transaction once where the company handling it said, if you buy title insurance for $500, we'll waive our $500 processing fee.

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

chipschap Re:Right Place (448 comments)

Our condo building provides "basic" cable as part of the maintenance fee. I'd be all for dropping even that to save a little money. Over the air TV still exists, after all, even if the choices are limited. But given that I don't even watch what I have available now, I doubt that I'd care.

about three weeks ago
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Extra Leap Second To Be Added To Clocks On June 30

chipschap Re:Better way? (289 comments)

I've been waiting for someone to blame it on global climate change.

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

chipschap Re:Integrated this, integrated that (840 comments)

A blown power transistor? You whippersnappers don't remember the "good old days" of vaccuum tubes! Seriously, though, monolithic circuitry has lowered costs immensely, at the price of non-fixability. But then, a chip will last much longer than a vaccuum tube.

about a month ago
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Aircraft Responsible For 2.5% of Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

chipschap Re: Don't mess with my jetset lifestyle (232 comments)

The trans-Pacific bridge isn't quite done yet, so in Hawai`i we have limited options.

about a month ago
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Google Researcher Publishes Unpatched Windows 8.1 Security Vulnerability

chipschap Re:Poor choices to use proprietary cause this! (129 comments)

But the real point, I think, is that even if everyone/most users can't fix a bug in open source code (similar to the prior poster, I've also fixed small and medium ones, but waited for fixes on complex stuff), there are people who can, and will, and do. Even though, for the really obscure things, that group may be small, there is no absolute dependence on some group that has access to closed source code. This seems like rather an advantage for open source.

about a month ago
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Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

chipschap Re:To FCC (293 comments)

I always find that interesting. The high-end hotels, charging hundreds of dollars per night, also charge outrageous fees such as $20 for 24 hours of internet access, two dollars for a local phone call, etc. The $50 motels give you all of that for no extra charge. The only explanation I can come up with is that the high rollers just expense it all and don't care about the cost.

about a month ago
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Librarians: The Google Before Google

chipschap Re:limited resource (94 comments)

I am an "old guy" and in "my day" (don't you love these geezer expressions?) the library was all there was. If you lived in a big city the amount of information and knowledge available to you was much greater than if you lived in a small town with a small library. Up to date reference books? Most of them were a decade or more old.

It all had a certain quaint charm to it--- I always loved visiting the library--- but it was unbelievably ineffective. It is so much better today, when incredible amounts of information and knowledge are available to just about anyone, anywhere. And if you want an honest to goodness up to date reference book, Amazon and the Amazon marketplace will have it and can get it to you quickly, and, at least much of the time, affordabley.

(As alluded to in posts above, sometimes too much --- sorting through the chaff is the issue now.)

about a month ago
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Apple DRM Lawsuit Might Be Dismissed: Plaintiffs Didn't Own Affected iPods

chipschap Re:Not unexpected. (141 comments)

I'm neither an Apple nor a Microsoft user. There is no need for me to criticize either of them (especially from a standpoint of a non-user with limited knowledge). I just ignore them and go on my own way. I'll leave the complaining to people who actually use their products.

On the other hand, I can see complaints from non-users on the basis of compatibility. I do get tired of people saying "send me a Word document" and the like, but they just get whatever LibreOffice puts out and that will have to do. It generally becomes a non-issue. (I don't deal often with complex formats that use every feature on the menu.)

about 2 months ago
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Apple Accused of Deleting Songs From iPods Without Users' Knowledge

chipschap Re:Sounds more like technical short-sightedness (250 comments)

I left my iPod Shuffle in a pants pocket and put in through a wash and dry cycle. It didn't survive[1]. Am I better off or worse off? I certainly never used iTunes, though; I managed it with a Linux application.

[1] Apple's hardware is pretty solid, but this was a little too much.

about 2 months ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

chipschap Re:Fantastic! (523 comments)

I was made to learn cursive back in the 50s and hated every second of it. I was told I was a "bad person" because my cursive wasn't neat enough.

about 2 months ago
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Education Chief Should Know About PLATO and the History of Online CS Education

chipschap Please get it right, it's not $200 (134 comments)

$200 for the 40-year old paper includes membership. Non-members get the paper for $15. Can you please not misrepresent?

Not that I'm defending this. The article should be free, and $15 is way too much (even the 24-hour "rental" for $3 is too much). But it isn't $200.

about 3 months ago
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The Largest Kuiper Belt Object Isn't Pluto Or Eris, But Triton

chipschap Re:Does the rock run Linux? (61 comments)

It also has a certain meaning of "like" in Hawaiian, as in "Makemake au e he`enalu" -- "I like to surf"

about 3 months ago

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