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Why US Gov't Retirement Involves a Hole in the Ground Near Pittsburgh

darrylo Re:This is a glitch in the Matrix...... (142 comments)

No, this is the cover story for the Umbrella Corporation's Hive ....

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

darrylo Re: Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

Well, they didn't quite remove it. If you want local notebooks, it appears that you have to pay and subscribe to their online office offering.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

darrylo Re: Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

Well, in all fairness, you can create a local notebook if you pay ($$$) for an office subscription. However, for what I use, I think it's way too expensive.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

darrylo Re: Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

On windows, local notebooks are a subscription-only feature ($$$). I imagine it's the same on the mac. :-(

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

darrylo Re:Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

Since others have said the free version requires the use of storage on Microsoft's computers, I suspect Microsoft will be scanning the OneNote data for monetizing purposes. Why else would they prevent the free OneNote users from storing data on non-Microsoft servers?

lol, you haven't looked at the free version, right? They're preventing you from storing data locally, because you have to pay money and subscribe to their online office offering to get local notebooks.

Now, they might still be scanning your notebooks, but the main reason is money.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

darrylo Re:Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

No, if you try creating a local notebook with the free version, you're greeted with a friendly message that says that you can only create the notebook in onedrive.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Releases Free Edition of OneNote

darrylo Re: Where's the data stored? (208 comments)

No, the free version is cloud-only.

Go on, try creating a local notebook -- you can't do it with the free version.

I uninstalled it after I discovered that.

about 4 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

darrylo Re:Plan for backup before you buy (983 comments)

This.

Also, given the long rebuild times with 2TB drives and larger, one should be using raid6, raidz2 (raidz3?), or mirroring. With the large disk sizes, another disk error can be fairly likely during a rebuild.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?

darrylo Re:RPN calcs- esp 35s (328 comments)

The wiki-p page for the 35s [wikipedia.org]. Wow! - the first time I've seen this; looks like their classic design. Is HP back when it comes to calculators?

Good question, and you'll get different opinions from different folks.

The 35s is arguably the best desktop RPN calculator (that is currently being produced and sold). As you say, for nontrivial stuff, most people would use some desktop program.

As for HP's other scientific RPN calculators: the old high-end RPN HP 50g calculator has the Enter key in a weird location: the lower-right corner. The new HP Prime calculator almost has the Enter key in the correct location; while it's above the number keys, it's to the right (the usual spot is to the left). Also, while the HP Prime is pretty nice, technically, it's really aimed at the educational market (e.g., CAS only works in algebraic mode, not RPN).

about 8 months ago
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How BlackBerry Blew It

darrylo Re:"We believed we knew better what customers need (278 comments)

It's more than that (although what you wrote is certainly right).

One of Blackberry's (arguably many) problems is that they failed to realize how the consumer market, being much larger than the enterprise market, could drive the enterprise market. As others have said, by going after the consumer market, by allowing independent devs to profit off the consumer market, and by having a reasonable development system, Apple attracted a boatload of devs and, therefore, features and functionality. Eventually, if you allow the features/functionality to grow properly, the consumer market is going to spill over into the enterprise one. (Side note: by "grow properly", I'm talking about Apple's tight control over the app store. As much as people may dislike it, there's really no disagreeing that the tight control has generally maintained an acceptable level of app quality. I don't think I could say that about BBW.)

about 10 months ago
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Nokia Releasing Maps for Competing Devices

darrylo Re:Nokia's data source is great (57 comments)

While you and others have no problems with Apple maps, I think you're falling into the common trap: "I have no problems, and I don't see how anyone else can have problems, therefore there really aren't any problems". Lots of people are screaming and, if this really was overblown, Tim Cook would not have apologized, and Scott Forstall might still have a job at Apple.

I don't use public transit, and so I can't really comment on the accuracy; however, from the screaming that I've seen, the transit issues seemed to fall into two subcategories:

1. Nonexistent transit POIs. Yeah, accuracy (as in your NYC example) may certainly be an issue, but I'd argue that "borderline unreliable" is still better than nothing (but, see the note below).

2. Google has transit schedules linked to the transit POIs. It's pretty easy to see when the next bus/train is going to arrive/leave.

Note: it seemed to me that the people complaining were "casual/occasional/out-of-town" users of public transit. These people don't use public transit enough to know either the schedules or terminal locations.

about a year and a half ago
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Nokia Releasing Maps for Competing Devices

darrylo Re:Nokia's data source is great (57 comments)

In the case of the Apple Maps issues, map data accuracy is just one of three big issues. The other two are:

* POI data, such as public transit info (nonexistent) and POI accuracy (POIs may be in the wrong location or no longer existing).

* Street View. Lots of people use Street View to examine an area (e.g., "What's the parking situation like?").

about a year and a half ago
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Sealed-Box Macs: Should Computers Be Disposable?

darrylo Re:Not new... but also inevitable. (673 comments)

This.

People don't realize that all-in-one, integrated, non-repairable electronics are, in the long run, cheaper., and the majority of consumers are cheapskates. Cheaper electronics always wins out in the long-term, and will largely drive out modular, more repairable products, regardless of superior upgradeability or maintainability.

You can't compare computers with cars, as your typical consumer computer doesn't cost anywhere near a car. And, no, the retina MacBook isn't applicable here, because it's bleeding-edge, first-generation technology, which is always expensive (plus, there's the "Apple tax"). Just wait until the technology matures and the costs dive.

Also, if anything, the move to tablet-based computing is going to accelerate the drive for lower-cost (integrated/non-repairable) desktops and laptops.

Anyone remember when TVs were actually repairable (discrete transistors, anyone)? Anyone remember Sam's Photofacts? Yeah, thought so.

about 2 years ago
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Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

darrylo Re:Gmail defeated Exchange, not Hotmail (383 comments)

While I think hotmail is pretty awful, the non-free microsoft office365 seems to be pretty decent. Not only does it work with iOS (iPhone/iPad) and MS outlook, but Thunderbird, too (and, yes, IMAP IDLE works, too). A basic email-only account is $4/month/account, and adding web access to office files (e.g., excel, word, etc.) bumps that up to $6/month/account. You get 25GB of mail storage, and you can optionally use your own domain name.

Yes, it's a bit more expensive than google, but (1) contact groups actually work with iOS (google contact groups only work with android and not iOS), (2) it gives me an out if google ever decides to inexplicably nuke my account from orbit, and (3) it's not google.

about 2 years ago
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Gmail Takes Largest Webmail Service Crown

darrylo Re:Own email server (383 comments)

It used to be free for 50 users. Some years back, google lowered the limit to 10. People who had accounts before this change were grandfathered and can still have 50 users, but new accounts are limited to 10 free users.

about 2 years ago
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Primary School Girl Told To Stop Photographing and Blogging School Meals

darrylo Re:Calling for roadside assistance (472 comments)

Of course it's unsafe. People have died from heart attacks! Won't anyone think of the elderly and infirm? :)

more than 2 years ago
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Primary School Girl Told To Stop Photographing and Blogging School Meals

darrylo Re:U turn (472 comments)

Dem m00se bytes cAn be pretti nasti, tooooo.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's Your Beef With Windows Phone?

darrylo Re:Windows Mobile Ruined It For Me (1027 comments)

This. Microsoft seems to have a habit of pimping some shiny new thing, and then quickly dropping it like some unwanted ugly-haired stepchild. Examples: PlaysForSure, Zune, and Windows Mobile. I'm guessing that Silverlight is next (but not soon -- maybe within the next 1-1.5 years).

more than 2 years ago
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Apple, Google: Battle of the Cloud Maps

darrylo Re:The underlying map data is key (179 comments)

That certainly used to be true -- there used to be appropriate copyright notices at the bottom of the map. However, if you look at google maps now, the only copyright there is Google's. That implies that Google owns the map data that it uses.

I'd love to be wrong, though. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Apple, Google: Battle of the Cloud Maps

darrylo The underlying map data is key (179 comments)

Regardless of any really cool/geeky features, the underlying map data can make or break the app. Google doesn't have a problem because, well, they're using the google maps data, which is pretty decent.

On the other hand, Apple has a challenge: what maps data source do they use? Since Apple seems to be trying to avoid Google, I'm assuming that the google maps data is out. I really hope that Apple goes with a major commercial maps data source, and not openstreetmap. If Apple uses openstreetmap, I think Apple's map app is doomed, as I don't think any amount of lipstick is going to make openstreetmap look good.

(OK, don't get me wrong -- I like openstreetmap, and I like the idea of it. However, it's missing 10+-year-old roads in my area. For the people who just started frothing at the mouth and want to scream at me to say that I can edit the maps, you're missing the point. The point is not that I can go in and fix the map data. The point is that, statistically speaking, if some of the map data is inaccurate in my area, it's likely inaccurate in many other places, and this raises severe reliability/trustability issues with me. Like it or not, the google maps data is a lot more accurate than openstreetmap, and thus is a lot more trustable.)

more than 2 years ago

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