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Apple Comes Clean, Admits To Doing Market Research

dbcad7 Re:"Market research" is many things (221 comments)

So.. your saying that there were no responses that might have said things like.. "why do my friends with Android have a larger screen ?" .. or "Android users have this notification thingy, are you going to make something similar ?" .. and that nothing the customer says, has any bearing whatsoever on their future designs ?

about 2 years ago
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John Carmack: Kudos To Valve, But Linux Is Still Not a Viable Gaming Market

dbcad7 Re:He's obviously right (635 comments)

I'm a long time Linux user and don't see myself in either group.. I'm also a bit puzzled about point 1. and how it applies as a negative in this case.. Are you saying that there is a group of users who find it unethical that there is software that only runs on a proprietary OS ? .. It would seem that those people would applaud software coming to multiple platforms.. As to point 2. There are cheapskates in the Windows platform that don't want to pay for software either.. virus makers love those people..

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Is Ready

dbcad7 Re:Every OTHER edition of Windows sucked (558 comments)

That may be.. but I guess mileage may vary.. Not to push my OS of choice which is Linux, but my own experience with 7 has not been great.. For home use, I have skipped every MS OS since Windows 98SE and ran Linux.. personal choice.. Now I got it in my head that I would take some classes, so I bit the bullet and installed Windows 7 along with Office 2010.. I also do tech support at work where we run XP and support customers with XP, Vista, Win 7 and the OSXs .. Now dealing with customers I would rather deal with an XP customer first, Windows 7 runs a close second, followed by Vista.. My work use with XP beats the hell out of my home use with Win 7.. It's just annoying with it's various warnings, and notifications, and the various crap that keeps trying to add themselves to all three of my browsers in Windows 7 just makes me wonder how people put up with it. That and the fact that a 2 day old updated Internet Explorer requires resetting due to "Internet Explorer Has Stopped Working" just baffles me.. So, I have my Win 7 system on it's partition for school, but I continue to boot into Linux Mint for day to day use,,because I am spoiled with an OS that doesn't get in the way.. Win 7 may be less intrusive than Vista, but I can't imagine it's much less.

about 2 years ago
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How Apple v. Samsung Was Explained To the Jury

dbcad7 Re:Oracle vs Google (330 comments)

And I think your going to lose that money.. It's too bad, because if you didn't gamble like that, you might be able to afford a Slashdot ID

about 2 years ago
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Man Who Protested TSA By Stripping Is Acquitted By Judge

dbcad7 Re:Awesome! (246 comments)

yes they can.. and they would save money on prison uniforms.

about 2 years ago
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Executive Order Grants US Gov't New Powers Over Communication Systems

dbcad7 Re:Dear President Obama, (513 comments)

Typical.. read the summary that is flat out wrong, and go ballistic... First it does not grant power over communications, as in all communications, it is for the governments own emergency communications.. second there is nothing about seizing anything... here it is read it for yourself.. http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/07/06/executive-order-assignment-national-security-and-emergency-preparedness-

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Securely Store Private Information For Posterity?

dbcad7 Deadman Switch (257 comments)

I was thinking of something at would automatically trigger something like an email, or launching a program.. So did a Google search and there is an email version of a deadman switch that will automatically trigger some emails.. But whether or not you would trust this with that kind of data is the question.. There is that, and the fact that you have to be constantly thinking about dieing and maintaining your deadman switch so that your information is not prematurely sent out.. Personally, I would rather my hard drive was reformatted.. the financial basics, bank account and insurance, will, etc should be taken care of separately.. Don't see any reason for online persona of a dead person to be maintained or transfered to anyone else.

about 2 years ago
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Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?

dbcad7 Re:Do they even have anything to lose ? (663 comments)

Unholy horrors.. really ? .. hmm, well sounds like you have had some bad luck there.. I "had" mostly been a XFCE user for a number of years, not because of the lesser system requirements, but just a preference thing, with Gnome as a dual boot option.. I started using Gnome a bit more, but didn't want Unity so I switched that system to Mint.. have found myself pretty much full time Mint user now with their version of Gnome. Can't say that I have noticed any bugs.. As to driver problems, can't say I have had any problems since about 2002 which is probably the last time I had to figure out a driver problem for my dialup modem. Of course I will caveat that with the fact that I have only run desktop systems (no laptops with wireless cards), and that I have also been a Nvidia video person because they always "had" more Linux support.. I suppose the other difference lately is that I really just don't care enough about having the proprietary video drivers anymore.. strangely though, the desktop effects are working just fine with my latest Mint and I didn't do a thing for the drivers. but I wouldn't have anyway, because the effects are just not that important to me.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?

dbcad7 Re:Lazy != Stupid or Ignorant (663 comments)

There is absolutely no requirement to do "tweaking" on a Linux system.. If you want it to "just work" as you say, then just leave it be.. Once installed, you just use it as you do Windows, all that "knowing the inner workings", and "desktop wars", all of that was your choice to do and unnecessary (your the one who wanted to know how the torque wrench worked).. As to drivers and configuration files, I have actually found Linux to be extremely good at taking care of it itself fro a fresh install.. unlike Windows in which you would have to have a friend who has a working Internet connection and a burner who has to go to a website and download your missing network drivers because you can no longer find the drivers CD..

more than 2 years ago
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Are Open-Source Desktops Losing Competitiveness?

dbcad7 Re:NO !! NEVER WERE !! (663 comments)

I find it no real difference between the 3.. Linux has no requirement to "tinker"., and no more technical knowledge to use is needed, than either Windows or OSX .. All three require learning the basics of each system.. How do you start it, how do you find and open programs, how do you add new programs. and the core programs most people use like web browsers and media players and such.. none of the 3 systems really have an advantage here if you starting from a blank slate of having not used any of them.. Everything is easy when you know how to do it. This can be said for all three systems.. The only real difference is when you may become stuck somehow and need help.. Windows users have the advantage in numbers, for free help.. OSX users are probably more inclined to pay for support.. Linux users have to rely on Google and community forums.. The chances of needing help are increased if you go outside the norm and do as you say and "tinker" , but no more so on any of the 3 systems than any other.

more than 2 years ago
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Fly Your Own Experiment In Space

dbcad7 But.. (76 comments)

What if my experiment is to calculate the trajectory of a satellite to collide into the mouth of an active volcano ?.. I'm thinking after my first test run, it's not going to have much progress.

more than 2 years ago
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Online Pharmacy Pioneer Arrested In Florida

dbcad7 Re:Counterfeit or foreign? (208 comments)

He probably wasn't selling "counterfeit" drugs, any more than a pharmacy selling generics are.. more likely he did use the brand name to promote the sale of a generic though,.. As to "foreign".. ok, um in the first place Canada is technically a foreign country, so there's that.. and then there is the fact that we in the US pretty much buy everything foreign made.. known or not... so saying "foreign made" is supposed to be scary, or a crime ?.. Walmart would be the criminal masterminds of all time if selling "foreign made" is a crime.

more than 2 years ago
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Listen to the RIAA's Appeal In Jammie Thomas Case

dbcad7 Re:What do we think? We don't know! (225 comments)

How bout they make Thomas pay 5 times that 33 % of her gross sales !!.. That'll learn her !

more than 2 years ago
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Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7

dbcad7 Product placement (310 comments)

Every so often I will be watching a TV show, and low an behold in some office environment a tablet will be whipped out like it is an everyday tool that they use in their business.. Now perhaps with Office on it, that could become a reality but I think in real (non TV) life, at least at the moment, it's mostly just fiction.. I also believe that it is going to be a hard fought battle for tablets to become a workplace staple.

more than 2 years ago
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Windows RT Will Cost OEMs Over Twice As Much as Windows 7

dbcad7 Re:What is Microsoft thinking? (310 comments)

Actually.. Vista is not the definitive Microsoft failure.. It was and is still quite usable.. the honor of definitive failure goes to Windows ME.

more than 2 years ago
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Apple To Unveil iOS 6 At WWDC 2012

dbcad7 And ? (110 comments)

What is your point ?.. I am now informed of your preference.. So I counter with (guess what ) similar qualifications as you have.. I've used the same phone OS's as you did, and I am more comfortable with Android.. I also run Linux at home, and work all day providing tech support to Windows and Mac users.. I can own and run whatever I want, and I can tell you if Mac OS and Windows (XP/Vista/Win7) were free, I would still be running my Linux.. But higher road, I won't call any of them crappy (although Vista is pushing it).. Here is the thing.. there is no "I win !", all of the operating systems we've talked about are very functional.. Some may be better for some people who are less functional, but that doesn't mean the OS or those that use it are better than the OS's or people who use something else..

more than 2 years ago
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California City May Tax Sugary Drinks Like Cigarettes

dbcad7 Then I'm covered right ? (842 comments)

So if I choose to smoke.. and I have paid $2 per pack in taxes.. If I get cancer, then my treatment is all paid for.. Right ? .. I don't think so.. If I have insurance, whatever limits I have are used up, and then whatever else I have that can cover the costs are used up.. and then I either live or die with a huge debt.. Show me where that tax money really goes.. It goes to pay for commercials with coughing babies and old people smoking through their neck.. It does not go to pay for anybodies treatment.

more than 2 years ago
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US State Department Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen

dbcad7 Re:Electronic Jihad (245 comments)

Yes I a word for sure.

more than 2 years ago
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US State Department Hacks Al-Qaeda Websites In Yemen

dbcad7 Electronic Jihad (245 comments)

So, like FPS deathmatches ?.. Why not, that way you can infidels many times over and over.. surely better than the real thing.

more than 2 years ago
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Chrome Browser Usage Artificially Boosted, Says Microsoft

dbcad7 Re:Google has this habit (272 comments)

Maybe I have become paranoid, but unless a link is obvious I am usually checking the bottom of the browser to see where a link is sending me before I click it. I don't think there are that many redirects to Bing or Google.., but sure there could be many to Bing or Google search results, but those as well as direct links are easy to spot.. Broken links should lead to Web page not found errors, although I know some configurations can lead to your default search engine.. If Bing is your default, then there you go.

more than 2 years ago

Submissions

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Excite email upgrade leaves users stranded

dbcad7 dbcad7 writes  |  about 6 years ago

dbcad7 (771464) writes "As day 3 of an email upgrade passes, many users of Excite find they still are unable to receive email. No explanation has been placed on the main page of the portal site, and a Google search shows this to be largely unnoticed by any media. I have been a loooong time user of the site, and I find it odd that I can find no mention of this outage other than Excite's own discussion boards.. Are there any other Slashdot users that use them for email ? .. and I would be curious if any of them have had success yet with this upgrade."
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Excite email system update shakey if not unusable

dbcad7 dbcad7 writes  |  about 6 years ago

dbcad7 (771464) writes "Excite has been my portal for years, and one of my alternate email accounts. They have been informing us for a few weeks that a major update to the email system was coming.. well it came., and it's totally awful. First the email program must load.. (I am guessing maybe java).. I can live with that.. but then it is a constant wait for ad servers and content servers to load .. and I can live with ads BUT.. there is no time limit, it will be stuck until the cows come home, waiting for an ad that never comes... IF you get past all this, then you go through the same waits just to get your mail folders, and again for the contents of the folders... To top everything off.. once I finally get there, THE EMAILS WON"T OPEN !

I will give them a little time to work out the kinks, but I imagine they will lose some users over this.. I mean being able to read an email is kind of a requirement for me from my email provider.

For those of you who design web sites.. isn't it good practice to have a time limit to wait for an ad from an ad server ?"
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Freshmeat-Linux.com

dbcad7 dbcad7 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

dbcad7 writes "Just to let you know, all the links under the Freshmeat header are Linux.com stories.. I suppose you could change the heading to Linux.com, or put Fresmeat entries back in.. Sorry to submit as a story.. but I find no email links.. and it's not really a bug. Thanks dbcad7"
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dbcad7 dbcad7 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dbcad7 writes "Football season (the odd looking ball, not the black and white one) is now upon us, and although I know that fantasy football has been around for many years now, I have just recently decided to give it a try. Purely at random, I chose to try the nfl.com free fantasy football. I completed my first live draft the next day, and well, I liked it ! Later in the week, I thought I would give the CBS sportsline offering a try, only to discover it was absolutely identical (even using my NFL username/password). I have examined the other free games at Fox (which requires MSN passport) and ESPN, but have yet to sign up. My questions to you is, Which fantasy football host do you find best and why ? If you pay for an expanded service, I would also like to hear you thoughts on what it adds to your experience."

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