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Why the Sony PSP Had To "Go"

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Someone call Natalie (261 comments)

MicroSD To Memory Stick Pro Duo Adapter?

more than 4 years ago
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Dow Chemical Rolling Out Solar Shingles Next Year

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Environmental impact? (168 comments)

I imagine the best you can hope for would be proper disposal rather than recycling.

Although even that is the same as the plan for disposing of most household hazardous waste: trash it. Because of a lack of federal, state, and local regulations requiring special handling of stuff like this, there exist no facilities which can handle it.

The scale of waste produced by households is also so comparatively small that forcing every little thing to be handled would be insanely expensive. If you're lucky you might have an annual community collection of hazardous waste where you can drop off a year's worth at once; although you have to collect and store the stuff yourself until then and the net impact is so insignificant that it's probably not worth the trouble.

One great thing about most of these systems is that they can take a certain amount of abuse/damage and will continue to function with just a reduction in power output or efficiency. In most cases the engineer would plan for the reduced output over the (20 year?) lifetime of the installation with plenty of extra capacity. Repair/replacement would be unnecessary unless something dramatic happens to the entire roof.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Research Shows Off Multi-Touch Mouse Prototypes

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:External trackpad? (137 comments)

Wacom Bamboo Touch? $70 is cheap...

more than 4 years ago
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Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:buy.com (454 comments)

I think the company is big enough for the two situations to be coincidental.

more than 4 years ago
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Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Overstock.com heavily screens reviews (454 comments)

I don't know. In the USA, maybe more or less consumer protection; maybe more or less freedom. The status quo is known and personal responsibility is not that bad. It turns the issue into the matter of whether advertising is technically speech protected by the First Amendment. One can argue that since it can only be effectively employed by certain entities it is not. These free press entities have the freedom to report the news without fear of retribution. This does not mean that the press is obligated to publish all content directed at them. What would be the solution then? Not allowing merchants to publish any consumer generated content? I don't think it's possible to force a possibly international merchant to publish all viewpoints. Where is the line drawn? Would it except spamming, trolling, flamebaiting? How can you tell the difference between a troll and a legitimate negative review and who would be the one to do it?

more than 4 years ago
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Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Their site... (454 comments)

They cover that in the TOS that nobody ever reads.

more than 4 years ago
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Do Retailers Often Screen User Reviews?

fbwhrdpmtajg Overstock.com heavily screens reviews (454 comments)

I have written many reviews of varying content and rating for a couple products on Overstock.com and whenever the review has a possibility of impacting sales negatively it is never posted. Not ethical but it's their prerogative as they are the ones publishing it. There is a conflict of interest but making this type of thing illegal would be a slippery slope. Just take it as a matter of course and get on with it.

more than 4 years ago
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"Windows 7 Compatible" PCs Must Be 64-bit

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Good (440 comments)

Too bad the article is complete bullshit and "compatible with windows 7" has nothing to do with selling PCs; it's a peripheral certification.

more than 4 years ago
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Wii Update 4.2 Tries (and Fails) To Block Homebrew

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Why is that legal? (520 comments)

It's because a lot of people fuck it up and try to get a warranty replacement rather than taking personal responsibility.

more than 4 years ago
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Fake Antivirus Overwhelming Scanners

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:The Flaw In "Additional Safety Software" (334 comments)

I have seen a lot less infections of this type on 64-bit Vista systems so it may be possible that some flaws are actually being closed (such as drivers requiring signatures, a pain for those of us trying to use certain free software but a boon for users prone to malware).

more than 4 years ago
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Fake Antivirus Overwhelming Scanners

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Motivation (334 comments)

It's not that it's an unfree market, it's more of a natural monopoly. Free market is not the solution to all problems. You are free to write and promote a new OS and take over the market but you won't because it's hard. Antitrust law is fundamentally anti-free-market so you obviously understand that market freedom has to be limited because of the human nature to take advantage of freedom. Leveraging antitrust law on MS is not a bad idea but it is of course a lot more complicated than that. I'm not sure about your proposed result but I suppose it could be possible. Alternatively, if software patents weren't such a problem maybe ReactOS would become a reality faster and implement some of the changes you wish for as a real competitor.

more than 4 years ago
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Fake Antivirus Overwhelming Scanners

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Getting these all over the place (334 comments)

Hopefully you are licensing it properly http://www.malwarebytes.org/corporate.php because the free license does not seem to cover using it in the way you are describing.

"1. Not to use this software for commercial use without proper licensing."

You should consider donating to the combofix developers as well if it's benefiting your company so much.

more than 4 years ago
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Fake Antivirus Overwhelming Scanners

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:AV2009 To The Rescue (334 comments)

I like Antivirus 2011 more, although it seems to use a bit more of my internet connection all the time for updates.

more than 4 years ago
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Fake Antivirus Overwhelming Scanners

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Major pain (334 comments)

Sadly, in the typical office this move would remove him from the employed group.

more than 4 years ago
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Fake Antivirus Overwhelming Scanners

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Are we surprised? (334 comments)

NOD32, Avira, and Avast are popular now, as well as Malwarebytes for the less destructive nasties.

more than 4 years ago
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Choosing a Personal Printer For the Long Haul

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:Do you really need color? (557 comments)

I sometimes try to convince people of this but most are blinded by the draw of new technology. Color laser used to be reserved for the rich but now anyone can afford it and just having it makes them feel better. A lot of tech purchases are due to an effect like this. The emotional component should not be discounted; the choice is more than a logical one.

more than 4 years ago
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Choosing a Personal Printer For the Long Haul

fbwhrdpmtajg Re:One suggestion (557 comments)

Some of the best windows support too, have you seen the quality of their drivers? Compared to Lexmark, HP, and Dell to name a few; It's wonderful.

more than 4 years ago

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