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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

kenh Re: The system is open to gaming (174 comments)

I'm certain the commissioners will each read every one of the million plus comments submitted before deciding what to do... If not, why ask for the comments in the first place?

They could have just organized a poll.

2 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

kenh Re: I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making statem (174 comments)

State PUCs regulate local internet fees, if the FCC does go after Net Neutrality they still won't regulate local prices for Internet access... Or connection speed... Or anything else you rant about.

2 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

kenh Re: "shadowy" ties to the Koch brothers' network. (174 comments)

They donâ(TM)t have to disclose their donors, unlike almost any other type of organization that advocates for or against candidates.

They are advocating against a gov't policy, not a candidate - in fact you could say they are 'educating' people about a given policy, much like any number of tax-exempt advocacy groups do...

2 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

kenh Re: Let me see if I understand this... (174 comments)

Typo:

No one is sledging the comments were not submitted falsely - each comment represents a valid comment.

Should have been:

No one is aledging the comments were submitted falsely - each comment represents a valid comment.

2 days ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

kenh Let me see if I understand this... (174 comments)

After a comprehensive analysis of the comments provided to the FCC regarding net neutrality, it was found that a great percentage were form letters based on one of some 30 templates one organization made available... So what?

No one is sledging the comments were not submitted falsely - each comment represents a valid comment.

The organizer of the form letter campaign gave people some thirty choices to find a message that resonates with them - each template represented different reasons to oppose net neutrality.

If abortion or the environment were the topic of the open comment period, would you discount form letter submissions from say the Sierra Club or Planned Parenthood because the wording was suggested by an advocacy group? Of course not.

2 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

kenh Re: Wait, what? (160 comments)

It isn't impossible to defend, why, just imagine how much more stable & reliable Windows would be if they blocked other software companies from accessing the Registry in Windows.

It is a perfectly defensible position, supported by every product manufacturer that puts either of the following warnings on their product:

"No user-serviceable parts inside"

"warranty void if seal broken"

5 days ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

kenh Remember... (160 comments)

"Windows ain't done till Lotus won't run"?

5 days ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

PC sales could start to resemble cellphone sales...

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

It will be no more inconvenient than paying a monthly Netflix fee, antivirus renewal, magazine or newspaper subscription...

People don't seem to find these subscriptions inconvenient, why should an OS subscription fee be a problem?

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

The vast majority of users of Office use leased copies already - it's called Software Assurance (or Educational Assistance for school students)... Retail Sales represents a significant revenue stream, but I suspect more dollars come in from the various license agreements.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

Subscription for updates after first year? Seems a pretty simple model to me.

If you like your three year-old OS that hasn't been patched you can keep it, if you want to keep it current, send us $29/year per system.

Just like countless Anti-virus software vendors do...

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: Counterpoint (415 comments)

OEMs will drop the pre-installs if the software doesn't add value...

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: Counterpoint (415 comments)

They paid frys and best buy to destroy copies of win 7 and office 2010 to force users to run an OS for tablets.

You have no idea what you are talking about.

Rather than have big box retailers physically ship back retail copies of older OS/software, they paid them to destroy them, giving them credit for each destroyed copy. This is how newstands process out-dated magazines and newspapers, they rip off the cover/front page and return that for credit, destroying the magazine for the publisher.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: Counterpoint (415 comments)

Because consumers are clueless about the subscription model, except, of course, for magazines, newspapers, Netflix, etc., right?

Consumers can handle the subscription model.

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: Counterpoint (415 comments)

If windows break - as it tend to do - use something else.

Uh, no, it doesn't - Windows 7 and 8.1 are very stable products successfully being used the majority of computer users. A few years ago millions of computer users were exposed to Linux for the first time on netbooks, and the vast majority of them asked 'can it run MS Office?' And when the answer came back 'No.' They carefully packed them back up and took them back to the store...

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

2020 will be the year of Linux!

about a week ago
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Microsoft's New Windows Monetization Methods Could Mean 'Subscriptions'

kenh Re: I'm sorry (415 comments)

Windows with Bing is free (as in beer), full capabilities version of Windows 8.1 for low-spec systems.

There is a long tradition of computer users that lease their OS - they are called mainframes.

about a week ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

kenh Re: Uh yeah? (193 comments)

Are you imagining a current consumer Chromebook will last 5 years?

Will the batteries last that long?

about two weeks ago
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Chromebooks Overtake iPads In US Education Market

kenh Re: Uh yeah? (193 comments)

The HP Stream 7, at $100 list price, is a very useful tablet. It only has 1 Gig of RAM, but with a quad-core CPU and flash storage (32 Gigs included, expandable with micro SDXC card) they perform quite well.

AND, they currently ship with 1 yr of Office 365 AND 1 yr of OneDrive storage, up to 1 TB. What does MS charge for a TB of storage for one year in OneDrive?

about two weeks ago

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MPC can't process Warranty Claims

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kenh writes "Something has gone horribly, horribly wrong at Gateway/MPC. Here is the very short version of my experience: Dec. 2005 I bought a Gateway Convertible laptop with a 3-year warranty. Oct. 8, 2008 I call MPC, who has taken over warranty calls for Gateway systems (they apparently bought the professional services arm of the company) I'm told part will ship next day. Oct. 20, 2008 I call back, find out where my part is (I had said Ground was fine for shipping), found out the warehouse shipping system had "been down for a week, it just came up, and the part will ship by Wednesday". Oct. 24, 2008 I call back, am told the part is out of stock, call back Wednesday, we should have a better handle on the inventory/ETA. Oct. 29, 2008 I call in, only to find the warehouse hasn't shipped anything for almost two weeks, the part is in stock, and the call center staff has no idea when the part will ship (the system is still down), it could be another week or so. Now, this is bad, but since my average wait time for each of these calls is around two hours, I have to believe I'm not the only customer in this situation. I'm wondering if any here knows the answer to what's going on at MPC?"
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Trouble in iTunes Paradise

kenh kenh writes  |  more than 7 years ago

kenh writes "Universal Music, responsible for one out of three new tunes released in the USA, has decided not to renew it's current 12 month contract — yet.[NYTimes Link] The dispute opens the possibility that Apple could lose the ability to offer Universal music for sale through iTunes, and that Universal could take it's music library to another seller. It is unclear what impact this possible change might have for iTunes customers that have bought Universal music from iTunes and need to re-load their iPod/computer if the deal is not renewed? Presumably Apple would have to keep any song ever sold on it's servers in perpetuity."
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kenh kenh writes  |  more than 8 years ago

kenh writes "For years my father has gotten along the Information Superhighway with just an i-Opener and an Earthlink account, but the internet has moved too far ahead of his burned-in-ROM browser to be useful tohim anymore (and dial-up is a bit slow these days). Anyway, while investigating various options (Apple Macintosh, Knoppix Linux/Ubuntu Linux with USB key file storage, WebTV) none are very appealing for various reasons. What, o fellow Slashdoter's are the real options today? The criterion are: Dial-up support, no update/anti-virus/etc pop-ups, and no software "update" downloads, support for PDFs, Flash, Javascript, etc. to accomodate modern websites. The i-Opener was 'foolproof", if things went wrong, you could just shut it off and try again, everything I see today lacks that ability (to varying extents)."

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