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Billionaires Secretly Fund Vast Climate Denial Network

mosch Secretly? (848 comments)

Was there somebody who didn't know this was going on?  Petrochemical plutocrats were obviously behind this.  In many cases they didn't even bother to hide.

about a year and a half ago

Give Us Your Personal Data Or Pay Full Fare

mosch Re:You have to wonder at some point (342 comments)

Airlines make all their profit from a tiny sliver of their customer-base who decide to be brand loyal.

The airlines themselves are always going bankrupt because it's nearly perfect competition.  Most people just buy the cheapest ticket from A to B, with no second thoughts.  These programs help create a small number of customers who fly a specific airline or alliance, which gives them a slight edge.

I won't take an extra trip because I'm Premier 1K, but it does make me more likely to book on United than US Airways, since in the one case I'm likely to get upgraded and in the other case I'm not.

about a year and a half ago

Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

mosch Re:Bad News for Repair Shops (1009 comments)

Oh give me a break.  You're in a dying business and you're blaming others for the fact that your services aren't as valuable as they used to be.

Desktop PCs used to be quite expensive, now they're not.  Now they're so cheap that most people wouldn't even think about repair.

The shift to cloud services adds pressure to this.  If your QuickBooks computer died, you had a huge problem.  But if your QuickbooksOnline.Intuit.Com computer dies, you just get another web browser.

The shift to lightweight/mobile adds pressure to this as well.  Desktops are now the exception, not the rule.  The rule is now phones, laptops, and tablets in that order.  Devices that are hard to service because making them serviceable would add weight and cost to every unit sold.

You need a new business model.  That happens.  Stop blaming Intel for the fact that it's not 1995 anymore.

about 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

mosch Re:Thanks for all the Fish Wrapper (1521 comments)


Thanks for Chips n' Dips, and Slashdot.  I hope you enjoy a little bit of respite while you discover what you want for the next step in your career.  You started out with a big, highly influential bang, and I'm glad you're getting a bit of rest now.

All the best,
- some asshole on the internet who you don't actually know, but who is glad you did what you did.

about 3 years ago

Michael Dell Says Windows 7 Will Make You Love PCs

mosch Dell Financials (627 comments)

Revenue Q2 2008:  $14,147m
Revenue Q2 2009:  $10,623m

Profit YTD 2008:  $1,400m
Profit YTD 2009: $762m

Yeah... If I was Michael Dell, I'd be working to sell the idea that Windows 7 is going to make you love a PC too.  Especially if you bought a lot of other expensive shit.

more than 4 years ago

DragonFly 2.4 Released

mosch Re:very nice BSD distribution (73 comments)

I use it on 8 and 12 systems, under constantly high load, and haven't experienced instability.

Not saying it doesn't exist, but this is the first I've even heard of such a problem.

about 5 years ago

Feds Ask IT Execs To Throw Away Cellphones After Visiting China

mosch Re:They must be that good. (382 comments)

For the cell phone, maybe they're concerned about China pushing out OTA firmware upgrades?

about 5 years ago

Windows 7 Touch, Dead On Arrival

mosch Re:Laptop yes. Desktop never. (352 comments)

I just wish Apple would sell a desktop keyboard with a multi-touch pad attached to it.

I really like it on the laptop, but then I switch to my desk, and... nada.

about 5 years ago

IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

mosch Re:I think that (684 comments)

Before I got an iPhone, I had a GSM BlackBerry 8800 on T-Mobile. The experiences were not similar.

BlackBerry -- I use a third party sync software that does a really mediocre job of syncing contacts from my address book to my phone and back. It routinely creates double-entries of existing contacts. It's so bad at merging information that I have to use it as a one-way sync, either going only from phone to computer, or only computer to phone. When I try to do both ways at once, it constantly munges things.

iPhone -- I add or update somebody's phone or email address to my address book, and within a few minutes that contact is synced into my phone, over the air. If I do it on the phone, my address book on my computer syncs within a few minutes as well. It's all seamless.


BlackBerry Media Player -- LOL horrible.... just completely and totally horrible. Sync was a pain in the ass. The usability bad, but the battery life was complete shit if I tried to use it for a day.

iPhone Media Player -- Works pretty well. Sync is easy. Menus are easy. I can listen to music all day, and not run out of battery.

about 5 years ago

IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

mosch Re:I think that (684 comments)

It's a feature, not a bug.

You carry an iPhone, and you drive away bigoted retards who judge people on pathetically stupid stereotypes.

about 5 years ago

Why Users Drop Open Source Apps For Proprietary Alternatives

mosch Re:Stability (891 comments)

On top of reliability, I vote for pointless complexity.

Just because something *can* be configurable doesn't mean it must be. In most cases I'd be happier with some reasonable defaults.

Also, if you have lots of esoteric features that are meant for 5% of your users, please design your user interface accordingly, so that the other 95% of us can easily ignore that functionality.

about 5 years ago

New Logitech Dark Field Mice Operate On Glass

mosch Re:Dark Field Microscopy... (225 comments)

I have a glass desk. It'd be nice to be able to mouse on it directly.

about 5 years ago

Deposit Checks By iPhone

mosch Re:Funny (293 comments)

I've never used them for banking.. BUT for insurance.. they are by far the best i've ever seen

I've had pretty much every possible kind of account with USAA, and they're completely top notch.

I just tried out the updated app, and the Deposit@Mobile feature worked perfectly. I'm a fan.

more than 5 years ago

Researchers Discover That Sand Behaves Like Water

mosch Re:hmm... (192 comments)

Had you read their research, you'd know that they tested this, and found it was not the case.

Sadly, it's a lot easier to post snarky comments than it is to do the 3 minutes of research required to determine that the snarky know-it-all was, in fact, wrong.

more than 5 years ago

When VMware Performance Fails, Try BSD Jails

mosch Re:XenServer worked for us (361 comments)

Zones are like jails... if jails had something resembling resource management.

more than 5 years ago

What To Do When a Megacorp Wants To Buy You?

mosch Do you want an exit? (412 comments)

If you want to do *exactly this* for the rest of your life, say no.

But if you're like most entrepreneurs I know, that's not the case. It's likely that you could take the money, and pursue a new idea, developing another company, new employees, etc... and having some extra money in the bank will make all that a LOT easier.

As somebody who has done a few startups now, I can assure you that money matters. Because more money means you can chase bigger ideas with less pressure.

more than 5 years ago

US ISPs Using Push Polling To Stop Cheap Internet

mosch Re:Only one way for city and citizens to win (417 comments)

I really like this idea.

I'd like it even more if they included a wind-down clause in which the city agreed to sell the network if a carefully designed measure of efficiency and reliability stopped being met. This way if private firms demonstrated that they had become superior to the city, there would be an automatic end of the government's venture.

more than 5 years ago

April Fools Sees Fake Extra Millions For Users of Brokerage Site

mosch Re:Not an April Fools Prank (280 comments)

Nonsense. Mistakes can happen on the other 364 days, but on April 1st they are all purposeful pranks!

more than 5 years ago

Tesla Releases First Official Photos of Model S Sedan

mosch Re:American cars.... (378 comments)

> "That's great, but why don't they make it affordable for me?"

$50k is pretty damned affordable. I mean, it's not dirt cheap, but the roads are full of cars and trucks that cost that much and aren't nearly as innovative.

more than 5 years ago

Tesla Releases First Official Photos of Model S Sedan

mosch Re:American cars.... (378 comments)

My car has RFID keys, with doors that can be unlocked via proximity. (There's a button on the door handles, and on the trunk, that unlock things if the key is in range.)

The range is actually pretty short. Maybe 3-4 feet. Also, it's directional. If you're behind the car, you can pop the trunk, but you need to be beside the door to unlock the doors.

If you're inside the car, then the outside sensors don't work, because the key isn't in the right spot. It's inside the car. As such, you can lock the car, and the outside buttons won't function, since the key is not in the correct position, outside the door.

It's a reasonably well thought-out system.

more than 5 years ago



U2 Calls For End of Safe Harbour and Poverty.

mosch mosch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

mosch (204) writes "U2 has always taken strong political stances against injustices not only in Ireland, but across the world. Bono has become an icon in these matters. Recently, their long-time manager Paul McGuiness released his own political missive calling for an end of safe habour provisions, mandatory ISP content filtering and the termination of any internet connection used to download "Sunday, Bloody Sunday" without first giving some more money to the band."

Copy that floppy? Lose that 'puter.

mosch mosch writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Kevin Way (204) writes "A new copyright bill would create a new government agency in charge of copyright enforcement, increase fines, and grant it sweeping new powers. In particular, the bill grants this new agency the right to seize any computer or network hardware used to "facilitate" a copyright crime and auction it off. You would not need to be found guilty at trial to face this penalty. You may want to read a justication of it, and criticism presented by Declan McCullagh, The EFF, and Public Knowledge."


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