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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

robbyb20 Re: What about other devices? (421 comments)

So why is Microsoft's fault that oems see that consumers want windows and pre-install it? Oems don't want to ship a computer to stores that don't work out of the box. Maybe the answer you're looking for isn't to blame msoft but the market and why someone hasn't stepped in to provide a linux alternative in stores.

No one, I repeat, no one wants to buy a computer that doesn't work out of box. You have 3 choices. Overpriced macs, same hard as mac windows machines for hundreds less, building the computer yourself for almost the same price as the windows machines and still needing to purchase or install an os.

about a week ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

robbyb20 Re: How does MS get away with it in the US? (421 comments)

So aren't you basically paying the apple tax with the hardware? Isn't that the same thing people are arguing about with windows desktops?!

about a week ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

robbyb20 Re: What about other devices? (421 comments)

Ever try hackintosh? Don't, works like shit. Mac OS is not free. Do people really think a mediocre i5 and mid range nvidia card with 4gb ram really costs $1500? Get outta here!

about a week ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

robbyb20 Re: I make my own clothes (421 comments)

Yes, anyone can hire someone to create a piece of software to do what you want, but why reinvent the wheel every single time?! Also makes compatibility and support almost non-existent.

about a week ago
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Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

robbyb20 Re: What about other devices? (421 comments)

So after reading up on the monopoly history of Microsoft regarding windows, I find a couple things contradictory.

1 - Microsoft was accused of anti-trust practices for undercutting other OS bundled with other software(Norton/DVD burning software/etc) to lower price. Side note, it's PC manufactures that decide this part, not Microsoft.
2 - Microsoft was then accused of bundling their software(media player/ie) as not giving competition a shot at market share.

Meanwhile
1 - Macs bundle their software(quick time/safari/etc) with their computers for an insanely high price and they are treated as a well oiled user experience.
2 - linux has free software that is usually not full featured and may perform certain functions very well.

So what's happening here is since Microsoft has a large foot print, they get beat when trying to lower price with bundled 3rd party apps, then gets beat because it comes with a full user experience, and now STILL gets beat because it's still considered a monopoly by internet people 10 years after the last judgement was handed down.

Now, about the Microsoft tax. Why can't pc manufactures sell pcs with an os on it? Those who don't want a pc with an os have lots of options available. Those who are want to buy a pc that they can start using right off the bat can buy either an expensive mac or a cheap windows machine. So now people want to piss on Microsoft again and say they don't want the os?! Wtf are they going to buy from pc manufactures that want to offer a full product? It's already been mentioned that some companies have tried the linux route and failed, what other option do they have?

about a week ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

robbyb20 Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Nice! I didn't take any taxis while I was in Italy(rented car) so I can't comment on the European taxi quality but it sounds like the taxis in Berlin are nice.

Is there a way to easily get one or do they require you to call one provider or stand on the road for one to pass?

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

robbyb20 Re: Uber is quite retarded (341 comments)

Ha, i dont konw what taxis you get into but the ones in chicago are usually in pretty bad shape. Brakes sound like they need to be changed, AC RARELY works and most times the smell is nauseating.

I have had some bad Uber-x cars as well but since they are owned by one person, they usually are able to take better care of it beyond what the Taxis that run 24/7 with different drivers are able to do.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

robbyb20 Re:There's more to EU transport than cheapness (341 comments)

The argument over rape/killer always gets me. When ever you get into an uber car, it automatically sends you the driver info to your email account and registers it with uber.

When ever I get into a taxi, I have to take the name and number down, then email or text it to a friend to make sure they dont do the same.

Did you know most people dont do that? How many times have you gotten into a cab and not remembered who the driver was? Or the Taxi number for that? Wouldnt it be nice if there was a system that automatically logged it all? I wonder which one does that, the "regulated" taxi or the "unregulated" uber.

about a month ago
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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

robbyb20 Re:Average people just don't like hipsters. (341 comments)

Are you talking about the EU or US? Just giving an example but most of Chicago uses it. From hipsters to soccer moms to loop business professionals to college students.

Might be different in Berlin tho!

And yes, Lyft is the "hipster" one. I dont like those.

about a month ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

robbyb20 Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

I would like to direct this more towards those that talking about bundling and being forced into it. if it makes it cheaper, i dont underdtand the problem. no one can force you into a higher priced bundle.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

robbyb20 Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

Just so that I understand correctly, are you saying that if they give you extra services for free, they will knock 30-40 off your bill? Or are you saying that if you have, lets say a $100 internet bill, and they add phones for which is normally a $40 service to your account, that they will make your total bill $30-40 cheaper($60 total bill) or that with the bundled service, internet comes down to $60 and you pay $40 for the phone?

I doubt anyone is giving away *free* service and if you're paying more for a bundle, then you arent being forced into anything since you have a choice. They are discounting services on the line item but its still more because you are bundling. That doesnt mean that the internet service, which costs $100 normally is actually really only $60 and they are MAKING you get phone service as well for $40.

What Im trying to say is, nothing is bundled for free and they will never add additional services for free because you bundled. Youll always pay more for 2 services rather than one, even if they make it seem like a deal with each costing less separate but in a bundled pair. Im going to use $80 as the bundled internet option since thats more appropriate.
$100(internet) + $0(no bundle) = $100
$80(internet) + $40(phone) = $120

Youre not paying less because its bundled, youre paying more because youre adding service on. Also, IF on the chance your bill goes down because of the bundle, who cares that you have TV, dont use it!

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

robbyb20 Re:Just refuse the new gear (224 comments)

And at that point, their service calls become quite the hassle for the end users, especially mom and pops and those who arent as versed.

Oh, are you using our modem? NO? Sorry, cant help you with your internet problems.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

robbyb20 Re: Compared to what?!? (224 comments)

I think what hes saying is that someone could theoretically setup a wifi network with the same AP name, create a page that looks similar to the comcast login page and just steal customers credentials that try and connect thru it because they are familiar with the AP name.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

robbyb20 Re: Compared to what?!? (224 comments)

Yes, I can confirm this. To use the "public wifi", you must first be a Comcast customer. When you connect to an AP, you are required to login with your comcast credentials to get connected to the net.

about a month and a half ago
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The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

robbyb20 Re:Crapfinity (224 comments)

How are they forcing you to do anything when they dont get any additional money from the deal(if the numbers are correct)?

They are FORCED to get a free service if internet service is $65 and if they get TV added on its $0 a month extra? Im having a hard time following the logic of a forced bundle which increases the cost of this service.

about a month and a half ago

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