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Apple 1 Sells At Auction For $905,000

sremick Re:No surprise (81 comments)

Unless you ever want to upgrade or repair it. But of course hardware never fails and 8GB RAM should be fine for years.

Epoxied batteries, soldered RAM, nonstandard SSDs... it's insane anti-consumer BS.

about a month ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

sremick Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

Also, there's no reason cellular 911 service shouldn't be ultra-reliable.

http://www.mychamplainvalley.c...

What are the odds that all 4 of them will have ALL their overlapping cell towers in an area knocked-out?

What are the odds your family isn't all on a single cellular carrier, making you unable to take advantage of such redundancy?

about a month ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

sremick Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

What is this land line you speak of?

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline. No excuses.

The monthly cost of a landline is cheap insurance in the event of an emergency. Cell towers go down, fail, become over-congested, and cell phone batteries die.

about a month ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

sremick Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

whats a landline.

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline. No excuses.

The monthly cost of a landline is cheap insurance in the event of an emergency. Cell towers go down, fail, become over-congested, and cell phone batteries die.

about a month ago
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Software Glitch Caused 911 Outage For 11 Million People

sremick Re:backup for 911 (115 comments)

What landline?

If you care enough about 911 and emergency situations to be reading this article, and you don't have a landline, then that's on you for being irresponsible. People spend more on texting than it costs to have a landline. No excuses.

The monthly cost of a landline is cheap insurance in the event of an emergency. Cell towers go down, fail, become over-congested, and cell phone batteries die.

about a month ago
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ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards

sremick Re:Is there no commandline? (345 comments)

Wake me up when there's a Nexus device with a MicroSD slot. Until then, I couldn't care less about Nexus devices as apparently they don't care about me or all the other countless users who have learned and conditioned their usage of their smartphone around what used to be a standard, logical feature.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

sremick Re:Microsoft Natural Keyboard, before they fschked (635 comments)

My old Northgate Omnikey keyboard had the keycap letterings not printed in paint, but as plastic molded throughout the entire thickness of the key. There was no possible way to wear it off. It was also full-mechanical with a metal base. Could be switched to Dvorak layout in 2 presses.

I miss that keyboard.

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

sremick Re:Telnet-based BBS. (635 comments)

Holy shit, ISCABBS is still around? I spent a ton of time on that back in the early 90s and made a lot of friends there (none of whom I have heard from in eons of course).

about 3 months ago
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Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

sremick As well as this SlashDot article (239 comments)

Soon you won't be finding this Slashdot article in EU Google searches either.

about 5 months ago
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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

sremick Re:Why do we have screen savers? (349 comments)

Burn-in is also a problem on OLED screens (having experienced it first-hand). As we see more and more of these, the issue will regrow.

But I agree: auto power-off is preferable.

about 5 months ago
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FreeDOS Is 20 Years Old

sremick Re:A popular laptop OS? (133 comments)

Dell most certainly does still offer FreeDOS. Perhaps just on some of their business line, but it's there.

We've chosen it to save money when we were just going to put our own non-MS OS on there. Ubunutu is also an option on a number of models. RHEL too, but that'll cost you.

about 5 months ago
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Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

sremick Updating? (61 comments)

I ditched Linux Mint as an option for my clients when I discovered that major updates required a complete, clean re-install. I switched to Xubuntu and have been perfectly happy. Since kicking Mint to the curb I haven't paid much close attention. Is this still the case with major version upgrades?

about 5 months ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

sremick Re:Removable battery? (176 comments)

You're joking right? Consumers are pushing a desire for thinner lighter devices capable of longer and longer run-times with higher loads.

Believe it or not, consumers also like to not have to replace their device in 2 years because the battery only holds half the capacity it used to. Just because it's not on the box or part of the advertisement's spiel doesn't mean it's not something consumers care about. There are plenty of consumers who can see into the future beyond the length of their nose.

Something has to give when you are designing around these requirements. A lot of modern devices are thin because their batteries lack any kind of protection. Using flat lithium cells gives the designer far more flexibility to design a product rather than having a full battery pack with protective case and protection circuit.

You seem to be under the misconception that these rule each other out. Do you do much electronics repair? How many devices have you owned? Opened? Replaced the batteries on? I am on a tablet right now that is thinner than a Microsoft Surface Pro 2, but unlike the Surface it has a user-removable battery and doesn't sacrifice run-time to get it. My cell phone is thinner than an iPhone... and guess what? Removable battery.

Manufacturers aren't making non-removable batteries because of design constraints. They're making them non-removable because it ensures that when the battery wears out, the consumer is forced to buy a new model. Otherwise why permanently epoxy the battery into the device? I know all about unprotected lithium cells... I'm a certified Apple technician and have opened plenty of MacBooks. But you can have a battery that uses the case of the device to protect it without gluing the damn thing in so it can't even be serviced by someone with the proper training and tools.

The average consumer is likely to damage the types of batteries used in these devices and burn their house down in the process.

I'm well aware of this... it's made quite clear in our training and quite obvious when you're working on them daily. But it's not as necessary as you've been fooled to think. The "design constraints" and "users are demanding thinner" is just the bullshit lines they've come up with as an excuse to mask the actual reason: enforced obsolescence and increased revenue stream. If it were actually true, there would be no need for the epoxy, and no other manufacturers proving them wrong.

Given the pace of technology and the average use life of such devices, replaceable battery is one feature I really no longer care about.

That's nice. Not everyone is rolling in cash and prepared to buy a new phone or tablet every 2 years, especially when there's no technical reason to have to do so. Consumers have been conditioned to accept a worn-out battery as a legitimate reason to trash their otherwise perfectly functional and adequate device, which is insane and inexcusable. This would've never been accepted pre-iPhone/iPod. My sister's HTC One X is less than 2 years old and already can't hold a charge worth a damn. The phone is already 3 times the phone she needs, so why should she be forced to buy a new one? It's criminal. Luckily I am willing to replace it for her but HTC has made it unnecessarily difficult for no legitimate reason. There are thinner phones with user-replaceable batteries... they could've made it so she could do it herself, but that wasn't advantageous to their bottom line.

And if the batteries actually fail a quick and quite cheap trip to the repair shop will see it swapped out.

WHAT "repair shop"? Maybe for the lucky subset of people who live in cities near an Apple Store or some other electronics shop. But guess what? There's a lot more to the USA and world than the big cities. And the fact remains: there's no need for it to not be replaceable by the consumer. There's no need for them to pay $80 to have someone replace a $5 battery. And there's no reason to epoxy the batteries in so the repair shop can't even replace just the battery.

It's a scam, it's bullshit, it's anti-consumer, and it should be criminal. Unfortunately they've sufficiently brainwashed you so that you're inclined to parrot their same line which helps them spread the lie and make you an unpaid salesforce on their behalf, but those of us who have opened enough off these devices, and seen enough of what is possible, know the truth. It's too bad that the technically-informed are the minority of consumers, leaving the majority to be taken advantage of by the manufacturers, but unfortunately that's been the case for years.

about 5 months ago
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Samsung Debuts Thin Galaxy Tab S With Super AMOLED 2560X1600 Display

sremick Removable battery? (176 comments)

Does this have a removable battery?

I've stopped buying consumer electronics that take the markedly ANTI-consumer and needless action of making non-removable batteries. I realize this eliminates most tablets* but I really have little use for a tablet (my job has provided several for me to use but I really couldn't care less about them, having tried them).

* - And all Apple hardware, but I'm ok with that too.

about 5 months ago
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Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

sremick Re: The FCC has no right to dictate terms (208 comments)

You obviously haven't lived or even traveled anywhere where there are mountains.

Newsflash: the world isn't flat, and radio signals have difficulty passing through hundreds (or thousands) of feet of solid rock.

There's no cell service where I live. Radio reception is fuzzy. I can barely get satellite TV due to the position of the mountains. My internet has to be DSL as Comcast will never run cable out here.

about 6 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

sremick Re:Blank Media (477 comments)

And Netflix/Hulu/Amazon will happily stream you that fast? I highly doubt it. I have a 6Mbit/s DSL connection and Netflix won't even saturate that, although Amazon and Hulu do a better so it's not my internet connection throttling Netflix.

My car can go a lot faster than the 20MPH it was stuck in traffic the other day doing for a long time too. The potential of the pipe is only one factor.

about 7 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

sremick Re:Blank Media (477 comments)

Sounds like nobody wants to live there. Wonder why that is..

Yeah, I wonder... it's so awful here:

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about 7 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

sremick Re:Blank Media (477 comments)

The comparison was about legit physical media versus legit streaming services. Not about illegally pirated movies. That's an entirely separate issue and has nothing to do with what I was talking about

about 7 months ago
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Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

sremick Re:Blank Media (477 comments)

Most of the USA isn't cities. City folks have an awfully distorted sense of what is "normal" and have no concept of what the rest of the world live like. My town has a population of less than 4000. The largest "city" in my state has barely over 40,000.

about 7 months ago

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