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Comment Shocking! (Score 1) 170

I can't believe a corporation would make a capital investment primarily in areas where people are more likely to be able to afford more profitable levels of service!

Next you'll be telling me that there are more Mercedes dealerships, pool service companies and expensive boutique stores in wealthy towns than poor ones, and that their customers tend to be wealthy people! Like I'd fall for that one...

Comment True Story (Score 1) 184

Dear Penthouse -

Whoops, wrong place.

Anyhow...About 22 or so years ago I was sitting in the hot tub with my girlfriend at her apartment complex in Mountain View when two dorky young guys come and jump in with us. I'm thinking "swell, we're usually alone out here all evening and there go my immediate plans for a little semi public nooky".

One starts talking about how he and the other guy are going to start up this search company named Yahoo and went on and on about it. Eventually they left and I turned to my girlfriend and said "That's the stupidest name I've ever heard of for a company".

And I think that sums up Yahoo. Disrupting others for a bit to no purpose, much rambling and meandering, and a silly name.

Not that "Google" is much better, or Microdick...err...Microsoft. It sounds so...little.

Comment Re: The power of a concentrated marketplace (Score 1) 184

The only thing I've used yahoo for in over ten years is for a site login when I'm going to troll someone.

I did use them as a news aggregator, but their innovation turned into moving things around and changing the font sizes, to the point where while the content never changed the look and feel did change enough to make it easy to just give up on them and use something that just did what it was supposed to do and didn't change layouts every 3 months.

Now I'm supremely pleased that I ignored their constant efforts to get me to give them my cell phone number and any other data to "secure my account". All they have is a 20 year old activation from a long dead email and a fake name.

Comment And now we all know... (Score 1) 190

...why I'm only going to buy Nexus devices. Almost every other phone I've bought was basically abandoned. If a couple of guys can do alternative roms and update the phone, the manufacturer should be able to do the same.

Apple updates older devices better than most android OEM's and they seem to have little trouble getting people to upgrade.

Comment I fixed this for $25 (Score 1) 236

I bought a box off Amazon for $25. It goes between the phone line and the phone. I can whitelist and blacklist numbers. When a number that isn't on the whitelist calls, they get a message saying to remove me from their telemarketer list or if they're someone I know to press '2' to put their call through. I can then whitelist anyone who asked to bypass. After 2 weeks, pretty much everyone I knew was whitelisted.

Kills robocallers dead, as they don't have ears and can't press 2.

Kills most telemarketers who are live calling. I've had two try to ring through. I just press the blacklist button, it hangs up for them and if they call again they get hung up on immediately. They get one ring and then click -dialtone-.

Other than those 2, my phone hasn't rung once from someone I don't know. Only the guy repairing my vacuum cleaner got confused about 'press 2', but he's not the brightest bulb in the factory.

Comment Unthrilled so far (Score 1) 177

Its turning on stuff I already turned off. I had cortana turned off (dont need, dont want) and it turned it back on. Apparently I have to add a registry key to turn it back off. Also turned on a bunch of windows notifications I had turned off.

What is it with the uber "we'd have to use a galaxy level stargate and a warp 20 capable ship to get to an ivory tower close enough" mentality with microsoft and stupid non customer centric crud like this?

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