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Comment Re:They're noticing this NOW? (Score 3, Informative) 498

Perhaps he's only just switched to a Win10 system as his primary machine recently. There's a big difference between poking around on a system for review purposes, to learn about its features, its design, its limitations, etc, and relying on it every day to be productive. I can attest, I was upset by the loss of control in Windows Update from day 1, but it wasn't until it ate one of my documents in-progress that I became furiously vocal about it.

Comment Attention tech manufacturers! (Score 1) 37

Stop trying to make your gadgets so ridiculously thin! Shaving an extra 4 mm off their profiles is not worth failure on this scale! Put some decent cooling in your chassis. Bonus points if you use some of that extra space for a real RAM slot, drive bay, or other modularities you've been quietly removing for the last few years!

Comment Best memory eh? (Score 2) 204

Say what you will about The Search for Spock as a whole; that sequence in which Kirk steals the Enterprise and escapes spacedock is one of the most engaging I can think of in all of cinema. Everything from "Don't call me Tiny" to "The doors Mr. Scott!" "Right sir! I'm working on it!", "Oh, I'll have Mr. Adventure eating out of my hand." all the way up to "Kirk, you do this, you'll never sit in the captain's chair again." It's an incredibly emotionally charged scene that is simultaneously tense, funny, and thrilling even though it takes place at 1/4 impulse power, there's no lens flare, and nobody gets choked or murdered or even shot at. That's classy fucking filmmaking. And scoring too! James Horner's finest work in my opinion.

Comment Re:What about Firefox's declining market share? (Score 1) 129

Oh but I AM a linux user! Gentoo masochist, through and through :-P
But yeah you're right; Firefox is the default for many distros, even if they have to call it Iceweasel or some such.
Of course, then its competition is Chromium, rather than the heavily branded and marketed Chrome. I wonder how big the Chromium user base is...

Comment Re:What about Firefox's declining market share? (Score 3, Insightful) 129

The fact that the growth has been non-Firefox is quite telling too. It means that people don't care too much what browser they use. It means that Firefox has a devoted fan base. It means that Firefox has a poor marketing strategy (go ahead and ask people if Firefox exists on Android and see if anyone knows).

I'm pretty sure this is god's honest truth. People who are aware of the technical differences between browsers do not swing the great "market share" % points up or down; they're the extreme minority. Most of the clients I encounter who use Chrome originally received it because it was automatically installed with CCleaner or Avast or whatever and they just didn't bother to uncheck the "gimme da bundleware!" box. That box is usually right next to the "Make this my default browser" box and the "Set Google as my homepage" box. Or they were harassed by GMail or Google.com to "try Chrome; you need it to use all the cool features of our site," and they didn't have a compelling reason not to (especially since they were probably coming from Explorer at the time). And so the habit is built.

Never once have I seen Firefox bundled with anything or asserting itself where it wasn't invited. Someone has to really TRY to install it, and that probably means they know why they might be doing so. It's definitely a "poor marketing strategy" compared with Google's, but which one do we want to reward?


Hacker Warns Starbucks of Security Flaw, Gets Accused of Fraud 107

Andy Smith writes: Here's another company that just doesn't get security research. White hat hacker Egor Homakov found a security flaw in Starbucks gift cards which allowed people to steal money from the company. He reported the flaw to Starbucks, but rather than thank him, the company accused him of fraud and said he had been acting maliciously.

Comment Re:Baking political correctness in society (Score 3, Insightful) 367

Liberal folks, this is your issue. The conservatives and libertarians are all over preserving the right to speech.

This, from the party that is attempting to ban the term "climate change"
Remember this? http://www.miamiherald.com/new... It's kinda recent...

I don't know why "free speech" seems to lose all its value when NOT being used to threaten women.

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