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Comment Re:Were the users randomized? (Score 1) 482

In most places I've worked, if you were allowed to use Linux as your desktop OS at all; you were on your own and completely unsupported by IT, whether you needed it or nor.

Same here. They were clueless and I loved it. They weren't all up in my box all the time and I got my work done despite their "best practices." One time, they even sent out a flunkie to check out why my IP address was refusing when they pushed Windows updates. I had a good belly laugh over that one.

Comment Re:Love Theaters (Score 1) 134

But don't care about exclusivity. I go for the experience and see both first run films and special presentations of classics. I prefer clean theaters with awesome staff and fresh concessions. That's where theater owners should focus: great popcorn served with an enthusiastic smile.

What color is the sky in your world?

Comment It's About Time (Score 2) 77

Reviews for low cost objects were getting pointless. If you search for something, the most "relevant" search would show an item with 350 reviews. 340 of those reviews were "incentivized." It was getting ridiculous. I would search through pages of reviews for any that were real customers. I started looking elsewhere for my online reviews and shopping.

Comment Re:Hubris, pride comes before a fall (Score 1) 292

It's irrelevant to you and some others, perhaps because you hate Apple, or iPhone, or lack of analysis.

I have no hate for Apple. I used to have an iPhone. In fact, after the Windows 10 update debacle, I looked into switching to Apple for my next laptop. However, I personally think dropping the headphone jack was boneheaded. And I think the constant enthusiasm for thinner & lighter at the expense of battery life is pretty dim too.

Your dismissal of wireless charging tells me that the "supersize whoosh" you hear might be for you. Whether or not you have to plug in a charging cable or place a phone in a precise location is irrelevant to the discussion I and the GP were having. There are no "technical considerations" in dispute and in fact Qi wireless charging worked wonderfully on my last phone. The important point is a matter of access to charging stations. I'm not tied to an office all the time, and I enjoy going places where there are no easily accessible USB ports, electric outlets, or phone chargers nearby. I don't want to have to worry if my battery will last until I get home. Millennial hipsters crack me up when I see them in a desperate search for an outlet to charge their junk wherever they go.

Comment Re:But it goes boom. (Score 1) 292

So my choices are: a) A device with a talk time of 24 hours and explodes. b) A device with a talk time of 12 hours and doesn't explode.

Kudos to Apple for prioritizing the right things.

My Nexus 5X has 16:57 ( talk time and it doesn't blow up. It also only cost me $249. And if it is like my Nexus 4, I'll keep it for 3 and a half years before I start looking for a replacement.

I left Apple after my iPhone 3G died because, for my usage case, they weren't even on the map when it comes to value for your money. I don't feel the need for the newest shiny and I have other things I want to spend my money on.

Comment Re:Hubris, pride comes before a fall (Score 1) 292

I don't really have a dog in this fight as I don't listen to music on my phone, but...

It's nice that you enjoy having more accessories that you need to keep charged. Do you have a big bank of chargers in the rec room to keep your speakers, headphones, the phone itself, etc. all topped off?

Remarkably little trouble, just plugging them little suckers in every so often. In fact, the action of plugging the headsets into the USB cable is - and get this - somewhat similar in activity and muscle meory to - who knew? - plugging in a wired headset!

I believe the GP's argument had very little to do with the amount of effort require to connect to the charger, but rather the fact that you are again tied to a charger for another short lived battery powered device. In fact, the summary emphasizes the battery life of the devices tested and charging more frequently. But... I'm guessing you were already aware of that and wanted to make some irrelevant point.

Comment Re:Rising prices and declining content (Score 1) 250

Any of you actually sit down and watch TV lately? It's seriously for morons. Fantastically stupid shit shoved in to your eyeballs. I used to wonder why we've got such a cultural divide in the US. No longer. TV turns you in to a fucking idiot.

This is one of the reasons I cut the cord three years ago. All the channels I used to enjoy went to shit. Discovery, TLC, A&E, History, SciFi (or SyFy) and even the weather channel were all shells of the former selves. Hell, you couldn't even get the damn headlines anymore from CNN Headline News or whatever they were calling it when I left. I found myself watching less and less TV until I realized I wouldn't miss anything and it was costing me $165 for my bundle each month. Now I have Netflix, a roof antenna, MythTV, and internet only. It costs me about $68 per month for all of it. I save nearly $1,200 every year and I don't miss it at all.

Comment Re:They'll come crawling back (Score 1) 277

Absolutely nothing can beat Microsoft software at crapping out. They achieved their position with pure marketing and kickbacks. If those advantages are somehow countered there's simply no way Microsoft could be seriously considered for anything.

Amen. Just yesterday, I had to clean up two Windows 10 machines that "updated" over the prior night and no longer worked correctly. One machine had a network printer that just quit working. The other had a local printer AND a wireless network device which quit working. Every day is a new Windows 10 repair. I get more jobs from making Windows work after updates than I do cleaning up malware anymore.

Windows 10 users are all beta (or alpha) testers.

Comment Re:Not really (Score 2) 256

Everything is not rosy with Walmart's penchant to do away with workers. One thing is an exploding crime problem at their stores because there is not enough personnel around. Who wants to go shopping in a crime zone? That and a popular local Walmart has an extremely hard time keeping the store shelves stocked. It's wonderful to have low prices, but I usually am wasting my time going there only to see empty shelves.

So disposing of workers only goes so far. I simply do not believe that our android workers will arrive in the near future to mitigate these problems created by lack of workers.

Amen! I stopped at a Walmart on the way home from a family reunion a few years ago in an area I assumed should be safe. A friend of mine had warned me about that location since it was near his home, but I thought he was joking. I was afraid I wouldn't make it back to my car. I had my kids lock themselves in the car while I put away the groceries. I never returned there again.

The Bloomberg article is eye-opening. The Walmart closest to me is a shithole. The shelves are frequently empty and the customers do not look like "natives." I live in a fairly affluent area and I always wondered why the Walmart three miles down the road is so run down, especially after the huge expansion a couple years ago. It is in a very congested retail area with a large mall and NONE of the other stores in the area look anything like it. It looks like the Walmart crime/demographics database is the secret reason why there are so few employees running the place. You hardly ever see more than a handful of employees. I usually drive much farther and go to a better stocked, cleaner and safer Walmart in a blue collar area when I need staple groceries.

I remember when Walmart first opened in our region back in 1991 and ran Kmart and a couple grocery chains out. Their stores were clean and you could never find an empty shelf. When they ran out of an item, the tags were removed and something else was put in its place until the stock truck arrived. Now it's a disaster area. If it weren't for canned and dry goods groceries, water softener salt and soaps, I'd abandon them completely.

Comment Re:Is this so hard (Score 2) 113

It could also get legitimate numbers (collection agencies following the law) blacklisted wrongly because people don't like them...

Follow the law? These parasites do NOT follow the law. I had one debt collector robocall my house every day for six months before I even knew who it was calling me. Then I spent another six months trying to convince them that the person they were looking for was not at my number. They had a SIMILAR name as my 13-year-old son. I finally had to threaten them with reporting them to the phone company for harassment and turning them into the state Attorney General's office for illegal debt collection practices to get them to quit. That finally got their attention.

Year's later, I started getting debt collectors looking for my ex-wife that I had divorced seven years prior. I had a hard time getting them to stop too. And when I bought my son his first cell phone, for six months he was badgered by debt collectors looking for the previous owner of his number. That cost me real money as I was paying for his service by the minute at the time.

I would be happy as a clam to see those unscrupulous cock smokers lose their ability to harass innocent people even if it meant they could no longer do their job. Debt collectors are waaaaayyy over the line separating legitimate collection and outright harassment and abuse. If they can't police themselves, I have no problem shutting them down with technology.

/End Rant

Comment Re:Privacy is a Right? (Score 1) 120

"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."

The ninth amendment was included in the Bill or Rights precisely to prevent governements and other authorities from claiming that the list of rights enumerated in the constitution was an comprehensive list

Every time I hear someone say where does it say X in the Constitution, I know they never made it to the 9th in their reading.

Comment Re:Truly protecting privacy is NOT profitable (Score 1) 120

There was a warrant involved, the owners of the phone were dead, so have no right to privacy, so there was no constitutional or privacy issue.

And Apple was an uninvolved third party conscripted against its will to perform duties against its conscience. Would you be so eager to be conscripted to work on a project for an arbitrary government agency just because you knew how to do the job? Particularly if you thought the project might affect the reputation or long term profitability of your business?

This was Apple making a stand to raise their sales numbers, that is all it was.

And sometimes people do the right things for the wrong reasons.

Also, them taking this stand did not stop the tool from being created and used, and guess what? It didn't get abused and leaked to the internet!

As far as you know.

Comment Re:Windows 10 experience (Score 1) 376

That is precisely why I give MS the ole middle finger on every machine I set up when it wants me to create a Microsoft account. I NEVER use a Microsoft account as part of the login of the main user. I always also add a second user for emergencies. I have seen too many people get locked out of their AD machines at work to ever use cloud authentication. It's just plain stupid on a home laptop.

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