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Comment Case in point where this would have been great... (Score 5, Interesting) 552

Went to a Rob Zombie show rather recently. He was not happy with the sea of phones and asked several times for people to put them away before finally just saying, "You know guys, you all ask why it seems rock seems like it is dead. It's because of stuff like this. I'm a rocker, not a tv guy. I don't know what to do when all I see staring me in the face is a bunch of cameras. I can't do anything with that." Thankfully people finally got the damned hint and he went on with the show instead of leaving (and yes, it was fscking great - he even went through an entire White Zombie album on top of his solo stuff).

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 534

I would say it has a strong correlation (and that does not imply causation, of course), but being on good terms with one of the writers for Forbes has given me two bits of insight A) Millenials don't read Forbes as much as their elder siblings or parents (and Milennials are a large target market) B) outright blocking people who use adblockers without even offering them an alternative method of viewing by paying for the content with no ads at all (say, 5-10 cents per article depending on how recent the article is) is not doing them any favors, either. Like many others that I know, most people see the message that they can't access the content because of the anti-adblocker policy, they just go, "oh well", and find an alternative source of information, many people never returning.

I can imagine this would be more damaging to Wired than Forbes as a whole, since so much of the stuff offered by them can be sourced elsewhere, such as Scientific American, Engadget, etc. whom are all a very short search away and don't block people using adblockers from accessing their content.

Comment Re:Sound Issues (Score 1) 376

It's the Realtek chipset + drivers. My wife has this same issue, as do other people I know. Even with it being supposedly disabled in UEFI/BIOS, something is still going on, and I can't tell if it's a manufacturing defect (or they cheaped out and the parts aren't properly pathed, soldered, and shielded) and there is some sort of current leakage causing this or it is Windows deciding to ignore what UEFI/BIOS is telling it regarding the chipset and still polling it when it is disabled (causing an audio response that is the buzzing on the audiopath because of signal interference with other devices assigned to the same internal IRQ, usually USB hubs and Bluetooth). This bug has been around for awhile (I had it on a previous machine running Windows 7 64-bit that had Realtek audio, and on one of those old P4 XP machines that were a dime a dozen from Dell).

Comment This author is the truest example of... (Score 1) 729

PEBKAC that I have ever witnessed inside my entire 30 year existence in the computing world. On top of it, they are backhandedly trying to imply that everyone should waste money on those shit-tier consoles shoveled out by Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo that are years out of date when you pick them up from the shelf. Just no.

Comment Re:Not such a bad idea... (Score 1) 91

From what I've read elsewhere about the new laws, this isn't about protecting customers at all, but is protectionist to their own fledgling companies, but more importantly, it gives their government direct access to everything passing through those servers, and everything that direct access by the Turkish government implies. Oh, you live outside of Turkey and buy something from someone in Turkey? The entire unencrypted version of the data of that transaction is soon to be in the hands of Edrogan's government.

Comment Re:Always crying about profit margins... (Score 1) 257

Without removing the eMMC and using Toshiba's vendor codes to reset it to factory, I don't think even Samsung can unlock the bootloader once the command was given to blow those fuses, at least by any means that is convenient for the consumer. They probably could, but it would involve sending the phone back to Samsung and involve a few weeks of them taking the phone apart, paperwork, etc.

Comment Re:People online need to be more sensitive (Score 1) 379

This hasn't proven to be the case online at all - several major sites have tried setting higher standards of behavior by enforcing real name policies or Facebook logins along with stricter Terms of Service. All it has done is A) lower the number of comments overall B) make the trolls (and I admit to dipping my finger into that pond now and then) more creative and vicious, leading to an increase in the results of point A).

Even here on Slashdot where meta-moderation works reasonably well, we end up with obvious troll/Poe comments highly upvoted because obviously someone thinks it is amusing (for various reasons).

Comment Re:Story is complete BS (Score 1) 416

This is the guy the DOJ had extradited because he had/has possession of full dumps of the 30,000+ emails that Clinton had wiped from her servers before turning them over to the FBI. I wouldn't poo-poo him for a bit of attention seeking, because there is obviously some fire to be found where his smoke is coming from.

Comment Re:Hello firewall (Score 1) 407

Get it while the getting is good, because Oct 31, 2016 is the final cutoff date for Win7 Pro (retail versions of Enterprise, Home, Basic, and Ultimate are already cutoff) sales. From what I've gathered, they won't even activate keys after that date if they haven't been previously activated.

Subscribers to SA of course get downgrade rights, hah.

Comment Re:Microsoft (Score 1) 162

Microsoft tends to not only charge a license for the OS, but in the case of workstations (and servers), per physical CPU (and in certain cases, per CPU core), per virtual machine, and per seat fees on top of all of that. If your workstation meets a certain set of criteria, you may only license this version, but not that, etc, etc, etc.

Comment Re:The right direction (Score 1) 141

This makes sense, because if those dev renders for some of the upcoming Apple Macbooks are accurate, we're going to be facing a slew of laptops, etc that have no keyboards at all and rely on voice commands and a touch pad for everything. I bet anything Microsoft has been thinking along those same lines, and I know Google certainly has. This would explain the focus on centralizing Cortana.

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