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Comment: Re:Application installers suck. (Score 1) 324

by Amtrak (#48805211) Attached to: How To Hijack Your Own Windows System With Bundled Downloads

Microsoft has tried to kill normal installers twice now. The first one was with Click Once, which only installs things in a non-privileged mode. The other one is Windows Store in Windows 8. They tried to even force this in Win RT and everyone bitched.

Microsoft is damned if they do and damned if they don't. They can't take away normal installers because people will go "WTF!! Why can't I install Super Coupon Bug!" and they can't leave them in because people will go "WTF!!! Why did you let Super Coupon Bug install a virus!".

Though I have to say at my company we are happy to remove the ability to run all installers except for signed click once installers through our group policy.

Comment: Re: Nosedive (Score 1, Informative) 598

by Amtrak (#48741095) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

My kid only makes a phone call when she's mad about something. Because, apparently, text messaging isn't loud enough. Or something.

So I had this explained to me by my much younger brother. He said that people his age (18) don't like making phone calls because they see it as intruding on the receiving parties time by forcing them to answer now. Where as a text message is more of an answer when you can affair. This makes total sense with your kid calling you when mad. Because he/she is mad calling you is there way of inconveniencing you with there anger just like an angry child might throw a toy at you.

Comment: Re:Tablet? (Score 4, Interesting) 328

by Amtrak (#48697895) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

Like I said, anecdote alert. But I think that aside from computer professionals, many people can be more than suited by an ipad + tablet case. The number of edge cases where a laptop works but an ipad doesn't work keeps on shrinking. Rumor mill says Apple will be updating the MacBook air to be a tablet/laptop hybrid, possibly like the set up I described. That would be cool!

I know this is Slashdot so this is a little against the group think but isn't what you described exactly what Microsoft is trying to do with the surface? They made 2 versions, one that is stripped down with great battery life that runs office and a web browser. Then another one that is for professionals that is a full fledged ultra book.

I have used a surface pro 2 and it was a pretty good laptop for data viewing, though I still like a real laptop for coding work. I can see it being the only computing device someone like my wife would ever need.

I think in the long run the tablet market will be squeezed out by phones taking away the bottom and laptops taking away the top. Because lets be honest an iPhone 6+ is a great personal Netflix viewer and a Surface Pro or Convertible Mac Book Air would be better than a tablet with a keyboard case.

Comment: Re: This is silly (Score 1) 720

by Amtrak (#48221943) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Did people argue against the automobile because buggy whip workers would turn to a life of crime when they lose their jobs?

There are always Luddites so probably.

We call them environmentalists today. Now someone build me a fusion reactor that works so I can afford heat my driveway and never shovel snow again! Waste heat destroying the environment be dammed! /Sarcasm

Comment: Re:This is silly (Score 2) 720

by Amtrak (#48221777) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes
You can take this as anecdotal but my wife works closely with people on welfare through a charity and it is quite common for them to get 1 or 2 free phones from the government. These are not iPhones but cheap android or feature phones like you would get with a pre-paid plan. However, the people who get them treat them like burners. It's quite ridiculous yet at the same time my wife says that not giving them phones is basically resigning them to poverty because if you don't have a phone number to put down on your application no one will take you seriously and when you choices are a phone or food the decision on what to buy becomes obvious.

Comment: Password reUse (Score 2) 549

by Amtrak (#48134371) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct
While I agree with the researchers point that dictionary attacks are the biggest risk for passwords and that you shouldn't use the same password for every account you have I don't think that a password manager is required for all situations. For example I use the same password for Slashdot, Engadget, Toms Hardware and a few other entertainment accounts. None of these accounts can really cost me money so who cares if someone gets the password? I can just make a new one. So I don't think that sharing passwords in this case is bad. I call this password my "Insecure" password. Now for other services such as my bank, email, windows log in, work password. All of these passwords are unique but I don't have many of them so it isn't hard to remember them.

Comment: Republic Wierless (Score 2) 209

So my wife and I both switched from Verizon Unlimited to Republic Wireless this past January and I've already saved enough money to cover the cost of the two Moto X's I had to buy. I can see Republic Wireless not working well for everyone though. I happen to live in the Chicago Area where coverage from every major provider is basically the same. I actually get better service in the loop with my Republic Wireless phone than I did with Verizon because Sprint's towers are less congested.

However, I wouldn't ever tell my Mother-In-Law to switch to Republic since she lives so far north in Michigan that they deliver the mail by snow mobile and talk with Canadian accents. Sprint basically has zero coverage up there and when my wife and I visit we have to put our phones on airplane mode with only WiFi so the battery doesn't die really fast. Verizon has full coverage with 4G LTE there so the choice is obvious.

Comment: Re:This is what happens.... (Score 1) 274

by Amtrak (#48049935) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

I think you are confusing professed members of a faith refusing to follow a moral code laid out over thousands of years with not having a codify morality. Trust me the Catholic church has a written down expressly codify morality. It's called Cannon Law. You can get a brief introduction to it in a book called the Catechism. Look it up some time.

Also, just because some members of a group don't follow the rules of the group doesn't mean the groups rules are all bad. It just means some members should be kicked out of the group.... but they didn't do that and it is a shame.

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