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Comment: Re:Cars got made (Score 2) 323

by Antony T Curtis (#48495641) Attached to: DOOM 3DO Source Released On Github

GM was bankrupt because of their union pension plans, full stop. The pension plans cost more than all the active union workers. Blame anyone you want to for that, the future of manufacturing is all robots anyhow.

Not true. They went bankrupt because they sold crappy cars which cost them a fortune in warranty repairs.

I purchased a GM car in 2005. By the time we got rid of it in 2009, it had received the following repair warranties:
2 wheel bearings, 3 steering columns, 2 ECUs, 5 replacement door hinges, 2 brake discs, 2 auto transmissions and 1 door window motor.

In compensation, we were promised a $400 check but we never did receive it and to be honest, I don't care. We don't have the deathtrap anymore.

With all the billable hours that the vehicle spent in the shop, the vehicle must have been a big fat loss. Given how busy they were fixing up other vehicles, ours wasn't a unique case. This is what made GM go bankrupt.

I have never had a vehicle which was so unreliable before or since. As a consequence, I shall never buy another GM vehicle.

Comment: Re:Coding where? (Score 1) 213

In the late 70's and early 80's in the US, you could go into a big box store and buy a computer with BASIC for under $200. Heck, the Sinclair boxes were under a $100. Which computer fits that description today?

Raspberry Pi. You can get it, plus necessary cables, mouse, keyboard and SDCard for under $100. All you need to bring to the table is a TV.

Comment: Re:shift of blame. (Score 1) 419

by Antony T Curtis (#47579261) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

It has been around 20 years since I was in a shop environment but I remember that we were explicitly told by the shop's bank that the only valid and acceptable source for authorisation codes was the shop's bank itself and any other number will be invalid because the POS will accept any random number. The phone number to call is the same number as the phone number to call for authorisation when using the old-fashioned card impress when the POS machine was not working.

Comment: shift of blame. (Score 2, Interesting) 419

by Antony T Curtis (#47557765) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Once upon a time, the retailer would have to take the blame for this because it is the retailer who is supposed to make the call to the financial institution on the retailer's own phone line, not using the cardholder's phone or trusting the cardholder's ability to dial the number.

Unfortunately, the retailers are successfully using the police to cover for the incompetence of their staff.

Comment: The real solution... (Score 1) 210

The real solution is that:
1. More content needs to be accessible via peer-to-peer.
2. ISPs need to have content proxies and encourage their users to use them.
3. Don't use "transparent proxies" because they're frequently worse than useless.
4. Static data shouldn't be served via HTTPS but instead by some kind of GPG content encoding via HTTP so that it may be cached.

Just my 2.

Comment: I have it disabled. (Score 4, Interesting) 178

I deliberately do not install Flash on my computers _and_ I deliberately choose to not install any of the third-party work-alikes.

If the content owner only publishes content in a SWF, it is not worth my bother to look at it. Okay, I can't view video clips in Facebook, but if it is an embedded youtube video, usually I can view it just fine by going to youtube's website.

Comment: Re:Nonsense. (Score 1) 650

Microsoft should be under no further obligation to its customers with respect to Windows XP.

For free? I agree they should have no open ended support obligation. That does not mean however that their customers should be forced to spend money on software that does nothing new that they need.

However, if individual customers are willing to _pay_ a subscription for further support from Microsoft, they should be allowed to do so.

Microsoft has taken that option off the table. So exactly what do you propose as an alternative that doesn't involve paying hundreds to thousands of dollars to buy new computers and software that many of us do not actually need?

The UK Govt is among one of their customers who is going to pay Microsoft for further Windows XP support.

For people who are not willing to pay, Windows XP will continue to work as it currently does. Third party vendors are likely to continue to provide antivirus updates or perhaps even binary-patching the existing code to continue to operate - that is the model with OS/2 continues to exist today even though the product hasn't been supported by IBM since 1998.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.