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Comment: Re: As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 179

by Bing Tsher E (#47803361) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

So what you're saying is people aren't eager to 'pay good money' for a PC. And Apple is making 50% of the profits. Hmmm. I see a salesman in an Apple store with a sad face on....

Most people don't end up with a rubbish PC. And if they do, it was so cheap ($199 for the cheapest 17" laptops at WalMart last time I looked, doesn't a mouse or a few cables from Apple cost nearly half that??) that it's easily replaced.

Comment: Re:Not the correct application for this (Score 1) 94

by Bing Tsher E (#47803295) Attached to: Raspberry Pi Gets a Brand New Browser

With Seamonkey you can still rightclick an image and select 'Block images from url.com' and bip! Sorry, web 'designer', you failed to impress. Firefox has gone over to the darkside and doesn't have this feature. It's nice to have the images from adservers blocked so the aren't even loaded.

Comment: Not what Skype is for me. (Score 1) 165

by Bing Tsher E (#47803219) Attached to: Tox, a Skype Replacement Built On 'Privacy First'

I don't use skype for a 'chat box.' Really, I hardly 'chat' at all anymore. Did enough of that in the late 80's to early 90's. I use skype as my long distance phone carrier. As long as I'm at home or have a wifi connection, I can call any phone in the continental US at no extra cost. This costs me about $4 a month. It's a nomadic sort of thing, I used to do it with an iPod touch, but now use an unsubscribed Android phone (the iPod touch 'for the rest of us', which even has an SD slot!). When home I make long distance calls on my desktop. We have DSL and a local landline, no long distance carrier.

So this would never replace skype for me.

Comment: Re:Nothing really new (Score 1) 179

by Bing Tsher E (#47800481) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

So when you say 'by teaming up with the major credit card companies' do you mean through an exclusive monopolistic agreement with them? I don't see the credit card companies making that sort of deal, and if they did, we've got a precedent with Apple and the eBook industry, and people are gonna be right on it.

Comment: Re: As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 179

by Bing Tsher E (#47800427) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

The users are winning, because they're not being roped into a monoculture.

It's much the same as the prosperous early years of the PC clones. It didn't matter what brand PC you used, in fact if your computer had a national brand name on the case it simply meant you had paid too much for it. In that era the best deal in PCs was a shop somewhere in your city putting together clones with parts from many vendors.

Comment: Re:Temptation (Score 1) 489

by Bing Tsher E (#47799477) Attached to: Grand Ayatollah Says High Speed Internet Is "Against Moral Standards"

So you embrace a 'one true scotsman' view of communism?

What's your preferred flavor, then? Trotskyism? Or are you a Spartacist? Or just a dabbler in Fabianism?

Perhaps an 'intellectual marxist' or some other flavor of oxymoron? Check out Henry George. There are countless musty old disciplines of political economy to dabble in. It can make Civil War reenactment look like a tiny hobby by comparison.

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