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Comment: Re:Windows 8 is terrible (Score 1) 22

by CaptSlaq (#48865193) Attached to: First Look At Dell Venue 8 7000 and Intel's Moorefield Atom Performance

But it comes with "the latest Android 4.4 KitKat® operating system" even from the shop, so quite likely the OS will not be upgraded ever after. Why would anyone buy a $400 device, which is obsolete even at time of purchase and has a built in insecurity? What kind of uninstallable crapware does it have?

Lollipop by some reports is still somewhat broken, despite being in release.

Comment: Re:Luggable? (Score 1) 325

by CaptSlaq (#48766791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: High-Performance Laptop That Doesn't Overheat?

I have same problem. What is a good luggable pc? I was looking at Brix or NUCs, but from the reviews it looks like they have the same problem as laptops. Unlike the OP, I am not worried abouth throttling; I just want it to stay on and not freeze.

Sterling has been selling them for years. I had an old Pentium version that just wouldn't die that I wound up giving away.

Comment: Re:Fuck the libs! (Score 1) 216

by CaptSlaq (#48763783) Attached to: Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs
While there is a modicum of truth to this statement (Consolidation and merging to help offset costs for all parties are business considerations), a true free market would allow for the rise of a competitive entity if there was enough demand for it. As it sits right now, even if there's demand for an option, the local (and federal, with regard to wireless) government granted monopolies stop any potential uprising before they can even be considered.

That said, I do think that the vast majority of people are currently "OK" with the option they have, so perhaps there wouldn't be any real change anyway.

Comment: Re:Fuck the libs! (Score 1) 216

by CaptSlaq (#48763761) Attached to: Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

You know, none of that can possibly happen until people vote for politicians that will write the appropriate legislation, and then, if they did, then the problem is solved. See, that's the thing, none of you people think this shit through.

As for 'limiting' the feds, screw that. The corrupt locals are no better. You will just have a bunch of battling little fiefdoms, like in middle age Europe, leading right up to another world war. Travel would be impossible with the resulting border bureaucracies. Do you really want to relive in a pre-civil war USA? Well, maybe if you're a white male, with some property, I would suppose so. For me, there's no time like the present

Shens on "Local ones are no better". The scope of the havoc they can wreak is significantly smaller and more affordable than what can be done at the federal or even state level. They may still be power grubbing jerks, but at least the scope of it is reduced to the point that it doesn't affect the pockets of someone else that they aren't beholden to.

Comment: Re:Good/BAd news for science. (Score 1) 90

by CaptSlaq (#48558919) Attached to: Berkeley Lab Builds World Record Tabletop-Size Particle Accelerator

The Tetravon wasn't exactly peanuts and it's been shut down.

It was in operation for almost 30 years.

Operational longevity like that isn't peanuts either.

And upgraded several times through that 30 years, including some work less than 2 years before it was shut down.
I'm not saying that "The LHC should be shut down", but claiming that "The LHC won't get shut down because it was expensive" is, in my opinion, a misnomer.
I'll point back to your original statement: "Old does not always translate into worthless", but apparently my understanding of your statement is "at some point, it does".

Comment: Multiple CDN contracts? (Score 1) 243

by CaptSlaq (#48272917) Attached to: First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix
I assume there's a reason why Netflix hasn't perused the idea of load balancing across CDNs? Yes, it'd be a pain in the ass, but I know both Akamai and Limelight will read from your source to deliver bits to an end user.

It'd be a hell of a lot better than buckling to ISPs. At least you're in control of your costs at that point.

Comment: Re:Ive done this (Score 1) 284

by CaptSlaq (#48262121) Attached to: Skilled Foreign Workers Treated as Indentured Servants

I don't know where home is for you, but when considering the general state of most of the world it would seem that even though you clearly are better off now, and most likely you bring experience and funds back to your home country, an issue does remain.

There exists a real sense of morality, an instinct for solidarity, and foremost a sense of equality among people who are naturally different from each other. Large parts of Western society are wealthy enough to dabble in such philanthropy, and that is probably a good thing. However, philanthropist of any economic background become conflicted when we observe that our unfair treatement is better than what you are accustomed to anyway. It highlights the inequality which is delieated by national borders.

Perhaps the hope that remains is that even though you came for the money, some of the good parts of the culture rubbed off on you. Finding the good parts of Western culture is a tall order in the corporate world though.

What, pray tell, do you consider the "good parts" of Western culture? Since it appears that is the shorter list than the "bad parts".

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