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Comment: Re:The iphone's latest demise. (Score 5, Insightful) 216

by CastrTroy (#47890897) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters
I don't have an iPhone, but I kind of agree with this. A phone is a tool, it's not a toy that I want to play with and modify. I don't want to miss a call or not get an alarm because I installed some rogue firmware on my phone (I know people this has happened to because they're always installing different ROMs on their Android phone). I'm not saying that getting an iPhone is the only way to get this experience, but that I find that this is really the point of a phone. I wanted a toy to install software on and experiment with and crash and reboot all the time, there's plenty of devices out there that are cheaper and can do just that.

Comment: Re:I just want the new Nexus. (Score 1, Interesting) 216

by CastrTroy (#47890773) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters
Nexus 4 and 5 made sense because they had a 4 and 5 inch screen. The 7 has a 7 inch screen. Unless the 6 has a six inch screen, the numbering system won't make sense. Perhaps they should go with Nexus 5 again, like they did with the two models of Nexus 7.

Comment: Re:Apple? (Score 1, Interesting) 408

by CastrTroy (#47890009) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy
MS has done nothing to prevent a PC from being sold without an OS. You can buy plenty of computers without an OS. The reason you don't see more available from the likes of HP, Dell, Acer, and others is because it creates a support nightmare. 99% of the population would have no idea what to do with a computer if you shipped them a computer without an operating system on it. Also, not shipping an OS means they can't ship third-party nagware (Antivirus, PowerDVD, etc) on the computer that they get paid to put on there because a certain percentage of people will buy the premium versions.

What Microsoft has done is made it quite cheap to sell computers with Windows pre-installed. They certainly make it cheaper for Dell to pre-install Windows on a machine than for the end user to buy their own copy. They may have even said that they will raise the price if they don't make all their machines come with Windows. But manufacturers do that kind of stuff all the time in other areas. It costs almost as much for a whole new bike for the price you'd pay just for the drive train on a bicycle if you were to buy it apart from the bike. Companies pay big money to get exclusive rights to products (think games and products that are only sold in specific stores) because they know they'll make make money off the customer in the end.

Comment: Re:Worst annoucment ever.... (Score 1, Insightful) 729

by CastrTroy (#47865205) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
There's a large percentage of people who don't have large hands. Most women, teenagers, and even some men do not have large hands. Personally, I'm of the idea that if I want a large screen, I'll use a tablet. There's very few situations I find myself in where I wish my phone were bigger. There's a lot of situations where a 5.5 inch phone would be too large to bring with me. But most of the time where it would be convenient to have a 5.5 inch phone, I could easily bring a 4 inch phone and a 7 inch tablet.

Comment: Re:Creation-genre (Score 1) 265

by CastrTroy (#47861827) Attached to: John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter
Also worth pointing out that the factories and barracks were programmable. You could tell your factor to output 3 tanks, 6 jeeps and a helicopter (making up the units for an example, I don't remember the actual units) and it would produce that sequence as often as you liked. It was great to have an RTS that didn't have you micro managing everything.

Comment: Re:We need to carpet bomb Nigeria (Score 0) 160

by CastrTroy (#47853459) Attached to: The Five Nigerian Gangs Behind Most Craigslist Buyer Scams
Eventually if nobody fits in the seats, then people will stop booking seats on that airline. On the other hand, some people might think that stand up seating similar to the SkyRider would be a welcome option on shorter flights if it meant lower ticket prices. It's like saying that people shouldn't be able to operate a hostel or a capsule hotel because a large percentage of the population doesn't find that type of accommodation adequate, when it works well for a large number of people.

Comment: Re:Sleepy time? (Score 4, Insightful) 185

by CastrTroy (#47852437) Attached to: GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model
I'm with the parent. If I can't fall asleep, or read a book, or watch a movie, then I'm not interested. Unless they can do it for the same price, or minimal price difference than a similar car without the feature. It would be nice to have my car drive down the road for me. But if I still have to pay attention to traffic and have my hands on the wheel, then it's not really giving me much of and advantage over traditional driving. Personally, I think it would be more dangerous because if the system works well enough, I may be lulled into false sense of security, causing me to not pay attention. When the car inevitably has a problem, I'm not going to be watching, and I'm not going to be prepared to take over in sufficient time to correct the problem.

Comment: Re:It's not just the fact GM has the recalls! (Score 2, Insightful) 185

by CastrTroy (#47852383) Attached to: GM To Introduce Hands-Free Driving In Cadillac Model

Anyone can do this "recall" themselves with 50 cents worth of keyring parts from the local hardware store!

And that is exactly why they fixed it this way. Because it fixes the problem with minimal cost of materials, and minimal labor. Replacing the lock cylinder would not only be a more complex task tin terms of parts, but it would also require a mechanic to install it. By replacing the key fob, they can just mail out the replacement. A really smart engineer would have tried to get away with issuing customers a detachable key ring that would allow the key fob to be used without keys hanging off of it (assuming i'm understanding the problem correctly).

Comment: Re:And make video available when asked (Score 1) 170

by CastrTroy (#47835067) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program
It may be peanuts to a company like Google that is used to dealing with large amounts of data. But to an organization like NYPD which isn't used to handling such large amounts of data, and it becomes a problem. Do they try to manage it internally? Do they contract it out to someone else? We saw how well that worked for Obamacare.

Comment: Re:its the cops, not the cameras. (Score 1) 170

by CastrTroy (#47834909) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program
I would hate to imagine the data bill that would be incurred from uploading all that data, It would probably be a couple gigabytes, per shift. NYC has a lot of police officers. Also, there's a lot of cases where there would be no cellular connection, like in subway trains, or under bridges. Certain buildings do a pretty good job of cutting off cell reception in the elevators. All the tall buildings in New York create quite a few dead zones, or at least places with less than optimal signal levels which would make uploading video in real time a big problem. Also, what happens when there's a riot, and you get 100 officers all standing in one spot trying to upload video in real time to the same cell tower. Can the towers handle that kind of traffic?

Comment: Re:And make video available when asked (Score 1) 170

by CastrTroy (#47834737) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program
There are 34000 uniformed officers in New York City, and they have 8800 cars. Lets assume that there are 5000 officers working at any one time (that's probably understimating it). Let's say it's 1 mbit/s to get decent video recording. That means the generate 51 TB of data every day. That's 18 petabytes a year. That becomes a storage problem really fast.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 145

by CastrTroy (#47834317) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
I've worked with major corporations that have let domain names lapse. Not their main official one, but still a domain name they were using for a pretty big project. I don't know why they wouldn't just use a subdomain, but after working with some corporations, it was probably easier for them to set up a whole new domain than to get their IT team to create a new subdomain of the main one. Of course the guy who originally created the domain might have since left the company, and they may have no idea what the credentials are for logging into the account to renew the domain.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Insightful) 145

by CastrTroy (#47828281) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
Not just freelancers, but any business use whatsoever. It's amazing the number of businesses that use ISP email addresses or email addresses from some free service (hotmail, gmail, yahoo, etc.) as their primary contact on business correspondence.

I would add in personal use as well, but it's hard to convince the generic home user of the benefits of owning their own domain name and email address. The best you can hope for with most of them is to use a dedicated email service like gmail rather than what their ISP gives them. No to mention, having your own domain name comes with its own set of problems. Paying to renew the domain name, as well as paying for a hosting service to handle your email isn't fee. Most home users are far more likely to forget to renew their domain name and have it snatched up by a domain squatter than to have a problem with GMail or a similar service.

Comment: Re:Too much pop-culture (Score 0) 226

Maybe you just know different types people than I do, but I very seldom find men that would take the time to watch something just to see a pretty woman. If men want to see pictures of women, they'll go looking specifically for pictures of women. They won't try to catch a glimpse of a good shot that may be in a TV show. As far as my experiences go, women are far more likely to watch a show or see a movie simply because a certain actor is in the movie.

Comment: Re:Locks (Score 1) 230

by CastrTroy (#47827101) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
I don't understand why a school would have a master key for all the lockers in the school. First of all, the problem you mention, where students are able to create their own master key, and render all the security on the lockers useless. The other problem is that it offers plausible deniability to anybody who is caught with something they shouldn't have in their locker. It could easily be argued that whoever had access to the master key could have planted the evidence there. Unless there are very good controls and logs for who has access to the master key, it would be very easy to argue for someone with the master key to go around putting stuff into, or stealing stuff from lockers. At my highschool, everybody provided their own locks.

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