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Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 496

by Chas (#48911067) Attached to: Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

Because if you read the initial post. The guy is going "BLAME YOUR DEVICE MAKER!"

And I pointed out "Hey. The stopping points aren't necessarily JUST your device maker. Like in my case, it's my service provider."

To be followed up with "HEY! BLAME YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER (or your device maker, just in case...)"

Now that I've hung a lampshade on the moved goalposts of the original argument, we NOW have, from you "Hey! Blame whoever's stopping you!"

Which was the original gist of my argument in the first place.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 496

by Chas (#48909597) Attached to: Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

It is the hardware provider in much of the world. If you have shitty carriers, blame the shitty carriers. Otherwise, blame the hardware providers.

And now! With more moving goalposts!

We blame global warming on cow farts!


It's aided by off-gassing volcanoes.

DOWN WITH OFF-GASSING VOLCANOES! And down with farting cows just in case!

And the ocean, as it warms, is retaining less CO2!

DOWN WITH WARMER OCEANS! And down with off-gassing volcanoes, and farting cows, just in case!

And it's the fault of our dependence of fossil fuels!

DOWN WITH FOSSIL FUELS! And down with warmer oceans, off-gassing volcanoes and farting cows, just in case!

Comment: Re:Microsoft would be onto a winner if... (Score 2) 334

by Chas (#48908601) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops

1) The file: open, save, close is really designed around a dual floppy paradigm. It makes no sense at all with SSD hardware.

What would make sense? You still open files. You still save them. And you still need to close them (or have some means of releasing locks on them so that they can be moved/copied/backed up/etc).

2) As the number of system services require notification increase integrated notification handling becomes key

This is, essentially, what an idea "Event Viewer" should be doing.

3) As device types become much more variable (ranging from a watch to a 55+" TV) graphics need to switch more readily

You're mistaking form-factor for something that actually matters.

When you're talking about a 55" TV, you're talking about what? SD Widescreen? HD? SHD? 4K? What? Resolution's the issue, not the device itself.

And the answer isn't necessarily "waste more space so stuff remains clickable on high-res or touchscreens"

4) As input devices became more variable applications needed to take better advantage of them

So Microsoft and application developers should be building in NATIVE SUPPORT for my left-right testicle-twitch control unit?
And my retrofitted Atari Paddle controller should be AWESOME in Excel right?

Face it. Standard desktop is 1-3 monitors, a keyboard, directional controller (mouse or mouse simulant (rollerball, touchpad, or joystick)), speakers and a microphone.

If Microsoft wants to give the OPTION for new interfaces, great!
But forcing everyone (including enterprise partners, where retaining costs MONEY), over to a new UI paradigm when there was nothing intrinsically wrong with the old one, is Just Fucking Stupid.

There are basically NO functionality enhancements added to Windows 8 that required such a drastic UI revamp for desktop users. And there was DEFNITELY no reason behind applying that crap to Server 2012!
I've also used Win8 as a tablet interface. It works fairly nicely. But I STILL don't want it replacing my desktop UI!

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2) 496

by Chas (#48906869) Attached to: Google Explains Why WebView Vulnerability Will Go Unpatched On Android 4.3

No, it's your hardware provider that is your problem, not Google.

Wrong. It's not up to Samsung what's installed on my Galaxy S4.

The "updates" are FREE, there's zero reason not to be on the current release.

Wrong. If my wireless provider doesn't release an update, I'm shit out of luck unless I want to root my phone, which voids my warranty and can negate my service contract. It'd also piss off my employer, as they're the ones supplying the phone and service and we have a contractual obligation with them NOT to root the phone.

Contact your hardware provider and bitch to them, not Google.

Again, the hardware provider isn't the one who controls this situation.

Comment: Re:Because everyone mono-tasks (Score 3, Insightful) 234

by Chas (#48906727) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

For me? Frequently. I have an IP phone I use for work.
Plus I'm pulling files in or pushing files out to clients.
I have multiple chat sessions open.
Plus remote control software so I can work on clients.

For my parents? Frequently.
They both watch different Netflix streams.
My mom uses Skype.
I'm remote in to fix things for her.

My brother. Frequently.
His kids are watching a Netflix stream.
His wife is shopping or fiddling on Facebook
He's connecting to work to put orders for the next day in while playing games online.

Basically, this sort of usage isn't uncommon. Even for technical peons.
And, as noted, the original example is becoming more and more common every year.

Comment: Re:life in the U.S. (Score 3, Interesting) 234

by Chas (#48904717) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Good for you.

I'm in a major metropolitan area (Chicago) and the best I can do is a 6mbit/0.5mbit DSL connection AT&T.
And, worse, I couldn't call AT&T tomorrow because my current plan is grandfathered in at that speed!
They've artificially limited connection speed in my area to 3mbit/384kbit.

My only other choice is to get a DSL line from the company that controls my landlord's cable system. A crappy fly-by-night Satellite/DSL reseller called Suite Solutions.
The problem there? As mentioned, they're a reseller. So they're selling me the same shitty 3/384 connection and charging more.

The shitiest part? We HAD Comcast here, and our landlords tossed them out because the kickbacks to them weren't large enough.

You know it's pretty fucking bad when you're pining for Comcast, one of the worst companies in the world.

Comment: Because everyone mono-tasks (Score 4, Insightful) 234

by Chas (#48904609) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

The whole point is not that you get 50 bajillion exabits a picosecond to a single connection.

It's so your connection can accommodate multiple high-speed connections simultaneously.

You can pull down your Netflix movie while your son is watching YouTube, your daughter is downloading her courseware for next semester and your wife is downloading a new copy of Office she bought from the Microsoft store. All without interfering with one another.

Comment: Re:More Global Warming Alarmism!!!!!!!! (Score 1) 214

by Chas (#48903267) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Amongh many other things, with carbon credits you get less CO2 pumped into the atmosphere

Really? HOW?

What evidence do you have that the company selling you the "carbon credit" is actually DOING anything.

Basically what you're doing is the same thing you're doing when you drop something in the offertory at Mass.

Comment: Re:More Global Warming Alarmism!!!!!!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 214

by Chas (#48897639) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

A wealth redistribution program

Gasoline is a wealth redistribution program if ever there was one with hard earned dollars going to fund cartoon empires with medieval sensibilities all around the globe.

Yeah. But with gasoline. You get...gasoline. Something for something.

With "carbon credits" you get...what? Some guy going "Good for you dude! And thanks for the cash!". Something for nothing.

Comment: New Mexico often has many UFO sightings (Score 1) 31

by Chas (#48863197) Attached to: Local Hackerspace Loses Solar Balloon, Creating Another UFO In New Mexico

due to the prevalence of technology and military groups, good weather, and clear skies.

And the largest contributing factor? A bunch of UFO loonies calling in every gnat, housefly, thermal mirage, and assorted hallucination brought about by acid and peyote trips.

Comment: Re: 8.1 better than 7? (Score 5, Informative) 489

by Chas (#48850475) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Just throw classic shell on it, 8.1 is way better than 7. XP was great in it's day - as windows goes - It's day was just stretched a bit longer than it should have because Vista.

Not quite. Win8 (and by extension) Windows 10, still has problems where previously unified interfaces for controlling system behavior have been split between Metro/Modern apps and traditional windows.

One example: in Win7 I click the network icon in the notifications area and a small window pops up with the connections; I can then right-click a connection and select Status for information on what IP/DNS is currently assigned or Properties to get to its security information.

Clicking the network icon on Win10 does the same thing as Win8: giant Metro panel covering a large portion of the screen, most of it wasted in "Airplane Mode" that I have no use for, and right-clicking the connection only has options that are more at home in a cellphone than in a desktop OS: estimated data usage, metered connection, forget this network. Clicking "View Connection Settings" opens another Metro-style "PC Settings" window that is designed for touch, so OS standards like right-clicking don't work.

In short, it's still trying to integrate two different UI designs, and it still doesn't work. It's not as terrible as Win8 at it, but it's still in plenty of places to be annoying. It's also very inconsistent in what gets a Metro panel and what doesn't.

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.