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Comment: Re:"If we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns (Score 1) 113

by Chrontius (#48670145) Attached to: How Laws Restricting Tech Actually Expose Us To Greater Harm
A key component you're missing - we aren't the owners or operators of /.

A better analogy would be if /. could prevent us from typing those HTML tags into our browser anywhere once we've visited the page once.

Imagine the kind of software necessary to enforce such a measure upon end users' computers against their will, and you're a lot closer to understanding Doctorow's point.

Comment: Re:I Agree (Score 1) 533

by Chrontius (#47869519) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough
I will be expected to try to help my grandfather with his computer over RDP. His "broadband" gives approximately 1 heavily-compressed frame per second or second and a half.

While I might be okay using VIM under such conditions I am expected to give instruction on the latest GUI-driven office suites.

Welcome to the new normal.

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 187

by Chrontius (#47802405) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet
I think that Apple has done much more for the security of their end users than Microsoft lately. There is evidence in Slashdot's headlines that they respond to concerns much more readily. When Greenpeace called them out, they admitted that while good, their environmental record could be better - so they made all the obvious improvements. They hold their contractors to account on safety concerns. While we might consider Foxconn pretty dismal, it stands head and shoulders and belly-button over the sweatshops that give China its reputation for cheap labor.

I don't love the company, but I must respect their drive for continuous improvement. And their customer service. And their hardware's reliability, as reported by Consumer Reports - literally half as many malfunctions as the second-best brand, and many of the other brands are closer to tenfold more prone to malfunction.

Also, my buddy the IT manager totally just bought a loaded Macbook Pro as a Windows machine after concluding it was better than any other PC laptop on the market with a high-resolution screen, and cheaper than the second-best choice. (Razer Blade Pro, I believe?)

Apple makes good stuff. Macs aren't for everyone (the gaming tower market most especially), but they do what's needful and stay out of the way better than many other computers for a whole lot of users. Astroturf? Nah, just sick of maintaining and securing a Windows PC under conditions of heavy use, and appalled by the way Windows has a Venn diagram of poorly-documented control panels sprayed around the OS.

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 187

by Chrontius (#47802277) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet
It's worth pointing out that the portion of the smartphone market that's growing most rapidly is the sub-$100 chunk, which could be less-than-charitably described as "crap". Granted, any phone is better than no phone, and any internet access is better than none, but my Asha 501 lacks GPS, even though it has a mapping app. Multitouch is capped at two fingers. There's no flash on the camera, and a minimal amount of the other kind of flash (storage) since they know you won't take too many photos. The headphone wiring is either proprietary, or OMAP. All my headphones are CTIA, and I can't find an OMAP compatible replacement cable for sale anywhere.

We just covered a $35 Firefox OS smartphone. You know what? It's cheaper than the dumbphones my mother and grandfather use. Comparing them to iPhones, the Galaxy S series, and the HTC One series is somewhat disingenuous.

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 1) 187

by Chrontius (#47802155) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet
I normally don't bother responding to anons, but -

Because most small businesses and sole proprietorships will be owned and operated by people who have a gadget capable of acting as a cash register in their back pocket for unrelated reasons. The transaction-processing capability is just gravy, for them.

Comment: A few for the list. (Score 1) 635

by Chrontius (#47789379) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
Fountain pens. Desktop computers. Zip drives are on their way out, but Incandescent flashlights.

Hell, I have a Pentium 4 and a couple pre-Intel macs I can't bring myself to get rid of.

Firewire. Alt-preset extreme. 8-bit consoles and actual physical cartridges.

And the daddy of them all? My original Apple Extended 2, with its ungodly USB adapter. Most days I use the USB based reproduction, but Sometimes the temptation overcomes me.

Never keep up with the Joneses. Drag them down to your level. -- Quentin Crisp