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Comment: Worried about employability? (Score 4, Insightful) 347

by EvilJoker (#43890463) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

If you're worried about your skills becoming obsolete, then GET NEW SKILLS! This isn't that hard. Anyone in a technology field should not expect to use the same skill set for 30 (!) years, let alone 45.

Granted, this far along in the process may experience a bit of a renaissance (much like COBOL programmers), but if job security is a concern, it's time for some new education/training.

Comment: Re:A confederacy of douchebags. (Score 1) 111

...didn't do anything wrong, but she's going to plead the 5th? What for if there's nothing incriminating?

While most of your list was spot on, I must take exception to this. If the questions are solely for the purpose of incriminating you, (and I'm sure they are), why would you answer any of them at all? What benefit is that to you?

Or to put it another way, Don't talk to police

Comment: Re:Is this the point in time.. (Score 1) 712

by EvilJoker (#43390993) Attached to: Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Why? What can you do on a desktop that you can't on Android?

Oh, there's lots of stuff I can do on a desktop that I can't do on Android. Otherwise, I wouldn't be typing this on a desktop. There isn't, however, a lot of stuff that COULDN'T be done on Android (most of it just isn't currently implemented)

Comment: Re:Is this the point in time.. (Score 1) 712

by EvilJoker (#43390967) Attached to: Set Your Watches For the End of Windows XP

Don't confuse sandboxing with a walled garden. Sandboxing restricts a program to limited set of resources, and is generally considered a good idea for security. A walled garden restricts choice, such as restricting from where and whom you can get the apps.

There are exceptions, where sandboxing is a problem (for example: anything on Android requiring root) but these are fairly rare. Most programs should always be in a sandbox (ESPECIALLY things like browsers)

Most complaints about sandboxing are not actually an issue with sandboxing (at any level)

Comment: Re:Problem solved quickly.... (Score 1) 505

by EvilJoker (#42575301) Attached to: How Verizon's 'Six Strikes' Plan Works

Most people don't install a router on top of the one provided by the ISP. So, every piece of information collected by the ISP's router will be available if they want it. That includes mac addresses of all your connected devices. Yes, this could just be the address of your fancy VPN router, but that still directly ties the traffic to the device, which is ultimately connected to your equipment.

Few problems with that:
First, yes, most people DO bring their own routers. If they didn't, you wouldn't see the enormous selection of routers at every Best Buy, Micro Center, office supply stores, Walmart, etc.

Second, in this area, while AT&T modems are often (shitty 2WIRE) integrated WiFi routers/modems, the cable companies (TW and WOW) charge extra for theirs. And do you know what you get with them? A shitty $20 Belkin (or sometimes a Netgear).

These devices often do not support ANY logging, and the ones that do are woefully inadequate for what your describe.

Comment: Re:Nothing new here (Score 4, Insightful) 657

by EvilJoker (#42102479) Attached to: Windows 8 PCs Still Throttled By Crapware

I find it interesting is that every statement like this excludes (or more frequently, omits) the cost ($80-100 or higher) of a legal Windows installation. Most people run Windows, and prefer it to be legal. Then you have to tack on labor - even if you only count active work to build it, it still takes a fair amount of time. Combine that with the illusion of support and warranty, and those $300 PCs (probably closer to the $260 ones) are a more attractive option for most people.

Plus, I've seen a lot of self-built PCs. Biostar boards, Apex (or worse) PSUs, unbranded RAM, and no testing. Almost all would've gotten a better product if they'd just bought something off the shelf- even Acer makes better systems than that. Granted, I've seen DIY systems with ASUS/Gigabyte/etc, but those tend to be even more expensive.

The only market segment where it makes financial sense is the high-end of the market. All major OEMs have razor-thin profit margins on the low-end. They make their real money on the high-end. When you get to the $1000 range, you can build a substantially better machine for a lower price, Windows and all.

Comment: Re:Air resistance. (Score 1) 1184

by EvilJoker (#41183429) Attached to: White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

Mythbusters tested this a few years ago:

They said this myth has repeated about many, many different cars, but most commonly for a 70s Porsche 928. They tested it, and found it to be wrong. The car was significantly less aerodynamic when backwards.

Comment: Re:Voting with wallet (Score 1) 307

by EvilJoker (#40535991) Attached to: Cisco's Cloud Vision: Mandatory, and Killed At Their Discretion

MSI is my A-brand these days.

I used to work for an OEM that used a wide variety of MSI parts (as well as other major suppliers)

MSI is *VERY* hit-or-miss. It is very clear that they either have multiple engineering teams (with very different cabilities) or multiple manufacturing processes/facilities (with very different standards)

Some of their products have been absolutely top-notch, better than ASUS or Gigabyte has ever been. Others (most of them, from what I dealt with, but that may be selection bias) were absolute garbage, more on par with ECS or Biostar. That includes their notebooks (ODM stock models, for OEM re-branding)

Comment: Re:Why ASUS? (Score 1) 151

by EvilJoker (#39316049) Attached to: 7-inch Google Tablet Coming From ASUS

Google is buying Motorola. It has not yet completed.

Presumably, the reason has more to do with brand cohesion, specifically things like BLUR. Everyone already has expectations of what to expect with a Motorola Android device. These expectations will be broken (for better or for worse) on a "Nexus" device. Since ASUS is largely unknown to U.S. consumers, there is little in the way of expectations.

Alternatively, it should be noted that Pegatron, which is a spinoff from ASUS (and is still their primary ODM/mfg back-end) also makes gear for Apple (including the iPad 3), which could have its own advantages.

Comment: Re:Thank god we still have Radio Shack (Score 1) 491

by EvilJoker (#38996859) Attached to: The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store

Most Micro Center locations will price match Newegg. They also have "Manager discretion". If you make a fuss to a manager about it being much cheaper on Amazon, and be willing to order it from Amazon, they may agree to a price match (or at least a discount). I'm sure the Newegg price matching started the same way.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by components and consumables, since PC components are priced very close to Newegg (which they would price match anyway)

You're dead on with cables, and there's only a few that are also on Newegg (but there are a few). This isn't something limited to a specific retailer - ALL B&M stores price gouge on cables, and online stores don't. Best example I've seen recently? 15' USB cable (Belkin). Walmart: $25. $5. And no, they will not match their own online store.

"Card readers? We don't need no stinking card readers." -- Peter da Silva (at the National Academy of Sciencies, 1965, in a particularly vivid fantasy)