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Comment: Re:It freakin' works fine (Score 1) 334

by jedidiah (#48278335) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Can You Say Something Nice About Systemd?

Yes but at least pulseaudio seems easy enough to turn your back on. If you have a lowend system or just no tolerance for errors, you can rip out pulseaudio easily enough.

That doesn't seem to be the case.

I wish I could say that about systemd but that doesn't seem to be the case. It even violates that design aspect of Unix.

The real problem is that nothing was broken before. So the absolute best you can hope for is "it didn't break things".

Comment: Re:I welcome the Death Spiral (Score 1) 375

by jedidiah (#48271665) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

> People "think" they want TV a la carte (pay for only the channels you want) but they don't understand how the industry works

You can already get ala carte RIGHT NOW. It's called iTunes and Amazon. Since Amazon is nice and open with it's platform, anyone can see how much they might spend if they were to trade cable for "ala carte". There is no mystery here.

On the other hand, some people just hate the idea that they are subsidizing dreck like Duck Dynasty. We're that kind of cable cutter.

So the price of shows on Amazon isn't even a thing for us since no one in the household minds paying for shows we actually like.

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 375

by jedidiah (#48271507) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

A PC acting as a DVR should be running IDLE most of the time. It should be pretty much nearly completely shut down and not drawing much of anything.

Although there's commercial detection and flagging to consider. That's not something you're going to get from any appliance as those kinds of features tend to trigger nasty lawsuits from big content.

Skip the commercial flagging and you can almost run a DVR on a Raspberry PI (which is kind of what those appliance boxes are anyways).

Comment: Re:CurrentC doesn't have competitors (Score 1) 262

by jedidiah (#48263215) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

> The credit card companies and issuing banks can see every transaction, thus, they have the capability to create a very sophisticated anti-fraud system. They could easily identify a pattern indicating fraud

You mean like American Express.

The strange (don't even know what to call them) shills like to whine about AMEX fees but they are actually rather diligent when it comes to trying to detect fraudulent spending patterns.

Merchant accounts are "such a burden" that even single person operations can manage to accept the major credit cards.

Comment: Re:It's Ironic... (Score 2) 262

by jedidiah (#48263157) Attached to: Apple Pay Competitor CurrentC Breached

> Secure? I have no problems keeping on me credit cards with $30k spending limits. Would you keep that amount in cash on you all the time with no fear of getting robbed?

Cash equivalents are readily available in those amounts and they can be secured if stolen.

Although it's dubious that you actually require the ability to make a $30K payment. You probably wouldn't get authorization for such a thing even if you attempted it.

Of course what you are describing there is not your actual spending power but your total line of credit.

You are confused and you are muddling terms you don't seem to understand.

"Consequences, Schmonsequences, as long as I'm rich." -- "Ali Baba Bunny" [1957, Chuck Jones]

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