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Comment: Re:Not worth it (Score 2) 251

by MBGMorden (#47757007) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

For the most part. Crapware isn't really like Malware you get from the red-light districts of the web. Most of it is just junk installed by the OEM that goes away when uninstalled.

That's not to say it might to leave a config file or registry entry lying around afterwards, but as far as visible, executing processes, most of them respond well to just uninstalling.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 251

by MBGMorden (#47756979) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Yeah - $30 or 40 may be a bit more reasonable. Still though, computers have gotten pretty cheap these days. I paid $199 for my Windows 8.1 laptop on sale. $30-40 is still a decent chunk of the purchase price to upgrade the OS (which I'm sure when the computer was assembled the OEM was charged next to nothing for the original copy).

Comment: Re:Why (Score 2) 251

by MBGMorden (#47756853) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Because "web only" is what Google is about. It works pretty well for them honestly. Android phones and Chromebooks are selling pretty darned well.

For the most part that's what people seem to want these days. Even for the "keyboard, mouse and screen" form factor you'll likely see a shift to those type of devices. As said Chromebooks are already selling very well, but they're also introducing Chrome "desktops" - basically a chromebook that connects to external peripherals (ie, the Acer Chromebox CXI).

In less than 10 years a full computer running local apps won't be commonplace for "regular people" anymore. You'll likely see them relegated to use by content creators, programmers, and hobbyists like us.

It's kind of odd that Linux might finally succeed as the dominate desktop OS eventually - because eventually a desktop OS might not really be a viable retail product anymore.

Comment: Re:Already? (Score 1) 251

by MBGMorden (#47756787) Attached to: New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

I'm still wondering if the upgrade will be free for Windows 8 users or if they'll expect us to dish out another $100 to upgrade.

Don't get me wrong - WIndows 8.x has some nice features. I'm primarily a Linux user at home and only keep Windows 8 on my laptop (I use it for doing Visual Studio projects). The integration with Microsoft's cloud services is done pretty good.

HOWEVER, the UI is just insane (and I'm judging mostly from the "semi-fixed" 8.1 version - I never bothered with the original Windows 8). Metro is just not intuitive or useful. To make matters worse, system configuration seems to be split about 50/50 between Control Panel and the metro-based "PC Settings" screen (plus the registry in the background for other stuff you can't access from either of them).

It honestly feels like two dissimilar systems that they tried to rubber-band together, with the NEWER of those two systems being the aggravating one. Here's hoping that they ditch most of the bad ideas and clean it up some.

Comment: Re:What does it come with (Score 1) 215

by MBGMorden (#47707621) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Admittedly I don't like Microsoft's "cloud" as much as Google, but with Windows 8 they're pretty much there too. Web versions of Office are available with an account (which is actually what gets tied to your computer login). All the save dialogs (Microsoft's at least) are linked to your OneDrive (cloud) account.

Don't get me wrong Metro and the Start Screen are steaming piles of shit, but they're actually coming around ok on the cloud storage and integration front.

Comment: Already there (Score 1) 215

by MBGMorden (#47707601) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Tiny Chromebook-sized Windows laptops are already about there. Acer's E3 series has basically Chromebook specs (Celeron Dual-core and 2GB RAM) and a 320GB hard drive and can be had quite easily for $250. I just recently picked one up from Best Buy for $199 (may have been a sale - not sure).

I may eventually put Linux on it (I run Mint on my desktop), but for my needs something like this works great. I use my laptop maybe 10 times per year while traveling. I just need something functional with a keyboard, screen, and internet connection.

Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 274

by MBGMorden (#47549697) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

Nobody is really arguing for infinity here. I think the point is that their trigger number is 4.7GB, which is a pretty paltry amount of data.

If an "all you can eat" buffet kicks someone out after their 25th plate of food I'm not going to be very sympathetic. If they claim all you can eat though and then force someone to leave after their 4th chicken wing due to "fair use policies" then I"m going to cry foul.

Comment: Re:She didnt relapse, it came back (Score 1) 126

by MBGMorden (#47431363) Attached to: Child Thought To Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

It's like how animals don't "evolve", rather then ones who DONT change simply die.

Untrue - some (many) mutations are bad, and the ones that change are the ones that die.

Evolution occurs when a mutation is a) beneficial and b) significant enough that it allows an animal to survive longer than those without that mutation. Being alive longer means they breed more. Breeding generally passes on the mutation.

It really is quite random, and there is no guarantee that the animals that change are better. Indeed for an animal that's particularly well suited to an environment that hasn't changed in a long time there could be very little room for evolution to occur. Certain types of fish (like gar and bowfin) for example have survived for tens of millions of years with relatively minor evolutionary changes.

Comment: Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (Score 1) 1330

by MBGMorden (#47356579) Attached to: U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

I don't even think this ruling applies to generic birth control pills.

IIRC, this ruling doesn't get them out of paying for any and all birth control - simply birth control methods that they equate to being non-preventative and hence more like an abortion (ie, "the morning after pill").

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it. -- James Michener, "Space"