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Comment Re:Quote (Score 1) 278

They just don't have the streaming rights anymore.

Then they lost every single one of their customers that are like us: we *don't* have cable TV and never want it and OTA TV is out of the question because this is New Hampshire and there are too many mountains (thus we get WMUR nooz by going to their website).

The only CATV provider where we live is Comcast and their awful bundling choices and shit service. Sorry, no, we're not doing that.

Back to torrenting. Fuck'em. Not kidding.


Comment Form and function (Score 1) 416

The only "tech" things I ever seem to use in a car are cruise control and the entertainment system. On a recent trip I had a rental car with all the in-car controls on a touch screen. I appreciated the convenience of being able to adjust the cruise control and climate control, play tunes, tune the radio and so on, all from a common interface. This is a car, dammit, not a mobile computer laboratory. Techie toys must do more than be cool. They must solve problems.

I'm reminded of airplane glass cockpits. Pilots rarely need exact numbers, most of the time they just need a glance at an analogue display. "Full power...confirmed! Gauges green...airspeed alive...rotate..."


Comment Re:No one should *ever* wonder why... (Score 1) 275

It's with the conservative authoritarians

It's more like authoritarians of all stripes, but the conservative authoritarians are the loudest and most numerous. (Left wing authoritarians, the ones that waved Mao's little red book or quoted Trotsky or Lenin aren't much of an issue at all these days). There are those who would have a breathalizer (MADD followers) built into the dash of every car, but they're seen as nutty.

Dr. Bob has a nice paper about this stuff:


Comment Re:Microsoft will be stopped (Score 1) 394

"and they might be able to get away with checking for known cracked exe signatures and deleting them as "malware", but any actual spying will fall foul of data protection laws."

This actually happens if you have Windows Defender set to delete malware automagically. I'm not sure if it's set that way by default in 10, but I've seen at least one person lose hard-to-find 10 year old cracks that Defender labeled as "malware" after an install of 10.

The more I look at this stuff from the relative safety of the Linux universe, the more I want to stay the fuck away.


Comment Not in a long time... (Score 2) 284

I think the last time I used a Windows 95 system was in the 2000/2001 timeframe. It's been a while.

I used Windows 95 a lot. It worked, but when USB started to become important I upgraded to Windows 98. Some people claim there is a USB implementation for Windows 95 but after careful study I have come to the conclusion that they are mistaken.

I worked for the Evil Empire in the early '90s and had access to early versions of Windows 95 (still codenamed Chicago). One memorable early build crashed and corrupted my hard drive after I attempted to adjust the mouse settings.


Comment How things are paid for (Score 1) 528

We decided, a long time ago, that the web would be supported by advertising. Other business models are possible, and were explored, but subsequently abandoned. So be it.

OK, so show me good ads. Cut the "weird trick" ads. Lose the pop-ups, lose the auto-play videos, lose the bad HTML that makes web pages fidget and bounce around while the browser figures out what size your image really is. Lose the web pages that never finish loading. And please lose the Flash ads that freeze the entire browser.

When I loaded this page I got a BMW ad, an ad for a camera store and an ad for shoes. I can deal with that.


186,000 Miles per Second. It's not just a good idea. IT'S THE LAW.