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Comment Re:How would sport matches become unscheduled? (Score 1) 225

But I really don't like watching ports on TV. Never have.

Live sports are occasionally nice, but usually overpriced. I especially hate when there is a mysterious stop, only to realize it is for a commercial break. WTF? Why not time shift the TV watchers and catch up the 1-2 minutes of lag during real timeouts or halftime?

Besides, watching sports live at home just means you cannot skip the annoying commercials. DVR the sucker and skip the commercials and inane commentary for the bloated nostalgia panel during every gap in play (often during play). US style sports presentation is supremely awful to suffer through.

Comment Collapse of cable (Score 2) 225

It finally is feeling like there is a snowball starting to roll towards buying a few specific subscriptions to stuff you like instead of a smorgasbord of crap you have to sift through. I have not watched "live" TV in my house in probably 4 years.

ESPN, QVC, and their ilk will hopefully be left high and dry with not enough folks willing to pay for them to keep them alive. ESPN in particular is the poster child of what I hate about cable. I don't want it, but must still fork over ~$8 a month in dues so the masses can cheer on their adopted tribal warriors and feel better through the accomplishments or failures of folks they have likely never even met. My guess is that on the open market ESPN will find itself in a death spiral where the current costs of operation cannot actually be supported by the few folks willing to fork over for monthly access. More than the money, I hate that I was supporting what i view as a negative influence on the country.

So in the future I can see us with a lot fewer options, but with a lot of the absolute crap gone. I am heartened by Hulu finally offering an option to be (mostly) ad-free. Netflix was already ad-free.

But on the whole the prevalence of tablets for easy internet browsing has filled a lot of the idiot box utility. Why watch the news when I can read what I want and skip around the fluff on Apple or Google news? Why watch the financial shows when I can look at the plots myself and read only the advisors i trust, not the wackos and cranks that CNBC is rife with?

Comment Re:Easy (Score 2) 225

Most have poor text display, and a lot of lag. On the whole they are often poor monitors.

Big monitors on the other hand are awesome. I am a big fan of my 40" monitor, finally it is big enough that I don't end up using all the corners for stuff a lot of the time.

Comment Send a file (Score 1) 491

Seriously, why is sending a file or blob of data not a better, easier experience? You have to attach it to an email, often with pretty limited sizes and/or number of files. They then live on in my email history.

I want to be able to send files to someone (often myself) or to a specific computer (again often to myself across the room or building). There is a need for this, and things like Dropbox and cloud storage are trying to address it, but it should be a more core function to computers and be simple, and secure without third party opportunities for failure/obsolescence. You can use sharing of a drive/folder, but often I am only sharing to get the file across and for no other reason and would prefer if it was a direct action to see the file arrive with a notification and click accept&save, rather than a passive one where it shows up silently in email or a shared folder.

Comment At-Will Employment (Score 2) 168

We are all temporary employees for the most part. I was told I was likely to have 6-7 jobs in my career, and less than halfway through I am on employer #7.

The gigs might be getting shorter, but we have lived in a hire/fire economy for a couple decades now. Hire when you need folks, and cut them loose when you don't. Nothing new here. There are a lot of headaches with contractors that having employees actually avoid, namely the need to actually plan and think out a chunk of work before throwing warm bodies at it.

Comment Re:Add a $10 / 10 min battery to every desktop... (Score 1) 491


I wish every app would also respond to shutdown requests ASAP. Don't ask me to save, just save it as a _shutdown copy and shut the hell down. A fully graceful power down system for both software and hardware would be great for both normal life and power outages.

Comment Re:PASSWORDS (Score 1) 491

I'd be happy with an RFID tag in my wallet and/or phone plus some facial recognition for all the low security stuff. Just unlock as I approach or as I enter. Add a password on top for the higher security stuff.

Passwords rules need at least to be consistent. At work one system is limited to a maximum of 8 characters, while the other is a minimum of 8.

Elsewhere special characters can't be handled, while the next system requires them.

It got stupid to the point where I now keep hints written down for a bunch of occasional used passwords and user names, which mostly defeats the point of strong passwords. but after a while I just stop giving a crap and just want to get on with life.

Comment Re:No LEDS (Score 1) 491

Totally agree. My PC is in our bedroom, and LED's drive me nuts! I have a routine every evening where I set my mouse against my keyboard, or it shoots a sliver of blue light right at eye level. Then I turn off the monitor or it glows orange. I keep an old fleece slippe on top of my computer that I slide over the power button that glows green. I slip an old Amsterdam map over my USB switch that glows green. Finally if I have my work laptop in the dock I toss whatever is handy over the eject button and status LED's the glow blue and white respectively. I keep an old wrist rest over the laptop power cord that glows white.

WTF man?

If note for the gooey residue I would have used black tape, but have found no good non-marring alternative.

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