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Comment Not surprised at this. (Score 1) 420

I'm not surprised that Disney wanted to do something different with the Star Wars universe. After all, Disney saw the precedent of the many issues of the prequel trilogy and that's why in the new trilogy, Disney wants to get back the "feel" of the original trilogy. Indeed, I expect "The Force Awakens" to be essentially a self-contained movie, but with just enough plot points "open" to do the subsequent two sequels.

Comment Let's see how honest is Comcast's speeds. (Score 2) 113

I've stayed at my brother's place when his connection to Comcast High-Speed Internet (originally) had 50 mbps download speeds, now 100 mbps download speeds. Using, I was getting around 44-47 mbps under the old setup and 90-92 mbps under the new setup.

But now, Comcast is preparing to roll out DOCSIS 3.1 service by 2017; they're converting all of their HD channels to MPEG-4 compression to free up bandwidth space to allow DOCSIS 3.1 service. In theory, DOCSIS 3.1 is capable of around 1 gigabit download speeds; just how fast Comcast will the new service be is still a major unknown, though I think at least 350-500 mbps download speeds is possible.

Comment I block ads with AdBlock Plus because.... (Score 1) 307

....the big problem with online ads is that they use Adobe Flash, Oracle Java, etc. to render the online ad--and that results in dramatic slowdowns in rendering web pages, not to mention ending up being a vector for malware attacks.

If we are to solve this problem, the following needs to be done:

1. All ads must be created using HTML 5.0.
2. No autoplay of any media file. Only with user interaction can any media file be played.
3. No animation in the ad.
4. Ads must be limited to a reasonable banner size.
5. Strict bans on cross-site scripting.

Comment Re:Genius or not (Score 1) 662

The sad part is that Westerners DO have justification for being cautious around Muslims, given the known history of some very heinous terrorist acts by Muslim terrorists at least since the middle 1960's.

The way Ahmed Mohamed acted when questioned by school authorities and the police didn't help matters, either.

Comment Once HTML 5.0 was finalized in October 2014.... (Score 1) 229

...It was only a matter of time before Adobe Flash heads to the ash heap of computer history.

Besides being a MAJOR user of system resources, Flash was also a major vector for malware attacks. That's why Google, Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera are all wishing that Flash goes away as soon as possible.

Comment Online ads causing too many problems. (Score 1) 519

Here's the reason why ad-blocking software is popular: it stops most ads created with Adobe Flash, Oracle (neé Sun) Java, and Microsoft Silverlight, which means way less system resource usage and eliminating a major vector for the loading of malware.

I think the solution is simple: set a date to BAN all online ads unless the ad was specifically created completely in HTML 5.0. Just that change would eliminate the vector of loading malware via plugins and might actually speed up system performance, too.

Comment Re:I'd like to see the environmental nightmare die (Score 1) 369

While I agree, the process of making a cup of coffee with a presspot, vacuum pot, Moka pot, or pour-over pot like a Chemex can be quite time-consuming, especially if you have to grind whole roasted coffee beans. The Keurig sold very well (until the Keurig 2.0 fiasco) because the process of getting a decent mug of coffee was very convenient and very fast.

Keurig has said they are working on a new type of K-cup that uses vegetable-based plastics for easier recycleability or easier breakdown in landfills--they hope to have them in production by 2017 or so.

Comment IBM contributed to Linux's success. (Score 1) 469

I think what made people stand up and take notice of Linux was IBM's decision to port Linux so it works on IBM's mainframe hardware. In short, having an open operating system work on IBM mainframes showed that Linux was viable even running highly mission-critical tasks.

Indeed, that success paved the way for the Linux kernel to be used on consumer devices--Google's Android for cellphones/tablet computers and Chorme OS for low-cost laptops both run on the Linux kernel.

Comment Re:That's one reason the iPhone is so popular (Score 1) 434

I used to have a Samsung Galaxy S III. But the glacial pace of updating to Samsung's version of Android convinced me at the end of my initial T-Mobile USA phone contract to replace it with an iPhone 6 (64 GB Space Gray). And I'm very happy with the choice, because at least I get timely updates to add functionality and fix bugs (I started at 8.0, then updated to 8.0.2, 8.1, 8.1.1., 8.1.2, 8.1.3, 8.2 and now 8.3), thanks to Apple being the arbiter of when to get updates, not the cellphone carrier or handset manufacturer.

Comment Re:What Microsoft Wants: The Next Windows XP (Score 2) 159

The biggest problem with Windows 8 and 8.1 was the fact you HAD to deal with the "Modern" tiled UI, even if your system booted directly to the Desktop UI (you needed Modern UI access for some functions). I've played with Windows 8.1 and frankly, the "Modern" user interface is too radically different than the Desktop UI used in Windows 7 (it was like having to learn everything from scratch all over again).

With Windows 10, at least on desktop and "conventional" laptops, you default to the Desktop UI, and that means people transitioning from Windows 7 and earlier will have a much easier time, to say the least.

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