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Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 1) 567

by Optic7 (#48875901) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

I would call their OEM licenses up to Windows 7 relatively cheap, but not super-cheap. I meant super-cheap as in $50 or under, how Apple had been pricing OS X upgrades before they went free in the most recent versions.

"It's a trap" may actually have been premature. Let's see the details first. Maybe they are just going the same route as Apple did, but the thing is they don't have the big hardware profits that Apple does, so I don't know what their plan is.

Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 4, Interesting) 567

by Optic7 (#48868469) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

Reading that blog in more detail, I think I understand what they are doing. "Supported lifetime of the device" *probably* means that the license will be tied to the hardware and will not be transferable. Perhaps they will generally make licenses super-cheap, but not transferable? Or perhaps they will go subscription-only on new devices.

"IT'S A TRAP!" may be appropriate here. We will find out for sure soon enough.

Comment: Re:There's nothing wrong now... (Score 1) 489

by Optic7 (#48853951) Attached to: Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

XP had its issues, like every OS, but compared to having to run the OS on top of DOS like Windows was previously doing it was a huge improvement.

Windows 2000 was not based on Windows 9x, so did not run on top of DOS. It was instead an upgrade to Windows NT 4, with some added integration to allow Windows 9x programs to run, so it was the first OS that unified both the enterprise branch (NT) and consumer branch (9x) of Windows. So Windows XP was not new in that regard. Think of XP as Windows 2002, or Windows 2000 with a candy-like interface on top and a few other improvements. Here's an NT history for reference, showing the version progression from NT 3.1 up to Windows 10:

The Windows 8 improvements over 7 are worth it. Speed and security to name a couple. Especially when you consider that if you really can't handle the interface you can easily download free utilities to make it look like Windows 7.

The fact is that even though people like to gripe and moan, every version of Windows on the NT branch as outlined in the Wikipedia article above has been an improvement over the previous version.

Comment: Re:Don't we already provide K-12 for "free"? (Score 1) 703

by Optic7 (#48777529) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

I would say not. In most places that I know of in the US, K-12 education is funded to a large extent by property taxes, which means that rich districts have a lot more resources than poor districts.

I did a quick search and found this very brief article about it:

The actual proportions and differences very likely vary greatly depending on state and locality.

Comment: Re:Lollipop = Windows Vista (Score 1) 437

by Optic7 (#48767915) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Unfortunately, even though I have not upgraded my Nexus 4 to Lollipop, I still received the new Calendar (and all other Google Apps) as part of the regular Play store app updates. I don't like the new calendar either. Still getting used to some of the changes, and still haven't figured out how to do some things. For instance, how to set the default calendar for new appointments - I ended up putting some personal appointments on my work calendar and can't move them. Now I have to manually pick my personal calendar (which is the Google account, so you would think it would be the default) each time I create an appointment.

Another thing I don't like about the new app design guidelines is that they made the menu buttons on the top bar way too small. You almost have to use your pinky to get them, even though there's plenty of room for bigger buttons.

Comment: Re:Not sure what to think (Score 1) 598

by Optic7 (#48758015) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

Hi there, I'm a fellow IT guy and have a question about something you said:

Apple decides they're going to standardize on SMB because it's faster and more widely used, which sounds like good news, right? Yeah, except that it's over a year later, and Apple's file sharing is still buggy. Apple's advice is to not use OSX with file servers.

Do you have any links to Apple's recommendation to not use OSX with file server, especially SMB file servers? We have Mac users who have occasional issues with our Windows file servers, and it would be very handy to be able to reference that article.


Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 2) 580

by Optic7 (#48629005) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Sorry, but it's common. Way more common than it should be. There's a news story about someone in the US going crazy and killing a handful of people with guns just almost every week now. Certainly at least every month. One of these happened very near a place that I frequented (same strip mall) just a few years ago, around the time that I frequented it.

Comment: Re:I question your numbers. (Score 1) 688

by Optic7 (#48628307) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Did you include the depreciation on the car, and the insurance you pay on it? Based on the numbers you provided and adding a conservative $10,000 depreciation and an average $50/month for insurance, I got closer to 34 cents / mile. I didn't include things like driver's license fees, car registration fees, traffic and parking fines, parking fees, purchase/rental of garage space, and who knows what else I can't think of right now.

The approximately 60 cents / mile figure likely comes from the IRS business mileage reimbursement rate (56 cents / mile), and the AAA's most recent estimate of costs to own and operate a sedan in the US (59.2 cents / mile).

The best book on programming for the layman is "Alice in Wonderland"; but that's because it's the best book on anything for the layman.