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Comment: Re:Where are the round-abouts (Score 1) 203 203

i've seen more intersections in europe than round a bouts. a lot of americans want to walk into the street without paying attention and then complain why the world doesn't revolve around them

If I walk into the center of a round about it will look like the world is revolving around me.

Comment: Re:No filter is truly effective (Score 1) 265 265

Spammers don't send out spam to piss you off, they send it out to make money. No amount of filtering or criminal prosecution will change that; in fact it generally just increases the total volume of spam that traverses the internet continuously.

If you want to make a difference on spam, you need to go after the only thing spammers care about - money. The most effective tactics ever used against spam have been the ones that prevented spammers from getting paid, nothing else - not even the sum total of all the filters ever installed worldwide - has had an impact even remotely near it.

Stop thinking about filters an start thinking about solutions.

Since you dismissed the two (IMHO) best ways to keep spammers away from the money, let's hear your solutions instead of lecturing and challenging others.

Comment: Re: that's funny... (Score 1) 368 368

The argument isn't about being paid or not but rather, how much. Apple isn't refusing to pay at all. But simply treating royalty as "if we get money, you get money". I see nothing wrong with this model.

What TFA did you read because it isn't related to the topic of this article/conversation.

Comment: Re:not interested...unless. (Score 3, Informative) 280 280

One real problem is once you "upgrade" to Windows 10 from say Windows 7 - there is no going back Having checked it out on their website, My Windows 7 copy is no longer registrable.

The free program Advanced Tokens Manager allows you to back up your activation and reapply it at as many times as you want.

Comment: Re:Just refuse the new gear (Score 1) 224 224

Too bad you're getting modded down and I don't have any mod points to give you a boost. What folks don't realize is that their point may be valid but that language and tone will cause their post to be skipped over or dismissed. Without those four words I would have moderated the GP insightful.

Comment: Re: Compared to what?!? (Score 2) 224 224

That's a valid opinion, but it's a line of thinking that can get people in over their head. The article mentioned $30 a year. I dumped Comcast's $7 / mo. modem for my own. $7 a month is still kind of a big wup, but that's $84 year. Both together are $114 a year. Still not a bank-breaker for me but I'd rather spend my money stupidly somewhere else then hand it to Comcast and get no benefits in return. My work Aruba router is on a timer. Mostly to keep yet another WiFi network out of my house, but a little cost savings here and there adds up.

Comment: Re:Crapfinity (Score 1) 224 224

Comcast isn't forcing anyone to buy anything so these comparisons are apples (upper tier of TV / Internet / phone) and oranges (Internet). With Comcast I have fast Internet for around $50 plus their $15 lowest tier cable TV. Their modem was $7 / mo. so I bought my own. I'd cancel the cable TV except by doing that my Internet would be priced $15 more a month. Bottom line I'm paying about $70 for Internet plus some TV.

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.