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Comment Metcalfe's Law (Score 1) 87 87

[paraphrased] The value of a social network is proportional to the square of the number of users on it.

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google+ never had enough users to reach that critical tipping point, in spite of google trying to add users by requiring google service users to be google+ members.

(for the kids in the audience, Dr. Metcalfe was one of the co-inventors of Ethernet.)

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 2) 87 87

Biggest detraction was the unknown of how much of your browsing and searches and youtube video history would end up on your public profile. :)

Exactly. Once google had google+ data on me, what would they do with it? How would it be displayed? What control would I have?

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google does some stupid things, and requiring google+ IDs for other google services was one of them. I never knew what or how my data from one google service would be publicly shared with other google services because of the google+ connection. I found myself relying upon the privacy ethics of google and, for me, that was like trying to stand on quicksand.

Comment Re:They're going to be charging money for the OS s (Score 2) 282 282

Now they are tracking you and your surfing habits even more than Google (because it's the OS doing the tracking) and they are going to shove ads in your face any way they can.

Recently it appears that TiVo, of all companies, has started to aggressively insert advertisements onto the screen when you're watching the TV shows you recorded. Rumor has it that Nest thermostats will soon be displaying advertisements on its display.

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The computer companies seem to have been taken over by the advertisers. Microsoft is probably just jumping on the bandwagon to get some of the money.

Comment Mozilla had better gear up... (Score 4, Interesting) 366 366

Mozilla will be facing the Take Back The Web battle with Microsoft once again, though this time it will be a bloated Firefox vs. a newly aggressive Microsoft.

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Microsoft has caught the smell of Firefox's current weakness and is exploiting it.

What to watch: will Firefox's marketshare drop to the point where Firefox no longer has any impetus in pushing for, or moving towards, new web standards? A browser's marketshare needs to be over 20% (some say, well over 20%) for the browser to have that amount of gravitas.

Perhaps this default settings quarrel is Microsoft trying to grab a lump of marketshare for Edge, giving Edge a big boost towards that 25% mark and cementing Edge as a replacement for Firefox in setting web standards.

Comment Re:There probably isn't one (Score 1) 157 157

Especially if you are looking to wirelessly transmit 1080i/p reliably. I've tried and wireless was so unreliable (display artifacts and whatnot not present with wired) that I wound up going to the crawlspace and running wires to every device in the house.

Wired whenever possible, wireless only when you have to.

Comment Competition is good (Score 1) 91 91

If Oracle can follow up upon the hype in the PR and actually deliver competition for the Xeon, then the customers in the server market will benefit.

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On the other hand, Oracle still has the unquestioned ability to shoot itself in the foot with the predatory pricing models apparently associated with it.

Comment Different approach (Score 1) 76 76

Since nearly everything connected to a network nowadays seems to have some manner of easy-to-exploit vulnerability due to lax security design, maybe it would be easier for the /. editors to publish articles on devices and systems that are secure instead of those that are not.

Comment Re:I found this bit quite funny (Score 1) 255 255

Speed. You can dig through the start menu or tap the first two letters of the program's name.

Presuming that the first two letters correctly identify the program you want to run. And then there are the dead ends when you mistype a letter....

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