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Comment Re:Shipping on Amazon (Score 1) 246

Amazon sits on those orders for nearly a week before they are shipped.

Only if you explicitly select their slowest shipping methods.

Yup. I am not a member of Prime, and I select the free shipping, which is the slow method you mention.

I can order the same item elsewhere for a price+shipping that is cheaper than Amazon, and get it in a day .

Thanks for agreeing with me.

Comment Re:Life after Amazon (Score 1) 246

So your statement is demonstrably false.

Or your test was demonstrably incorrect, as it does not test the concept I stated. You showed that the shipping changes when multiple items are purchased. You did not show that the price of the mouse has shipping costs built in already, and that you were paying extra for shipping you had already paid for.

Comment Re:Does it remember size and location of windows? (Score 2) 43

I think so? I feel pretty confident about it

I'll do my usual of installing the new version to see if the KDE developers have finally come to their senses. To be honest, I don't hold high hopes, as I have seen comments from the developers in the past indicating they were opposed to implementing this simple concept because it made it difficult for them when implementing the [comparatively] little-used feature of going to sleep on one device and waking up on another device. I have trouble imagining the need for that capability, and I have even more trouble seeing why that would be justification to not implement the "remember windows size/position on closure" feature.

So I really hope the KDE developers have come to their senses on this.

Comment Does it remember size and location of windows? (Score 3, Informative) 43

So far, all of the previous versions of KDE that I have used do not remember the size and location of windows when I change those attributes by moving and resizing the window.

I've looked but have not been able to find a global parameter (i.e. affecting all windows) that says, in effect, ~remember window size and location when the window is closed~.

Has such a parameter finally been added to KDE?

Comment Life after Amazon (Score 2) 246

I've all but stopped buying at Amazon. Yeah, the free shipping for orders over $35 is nice, but at what cost?

Amazon sits on those orders for nearly a week before they are shipped.

The "shipping cost" is built in to the price of each item. So if you buy more than one item, you are over-paying for shipping.

I recently purchase a WiFi Access Point from At that site shipping is extra. However, the cost of the item plus the cost of shipping was still less expensive than Amazon's price with "free shipping". Plus ProVantage shipped the item the same day as I ordered it. Since I am in UPS's next day delivery zone for ground shipments, I got the access point the next day, instead of waiting the 10 days as Amazon drags its feet.

For me, it's life after Amazon, and it's a happy life.

Comment Comcast lies (Score 1) 252

They recently said they would be deploying 2Gbit, and that has failed to materialize.

Comcast is trying to look like a leading-edge ISP with these press releases about vapor-speeds, speeds that never seem to materialize.

If you want to see the real Comcast, look at areas where Comcast has little or no competition. US$50 per month for speeds that are DSL-like (about 6mbit/sec).

Comment It depends upon the company (Score 2) 154

I've worked for companies where such decisions were made with the considerable input from what the summary called "hands on keyboard" technical people.

I've also worked for companies where such decisions were made by solely by the CIO. The CIO in one of the cases was not a technical person, and got the CIO position because of whom he knew.

The success of the project seemed to be directly related to the amount of discussion and information exchange among the "hands on" technicians and management (including business management).

The more discussion and information exchange, the better the outcome of the project.

Comment Re:Again? (Score 1) 200

I doubt if Flash will ever go away completely. However, youtube moving away from Flash was a HUGE push to making Flash go away.

At some point, however, the number who bother to load Flash into their browsers will be a small percentage of web users. That means if you have content that requires Flash, you've just reduced your audience very significantly.

Comment Flash home page (Score 1) 200

What I find very curious are the web sites whose home pages are fully and completely written in Flash. If you do not enable flash, you see nothing but a blank page.

The owners of those websites were probably sold a bill of goods for a "cool website" by the same designers who proffered flaming logos 20 years ago....

Comment Petitions are an extension of voting... (Score 1) 68

If I sign a petition, I don't expect to have to give my demographic information, or whom I work for, etc.

The petition is not law. The petition merely draws more appropriate attention to a matter. Whether anything is done about that matter is up to the governing processes.

Something does not have to be done just because there is a petition in favor of it. Just as something does not have to be done just because you write a letter to your representative in Congress.

Comment Re:Security - One Industry at a Time (Score 2) 189

Ars is on the trial of auto security as well.

Highway to hack: why we’re just at the beginning of the auto-hacking era

Imagine it’s 1995, and you’re about to put your company’s office on the Internet. Your security has been solid in the past—you’ve banned people from bringing floppies to work with games, you’ve installed virus scanners, and you run file server backups every night. So, you set up the Internet router and give everyone TCP/IP addresses. It’s not like you’re NASA or the Pentagon or something, so what could go wrong?

That, in essence, is the security posture of many modern automobiles—a network of sensors and controllers that have been tuned to perform flawlessly under normal use, with little more than a firewall (or in some cases, not even that) protecting it from attack once connected to the big, bad Internet world. This month at three separate security conferences, five sets of researchers presented proof-of-concept attacks on vehicles from multiple manufacturers plus an add-on device that spies on drivers for insurance companies, taking advantage of always-on cellular connectivity and other wireless vehicle communications to defeat security measures, gain access to vehicles, and—in three cases—gain access to the car’s internal network in a way that could take remote control of the vehicle in frightening ways....

Comment Bugs should be costly to ignore, and cheap to fix (Score 3, Insightful) 189

...M]anufacturers often view bugs that aren't publicly understood as unimportant, because it costs something to patch those bugs, and nothing to ignore them...

If it costs nothing to ignore security bugs that can cause car crashes and human injury, then clearly the cost of ignoring such bugs is far too low.

The question becomes, how can security bugs be made expensive to ignore and cheap to fix?

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?