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Comment: Re:But, will they learn from their mistake? (Score 0) 668

Windows 7 made everyone forgive and forget the monstrosity that was Vista... XP made everyone forgive and forget the monstrosity that was Windows ME... Vista and ME are about 100x worse than windows 8 ime. at least Windows 8 can run with some stability. and the start screen (the biggest problem) can be easily and safely ignored with 8.1... (I haven't even seen it in over 2 months.)

windows 8.1 runs smoothly and quickly on my 3 year old i5, and has been rock solid. I've never had a vista install last, and don't get me started on ME. I installed it, and less than a month I was getting nothing but daily blue screens. I've never once seen a blue screen in 8.1. (I have in 7)

Also, I've been around for quite a while. I remember when XP came out. the outcry against the new start menu was just as bad as the outcry about the start screen is currently. People called it a monstrosity, and how could they remove the my computer icon from the desktop. how dare they... granted they had the classic start menu still there, but the default was "unacceptable".

Heck Windows 95 came out to much arguing and angst as well. "Windows 95 won't run on my 386, what a piece of junk! who needs this fancy GUI anyway, why can't I just boot it to DOS and run the gui when I need to!" "I have to click 'start' to shut my computer down? What kind of nonsense is this?" "windows 95 will flop!"

Coming back more recently... Windows 7... the removal of the quick launch toolbar... i can't begin to tell you how many people were pissed off about that. (I personally find pinning to the task bar a more acceptable way to handle it than a quick launch tool bar, but try to explain that to some people...

Any change Microsoft makes is called a "horrific mistake"... but people will get used to it. and things continue as they always have. the hold-outs will find work-arounds. but eventually it'll work out.

Comment: Re:The Sony Z Ultra supports 8 bands (Score 1) 259

by fullmetal55 (#47158343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

are your eyes that bad that you need that extra inch to make the screen readable or something? (See how absurd your first sentence reads now?)

Sorry, but if you're going to attempt to insult me I get to insult you too. fairs fair and all that. Frankly, I can read any site at full screen on my S4 just fine. heck I could do that on my iPhone 4 that I had before. That's not a problem for me.

And to me, not being able to use the phone one handed is a much more massive decrease in usability than not having a bigger screen. What am I doing with the other hand? could be lots of things. it's called multitasking. I like to be able to write things down while I'm scrolling through emails. without having to put my phone down, grab the pen write, put down the pen pick up the phone, scroll to the next email, put it down write... etc. you know work stuff. To me usability is more important than screen size. I have good eyesight that I can read th text when it's

Everyone has different use cases for what they need the phone for. and unfortunately i think that's being left aside for the "bigger is better" mentality. I'd much rather have a small phone. It's my personal preference, and how I work better. for me a larger screen decreases usability more than it helps.

Comment: Re:The Sony Z Ultra supports 8 bands (Score 1) 259

by fullmetal55 (#47157615) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

big screens do not make it the "Best Phone" my biggest gripe about my S4 is that I can't use it 100% one handed. It's surprising how much I want to be able to use a single hand while operating a mobile. a 6.4" screen makes it ridiculously large, yeah the Galaxy Mega also has a very large screen. that doesn't make it a great phone imo.

I don't care if it fits in my pocket, weighs less than a feather, is the most awesome thing in the world, that's actually not why I don't like large phones. It's that I have to use both hands to do anything with it. Usability is key for me. and a 6.4" screen is far too large. Size does not make a phone the "Best phone"

Comment: Re:Irrelevant for the common man (Score 1) 411

10 on 5 off... 8 hour days, everything catered, the camp conditions are actually really nice. Making 6 figures... injury rate no higher than any other industrial job. plus the added bonus of on-hand EMT and Nurses, so no waiting for an ambulance when an accident occurs. hardly slave labor... Definately not for everybody, but when I hear Newfies telling me how much safer it is, and how much better the hours are than working the fishing boats back home? The extra pay is a bonus.

Comment: Re:Few welders make $150K (Score 3, Interesting) 367

by fullmetal55 (#46828741) Attached to: Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

You aren't from Alberta are you?

and yeah layoffs at the end of the season are common, but they're still pulling in big bucks ($150k easily) in the oil sands. Now granted up on the rigs a do-over is very expensive, so you have to be a good welder to get the job done right the first time or you will get fired quickly. and if we could get a welder for $12-18/hr... those would be very inexperienced crappy welders. I'm sure I could do a better job than the guys who'd do it for $12-18 an hour here. My town has more welders per capita than most other professions.

Comment: Re:Reverse the hack (Score 0) 149

by fullmetal55 (#46664633) Attached to: TCP/IP Might Have Been Secure From the Start If Not For the NSA

they're actually talking about layer 3 (network layer) encryption... which is entirely possible if you want to slow down the entire routing of the entire network... yes current encryption is in the presentation/application layer, (6/7) the idea is that it could have been implemented at a much lower layer in the stack, had Cirf been allowed to take his work that he did for the NSA to his work on TCP/IP.

although to be fair I doubt it would have been implemented, or been optional. as the networking speeds of the time and the computing power required for encryption on such a base level, would be hard to implement, and slow.

Comment: Re:Walmart cares? (Score 1) 455

by fullmetal55 (#46602425) Attached to: Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

actually the visa fees are usually transparent to the customer, and every company i've ever known pays them out of their profits, which is why some smaller stores once upon a time charged a fee for credit card transactions... So the visa fees impact their bottom line. The credit card fees are also a major factor in the number of stores issuing their own credit cards,

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