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Comment Re:Inexpensive reliable testers (Score 4, Insightful) 98

We need inexpensive reliable testers for usb cables. Basically a box where you plug the cables in and it does the various electrical tests.

Isn't the whole point of standard that the consumer should know that two devices are equitable in abilities?
The problem here is the owner of the USB 3.0 spec is not releasing their legal hounds on companies manufacturing "USB 3.0" cables that don't truly support the standard.

Comment Re:Trend towards illegibility (Score 1) 127

One has to wonder why webmasters are so ashamed of their content that they want to make it so difficult for people to read it.

If it's a news site, probably to hide that the cheap freelance "editors" they hired to replace their classically educated journalists have such a poor grasp of the English language. Race to the bottom, and all that...

OT: When did that change in title happen, anyway? Why is everyone an "editor" now, instead of a "reporter"?

Comment Re:Love, Grandmaster Flash (Score 1) 117

Predictive keyboard? Sounds like autocorrect to me. And I hate those things. They make too many assumptions. I mean, how does it know I wasn't going to write about my "gigantic throbbing coconspirator"?

When I try and type "plates" into my Nokia dumbphone, the T9 predictive text input assumes I want to say "slaves" first. Which can lead to some interesting sentences when talking about shopping.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 1) 572

PS: Windows 10, for now, allows you to block automatic updates. But it's hidden as "Network & Internet" > "Set as metered connection".

I don't know what the point of that would be. Once you're on Windows 10 the cat's out of the bag as far as telemetry and control, and turning automatic updates off means you don't get any of the updates that fix the myriad of issues people experience with the new operating system. Once you have Windows 10, you want updates to come.

Comment Re:But why? (Score 4, Interesting) 572

Why does MS feel its so important for us to upgrade?
I don't understand why MS feels they have to force Win 10 on us when many are perfectly happy with the Win we have.

Because Microsoft wants to spy on you for financial gain.
People running 7 and 8.1 can avoid the updates that add the spying to them, but since it's baked into Win10 you can't avoid it so easily then, so the obvious course for Microsoft is to trick people into upgrading to 10.

Given the overwhelming majority of people are on Windows -- I kinda wonder if Microsoft is really the only one doing the collection of data off of it.

Comment Re:TIFF? (Score 1) 41

4-bit PNG would be a better choice for black and white pages as it will retain detail on text and can handle the greyscale photos okay.
But it would need to be something else for spreads with color.

Comment Re:Fuck Your Political Agenda, New Guys. (Score 1) 29

Lets discuss how to get engineers to quit designing shit that gets used by the police state in a constitutionally illegal manner.

Yes, lets stop working on any advances in carbon nanotubes, especially. Because someone might use that technology to build a gun that can use high powered rounds but isn't a material that can be picked up by airline security scans.

Comment Re:Give up a massive revenue stream? NEVER! (Score 1) 167

It's nice that the FCC is trying to bring about change, but device rental fees are a MASSIVE revenue stream for cable companies. IF they allow this, expect cable rates to go up $10/month. Or more.

On the flip side, it will be very easy for providers to blame service issues on the third-party equipment. A field tech can go out, check service signal levels, confirm the authentication on the box is working fine, and if no issues found charge the customer a nice $50-$100 service call charge for a "customer equipment issue".

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