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Comment Live tiles are ads (Score 2) 578

The whole idea behind live tiles and the full screen interface that was in Windows 8 was that it was an ad. It was just cross promoting other Microsoft stuff. Bing Maps, Bing Finance, MSN, MS Store, Windows Mobile, Xbox etc... It was always about promoting Microsoft's other stuff in a full screen animated Ad. They alienated their users with a poorly thought out and designed UI including mystery meat navigation in the form of charms bars for the soul purpose of serving their cross promotional interests. Which is why in my opinion they didn't get nearly enough grief for the shenanigans.

Comment Windows 10 (Score 1) 371

Is all about cross promoting Microsoft's other stuff Bing Everything, Xbox One, MS Store, IE (renamed). At least they had the decency to not charge you to upgrade to full screen live tile based advertisements for their other offerings like they did with Windows 8. There is not much in either version that truly benefits the user it's all about improving their flat revenue by getting suckers to buy or use their other crap. And of course Cortana is just about getting people to use Bing.

Comment Here's the deal (Score 1) 193

If you keep making Chicken Little the sky is falling predictions with computer models as your proof to bring about some desired political change. Then eventually you will lose all credibility and no one will listen to you anymore. You damage the reputation of the sciences and certainly of computer models when you do this. Knock it off.

Comment Don't get too excited (Score 5, Insightful) 379

No last mile unbundling! That's the core issue. That's what causes this nonsense is no real competition in the marketplace! This means you still have to deal with shitty companies like Comcast and Verizon because in many cases you have no other choice. It's a broken market. They should have forced last mile competition that would not only solve the net neutrality issue it would have lowered cost and increased speed and access.

I feel like he's really saying well look ISPs looks like our swindle is not going to fly with the icky proles but at least I will protect your duopolies so be thankful for that.

Comment This is good (Score 1) 703

It's about time, other civilized countries such as Germany offer free college education. Our economy is much bigger than Germany but we prefer to spend all our money on make work projects in the military industrial complex. Less B2 bombers and more education to actually help people get ahead and eventually pay it back in the form of taxes they pay from having a decent job. Let's make it happen.

Comment Re:Let's ban all guns! (Score 1) 1350

How bout those IRA pipe bombs those are way better right? You don't need guns to cause mayhem just intent. Pipe bombs, LP Gas Bombs, pressure cooker bombs IEDs etc.... Infringing on peaceful law abiding citizens constitutional rights only screws them and for what purpose? Those that have the intent will still kill. Only now the citizens are unarmed and even less able to protect themselves and have less rights than what they started with. Super great plan. looks like you have it all figured out.

Comment Grandstanding (Score 2) 81

The problem is "security researchers" want to gain notoriety so they can make more money as consultants and doing paid appearances. The way you do that is irresponsible disclosure that causes a big stir. If you tell someone I discovered heartbleed they have heard of that and will take it as a credibility indicator. If you tell them I discovered XSA-128 everyone says never heard of it. It's all about marketing and PR and making bucks. That's how these things end up with catchy names. The people doing this are acting rationally but with questionable motives and their dedication to actual security should be under great scrutiny.

Comment Re:Because they compete (Score 2) 238

You got the numbers wrong they make 97% profit on an Internet connection. People keep missing that point. Verizon/Comcast are already making money hand over fist with profit margins that would make most CEOs high five their finance guy. That means if you are paying $60.00 month their fixed cost for providing your connection is like $2.00 a month. That's just not enough for the greedy robber barons. Mind you while providing customer satisfaction that by all counts is below average. AND the best part is taking huge tax incentives in the 90s to build out the information super highway only to renege when it came time to do the work saying they could not do it because of the tech bubble pop of 1999.

Also they claim title 2 common carrier status when it is to their benefit to get right of ways and claim information service when they want to block any competition. It's far far far worse than anyone really sells it. Links in case you don't believe it.

Comment Re:Electric. (Score 1) 659

Insightful? Really? You do realize that Hydrogen Fuel Cells use your vaunted electricity right? They just don't use batteries they use hydrogen converted to electricity by a fuel cell. The level of ignorance here for your post to get to +5 insightful is sort of astounding.

Comment Re:Yeah? (Score 2) 360

Have you been in a Tesla Model S. Because I have been driven around in one and I have been in a Mercedes S Class and the one thing that struck me about the Tesla was oh my this is like an S Class maybe even nicer. I have never been in a nicer American built car. All the sudden the price made more sense to me. It's in BMW 7 series S class territory for sure.

I am not an eco guy by any stretch more of a car guy actually but that seems to me to be the best built American car you can buy. I think Tesla has a lot to be proud of with that car and not just because it's electric.

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