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Comment: Re:Charms Bar vs Action Center (Score 1) 340

by Simulant (#48908677) Attached to: Windows 10: Charms Bar Removed, No Start Screen For Desktops
I've always found the Action Center to be an unwanted middle-man. If it's going to be central now, please make it quicker to get to. Right now I have to aim, click, aim again, and click again. I'm sure there's a hot key but the extra aim/click can go, IMO. Or add a double-click option.

Comment: Re:Fact: Free Trade doesn't work (Score 1) 482

by Simulant (#48818531) Attached to: IEEE: New H-1B Bill Will "Help Destroy" US Tech Workforce

If you condemn free trade without condemning capitalism in general, all you are doing is redrawing the lines so they suit you. Capitalism, in the long term, seems fundamentally incompatible with basic human decency (and most religious morality) and will eventually produce gross inequalities. As Americans, possibly as humans, this usually doesn't bother us as long as we perceive ourselves to be ahead or at least believe we have a path to get ahead.

Comment: Lollipop is broken for many. (Score 1) 437

by Simulant (#48763281) Attached to: Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Very broken. The dialer isn't even reliable. (
Not to mention that the interface is more inconsistent than ever.

OEMs are wise to wait a bit and I now fully realize that as a Nexus owner, I'm a beta tester. I might reconsider my next purchase.

Comment: Re:Well understood technologies ... (Score 1) 252

by Simulant (#48729475) Attached to: US CTO Tries To Wean the White House Off Floppy Disks
<quote><p>She complains of having to use a laptop from 2013? WTF? The same goes for the Blackberry, if it's doing it's job - what's the problem that it's not "cutting edge"?</p><p>The problem here isn't the technology the White House is using, the problem is a manager without a clue. (Which shouldn't come as a real surprise, as she doesn't appear to have any actual qualifications for the job other than having worked at Google.)</p></quote>

Is she complaining or the NYT? I couldn't tell.

Comment: Why leave home? (Score 1) 400

by Simulant (#48724061) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low
There are only 1 or 2 movies a year which I feel are worth a trip to the cinema. Anything else can wait to be watched on my home system which, like most these days, delivers a very nice viewing experience. I still feel like most of what I watch is crap though and wouldn't cry if there were less of it.

Sometimes I feel we are all "fiddling" while "Rome" burns. And while I know I'm getting old, watching people do horrible things to each other is not as fun as it used to be... it's just more explicit. Extreme violence seems to be the lowest common denominator in TV & cinema.

Comment: Re:Call Comcast? (Score 1) 405

by Simulant (#48381227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
My employer runs their entire business on Comcast business class internet and we are not being blocked as you describe. Are you sure something else isn't going on?

That said, I also run my own mail server at home, on a comcast consumer connection, and I use google's mail servers to proxy my outbound mail. I got in on free google apps for your domain account back during the beta... but you may be able to pull this off with a normal gmail account. Just set your mail server to forward through googles smtp servers using your gmail credentials. Not sure if this will work if your reply to address domain is not hosted by google.
What really sucks is that Comcast also blocks inbound port 25 on consumer accounts so I have my mail delivered to google and then I transfer it to my own mail server via pop/imap, in theory leaving nothing on the google servers but probably rather pointless in practice. This is what I'm reduced to unless I wan't to pay more for a business connection. There has never been any such thing as net neutrality at the consumer level here, afaict. Every internet connection I've ever had has been asynchronous and limited in some way.

Weekend, where are you?