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Comment: Most of their apps are annoying anyway (Score 1) 31 31

They keep boning the interface for maps, someone could seriously make a buck just skinning it and giving easy access to the offline caching feature and so on. And googles, why for you no have keywords? I just wind up going to the web interface for image searches. So there's an extra step.

Inbox is pretty nice, I guess. I didn't get the impression that there was much competition in that space. Am I wrong?

Comment: Re:The addresses are there... but still... (Score 1) 224 224



Good (IBM) politically correct message though.

I haven't worked there for years and years, and I didn't even work for IBM proper; I worked for Tivoli, which hadn't yet been fully subsumed into the IBM culture. I did, however, have access to the 9 net, and there really is a whole little world in there. It's part of how IBM keeps people on the reservation.

Comment: Re:Is this true? (Score 1) 161 161

That is, once you convert to Win 10, if you don't like it you can't reinstall Win 7. Is this true? I hope not.

Yes and no. Yes, they're going to convert your license, so the original license will be invalidated. No, you will still be able to install Windows 7. What you won't be able to do is legally re-validate it. But seriously, if you use an activation tool to go back to Windows 7, you think Microsoft will knock on your door and sue you?

Comment: Re:Err, okay (Score 1) 161 161

Sure, they get Windows 10 as well. Woohoo. If it's unusable for the first year, their fallback OS isn't Windows 8.

converting to a windows 10 license destroys your windows 7 license.

Sure, you can just ignore the activation prompts, or use one of the deprotection tools, but it's still an annoyance if you want to go back.

Comment: Re:I think Apple's glory days are over (Score 1) 304 304

Those are lousy reasons to take away someone's freedom. The walled garden hasn't kept malware off devices, and Android has shown you can get all the benefits of the walled garden without giving up the freedom.

There are always more people who will try to take control of your device if they can. We've seen this play out before with Microsoft Palladium....first being a way to ensure you had legal copies of windows, then expanding to mean you could only play media approved by the RIAA/MPAA etc. Fortunately it got dropped back then.

Even in this story we have a story where Apple is censoring software (alternate browsers), making the lives of their users worse.

Comment: Re:Not enough punishment (Score 1) 169 169

If the courts hadn't moved to declare hard labor "cruel and unusual" then it would be non issue.

You are either for or against slavery.

Heck, in the South we could really amp it up just making them do chain gang duty with no bug repellant in the middle of the summer.

The South, eh? I guess we know which now.

Comment: Re:The addresses are there... but still... (Score 5, Interesting) 224 224

these companies (which I'd love to name) missed the boat when IPv4 address costs (for sale) was highest and are actually waiting for this next "crisis" in hopes that they can get billions for Class A nets (these companies date back to "the beginning" and the use their Class A addresses for non-Internet facing internal addressing (that is they are wasting the addresses) simply because they lack the skills to change).

IBM has the technical know-how to stop using routable addresses internally, but their class A is part of their culture. I imagine the same is true for other class A holders.

Comment: Re:kinda dissapointed... (Score 1) 158 158

so he's not a fan of binary logging but he didn't say why, maybe he'll update his thoughts once he uses the related tools like journalctl to see what benefits it brings.

He probably understands that making it the primary logging method and thus requiring the use of the special tools for the least troubleshooting is a massive architectural mistake which is totally unnecessary and made for only arrogant reasons.

he's not exactly a charmer at times either depends which side of the fence you are sitting at the time. He has brought many a developer into line when they step over the boundary.

Sadly, he's not in a position to do that here, even if he wants to.

perhaps there was nothing to say about it as its not as worrying as people like to troll about.

Or perhaps you reveal yourself as a dbag when you call people who care about an issue trolls.

Comment: Re:Routing around (Score 1) 169 169

Can't this same principle be applied on a smaller scale?

It's not that it's physically impossible. It's that it already cost a lot of money to star-wire it, now you want everything to be looped, or to be in some sort of mesh topology. That means a lot of new trenches, a lot of new fiber, a lot of new repeaters and routers and money.

Comment: Re:LOL (Score 1) 163 163

You only know about the small percentage of startups that succeed. Most fail within a year. The failure rate is 80% within 18 months, by some estimates.

That's over twice as good as restaurants. Let's not forget that anyone running a startup with their own money has already failed. You need at minimum three people for any startup: the techie, the schmooze, and the lawyer.

Steve Jobs said two years ago that X is brain-damaged and it will be gone in two years. He was half right. -- Dennis Ritchie