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Comment Tapes in the 80s (Score 1) 301 301

Before any of this internet nonsense, I found an unlabeled cassette tape in a desk in my chem class in maybe 1985. It turned out to be a comp, that after playing it for friends, turned out to be mostly Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and Suicidal Tendencies. I proceeded to buy every album I could find, not only from those bands, but bands like them, like Hüsker Dü. Relevant to piracy in general, but not the the OP.

Relevant to the OP, I own this album. I bought it. I am going to put it on my hard drive, make tapes of it for my old car that only has a tape deck, and put it on my mp3 player, because I want to listen to it everywhere, because I dig it.

This is nonsense, to stop people from listening to music the paid for, wherever they want to listen to it.

Comment Re:Tables cost less than cubicles (Score 1) 156 156

At the last dot-com I worked at, where I was a dev lead, we had an open plan office which some people liked but rather annoyed me. My annoyance was mitigated by an abundance of more private spaces that anyone was welcome to pick up their laptop and occupy when desired.

Anyway, my reason for replying is that this business was moving toward saving furniture money - but not on tables - on chairs. There was a trend toward standing desks. I understand that for a tiny minority of people this may be easier on their backs, but I do. not. want. standing desk. I want a good expensive ergonomic chair.

Comment Re:"Had to" (Score 1) 123 123

The eventual winner in the crowd-funding market is going to be a company which recognizes that this is nothing more than distributed venture capital, and treats it as such by letting "investors" buy "shares" of the companies seeking funding thus making it obvious that they are also buying all the risk that comes with that. And if the company promises to deliver sample products to shareholders, that's all it is - a promise. Not a contractual obligation.

That's on its face illegal in the USA, though. You'd have to go through the hard mile with the SEC and the IRS before that type of scheme could happen.

Comment My serious requests (Score 1) 159 159

I am a very heavy daily user of Win 10 TP, for both professional and recreational purposes. Note: I am also a daily Linux user since 1996, and have no shortage of experience with OS X. I find the Win 10 UI more than acceptable, just to get that out of the way. Here are my serious requests, both of which have been submitted.

1. Fix local searching for files. The instant search works for (most) applications and (some) registered document types, but searching for unregistered files by filename is utterly broken. I use GNU find under Cygwin when I really need to, and I should not have to.

2. Give me (back) more manual control of Windows Update and Windows Defender. I should not have to go into the Scheduled Tasks administrative tool to control when these processes execute. Further, let me exclude things from Windows Update. The x64 8.1 driver for my (AMD) video card is more stable than the update provided by Windows Update, and yet weekly Windows installs the driver that I do not want.

Those are really my main requests. Overall, I find Windows 10, even at preview level, faster, just as stable and just as usable as Windows 7.

Comment Sexist, but not in the way people are thinking. (Score 3, Insightful) 333 333

Yes, this is sexist, but not how others here are posting - sexism against boys (which actually isn't the case, as people are pointing out now). This is sexist in that it extends an invite for girls to code - for something pretty, something cute, something showy. Something typically associated with girls. It perpetuates the same kind of sexism as the "Barbie is a computer engineer" thing that got everyone so in a kerfuffle recently.

Comment Re:Get a VPN with bitcoin (Score 1) 182 182

Only trouble here is you need a credit card to purchase hosting with most places in the US.

I pay with PayPal. As much as I have had things against PayPal in the past, it has turned out to be the best way for my USA clients to pay me, and for me in turn to pay for services either in the USA or here. It is a German PayPal account in €, so I did have to jump through a few hoops once I had received a certain threshold of money, but having done that it is also easy to transfer funds to my German bank account. I do still maintain a tiny USA bank account but it sits largely unused.

Comment Re:Get a VPN with bitcoin (Score 4, Interesting) 182 182

What I do (for different reasons than stated, basically I want USA prices on online purchases, and no censorship restrictions on game purchases in particular):

1. Rent a $30/mo VPS in the USA. Some people will say even that is on the pricey side, but it is with reliable folks that I know and trust, and they're a legit green business, running "carbon-negative".
2. Sell (very) cheap web hosting and support services to a handful of US clients, which makes the VPS purchase totally legit, if anyone were to ask why I have this.
3. Run OpenVPN on my own VPS. My VPN traffic to my own server that I have for legit reasons looks the same as my legit support traffic via SSH to my VPS.

I actually make pocket-change level profit doing this, instead of paying for a commercial VPN.

Note, though, that I am replying to parent - this would do me no good in the problem presented in the OP here - as I do not obscure my local browser history at all, were the German cops to come and take my computers.

Comment Re:A working automated vehicle (Score 2) 320 320

Or one that can turn into a lane of busy traffic that currently requires you to make eye contact with another driver to get them to slow down and let you in.

This piece, at least, was one of the earliest-solved, easy problems. Wirelessly networked cars still having human drivers have been talked about in theory and experimented with for years - before this totally driverless thing became... a thing.

"Ignorance is the soil in which belief in miracles grows." -- Robert G. Ingersoll