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Comment Re:They're going to be charging money for the OS s (Score -1, Flamebait) 287 287

All of your 7 and 8.x licenses can be ungraded, you'll just have to install the appropriate OS and make sure you have all the service packs and upgrades installed (have fun with 7 and all the service packs and crap it needs).

Or you could do like ol' Billy-boy did and donate them to schools or charity and claim the entire retail value for each on your taxes this year. Stick it to both Microsoft and Unk. Sam.

Comment Re:They're going to be charging money for the OS s (Score 2) 287 287

Unless MS can mine data from the Steam client they'll get nothing from me. My Windows box is a headless Steam server I use to stream windows only games to my Linux desktop and laptop. The only thing installed on it is Firefox and Steam (and the games, of course). I've been using the MS Insider preview with Steam for a couple of months now, and it's been working great.

I've got to hand it to MS on the distribution/upgrade of Windows 10. I fully patched my Win7 Pro, reserved my upgrade and removed the Windows 7 disk from the computer. I installed the preview edition , installed Steam and transferred my games and data over, and kept it up to date patching or reinstalling as needed the whole time. Low and behold, without me having to reinstall the Win 7 drive and upgrading, MS went ahead and upgraded the Win 10 drive for me. Rather surprisingly smooth, it was.

Comment Re:Um... (Score 1) 255 255

And then Chrome turned around and finished Firefox.

I think Mozilla is doing that themselves. With each FF upgrade, I seem to loose more and more functionality and it gets slower and slower. I find I'm starting use Chrome more and more lately, even though I know I'm loosing some privacy in doing so.

Comment Re:Why do you need this stuff on the internet at l (Score 5, Funny) 85 85

No, but it adds an considerable element of security. If you disagree with me then feel free to attack my PC via the internet, it's IP address is

Hey! How dare you use my printer as your PC. No wonder it takes forever to process and print a PDF file.

Comment Re:Shocking. (Score 1) 93 93

Not that we don't need a totally revamped copyright law, just that it doesn't seem likely any time soon considering who is in charge.

You seriously think the Republicans will reform copyright if they get in office? If they do, it'll be in favour of their corporate overlords, and We The People will git shafted even more.

Comment Re:kind of a crappy deal. (Score 1) 84 84

You complain about "being branded with poverty-net", but how would people know? Are they going to check the IP you're connecting from and link it up with your plan to see whether you're on the free service?

They probably would. I'll bet Google will use it when considering what ads to serve to people.

Why shouldn't they? Why show an add for a Rolex to someone who can't even afford a Timex?

Comment Re:I've got the DVDs waiting to burn .ISOs (Score 1) 172 172

Btw, all VOIP installs by an ISP require having a UPS so your 'POTS is da best' argument is a bit moot. I agree on some of your points, but hating on optical has very valid reasons.

POTS phones, as well as DSL, will keep working indefinitely. Good luck with that VOIP call when your UPS battery dies.

Also, I didn't get a UPS with my VOIP setup.

Comment Re:Why live there then? (Score 1) 80 80

You're parsing this wrong. Try "the 107k/year includes salary + the employer's cost to provide benefits to the employee". The benefits/fringe do sound excessive - most places they're more like 25-30% of the salary, here it looks to be more like 60%.

OK, maybe I did parse it wrong, now that I reread the original, I see it. But $170k is $170k, even if some of it is in benefits. That 25 to 30 percent for health/dental/retirement/whatever is money you'd be spending on those things anyway, and most likely a lot cheaper than you'd get on your own. So my statement sill stands on the economic situation, the rent gouging, and over inflated real estate going on there needs to be stopped.

Comment Re:Why live there then? (Score 1) 80 80

Silly. How about less than 68k/year? Because the 107k/year includes salary + the cost of the employees benefits to the employer.

Are you telling me California has legalized kickbacks? WTF are "employees benefits to the employer", and how can it be legal to require an employee to pay his employer part of his salary to work? Especially if that employer is the state government.

Now back to the story ~$9000.00 a fucking month, and you can't live off that? Seriously, if someone making over a hundred thousand dollars a year is living in poverty there is a serious economic problem there, and THAT needs to be dealt with before more tax dollars are thrown into the economy

Comment Trained vs Untrained... (Score 1) 195 195

Fighter pilots go through countless hours of training to learn how to deal with a HUD during air combat. During the other 90% of flight time there's nothing for them to hit if they're not paying attention to the sky. Drivers, on the other hand, go through a few hours of just barley paying attention in drivers ed., and/or a few minutes skimming the book just to pass the test before taking to the road. Automobile driving requires constant attention to the road, and with no training what so ever what do you think joe sixpack will be paying attention to because "I thought I was supposed to focus on the HUD, and it would tell me what to do"?

Remember, 50% of the population is below average intelligence, and I'm sure a good 25 to 30 percent of the above average think they can handle texting while driving as well. HUDs for automobiles is a very bad idea, and there's no reason for them.

Comment Re:Poor summary (Score 1) 113 113

Still doesn't make it a footnote, and since Fallout isn't even mentioned in the title, it could've been left out of the summary altogether.

I haven't been following E3, but I knew Fallout 4 was going to be announced last week. This is the first I've heard of Doom and Dishonored 2. New news should be mentioned first.

Comment Re:Poor summary (Score 3, Informative) 113 113

It's a summary of an article, and two sentences at the end of a five sentence paragraph is not a minor footnote.

Perhaps if you'd get over the idea that what's the most important to you is not what's the most important to others, you might consider that they may have left the best for last to get you to read the whole summary?

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