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Comment: Re: Altough I agree (Score 1) 50 50

In fact I wouldn't be at all surprised if Microsoft finally kills windows phone.

In the future? Perhaps if the situation doesn't improve. Right now? Very doubtful... they just recently made a huge investment on making Windows 10 run on Windows Phone and the Universal Windows Platform capable of running the same binaries (with responsive UI) on all devices from phone to IoT to tablet to Xbox to PC to HoloLens and whatever else they dream up.

Also consider that in most markets, Windows Phone is closer in phone marketshare to iOS than iOS is to Android. That's not saying a lot. But WP is definitely at the #3 spot, and the way this market is... if they can find that itch to scratch, things could change within the course of two or three years.

Comment: Re:Sure ... (Score 4, Informative) 152 152

For that matter, at 1g for the entire duration of the ride (1g acceleration halfway, 1g deceleration the other half) it would only take a bit over 21 minutes.

And if we want to talk about human survivability, Wikipedia tells me that humans can generally tolerate up to 5g before blacking out. At that rate it would take about 9.5 minutes one way.

And if we're just looking to get there in an hour, 1/8 g would do the trick.

Comment: Re:Those evil enemy oppressors (Score 4, Insightful) 814 814

While YOU might support racism and slavery

Hello kids, today we present you with the logical fallacy known as a Strawman argument.

You misrepresented someone's argument to make it easier to attack.

By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone's argument, it's much easier to present your own position as being reasonable, but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine honest rational debate.

Stay tuned, you're sure to discover some more logical fallacies below!

Comment: Re:The future is coming. (Score 4, Informative) 214 214

You seem to be under the impression that lowering consumer costs and increasing profits are mutually exclusive.

The reality is that advances in technology tend to do a little of both. Profits increase for a little while as an incentive to utilize the new technology. But competition eventually forces the prices lower until they stabilize, meaning lower costs.

If you don't see lower costs, it's probably because either the market has decided to utilize the tech to make products better rather than cheaper, or because there is no real competition in the market.

Comment: Re:This will do WONDERS for Yahoo's image! (Score 2) 328 328

Windows has never required the use of a common installer platform. It was always possible for a developer to custom-build an installer to do whatever they wanted (within the constraints of security mechanisms like UAC). The installer could be a bunny hopping across your screen, opening Explorer, and pooing files into the install folders.

FWIW, Windows 10 is looking to improve that situation. Universal Windows Platform apps will only have one installer mechanism, AppX, which will highly restrict what the installer can do on the system. I believe it will also enforce a common application update strategy. This same installer mechanism will be available for all UWP apps, both on the Windows Store and sideloaded, and it will also be used for desktop apps on the Windows Store (Project Centennial).

Comment: Re: Colorado sure has nice beaches (Score 1) 937 937

I don't understand why anyone is talking about other countries; this topic is about our country. There is plenty of land available and plenty of rental properties, and plenty of opportunities to save money, to obtain loans, and to learn skills for all kinds of jobs that exist in all areas of the country.

The third world problem is different, and I tend to agree that it is a problem, but it doesn't pertain much to this conversation.

Comment: Re: Colorado sure has nice beaches (Score 2, Informative) 937 937

If they were being pushed out of land they owned, you might have a point.

We're talking about renting. There is no ownership, there is only contract. Most rental contracts do not provide any guarantee of future habitation. This benefits both the landlord and the renter, as both have the same right to terminate the relationship after contract expiration.

On the other hand, a land owner is required to pay taxes, and mortgage dues if applicable. Land owners are guaranteed habitation on the condition of such payments.

You can have your cake or eat it, but not both. You can have your house or the freedom to walk away with no obligations, but not both.

Comment: Re:Free? (Score 2) 85 85

To quote muirhead:

Most features are there, and I could open and edit a new blank doc.

You are the one who has created the straw man, stretching "most features are there" into "fully-features other than obscure features like version tracking".

You also seem to be assuming that muirhead was talking about the commercial version. He never stated that or indicated it in any way. The average user, by far, would be subject to the consumer edition and not the commercial one, so this is also quite a stretch you made.

It's not about whether I like your post, or whether you provided useful information. It's about you mixing FUD into your response.

Comment: Re:I DON'T want windows 10 (Score 1) 96 96

Windows 10 offers me nothing I want and a lot I don't want. I see absolutely no reason to upgrade from Windows 7, even if it is nominally "free".

That's up to you. But I'm surprised you find nothing good about Windows 10 when compared with 7. Better performance, virtual desktops, Cortana, notifications, improved Snap, quick settings, Edge, Store apps, improved interaction with the command prompt, streaming from Xbox One, DirectX 12, native video/game capture, and several other things I'm sure I missed... I'm not surprised you don't care for some of those, but I am surprised you don't want any of it.

Comment: Re:What an amazing surprise! (Score 5, Insightful) 181 181

These studies were done before the FCC's Net Neutrality regulations went into effect.

Actually, I'm lying. I don't know when they were done. The article links to... get this... no study. I can't find a single link on the Internet to the study that this article suggests happened.

So how can we draw any conclusions about the effectiveness of the new policies from this article?

In a consumer society there are inevitably two kinds of slaves: the prisoners of addiction and the prisoners of envy.