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Comment: Re:Not just Brazil (Score 2) 90

by dmomo (#47085137) Attached to: Microsoft Is Paying Brazilian Users In Skype Credit To Switch to Bing

I remember when Google was starting out in 98 or so. They were paying people to use their search engine too. I made a small amount of money using them instead of Yahoo, Alta Vista, or Lycos. Substandard has little to do with it. It's hard to make people switch out of what they're used to.

Comment: Clean or Not, It Makes No Sense (Score -1, Offtopic) 264

by dmomo (#46906179) Attached to: SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

If the goal is to clean up the UI, why show the URL at all unless asked for (CTRL+L or clicking on the "CHIP")? Don't lie to me... I'd rather you hide the URL all together than show me an incorrect one. By showing the protocol, then host name, you're showing me a valid URL, but it's the wrong one. Either say: Domain: , or just show the "Chip" and omit the url all together.

Comment: Intuit will lose a service, but gain another. (Score 1) 423

by dmomo (#46759119) Attached to: Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

Simplified filing is meant to be just that. Simple. That doesn't necessarily mean it's the best way for a tax-payer to file.

A new service from Intuit would offer, for free, to calculate, but not file your taxes. It would then compare the results to the "simplified filing" scenario. If it's in the tax-payers advantage to have Intuit file, Intuit can do so for a fee.

Intuit will lose out on lots of cases where a person's tax scenario really IS that simple... but they'll still have plenty of money to get in the middle of.

Comment: Re:Another case for open source firmware. (Score 0) 242

by dmomo (#46684405) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

No. I bought the router because it had dynamic dns as a free feature. Free dynamic dns was listed as a feature. So yes. I did pay for the feature by buying the router. It would have been a simple matter for netgear to allow us to choose our own provider, but the current interface has a dropdown with ONLY dynamic dns. Do you understand the fairness now?

Comment: Another case for open source firmware. (Score 1) 242

by dmomo (#46684193) Attached to: Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Looks like I'm going to My netgear router to tomato or dd-wrt
The current software has a dynamic dns setting, but it's a dropdown and Dyn DNS is the ONLY option. I hope they release a new firmware relaxing this restriction, but I have not seen any updates in a few years for my model.

Effectively, they are taking away functionality that I have already paid for. Sony did this when they made us choose between PSN (and effectively any internet communication) or Custom Operating System, changing the terms of our original purchase.

Thank god for open source. But, I wasn't looking forward to this side-quest. I'm sick of things I own ceasing to work just because some external entity wishes to make it so.

Comment: Should this not be a bulb's job? (Score 2) 176

by dmomo (#46632411) Attached to: The Connected Home's Battle of the Bulbs

But the job of the socket or outlet? I'd prefer to see some sort of USB/bluetooth-esque standard where the plugged-in device, be it a bulb in a socket, a lamp in a wall outlet, or a toaster oven could all be monitored and controlled through the same interface. A device would not even have to comply to the standard for this to be useful. We'd already be able to tell if it is on or off, and chart out power consumption. Devices in compliance could extend the functionality in the same way any number of USB devices could be controlled via the PC, so long as they have the right driver.

I took a fish head to the movies and I didn't have to pay. -- Fish Heads, Saturday Night Live, 1977.