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Comment: Good decision? (Score 3, Interesting) 352

by dontbemad (#47884047) Attached to: Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows
It feels like they're trying to beat Apple to the punch with this huge multi-platform OS merge, but I can't imagine that anyone will really enjoy this. It has been clear that one of the bigger upsets in recent history involving Windows was the "seamless merging" of a tablet and desktop OS experience, so why would they continue this obviously damaging trend?

Comment: Re:magicJack alternative? (Score 4, Informative) 162

by dontbemad (#47875063) Attached to: Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

edit: oh wait, that Google service will work fine for 18 months and then Google will remove it because, hey, no profits in it.

Introduced in 2009. Since then, it has received carrier integration with Sprint, has been integrated into Google Talk, and now into Hangouts. I hardly think this service is going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

Comment: Re:Switching is too hard? (Score 4, Insightful) 145

by dontbemad (#47828305) Attached to: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard
Because if the problem doesn't immediately pertain to me, it must not be a problem, right? Also, are you familiar with the concept of "the illusion of choice"?

Based on your post, you are either a shill or delusional if you think that our concern with the general state of ISP monopolies in this country is "nonsense" that "has to end".

Comment: Re:come on Google Fiber (Score 5, Insightful) 341

Atlanta resident, here.
I'm currently paying Comcast a pretty hefty premium for 50 Mbps speeds with a 300 Gb cap every month (which is pretty easy to reach when you torrent and stream a good deal). Google Fiber is possibly coming here in the next year or so, and I can not be happier about it. Even with Google's "reckless spying", supposed GFiber outages, and everything else, what Google is really doing here is a forcing competition in a market that hasn't seen the legitimate face of that... well... ever.

Comment: Jezebel? (Score 3, Informative) 299

by dontbemad (#47665293) Attached to: Writer: Internet Comments Belong On Personal Blogs, Not News Sites
I think the example given in TFA is an absolutely terrible one. Jezebel, as a site, has been known to pander to fairly extreme, militantly feminist views, while trashtalking and flaming any counterpoints or opposition. While commenting on legitimate news outlets may be a problem, Jezebel is certainly no more credible than a blog, and honestly should be treated as nothing more serious than such.

Comment: Re:No, Salaries (Score 4, Insightful) 321

by dontbemad (#46140423) Attached to: James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering
I don't know how it is in the UK, but as a STEM graduate (and a software engineer), I can't really understand what you're implying about science and engineering not already being well paid jobs. Sure, management generally makes higher than the average engineer, but the average engineer has a pretty high salary as well.

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