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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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G...

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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