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Comment: Re:A reason why they SHOULD have... (Score 1) 42

by drinkypoo (#46765409) Attached to: Ubisoft Hands Out Nexus 7 Tablets At a Game's Press Event

I actually picked up FOUR 7" Android 4.x tablets from DealExtreme for ~$35 each last year, during a half-price sale...and I doubt they'd let even such a sale as that rob them entirely of profits...

Dealextreme is like BG Micro. Sure, they buy stuff to stock and sell, but much of what they sell is some crap that someone else couldn't sell, which they got for a song. Just because DX got a bunch of tablets nobody wanted to buy in a store for $20/piece doesn't mean someone will sell you new, supported ones for that.

Comment: Re:Mr Fixit (Score 1) 506

by drinkypoo (#46763325) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

We should remember that FLOSS reacted very quickly to the "revelation," but the bug itself has been sitting there for years, which isn't really supposed to happen.

Unfortunately, the very same thing happens in proprietary software. And "isn't supposed to happen" is a misunderstanding. It's just supposed to happen less, and it's supposed to get fixed easier. The latter, at least, has been proven out.

Comment: Re:not at those prices, it won't fly off the shelv (Score 1) 170

by drinkypoo (#46763285) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

like the other poster said, all I want in there is an amp and speakers with a jack for audio input

That's what I put in my truck. You can't listen to optical media in it unless you have a heavy load, because the suspension is too hard. So I have a $20 amplifier with stereo in and four outputs.

I'd like my 1964 Dodge back. fixable, the controls fall where your hands are, no menus, and no nonsense.

Yes, if I had perfect foresight instead of excellent hindsight, I'd have kept my 1960 Dodge. It got over 20 mpg on the freeway and it was stupid simple. But I didn't know how to rebuild a brake system then (dirt simple, as it turns out) and so I couldn't afford to keep it.

Comment: Re:Why spend another $700 for a car stereo (Score 1) 170

by drinkypoo (#46763257) Attached to: How Apple's CarPlay Could Shore Up the Car Stereo Industry

It's more reliable. Bluetooth Audio is miserably finicky. The only thing that ever worked right with my JVC was AT&T Fuze. With a couple different Android devices now including the Nexus 4 I get occasional skips. I used to use an Xperia Play, that skipped a lot. Flawless using the headphone cable in my truck instead.

I'm going to try adding bluetooth to my car anyway, switching into the line inputs from the changer with an audio signal relay, and using an ultra-cheap receiver. but i'm also going to have line in, just in case.

Comment: Re:A win? (Score 1) 317

by drinkypoo (#46758203) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

Incoming water is also charged a sewer fee, essentially doubling the cost. I can put a separate meter on my outside nozzle so that when I fill the pool, wash the car or water the garden, I'm not also being billed for the (not directly used) sewer fee.

Just wait, the city will start to tax you for evaporation for water released into the outside world...

Comment: Re:And they've already stopped (Score 1) 606

by drinkypoo (#46755183) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

The big story up here in Canada last year was the IRS going after dual-citizens who'd not filed their incomes with the US ... because apparently they had to even though they didn't owe any taxes down there.

It's not just the country, it's the states, too. I moved to Texas for a while, and California had enough information to know this. You're not required to file if you don't owe, but they decided to tax me for my Texan income and then I did owe according to them, and then they came after me for back taxes of thousands when they actually owed me over a hundred bucks.

Corruption weakens governments. We're ripe for plucking.

Comment: Re:Jeez (Score 1) 554

by drinkypoo (#46755151) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

As is always the case with situations like this it's not that the update is broken it's that there is some common software that prevents it installing.

That should not be possible. If it is, then both the update and the OS are broken.

This isn't even a Windows specific issue, god only knows I've had Linux software break enough times that apt-get update fails on some items.

Yes. Apt-get is really pretty miserable. It just happens to be better than everything else. Although, to be fair, there is no permission-fixing tool, something that commercial Unixes had back in the 1980s. That's horrendous. Having to reinstall all packages on the system to fix perms is insane.

I'm not overtly trying to defend Microsoft here, but I do sympathise with the problem and it would be completely dishonest to claim only Microsoft has this problem.

Nobody claimed that. You wrote that whole comment just so you could wind up by attacking a straw man? I see why you didn't log in.

Comment: Re:u wot m8 (Score 0) 554

by drinkypoo (#46755139) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

But but but, AMD really used to suck 10 years ago, so they must still suck and are unacceptable!

Ten years ago, AMD had good hardware but shitty drivers. Ten years on, nothing has changed, except that Intel makes faster processors.

The latest greatest drivers for the last AMD stuff I tried led to bluescreens in Win7 on boot which I fixed by replacing the card with an nvidia unit. Worked fine with the VGA driver, then I had to load last known good config because having the ATI driver active meant crash.

When AMD figures out how to write drivers, they can call me. I was willing to pay a lot less for a little less performance, but I'm tired of not actually being able to use the hardware.

Comment: Re:Nope, not okay for either (Score 1) 554

by drinkypoo (#46755135) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

And now we know why cars that have a metal value of a few bucks cost thousands,

First, the metal value of a car is actually in the hundreds. You need to compare at least the sheet metal and forged stock, not just the ingots. Second, that metal has been made into stuff. You need to also account for the cost of things like fasteners. Electronics aside, many cars have a significant cost of production. Some of the fanciest cars that cost millions of dollars aren't even profitable, they're just made to maintain cachet.

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