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Comment: Re: Comfortable, were we? (Score 1) 113

by f16c (#47790527) Attached to: Japanese Publishers Lash Out At Amazon's Policies

Western European countries have been both Socialist and Capitalist since the second world war. Regulated capitalism is something we used to have in the US before the the Clinton administration removed most federal oversight of the capitol markets. If the laws on the books now were actually enforced we may have dodged the worst of the last recession.

The only thing pure capitalism does is make the rich more money and fleece everyone else. The markets need to be regulated. "Free Market" as a concept is an absolute travesty and a danger to the society unfortunate enough to host such a thing.

Comment: Re:Untrue statements (Score 1) 171

by f16c (#47589445) Attached to: Critics To FTC: Why Do You Hate In-App Purchasing Freedom?

He was referring to cocaine, which was once a component of the soft drink. That version is no longer sold because it would be illegal.

Laws tend to change due to both public knowledge and awareness changing over time. This is likely the reason why the extreme conservatives are doing their best to limit access and affordability of education for the middle and working classes and consolidation of the media. You can't really vote rationally without a universally efficient education or even awareness that a problem exists. It's hard enough to catch the news when you work 60+ hours to make ends meet. Calling this a "Democracy" is a bit of a stretch under such circumstances. As long as this remains the case the American Dream is just another big lie from the corporate big-shots and hangers-on.

I was born in the US and I don't recognize the country I grew up in. I grew up in the sixties and seventies and started a family in the eighties. I don't think the country I grew up in really exists any more. Both political parties had plenty of people I had great admiration for. Both had the fringe but they were a tiny minority. Back then I think both parties realized the damage to the country if we followed the path that politics is on now. The country no longer seems to matter as much as the power and wealth that accompany it for those chosen by the parties to participate in the political arena. A country in decline no matter how you choose to measure it.

The FTC is hardly without a flawless record. It also does pretty well considering the meager resources it brings to it's mission. The article reminds us that they do go after those that are blatant about their greed, customer antagonism and deception when they have the ability to do so. They tend to try to follow a reasonable middle ground, which is very difficult in today's political environment.

Comment: Re:Reverse the question (Score 1) 61

by f16c (#47260395) Attached to: Why Amazon Might Want a Big Piece of the Smartphone Market

I have a Fire HD tablet and book reader. It's a really nice tablet, it's inexpensive and it works great when used to watch netflix movies over wifi in our apartment. It appears to match pretty much nay other tablet in functionality and breadth of applications and makes a pleasant book reader if used as such. I'm going to assume that the phone would be similar. It won't be flashy but it will do what people want for similar digital services over a phone, but for cheap. It's nice to do things over the web without having to wait for a PC to boot.

Comment: Re: I think you have that backwards (Score 2) 254

by f16c (#47067241) Attached to: 5 Years Later, 'Do Not Track' System Ineffective

Most of the tools might be yours but the infrastructure was paid for by your customers, not your business. You didn't build that out of your pocket, you built it out of ours. Just like the roads, electric grid and the phone systems. Your customers paid for it. Business may be how some things are built but the capitol never comes from the businesses but from society at large. Quit taking credit for the money if others, asshole. Revisionist Capitalist jackass!

Comment: OK. I use KDE on openSuse (Score 1) 815

by f16c (#43094359) Attached to: Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

I could care less about mono and Gnome. I've been using KDE for at least the last decade. I've avoided mono as the tool-set always seemed to be pretty useless for anything other than attempts to port VS Windows stuff. I use VS at work along with SQLServer and LabVIEW. While we have plenty of Linux at work on servers, most applications and development remains on the Windows platform. Mono just seems like a big waste. Too much incompatibility and a whole lot more work than I have time for. I avoid installing mono on my home desktop and avoid using the stuff on my systems. I've done C++/Qt and some Java on the Linux platform and have yet to see any need to use mono for anything.

So Miguel is now going to work on semi-compatible libraries and tools to confuse Mac users? Good luck with that!

Comment: Re:Wake up, Federal Trade Commission (Score 1) 321

by f16c (#41950423) Attached to: Sony DVR Useless After Rovi Stops TV Guide OnScreen

Yep. This is also why I'll never buy another Seagate drive. Designed to fail by the warranty expiration. Use to be both faster and longer lasting than the competition. Now just junk. Last build lasted 6 years. Now the hardware is lucky to make it 3 without losing function. I have a stack of mainboards, DVD Drives, sound cards (to fix broken sound function) and Ethernet cards. I may plug as much into the USBs as I can get away with soon so I won't have to open the case any more to fix stuff just to keep my work...

I also have a VCR from the late '90s made by Sony and a Hi-8 camera from 2003 that both work fine. Nice hardware. Too bad they forgot how to build stuff to last... Or that people even want any more.

Comment: Re:I don't understand (Score 1) 867

by f16c (#41473555) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

While the kernel is technically the "Linux" part each distribution is packaged with different components, utilities and capabilities. While most, RHEL, openSuse, Linux Mint and Gentoo are general usage by design there are others specifically targeted at different uses. Even general use distributions very in setup, personality and in a lot of cases the stability of the chosen software used for different tasks. Some are intentionally bleeding edge with some intended to extreme stability at the cost of newer features. Some distributions are pretty bare-bones affairs intended for specific use profiles.

I gravitated to openSuse from the Suse commercial distribution ages ago after Redhat became unstable and awkward to use around 1999 or so. I bought a Suse package at a CompUSA and have used a derivative ever since. The last setup of this on this system took all of an hour and a half to become completely useful. It used to take weeks of fixing broken bits. Once you become used to how a distribution does things it becomes easier to use productively and they all differ in setup and convenience features in how things are done. These days the results end up pretty much the same as they are all pretty easy to install and configure.

It takes a while to find one that does things in a way that is easy to understand, has the right mix of components and is totally useful for whatever you are using the systems for. Some of us just like to experiment.

Comment: Re:The same reason our passenger rail system stink (Score 2) 351

by f16c (#41459059) Attached to: Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

Replace it my hairy ass! They might want to actually attempt to install some of it! The fact that they choose not to and cherry-pick areas where density and demographics provide the highest and fastest payback likely has more to do with their choices of installation areas.

YOU are an apologist for these companies and there is no way around it. I first received DSL in my area in 2001. Optical links, used correctly, should be less, not more, expensive. It's not the hardware, it's the politics. The industry wants us to be THANKFUL of their generosity in providing such wonderfully expensive crappy service.

Comment: Re:They need to answer: Why? (Score 1) 246

by f16c (#41346513) Attached to: What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed

Correct. But only for large businesses that need for problems to be someone else's fault. For startups and most private folks the question is always "What can I do with this that I can't do now". Apple and Android have been answering that question to folks since 2007. When is the last time you saw a Win Phone commercial? They need to make the same case and they need to make it better than all of the incumbents and I do not see that happening in the current marketplace.

This is also why Blackberry has failed: It answered a single need and then stopped looking for other markets. The phones were considered a distraction when they should have been looking closer at an existing market they already had a deep brand stake in. Why they didn't partner with MS then I'm not sure but the two were then heavy hitters in the enterprise sector and they should have capitalized on it but didn't.

Comment: Re:Windows Phone 8 (Score 1) 246

by f16c (#41346425) Attached to: What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed

"All in all, both Microsoft and Nokia have wonderful product. We just need to force people to buy it."

Sure! But how are you going to force the carriers to REQUIRE a Win'8 phone as the next upgrade? Give them away? They are almost doing that now. My Galaxy S II cost me a hundred bucks. The price was recently cut in half. I doubt that AT&T received any sort of discount for being such great customers from Samsung. I used to like the old Nokia feature phones but I doubt even they can make them that inexpensively as good as they are.

Comment: Re:Anecdotal works-well (Score 1) 96

by f16c (#41242115) Attached to: OpenSUSE 12.2 Is Out

That's good to hear. I've skipped every other release and only done the upgrade after the system was getting real crusty. I have a nice backup setup now and upgrading every other year or so seems pretty reasonable as long as the system still makes sense. I've stuck with Suse since 1998 or so. Back then it was the distribution that was the most complete out of the box.

I'll wait for the core to stabilize for a few months and then do the update during the winter break. Setting up openSuse 12.1only took a few hours to get the final pieces to work and was mostly flawless. Best in a long time for me. 11.4 gave me headaches because of the NVIDIA open source driver and the crap I went through to switch to the proprietary X drivers. They may get it stable some day but I actually USE my system.

Comment: Re:GNOME? (Score 1) 96

by f16c (#41242009) Attached to: OpenSUSE 12.2 Is Out

I thought Gnome was permanently broken... Which is why we use KDE or LXDE at my house. Which Gnome anyway? Didn't Ubuntu kill the current one off?

I have three GUI setups on this system: KDE, LXDE and Enlightenment. The wife and kids use KDE. I use LXDE and Enlightenment.

Comment: Re:Soul Crushing? (Score 1) 276

by f16c (#41206643) Attached to: High Tech Companies Becoming Fools For the City

Agreed. Daughter Number One moved to just outside NYC. She works there from time to time and revels in both the cultural and artistic access that that city allows. She also learned how to drive in the big city and has the dents in her car to prove it. It isn't for the faint-of-heart. Mostly she parks just inside the borders at a large parking garage and hoofs it to the closest subway station. Navigation in the city requires a mental map of the subway that still leaves me perplexed but is a requirement to economical and efficient travel there.

As far as companies relocating to cities in general is concerned: It sort of depends. I live close to Baltimore. Baltimore is a mess. Companies seem to be relocating away from here. This is historically a heavy manufacturing town. The infrastructure required for any sort of high tech manufacturing seems to be lacking because the only companies that have moved here were Biotech outfits that don't seem to last long before running through their start-up cash and going out of business. The only chip foundries here are the kind used for defense outfits that are pretty close to obsolete. We are not likely to get a Google or similar here any time soon as the big money access is elsewhere. DC is right down the road and that means most companies want to be in either northern VA or in the DC suburbs like Bethesda or Germantown. There are lots of Banks, law firms and lobby firms in DC but very little manufacturing that I know of.

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