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Comment: Utilities (Score 4, Interesting) 200

by flanders123 (#49149835) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware
I've always wondered why manufacturers reinvent the wheel when it comes to bundled utilities. Why does Lenovo develop its own power controls, wireless manager, driver updater, display management, etc when there are standard OS utilities to handle these things? Isn't it sort of a waste of their time? It's always fun when the 3rd party utils start fighting with the native OS tools for control.

Comment: De-Fragmentation (Score 1) 570

by flanders123 (#48869483) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade
One motivation for this may be to address their fragmentation issue. My guess is MS is tired of supporting multiple versions of OS concurrently, and multiple concurrent versions of software that run on those concurrent OS's. Think of the costs associated with trying to manage/test/support all this compatibility (not that they have been great at this in recent years).

So maybe they are taking an Apple approach and de-fragmenting their own walled garden, reducing products, cutting costs, and hopefully providing a more uniform experience for its customers.

But really I am just dreaming of the day I can stop developing for IE6 compatibility in websites :-)

Comment: Just use the IP (Score 1) 388

by flanders123 (#48619155) Attached to: Sony Leaks Reveal Hollywood Is Trying To Break DNS
To use TFA's illustration: "The address is removed from the phone book" ... Yes but the store is still there and open for business. Those who really want the content will obtain the IP address and bookmark that....or put it in their hosts file. or publish an app that does this for non power users automatically. If the content is there, it will be found.

Comment: Re:No surprise here (Score 1) 392

Wish I had mod points to give you. The ONLY reason cable is alive today is live sports. Period. The cable cos know this, and this is why they pay billions to lock up exclusivity rights to the major sports. The sports leagues are more than happy to take this handout rather than dealing with broadcasting their product themselves. The problem is, enough people are starting to cancel cable and people will eventually loose interest in sports that they cannot watch.

Right now it is prohibitively difficult to watch live sports online, especially local teams. I feel are in the "Napster" age of watching sports online. It takes a semi-techie to pull it off and it is of questionable legality and quality. The league or network produced online services like NBA or MLB Pass are poorly executed. They black out in-market local games (this is pretty easy to bypass with DNS or VPN). Playoffs and national games aren't included. They don't even bother to draw advertising revenue, as you often see one commercial over and over or a blank screen during breaks.

Sooner or later Content providers (like sports leagues) will just sell their broadcasting direct to consumer, a la carte. I think they have to do this or they will lose their audience. But for now, they will take the Cable Co's Titanic full of money.

Comment: Re:There have been worse outages (Score 1) 133

by flanders123 (#47765259) Attached to: Time Warner Cable Experiences Nationwide Internet Outage
I've been in a similar role. Not only do you have the stress from trying to fix the problem, you have idiotic middle management demanding constant status updates as they sit on top of you, watching your every keystroke because they literally have nothing constructive to do in situations that matter.

I once lost it and snapped at a manager during an outage, in front of many suits in the "war room" and on the conference call. It went something like "I am actually trying TO FIX THE PROBLEM so BACK OFF!" He was irate, but was soon fired for his newly-exposed uselessness....Disclaimer: I don't necessarily recommend this tact :-)

Comment: Re:Hire More Devs (Score 1) 209

Agree. I think you are describing Service-oriented architecture (SOA) and it's the way to go here. My company is currently going through an ERP replacement. In my case, the tools that were originally implemented using a SOA approach have been easier to adapt to the new ERP. Why? The interfaces between the tools and ERP are preserved. An interface could be any API. The ERP team is required to re-implement the interfaces as they go through the upgrades. The partner applications are largely unaware of this and do not need to change.

Comment: Re:A step in the right direction (Score 2) 208

by flanders123 (#47070949) Attached to: NSA Surveillance Reform Bill Passes House 303 Votes To 121
It is not a step in the right direction. It is window dressing. It is a dress on a pig. It is the a polishing of a turd. The fact that Americans will be OK with this is the EXACT problem. Yours this is the EXACT reaction that the politicians want. The smoke screen has worked. Again.

Comment: Exclusive Content... (Score 1) 340

by flanders123 (#46946223) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17 the only reason to have cable today, and the cable companies know it. This is why they are focused on content lock-in on live sports. This is why some major networks to only allow online streaming to verified cable TV subscribers. This is why my $125 MLB TV subscription will not allow me to watch local games online.

The only hope is that enough people cut the cord so that cable companies cannot afford to buy up all the content any more. Then the content creators realize they don't need cable and can offer content online without moronic rules like blackout locations and required cable subscriptions. Then devices can be created to neatly aggregate your online content (the stuff you want and nothing else), and cable TV can RIP next to land line phones.

And yes, I recently cut the cable in case you were wondering.

PS sorry for the double post, was not logged in the first time :-(

Have you ever noticed that the people who are always trying to tell you `there's a time for work and a time for play' never find the time for play?