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Comment: Plans *are* changing (Score 4, Informative) 214

if this article is to be believed.

Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Windows chief: “We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10. . .anywhere in the world. . .

but now

Terry Myerson, Microsoft's executive vice president of operating systems, has clarified the company's plans were not changing for non-genuine users . . .[but despite the earlier statement] our free offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will not apply to Non-Genuine Windows. . .

A little smelly. And just when I thought MS was working it's way back to cool.

Comment: Re:Lives be damned (Score 1) 328

...but rather with sloppy practices and corner cutting.

True for so many things, from automobile failures to nuclear power plants. If everyone at Fukushima had been doing their job, it would have been merely unfortunate, rather than disastrous.

I don't know if sloppy practice explains the earthquakes in Oklahoma, though.

Comment: Re:Best of intentions (Score 1) 226

by fortfive (#49594007) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down

I think more important is that they gave up all their own intellectual property to whomever.

My guess is that they were required to do this as part of settlement, and the hope on the other side is that somehow grooveshark users will be swayed to change their behavior based on this statement.

As regards the statement itself, it appears crafted by a gifted communications expert, but the smell of PR/inauthenticity is not completely masked. Or, it was crafted by the groovesharks and encoded with a little Wayne's World style snark ("It certainly does suck. . .").

Comment: Re:Try again... 4? (Score 2) 226

by fortfive (#49593735) Attached to: Grooveshark Shuts Down

Most people did not record on 8-track, but cassette and 8-track were largely coincident formats, kind of like betamax and vhs. 8-track offered playback convenience and maybe a little quality bump in the beginning, cassette offered size convenience (until we got auto-reverse).

True audiophiles back in the day would record to reel-to-reel.

To return to the thread, pirated music goes back a long, long way. It was just sheet music before performance recordings. And before that, bards copied each others' songs. And before that, Grog beat his rocks just like L'hurd.

Comment: Re:I'm not a Millenial or an American (Score 1) 686

by fortfive (#49536005) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I thought it would be torch and pitchfork time but unless something directly and immediately affects people they just don't seem to care.

What you are seeing is not necessarily apathy but fear, a confluence of external influences stoking the internal fear of individuals. People are generally terrified, and to acknowledge or understand that among the perpetrators of terribles are the same institutions and authorities they have been relying upon for protection is more than they can bear.

Comment: Controlling for age effects? (Score 3, Insightful) 686

by fortfive (#49535423) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I wonder if the study controlled for the fact that people tend to get more conservative as they age.

I bet if Snowden had done his thing in the 90's, the age distribution of approval would be similar, and I bet you'd get the same result in another 15 years, when those same millennials have kids and are facing their mortality.

Progressive ideals are risky, and it takes more courage to take risks as folks age and have more to lose.

Note this is purely an academic comment and is not meant to endorse or deny either snowden or the NSA.

Comment: Re:Anecdotal of course (Score 1) 307

If the doors on your damn car fell off after 3 years, you sure as hell wouldn't be calling it a user problem.

Certainly not on my car. But if it was Bob's car, and his car was a Hyundai Elantra he was trying to drive up the side of a mountain on an unimproved road, I would be calling it a user problem if his doors fell off (or any other of a number of mechanical problems).

Comment: Re:Anecdotal of course (Score 4, Insightful) 307

With that kind of record, it has to be something to do with your use. Still anecdotal, but I've never had anything but HDD and inverter failures in my laptops (mostly Apple) across multiple models, years, and beatings.

But if laptops failed at your rate across all users, they'd have to cost three times as much to cover warranty repairs.

Comment: Re:^THIS (Score 1) 493

From one of your links

The average salary for public school teachers in 2011–12 was $56,643 in current dollars (i.e., dollars that are not adjusted for inflation). In constant (i.e., inflation-adjusted) dollars, the average salary was about 1 percent higher in 2011–12 than in 1990–91.

First that average, I expect, represents a few quite high salaries and quite a many lower salaries. No teachers I know even hit that average, even after teaching a few years in a district that really gives a damn.

Note, your other link claims that $6800 is for "instruction," not "teachers." And it says:

Instruction expenditures include salaries and benefits of teachers and teaching assistants as well as costs for instructional materials and instructional services provided under contract

Note that your links disagree on total expenditure per student.

In any event, that seems like low pay for such important work.

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