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Comment: Re:Will we get up-to-date images? (Score 1) 94 94

Or just use the tools provided by MS? WSUS does everything you just stated.

A home user shouldn't have to run an enterprise service in order to not have some files they want to save deleted. I considered mentioning that, but I forgot I was on slashdot and thought "surely no chucklehead will suggest using WSUS just to not have some files deleted" and then bam.

Comment: Re:Because it worked so well for PGP... (Score 1) 238 238

Also, WTF does "If it's an executable digital file, any foreign interests can get a hold of it" mean? Is ISIS unable to use non-executable files?

It means some asshole who doesn't understand computers is talking. I love it when people use words above their pay grade. I know immediately what to think of them. However, I would assume that nobody actually fucking told them anything. "a senior State Department official told FoxNews.com" ... yeah, fucking, right. Some minor peon in the state department mumbled some shit they didn't understand.

Comment: Re:Will we get up-to-date images? (Score 1) 94 94

It'd be really nice if MS would be kind enough to provide up-to-date .ISO builds like they've been doing w/ the Win10 insider program

How about if they just made it less of a pain in the asshole to save the update files once downloaded, so you could use them again? Making windows update not delete the installers is literally the least they could do.

Comment: Re:FP! (Score 1) 627 627

Ok, you have a bit of a special case since you're talking about motorcycles and not cars, and there's some big differences there. Having to stop every 200 miles is one of them; normal cars go a lot farther than that. However, I would think that the recharge time on an electric bike should be shorter, since the battery capacity is quite a bit smaller than, say, a Tesla Model S. I guess we'll see when electric bikes actually hit the market in a signficant way.

Yes, 2-3 trips a year is rare, in the sense that the majority of the time during that year, you're *not* on a trip. You spend most of your time at home or work presumably, not on a trip. So use one vehicle for the trips, and use an EV for commuting. Or (for car drivers) rent a car for the trip. 2-3 trips a year is not uncommon for most people I'd think, but the point is, the vast majority of most peoples' driving is not long-distance trips, but rather short-distance commuting every weekday. This is what EVs are good at. And since most families have multiple vehicles, it's not a hardship for one of them (the commuter car) to be an EV, and one to be a gas car. Of, if they only have one car (perhaps a single person), it could very well be more economical to have only an EV and then rent a car for the trips. A lot of people already do this, without the EV, solely to avoid putting all those miles on their primary car.

Comment: Re: Internet without evangelicals = Win (Score 1) 209 209

Ummm so what if they refuse service because their bigoted? I still occasionally, see stores with a "we reserve the right to refuse service for any reason". It's their right as a business owner.

I don't know which country you're posting from, but in the USA it is definitely illegal for a business to discriminate -- there are anti-discrimination laws explicitly saying as such. For example, if a black person walks in to your restaurant and you refuse to serve him because he's black, you can expect to get sued, and lose. The only thing new here is that the courts will probably now also side against you for turning away a gay customer as well; however the principle is well established.

Comment: Re:Brand/product persistance seems dead anyway (Score 2) 231 231

Contract manufacturing isn't going to magically make tooling and setup costs just disappear, and some manufacturer isn't going to just eat those and go without a profit. Newer tools (CAD) and processes do make it easier and cheaper to make new designs though. The thing CM is good for is allowing smaller companies to get products to market, because they don't have to have their own factory (which requires a lot of capital), they just pay an existing factory to make it for them. It increases the market size and the number of players in the market. However, it doesn't lower costs; the CM has to make a profit too. It's always cheaper to have your own factory, but only in the long term. Companies obsessed with short-term numbers will sell off their factory and move to CM because in the short term it shows up as a positive, but in the long term they're paying more for manufacturing and also losing out in flexibility (it's easier to make changes, or do exactly what you want, when you control your own manufacturing processes). As an example, there's a good reason that Intel fabs all its chips, and doesn't just farm them out to TSMC like some other chipmakers.

Comment: Re:I would like to volunteer as the chief harbinge (Score 1) 231 231

Mind you, this isn't just contrarianism. I usually don't even pay much attention to what the rest of the world thinks about something. I only find out after-the-fact that every other human being on planet earth else disagrees with me--on EVERYTHING.

It really depends. Are you picking stuff which is crap, and the general populace correctly realizes is crap? Or are you picking stuff which is too high-quality for the general market?

A good example of the former is the Pontiac Aztek (though admittedly, its main problem wasn't utility or even quality, but its horrendous appearance). What kind of cars have you picked?

Another good example of the former is probably the Microsoft Surface RT.

A good example of the latter is watching anything besides The Kardashians.

Comment: Re:This is why I'm not an early adopter (Score 1) 231 231

Betamax was *not* "clearly superior to [its] competition". The sound and video was supposedly better, but it had an Achilles' Heel: the first generation tapes could only hold an hour of video. So any typical movie would require two tapes, and having to change the tape in the middle. VHS had 2-hour tapes from the start. Later, Beta made a 2-hour version, but it was too late.

Comment: Re:Prediction after the fact. (Score 1) 231 231

I thought the article was talking about people who are early adopters of stuff which fails. If you buy something on sale, that usually means the product has already been around for a while, and the retailer is trying to get rid of it because it's failing.

Comment: Re:Why nobody cares about Zune (Score 2) 231 231

No, he's exactly right. Who actually listens to music on a Zune or an iPod now? Smartphones have made standalone MP3 players completely obsolete.

I used to have not an iPod nor a Zune, but an iRiver H320 (which I upgraded to a 30GB hard drive). I haven't used it in years; I just use my phone for that stuff now. Any smartphone these days will hold my entire music collection easily.

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"