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Comment: Re:Only for the first year (Score 2) 570

by (#48868381) Attached to: Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade
What you should have done was quote this from the MS page:

This is more than a one-time upgrade: once a Windows device is upgraded to Windows 10, we will continue to keep it current for the supported lifetime of the device – at no additional charge.

People will still latch onto the definition of "Windows device" and "supported lifetime of the device" but at least it's more clear than the linked article.

Comment: Re:If you don't want to upgrade your box (Score 1) 100

I had a ramdisk in my Epson QX-10 and it was amazing. 2 megabytes of pure, blazing speed. TP/M booted and Valdocs loaded in seconds. It had a power supply and battery backup to keep the data from going poof every time the computer was turned off.

Comment: Re:Seriously... (Score 4, Insightful) 437

by (#48728619) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Their distribution model is pretty ridiculous. These people are trying like hell to pay for content that they want to watch. It would be easier and cheaper to just pirate the content but they want to pay and the media companies refuse to sell their product. They trick the media companies into being paid for their product and the media companies block them. It's absurd. Ridiculous. Asinine.

Comment: You think this is bad? (Score 1) 325

Try Windows. Cheap Windows 8.1 (full Windows, not RT) tablets are popping up like mushrooms. The recovery partition, OS, and its first round of updates take nearly 16 gigs. And they're selling tablets with 16 gigs of storage. So you power on your tablet, connect to your network, install the updates, and you've got a few hundred megs of storage left. I bought a $100 32 gig tablet just to play around and see how it works. I've installed Chrome and a couple little games and have 9.85 gigs free. Out of the 23.5 gigs that's left after they lopped off a 5.2 gig recovery partition. 5.2 gigs which, unless something goes terribly wrong, will never be used.

Comment: Re:Are speed cameras bad? (Score 1) 335

by (#48705061) Attached to: Out With the Red-Light Cameras, In With the Speeding Cameras

As with red light cameras, it depends on the implementation. I won't go near the state of Arizona again without a damn good reason. I went on a southwest road trip maybe five years ago and speed camera vans were everywhere. That would be fine because I've got cruise control and set it for the speed limit (yes, I really do) except the speed on the interstates varied randomly. Cruising along and there's a speed limit sign 10mph slower than the current speed and, shortly past that, a van with a speed camera. If I were coming into a populated area, that would be one thing but it's out in the middle of the fucking desert. Over and over. I kept an eye out for the changes and adjusted accordingly but I was surprised that I didn't get a ticket in the mail. It would have been easy to miss a speed change in an area that has no need for a speed change. A lot of my attention was diverted to scanning for road signs instead of watching the road. I've heard they ditched this program but I don't plan to go back to verify.

If they were using these automated systems to catch people who are already violating traffic laws, that would be one thing but the local governments (or their agencies) often manipulate the situation to create violations from people who wouldn't normally commit them.

Comment: What about (Score 1) 328

by (#48700127) Attached to: Is the Tablet Market In Outright Collapse? Data Suggests Yes

What about the impact of apps that can't be transferred to a new device? I have a couple of time-waster games on my first tablet that can't be moved to a new device. A top question on their FAQs is "How do I transfer my game to a new tablet?" "You can't. Too bad, so sad." I wonder how many people are reluctant to upgrade because they spent $50 on crystals in some game and they don't want to throw it away.

Comment: Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (Score 1) 351

by (#48665843) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

It's the same transition television had when going from SD to HD. Makeup, lighting, and set design all had to change because the increased clarity of HD exposed the flaws. It's like turning on the bright lights in the bar at 2am. Raw and ugly.

As filmmakers learn to work with HDR, films will look better. Same as when color hit the market. And sound. And the transition to film itself.

A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a simple system that works.