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Comment Re:Of all the whining.... (Score 1) 275

Its been a very long time since I have bought a router, and I have bought several, that I could stack things on top of. Many want to stand up vertical. Others will let you lay them down flat, but do not have a flat surface on top. The few that do, heat up so much that you really should not be putting anything on top of them, if you want them to work reliably for any length of time.

At this point, they can make them circular and I could care less. If they could make them suck a little less, be a little more reliable, and make the interface a little less clunky, they would do well.

Comment Re:automatically install firmware updates (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Like with most things, there are pros and cons for this sort of thing. If you leave the automatic updates "OFF" by default, majority or users will not bother with updates on routers and when a vulnerability is discovered, crackers have a field day. By leaving them "ON" by default, but allowing concerned users to turn them off, perhaps you get to a reasonable medium.

Comment Re:The Republicans will hate this! (Score 0) 37

> Most people who believe in God do NOT consider him angry, quite the opposite, He is seen as forgiving and a loving father who cares for His children deeply, even the ones who choose to reject Him.

Cooking people in hell. Is that supposed to be for warmth?

And killing all civilization with a flood for their "misdeeds"? Mercy killing I suppose.

Comment Summary:Help! The kids are going to steal my job! (Score 1) 365

The history of computing shows us that this technology is becoming more accessible. Both to consumers and the providers. You no longer have to use punch cards to write computer programs. Or use assembly. Modern languages and development tools are much easier to work with for an average person. And that trend is going to continue. There is nothing you and I or Apple/Facebook/Google can do to stop the march of progress.

Unfortunately for you, that means you will have to continue to learn new technologies to remain marketable to employers.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 72

> It is used more and more like a currency rather than for speculation.

I know some places say they accept Bitcoin as a payment method. However most of them quickly convert it to dollars or another currency. Is there a demand from users to be able to pay in Bitcoin instead of their regular currency? I can understand that need when buying things where privacy is really needed (illegal drugs etc.), but for regular stuff?

Comment Hardware keyboards are overrated (Score 2) 113

I have owned Blackberry devices in the past and currently own an Android phone. I have always loved hardware keyboards and for the longest time insisted on phones with hardware keyboards including Android phones. However, over time, I have observed that software keyboards have improved a lot. And I mean a lot. To the point that I no longer wish to dedicate precious real estate on my phone to a hardware keyboard.

Hardware keyboard is an idea that is now dead on mobile phones. It will never (I usually advise my kids to never say never but I am making an exception here) be popular on mobile phones again. It takes too much space and many can type faster on a software keyboard. Speech recognition function has also come a long way. And usually, for me, that is the fastest way to enter text.

Comment Re:Why GPS? (Score 1) 837

> This law seems to be a good reason to leave Oregon.

This isn't a law. At least not yet. And people leaving Oregon would be a good thing for the rest of us. Portland population is growing rapidly. Too fast for some of us. Portland area population is expected to swell by about 1 million in the next 6 years.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.