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Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score 0) 138

by lucm (#47798663) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

I don't know where you get your information, probably on some SF local news media like techcrunch, but Samsung alone owns about 2/3 of the Android market. Which itself happens to be 85% of the smartphone market.

But of course while Apple's share keeps going down year after year, there is always a justification in the iCommunity, such as: oh people are just waiting for the iPhone5, or oh people are juste waiting for the iPhone6. Keep the dream alive if you want, but meanwhile the market has spoken. The iShare is about half what it was 5 years ago.

Comment: Re:As much as I hate Apple (Score -1, Flamebait) 138

by lucm (#47798529) Attached to: Apple Said To Team With Visa, MasterCard On iPhone Wallet

The "as much as I hate Apple" line is getting old. That's like a sentence that starts with "I'm not racist but...".

Now that Android has won, bashing Apple is not fun anymore, so get out of the iCloset. It's safe for you out there, your brand is so far in that last descent in the late adopters segment of the technology adoption curve that even IBM wants to sell iPhones. Next stop: wal-mart checkout bins, next to the iTunes card who have been there for quite a while already.

Comment: Re:NET SEND (Score 1) 124

by lucm (#47796127) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

Good ol' NET SEND *.

Just for fun I showed that command to the office administrator so she could interrupt everyone's work to ask to stop throwing paper towel in the toilet or to say that the person who ate the shrimp salad she left in the fridge is a thief. That was hilarious... for a day or two.

Comment: Re:Lucky Them (Score 1) 124

by lucm (#47796103) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

I understand how you feel but you have to move on. Forget the concept of ownership as far as proprietary software goes and don't try to make old versions of something run on newer versions of something else. Just assume that everything in that industry is like a used card with a "sold as is" sign in the windshield.

It does not matter if this is right or wrong. That's how things work now. So either you deal with it, or you start looking into FOSS and build for yourself a digital life free of the capricious nature of proprietary software.

Comment: Re:Slashdot editors on weekends are 3 year olds (Score 1) 124

by lucm (#47796027) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

The original article is pretty bad so I ended up browsing the website and found more, such as this:

CHEF starring Robert Downey Jr., Sofia Vergara, Scarlett Johansson, John Leguizamo and Dustin Hoffman is a movie on social media and it's impacts in our lives. Written and directed by Favreau, this movie is focused on social media and it's usege.

http://airfuz.com/2014/05/15/c...

Also interesting, the contact page with the clever antispam system:
http://airfuz.com/contact

One can't expect the internet to be filled with high-quality websites, and "news" websites where contributors have bad grammar and can't be bothered to run a spellcheck are common enough. But why is that site a source of news for Slashdot, that's the interesting question.

Comment: NET SEND (Score 4, Interesting) 124

by lucm (#47795897) Attached to: Microsoft Shutting Down MSN Messenger After 15 Years of Service

I remember we were having a blast with NET SEND at the office, using it to talk shit between developers.

It allowed for short messages only (like twitter), and no incriminating evidence was left behind so no holds barred... Until we found out that each message is automatically logged by Windows and that the sysadmin we had made fun of in those messages had been reading our clever discussions for months... Good times!

Comment: Re:Progress (Score 1) 315

by lucm (#47762673) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive

Five years ago I would have agreed with you. But all my machines nowadays are laptops with SSD, and the internal disks are 128 or 256GB. What really matters is in the cloud, and for what is less important I am not about to start doodling around with pairs of external drives.

Maybe I should get a device like a Drobo. Or go nuts and get myself a nice SAN. I saw a Dell PS400E on eBay for $5,0000. 42TB of highly-redundant, high-performance storage... Now THAT would be awesome. Except the the noise and power bill.

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