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Comment: Re: Many are leaving ham radio too (Score 1) 135

You have the Part 15 and ISM services for that. You really can buy a microwave link that's metropolitan-distance and legal to use.

We lost much of our 440 capability to PAVE PAWS in California. Remember, Amateur Radio is not the primary service on many bands. The military is on 440.

Comment: Re:Many are leaving ham radio too (Score 1) 135

If you want that nearly infinite microwave spectrum, you have the Part 15 and ISM services. Absolutely nothing is stopping you. Power is not the issue with those frequencies, it's line of sight and Fresnel zones.

No, I absolutely do not have to prefix my words with anything. You do that by posting as an anonymous coward. I use my real name to indicate that I stand behind my words.

Comment: Re:Sounds cool (Score 1) 59

If it's transparent, I want it on my windshield. Even if it wears off after a year, this is still a major win.

You can use Rain-X and have it wear off after a week, or one of the many various hydrophobic coatings-in-a-can and have it last maybe a month, right now.

If I rode a motorcycle I'd put it on the visor, that actually seems practical.

Comment: Re:A serious question (Score 1) 243

by drinkypoo (#49198473) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

even those that are hooked on the extensions going to one of the alternate like PaleMoon,Waterfox, IceDragon,etc.

This is only one step off the reservation. If Firefox gets decrapified and released as 64 bit then I'll step right back across the line. I'm running Pale Moon now, but the whole point of doing so is that it's still Firefox.

Comment: Re:Is this such a bad thing? March of progress... (Score 1) 243

by drinkypoo (#49198435) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

The problem with Firefox is that it's not much better than IE and is following the exact same trajectory of constantly getting crappier.

Wait, IE has gotten less crappy with each release, but Microsoft has decided that it's reached its lea of crap, and so they're delivering a new browser with their new Windows. That seems like IE just fell off the opposite trajectory.

Comment: Re:Goodbye, Ubuntu (Score 1) 355

by drinkypoo (#49198369) Attached to: Ubuntu To Officially Switch To systemd Next Monday

I left years ago when they decided to not give a fuck about good display support. Someone sure has the blinders on.

Since I have an nVidia card, I'm really not having any problems. I recently upgraded from a 450GTS OC to a 750 Ti (per Slashdot groupthink) and continue to not have problems there.

Comment: Re:Xbox OS != Win2k (Score 1) 60

Contrary to popular belief, Windows XB wasn't a fork of NT 5 any more than CE or NT was a fork of Windows 9x. (Source: Xbox Engineering)

Before people inside Microsoft said that, other people inside Microsoft said the opposite. But good luck finding that reference now, because of all the people crowing triumphantly about the particular reference that you cited.

Comment: Re:WTF? What has this guy been smoking? (Score 1) 243

by drinkypoo (#49196917) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

That is due to Google releasing the awesome Chrome browser, because the web is too important an income vector to them, so they decided to pull it inhouse and cut out the policy middleman.

Which hilariously hasn't really panned out for them. I use Chrome and Firefox side by side on Windows and Linux (Pale Moon x64 on Windows, actually) and the only websites which are more reliable in Chrome are gmail and G+, and the latter of those still isn't very good. In spite of running G+ in Google's browser, their interface still takes longer than eternity to load and it still jumps around like crazy. And now that Chrome is approaching Firefox levels of functionality, guess what? It's just as heavy as Firefox, maybe even more bloated.

I've got FF in everyday use and will continue to use it. If they build an independant contacts application for mobile and web alongside a calendar and perhaps some simple docs management, preferably all of it encrypted, I'll be on board from day one.

That's easy enough to build in $CMS_OF_YOUR_CHOICE, you can literally get it by installing Drupal and some modules and enabling them. (start with views, date, and calendar.) You're going to need some online storage someplace for your files anyway, getting it with web hosting doesn't really cost more.

Comment: Re:sun? maybe, but who cares. (Score 1) 243

by drinkypoo (#49196863) Attached to: Mozilla: Following In Sun's Faltering Footsteps?

Even MSFT got the message when their sales tanked and punt kicked the sweaty one and his Metro crap to the curb

To be fair, Metro isn't actually gone. It's still a big part of Windows 10. You can even still enable the AOL start screen if for some reason you want to do that. So it's going to continue to rear its freakish head periodically for the next while.

Comment: Re:Simple marketing strategy is simple. (Score 1) 60

If i were a shareholder id be very alarmed at Microsofts decision to hobble an already proven revenue stream with an on-again off-again business machine OS.

If you were a shareholder, and did your homework, you would know that the Xbox already runs Windows. The original Xbox OS was derived from Windows 2000, the Xbox 360 OS was derived from the original Xbox OS, and the Xbox 180 OS was derived from the Xbox 360 OS.

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