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Comment: Re:Touchscreens don't belong on real computers. (Score 2) 541

by penix1 (#47925165) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

The computer I had before the M7 was HP TX-2. It too had a touchscreen but had a matte finish to it. It died due to other design flaws (poor airflow caused overheating) but the touchscreen was the thing that drew me to it.

In the case of the M7 its other features outweigh the glossy touchscreen. I just don't use the touch features on it. Besides, as I said, it isn't a true tablet but a big laptop. So a touchscreen with multigesture capabilities seems pretty useless on it.

Comment: Re:The Year of Windows on the Desktop (Score 2) 541

by penix1 (#47923289) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

What you are talking about is the difference between those that see computers as appliances and those that take an interest in the workings of that appliance. And with today's distros being geared to making the install as easy as possible (for whatever level of literacy you have) it is making Linux easier for those that see it as an appliance.

To put this into the proper slashdot car analogy it is the difference between the guy who always puts new gear and tricks out their cars and their wives who get into it, toss the kids in the back seat and goes. That wife really doesn't appreciate the work done by her husband until something goes wrong.

Comment: Re:If it's not like Vista or 8.0 (Vista II)... (Score 2, Insightful) 541

by penix1 (#47923191) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

the biggest problem is microsoft's insistence upon having a microsoft account, and use of trickery to ensure they are created, to login to the local pc, or to use the 'store' to download 'free' apps, or to use office 2013.. that's a total pain in the ass that no one should tolerate.

Yet Google does the same with Android. Amazon does the same thing with its platform too. So this isn't unique to Microsoft.

Comment: Re:Touchscreens don't belong on real computers. (Score 4, Informative) 541

by penix1 (#47923069) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

I hear ya! I have an HP Envy M7 laptop that has a touchscreen and I never use the touchscreen for that reason. To make it worse, the screen (which is a very good LED HD display) has a high gloss panel that shows the prints extremely well. Why in the world HP chose to put a glossy screen as a touchscreen is beyond me. Touchscreens should have a matte finish to try and hide the print marks as much as possible.

Comment: Re:Stick with Win7 (Score 1) 541

by penix1 (#47922855) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

Why upgrade, Windows7 does everything I need.

Good for you. However, you won't be too happy when you get a new machine that doesn't come with anything other than 9. Or when your windows 7 drivers need an update to fix a bug or add a feature and the only available ones are for Windows 9. Or you want that snazzy new program and it's minimum requirements are Windows 9.

Like it or not, the world moves on. If standing still works for you then more power to you.

Comment: Re:Wrong Title (Score 1) 499

by penix1 (#47877541) Attached to: Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

I know for a fact that the forms you submit to the OPM ask you in plain English "have you ever belonged to an organization dedicated to the violent overthrow of the US government"

Yes it does ask that and I also believe that question leads to guilt by association. It needs to be changed to:

Have you ever advocated the violent overthrow of the US Government?

That change will remove the friend of a friend of a friend is a terrorist thing.

Besides, if you were to apply that question to the government as a whole, then they too would fail considering the perpetrators of 9/11 itself was US supported during the Afghanistan / Russian war during the Reagan administration as "freedom fighters".

Comment: Re:forensic 'science' (Score 1) 135

by penix1 (#47846117) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper

It is a chain. One that is used to build a strong case against an individual. It was Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character Sherlock Holmes that said, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." Another Holmes quote which applies here is, "It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment."

To be true to the fist quote you would need physical evidence from the other victims to compare DNA. You would have to account for his time during the murders. You would also need to place him at the scene of each murder. Lastly, you would need the motive as well as the means. Without a murder weapon or a motive, there are holes in this story.

Comment: Re:And make video available when asked (Score 1) 170

by penix1 (#47837307) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

Plenty in this topic saying that. Everything from streaming it from the cars via WiFi to storing it in the "cloud". The point is, the minute it leaves your custody and can be accessed by others, you lose the chain of custody evidence requires. That is why they still use tapes. It is a physical object that can be put under lock and key with special handling requiring a huge paper trail.

Comment: Re:And make video available when asked (Score 1) 170

by penix1 (#47836519) Attached to: NYPD Starts Body Camera Pilot Program

You may as well put it on YuoTube if you are going to put it anywhere with / via the Internet. It won't take long for the feeds to get hacked and then where is your chain of evidence? Would be funny though if someone did hack it and streamed a whole bunch of kiddie porn to it instead of the real feeds. The cops would then have to arrest themselves for possession and be placed on the sex offender lists forever...

Comment: Re:No: They Can't (Score 1) 258

by penix1 (#47797805) Attached to: Feds Want Nuclear Waste Train, But Don't Know Where It Would Go

That is the most retarded post I have ever read and I am in a "hillbilly" state too! I would go along with your proposition if you would sign a waver that prevented you from suing anyone or making any claim what-so-ever including but not limited to SSDI, worker's compensation, health care or life insurance. In short, if you took FULL responsibility for your own carelessness. Oh, and when your carelessness causes death or injury to others you will take full responsibility for their costs too right? When your carelessness causes damage to plant equipment you'll pay for that too right? And I figure while you are taking responsibility for your actions you may as well pay for lost production while they are cleaning up the mess you make on the plant floor.

All because you feel uncomfortable in the safety gear you are required to wear for the job, you want to endanger yourself and more importantly, others. OSHA exists because they are needed to prevent companies from endangering their employees seeking profits above safety. Just look into Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in Raleigh County, WV for an example of profits over safety in action.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. -- C.B. Luce