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Comment Re:I don't get it (Score 1) 227

That's NOT what you signed up for, however. I realize it's what many people THOUGHT they signed up for. But the reality is, and the fine print states that BingeOn customers get 480P streams of video, which helps conserve data caps for services that count towards your cap, and is a consequence of them offering unlimited streaming via other providers. In other words, you want this bone, it's not going to be a 1080P bone.

I absolutely, positively, 100% agree with people that it should be both OPT IN and better DISCLOSED, but yeah, that's how it works. I know we all wish it worked differently (I'll take 480P for Netflix but would like 1080P for YouTube), but that's not a feature. You'd have to opt out and manage your own data cap, or opt out and upgrade to unlimited.

Comment Re: Well deserved. (Score 1) 540

I give up trying to figure out why. My kid has an iPad logged into my account. For years. Since she doesn't have my password she's never spent $1 on in app purchases or anything else. If I had turned off passwords, or given her my password, or turned off the feature that makes you repeat your password every time instead of caching it for fifteen minutes then I'd have to worry.

Comment Re:Duh, that's how encryption works (Score 1) 314

I just leave my key printed out and taped to the side of my computer, in case I ever need it. But seriously... for the vast majority of users, having it backed up to OneDrive is a great, great thing. I'm talking about the 99% of computer users who don't really know what this stuff is or how it works. For the rest of us, we can always follow the instructions, remove the key from OneDrive and ALSO change it to a new key.

Incidentally, I understand how all of this stuff works, and really don't care, personally. I use Win 10 in a VM for work purposes, and don't store documents there, but I am using a similar feature on my main machine which is OS X. I do store my recovery key in iCloud. If my device was stolen, and they hacked iCloud, or social engineered their way in, they'd get banking information, credit card data, tax returns. I get all that. To me, there's such a minimal risk (the chance of my laptop being stolen is small. The chance of it being stolen by someone with hacking ability even smaller. The chance that someone with all those skills cares about my data is even smaller still) - I just don't care.

This system is just fine for almost everybody. And the few that it isn't good for (not counting corporations who ought to be on Professional or Enterprise, and aren't subject to this system anyway) - they are smart enough (hopefully) to be here, and if they couldn't figure it out on their own, they've now seen 100 people link to 50 different blogs instructing them how to reinstall Windows without a Live account, decrypt and recrypt, remove the key from OneDrive, etc - there's half a dozen ways out of it even if you already had it happen to you and OH KNOWS my key is on OneDrive.

I suppose a non-technical leaning child pornographer may have a problem one day stemming from this. Good.

Comment Re:Remember that it's a disk RECOVERY key (Score 1) 314

You would probably -- at the very least -- want to encrypt things like credit cards, banking passwords, bank statements and so on. You never know who might be poking around your hard drive. It's a very connected world.

That's not the same thing as needing to encrypt your entire hard drive.

Comment Re:Panacea: (Score 1) 32

Stolen cash is reimbursed by your bank at a rate of $0 reimbursed for every $1 lost. Credit cards are reimbursed at $1 to $1. I'm not advocating running up a lot of debt and paying interest, but man, would my business travel be almost impossible without the cards I use (and pay off 100% every month once I get my expense check deposited).

I'd also miss out on all the great deals, like the 60,000 miles I got for AA, plus priority boarding and free checked bags for using their Citi sponsored card. Try booking a flight, hotel and car without a card. And the companies don't care... yeah they don't get 19% interest off of me, but they still get a few points off the merchant.

I also found more favorable exchange rates in Europe, speaking of Europe using my card and getting billed direct in € than going through banks and exchange counters.

Incidentally... hoping that was a typo. € 2000 to rent a car?

Comment Re:shouldn't this be a solved problem by now? (Score 1) 32

Step 1: Don't put your payment processing system / nuclear reactor C&C / pacemaker on the internet.

Step 2: Profit.

I think step 1 cancels step 2. I'd go elsewhere. "Thank you for booking online at for your discounted, prepaid hotel reservation. Please call 1-800-HYATT in the next 2 hours to secure your room by reading us your credit card number over the phone."

Payment processing systems need to have links to the Internet. Inbound (yes you can have firewalls and proxy servers in between) to receive payment information and outbound (so you can authorize transactions to your merchant processor).

Comment Re:When you miss a metric... (Score 1) 165

Ubuntu is a toy.

IBM said the same thing about PCs and windows in the '80s. History has shown them to be morons. Do you want to reconsider your position?

In fairness, if you look at the rise of the PC desktop running DOS then Windows vs. the rise of Linux on the desktop, IBM has been proven wrong, and the poster you are responding to, far from a moron, since there hasn't been a corresponding meteoric rise.

It's been so long people have been waiting for Linux on the Desktop to be completely mainstream, that it's not even a goal anymore, since laptops and tablets have all but supplanted desktops, people should be clamoring for Linux on the Notebook these days. I realize I'm just mincing words, but the truth is the desktop came and went before Linux became a real mainstream thing.

Celebrate what it is. A fantastic server OS. A viable desktop for the technologically savvy. The fact that we _COULD_ force it on our grandmothers who don't really use computers we give them anyway isn't really the point.

Comment Re:When you miss a metric... (Score 1) 165

Exactly. And even beyond that, counting tablets and IoT devices is over counting. If the metric is "# of Ubuntu devices deployed", then it's fine. If it's the # of Ubuntu users, it's over counting. If I have a Linux media server, a desktop running Linux and a tablet running Linux, that's three devices. But one user.

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