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Comment Re:It's All About The Data Plan (Score 1) 243

That just makes you a wanna-be. You're trying to pretend you understand why a tube amp is used ... and then not using it and trying to synthesis it. You've been conned into buying something you don't understand for reasons you don't understand. Just use a normal solid state amp, I seriously doubt you can tell the difference.

Using a tube amp doesn't make you a luddite, and the word isn't capitalized, its not a name. You might want to actually lookup the definition of the word, it doesn't just mean you 'prefer older technolgoies'

Well, the "wanna-be" accusation plus the fact that you clearly don't yourself know that Luddite is capitalized gave you away as a troll and I won't take your bait other than to correct some other misinformation that user puto didn't already correct. I'd hate for some other person to read your post and perhaps write off modelers on the word of someone like yourself who clearly does not know what they are talking about.

Whether or not I understand why a tube amp is used is irrelevant. The modeler was recommended to me by several people including a professional session guitarist. The particular model I use does a damn fine job of modeling not just my amp of choice, but also several others, if I so desire. Moreover, setup is a simple cable to the snake vs an amp plus cab (though, TBH, both of my amps are single cab/amp combos) plus mike plus stand. You are allowed to disagree, but it's not just me you're disagreeing with.

Comment Re:It's All About The Data Plan (Score 1) 243

We actually still have a land line - mostly because the math worked us towards DSL and it's really cheap with truly unlimited minutes.

I am impressed with no car in L.A. - I've only heard that the options there aren't great. I certainly see people texting. OTOH, I lived in NJ for many years and used to see people reading the newspaper, shaving, or putting on makeup while flying down the Garden State Parkway at 75 mph...

Even with our dumb phones, we forbade texting at the dinner table with two teenagers. With one about to go to college, I'm prepared to have to change my thinking about smart phones.

Comment Re:It's All About The Data Plan (Score 2) 243

Thanks for the thoughtful reply!

We've stuck with Verizon because they still have a signal in places nobody else does. But, just as you noted about the data plans, even this is beginning to change as people start putting up cells out in the country. So, as our contract end gets near, I will take your advice and look elsewhere.

Comment It's All About The Data Plan (Score 3, Insightful) 243

Speaking as someone the rest of you might consider a Luddite because I have a feature phone (it's a Samsung with a touchscreen, I don't know the model), the devil's in the details of what the carriers require of you to connect the phone to their network.

Verizon requires you to have a data plan to even use (e.g.) an iPhone. Even if you never use the data service. If Verizon considers your phone a "Smart Phone", they require you to have and pay for a data plan to use it. My understanding is that the other carriers have the same policy. The people that are buying these phones are paying these monthly fees.

If you knew me, you'd know I'm not really a Luddite. For example, when I play my guitar, I don't play with a tube amp, but use a device that models a tube amp that is then plugged directly into a P.A. I pay for said device (a Line 6 HD 500) with the money I save by not paying for a data plan. I prefer to say I'm frugal.

Also, what others have noted: It's Gartner. Seriously?

Comment Re:NO. They Want To Change From Switched to IP (Score 1) 218

Meant to add: It *may* let them get of the A/D D/A business, pushing digital into the home. I.e.: While the network itself is digital, it's analog to your house.

OTOH, they may still leave this leg analog, but I can't imagine why. Vonage et al certainly do IP/DSL for you.

Comment NO. They Want To Change From Switched to IP (Score 0) 218

I don't think there have been any analog phone networks in any developed countries for many years. Nice Reuters. You should know better.

I believe they mean to change from a switched (digital) telephone network to an IP network. The telephones in your office are probably IP phones.

Comment OP Has It (Score 5, Insightful) 249

"shielding developers and systems engineers from political nonsense and red tape"

Yup, plus shielding users and clients from those of us whose interpersonal skills aren't as great as we think they are.

Sometimes, though, this same role can be filled by a Team Leader who actually does have great people skills.

ObAnecdote: I had a coworker and friend who was a great developer but who always managed to get people mad at him. He was so oblivious to this fact that he'd occasionally comment about how well he got along with users and customers. One day, he came in laughing about the previous night's Big Bang Theory, telling us how clueless Sheldon was because he pissed everyone off and had no idea he was doing it. Yeah, he was that oblivious. And our manager protected many users from him.

Comment Re:Rob Bell is missing a few things (Score 1) 109

Which hell did you have in mind that is so plainly spoken of as a "real place"? Sheol (Hebrew for the grave)? Hades (Greek for the grave)? Tartarus (not forever, not for people)? Gehenna (trash heap outside Jerusalem)?

Yes, those are all spoken of as "real places". None of them are plainly a "place where people go to live forever while they're being tortured", which is what "...much of what modern Christendom believes about hell..." and which is derived from Dante et al and not from the Bible.

Comment Re:Always a little creepy (Score 4, Interesting) 109

A possibly interesting tangent:

It may surprise /. folks to learn that much of what modern Christendom believes about hell is actually from this man and not from Moses, Jesus, Paul, Peter, et al. I.e.: The Bible doesn't really teach the version of hell everyone seems to believe in. Rob Bell has an easy to read book ("Love Wins", to which Francis Chan's "Erasing Hell" is a somewhat non sequitor of a response) and Edward Fudge has some somewhat more in depth treatises on this for people who want to exercise their Google-fu.

And yes, it's more complicated than "Dante Created Hell", with ideas from philosophers and other religions entering the mix. Dante just gave preachers a nice manipulative tool to scare the ignorant into toeing whatever line they drew. And, perhaps, give us some feeling of justice for truly evil people.

Comment Re:Shooting Itself in the Foot (Score 5, Insightful) 293

I don't think this has anything to do with consumers risking money on new products. This is a case of Really Bad Branding. Many consumers are not even aware that their new Windows tablet won't run Windows applications (if it's Windows RT). Not only so, but deciphering whether a tablet had "Real" Windows or Windows RT isn't always clear when looking at products even if you do know the difference.

I also don't think there's room for a "me too" tablet OS that has nothing compelling over iOS or Android.

OTOH, I really think Microsoft should be tooting their horns a little louder about tablets running real Windows 8.1 that can run any Windows application.

Comment Re:profile = evidence? (Score 2) 545

Questions of entrapment aside, let alone questions of intent, I'd think the obvious defense to this would be, "I thought it was an interesting chat program and was testing it's capabilities and responses."

If any of these go to trial, then they may certainly present that as their defense at their trial.

It will be up to the judge and/or jury to decide if they believe them. A variation of your defense could also be used in attempted rape or murder cases. "I was just trying to see how hard (s)he would fight. I'd never have actually gone through with it."

Oh, and Clinton didn't inhale, either.

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