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Comment: Re:Hardware Locking (Score 1) 75 75

Many MACs are adjustable in the drivers.

And yet some are not and are hardcoded. I.e. The Surface Pro series has a MAC that isn't adjustable. The registry hacks don't work because the registry keys don't exist and if you use some software to spoof the MAC you end up in a BSOD loop.

Comment: Re:Taxi licenses are crazy expensive (Score 1) 194 194

by thegarbz (#50016431) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

I'm not opposed to changing this agreement, in fact I encourage it, but if you're going to do so you need to compensate who bought the medallions.

I bought shares in a company should I be compensated when the company folds? Every investment carries risk. Leaving my money in the bank in a savings account carries risk too, just a lower risk with a lower reward.

Why are people always entitled to compensation? Why are companies entitled to go bust and get bailed out? What happened to just letting things run its course?

Comment: Re:Not surprised (Score 0) 194 194

by thegarbz (#50016423) Attached to: Uber France Leaders Arrested For Running Illegal Taxi Company

I don't understand why this comes back to insurance. There is a concept of self insurance, or no insurance.

We run risks every day of doing something where come company won't come and bail us out. Why should someone suddenly be *forced* to have insurance to do something?

Comment: Re:Renewable versus fossil - where is nuclear? (Score 2) 223 223

by thegarbz (#50015137) Attached to: Bill Gates Investing $2 Billion In Renewables

Also, there is still some waste left over from that. I'm going to have to see some evidence that we'll handle that responsibly. So far, nope.

We don't need to. After use in a modern nuclear cycle the final waste products decay to safe levels quickly enough that it becomes an almost non issue. By comparison the waste produced by a coal power plant is significantly worse.

But we won't get there because of an interim stage of the cycle. OMG PLUTONIUM THE COMMIE TERRORISTS WILL GET US.

Comment: Re:Win7 is likely to be my last Windows (Score 1) 222 222

That was their fuckup. It didn't need to be a worse mouse experience. Note that I'm not talking about metro here which is just a plain bad experience.

I'm talking about other small fine tuned details like the borders which are significantly larger, the larger hit area on icons, the introduction of the checkbox on explorer icons allowing multi-select without needing a keyboard. I'd mention the ribbon too but someone will lynch me for it.

In general none of these had a negative impact on the mouse, just a negative impact on the eyes as some people really hate the window border. Yet they were ultimately product breaking features if you used Windows on a convertible tablet.

Comment: Re:Why did they get rid of Media Center in Win 10? (Score 1) 222 222

All I can guess is that Comcast who they are partners with asked them to kill media center so people wont be able to control their own content and will have to use expensive DVRs ... this is not right

Actually I think you'll find it's more to do with the cost of licensing when it comes to recording TV. From what I've read the licensing fees are absolutely extortionate which is why none of the very awesome open source media centres which in every other way shit over MS's product have this feature. It's a handy little way for cable companies to maintain a monopoly on PVRs capable of recording their channels and likewise a way to ensure that these PVRs don't record protected content.

Comment: Re: Bullshit narrative ... (Score 1) 205 205

by thegarbz (#50010765) Attached to: How Uber Takes Over a City

The reason the medallion system was implemented has nothing to do with how it ultimately ended up being run. It's a government granted monopoly to the rich with an obscene barrier to entry disguised as a regulated but open industry.

Whatever reasons various governments had for implementing the system they had doesn't change the fact that the free market is attempting to offer a competing service with dramatically improved customer experience. Most people wouldn't complain if local taxis offered what uber does, and I'm not just talking about the obscene prices of taxi services in some cities, often caused by the obscene cost of the medallion.

Comment: Re:Win7 is likely to be my last Windows (Score 3, Interesting) 222 222

But in my experience it sucks even more with the touchscreen.

That's nice. I'll voice the opposite opinion. Windows 8 tries to greatly improve the completely non-existent touch screen interface that exists in Windows 7. Windows 8 is borderline navigatable on touchscreen and I'm not talking about the metro UI (which is an abortion).

Comment: Re:It has this. (Score 1) 188 188

by thegarbz (#50009767) Attached to: iPhone 6S New Feature: Force Touch

And the ability to share the file and send it to anyone else? Were you not reading a word of what I said? How does telling someone to register a phone as a developer phone, download the SDK, and compiling a program from source compare to say installing something you made by clicking on a link and hitting okay?

Do you defend every company which charges premium prices for a product where they limit your ability to do something every computer has been able to do for the last 50 years, or do you have some self destructive affinity for Apple?

Comment: Re:Apple fan (Score 1) 149 149

by thegarbz (#50009751) Attached to: AppleCare+ Now Covers Batteries That Drop To 80%

Wrong again. What kills batteries is what the phone does with the GPS. Active routing is barely done unless you're completely ignoring your GPS and even then routing on the most common apps is offloaded to Google or Apple and not done on the phone itself. Also the phones will flatten while the screen is off too only at a slightly lower rate.

GPS on implies it is doing something with the data. Processing takes effort and it is the apps preventing the CPU from sleeping that is what ultimately kills the battery. You're getting a continuous feed of GPS data that implies there is an app sitting in the foreground keeping the phone alive.

Comment: Wide and varied things I have printed: (Score 1) 249 249

by thegarbz (#50009109) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?

- A new indexing pin for the adjustment of a 15 year old discontinued coffee grinder. Part no longer available.
- Custom cases for my electronics projects.
- A focusing mask for my telescope.
- A Dremel routing accessory on a Sunday when all the shops were closed and when I didn't feel like forking out $60 for 1 part needed for 1 job.
- A new mounting bracket to allow me to mount a gimbal upside down.
- A hose adapter allowing me to attach a different vacuum hose to a vacuum cleaner.

Comment: Re:plastic is for junk (Score 2) 249 249

by thegarbz (#50009091) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: For What Are You Using 3-D Printing?

Anyone who deems any kind of material unsuitable, not useful, or junk without knowing the intended application is quite frankly extremely ignorant. Plastic has it's uses, just like various woods, or metals.

Also what plastic things are you making out of wood? Are you suggesting molding? You do realise that each manufacturer technique has it's benefits and drawback too right, or are you ignorant about that too?

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 365 365

by thegarbz (#50005759) Attached to: Are We Too Quick To Act On Social Media Outrage?

I partially disagree with that. Social media platforms have shown that there's no need to spin a story. If the right number of people see it, a dramatic story will build momentum on it's own without the need for any interference.

The problem is like minded people share a common platform so you get an instant flash mob of anger whenever any opens their trap and that gains momentum quickly.

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