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Comment: Re:Too long (Score 1) 161

by tmach (#47486641) Attached to: Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

I am always amazed at the zealotry that Apple fans exhibit. MS has almost lost to Apple? Apple is closer to desktop Linux market share than it is to Windows. Apple made a big hit with the iPhone, but is consistently losing market share there to Google. Apple is no where close to displacing MS.

Sure, but the desktop doesn't mean squat anymore. Tablets are all the rage and MS isn't making a dent in that.

Comment: Atom = worthless (Score 1) 125

I have to disagree about the Atom part, at least. I (briefly) had a Win8.1 tablet from Asus that had one of the later (but not the latest) Atom processors. It ran surprisingly well. I wouldn't have tried any video production on it, but for running Office-like software and games of Hearthstone it did fine. Also surprising: the Metro interface (which I thought I'd like on a tablet although I avoid it like the plague on a desktop) was okay at best. Still, I was getting used to it.

The only reason I sent it back was half the time it would refuse to come out of deep sleep without a reboot, and three times it went into endless crash/recovery cycles after those reboots that required a complete factory reset to solve. It was a refurb model so maybe it wasn't refurbed very well. Either way, my next tablet will probably be another Android.

Comment: Good for Tesla... (Score 1) 195

by tmach (#45968797) Attached to: Tesla Sending New Wall-Charger Adapters After Garage Fire

It's good to get on top of these things.
Although, I do wonder what changed their mind, since less than a month ago there was no way, nope, not a chance that the Tesla charger had anything whatsoever to do with that garage fire. Nope, not a chance in heck.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/18/us-autos-tesla-fire-idUSBRE9BH1J020131218

Comment: All well and good, but... (Score 2) 62

by tmach (#43022373) Attached to: New Jersey Legalizes Online Gambling

Online gambling (with maybe the exception of a couple of states) has never been illegal in the US. However, it IS illegal for US banks to do business with online casinos under a law passed nearly ten years ago. That's a federal law that hasn't been repealed, so how are people supposed to deposit money in accounts with these Jersey casinos?

Comment: There's only one problem with Windows 8... (Score 1) 1110

by tmach (#42354183) Attached to: 30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

...from a usability standpoint; and as everyone has pointed out a million times, it's the lack of some type of Start menu. It just doesn't make sense to have to completely leave the desktop whenever you want to launch another application. The silly corners aren't even that big of a deal (although they work much better in a tablet environment than on a desktop).

Win8 was obviously built for a touch screen. Microsoft sees things headed in that direction and decided to make that the primary focus. The desktop gets what feels like a "port".

It's sad too, because other than that Win8 works really well. And it really could have been the perfect desktop. Picture this: You boot into Metro. That's perfect for people who just want to check email or a quick look at the news or weather or what have you. It's good for mouse and awesome for touch screen. When you have serious work (or gaming) to do, you click the "desktop" icon and boom, you have your actual desktop. I mean a real desktop, with its own menu for launching applications. If you want to go back to the Metro it could be a hot corner or even a right-click option. Whatever.

The point is, if you're in the middle of something and need to launch, say, a calculator it's just silly to have to leave the desktop to do it. Sure, you could clutter things up putting the icons everywhere but who wants to do that? I get why MS wanted this for its tablet (how is the Surface working out for you, by the way?) but it seems just plain lazy to not have a true desktop version.

I'd imagine that someone will come up with a mod that essentially adds it back (actually, there already is one, although all it does is put metro in a window on the lower right of the screen where the Start menu would be--not ideal, but it shows people are thinking about it) or maybe even MS will realize that it's best to give people what they want.

But then, everyone knows you skip every other version of Windows anyway.

Comment: Re:Why? You have to ask why? (Score 1) 813

by tmach (#40535637) Attached to: After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?

It isn't about cutting costs, it's about not increasing costs.

I live in Virginia. There are 4.5 million Dominion Virginia Power customers. Dominion did a study a few years ago and found that it'd cost $83 billion to bury all of the lines. Since Dominion is a regulated monopoly, when its costs go down customers get the reduction, but customers get the increase when its costs go up as well. If you divide it out, you get each customer paying a little more than $150 a month extra. Now, you could try to adjust for changes in population over time and make it so people who use more electricity paid a greater share of the cost, but any way you slice it the bill would go up by an amount that's too much for a lot of people to afford.

Instead, what Dominion is doing is making sure it buries new lines. That helps at least. Personally I think they should be replacing mangled lines with below ground lines as well, but that would mean people being without power for even longer, and that would cause such outrage that the state (which still controls what Dominion does, mind you) would probably not stand for it.

Comment: Re:If selling is legal.. (Score 1) 281

by tmach (#38974605) Attached to: Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America

Going by this, you can. As long as you A) purchased the mp3 yourself, B) do not have a physical copy or the CD it came from, C) only give it to one person and D) erase any and all copies of that mp3 that you have as soon as the transfer is complete.

Or you could buy 50 different copies of a song, give it to 50 different people and immediately erase all 50 copies from your system. I'm guessing the record companies would dig that.

Comment: I sense shenanigans... (Score 2) 419

by tmach (#38510668) Attached to: PR Firm Unwisely Tangles With Penny Arcade

So if you go to Ocean Marketing's website (www.oceanmarketinginc.com) you'll find it A) looks very amateurish, B) has misspellings (like "Firat Name" on a form) and C) has a phone number that, when called, is "not in service". Not exactly what you would expect a legit PR website to look like. Maybe this company couldn't afford to hire a more professional outfit but something just doesn't seem right.

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