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Comment: Re:Windows XP (Score 1) 214

by tom229 (#49706311) Attached to: Microsoft Confirms It Won't Offer Free Windows 10 Upgrades To Pirates
The major reason to use 7 over xp, besides xp's EOL from Microsoft, is the 4gb RAM limitation caused by the 32 bit address register. While there is a 64bit version, if you've ever used it you'll learn pretty quickly that driver and application support is terrible for it. That's why I upgraded to 7 years ago.

Comment: -1 Troll (Score 1) 494

by tom229 (#49546533) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Released, First Version To Feature systemd
I switched to arch Linux about a year ago which comes with systemd and I have to say I absolutely love it. Before services and logs were always confusing. Is there a start up script? Had it been converted to an upstart job? Where are the log files? Etc. Once you learn how to use systemctl and journalctl there no more mystery... You always know where to look. Just my 2c.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 2) 98

by tom229 (#48937031) Attached to: Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case
I'd agree with you almost entirely except for your subtle compassion for Bell. Telecoms love to claim that the infrastructure is theirs because they built it. The only problem is, in the majority of situations, the tax payers have actually subsidized the infrastructure cost. Even where they haven't they are still permitted to absolute control over assets on government land. It seems pretty brazen to me to insist they can install their infrastructure on public land without oversight.

Bell, Telus, Rogers, and Shaw realize record profits... year over year. This is simply because, together, they enjoy what is the bane of capitalism: monopoly. Individually none of them hold a monopoly, but together they hold a monopolistic cartel over us. This is why I, and everyone else, pays $100+ a month for telecom services. You're smart and stream most of your media? Guess what, they have a plan for that too. I know a few people on the inside that tell me telecoms have open meetings about raising internet service prices to offset (what they call) "cable-cutters".

Our system of government, flawed as it may be, is completely broken by monopolized industry. This is why industries like banking and telecoms are so heavily regulated. I'd agree that regualtion isn't the answer, but not for the same reasons as you do. Regulation in this sense is like putting a bandaid on gangrene.

Comment: Re:Wow (Score 3, Interesting) 98

by tom229 (#48932331) Attached to: Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case
They're forcing Bell to play fair, which ultimately is good for Canadian citizens as it limits the power of the telecom oligarchy. I would agree that it's far from "common sense" though. Drowning an industry in regulations rather than curing the underlying problem is lazy and short-sighted. If you want my 2c, the entire telecom infrastructure needs to be appropriated and put into the public domain. Maintenance and access to it can then be contracted out, much like we do with traffic infrastructure.

Comment: Misdirected Rage (Score 1) 579

I don't really understand the rage being directed at Google here. They have fixed the issue in new versions of Android. If they back-ported the fix to 4.3 (assuming that's even possible) what would make carriers/manufacturers implement the fix when they already aren't updating the core version? Nothing. And they wouldn't. The carriers/manufacturers have financially abandoned these older models in favor or their new stuff.

People are used to a big brother company controlling everything about a software experience (Apple, Microsoft). The google approach is open. Unfortunately this requires the user to do a little bit of thinking, make an informed choice, and support the right companies with their money.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White