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Comment Re:Is that even worthwhile? (Score 1) 98 98

Is it even worthwhile to use an app like that to save a few cents on gas?

Not EVERY TIME you need to fill-up, but it's very good for finding which gas stations in your area are consistently inexpensive, which ones play games with pricing (occasionally cheap to bring-in business, then crank-up the prices). And when traveling it absolutely INVALUABLE for avoiding gas-traps that can be $1 per-gallon more than the gas station half a mile ahead...

If I have to spend even 5 minutes looking up gas prices and driving out of my way to go to a cheaper gas station, it's not worth saving 30 cents a gallon on gas.

At $8/hour (a reasonable minimum wage), 5 minutes of effort is worth 67 cents, making even a 5 cent/gallon price difference worth the effort.

Personally, there's nothing I would love more than an app (or maps/navigation feature) that would show me which cheap gas stations are along my route, rather than a dumb radius search that might tell me to do a U-turn and drive a 10 mile loop to save 1 cent/gallon, or going 5 miles away from the highway, when in both cases continuing on my route for 5 miles to the next cheap gas station is most often the far better option. GasBuddy's map is utterly useless for such things, and would take an hour of clicking-on each pin to figure out the answer to that simple and frequent question.

I see Gas Guru is a solid competitor to Gas Buddy. I'll have to compare their terms and see which is slightly less evil.

Comment Re:So what's up with those bitcoins? (Score 1) 95 95

Having a currency with deflation has never been really tested.

"Japan's economy was caught in a deflationary spiral for the past 20 years. It started in 1989, when the Bank of Japan raised interest rates causing the asset bubble in housing to burst. During that decade, the economy grew less than 2% per year as businesses cut back on debt, spending and lost productivity with excess workers (Japan's culture discourages employee layoffs). The Japanese people are also savers, and when they saw the signs of recession, they stopped spending and put away funds for bad times."

"Massive deflation helped turn a recession into The Great Depression. As unemployment rose, demand for goods and services fell. Prices dropped 10% a year. As prices fell, companies went out of business. More people became unemployed. When the dust settled, world trade essentially collapsed. The amount of goods and services traded fell 25%, but thanks to lower prices the value of this trade was down 65% (as measured in dollars)."

"As prices fall, people put off purchases, hoping they can get a better deal later. This puts pressure on manufacturers to constantly lower prices. Constant cost-cutting means lower wages and less investment spending."

A deflationary spiral is a vicious circle where decreases in price lead to lower production, which in turn leads to lower wages and demand, which leads to further decreases in price. The problem exacerbates its own cause.

Comment Re: Windows sounds easier to update than Debian. (Score 1) 175 175

And as much as I thought SystemD was stupid and a solution in search of a problem, I much prefer inelegant technical solutions to design decisions that spy on you and segment features based on whether you're "enterprise" enough.

Also, SL7 is as solid for me as 6 so it's basically learning some new stuff unnecessarily. Well, I've given up on *anyone* leaving UIs the hell alone, and systemD seems to be decently backward compatible with init scripts and the service control syntax.

Now that I plan to try very hard to use SL7 as my Win7 replacement desktop OS, I might even find the faster boot times of SystemD vaguely useful.

Comment Re:List of privacy violations (Score 3, Insightful) 175 175

I'm moving to Linux. I run a desktop, and I don't need anything that requires me to let any company peruse my data at will for "badness", or injects Ads INTO the OS - that used to be *called* MALWARE.

I already have a crappy annoying spying random upgrading experience in my Android phone, I DO NOT WANT on my desktop.

Comment Re:If you think Windows is bad (Score 1) 362 362

I don't know - it seems to be less relevant every year. I can do lots of proprietary stuff on tablets (though I don't think Android is better, but it's a different thing than a PC in my use cases). Many Many things that used to be Windows only are now web based, or offered that way (I'm thinking TurboTax).

If you already use FLOSS on Windows, either because it's good, or it's free, the vast majority runs on whatever. For home uses, I've been able to use LibreOffice for a long time, and really never used MS Office. For business - I don't work in the normal place, but PDF and Wiki are used far more than Word. Social Networking / web based are also used for collaboration now, and it's not Sharepoint (Confluence, FOSWiki, Yammer). E-mail is MS. but Thunderbird works, OWA is actually pretty good in the latest refresh, and plenty of people use GMail. You don't really need Outlook, especially the vast majority of people(at my work) who don't do ANY calendaring.

Windows 10 privacy concerns and cloud logins have me actively trying to migrate to my offices latest Linux platform - Scientific Linux 7. I'm amazed the stuff I can do just fine, and about the same on SL7 as on Windows 7. Now, I'm not going to say this would work for everyone, or even most people, but it's more plausible every year to use other platforms than Windows. Part of it is choosing software.

Our chat is OpenFire XMPP. I run Pidgin on Windows. Runs the same on Linux.

E-mail is a sticking point, I'm trying out some exchange plugins for Thunderbird. I got Outlook 2010 to run, but it can't autodiscover Office 365 for some reason. That has been flaky for us under Windows however. OWA is surprisingly usable for me. And I know more people who use webmail than thick clients anyway.

  I use KeePass password manager. Runs on mono and is packaged very easily - and looks the same as on Windows.

I use AutoIT for scripting parts of Windows. That works in Crossover (Which I'm considering purchasing, but you could use the free Wine), and compiles the exe (and runs it too).

For AD we run Windows servers, but use terminal services for interacting with them. This works with rdesktop just fine on Linux. Most of our other tools are web based consoles now. Netwrix, can be web based. ESET AV, Webbased. Foreman/Puppet - web based. Inventory and ticketing, web based. Documentation is Wiki so web based.

Windows base image creation is VM based, and Virtual Box runs on Linux also.

Putty and X forwarding and MIT Kerberos 4 Windows tools are unnecessary on Linux, that's all built in. SVN works fine on Linux. Geppetto works fine on Linux.

I need to learn a new Desktop Environment, but that's true for Win10 also.

Java is actually easier with OpenJDK vs the horror that is Oracle's java 1.8 installers (for me).

The problem MS has IMHO is that Windows 7 can hang on like XP did. And plenty of people use less and less Windows software as everything is moving to "The Cloud" or web based. Smartphones have proven to people that they can do lots of things with different apps, and just because it isn't pixel by pixel Windows doesn't stop them from banking, documenting, picture editing, etc. Tablets have solidified that, and Microsoft is doing the last thing I think they ought to be doing with Windows - reminding people of use environments (like tablets and/or phones) that lets those people work WITHOUT WINDOWS.

And the tablet / smartphone / Apple ecosystem has forced more and more companies to stop being Windows only.

Finally, for gaming - Steam has more and more Linux titles. Isolated consoles also compete well - my PS4 isn't a privacy risk to me as it's limited and all I'm doing is playing games. My taxes isn't on there, and I'm not browsing the web on it. Mobile Gaming is also hugely popular. Windows 10 might eventually become a hybrid X Box sort of thing for some people, but AAA PC Gaming has been pretty dead for years already, and indie is Linux friendly.

TL;DR - I think Windows only software isn't needed nearly as much each year that goes by. PC Gaming has been pretty weak for a decade.

Comment Re:Sugar Daddies? (Score 1) 550 550

I believe in quality over quantity, and /. doesn't have the intelligent conversations with knowledgeable people that it once did. They've nearly all fled.

I learned a huge amount from submitting stories to Soylent and Pipedot, and comparing them to the crud was on Slashdot at the time... Namely, /. likes to publish a completely inaccurate and twisted stories any idiot knows is slanted and wrong, and then 99% of the comments are made-up of people correcting (and ranting about) the bad story. If you don't publish such crap, you can have informative discussions with 1% of the audience...

In addition, it's the very few, high-quality commentors that make the site, not the rest of the horde. You can have a very small community, as long as it contains a few very smart people, and have just as much insightful conversation. I saw it working wonderfully back in the early days of /. but there's nothing of value left here, now. If Pipedot can continue to maintain the high signal-to-noise ratio as it grows, it *could* be better than /. ever was. But who knows what the future may hold...

Comment Re:You just described SoylentNews. (Score 5, Informative) 550 550

You've basically just described SoylentNews, a Slashdot clone that appeared when the Slashdot Beta shit really started heating up.

SoylentNews never aspired to be anything like slashdot. Instead NCommander stated clearly "SoylentNews intends to be a source of journalism", which just resulted in it becoming HuffingtonPost with discussion, instead of a /. replacement.

The only direct replacement for /. that appeared was PipeDot. "pipedot intends to be a better slashdot". Unfortunately, the word hardly got out, and readership over there is pretty low.

Comment Re:Sugar Daddies? (Score 2) 550 550

/. is just an empty name, and it has less value than ever. All the best parts of /. can and have been forked.

SoylentNews is like HuffingtonPost on slashcode, while PipeDot is a working rewrite of slashcode that kept the sci/tech focus and high standards, but hasn't managed to build a big community of users so far. Just pointing /. readers to Pipedot instead would do the job, and rescue millions of dollars from Dice's pockets.

Comment Re:Why are we still using RC4? (Score 2) 44 44

I'd say it's somewhat relevant - it's saying that 'we have a problem now - here's how the "internet of things" will make that problem worse. Maybe figure out mitigations before you buy into the "internet of things"' . . .

However, here it's likely preaching to the choir. But for general consumption / random google search results, it seems like it's a good idea to point out that this could be an issue.

Comment 6 billion or "hundreds of billions"? (Score 1) 143 143

Last time I took a maths class, 6 was not "hundreds". If 6 billion isn't a typo, then the article is way out of whack, and the economics are actually heavily stacked in the hyperloop's favour, as 2 airports with terminals and a dozen 747s to shuttle between them would end up costing more than 6 billion.

Comment Re:Carpenter Bees (Score 1) 225 225

Once I went to a zoo with my GF-at-the-time. We were in a gift shop mucking around with the various doodads, next thing I know, I see flakes falling from above. I look up at the wood beams running along the ceiling, and watched as a carpenter bee dug through the wood, crawled out of the hole and then flew away. Those suckers dig fast.

Comment Re:Fuck McAfee (Score 1) 75 75

So get a free security suite. Comodo IS for instance is HIPS, Firewall, Sandbox and the like, and will block or sandbox things it doesn't recognize, well before there's a signature. It also can use their cloud engine for near realtime signature updates for the lightly used AV engine (it's not needed much as HIPS etc blocks before AV would scan in my experience)...

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