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Comment: Tech Skills aren't important for them. (Score 1) 298

Teach them that for many people, tech skills are pointless. They don't need "tech skills" to be successful in life, they need people skills, writing skills, basic math skills, troubleshooting skills, thinking skills. If these kids aren't excited about tech, team them things that DO excite them, like welding, or cooking, or auto repair, or carpentry, or plumbing, or any of a host of other things useful in real life. Not everyone needs "tech skills" to be successful.

Comment: Re:Real fight (Score 1) 179

by FuegoFuerte (#49495357) Attached to: Cyanogen Partners With Microsoft To Replace Google Apps

Is OpenOffice/LibreOffice still a thing? I mean, it was great when I was in college and wanted something free to run on my old crusty hardware running Linux or Win2k, but MS Office really blew it out of the water last time I compared them side by side. Now that I have an income, I just buy the real thing.

+ - Privacy Commissioner of Canada Rules Bell's Targeted Ad Program Violates the Law->

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An anonymous reader writes: The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has released the long-awaited decision on Bell's targeted ads program. The Commissioner's press release soft-pedals the outcome — "Bell advertising program raises privacy concerns" — but the decision is clear: Bell's so-called relevant ads program violates Canadian privacy law. As Michael Geist explains, the key issue in the case focused on whether Bell should be permitted to use an opt-out consent mechanism in which its millions of customers are all included in targeted advertising unless they take pro-active steps to opt-out, or if an opt-in consent model is more appropriate. The Commissioner ruled that opt-in consent is needed, but Bell is refusing to comply with the ruling.
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Comment: Re: Gotta call out lots of the internals in parall (Score 1) 92

by farrellj (#49361479) Attached to: Rebuilding the PDP-8 With a Raspberry Pi

A friend of mine was able to pick up a cheap used PDP-8 in the 1990s with many of the bells and whistles (paper tape reader/writer & teletype, etc), and a full set of software. I remember toggling in the bootstrap loader to start the whole bootstrapping of the operating system. Ah...memories.

Comment: Re:Funny Thing... (Score 1) 445

I agree, it is kind of sad. Most of the carriers have never really given it a chance or put it in a place in their stores where potential customers could look at and play with it. I'm in Western Washington, so I'm pretty certain it has a higher market penetration here. In my office (and no, I don't work at Microsoft), it seems like we have a fairly even mix between iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android devices (to be fair, many people in the office came from Microsoft and had their WP devices subsidized while there).

Outside of work, I have several friends who also use WP - a couple in the insurance industry, a couple students, etc. All of them seem pretty happy with them.

Each of the 3 OSs has some benefits over the others, but when compared side by side I wouldn't say any is at a clear disadvantage. WP probably has the best hardware quality available with the iPhone 6 a close second, Android is easily the most customizable, and iOS may win in the "mostly just works for everything you really want to do" department (has all the apps and the simplicity/consistency of UI).

So, to each their own, but counting out WP just because "it's Microsoft" or "because WP7 sucked" is shortsighted at best.

Comment: Funny Thing... (Score 1) 445

Among the people who use it, Windows Phone is already hugely popular. Every time I'm around people with iPhones or Android phones, I hear complaint after complaint about things that don't work right, underwhelming features, etc.

Everyone I know with a Windows phone loves it. Note that this was NOT true of WP7, but the latest WP8.1 phones are great! I've had a Lumia 521, Lumia 925, and now Lumia 830, and all have been excellent phones. The 521 is still my backup/travel phone.

Comment: Re:Breakthrough? (Score 3, Insightful) 445

How many models of phone does Microsoft make? Add to that, how many models of phones are available from other manufacturers running the Windows Phone OS?

How many models of phone does Apple make?

I don't think Microsoft is losing in the mobile space because of giving customers too few options.

Comment: Re:LOL ... what? (Score 1) 80

by FuegoFuerte (#48935629) Attached to: Mozilla Dusts Off Old Servers, Lights Up Tor Relays

That's the best they could come up with from their scrap pile? *puke* They'll pay more for power over the next 3 years than it would cost them to buy some decent enterprise-level servers with real switches.

The EX-4200 is great, for a basic SOHO or OOB switch, but I wouldn't use it where any real connectivity was required.

Comment: Re:I want to lose my virginity in 2015 (Score 1) 214

by FuegoFuerte (#48701557) Attached to: New Year's Resolution for 2015

This. SaaS is NOT the way to go, unless you like supporting things like human trafficking and all the evils that go along with that. Even in countries where SaaS is legal and regulated, a very high percentage of the girls/boys are in some way victims trafficking, coercion, forced drug use, etc.

If you're going to go for the classless casual hookup, at least go to a bar with other people looking for the same thing.

Also, don't die if you can avoid it. I don't know who you are or what your situation is, but as someone who has lost many people I cared about, just... don't.

Comment: How is this new? (Score 0) 33

by FuegoFuerte (#48643331) Attached to: New Record Set For Deepest Dwelling Fish

"it's so weird-looking; it's up in the air in terms of what it is. It is unbelievably fragile, and... it looks like it has wet tissue paper floating behind it. And it has a weird snout — it looks like a cartoon dog snout."

Sounds an awful lot like someone I saw walking out of the women's restroom at WalMart once.

Per buck you get more computing action with the small computer. -- R.W. Hamming