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Comment Re:Microsoft sounds so innovative (Score 2) 117

As far as I can see, Windows 10 Enterprise is a very different product to the Home/Pro editions. Windows 10 seems to have a few modest technical improvements under the hood, but the things that have stopped us moving to it are the usual objections to telemetry, forced updates, adware, etc. The Enterprise version seems to have useful controls over those, which isn't surprising since clearly no large corporate IT department is going to surrender control of their essential systems to Microsoft. It's just surprising that the Pro edition, which in previous versions has been aimed at smaller businesses, independent professionals and maybe power users, doesn't appear to be suitable for a lot of professional users in Windows 10.

Comment Re: Promoting? (Score 4, Insightful) 46

You mention Debian, which is actually a good example of where we need more choice. When I last installed Debian I do not remember being given the option to choose which init system I wanted to use. Systemd was forced on me, against my will.

No, it wasn't. You can replace systemd with whatever alternative you want. Debian doesn't stop you. As you're clearly aware, Devuan do it routinely.

I am as sceptical of systemd as the next guy, but there is nothing infringing your freedom here. Well, not unless you think people maintaining a large, complicated software ecosystem that they make available to you for free should be compelled to customise it to whatever degree you personally wish out of the box, in which case I'd like to introduce you to a new adventure called living in the real world.

Comment Re: Packaging... (Score 1) 169

That would explain the poor response when contacting CS, but not things like mishandled products that wind up obviously damaged before they are even shipped, or packaging that clearly has no chance of protecting fragile products. Apparently either their basic product handling procedures or their staff's use of basic common sense or often both are deficient, long before anything gets raised with the CS team.

Comment Re: Packaging... (Score 4, Informative) 169

Amazon's customer service is very good, though.

Sometimes it is. Sometimes it's terrible. I have a personal example just this week, where they shipped something obviously not in a good enough state to give as a gift. It's true that they sent a replacement straight away when I told them, but I don't think that's unusually impressive from an online retailer in this situation when I've already paid for fast delivery and the fault was all on their side. Meanwhile, I've spent probably a couple of hours by now dealing with hassle about how to return the original, because they have managed to hide necessary information about returns that used to be clearly shown on their web site and then provided actively misleading information when I contacted them directly to ask about it.

For us here, the pattern seems to be that every 2-3 years, Amazon's customer service collapses horribly around this time of year. Then the next year it's usually much better, but it tails off again. I assume this is because when it gets bad enough, people really do start to shop elsewhere instead.

Comment Re:First Post? (Score 1) 304

Do you know that thing where you have to upgrade your apps or their online elements stop working properly, but then you have to upgrade iOS or your apps stop working properly, but if you upgrade iOS on your device that is more than a few months old then your whole device stops working properly? It's related to the one where your app prompts you to install a new version, but afterwards you find that the thing you already paid for and were happy hasn't had bug fixes or performance improvements but instead now has ads and in-app purchases and some new bugs that stop it working properly, and you can't roll it back.

Comment Re:First Post? (Score 4, Informative) 304

iOS and Android dominate the market today, but there are a few alternatives with potential to escape from the app/spyware hell. Silent Circle make the Blackphone, which is Android-based but with a heavy emphasis on security and privacy compared to most of the major off-the-shelf brands. Perhaps more interesting, Purism are working on the Librem 5 and recently beat their funding target by a comfortable margin, which potentially means a privacy and security focussed phone that runs a different platform entirely could be available in the not too distant future.

Comment Re:"privacy-conscious users" (Score 1) 307

Ironically, it looks like some of the better newspapers and magazines are now making some of the most successful transitions to a subscription/paywall model online. Several of the organisations that produced original, high quality content in the offline world are now able to do so in the online world, still funded by real money from real readers. No doubt it helps that the target audience for these publications is probably both relatively wealthy and interested enough in good information and analysis to pay for it.

What drives me crazy as a software and web developer is when you get people expecting anything you make, no matter what it does or how much work is necessary to make it happen or how much it costs to produce any original content it includes, to be basically free if it's accessed as a web site or no more than a dollar or two if it's standalone software. In a world of $1 torch apps and low budget, free-to-play games loaded with pay-to-win in-app purchases, consumer expectations for what it takes to produce something original and significant are wildly out of sync with the real world, which means a lot of the time you simply can't do it any more and the cheap junk with indirect revenue models is all that's left.

Comment Re:"privacy-conscious users" (Score 4, Insightful) 307

Things are changing so fast and so broadly that the only way to keep up is to make that trade off.

What an odd thing to write. We used to compensate people who provided new things we liked to have by paying them.

The reason privacy is dying is because invading privacy has become profitable, and that in turn is because it provided a way to monetize people using a service or enjoying some digital content online without them having to do anything or even necessarily realising what was going on.

Google and Facebook, with their culture of spying-for-ads, and Apple, with its app store culture of software-costing-$3-is-expensive, have much to answer for.

Comment Re:Isn't Voyeurism a CRIME? (Score 1) 167

Maybe you're right, legally speaking, but I'd like to hear a judge say that before I assume it. Given the way Airbnb works, it wouldn't surprise me if an argument based on having an implied duty of care could be made either. In any case, presumably the guest can report the matter to the police, and the police could/should then take action against the host.

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