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Comment Re:Time for a luxury tax (Score 1) 483

Every car I've owned could do 0-60 in less than 10s with the biggest engine being 2.8l (a '83 Capri). Even my shitbox 13 year old Opel Astra Club 1.6 can do it and that's not even close to a luxury car.

This. So much this. With only the driver (no passengers or cargo,) I'm pretty sure *most* commuter cars could do 0-60 in 10. Especially modern ones.

Load one up with four people and a trunk full of suitcases and not so much. But that's not the normal operating mode of most commuter cars.

Even my 4-cyl crossover can do 0-60 in 8.5.

Comment Re:That was easier than expected... (Score 1) 269

Most people respond well to "Oh, I don't use Facebook." While a follow up question of "Why not?" isn't enough to elicit condescension, a good condescending remark shuts down people who want to push it.

Over the last half decade or so, my friends self-sorted into two groups: The group the makes having Facebook a prerequisite for friendship and the group that does not. Surprisingly, most of them ended up in the latter group.

The real problem is my extended family. "Well, you'd KNOW that if you were on Facebook." is a common refrain. Comments like that make me glad I live three timezones away from them.

Comment That was easier than expected... (Score 1) 269

Facebook: Facebook not existing would actually make my life better because then I wouldn't have to hear condescending "Oh, you're not on Facebook" comments from... everyone ever.

Apple: I don't use any of their products. (Though I like that they provide a check on the Microsoft and Google platforms.)

Amazon: I'll answer this as soon as I'm done buying something on Amazon.

Microsoft: Professionally, no getting around this. At home, the number of things keeping me on the Windows platform is vanishingly small. (Basically a combination of Ubuntu getting better and more things supporting it and Windows getting worse.)

Alphabet: Losing Search and Android would be troublesome. All the other services I use have reasonable replacements from other companies.

Comment Re:Cygwin (Score 1) 110

I was going to reply with "CreateProcess() isn't exactly fast." When compared with fork() in modern Linux, it isn't. But when I started digging into the Cygwin source to find the CreateProcess (or NtCreateProcess) that I knew it would inevitably call, I found it buried a lot deeper than I expected.

https://cygwin.com/git/gitweb....

Obviously, since WSL isn't open source, I can't dig into it and see what they're doing. But if I had to guess, I'd imagine they're doing something in kernel space that makes fork() at least as fast as CreateProcess().

Comment Re:Formidable? (Score 1) 67

Of course it isn't. You and I know that. And I'd be willing to bet that the people who are actually responsible for designing and deploying the networks know it too.

But if the lawyers can convince a city council that deploying LTE to replace the aging copper infrastructure is just as good as fiber, what financial department would approve the roll out fiber when they could approve a much cheaper, much higher margin LTE installation instead?

Comment Re:Formidable? (Score 1) 67

In the case of CenturyLink specifically, unless they want to go the MNVO route, they probably don't care what you do after their service becomes unusable. It sounds like they're just shoring up their business customer base so they can afford to bleed residential customers until they don't have any anymore.

In my experience, companies like CenturyLink and Frontier are where residential communications infrastructure goes to die.

Comment Re:Was Obvious from the Start (Score 1) 330

Pretty much.

Smart watches are like tablets. The people who wanted one bought one when they came out. But now they have one and it works fine.

Adding new baubles might convince a few new people to buy one. And there are always people who will always run out to the Apple Store to stand in line for the latest iGadget. (Or whatever brand they prefer, if Apple isn't their game.) But that isn't most technology users.

There are two types of smartwatch companies: The ones who saw that the initial demand will wear off and are playing the long game, and the ones who wanted to make a quick buck cashing in on an new market that will drop the entire product line when the going gets tough. Which companies are which is left as an exercise to the buyer.

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