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Comment Re:BS (Score 5, Insightful) 415

The answers to your questions are answered in the summary in part, and in the article in full. Perhaps you could try reading either or both?

Anyway, he's a tech writer, so I assume it would be easier for him to call up Adobe and say, "Hey, I'm working on this hilarious project, do you happen to have..." This probably would not work for you and me. Plus, he's not a FOSS luddite, he has written several articles on using old software. The first paragraph of one about DOS:

Every now and then a new piece of hardware, or software, is released that causes me to pause and think, "Why, on Earth, do we update our tech so often? What, exactly, can I do with the latest stuff that wasn’t possible with the previous version?"

So that should answer that question.

Comment Re:Why JJ Abrams when you could get Peter Jackson? (Score 1) 735

Because then you'd have the whole Firefox version numbering confusion all over again: "No, Star Wars 8 and 9 are really just continuations of 7, they were in development concurrently and released close to each other. The long-term episodes only occur every three numbers, so 7, 10, 13, etc. are the ones you need to remember."

Comment Re:Or anti-trust violation (Score 2) 475

To say it is popular when it is the only choice available is a sign of ant-trust violations, not good business models. There are only a handful of cellular companies and they somehow all have the same business model with out collusion? Seems might odd. When the railroads tried this back in the first part of the last century, the government stepped in to protect the rights of the users. My how times have changed. Today, the government seems more interested in protecting the rights of the companies.

Except that it's not the only option available. Right here in Chicago, T-Mobile is pushing their value plans which don't subsidize the phones. My wife and I bought our first Android-based smartphones a little over a year ago, paying for the phones up front (still at a discount, but they're locked) but a less-expensive shared minutes/data plan. For a while now, many carriers including the big players have offered pay-as-you-go even voice & data plans.

More to the point, in the last 10 years that I've had cell phones, I don't EVER remember a time when the ONLY option was subsidized phone + contract. I think people generally understand that they pay for "free" or cheap high-end phones with what is basically a short-term loan. (I haven't seen surveys on this, so I could be wrong).

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Submission + - Why you'll pay for Netflix -- even if you don't subscribe to Netflix (foxnews.com) 1

Velcroman1 writes: At the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, Netflix announced Super HD, an immersive theatrical video format that looks more lifelike than any Web stream, even competing with Blu-Ray discs. But there’s a costly catch. To watch the high-definition, 1080p movies when they debut later this year, you’ll need a specific Internet Service Provider (or ISP). Those on Cablevision or Google Fiber are in; those served by Time Warner or a host of smaller providers will be out of luck. But regardless of whether you subscribe to Netflix, you may end up paying for it, said Fred Campbell, a former FCC legal adviser who now heads The Communications Liberty & Innovation Project think tank. “Instead of raising the price of its own service to cover the additional costs, Netflix wants to offload its additional costs onto all Internet consumers,” Campbell said. “That’s good for Netflix and bad for everyone else in the Internet economy.”

Comment Re:Seems perfectly reasonable - to a retard (Score 1) 1591

WE ARE AFRAID OF OUR FELLOW CITIZENS! That is what this new law is effectively stating.

Funny, I thought the need to own guns for 'protection' and 'just in case', and ESPECIALLY Concealed Carry was explicitly stating.

People who carry concealed may do so out of fear, but it is fear of criminals with no regard for the law. Laws such as the New York law are passed out of fear of the law-abiding citizen, since by definition the aforementioned criminals don't care.

Comment Re:How will this affect the industry? (Score 1) 385

Paint.NET fills the niche of people like me who need a quick-and-dirty image editor and find themselves thinking "I really wish MSPaint could do X". It makes the most sense from the perspective of people coming from MSPaint. I also have GIMP and other image-editing software for more advanced tasks, but for most of the simpler things PDN is unbeatable.

I should note that it's not free software. There is no cost for a license (even for commercial uses), but it is definitely closed-source. Free as in beer, as they say.

Comment Re:What this means in a major US metro area (Score 1) 304

In June we drove 1100 miles (Pikes Peak to Chicago) in 16 hours. I think we stopped three times. This Christmas we're only going 711 miles (each way). I predict < 10 hours drive time + stops, should be less than 11 hours total. Flying would take at least six, plus we'd have to rent a car, etc. etc. Gas will be cheaper than plane tickets as well.

Although I like flying, I hate the hassle that air travel has become, and prefer to drive if it's less than a day.

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