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Comment Re:Sad (Score 1) 187

let the OEMs sort it out, but I don't have much of a problem with the "random ballot" -- other than that it's going to lead to the best marketing winning, not the best software.

That's just how Microsoft became a near-monopoly: with the best marketing, not the best software.

Comment How reliable is this? (Score 1) 59

Given that the fingerprint is due to "radio-frequency and manufacturing differences" and "significantly different for same-model tags," isn't it also possible that a tag's fingerprint may vary over time?

And if the idea is "to detect counterfeit tags," how can they do that if tags of the same model have different fingerprints?

Comment I'm not surprised (Score 5, Interesting) 1078

They've also refused service on devices where their litmus indicator shows signs of turning pink (http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=9214797, http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/04/14/smart.phones.buggy/index.html, http://techgeist.net/2009/09/apple-iphone-abuse-detection-sensors-abusing-2/). It sounds like they're still looking for more excuses not to honor their "warranty."

I won't be buying any more Apple products.

Comment Still using MS Money (Score 2, Informative) 291

I've been using MS Money 4 ever since Microsoft released it for free. I've looked at open-source alternatives in recent years, but there were always one of two blocking obstacles to migration: either the user interface is so vastly different and complex that it was impractical to use for simple checkbook balancing, or it doesn't properly import all of my existing data from MS Money. Since all of my historical financial data is stored in MS Money's proprietary format, I can't simply switch to another financial management program without the ability to export and re-import all of my existing data.

At least I don't depend on any online banking features, so as long as I can continue running Windows 95-XP on a virtual machine I can keep using MS Money.

Comment 10 pounds kilograms (Score 4, Insightful) 255

Reminds me of when I was in France, and still having trouble understanding the spoken French language. I was talking to a guy who asked me, in translation, "Brothers, sisters, one, two, three?" It took me a while to figure out he wanted to know how many siblings I had. Dumbing down the question like that didn't help me understand him any better, it made it worse. Using correct French grammar and simply slowing it down would have been much more helpful.

I imagine Wolfram Alpha is like that.

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