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Comment Re:Slashdot still the best 'format'. (Score 1) 130

Slashdot is missing a few key features. For instance, there is no inbox. I cannot see when people have replied to my comments other than going and clicking on each one of my comments individually. By the time I get around to responding to a reply, it's probably past the point where the person I'm responding to is going to even read my reply.

Comment Re:That's their job (Score 1) 448

Really? You don't avoid any taxes whatsoever? You don't claim charitable donations? You don't claim retirement savings? Those are tax deductions that just about everybody does or should be using. What makes claiming your retirement savings any other completely legal way of lowering your taxable income?

Comment Re:BS about foreign aid (Score 1) 448

At this point the US military is really just a giant citizen employment program. There are about 1.3 million active personnel and they had a total personnel expenditure of around $138 billion.If you all of a sudden decided to slash military spending by a significant amount, you'd have a huge increase in the number of unemployed people. 1.3 million is actually the number of people directly employed by the military and doesn't count the number of people employed as a result of military activities such as the private businesses that sell them food, machinery, vehicles, clothing, and other goods.

Comment Re:Love to update the OS on my phone (Score 2) 143

That's basically like saying next time you buy a phone you better spend $700 on a phone or you don't deserve to have one running modern software. I can buy a desktop or laptop for half that price and the software remains updated. Why can't the same thing happen on a phone. Is it really too much to ask?

Comment Verified Twitter Accounts (Score 3, Insightful) 289

To me, the story seems to be that a bunch of "verified" Twitter accounts can be so easily taken over. All kinds of havoc can be created simply by posting a message to a high profile account. Imagine if somebody were to take over Donald Trump's Twitter account. I think that Twitter should require that all verified accounts undergo extra security to ensure that the accounts aren't taken over. Whether that means two factor authentication, client certificates, or some other means, they should be doing more to ensure that this kind of stuff doesn't happen. That verified checkmark should come with some extra requirement. Twitter currently recommends using two factor authentication for verified accounts, but it isn't a requirement.

Comment Re:How long before Netflix adds commercials? (Score 1) 301

Most people forget the very early days of what cable TV was. There's a common short form you'll see on the back of old TVs where the cable plugged in. It was CATV. This stood for Community Access Television or Community Antenna Television. Basically, in areas with poor reception, they would build one giant antenna to get really good reception, and then put a cable to each person's house so that they could get reception of the channels that were coming over the air for free.

Comment Re:Good or not? (Score 1) 301

I don't think this is anything new. When I was a kid, it was actually more blatant with He-Man, GI-Joe, Thundecats, TMNT, and other shows basically existing only to promote the toys. Going back and watching those shows was almost painful. The quality was so bad. And we watched it anyway because there really wasn't much else on TV.

Comment Re:Unbelievable that PCs/Macs are still sold with (Score 1) 167

I also agree with you. At this point, it's kind of crazy that you would be buying an computer with an SSD. Of course SSD can't really be summed up with a nice big number. When they see one laptop with 1TB storage, and another laptop with 240 GB storage, most unaware users aren't going to really understand just how big the performance difference is between the two, but they will grasp the difference between 1 TB and 240 GB.

Comment Re:128 GB is probably enough for a laptop (Score 1) 167

I guess it depends on what you're doing with it. The full install of Visual Studio Community 2017 was up around 50 GB when I checked all the boxes. I ended up unchecking a few because I didn't want to use the space, and bringing the install somewhere close to 15 GB. Just the base install of Windows can get quite large once you add in things like the paging file and hiberfile.sys, and assuming your laptop has about 8 GB of RAM, you've already used up a significant portion of that 128 GB. If you just use your laptop for office and web browsing, then 128 GB will probably suffice anyway, but it's amazing how fast that space can get used up once you start using the space for a few other things.

Comment Re:LibreOffice (Score 1, Interesting) 203

Not everybody needs complex spreadsheets, but even simple ones can be made a lot better with couple key features from Excel that seem to be missing in Open/Libre Office. The major missing thing is defining tables. It makes things so much easier to work with in Excel and OpenOffice has no equivalent feature.

Comment Re:I call bullshit (Score 1) 73

But even streaming it becomes a problem when the blockchain gets big enough. Bitcoin is vanishingly small compared to something like a visa, master card, paypal, or even m-pesa. If you needed to stream terabytes of transactions just to begin verifying transactions, it's a complete non-starter for most of the world's population. If only a few key players have the resources to verify the block chain, then it is open to collusion between those parties.

Comment Re:Bait... and Switch? (Score 1) 241

Considering it's a portable device with a built in screen it's not such a bad deal. The iPad Mini 4 is $500 in Canada. Sure the iPad Mini has a better screen, but as far as pricing goes in the tablet market, $400 is pretty much right on par with other devices. The 3DS XL $239 and has been out for 5 years.

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