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Comment Wow, it's more than doubled... (Score 1) 203

Since I bought 0.1 Bitcoin (long since used) just to be sure I had an easy way to buy Bitcoin in case I needed to do so for someone hit by ransomware but with no backups.

I hope the IRS doesn't come after me for taxes on my approximate increase from $31 to ~$41 that I used on domain renewals. Oh, and the $1.11 worth still in my account.

Comment It's mostly "Wins!" by a hair (Score 4, Insightful) 137

Most of the results (despite how the graphs are distorted) are actually really close.

Sunspider differences were actually big with Edge 108ms, Chrome 190ms, Firefox 254ms

Octane had Edge winning with 33489, Chrome second with 31839, Firefox last with 30307. That means Edge was about 10% faster than Firefox, with Chrome splitting the difference. Not huge.

Kraken had Chrome at 938ms, Edge 1160ms, Firefox 1224ms, so around 25% slower for Firefox - enough to be noticeable, depending on what you're doing.

Jetstream had Edge winning with 219, Chrome with 184, Firefox trailing badly at 154, so again a fairly substantial gap. Looking a little at the details, all had around the same throughput and whatever's being measured on latency was the driver for the differences.

For the Oort WebGL graphics, Firefox was best with 10000, Chrome second at 9940, Edge third at 9920. Those are not differences that excite me.

Peacekeeper (no longer maintained) had Firefox first at 4655, Chrome second at 4325 and Edge trailing badly at 3091 - not quite as lopsided as the Sunspider results, but quite the reversal.

For WebXPRT (HTML5+JS), Edge won with 448, Firefox at 402, Chrome at 396. That's 10% faster for Edge, but margin of error for Chrome and Firefox.

And finally for the HTML5 test Chrome had 499, Firefox 462, Edge 460 - again around a 10% difference between slowest and fastest.

Comment I assume they just mean the TV portion.... (Score 1) 250

The Fine Article asks "Where are they going?" and talks about some other services (SlingTV, Hulu, etc.) but that fails to answer the more important question of "How are they getting there?"

Quite frankly in a huge part of the country your connectivity choices are cable modem (fast), DSL or related (kinda fast sometimes depending on where you are), sometimes a WISP (probably slow and expensive), or 4G tethering (you thought cable was expensive?). Fiber is not an option for most of the country and is AFAIK the only thing that can compete with cable for speed.

So, is this all just talking about eliminating the TV portion of your monthly bill from the cable company?

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

OK, I'm going to assume you're talking about the drum unit, DR-420 on those. This is actually what transfers the toner to the paper, the fuser is a separate unit that's likely got a programmed "hey, replace this" at 100,000 pages. On a lot of printers with more expensive toner this transfer roller is actually built into the toner cartridge, which is why those toners are more expensive.

The printer may complain when the drum hits its page count, but it should keep printing with no real issues - you can keep using that drum until/unless you start to see a decline in print quality.

List on the DR420 is a little over $100, so yeah, more than a HL-2240 typically costs but even at the high price I see of $110 that means you got a hell of a deal on the printer at ~$40ish. I'll also note that third-party drum units run $18-25.

In any case, most people who get that model printer are never going to come close to cranking 12,000 pages through a $40 laser printer. In fact, if you've run that many pages through I kind of hope you're using cheaper aftermarket toner, because if not then you should've bought a heavier-duty printer with a lower cost per page for toner. When you're looking for a replacement, check how much the toner cartridges cost per page (price/pagecount), plus any drum replacements and whether it ships with a starter cartridge or a full toner cartridge. Still, at 1.8 cents per page for toner I'm pretty sure that Brother's at the low end of the small printer toner cost scale.

Comment Re: Other than Brother... (Score 1) 387

Which model? In my experience the larger ones start asking for replacement of a couple of (effectively) non-replaceable components at 100,000 pages, but even then the printer keeps running with no problems except a display message.

For most of their printers Brother has separate toner and drum units, with the drum units generally lasting 3-5 toner cartridges. The drums aren't cheap, but they're still cheaper than replacing the printer unless you're talking about their cheapest sub-$100 street price machines. Even then using the DR-630 as an example it's $70 on Amazon, fits printers that are regularly on sale for less than $100, and oh, there are third-party versions of it for $20.

Comment Leverage the name in 2nd/3rd world? (Score 2) 58

If they do a decent job with low- or mid-range devices they might be able to leverage their name in areas where feature phones persisted longest, but I think that's probably a really hard place to make much money. Sure you can sell phones in Africa, but can you sell them with any kind of profit margin and still sell enough volume to make it worthwhile?

Comment Re:Gopher and Dungeons and Dragons (Score 3, Informative) 225

Yes, the Very Easy Rodent Oriented Network Index of Computer Archives did go along with Gopher.

Also Archie (file directories for FTP servers, so you could find paths to the file you needed) and Jughead, another gopher search tool.

For the old farts around here, the very earliest days of Yahoo when it was a heirarchical index rather than a search engine (or a white elephant) were similar to what you'd find in these.

Comment Misleading headline - doesn't affect Win10 devices (Score 2) 147

The headline here is very misleading, at least for anyone not heavily into Windows-based phones. "Windows Phone" actually refers to anything running 8.1 and earlier; they renamed it to Windows 10 Mobile with Windows 10. In Android terms, this would be a lot like complaining if Google were to stop supporting Hangouts on Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.x) or if Apple were to stop supporting whatever their equivalent is on iOS 6 (iPhone 3GS). Those companies do still support those devices, right?

Because of this name change, the headline while technically accurate manages to imply that Microsoft is dropping Skype from all of the Microsoft mobile devices which isn't true. They're dropping support for it on devices that haven't been upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, and while I haven't paid that much attention since the release, last year Microsoft was saying that they intended to have upgrades available on all devices running Windows Phone 8 and higher.

So, if they followed through with that (or even just most of it), the people that will be affected should either A) Go ahead and install the damn update on your 2-year-old phone or B) Suck it up and go out and replace your 3+ year old phone.

Comment With Win10, can't turn off the microphone.... (Score 3, Insightful) 535

I have a couple of ThinkPads that I use, one of which (T510) I upgraded to Windows 10 as my less-used guinea pig system. Very obvious post-install: the hardware Mute button (with its LED indicator) no longer worked under Windows 10.

That's not creepy at all, now is it? At least I can sticker over the cameras except if I'm doing a videoconference.

Comment Worth doing a "reservation" install/activation (Score 1) 375

I'm still using Windows 7 on my daily driver, but when I had a handy spare SSD to install in another system, I first yanked my current drive, installed Windows 10 on that SSD, activated it, then put my original drive back. That should "reserve" my activation for a future upgrade if I so desire, while leaving my current setup completely untouched.

This is also something you can do if you haven't upgraded to an SSD yet - get one ASAP, pull your drive out, install Windows 10 using a USB flash drive created with the Media Creation Tool, activate it with your current product key. THEN you image your current hard drive across to the new SSD, stomping the Windows 10 install.

Comment "Your Honor, would you accept...." (Score 2) 85

It's a nice simple argument to make to a judge as well:

"Your Honor, if you approved a subpoena for records and the response was 'We searched and found nothing responsive,' would you accept that response if you knew that the search consisted of nothing but looking at a list of filenames? After all, that's a search - a very poor one, but a search nonetheless."

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