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Comment Re:Fait Acompli? (Score 3, Informative) 227

Hah, got you beat - still using my LaserJet 6P from the mid-90s. Prints great, toner cartridge is an easy refill, and has a low power standby (unusual for the era). Absolutely problem free, unlike the dozen inkjets I've had in the same timeframe, and the only issue is that some postscript printouts take minutes per page. Why would I bother replacing it?

Comment Re:Salesforce isn't just sales (Score 1) 73

it's a complete WYSIWYG application platform that can build complex business apps without code ("Clicks not Code" in SF parlance). It's basically Visual Basic 6 for the web.

Thank you. I've been trying to figure out what SalesForce actually is for months. This is the most complete, intelligible description I've seen anywhere.

Comment Smart clocks suck (Score 1) 228

I live in Arizona, which doesn't observe DST, which eliminates me having to wander through the house and reset all the clocks, right?
You see, I like to have my clocks all reading the same time, so almost all the clocks in my house are atomic clocks and keep themselves sync'ed with WWV. And every spring and fall, they dutifully jump forward or backward an hour, so I still end up wandering through the house resetting clocks. Ugh.

Comment Re:Could have mentioned the other two (Score 1) 228

The counties in Indiana switched over to DST ten years or so ago. They provided a unique opportunity to study whether or not DST saves energy, because they were located in and amongst counties that already used DST. As a result, you could correlate energy usage before and after the switch in both areas. That study showed a slight rise in annual energy usage with the switch to DST.

Comment Re:C versus SQL. SQL is understandable, and parall (Score 2) 474

But you don't have to look to future software for this.

ASIC design languages create designs that are explicitly parallel, and they do it easily. Sure, there are synchronizations that have to happen, but that may not apply to much of the design. They are explictly event-oriented, and combinational (When this event occurs, do one of the following things depending on the state of these other two signal). I have sometimes been amazed at how quickly, and in how small a description. and with a full test suite, a good digital designer can implement some algorithms compared with an embedded 'C' programmer.

Comment What we still don't know... (Score 4, Interesting) 25

As someone who was affected by this breach, I'll tell you what I still don't know.
I don't know what information about me and my family was disclosed. I don't know whether they got my name and account number, the list of payments they've made, the list of diagnostics codes for each of those payments. or what. When I called to find out, the answer was "our public statements are all the information that I have to give you". Basically, the bad guys know what they got, and Anthem won't tell me.
It sucks feeling so powerless about control of personal information.

Comment Oh, Very Fscking Hilarious, Pai... (Score 5, Informative) 119

Not fooled.

How convenient that Mr. Pai neglected to mention that AT&T was sued in 2014 by the FTC for false advertising -- namely, describing their mobile Internet service as "unlimited" when in fact they would throttle you or cut you off after you exceeded undocumented limits.

AT&T argued that, because the package included voice service, the dispute was outside the FTC's jurisdiction and should properly have been brought by the FCC. Mindbogglingly, the 9th Circuit agreed. ( https://consumerist.com/2016/0... )

So Pai's claim about wanting to achieve regulatory harmony and improved demarcation between agencies is unvarnished bullshit. He's trying to create more opportunity for regulatory arbitrage and pitting one federal commission against another.

Comment And The Server Component Is...? (Score 1) 213

I really have to wonder what Microsoft is doing such that git status on a "normal" repository allegedly takes ten minutes (maybe NTFS just sucks, guys).

But what's being unsaid throughout this is whether this works with a standard Git server, or whether it only works with a special Microsoft-kluged server. While the former is vaguely interesting, the latter merits only a derisive snort.

Submission + - Update to Amazon Alexa/Echo Lets You Address It as "Computer"

ewhac writes: "Computer, what is the time, please?" is now a spoken command that will actually work with Amazon's release of an update that adds a new wake word for the Alexa/Echo. Previously, your options were "Alexa," "Echo," and "Amazon." Now you can also choose, "Computer." In practice, it's a bit clunkier than you might hope, depending on how often you speak the word "computer" on a day-to-day basis; and "computer" is harder for machine speech recognition to pick out than "Alexa," so it may not hear you as reliably. But for those who've been yearning for a Star Trek-like future, this small bit of silliness gets you one step closer.

Comment "Improvements" (Score 4, Insightful) 156

The newly-minted update changes are just one part of the improvements added to Windows 10 with the build released Monday.

Nice Newspeak(TM) spin there.

It's not an improvement. It's a fix, to a facility they broke in Windows 10 -- namely, the ability to control the update system.

And if we're being perfectly honest here, it's not even a fix. It's a workaround to a facility that never fscking worked in the first place , i.e. installing device drivers through Windows Update. Never. Worked.

And deploying this workaround serves as tacit admission by Microsoft that they they haven't the remotest clue how to fix it. Even after locking out those terribly pesky, annoying users and arrogating all administrative control to themselves with Windows 10, it STILL. DOESN'T. WORK.

Comment Sounds Cool -- How Do I Disable The "Smart?" (Score 1) 238

OLED displays look gorgeous, and that will probably be what I get to upgrade from my LED DLP.

Just one concern: How do I lobotomize the "Smart" that seems to be infecting all TVs these days? Stories concerning massive security and privacy issues with Smart TVs are all too easy to find, so you'd think it would be just as easy to find TVs that are "dumb", or at least articles on how to rip the "Smart" out of any given smart TV.

I know Vizio has a (small) line of tuner-free displays, but then they foul it up by bolting on a Chromecast and including an Android tablet as a remote (!).

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