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Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 192

Tivo is in a mad rush to somehow become a distant second place with no direct competitor.

I got DirectTV over a decade ago to feed a DirecTivo. On not being able to replace them as they wore out, one tuner at at time, I bought a newer tiro (Romio[?]) and switched to cable. (When asked why I was cancelling, I told him point blank, "Your DVRs suck." They are at least an entire generation behind in what they offer).

I quickly became underwhelmed by the new Tivo.

Where once it was easy to set a wishlist for all Series Premiers, now you have to search by that for text, which until a few weeks ago, had a staggering failure rate (picked up a couple a season).

With the older Tivos, you could tap the record button to record anything upcoming in the listing, and tap twice to get a season pass. Now, to record a single program is a couple of clicks, and a season pass several.

I'll definitely be looking for other options when this one wears out.


Comment Re:I thought this was obvious? (Score 1) 149

That 3% was all over the lace when I went into their store to activate phones a couple of weeks ago.

I want today that I also initialed it but it may just be that I read things before signing.

And it's not even automatic throttling at that point, but rather lower priority on the available bandwidth: if there's enough bandwidth you still get LTE.

Im also looked at MetroPCs, which was quite clear that their data was lower priority on the network than Tmobile accounts.


Comment Re:Warrant canary (Score 1) 22

I was expecting a Warrant canary.
e.g. something to say they have not yet been been given secret orders by the NSA/CIA to install a backdoor for spying on users.

Like Apple used to have. Is there some reason Google cannot do that?

I think their absence of an existing Warrant Canary speaks volumes. (That is - they've already been issued such an order or warrant.)

Comment Re:Macs come with plenty of languages (Score 1) 370

>Still waiting for a viable successor of Hypercard ...
>(and please don't post links to that company that is
>changing its name every 2 years and claims it
>RealCoder or LifeCoder or however it is called now is
>a Hypercard successor, it is not, it is rubbish)

I assume that you're misrefsrring to the program that came out as MetaCard on the NeXT, was then known as Runtime Revolution, and is now called Livecode.

It's IDE is sometimes misbehaved, but calling it "rubbish" is simply ignorant.

It is indeed far more complicated (and capable) than HyperCard, but is backwards compatible.

It supports a few SuperCard-isms, as well.

There are both open source (well, GPL 3) and commercial versions.

It is not, however, the "just dive in" that HyperCard was, although there is periodic talk about a stripped-down version for that.

I'm using it because It can compile for Mac/Windows/Linux with *very* minimal blocks (I have one on startup to deal with the different basic folders, a couple of lines for the different count in the top line of useable space, and a block to allow ~ on windows).

No, it won't be my choice for the long term, but being able to write once, and then to use that same code base for iOS and Android helper apps, is what seals it. Also, the ability to simply add fields hypercard-style is critical to my generation of new forms.

hawk, who writes a commercial product in it

Comment Re:Me too :wq (Score 1) 130

They can also send you off to medical care . . .

After a few long days editing on a full sized CKIE (control key in exile) keyboard, I found myself at the campus quack. Muscle strain in my pinkie, it turned out, from rotating much of my (large) hand and reaching that control key in the far corner . . .

By some strange coincidence, the janitors must have drooped my keyboard that day, as a little piece magically appeared next to it that sure looked like a physical toggle for the capslock key (surely *I* would never tamper with university equipment), and I was finally able to remap it to put the control key back where God Meant it to be . . .


Comment solid advise (Score 1) 280

Whenever I'm out of my mind enough to look at the world as an outsider, I would advise any aliens to take off and nuke the site from orbit. Though they certainly have some way to just kill off the human species and let evolution try again. Come back in a million years (surely you've managed age) and check if earth intelligence v2.0 is better.

We definitely want to find them first, so we can check if we can conquer, enslave and economically exploit them. If not, to buy us time to improve our military until we can. We didn't claw our way to the top of the food chain for no reason, right?

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

Zuck seems to think that just because he's brilliant with computers (and making money with computers), he's brilliant at other things.

That's not his fault, it's an american culture deficit. In the USA, success equals smart equals good. People read all these "do these 10 things successful people do" without stopping one second to think that there's zero evidence for a causal relation. Or in simpler terms: Yes, maybe twenty successful people do X, but so do thousands or millions of unsuccessful people.

But yes, throwing money at a problem seems to be a typical response these days. Don't even look at what the problem actually is, just throw money at it. It has something religious.

Comment Re:Get out of your city more often (Score 2) 274

Here in Europe, private ownership of cars could go the way of the Dodo bird and many people would welcome it.

The main differences:

One - our cities are older and streets smaller, the insanity that is hundreds of thousands of people each driving in a huge metal box that is mostly empty becomes visible very fast under such conditions. Parking in most European cities is a nightmare.

Two - we actually have working public transport.

I would be more than happy to use self-driving taxis in the city, and keep my car only for long-distance trips where train is not a good choice for some reason (remote village, castle, animal park, whatever in the countryside, etc.)

Maybe americans love their cars so much - but half of them also liked slavery and anyway it was abolished.

Comment Re:Setting content restrictions in iOS (Score 1) 181

Strawberry? I don't even want to know . . .

Years ago. even pre-google iirc, I was putting graphs into an article with LaTeX.

It wasn't wrapping the text around the way I was used to in Word 5.1, so I went looking (probably with ALtaVista) for an extension.

I searched for "LaTeX wrap figure"

Oh, dear . . .


Comment translation (Score 2) 53

revealing the different models of IMSI catchers the force owned would make the devices more vulnerable to hacking.

In other words: There is at least one audit report giving them very bad marks on security and they don't have the time, budget or expertise to fix the problem. Basically, they should be treated as if they are already hacked by an unknown party or two.

You are not afraid of disclosing basic information unless you cover up known vulnerabilities.

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