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Comment Re:Thom Hartmann show live stream went down... (Score 2) 370

I agree. Blaming the user is so sysadmin isn't it? In what other industry would you do that? "My engine just shut off in the middle of rush hour traffic." "Well what were you doing driving a consumer-rated car during rush hour, moron?"

Sometimes people buy things and simply want them to work. An automatic upgrade IS NOT NORMAL for Windows. Updates yes but upgrades, no. Mr. Harmann is the victim of a special, hopefully one-time rule change.

The guy who does "IT" for him is the guy working the sound equipment and this guy is also a lawyer. How good can his IT skills be?

Comment Thom Hartmann show live stream went down... (Score 5, Interesting) 370

The Thom Hartmann syndicated radio show got a rude introduction to Microsoft's new upgrade policy yesterday when their YouTube live stream server went offline and started upgrading while they were on the air. Thom Hartmann was freaking out and asking if listeners could help them switch to Ubuntu. They simulcast on terrestrial radio, Siriusxm, YouTube, and Free Speech TV. Hartmann was updating viewers on the upgrade completion percentage because viewers were complaining about losing their feed. He was livid but what can one do at that point?

Comment First sighting of the selfie gremlin? (Score 3) 113

I've begun to hear many TV talking heads dumping on "the selfie" lately. Anything that gets over-hyped will reach burnout. But come on guys, really? A selfie brought down the plane? Should be only a matter of hours before some politician jumps onto a soap box and calls for anti-selfie legislation. Maybe they can vilify selfies like they did vaccinations.

Remember Sarah Palin's sad story about the little girl who "came down" with autism after getting some vaccines? Well that's nothing. Take a selfie on a plane...and you'll die in an inferno of brimstone as new-fangled selfie-demons destroy your plane! This is nothing but the typical hype/anti-hype cycle but taken to a new level due to 24-hour news media. This may have influenced investigators.

Having spent time behind the wheel of a Cesna myself, I can't imagine this. This is a plane you can fly literally hands-off. It will fly straight and level. Even if you take your hands off in the middle of a turn the plane will continue that direction for a short time while starting a slow drift. A selfie couldn't cause the plane to go down unless he was fumbling with the phone to film the critical point of a risky maneuver in which case the maneuver would be the catalyst. Do we know that he was fumbling with the phone?

Comment Delay means no action...EVER (Score 5, Interesting) 127

This has been a hot issue for a couple years now and there is no doubt the FCC has been studying this for some time. Obama has allowed the agency to be filled with Telecom industry cronies and lobbyists who stand to get sizable golden parachutes from the likes of Comcast and Time Warner if they hold the line. Obama's only card to play if they stonewall is to fire Director Wheeler and replace him with a pro-neutrality director, who will staff the agency with members who will vote the way he wants. If they can delay until the new Congressional session begins in January, then Republicans can block any pro-neutrality nominee. So firing Wheeler after the new session begins is very risky and will likely fail.

The only way Obama can affect the change he wants is to move on the director now. As long as this issue has been discussed, why should we wait another year for the FCC to rule on this? They clearly already know what they want to do. They are just stalling. I hope Obama can see that.

Comment Lucas: Inversely Proportional to Popularity (Score 1) 457

Over the years, George Lucas has re-released each movie over and over with extended versions, director's cuts, "remastered" cuts, and so on. When he did the new versions of episodes 4-6 with new footage and updated special effects, he said in the directors comments and featurettes that he now had the influence and control to remake Star Wars as he originally intended. He also talked about how Luke Skywalker was supposed to be a young boy like Anakin was in the Phantom Menace but that Mark Hamill was forced on him by the studio because of his popularity at the time.

When I first saw Lucas' comments I thought how great it would be to get the "real" Star Wars that Lucas envisioned. In fact I think most people thought that. But if you look at the results of this poll, you can see that the most popular Star Wars movies were the ones where Lucas had the least creative control. The more control he had, the more childish and superficial the story and characters became. That's why I'm so glad that Disney took over the franchise. As this chart shows, the less involvement Lucas has with Star Wars, the better it will be for fans and the future of the franchise.

Comment Unique conditions and needs (Score 1) 54

There are a couple of factors that are worth considering. Unlike fiber or coax transport systems, satellites are usually used for very long distance communications. Because of this, it is quite frequent that your link will terminate in another country or even continent. This will make standards compliance and procurement a challenge from day one since you can't guarantee everyone has access to the same equipment.

Secondly encryption standards have to be agreed upon and quite often, equipment from different manufacturers can't be cross-utilized, so you can't just assume that off-the-shelf crypto will be an option to everyone who will participate.. This means everyone has to agree what to use in advance, which could lead to still other challenges. So it's not as easy as the question implies.

Comment Re:8 now 9....tomorrow will be 15 (Score 3, Insightful) 291

It pisses people off because Mozilla has inflated their versioning system. They are incrementing quickly not because they are integrating major, watershed features but because they want to pump up the version number quickly. This is because marketers believe consumers view version numbers as an indicator of a product's maturity. To such people, Chrome would seem to be way out in front. So they are forcing all of these reinstalls and obsoleting extensions over and over for little gain, all because their marketing folks think this will help with market share.

I think we've all been insulted.

Comment Re:This is ridiculous (Score 2) 291

I don't know why Mozilla doesn't just skip the next few decimals and just match Chrome's version number with their next release since that's clearly what they are trying to do. I've read the articles claiming that consumers are too dim-witted to know that the version number doesn't necessarily indicate which browser is the most advanced and Mozilla is trying to regain lost mind-share. But it's a waste of time and bandwidth to install a new version every week just because they want to actually use all of the numbers along the way. It all seems a bit childish to me.

Comment Re:I really doubt that BoA cares (Score 1) 667

That cannot be more incorrect. The banks that got clobbered by derivative and other debt trading in the '08 crunch disappeared almost 3 Trillion dollars from wealth management accounts. That's retirement accounts, trusts, and life savings. Someone once said, "A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you are talking about real money."

Comment Re:Are the sheep finally waking? (ATM Convenience) (Score 1) 667

By the way: the excuse that big banks give you conveniently placed ATM machines is bunk. I have an E-Trade account and they reimburse all ATM fees no matter how high. I never have to search for a particular bank and the fee is automatically returned. You can't beat that.

There is NO REASON to do business with a big bank.

Comment Are the sheep finally waking? (Score 5, Insightful) 667

I last had a B of A account when I was 19. They had the highest credit card rates of any major bank in the country. I shopped around for a day and found a bank with an interest rate 7 points lower than theirs. I moved accounts and a few years later found a credit union with a rate 3 pts lower than the new bank. So I cut my rate from 19.8 to 9.9 just by not being too lazy to shop around. For some reason however, 19 out of 20 people I tell this story to have ump-teen superficial reasons why switching banks would be too much trouble. The truth of it is, they are complacent and lazy.

There shouldn't be even a single person complaining about the bank bailouts or Wall Street who still has an account with these money pimps. If you do business with them, you are an enabler and partially responsible for the bank meltdown of '08.

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