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Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 287

That's why I used the word "average" in reference to body temperature. I didn't think an explanation of that was necessary; but thanks for filling in those who might not be aware of it. I'm not sure exactly what the healthy variation is for human body temperature; but I know it exists.

An *average* of 98.6 or 37 literally implies nothing about the healthy range. If you didn't know anything else about humans, telling them the average wouldn't tell you if 70F was a healthy body temperature or not.

Submission + - Microsoft will use Windows 10 UWP to kill game vending competitors like Steam (

slashdot_commentator writes: In an interview with Edge Magazine, Tim Sweeney is claiming that future updates to Windows 10 could serve to erode the usefulness of third-party applications and storefronts like Steam.

Sweeney states, "The risk here is that, if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps. If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky manoeuvres. They make it more and more inconvenient to use the old apps, and, simultaneously, they try to become the only source for the new ones."

"Slowly, over the next five years, they will force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken. They’ll never completely break it, but will continue to break it until, in five years, people are so fed up that Steam is buggy that the Windows Store seems like an ideal alternative. That’s exactly what they did to their previous competitors in other areas. Now they’re doing it to Steam. It’s only just starting to become visible. Microsoft might not be competent enough to succeed with their plan, but they’re certainly trying."

Submission + - Subscribers Pay 61 Cents/Hour of Cable, But Only 20 Cents/Hour of Netflix (

An anonymous reader writes: The folks at AllFlicks decided to crunch some numbers to determine just how much more expensive cable is than Netflix. They answered the question: how much does Netflix cost per hour of content viewed, and how does that compare with cable's figures? AllFlicks reports: "We know from Netflix’s own numbers that Netflix’s more than 75 million users stream 125 million hours of content every day. So that’s (roughly) 100 minutes per user, per day. Using the price of Netflix’s most popular plan ($9.99) and a 30-day month, we can say that the average user is paying about 0.33 cents per minute of content, or 20 cents an hour. Not bad! But what about cable? Well, Nielsen tells us that the average American adult cable subscriber watches 2,260 minutes of TV per week (including timeshifted TV). That’s equivalent to 5.38 hours per day, or 161.43 hours per 30-day month. Thanks to Leichtman Research, we know that the average American pays $99.10 per month for cable TV. That means that subscribers are paying a whopping 61.4 cents per hour to watch cable TV – more than three times as much as users pay per hour of Netflix!"

Comment Re:That's Interesting & Irrelevant (Score 1) 46

My picture was nice too, but they had system boards that shouldn't have made it through basic inspection, and of course the mechanical design was absurd. Since there was no provision for mounting the system boards in a conventional way I have to conclude that the sloppy construction at least was by design.

Now as for whether LeEco build quality will be better, worse, or the same, I have no opinion. I'm just reacting to the notion that Vizio makes a quality TV. In my experience it doesn't. Your experience doesn't negate that, because the tough thing isn't turning out quality units, it's turning them out consistently. That's why it's called quality "control" or "assurance".

Comment Re:RIP (Score 4, Informative) 46

Errr... the build quality for Vizio TVs is dreadful. I had one fail twice in the warranty period and then of course immediately after the warranty expired.

Opening the thing up the mainboard of the device was fastened to the backlight panel chassis with packing tape. I'd never seen such shoddy construction, not to mention the very poor quality of the boards themselves.

In general I think the idea of "smart tvs" is bad for the consumer economically. On top of that selling our viewing habits a profit center for Vizio on their already crappy throw-away TVs. And to add insult to injury, the UI for most smart TVS is just terrible. I replaced the Vizio with a Samsung, not because I wanted another smart tv, but because it was cheap. Not only was the search function hopelessly broken, the damn thing interrupted stuff I was watching on Netflix or Amazon with service change bulletins for Samsung services I neither subscribed to nor used. How could any UI designers be so damned stupid.

But you almost can't get a smallish HD TV that's not "smart". I ended up with a Hitachi "Roku TV" which is just a plain old TV with a Roku stick stuck in one the HDMIs. I'm much happier with Roku's UI and service, but if I wanted to I could just pop the Roku stick out and have a plain old TV.

Comment Re:They did the same thing for dual booting Linux (Score 1) 362

I still dual boot -- but I almost never use Windows, which is kind of the point. I don't use it enough to justify paying for a virtualization compatible license, and it's just a static waste of resources to boot in Windows to run Linux under a VM.

I suppose one solution for those instances where you have to boot Windows yet also access stuff in your Linux partition is to use raw partition access in a virtual machine and serve the data over a virtual network server. I know it's possible but it's been so many years since I've had to do it I couldn't comment on how other than to say read the virtualization platform documentation.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 287

100 is very close to average human body temperature of 98.6. If the temp is near 100 or above, you will have a harder time cooling off, especially if it's humid and you don't get cooling from your sweat evaporating. In Celcius it's 37 which is the 12th prime number, so you've got that going for you. /s.

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 1) 763

Trump can't even run a business.

I think that is political BS. IF I understand things correctly each project is usually a different corporation.

He can't, Trump is a serial abuser of both bankruptcy law, and the suppliers he contracts to perform work.

This is a typical Example of one his corps abusing a supplier, rather than pay supplier what they owe, they resort to a form of extortion (ever increasing legal fees to collect a debt). And that is not the only Forum about Trump and Rcih assholes like him

We really don't need a person, (unrepentant serial abuser), like Trump as Commander in Chief.


Comment Re:So much wrong (Score 1) 504

To be fair, it works, it just doesn't scale. There are some communes that run close to an ideal communist economic model. They tend to fall apart around 150-200 people. Not really my field; but I've heard some speculation that it has to do with humans having lived in similarly sized clans until recently, and with us not being able to maintain relationships with many more people. Get too big, and society starts to have "strangers" that manipulate other "strangers".

If you think you can solve the scaling problem, get 1000 volunteers and see if you can run it in an intentional community first. Then maybe you can try a city with all volunteers. If it's such a good thing, you won't have any trouble getting people. If it sucks and nobody wants to sign up you need to debug that AI.

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