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Comment Re:Background and the real issue (Score 1) 276

Psssh I have to rent a vm elsewhere and run a VPN myself just in order to route an ipv6 /64 subnet to my residence. Since I live just 5 miles outside of the metro area, my choices for Internet are Jack (some neighbor who runs an ubiquiti airmax with factory default settings) and Sh*t (satellite). At the moment I'm tethered off my phone because Jack is highly unreliable for one who works in VoIP dev and is behind a TP Link NAT that is out of my control, so I'm already NAT-ed. Satellite is way too latent and far too capped for any of the video calls I need to make even as part of testing. And while the tethering off the cell is actually quite usable, I am both already stuck behind the phone's NAT and at the mercy of the carrier to not throttle me when I cross the magic number. My neighborhood does have the older AT&T adsl service, but they absolutely refuse to provide anything beyond dialtone to me. Well, that is, unless I spend $750/mo for 10/10 mbps fiber. So unless the builders start buying up some of the properties in my neighborhood and building smaller lot neighborhoods in their place, I'm SOL unless I can get funding to try to do a neighborhood fiber network, whose legality would most definitely be challenged by AT&T in court. And to think: I still have it better than a lot of areas in this country.

RE the privacy issue, what I hope that this does is open up a pandora's box for the telcos. Want to snoop on what everybody does on the network? Cool. You just lost safe harbor and common carrier status, and are now considered to be complicit if not a facilitator of any illegal/criminal activities and any copyright infringement that occurs. So while still being a crappy policy and law, at least the use of powers granted is heavily dis-incentivized. Though my cynical side again says that the telcos will continue tol get their cake and eat it too.

But yes, I can't imagine how somebody can find gainful employment these days without internet. Sure, I bet there's anecdotes about the guy on the street corner with the sign, but he would be more so the exception than the rule.

Comment Re:Background and the real issue (Score 1) 276

And what you state is true with the USF. It just saddens me that people in positions of power seem to be willfully turning a blind eye to the fact that we've long since crossed the point where there is really any distinction between a telephone and the Internet. Ultimately both are considered by the vast majority of our society to be necessary to facilitate communication and to function in society. The cynic in me expect the chairman to keep on rowing his boat down this stream, so I expect things only to get worse.

Comment This is why I'll never use Verizon or Sprint (Score 1) 105

Stuff like this makes me glad I only use unlocked phones I buy from a source other than the carrier. (Often the phone manufacturer, or a mostly-direct reseller.) Unfortunately, that means the only major carriers in the US I can now ever use are AT&T and T-Mobile. But then again, its nice to be able to use any device I want on a carrier that doesn't have the technical means (due to an uncommon network technology) to be a jackass about devices.

Comment Re:Can't be (Score 1) 245

When I was growing up, I'd hear big engineering companies loudly say this while simultaneously having constant layoffs of all the STEM people they did employ. (Okay, it was mostly aerospace, but still.)

Now I hear big tech companies also saying this, while seemingly focusing on a handful of universities they actually pay attention to for recruiting efforts. (Didn't go to Stanford? You might as well not have a STEM degree.)

Then again, I can say that there is an extreme shortage of Americans with *graduate* level STEM degrees. Just go into any grad-school area of any major STEM department at any university. Just try and find the Americans there. Good luck if you even get past one hand in counting them.
(Undergraduate, on the other hand, has plenty of Americans.)

Comment Re:Thanks, I'll pass on all of them (Score 1) 253

I'd say it depends heavily on *how* rural. I personally picked the area I live in because it is on the edge between rural and suburban. So I'm close enough to the city that if I want to be around people, it's easy. But I really do enjoy the peace and quiet back on my property. Only problem I do currently have is the typical lack of internet options given that the lots around here average about 1 1/2 acre per, and mine is significantly larger.

Comment Re:Seems a bit pointless. (Score 1) 208

At the time, I also remember being somewhat irritated that, while IBM did pre-install it as a dual-boot option on many of their consumer PCs, they did not make it the default. As such, they missed a huge opportunity to simply expose people to OS/2.

Its important to never underestimate the power of being the default option. So many people will just use whatever you put in front of them, rarely exploring what other choices they have.

Comment Re:Seems a bit pointless. (Score 1) 208

Having used OS/2 through the 2.1 and 3.0 days (back before Windows had its act together), I remember being excited for the release of OS/2 4.0. Unfortunately, at the time, I didn't have a computer with good enough specs to actually run it. Once I finally did, its time had passed and it didn't seem to have a point anymore.

For me, OS/2 always felt like an alternative to DOS/Windows, but never an alternative to Linux. Once Windows became "good enough" and I started to also use Linux for other things, OS/2 just started to feel like a bit of a third wheel. (especially since its Windows compatibility, while excellent for Win 3.1, never quite adapted to the Win9X world soon enough.)

Comment Re:Competition is good (Score 1) 208

Thinner fonts that look like crap on regular, non-HiDPI monitors?

I know we're getting off topic here, but I absolutely hate how GUI/text rendering looks on MacOS on a non-high-DPI display these days. Its just all weird and fuzzy. (Of course the UI does look great on a high-DPI display, but most of the "big external monitors" I regularly use aren't high-DPI.) When faced with a "normal DPI" display, I greatly prefer the look of Windows or Linux (provided you know how to tweak font rendering).

Comment Re:If I had my way... (Score 2) 227

I'd seriously like to see the courts side with consumers and insist Lexmar must refill the cartridge for free as long as I own the printer. Let's see how fast the printer companies back off from their outrageous claims.

All of the printer companies have a history of abusing the legal system. Lexmar just happens to the worse offender.

Comment Re:I Have a Vive (Score 1) 141

Elite: Dangerous, with a proper HOTAS setup, is an excellent example of how a flight sim game in VR should work. Because of the nature of the game, they were able to virtually position all the HUD elements quite ideally for VR play. (However, once in a while, you still may need to attempt to touch-type on a keyboard for searching for star systems... Not frequently, though.)

More realistic flight sims are severely harmed by the limited resolution, and lack of comfortable close-focus, because its hard to visually resolve the cockpit controls. But if you don't need to do that, then VR works great.

Seriously, right now about 90% of my Oculus time is spent in Elite, and I really do not want to ever play that game in non-VR again.

Comment Re: AKA: Google Destroys local business (Score 1) 76

For an office in downtown SF, I definitely agree with your point. Encouraging employees to go outside the office for lunch is a good thing.

But Google's Mountain View office is several miles away from downtown Mountain View. Its too far to walk (in a reasonable amount of time), and I really don't think you want any notable percentage of Google's workforce driving between their campus and the downtown area at lunch time. Parking would be a nightmare on both ends, and the roads would clog up enough that walking might end up faster.

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