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Comment Re:Again like I said! (Score 1) 403

That's a gross oversimplification - the kind that leads people 5-4 Supreme Court rulings on things like making it easier for big donors to influence politicians. Made, mostly by people who think the impression it leaves favors them - whether that's the 3rd party Nader/Stein set, who want to seem more viable than they are, or the Republican/Trump set, who want to distract large numbers of middle class voters with "at least they 'care' about my issue, and the rest doesn't matter" trickery.

At very least, you ought to concede that the mainstream Dems and Reps have different sets of large donors. Sure, Wall Street probably greases both sides' palms equally - but tech and the arts favor Dems and fossil fuel and big business favors Reps. There's still plenty of truth to the Republican party being of, by and for big business - and some truth about Dems being for working people. After all, mainstream or not, Republicans propose tax cuts as the solution to all problems at least as much as Democrats propose regulation and government programs to level the playing field...

Comment Re:Wow, for that kind of money... (Score 1) 147

Well, that brings up an obvious question. If Edge is a whole new browser - built, presumably, using the latest, 'safest' coding techniques - what does that say about the ability to make programming languages (or 'standard' techniques for coding in them) safe. After all this time, new code is still more hackable than older - but better tested - code?

Comment Re: Surely not the only solution. (Score 1) 419

But they're not restricting it to specific hardware based on ability to run. I assume these new processors are backward compatible - and can run Windows 7 fine. And they are continuing to support Windows 7 on other, older hardware. So just refusing to allow upgrades to Win7 on new hardware is, I guess, an attempt to keep businesses from sticking with Win7. After all, who else buys a new PC and then downgrades it? Many might like to, but it's not worth the hassle - and where to get a legal copy of Win7 to install (well, I suppose there are ways to do that...).

What Microsoft seems to really want here is for new software to be written to lock businesses into the newer Metro app ecosystem, and businesses aren't having it. So they're using what power they have to force the issue. And y'know what, businesses still won't be having it, because nobody's writing new desktop software these days. Microsoft should count their blessings and accept that they can still coast along on the various bits of WIN32 code that still has their customers locked to them - and figure out how to build on that.

Comment Re: Morons are running the USA (Score 1) 649

I suspect that's a lot like saying "Planned Parenthood hasn't been about 'birth control' or 'reproductive health' for a long time". PP was founded around those issues - and in fact had nothing to do with abortion until it eventually became legal. Now, it devotes a small percentage of its mission to providing abortions, but it's still primarily about birth control and reproductive health. Just like the EPA is still primarily about clean air and water...

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 1) 279

That applies to those who profit from polluting industries - it doesn't apply to the hordes of (mostly Republican) voters who uncritically go along with it because they've been seduced by big money pandering on unrelated issues. It's one thing to vote for politicians that pander to you about something you care about, but must you twist yourself into knots to claim to 'believe' stuff that actually works against your interests?

And whether you believe higher fuel efficiency standards will actually help or not, the same dynamic holds in other areas. Many (quite likely a majority) of Trump voters do not want the ACA repealed - or at least they want it replaced with something that will provide them with better coverage at a lower cost to them. That's what they were promised, after all. The recent MSNBC West Virginia town hall with Chris Hayes and Bernie Sanders talking to a room full of Trump voters drew cheers for just about everything Sanders said - most of which was the polar opposite of what those Trump voters are actually going to get. And when that's explained to them by sympathetic old uncle Bernie, they get it. They even get that Obamacare itself is a net plus fror them. If only uncle Bernie had been more emphatic at the time about how that nasty Hillary Clinton was actually going to provide them policies more in line with what they want than their Trump vote crapshoot will...

Comment Re:rear is better (Score 1) 71

Because for the most part, the only time you use the fingerprint scanner is to unlock your phone. And if you keep your phone in your pocket, it's pretty easy with a rear fps, to learn how to unlock it by touch so that when you pull the phone out, it's already unlocked. You probably don't want to be trying to maneuver your fingers to activate a front-bottom FPS while you're pulling it from your pocket - unless you really trust your gorilla glass. Yes, for those times when you want to unlock your phone while it's sitting flat on a table, it sucks. Then again, I'm glad to free up the front bezel space for other things (front-facing speakers, in the case of my phone).

Presumably the Samsung 'sensor in the screen' won't be raised so that you can find and activate it by touch - so that's a disadvantage right there. And unless it's always enabled for whenever you touch that part of your screen, you might have to do something to activate it, which would make it less useful for those quick unlocks with the phone lying on a table. Then again, maybe it is always active. Still...

Comment Re:Scary stuff (Score 2) 279

How about a partial solution (increased efficiency) that would be relatively painless while there are still low-hanging SUV's to be picked, and might buy us some time to figure out how to really solve the problem without bouncing us into the dark ages? Nobody's saying to simply stop using fossil fuels right now - but certainly we can use less of them - and pollute the environment less while doing it. But of course, folks like you will raise red herrings about the dark ages as an excuse to do nothing. So why would you want to do nothing, again? Is your last name Koch? Why would even Koch want to do nothing, come to think of it...

Comment Re:Netbooks are gone? (Score 2) 243

Was it simply the cheapness of netbooks that made them compelling? If so, why do we not consider Chromebooks as having filled that void. Netbooks started out cheap because they ran (stripped down) Linux distros that could run on the minimal hardware. Well, Chromebooks do that today - with fewer compromises in performance (for what they can do). And you can load a full Linux distro on them, so the hackers that loved netbooks are also satisfied.

Of course, Netbooks ultimately changed into cheap Windows PC's once Microsoft felt a threat. But they were lousy Windows PC's and limited to small screens by Microsoft's deal on the cheap OS licenses. Chromebooks are not limited in screen size, have decent keyboards and trackpads and mainly just skimp on local storage these days. So, I guess if you need lots of local storage and/or need to run Windows, then sure - the cheapest mainstream laptops will provide you with a suitably shitty Windows experience. But if you need something that fills the niche that netbooks were originally intended to fill, a Chromebook is the thing - unless, of course, you're fine with a cheap tablet...

Comment Re:Five years? (Score 1) 128

I don't know what "today's modern tasks" are that a 5+ year old desktop can't handle. I'm sure there's something you do that fits that description, but the rest of the world is pretty happily using their 5+ year old machines. Mine just turned 5, and it's running Linux Mint 18.1. Windows 7 is there, but I never use it, and certainly haven't felt a need for Windows 10. Maybe I'm missing out on something, but I doubt it.

Comment Re:grossly overestimating... (Score 1) 169

Again. What percentage of casual home PC users does photo editing (beyond what they can do on their phones) and/or works on spreadsheets (beyond what they can do in Google Docs or Office 365)? Hint - probably less than 50% these days. And some of that 50% only uses their PC's for that - because they're already there.

If you're not inclined to believe this (based on your personal sampling), take my word for it - Microsoft knows it. And they're doing their damnedest to make sure there's a place for them in whatever develops. Of course, Microsoft's idea of "a place for them" is still 90% market share, so they definitely have their work cut out for them. But they are also starting from an enviable position.

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