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Comment Re:Cutting edge new features vs reliability, use c (Score 1) 238

I recently thought about the configuration thing and how little I customize my boxes anymore. I used to run all the interface tweaks, hacked themes, bunches of customization addons for shortcuts and macros, etc etc. Now about all I do is stick my taskbar on the left (on widescreens), switch it to show labels, and maybe turn the colors to a dark theme. I just don't have the patience or motivation to mess with the level of customization I used to.

I do still play with Gentoo on several boxes, including a couple laptops, but it's definitely gotten to be more and more hassle.

Comment Security and annoyances for me (Score 5, Insightful) 230

I never really minded flash in the earlier days, it enabled a lot of fun content. As time passed, it was the source of more and more security problems, and was used for more and more just plain annoyances like advertising. Had Adobe reworked it into a good, secure framework with some touch interface and power optimizations for mobile (I kept Flash around on Android for some time. It sucked the battery down hard while doing much of anything) it may have stayed relevant.

HTML5 didn't help either, since it did a lot of what it was for anyway.

Comment Re:With a non-stop stream of (Score 2) 327

I've had the pause and resume copy/moving come in handy several times. It's also much more resilient to network blips while moving things around thanks to that.

Directly mounting ISOs in virtual drives without needing PowerISO or other third party software is kind of cool.

I like the corner-snapping that windows can do now - I made a lot of use of the side by side and drap-to-top functionality, so the corner one is even better. Especially on today's big monitors.

Nothing earth-shattering, but nice little improvements. I don't actually hate Windows 10 at all, aside from the privacy issues.

Comment Potential Damages? (Score 4, Interesting) 318

I guess a potentially more interesting question is whether that drone could have done $3.4 million of damage via surveillance or something. Seems unlikely in this case, but if we're talking some kind of super top secret installation then it might be worth that kind of force to make sure it's really, really blown up.

Still worth investigating sufficient response that's more economical.

Comment Re:Big Floppy is scamming you (Score 1) 615

The earlier 400/800k Mac disks couldn't be read on a standard PC floppy controller due to the GCR format that used variable speed bits. No amount of software could change this (though there were some hardware solutions from third-party floppy controllers to entire floppy subsystems)

The later HD floppies could be read just fine on a PC with various software packages to read HFS. They moved over to using standard MFM encoding for their HD drives.

Comment Re:What about electrical, plumbing etc? (Score 1) 315

It can also depend on whether what you're doing is considered repair or installation/upgrading. I replaced my own hot water heater last year and my ex-wife and her grandmother spent a lot of time being worried about permits and such. Basically as long as I was replacing like for like it was considered repair and I didn't need anything special. If I was going to upgrades, say convert to a tankless water heater, I'd have had to pursue more.

There are also methods in place in some places to have your work inspected and signed off on by a licensed person for a much cheaper price than having them do it. My boss rewired and finished his basement himself and just had to have an electrician come out and sign off that it was all up to code.

Comment Re:Lightning is cheaper (Score 1) 124

A couple years ago, my ex-wife wanted to stream from an iThingie to HDMI, and when we looked it up the adapter to do so was a kind of shocking $50. A whole Apple TV was $65. So we ended up just buying an Apple TV and getting a lot more functionality for not that much more money.

Still wasn't 4k.

Comment Re:Goolge needs to ban carrier builds and let peop (Score 1) 212

This varies by phone. Non-AT&T phones that support the proper frequencies should work just fine on AT&T with LTE. There can sometimes be some drama getting the APNs set up just right, but it's usually not hard. Also, some features like HD Voice or VoLTE may or may not work depending on the rom and software support - those usually need a stock AT&T or AT&T-derived rom, but it may be possible to install one on an unlocked device and make it work.

Comment Re:These guys called me last week. (Score 1) 212

I read an article that was admittedly about Spam scams, but I'd imagine the same would apply here. They're intentionally designed to be off-the-wall and unbelievable. That way, they know anyone they rope in is likely to be gullible enough to go all the way and fall for it without much problem. They don't want to try to make something super-believable that will cause smart or smart-enough people to question it and spend a bunch of time researching, because it wastes their time when they drop out.

Unfortunately, this often means elderly folks get the worst of it, though apparently college kids are getting hit too.

In fact, here it is

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