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Comment You can turn of the "feature" that sends data (Score 1, Informative) 144

In the Chrome browser, just got to your extensions, find the Adobe extension, click on options and uncheck the box about sending info to Adobe. You can also disable the extension or click on the trash can to remove it. Hopefully one of these options will be useful to everyone unless Adobe is really sneaky and even if one takes the drastic measure of removing the extension there's enough left on your system to do the reporting work.

Comment Re:Not to mention... (Score 1) 209

The cost of that ISP's connection may also need to be factored into the cost. Comcast has a monthly data use limit of 1,000 GBytes for many if not most household subscription users. If one moves from using the Internet from email, surfing and light streaming to a situation of heavy streaming as a cord cutter, that may bump you over this limit and incur substantial overage charges or you can buy "unlimited" data use for an extra $50 per calendar month. Other ISPs may have 250 GBytes per month limits and eventually shut folks off for data use abuse. If you have a two parent household with several teen age children, going over 1,000 GBytes in 30 days is pretty easy. And I also don't know if these streaming packages allow multiple simultaneous streams for the same account. Going from a 50 Mbit/sec service for $60 per month to a 150 Mbit/sec service for $100 per month plus the $50 for more data just to keep everyone in the house happy raises the cost. I think Comcast wants $140/month for Gigabit Internet service. $$$$ for streaming - it'll get real expensive.

Comment I have a 16:10 Samsung monitor (Score 1) 132

It's a very nice aspect ratio compared to my laptop's 16:9 ratio. I hear that the aspect ratio of 3:2 is becoming popular, which is what some Chromebooks have, and maybe 4:3, the aspect our eyes can see. The 16:9 ratio came about because it is useful for viewing high aspect ratio movies and seems to be the norm for TV sets, but do folks watch many movies using computer screens compared to TV sets? I guess there was considerable discussion about what the ratio should be for TV sets when the flat panels were to be introduced and the compromise was 16:9.

Comment I'm not sure Yahoo! was salvagable (Score 1) 399

Could anyone have saved Yahoo!? I'm not sure even any extremely successful tech CEO - Nadella, Bezos, Picheai - could have done the job. It actually may be amazing that it's lasted as long as it has. The one thing Yahoo! has that is top notch is its financial pages which I use and hope it's one of the things either saved in its present form or taken over by someone who can keep it going. The financial features Google has are just awful.

Comment Re:How is this a problem?! (Score 1) 63

Just what I was thinking. If a phone manufacturer didn't want Google Assistant as part of the Google Play Store or the OS, then they couldn't call the OS Android and couldn't put the Play Store app on their hardware. The situation would be like Amazon's use of a somewhat crippled Android OS and it's inability to call it Android and give access to Play Store. I'm not sure it's hurt Amazon too much, though look what happened to the Fire Phone, or whatever it was called.

Comment Re: The most important step IS backwards (Score 1) 107

There seems to be a lot of 64 bit software out there, though. Something like Photoshop does have some kind of 32 bit mode, but I'd guess it's the kind of app for heavy duty desktop systems with lots of RAM. My understanding is that 32 bit Windows only allows access to 4 GBytes of RAM so for apps that need lots of data occupying RAM while in use, plus the RAM for the OS, the ARM 32 bit Windows solution will not be useful. The amount of data swapping from a disk drive or RAM disk in such cases will slow things down to intolerable levels. The ARM solution might be ok for inexpensive laptops for a market where folks surf the web, use email, and create simple documents and spreadsheets, but not for "industrial" use.

Comment Re:has to be asked (Score 1) 574

Not an expert here. Far from it, but it sounds like the electric generation and the grid control systems have the possibility for multiple sites of failure as well as multiple sites for intrusion by bad guys. This sounds like a recipe for disaster. Hopefully critical sites such as the defense department, local police departments, hospitals, etc., have standalone electric generators independent of the grid and web. Then again, a large enough cohort of spies and terrorists could disable those. Maybe we need a system of signal fires, flags, carrier pigeons to keep the grid up in an emergency. If the fuel supply or cooling water to power plants is shut down, why worry about the Internet controls.

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