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Comment Re:Bah....! (Score 4, Informative) 81

I recall that when Apple decided stop selling the Apple IIe, school districts were genuinely upset because they were still using them heavily. They had very large educational software libraries that would now become obsolete as they could no longer buy replacement systems.

If the market is there and willing to pay, Apple would have been foolish to not serve it. They could have probably continued selling IIe systems well into 1995 if they wanted. It's pretty crazy just how entrenched the Apple II was in schools.

Comment Isn't it obvious why they're doing this? (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Microsoft wants to make using older versions of Windows as annoying as possible for IT departments, to try to push us to move to Windows 10.

Corporate IT departments tend to be the biggest holdouts for moving to new versions of Windows. If a business is running fine on Windows 7, there is ZERO reason beyond security updates to move to Windows 10. Now they're giving us an artificial reason: If a rolled up update breaks something, we have to roll back the ENTIRE batch. Even any included security updates.

Microsoft wants their licensing revenue, and they want fewer versions of Windows to support. This is their play.

Comment Re:Browsers are shitty application platforms (Score 0) 102

You're quibbling over semantics, now. I consider their whole line of notebooks to be "Macbooks". That's probably what OP meant.

I'd ask the OP to clear it up, but at this point who cares? This isn't a topic that has people on the edge of their seat awaiting a resolution. :)

Comment Re:"allows you to download a 5GB HD movie in 40 se (Score 1) 93

You can still buy a movie on iTunes and legally download it to your computer.

Don't know how many people still do this; it usually doesn't cost less than the Bluray so if I'm going to outright buy a movie I'd rather just get the physical disc, which almost always includes a download code anyway these days.

Comment Re:VPN (Score 4, Informative) 71

A regular public WiFi, that you can connect to without installing profiles, etc... is indeed unencrypted. But most services that matter these days use SSL so it's not an issue.

But if you have to install a profile, it can do things like set proxies, install SSL client certificates and so on. It can spy on you VERY deeply. You're actually better off connecting to unencrypted open WiFi than one of these.

Comment I went to use one of these... (Score 5, Informative) 71

I went to use one of these and it wanted to install an iOS configuration profile on my phone.

These profiles can configure your phone on a fairly deep level, doing things like adding proxies, restricting functionality, and so on.

I hit cancel and just continued to use my data plan. Screw that.

Comment They sound completely insane (Score 5, Insightful) 328

I read this and I'm just shaking my head at how incredibly ludicrous every word in that statement was.

If it weren't for the fact that millions of people live under the oppression of this sort of thinking, it would actually be funny.

When will these people finally join the 21st century and stop basing their entire lives around this bullshit?

Comment Re:Foolish Investment? (Score 1) 124

Yeah, Golden Beach, FL has this problem. Over a mile of beach with absolutely no public access, except for a small park in the middle where you can't park unless you're a town resident and the police will harass you if you use the facilities there.

Beaches should be public. Period. They are a very limited resource and it shouldn't be possible for the 1% to own them and deny access.

Comment Who the heck watches porn at McDonald's? (Score 2) 284

I've eaten at McD's many times and not once have I seen someone watching porn there. Also, it's not the sort of environment that makes sense for watching that content; you don't have any privacy to do the sort of things that someone watching porn tends to want to do.

What's the point?

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