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Comment Re:Time for USPS to sue him for defamation (Score 1) 131

Jeesh, English and grammar Nazi's, all of ya! I typo'd "loose" instead of "lose", ok an extra letter in there. I also put 'a' in front of a word that starts with a vowel, I know the syntax I used is wrong as well. I was typing that out as I was packing up my laptop to head to work on a Saturday, which I'm not happy about, so forgive me for not taking a few seconds to proof read my comment before hitting submit as I was was in a rush to get out the door. Must be a slow weekend when the only thing to comment on is bad grammar and spelling mistakes and typos... Hope you all got your laughs in!

Comment Re:Time for USPS to sue him for defamation (Score 2) 131

USPS DID loose the package! How should they sue? He received a ripped/torn shipping label and a "we don't know where it is" from the USPS already. The summary states right there that the box was sitting in a Atlanta for over a month with USPS not attempting delivery or notification of the recipient who's address is on the box. If an address is visible and had USPS auctioned it off anyway, I would actually consider that theft by USPS as well. Even if the postage label was separated from the box, if the box still has a destination name/address on it, then the USPS should make a good faith effort to contact that person before auctioning it off. At the very least, let the person know, 'we have a box with your name on it, but no postage label, if you want it come in and pay the postage for it'.

Comment Re:Wow I've just had a crazy Idea!! (Score 1) 88

While there may have been few people who carry spare batteries to swap in/out during a day, having a replacable battery is still nice after the 1-2yr mark when your battery is shot and won't hold a charge anymore. It's nice to be able to order a replacement battery for dirt cheap and get back to 'like new' battery life again and extend the life of the phone.

Or you know, for when manufacturer's screw up and have combustible batteries that are dangerous--a simple new battery sent out to owners would be a heck of a lot cheaper and faster to fix than recalling millions of phones and loosing sales to your biggest competitor in the market.

Comment Re: Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 1) 244

So if it's a monthly payment to the automakers for Autopilot insurance, then how exactly is that different than paying an insurance company directly for 'autopilot' insurance? The only difference I see is that the automakers will be the middlemen and want a cut of the monthly fee, so it would be pricier than buying it direct.

What about used cars, once a car is sold, if I buy a used car, I have no relationship with a 'stealership' at that point, I purchased it from a private party, and don't go to the dealership for anything since their maintenence is overpriced and a rip. I either do my own work on a car, or pay an independent shop. With that said what happens to dealer supplied 'autopilot' insurance at that point, once the original owner sells the car?

What happens if the car is wrecked, do I still have to pay for the insurance premiums for a minimum amount of time (since they are tied to the purchase of the vehicle)... like what happens if you are on a cell phone contract and your phone breaks, you are not only out a phone(or car), but have to keep paying on a contract for an item you no longer have.

What if I refuse to purchase 'autopilot' insurance from the dealership, but then use the feature anyway. They can't force you to purchase and keep paying the monthly fee, and at this point, who knows if they lock out that feature remotely. If I get in a crash with autopilot on, and I claim I wasn't driving so I'm not responsible, but the insurance fee to the dealer has not been paid, who foots the bill. If you say the owner would foot the bill, then you are making the claim that in the end, the owner of the vehicle is responsible for autopilot, not the manufacturer.

That's why tacking on a 'lifetime' insurance premium to the price of a new car is the only real way that makes sense from the manufactuers/dealership to keep them from bearing the brunt of the cost and not getting ripped on the deal. However, it's opposite for the consumer, since bearing the full cost of insurance premiums in the purchase price of the vehicle is only going to make all these vehicles leaps and bounds more expensive to drive off the lot.

Others who claim this model would lead the market so that you never 'own' the vehicle and only lease it, or rent it from the manufacturer are probably somewhat accurate. However who wants that? You can never pay a vehicle off, will have monthly car payments for each car you own forever!? No way. That is a worse deal than (f)leasing a car is, which is a pretty bad deal economically for individuals. No thanks. If I have a car payment, I want to know that it's for a fixed amount of time, I can pay it off early (and save money), and once it's paid, the car is mine and in the clear for as long as I get usable life out of it, which may be a few more years or even decades if I want to be frugal and keep good maintenance performed.

Comment Re:Thanks. Mr. Obvious (Score 3, Interesting) 244

So you have to pay the value of the expected life of the car's insurance premiums up front with the purchase of the vehicle? Even if insurance was fairly cheap, this would make a car cost WAY more than it does today. Who is going to be able to afford a $80K Honda Civic? I'd rather pay monthly insurance premiums for just the time period that I own the car thank you.

Paying the insurance up front in the cost of the car raises some serious problems, like does the first own bear most of that brunt of the cost--and when it's resold does the value of the "insurance" effect the used car value linearly.

Also, how long to cars last, if you had to pay the insurance of the vehicle up front for it's entire life, how long is that going to be? 5 yrs, 10 yrs, 20 yrs. Some cars can last a long time.

This means consumers would ultimately be paying for 2 insurance premiums. 1 to the automaker for self driving insurance, and 1 for their normal insurance co. for manual mode driving. How is this supposed to be more affordable and better?

Comment Re:Good idea (Score 0) 366

Since when did Bill Gates and Warren Buffet turn into Climatologists? Why do rich people, politicians-- people who by definition have bigger carbon footprints individually than some small towns, always seem to have the audacity to give "lectures" to people on how to think/feel on this topic.

Comment Re:Wow.... (Score 1) 115

There are 2 reasons people still buy windows after windows 8, 8.1, and now 10. First they are fimiliar with it and they don't know any better. These are your casual users who have ran windows most of their lives, and aren't techie types. Second, is the power users, who DO know better, and know that Windows is going DOWN HILL in more than 1 way, however, are tied to it due to other software they they need to use. Whether it's proprietary business software, or niche software that ONLY runs on windows, or they develop windows software and want to test their apps on windows natively.

The casual user can leave in most cases, and some did years ago to Mac when Mac got "trendy". The rest of that group just don't realize where things are going and what is in store. These are the types of users that will buy Windows Cloud, and not realize that it can't run actual windows software. Just like RT fooled a lot of naive users into it until they couldn't run any normal windows programs.

The rest of us, that are power users, who are locked into windows due to other factors, are stuck for the moment. Wish I could give Linux a try, but I run too many applications created by hardware manufacturers in my industry that it would be a compatibility nightmare, or I would have to do as the Mac guys do, and run windows in a VM anyway.

Microsoft has completely lost my respect since Satya Nadella took over. Nadella needs to be fired before he ruins all the divisions of Microsoft and it's too late to turn back to what Microsoft was good at. Never thought I would miss Balmer...

Comment Re:Backups? (Score 1) 131

Proper backups would be able to go back to a certain date and recover the data from before the files were locked out. Even if one set of backup data was completely lost, an older backup set should have been available to get back 99% of the data minus maybe very recent changes, and even that is normally considered a worse case scenario in restoring backups.

It's best to be able to get up to the minute backups, or roll back file versions. But the reality is, you might be so screwed that you have to go back to a "known good date" and deal with the loss of the data from that date to current date. Preferably this span of time is only a day or two, or as little time as is feasible.

Comment Re:Comcast (Score 1) 243

That's is similar to the plan I have, but the prices seem a bit different. I only have data plan through them as well (no TV/Phone). On my bill it shows the base 25Mbps plan (normal price $60). Then the speed bump increase to my 220 tier (which is normally +$30). Then a discount for 1 year contract taking -$30 from my bill. So about $60-$70/mo... Some taxes and such but not sure what those are (not much with just a data only plan compared to TV+Phone).

Off contract my plan will cost $90, so not sure if the rate schedule is different here than where you are, or what? I'm hoping I can get the contract price for longer once my original one runs out. But I made sure to know how much it was going to be normal price so I didn't get surprised later on.

Submission + - Boeing Unveils New NASA Spacesuits For Starliner Austronaut Taxi (space.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The NASA astronauts who fly aboard Boeing's new spaceship will wear sleek, blue suits that are lighter, simpler and more comfortable than the bulky orange gear of the space shuttle era, company representatives said. Unveiled today (Jan. 25), the new "Boeing Blue" spacesuits for the Starliner capsule weigh about 20 lbs. (9 kilograms) each with all of their accessories, compared to 30 lbs. (13.6 kg) for the old space shuttle suits, NASA officials said. Other advances include touch-screen-sensitive gloves, more-flexible material and soft helmets that are incorporated into the suit (rather than the hard, detachable helmets of the shuttle era). The Boeing Blue suit, and the one that SpaceX develops, will help keep astronauts safe in the event of an emergency during trips to and from orbit. The suits are not designed for spacewalks; the large, bulky "extravehicular mobility units" that astronauts use for this latter purpose are already aboard the ISS. "The spacesuit acts as the emergency backup to the spacecraft's redundant life-support systems," Richard Watson, subsystem manager for spacesuits in NASA's Commercial Crew Program, said in the same statement. "If everything goes perfectly on a mission, then you don't need a spacesuit. It's like having a fire extinguisher close by in the cockpit. You need it to be effective if it is needed."

Submission + - DOW Jones cracks 20,000 for the first time (foxbusiness.com)

bobbied writes: The Dow Jones has been on the rise since Election Day adding almost 1,700 points. It nearly broke the psychological 20,000 barrier on January 6, 2017, missing it by a fraction and falling slightly. However, since Trump took office the Dow has been steadily gaining ground and today broke though the 20,000 level for the first time ever.

Submission + - $7B School Improvement Grant: Greatest failure in US Dept of Education History? (aei.org)

schwit1 writes: The final IES report on the School Improvement Grant program is devastating to Arne Duncan’s and the Obama administration’s education legacy. A major evaluation commissioned by the U.S. Department of Education and conducted by two highly respected research institutions delivered a crushing verdict: The program failed and failed badly. (The Washington Posts article by Emma Brown does an exceptional job recounting the administration’s $7 billion folly.)

No matter how the researchers crunched the numbers, the abysmal results were the same. SIG didn’t improve math scores. Or reading scores. Or high school graduation rates. Or college enrollment. SIG didn’t improve elementary or secondary schools. It didn’t help schools in Race-to-the-Top states or non-Race-to-the-Top states.

Submission + - Microsoft won't fix the most frustrating thing about Windows (cnet.com) 3

schwit1 writes: Maybe you're delivering a presentation to a huge audience. Maybe you're taking an online test. Maybe you just need to get some work done on a tight deadline.

Windows doesn't care.

Windows will take control of your computer, force-feed it updates, and flip the reset switch automatically — and there's not a damn thing you can do about it, once it gets started.

If you haven't saved your work, it's gone. Your browser tabs are toast. And don't expect to use your computer again soon; depending on the speed of your drive and the size of the update, it could be anywhere from 10 minutes to well over an hour before your PC is ready for work.

As far as I'm concerned, it's the single worst thing about Windows. It's only gotten worse in Windows 10. And when I poked around Microsoft, the overarching message I received was that Microsoft has no interest in fixing it.

Submission + - George Orwell's '1984' Hits Bestseller List Again (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Sales of George Orwell’s dystopian drama 1984 have soared after Kellyanne Conway, adviser to the reality-TV-star-turned-president, Donald Trump, used the phrase “alternative facts” in an interview. As of Tuesday, the book was the sixth best-selling book on Amazon. Comparisons were made with the term “newspeak” used in the 1949 novel, which was used to signal a fictional language that aims at eliminating personal thought and also “doublethink." In the book Orwell writes that it “means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them." The connection was initially made on CNN’s Reliable Sources. “Alternative facts is a George Orwell phrase,” said Washington Post reporter Karen Tumulty. Conway’s use of the term was in reference to White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s comments about last week’s inauguration attracting “the largest audience ever”. Her interview was widely criticized and she was sub-tweeted by Merriam-Webster dictionary with a definition of the word fact. In 1984, a superstate wields extreme control over the people and persecutes any form of independent thought.

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