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Comment Re:It's not as simple as "just switch over" (Score 1) 166

As someone who is on the tail end of a 700 computer migration from WinXP to Win7, I feel their pain. A single critical program that won't run on Win7 can be a showstopper. Not to mention special hardware for which no Win7 drivers are available - all of a sudden that $120 upgrade cost for a Win7 license became $25,120 when you include the cost of a new laser engraver.

You can always run XP Mode in Win 7 Virtual PC. That's what my organization did when we upgraded to Win 7. We had a few programs that were tied to XP; so, we ran those programs in Win 7 Virtual PC-Windows XP Mode. Problem solved.

Comment Re:Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 2) 193

Netflix is the first media company with the business model of "Give the customers exactly what they want."

That is what I used to think, until I heard my friends across the ponds cant watch House of Cards, because of geoip restriction. Netflix blocked countries from watching their self produced TV series, because they wanted to make more money though licensing deals. Netflix is becoming yet another old school media company (and I use that phrase with contempt).

I don't see how Netflix would be maximizing profits based on your scenario. Besides, Netflix doesn't really own House of Cards or any of their internally produced content. They own the exclusive rights to their in-house produced shows but the movie studios still own the content. Netflix has to determine which countries will have an interest in the House of Cards before they license the rights to show House of Cards in those countries. If your friends across the pound can't see the House of Cards is because Netflix has determine that there is not enough interest over there to justify the extra licensing costs. Netflix is fighting the studios to get global licensing but studios are resisting moving to a global licensing model. Don't have the player; hate the game.

Comment Re: Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 1) 193

So their witch hunt for people using Proxy to gain access to the US Netflix is in the customers best interest?

What do you expect Netflix to do when the studios are forcing them to block Proxies and VPN? If Netflix really intended to go after their customers from accessing regional restricted content then they would block customers from accessing out of region content based on billing address.

Comment Re:Result of brexit? (Score 1) 153

Intel has been trying this for many years. They never succeed because Intel is trying to make chips so Intel can sell chips for phones and tablets. Intel is Intel-focused. If they focused on making chips to solve problems for customers, they might be more successful.

Microsoft has the same problem. Windows 8 and Xbox One were very obviously Microsoft-focused products -- customers didn't want tiles or Kinect or HDMI input.

Memo to Intel and Microsoft: don't make stuff you want to sell, make stuff people want to buy.

No, the problem Intel has in the mobile computing market is that they are trying to develop chips for the mobile market that are based on their X86 design. Square pegs in a round hole as it is. Intel is x86 centric not "Intel is Intel-focused" as you stated.

Comment Re:Worked out for me... (Score 1) 212

Actually, right now I'm paying $0/mo for storage since I got two years free. And even when that runs out I will be paying $7/mo for hosted storage, related services and a full office suite. For less than the two major competitors (Google and Dropbox) charge for less features (and again, no office suite).

I I have plenty of storage at home (around 10TB usable) but OneDrive provides me convenience and backup. I suppose I could go through the trouble of installing something like OwnCloud, then configuring all my devices to use it, but you know what? Not only would it still be difficult to match the feature set, I am far more likely to have power or network go out in my house than in their data centers.

Google has an office suit built into Google Drive. Google office suit can read the latest Microsoft office files and save files in any MS Office format plus act as a PDF Reader; also, Google office suit allows for sharing and collaborating. Google Drive can be set up to automatically back up data from all your Android mobile devices, in addition to any files or folder on your computer. To say that Google Drive is not as feature rich as Microsoft OneDrive, as far as the average user is concerned, sounds a bit like you are shill.

Comment Re:pen and paper (Score 1) 286

I use colornote myself, nothing fancy but its great with lists and quick notes which is what I am always using so it works perfect for me.

Yep, I use ColorNote as well. Simple and easy to use, great for simple notes. I also use Google keep a lot. I like Google keep ability to set reminders and voice to text feature to take notes.

Comment Re:Why doesn't an IP address prove something? (Score 1) 164

FYI, a VPN connection, provides proof that YOU were the person driving since it's password protected and paid for with your credit card.

Really, a VPN connection can only be established by you?

Yet if someone else already has access and control of your pc, likely with a keylogger on the pc, what stops them from using the VPN as you? Nothing, that is what.

... and what if your computer/router is setup to automatically create the VPN connection... My 5 year old could be on that VPN.

It would definitely be harder to show that you were innocent if the VPN service is in your name. While not impossible for someone to hijack a VPN connection, My personal opinion is that such an argument without proof would be an uphill battle in court. Note: I am not a lawyer.

You are making a blanket statement that's not necessarily true. You may have a point if the user has to manually enter username and password to establish a VPN connection. However that is not the case, username and password is stored by the VPN, on the client's computer, and the credentials are automatically sent to the hosting company for verification. All a user need do is connect to the VPN and credentials are automatically verified. Not to mention, many VPN's are set up to be always connected.

Comment Re:antenna (Score 1) 193

8cm is enough if that's all you require to get free money. Bus, train, bar, concert, elevator, I'm in plenty of situations where I get closer than 8cms to others. If everyone of those people I could scam $99 from, I'll be a millionaire by the end of the month.

8cm = 3.15 inches. You would literally have to be standing nose to nose with someone to be that close. The only way that 8 cm range would work is if the device is hand held and you are in a crowded environment, preferably a bar where everyone is tipsy, where you can get the device 3 inches from people pockets or handbags. It's not easy but doable I guess.

Comment Re:Fairly generous? (Score 3, Informative) 130

In Accounting, most computer hardware has a 2-3 year depreciation for a reason.

And that reason is mostly that 20 years ago the useful working lifetime for a PC before either a significant hardware failure or a cost-effective major upgrade actually was around 3 years.

However, that hasn't been true for at least a decade, with increasing reliability of hardware and reducing real world benefits to upgrading so often unless your hardware did already fail. I don't work with any accountants who would assume such a short lifetime for depreciation purposes today.

The IRS allows for a 5 year depreciation on computers and peripheral equipment. Therefore, companies use a 5 year depreciation on most computers and equipment.

Comment Re:Serious question: (Score 1) 80

So your complaint is Siri doesn't understand that you want to use military time?

Just for kicks, I pulled out my iPhone and said "Siri, set an alarm for noon" - hey, presto, I have an alarm set for noon. Then I asked Siri to set an alarm for 1:20pm, and that worked too.

When I tried "set an alarm for sixteen-thirty", it initially didn't work... but that is because my phone isn't on 24-hour time. When I enabled that (Settings -> Date & Time -> 24-Hour Time), that same directive worked perfectly.

You shouldn't have to that. Siri should have been able to make the proper adjustments. For example, I just tried this with Google Now, I said "okay Google set alarm for 2030" and Google Now responded with setting alarm for 8:30 pm. Siri should have been able to do something similar when you tried to setting the alarm using 24 hour format.

Comment Re:Sugar is sugar... (Score 1) 221

Even fruit drinks aren't as good as, well, eating the fruit involved because there's lots of nutrients you're losing out on that was in the pulp of the fruit, and besides, the pulp has carbs and fiber that help you feel 'full', which the juice alone will shoot through your system and not satiate you.

Well also they're talking about fruit drinks, not fruit juice. Whenever you see something labelled "fruit drink", it should trigger alarm bells and the question, "why aren't they calling it juice?"

Even things labelled "juice" sometimes have additives, including additional sugar. When it's labelled a "fruit drink", it means that they've doctored it so much and added so much sugar that they're not allowed to call it "juice" anymore. It's sort of like if you go to a mexican restaurant and the stuff they put in the tacos is referred to as something like, "beef-based taco filling." That should immediately make you question what that stuff is.

Actually, if a beverage is labeled as juice or to contain juice then the juice content must be displayed somewhere on the label ( 21 CFR 101.30(a). If a beverage is labeled as a fruit drink you can bet it has very little to no fruit juice.

Comment Re:The iPad is doing just fine... (Score 1) 301

It has been a huge mistake on Apple's part to so completely depend on these two products for sales. They have (or had) a window to move the Mac line along and provide another option besides Windows, but they will never be anything but a small corner of the market with their current Mac product line. Shame, because I've love some competition there.

To be fair, they tried with Mac product line for over 30 years. The Mac small market penetration is not from a lack of trying by Apple. Apple tried. Also, the global market for personal computers/laptops has been in the dumps for 6 years and doesn't look to be turning around anytime soon. So, I wouldn't expect Mac to gain market share (blame it on market forces) anytime soon. The iPhone killed their very profitable iPod business. However, Apple pay is a success and so is Apple TV, iTunes and Apple Market. Apple is doing okay in terms of product diversification.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 518

He's lucky there wasn't an emergency and that his device did not interfere with a 911 call.

I guess I was just lucky to survive the dark ages before mobiles existed and someone would have had to get the train to stop in the next station before calling for help. Yes this guy was being an idiot but lets not blow things out of proportion: life was indeed possible before the cell phone was invented and it was not significantly more dangerous.

What does that have to do with anything? Blocking cell phone calls this way puts the public at risk regardless of how things were done in the past. It's called progress. What a silly comment.

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