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Comment Re: Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 45

I completely disagree. I blame the Democrats for everything.

I don't blame the Republicans. They're just being Republicans. It's like blaming a rabid dog for biting someone.

But the Democrats brought all this down on us with their shenaningans and their insistence of coronating their queen Hillary instead of working to give us a candidate worth voting for. So a bunch of people voted 3rd-party, or sat at home, and we got this.

Comment Re:Corporate Arrogance (Score 1) 45

Yes, and what exactly is the problem with this? If you don't like it, don't subscribe to AT&T. I don't.

Personally, I use Ting. There's no activation costs at all, and I can activate my phone myself from their web site. (Not an employee, just a happy customer.) Why anyone continues to use the mainstream cellular companies instead of the MVNOs I have no idea.

Comment Re:The death spiral is continuing. (Score 1) 15

This is some seriously delusional thinking. Microsoft not critical or relevant? What are you smoking?

First off, IBM is still here if you haven't noticed. They got out of PCs, but they still do lots of other stuff and are a huge and profitable company.

But back to MS: they absolutely are critical and relevant, because everyone's PC runs on their software. That isn't going to change, probably ever. If Windows 10 couldn't convince people to dump them, nothing will. They might not have gotten anywhere in mobile devices, but that doesn't matter because they still have their Windows and Office cash cows, and those aren't going anywhere, and there's no threats to them (do you see businesses switching all their workstations to OSX or Linux? Nope).

MS is doing the right thing: cut employees, and cut all long-term investment, and just keep slapping some new lipstick on the Windows and Office pigs. Corporations in particular will happily continue to pay through the nose for MS's enterprise products, and consumers are happy to use Windows 10 with its built-in spyware and advertising which MS makes money from indirectly. MS doesn't need to invest long-term, they just need to keep milking their cash cows. They can do this indefinitely, because the whole Windows 10 experience has proven, without a doubt, that customers simply will not leave that platform no matter what, and no matter how much it costs them.

Comment Re:Good Idea! (Score 1) 34

Their minidisc stuff wasn't bad in the late 1990s. It had some DRM limits if you recorded digitally, but I don't remember it being a pain and it was way better than cassette for general reliability and analog recording.

I think they managed to screw this up when MP3 came along, bringing in more DRM and limitations while trying to stay relevant.

Submission + - GMail app update blocking non-GMail servers

ukoda writes: Given the GMail Android app is bundled with most Android phone and has offered support for email accounts with other service providers it has become a popular email client. However sometime in November last year Google updated their app to silently reject self-signed certificates. For users of servers with self-signed certificates their email stopped coming in. Refreshing the inbox appears to go normally with no problems reported. From this support thread it is apparent that server connections are being rejected with the warning "Certificate Not Valid" even when the "All Certificates" option is chosen. The explanation from Google is they are improving security but for some users that had a working secure connection they now have to either stay with GMail, and turn off encryption, or move to a new app such as K9 or BlueMail. The lack of meaningful responses from Google leave little hope of things improving anytime soon.

Comment Re:It's a start! (Score 1) 166

2) Force employers to pay a 10% tax on that salary

Isn't this the part where all the "free market" believers tell us that "companies never pay taxes, they just pass them on to their customers"?

So far, we've got Trump proposing a 35% tax on US companies that build products overseas and Slashdot fools telling us that raising taxes on companies will lead to greater employment.

Did something change with the Trump inauguration that's suddenly made believers in "economic liberty and small government" love taxes?

Comment Re:There are fatter phones out there, buy one. (Score 1) 80

those are your choices with pretty much every single product in the world.

No. There are more smartphones than cars in the world, but I can buy a Ford with an automatic transmission, a manual transmission, a big trunk, a small trunk, hatchback, truck bed or 20" rims that spin backward when I drive.

So where is my 2017 Samsung or Apple with a replaceable battery?

Comment US vs Sweden (Score 2) 37

US: 10 Mbps down/3 Mbps up, 250 GB cap, $59.95/mo, including $10/mo modem rental. (Xfinity)

Sweden: 100 Mbps up/down, no cap, ~$40/mo (495 SEK), no modem needed since it's fibre to the door. (Bredbandsbolaget) (We could upgrade to 300 or 500 but why?)

The cap on the US service is plenty for us, since we've never used more than about 95 GB in a single month (we don't confuse the Internet with cable TV).

Comment Re:69% know that piracy is illegal ? (Score 1) 249

Alright, I will spell it out for you.

One of the excuses for copyright was that the author, having made a significant investment to create and distribute their work, need to be able to recoup their costs (and hopefully make a profit). Those sunk costs have plummeted.

But the main reason, which you don't seem to view as an answer, is that the current copyright terms do nothing except lock down culture and impoverish the public domain.

Now it's your turn to answer my question: how is life + 70 better for society than 15 years?

Comment Re: In the interest of infringing further: (Score 1) 104

Really? I've heard the last few Trek outings were absolute shit. I've been too busy to see many movies, but after Paramount's shenanigans began I couldn't see making time to give them any of my money. The fans made Trek - if they want to shit on the fans, then the fans can u make Trek. Except that most of them are p'tak.

Comment Re:Students? (Score 1) 166

AI stagnated in academia because the average research budget grant simply didn't cover the cost of high performance computing at the time. In the late 1980's, MSDOS PC's were stuck with 4.77MHz/16MHz CPU's, 256 color VGA modes, and 64 kbyte memory segment block allocation sizes (aka tiny, small, medium, large and huge memory models for code generation). Academics were lucky to have a 80x87 floating-point coprocessor. Even the 32-bit or 64-bit workstations weren't that much faster due to the fact that many had external storage on the network. Even when there were fast workstations, they decided to slow everything down with interpreted languages like LISP, Prolog and Scheme. Some did compile into native executable code but required large code libraries. A lot of academics had to make do with PC's to do image processing. Unless they had an i860 coprocessor with a framegrabber board, they had to store images on disk, fetch each column or row of pixels one by one, do a FFT or inverse FFT, then write the data out, repeating the process for the other axis. Now the same work can be done using a HD webcam, a smartphone or an ink-jet printer.

Supercomputers were restricted to weather simulations and aerodynamics. Around 2005, it was possible for a desktop or laptop to do 3D volume visualization with some old school texture mapping tricks and high-level shaders. Now there are a dozen different methods of doing rendering and image processing each taking advantage of GPU capabilities; OpenGL, OpenCL, CUDA, DirectX, compute shaders, Matlab, Blender, GIMP, ImageMagick, WebGL, Java, Python (PyCuda, PyGL)

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