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Comment Typical corporation (Score 1) 30

Corporate stooge: "We no longer want this item, so please add the plastic to the ocean!"

Opportunist Environmentalist: "But sir its a perfectly working device, surely we can sell it!"

Corporate stooge: "And tarnish our american overlords brand by selling a *USED* iphone! please go die now!"

Opportunist Environmentalist: "okay..."

Corporate stooge: "Now if you'll excuse me I have to switch over the lines to make pirated iphone parts so i can buy up property all over the world and make housing unaffordable for locals!"

*employer leaves room and opportunist pockets device*

Its not stealing if its trash. But this is capitalist china, so 10 years in jail for violating corporate rules (and not affording the requisite bribes) seems accurate.

Comment Re:So Combating Climate change was a GOP 'thing' (Score 3, Interesting) 302

"So, unless my math is wrong, that puts the GOP on the right side of Climate Change fully ten years before Al Gore and the Democrats"

I think you are confused because as much as i loathe reagan, conservatives used to believe in environmental protections. In fact i remember there being a broad consensus about the science of it in the 80s and 90s.

Face it, the so called republican party in the USA simply does not stand for the same things it did 30 years ago. Things are leaning much more to the authoritarian, anti science and pro-ignorance right than probably even classical republicans are comfortable with.

Very few countries have as much of a problem recognizing climate change as real as much as the USA seems to. It's probably going to be a very fascinating historical study, if we survive it. Most other countries at this point are capable of acknowledging AGW but then disagree over what to do about it. This includes conservatives in those countries. Outright denial though seems to be a purely american thing from what i have observed.

Comment Re:A leader who defuses the situation? (Score 4, Informative) 469

"Our job is making sure no one annexes us. Other countries can posture all they want."

"First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out-
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."

History repeats too much to have such a myopic attitude about world affairs.

Comment Re:Not Surprising (Score 2) 333

"But Apple does protect your privacy"

One of the first things OSX does after you install it is bitch at you about enabling location services and then forces you to create and link an apple ID to even get software updates for the OS. The level of cloud integration turned on by default on ipads is sickening as well.

So claiming OSX/IOS is better than windows as far as privacy is concerned is laughable. Microsoft is obviously playing catchup to OSX here but apple did start this BS first. Its just apple users crave loss of privacy because they dont have to worry about backups and things "just work(tm)". The reason they work is because of the tight control of apple corporate overlords.

Comment Re:Trust (Score 1) 322

"And to be honest, user-hostile is much harder to debug than any Linux problems you might have."

Lots of people saying "just use linux" not just you, but you are are the person i am replying to so here goes.

Simply accounting. Doesnt work in linux as far as i can search. Planetside 2, does not work in linux, as far as i can see.

Linux is awesome on the server, vmware, android.. But because I dont have time to dick around with compatibility problems i run windows 7 because it just works. And when i go to install a program and there is a problem, i dont have to second guess whether it is an incompatibility with the platform.

In 2020 we shall see if more games are cross platform (looks like wasteland 2 and wasteland 3 are, so thats great!). But still I would have trouble giving up programs like winamp, which i have been using since the 90s. And the main issue for me is that I know that programs will just work in windows. My wifes programs especially. I can work around UI differences and program incompatibilities, but my wife cannot. I also have been a windows only tech for 15 years and there is something to be said for using what you have to support. I can tell usually pretty quickly if an issue is a hardware or software problem, and i feel that a lot of that knowledge is windows specific. Sure the logging in 8000 times better in linux, but unless i start using linux regularly professionally i doubt I will install it at home. No one will give me a job maintaining linux workstations with no desktop linux experience, so its a catch 22 as far as my career is concerned.

Comment Re:I forget, why is this relevant? (Score 1) 418

Trump and clinton are the same. But trump is a reactionary megalomaniac who has zero impulse control and poor intelligence. Not someone you want to be leading the worlds most powerful military and having access to nuclear weapons.

From an outside perspective, both of your candidates are corrupt pro business conservatives. A proper alternative would be bernie sanders or ron paul, both of whom had great ideas but got stomped out by the establishment. Trump and clinton are the establishment! so I wouldn't expect any change, and with trump you have the added bonus of someone stupider and more reactionary than bush. This creates a real danger to the entire world.

Comment Re:This is a good thing. (Score 1) 418

Firstly, as you can see by this wikipedia article, later than 20 weeks is extremely rare (about 2%). However religious fundamentalists want to ban ALL abortion, so you can cherry pick parts of their argument where it fits you i guess but you are being disingenuous to the position.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

All abortions should be a couple or the mothers decision, not the state. What we don't need in this world are more children brought up by uncaring people who didn't want to have children in the first place. It's the parents decision to have kids or not, not the state.

Comment Re:It's the stadium stupid (Score 1) 236

"We had a similar problem at a bluegrass festival with just 5000 people, 4 different free WiFi access points, all unusable because connections timed out due to being so overloaded."

4 access points for 5000 people? Yeah your gonna have a bad time. Most access points can support like 100 people on them max. In a temporary situation, I would have gotten at least 10, more like 20 APs for that amount of people and a wireless lan controller to manage them. We regularly use aprox 80 APs to cover a building with 5000 users. You completely underestimated how many APs you need for sure! I never covered a large outdoor space, but you usually do these things by number of people attending because each AP can only handle so many connections.

Stadiums on the other hand sometimes have thousands to tens of thousands of APs and as other people pointed out, concerts in those stadiums work ok. Someone also said that the wireless infrastructure was provided just for the benches (or whatever they are called). So the surfaces would have had thier own wireless network on the playfield. This makes sense as no one is going to use the same wifi network for public as for something as important as team tools.

Having used MS surface devices professionally, I can say that they are nice, but they are also quite buggy, so i would blame them and windows 10 for most of the problems. Bring some ipads in and see if they have the same problems, i bet they dont.

Comment Re:And what about Wi-Fi (Score 1) 236

From anecdotal experience with my 13 windows 10 surface pro 3's and 4 devices, i would say its all three. The hardware has overheating problems, the software (windows 10) craps out randomly requiring power cycles (Which on the surface means holding down the power button for 30 seconds). They need firmware updates out of the box to be usable mostly. And occasionally some combination of the above locks up wireless requiring a reboot.

So i have no problem believing that the surfaces are the core of the issue. I see litterally none of the same problems with any ipad we have. I hate apple, but they are far far FAR more reliable than microsoft surface devices.

I do have a surface and i love it when im out and about and the touchscreen is useful, but the hardware itself does have problems and windows 10 is not quite ready for production (and getting miraculously LESS ready with every update...)

Comment Grass is always greener (Score 1) 93

Funny, because as a canadian, i know several people who have VPNs soley to watch american netflicks. I dont personally watch so i cant compare it but I always thought the american library was more comprehensive becuase everyone always wants to get american netflix (which you need an american CC for and VPN). Seems like a lot of effort, maybe someone who has both could comment on the differences.

Comment Re:Old computer with better spec than the new ones (Score 1) 310

Not sure if you just cherry picked those two particular CPUs as they are almost identical in performance:
http://www.cpubenchmark.net/co...

But i agree, upgrading from a 4 digit (2nd gen+ core i7 series cpu), to another core series i7 CPU is not going to give you any sort of performance increase. However, the newer chipset with 4x m2 support can drive a high end SSD over 2000MB/s (some over 3k now!). So upgrading from a core 2 quad was a good move for me. Even though the quad really did work fine.

I did manage to skip a whole upgrade to core series around 2012 and waited it out till q1 2016. But the machine i would have bought at the time, a 2600k is still selling for a premium on ebay. CPU is still worth $150 USD last time i looked.

it may be that people need to revise their upgrade schedule to be more like 8 years as opposed to the old model of a 3-4 year cycle, but that doesn't bother me one bit.

Comment Re:Hope they get fined big for this (Score 1) 311

"There is no reason to upgrade to chip cards except to benefit the card cartels."

Are you high? Chip and Pin, the standard for most of the world, works perfectly fine and the reason it is implemented is to protect the merchants! Right now if i go to USA and swipe my card, a fucking signature(!!!) is all the authentication that you need!

This isn't the 1970s, my god. I couldn't even believe how much fraud I could have done with basically zero effort down there. I can't believe that there isn't massive credit card fraud in the USA. Sure, chip cards can be cloned and pins can be captured with hidden cameras, but thats orders of magnitude more effort than simply stealing someones card number and faking their signature. It would be like vendors accepting personal cheques! Mag stripes are relics from a bygone age.

And if you cant program for chip and pin cards, you need to refresh your skills. Every POS software I have worked with in the last 5 years at least, is chip and pin. You get around all PCI compliance issues because cc numbers are never stored or transmitted in plain text anything at any point. The pin authorizes the card at the pinpad and simply transmits a pass or fail to the bank, encrypted. The payment processor has an agent installed on the PC if they are integrated. Or so I understand, i just service them, not a programmer. But the systems are ubiquitous.

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