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Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 83

I don't think young people are *that* bad. When we were kids, only people that could understand the lower level operation of a computer could use one, because there was no "high level" interface, i.e. they were not user-friendly. Since modern computers are relatively friendly and they are more useful to your average person now (the web, social platforms, etc.), you have many more people from *all* generations using computers. There are probably more young people today that understand computers well at a low level than in the past but they are outnumbered by all of their clueless peers, peers that didn't exist when we were kids.

Recently I attempted to download a user manual (pdf) for some old device from a shady website and it ended up having an .exe extension. As it was downloading it popped-up a nice graphic showing me step-by-step how to "view" the document. Which included me clicking on the "document", saying "yes, I'd like to run this" at the first dialog, and then saying "yes, I allow this application to make changes to my computer" at the second dialog. I'm hoping anyone under the age of 60 sees this and laughs whilst deleting the "document" but (most) older people will follow these steps to the letter.

Comment To play devil's advocate.. (Score 1) 742

He probably contacted Comcast and some time during the call(s) he played the "I'm a lawyer" card and maybe hinted at legal action. At this point, the customer service representative would be required to turn over the call logs to internal legal counsel. Comcast's counselors did their homework and figured out who this individual was and then contacted his firm to discuss the threat of litigation. His firm was probably like, "WTF?" and canned him because they would rather their employees didn't go around trying to intimidate others and/or get preferential treatment just because they have a law degree.

Again, playing devil's advocate here.

Comment Re:I'm doing my best to keep them afloat (Score 2) 168

“I was in Nashville, Tennessee last year. After the show I went to a Waffle House. I'm not proud of it, I was hungry. And I'm alone, I'm eating and I'm reading a book, right? Waitress walks over to me: 'Hey, whatcha readin' for?' Isn't that the weirdest fuckin' question you've ever heard? Not what am I reading, but what am I reading FOR? Well, goddamnit, ya stumped me! Why do I read? Well . . . hmmm...I dunno...I guess I read for a lot of reasons and the main one is so I don't end up being a fuckin' waffle waitress.” -- Bill Hicks

But seriously, why? Why buy from Amazon or why buy at all (i.e. pirate)? Or is it why buy 1300 books? I know several people that can easily read an entire (200-300 page) book in just a few hours. One of them reads at least one book per day -- this is in addition to having a life. I'll never read 1300 books but they will have no problem doing it.

Comment A few reasons (Score 1) 550

Risk - Odds are everything will go fine but my eyes are pretty important to me. Is it that big of an inconvenience wearing contacts? Not for me. Been wearing them for over 25 years with no issues. If I couldn't wear contacts though, laser surgery would have been more tempting. I don't like the narrow field of vision and other visual aberrations you get with glasses.

Age - I talked about laser surgery with my eye doctor when I was in my mid-to-early-30's. He said don't bother because you will need glasses for reading before long. I'm 40 now and still on my same prescription, but my eye(s) did start to decline slightly on my last visit. I'll be using bifocal contacts / reading glasses in the not-so-distant future.

Comment My reason for using a sound card. (Score 1) 502

I had the optical output on my motherboard run into my home theater receiver in the living room (where the computer was too). After 3 years of the PC always being on and the optical LED being lit, the LED brightness had diminished (yes, this happens) to a point where it could not signal reliably over the cheap 30 foot optical cable I was using (I did a lot of troubleshooting). To remedy the problem I bought the cheapest sound card I could find with an optical output. That solved the problem.

I have since moved the PC into a different room (and upgraded the motherboard, CPU, etc) and went back to using analog headphones. I kept the sound card in the PC and used that with my headphones. Then one day that sound card quit working. So, now I use the analog out on my motherboard.

Full circle.

Comment So, (Score 1) 535

They're coming after us now -- the hardcore gamer, PC using, hipster, Facebook holdouts. Screw this, if Zuckerberg wants to infiltrate my computer with some Facebook authentication required "oculus configuration tool" and track all of my processes, keystrokes, and mouse-clicks, he can do what every other soulless marketing company does and just buy that information from Valve!

Comment Re:Cellular is the business model (Score 1) 424

I don't know if it is necessarily law. Perhaps only one company is given access to the existing infrastructure by law, but there can be multiple cable companies.

My town (Cedar Rapids, IA) has 2 cable providers. Imon and Mediacom. Imon just serves our metropolitan area (Imon is not municipal -- they are an independent, for-profit company), whereas Mediacom is a regional cable provider and serves many other metro areas. There are 2 sets of cable infrastructure run side-by-side throughout the city. I have 2 cable feeds terminating at my house.

The problem is, who wants to come in as an unestablished second provider and foot the bill to re-wire the entire city again? Probably not many companies. Cedar Rapids' situation is definitely unique and it may not last as there were (are) rumors about Mediacom leaving the city because of the local competition.

Comment Hmm.. (Score 5, Interesting) 59

I'm coming out with an application called "Solitary Confinement".

Required hardware will be a VR headset, noise-cancelling headphones, and a typical closet or shower (shower/tubs will not work). You can play single player but it's much more realistic if a friend or family member takes on the role of the warden. I'm integrating it with the steam API and am currently ironing out the achievements.

Comment AI Rejection (Score 1) 175

Disclaimer: I have not watched the movie yet.

In this movie the user and the AI grow to love each other. Can't the opposite also happen? How about the AI likes you, but just as a friend. Is the AI going to hang out with the AI down the street more than it spends time with it's "owner"?

If the AI is truly intelligent than isn't this the same as human relationships, only at near light-speed?

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