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Comment It depends on the number of backups (Score 1) 58

It really depends on how often the backups are done, and how long they are kept. I remember for an old mainframe system they were done hourly, but with only 7 days kept. Other will have a lower frequency. But usually they are not kept forever, are usually overwritten as a sort of rolling backup. Now I could be wrong and yahoo could be saving a few terrabyte forever on regular basis but it sounds dubious as there is no commercial interest for this, this is why most ISP and firms fought plans to be forced to keep backups of some data , including logs, for a long time. It cost a lot of money. So yes delete are not committed retroactively, but after a while they become a de facto reality.

Comment Re:Always been doing it (Score 5, Interesting) 106

So since you are hearing ads (and I'm assuming you a relatively young anonymous coward) you would rather hear irrelevant ads shilling restless leg syndrome aids VS cheap flights to cancun?

Can't speak for the AC, but if I can't avoid corporate mind control (a.k.a. advertising) entirely I'd like it to be as mistargeted as possible. Facebook sometimes seems to think I'm in Sri Lanka or Laos and sends me ads I can't read, that's perfect.

Comment Re:What is the appeal of these things? (Score 1) 128

  1. I'm a watch person, so I'd be buying a watch either way.
  2. If I get a phone call or text while driving, I don't have to pull over to check to see if its safely ignored (the typical scenario), or something I'll get in big trouble if I ignore until I'm at my destination (always possible with the spousal unit).
  3. I never have to set the time
  4. I can change the face look to suit the occasion, rather than having to purchase multiple watches for the purpose. So its like I have a whole drawer of watches to chose from, but without the clutter or expense.
  5. The fitness/sleep tracking stuff is nice too. Particularly sleep. I often have a surprisingly wrong view of how much sleep I'm getting.

Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 450

That is a damn shame. As someone living smack in the middle of the US, the first two shows I got addicted to on Netflix were Irish and Kiwi. Part of the attraction to me is the idea that I can pick pretty much any show created by any mind in the English-speaking world. More if I don't mind subtitles.

I guess its probably a contractual issue with the producers (typically in the US different people own the domestic and foreign rights), but that still massively sux.

Comment Re:No Thanks (Score 1) 80

And on that note, there are lots of things that are bigoted that the left doesn't seem to have a problem perpetuating. For example, it's considered totally acceptable to bash rednecks and Christians, even though doing so is by definition bigotry. How many times on an internet forum do you see people say "murica'"? Again, by definition that is bigotry. Have a look at the "unfair campaign"; again, bigotry. Need I go on? Why is bigotry acceptable so long as it's popular?

If by "acceptable" you mean "most people don't have a problem with it, or at least don't find it appalling", then I think you just defined "popular". Still, that doesn't prevent you from being bothered by such things, and telling people why. Again, freedom of speech means we both get to have our opinions. If most of the country finds yours appalling, I'd postulate that's probably your problem, not theirs.

If you're curious specifically about those specific things, I'd suggest contemplating for a few minutes why its funny when a little kid gets angry and punches an adult in the groin, but not funny at all when an adult does it to a little kid. Context matters.

Comment Stay away from Windows 10 insider builds (Score 1) 149

Stay away from Windows 10 insider builds.

I was using an insider build that worked okay, then tried upgrading to the next build in the "slow" track, and it completely broke my wifi, then I reverted back to the earlier insider build. So far, no real problems.

Then Microsoft decided that insider builds should expire, and become non-functional. You get a BSOD every 4 hours as a way of reminding you to not use old insider builds.

The built-in Windows Update for insider builds was also broken since I had been messing with registry settings for telemetry, and it refused to check for insider build updates.

So yeah, stay away unless you like broken wifi or BSODs every 4 hours.

Comment It's not CGI, it's familiarity (Score 3, Insightful) 301

Remember when Jurassic Park came out, how impressed we all were with the dinosaurs?

Remember when T2 came out, how impressive the liquid metal man was?

The problem isn't that CGI is "bad". It's just a technique, that can be used well or poorly like anything else. It's mature enough now that you can use it a whole lot. But there's nothing intrinsic about it that makes it less impressive or less verisimilitudinous or less worthwhile to watch than other filmic techniques.

The real problem is that "lots of things moving at once look at the spectacle!" is no longer novel. We have scads of movies every year come out that show us that. So, when Jurassic Park had cool dinosaurs, it was *the* movie that had that. When Return of the Jedi had fighters flying all over the place in a massive space battle that upped the ante from the previous two Star Wars movies, it was fresh and cool and new.

Nowadays, that's just same old, same old. You can no longer impress by having lots of specatcle out there, because audiences have been there and seen that. it doesn't matter how you accomplish it -- CGI or otherwise. CGI only gets blamed because that's how people usually accomplish it nowadays. Maybe you can blame CGI because that's what made it cheap engouh to be overused so much. But it's not CGI itself.

Done well, it still entertains. Somebody else has already mentioned Mad Max. As another example, the speedster running through the exploding house scene from [i]X-Men: Apocalypse[/i] was a lot of fun, because there was more to it than just spectacle. The same movie at the end had lots of crap flying all over the places in a special effects spectacular, and it was kind of boring, because it was just gratuitous spectacle for the sake of spectacle, and that's old hat.

Comment Re:The Guardian again ... (Score 1) 85

Frequent posts from The Guardian and BBC cover important events in the US that local media fail to report. This should make us wonder why American news media aren't on top of these stories.

One thing I'd suggest any American try: Find yourself a local broadcast of BBC America and listen to them interview someone. They actually follow-up their questions if the subject isn't answering, and if the subject is BS'ing will freely tell them so to their face. Its like reporters are supposed to be.

The best is when they interview an American populist politician. One of those people who is used to spouting coded racist/classist language, or even flat out lies, without the interviewee calling them on it. There's always that moment of stunned silence where the subject realizes they are actually going to have to think in this interview.

I'm not sure what's happened to their American counterparts. I think there's a culture of deference that perhaps owes a bit to our cultural desire to keep things polite. Also, I think here an interviewer realizes the person they are talking with is way more popular than they are, and they really don't want to deal with legions of ticked supporters. Those BBC interviewers just don't care about any of that.

Comment Re:Yes it is a straw man argument (Score 1) 1127

So now we are down to $500 billion in extra costs, which is a much more realistic figure. The federal government collects $2.4 trillion in income taxes, so the 50% of households and companies which pay any incomes taxes today would need to pay 20% more. I pay a little over $30k per year in federal income taxes, so this would mean almost $6500 in extra taxes for me personally.

But I would get something for this money

About $10,000 according to the article. Not a bad deal.

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