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Comment Re:Crowdsourced Security (Score 1) 57

You got it. After Microsoft fired all their QA testers, the SDLC concept for Windows 10 seems to be:

  • * Insiders are the alpha testers, but at least they volunteered for that.
  • * The general public are unwitting surveillance subjects and beta testers. Microsoft will Do The Needful to your computer whether you want it done or not. These mandatory patches can make your computer stop working, blue screen, lose data, or somehow fuck up previously perfectly working peripherals at any time. You can't decline a patch even if you know in advance it's going to fuck you up!
  • * Only Enterprise users get the finished product and they have to pay through the teeth for that privilege. Whatever patches didn't fuck up millions of consumer PCs may eventually make their way here.

Add in the telemetry/spying and the only winning move is not to play.

Comment Re:Not mine, you won't... (Score 1) 224

Self-inflicted? Yes. Problem? There is where you'll get lots of disagreement. The American Dream of a single-family house on its own lot is still very, very compelling for the majority of Americans. Many - I'd say a clear majority of - Americans want no part of a European-style rabbit warren, no matter how much our betters in the Northeast tell us it would be good for us.

We build out because we can, and because that's what we want. Yes, we know that's not conducive to mass transit, and we don't care. Europeans telling us we're doing it wrong get very, very tiresome.

Comment Re:I needed something simple and (Score 1) 249

The going price for the T430 on eBay seems to be just over $150. I got one for a friend; while I didn't remove the Windows 7 Pro install that it came with (for his use case, Windows is the only supported choice), but it seemed to eb a good, solid machine. I wouldn't mind having one for myself to run Linux on if Second Life ran on Intel graphics on Linux systems.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 224

The maximum price is reflection of my reality, post-Obama recovery. I can't afford a new Lexus RX any more. I have to settle for used.

I bought the ML320 a couple of years ago, with 133K miles on it. It looked like it just rolled off the line, and I paid about that amount of money for it. You can get that kind of deal if you look around. I doubt the Tesla Model X will ever fit that price point, even if it did meet my other parameters. (No folding back seat in an SUV? Dumb, dumb, dumb.)

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 224

Not heavy, bulky. It's not 300, but 750 or 1000. And I do it enough that buying an environmentally-correct car would severely cramp my activities. Oh, and rent? The closest car rental place is 50 miles away. Gas-guzzling? I get 30 MPG highway, and 600 miles between fuel stops. (I don't push the low-fuel light. It'll actually break 700.) The ML320 is *not* supersized unless you think a proper size is a European econobox.

Comment Re:Great (Score 2) 92

a) there are still hundreds of sites out there that use Flash and have no way to change this easily (homestarrunner.com, for example)

Yeah, this sucks. Most weather radar sites (including a lot of NOAA products) require Flash. It's getting a little better, but very slowly.

b) there are things that you can't even DO with HTML5, but are readily available in flash. Notably, filesystem access.

Thank goodness for that. A widget in a web browser has no business autonomously accessing my filesystem. If I want to intentionally upload or download a file, every browser can do that without a plugin.

Comment Re:Stupid (Score 1) 224

I keep saying this:

I'll drive an EV when it can carry the load my ML320 does (or, if you like, an Explorer or Trailblazer or Grand Cherokee) for at least 300 miles on and off Interstate highways at freeway speed (70+ MPH) with adequate power reserves for passing, then be ready to do it again in 15 minutes, repeated indefinitely. Oh, and I have to be able to buy it used for $15K or so.

The technology is nowhere close to that yet.

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