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Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Interesting) 250

Windows 7 doesn't access the Windows Store. The Windows 7 install base is HUGE. They want those people off Windows 7 and on an OS that has their store built in. Windows 7 runs on almost 60% of general user PCs, this number includes Macs. That's a shit ton of potential people buying from your store. Let's face it, most people running W7 won't pay to upgrade, but their logic will be "hey if it's free, why not?!?". There you go, more money extracted from what would otherwise be a zero revenue generating install.

MS takes 30% of sales on their Windows store. MS wants everyone purchasing from their store so they get a 30% cut of every other company's programming work.

How I interpret MS's a long term goal - it's likely that they want to at some point force you go through the "Windows Store" to buy programs, just like Apple does on their "App Store". Hey,if you can't ignore the forced update that makes this change, then too bad for you. Here's how I see it as a general outline:
1. Develop New Windows OS that Data Mines (read new MS agreements @ ), "cloud services", and more importantly includes the windows store and forced OS updates to add/remove features as they see fit. - Check

2. Offer "Free" windows upgrades - Check
3. Gain Installs / market penetration for new windows OS - In Progress
4. Sell / Use mined data for marketing purposes - Check (See above)
5. Leverage "cloud" services as a vendor lock in - Future
6. Sell more "windows services" - Future
7. Use forced Os updates to lock windows program installation down to their store just like Apple does on iOS - More Distant Future
8. Utilize a 90%+ PC device install base to profit massively off the "windows store" ( ) - More Distant Future

Comment Re:What's wong with a rake (Score 1) 228

Show me a backpack style electric leaf blower that puts out a constant 750+ CFM, can run for 3 hours straight, weighs less than 20 pounds, and costs less than $500.

Hell, show me an electric blower that meets my requirements at *any* price.

Yeah... crickets...

My neighbor picked up one of these ) new this summer and it was basically a worthless piece of shit, and it's about as powerful as electric blowers get. He was outside for over an hour and had less than half of his lawn cleaned up. I tossed on my echo 770 and cleared my whole yard on 20ish minutes, we both had roughly the same amount of debris. Then I walked over and asked him if he wanted a hand, cleared out the remainder of his yard in short order too. He returned the electric piece of crap and a couple weeks later bought a good backpack blower (Stihl 600).

Comment Re:The freedom of not having a car (Score 1) 242

You can't paint personal automobiles as a time waste and squander of money with one brush. I live in a mid size American city with OK public transport, not terrible but not great either. I live ~15 miles from work and worked the night shift ending at midnight for many years. Buses stop boarding new passengers at 11:30 PM. What am I supposed to do - Walk home 15 miles every night? Bring a bicycle on a bus that forbids you from bringing bicycles on-board? Pay a taxi $35/day for a ride home from work ($700/month @20 days worked per month) which ends up costing more than a car? Get a new job and cut my income in half losing well over $2000/month in income?

Comment Re:We accept your apology (Score 1) 398

I've got you covered.

1. Install and run your own privoxy and configure HTTP, install HTTPS filtering certificates
2. Install custom ad filters (it's easy to do - I know, I've done it)
3. Assuming you are on your own private network, which I usually am, use NAT to redirect all HTTP/HTTPS traffic blind to your privoxy.
4. Profit!
5. There is no ??? step, just profit.

Side note, I've had built in ad blocking on iOS and Android for years this way. No addon's required. If you use my network, you're automatically protected.

Comment I'd use a Chinese... (Score 1) 110

I'd use a Chinese encryption system with a back door before I'd use an American one with a back door. Simply put Chinese laws have no jurisdiction where I live and American laws do. That being said, I'd prefer that China read my email over America. I think that the govt. realizes this. Hypothetically speaking, if you were an American and you could pick that either the Chinese or American govt. could decrypt your email that shows tax cheating, which one would you prefer have access?

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