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Comment It isn't the same at all (Score 1) 67

FB (etc) is a "free" service that you pay for with your privacy. Most people should be aware of that. Many probably are not. I choose not to utilize them.

The "telco" is not a free service. We pay for it already. Many of us have little choice in which one to use as we are only served by one provider. Even where there are multiple providers, if they all do it, then there is still no choice.

The "entitlement" factor is at work. Why does everyone who can somehow get possession of any of your data feel entitled to sell it?

If I put documents into a safe deposit box, should I expect the bank to make copies and sell them?

Comment No. (Score 1) 598

First off: Betteridge's law.

Daylight Savings Time. Yes, get rid of that. Preferably by going forward this coming Spring and then leave it there permanently. But that is not the topic.

Is It Time To Dump Time Zones In Favor of Coordinated Universal Time?
When it's noon in Greenwich, Britain, let it be 12 everywhere. No more resetting the clocks. No more wondering what time it is in Peoria or Petropavlovsk.

This is a very stupid idea. Sure you would no longer wonder what time it was there, but you'd still have no idea if it was the middle of the night or lunch time, which is why you really wanted to know the time there in the first place. Now that time is meaningless and you still don't know what you want to know. I'm sure it would be quicker (the way it is now) to look up the time for where ever you were interested in, and then instantly know what to expect. If you change it, you now need to look up if 4am is lunch time or breakfast or bedtime or whatever.

Plain and simple, what you want to know about these far away places is not really "what time is it" as in the numerical time, but what time is it as in morning, noon, afternoon, evening, night, etc. This stupid idea does nothing to fix that.

Every place will learn a new relationship with the hours.

And anyone traveling there will have no idea what that relationship is, and will be confused for the duration of their stay, as the "time" is now meaningless.

The question has been posed before, but given the timeliness of Daylight Savings Time, we think the question may evoke some new, heartfelt attitudes and beliefs

It was a stupid question before, and it is a stupid question now. Also, Daylight Savings Time has nothing to do with it beyond having the word "time" in common. Much like those "In related news" links that were quite often not at all related.

Comment Re:Questionable analogy and questionable analysis. (Score 1) 229

apply it to seats on an airplane, which is a far better proxy for explaining the limits of network capacity, and you can see they're just as flawed as the original argument.

So your ISP/Airline has 100 seats on a flight, but sells 120 tickets, going on the assumption that not everyone will show up for the flight.

Comment Re:enable it? funny... I did the opposite (Score 1) 141

... it was always an absolutely HORRIBLE idea. ...

For you, possibly.

But I have used the backsapce key to go back a lot. Indeed, it is present on Windows Firefox, but the Firefox that came with Debian has it disabled, and I find myself constantly hitting the backkspace key and watching nothing happen.

I agree with another comment, it should at least be configurable. That way, both you and I can be happy. :)

It may have been convenient for you, but that does not change the fact that it was a horrible idea. If you had never driven before, and built a custom car with the brake pedal and the accelerator reversed, it might work fine for you, but it would not be a good idea in general. Agree; configurability is king.

Comment Bing sucks (Score 1) 256

Wife got a new laptop, win10. Tried figuring how to do something in Win10 (was different than earlier versions). Couldn't. Did a search. Default was BING. No luck. Entered same search terms into Google, and as well as serving up relevant looking links, it gave me the answer outright. Google knows more about Win10 than BING does. WTF?!?

And Edge crashes her laptop a lot.

Comment I do not like Win10 (Score 1) 376

I have 8.1 on my machine, and out of the box it was a disastrous mess (8.0 when I started). But I have been able to fix it to my liking (uninstall all the Metro Apps, replace with real desktop software, boot to desktop, Classic Shell).

Wife's new machine came with 10. I don't like it. I don't know if I can fix it. Edge locks up her whole computer a lot. MSIE does to a certain extent too. She is always complaining about it. The first time I tried figuring something out, I did a search, and it defaulted to BING and it could not find answers. I copied the search terms and pasted it into Google, and it answered my question on the results page. I didn't have to go further. Google knows more about Windows 10 than BING does. It's pathetic. I know I would probably get used to it, but I don't want to. Every time I see the "start tile menu", I wonder why anyone would like the design.

She was trying to print something and the dialog box was too big, and the buttons were off the bottom of the screen. Not an insurmountable problem, but she didn't know what to do. The title bar was touching the top of the screen, so can't just move it up; had to resize down, then move up. It really should never have appeared that way. This is not the dawn of the GUI. A modern OS should not have issues like that. Every website can find out from your browser what your screen resolution is, so the bloody OS should damn well know. Worse yet, the damned task bar is transparent, so she could see the PRINT button, but couldn't understand why she couldn't click on it! I hate the transparent crap, and I see no reason to have it.

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