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Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

You say that, but on Windows even pen drives are a pain with pop-ups that say it's installing drivers, even if the same pen drive has been in the computer before on a different USB port. Drivers? For a pen drive? Really?

One of the reasons I prefer Linux. Everything "just works".

Comment Re:Microsoft broke my scanner once... (Score 1) 220

I have to thank Microsoft for my scanner. Without them I probably wouldn't even have one.
My parents had a very nice, high end scanner that they used for years until Windows stopped working with the driver, and the manufacturer stopped making drivers for new windows versions. Luckily it works great on my Linux box though with no driver's or setup required (after I installed the old SCSI card it came with... That worked straight out of the box too)
Scanner is now about 20 years old and works better than many modern ones (and does legal paper too which is a rare feature)

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

There are ways to do that, both add-ons that offer it, and I believe you can change it in the hidden settings that control everything. That said, I actually like that feature. I've never seen the need to clutter up the interface with a separate search bar. The key is really just setting it to use the right search engine.

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

Because you use a feature doesn't make it a good feature. It's horrible from a design consistency perspective. It's horrible from a risk of data loss perspective, it's just all around bad UI.

You got used to it, but that doesn't mean it should have ever been offered in the first place.

Comment Re:Carrier Phones - RIP (Score 1) 198

Unfortunately I'm not in the USA.

Carriers here don't have a "BYOD fee" but they do have a different price for your monthly charge for BYOD vs their subsidized phones. But the price difference, over the 2 year contract, is only about half the price of the device bought outright, meaning that it's cheaper to buy the device on contract.

Comment Re:WTF? Where am I? (Score 1) 553

Who said I break things? The computer runs just "fine", it's just that the Windows definition of "fine" involves a lot less functionality, and a lot more patchwork than the Linux definition.

My IT department is great, but I shouldn't ever have to deal with them.

Linux "just works", I've never met a Windows install that could say the same.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in other countries... (Score 1) 104

And, generally, other countries don't generally have the sheer landmass that the US does. That's why the push for CO consolidation wasn't felt as greatly as it was here. This happenstance was lucky in that it left most of these countries as prime targets for truly high speed DSL implementation.

I hate to break it to you, the country I'm talking about here is Canada, more landmass and less population density than the USA... Australia also has tons of landmass and low population density and they also have good DSL service.

The American Telcos placed short term finances ahead of long term success, it's not a technology problem, it isn't even really an infrastructure problem, it's a business decision problem.

The main Telco here was skewered by investors when they said they were going to re-invest profits in to infrastructure build out, but it's shown huge returns by growing market share, investors now (in hind sight) love the idea because it worked, but they sure didn't like that it took money out of the immediate quarter to focus on a long term strategy. It's all too easy for a company to listen to those shareholders who want the small short term gains instead of the big long term success.

Comment Re:Meanwhile in other countries... (Score 1) 104

Sorry, that reason doesn't work.
COs everywhere are spread out and serve huge geographic areas. What people are ignoring is that there's no reason that the DSLAM has to be in the CO, in many cases they aren't.
Where I live extremely few DSL customers are served from the CO, sure there are some DSLAMs in the COs, but most of the DSLAMs are out in the field. It's not that these other telcos didn't consolidate COs, it's that they've spent the money since to get the DSLAMs out in the field closer to the customers.

Density is somewhat relevant in that you're not going to find DSLAMs in farm country, but then you don't find any cable service out there either. you need some form of density to make it work, but really it's not that much, Each field DSLAM serves about 100 customers, and can easily serve distances up to a few hundred meters. That's not farm sparse, but it doesn't require mammoth office towers either, a normal residential (single detached) neighbourhood is plenty.

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