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Comment Sounds good but (Score 1) 276

instead the technology community needs to look at making machines do what humans cannot.

This is already happening, since humans cannot work 23 hours a day non stop without pay with just 1 hr a day average for downtime and maintenance. Jack Ma should stop making meaningless statements.

Comment Re:FSF = not practical (Score 4, Interesting) 161

the free software idealism has lost and will never win

It's becoming more popular in the biology / medical research community, as people start to understand the importance of reproducible and open research. Every thing that can be opened up and inspected is another thing that doesn't need months (or years) of work to repeat.

Comment Re:Microsoft...why couldn't they do this? (Score 1) 218

My Win 7 box will run until no more security updates come in 2020.

By then you should be pretty good at reinstalling your system from a clean image and having your data backed up, for that odd time when your box DOES get pwned. Which you really have to try hard to do nowadays - gone are the days of some random worm taking over your box just because you hooked it up to the internet.

And besides, hopefully Flash will be totally dead by 2020 and a major security threat will be gone.

Comment Re:hmmm, yes (Score 5, Insightful) 218

Let me install a proprietary OS coded by some random Indian guys, packaged by Microsoft who have asked you to trust them when they say they will slurp and sell as much as your personal information that they can (you did click I AGREE after all), while whoring out your computer to serve ads.

Comment Re:already done? (Score 1) 64

Sure, go to Chrome, Settings, Search Engine, and select what the fuck you want. It even learns new search engines when you visit them. You can also replace the assistant with any third party app, there's a setting for it (oddly enough, Firefox registers as one, and gives you a search bar when you long press home). And well, default apps: You could always get all gapps or none.

Comment This is already a feature (Score 1) 140

When I signed up for Uber, there was a section where you could adjust the gratuity automatically added to your bill. The default was 20% which seems a bit steep, so I turned it down (locally it's 10% in latin america). Why should I have to tip on top of the tip? Or does the American version simply not have this built in feature?

Comment Re:80286 (Score 1) 857

My first home computer was a 286 XT. I have fond memories of playing Alley Cat, Railroad Tycoon, Leisure Suit Larry, Jack Nicholson's Golf, Grand Prix, and Digger (to name a few). We were one of the late comers in my group of friends to get a computer, but that meant that we had VGA, a hard drive, and a 300dpi printer before most other people.

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