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Comment Re:If my 11 year old washing machine nets me $50.. (Score 1) 443

My guess is Microsoft didn't quit this lawsuit because it just didn't feel like litigating that day, they did to halt the contagion of a precedent of four or five figure legal decisions over their Win 10 upgrade.

Except this woman won her lawsuit. Microsoft dropped their appeal. The precedent has been set. You might need to prove exactly what the forced Windows 10 "upgrade" cost you, but you can cite this case along with your proof. (BTW, you can't just "quit" a lawsuit if you are the defendant, but you could try to arrange a settlement to avoid setting legal precedent.)

"Precedent" means you can cite something. You can cite an appellate decision. Something that happened in small claims court . . . not so much.

Comment This is a good price point for a disposabl product (Score 1) 72

We have three Fitbit trackers in my household. I received one, a Charge, as a gift a little over a year ago, and it died. Not, "it doesn't stay charged," but "DIED." I won't charge, it won't sync. It can't be updated. It can't be found. I'm out of warranty, so I was offered a coupon by Fitbit support, but I would still be spending over $80 for something which, if you read the forums, is going to die another, eventually frustrating death. The Fitbit Charge should last about a week on a single charge, so it could not make it to 100 charge cycles? Really? In 2016? Not impressed. Give me something cheap and I won't mind. A $100 pair of ear buds which die in a year equals rage. A $20 pair? Meh.

While I'm on thinking about it, another thing which I don't like about all of these trackers is that they "track." For the most part, you're spending more $$$ to upload your data to a corporation. I don't want to pay to be the product. I've gone back to an old chest strap and watch combo which I've had for years because their batteries, which you can buy by the handful on Amazon for cheap, are replaceable. Oh, and I don't have to use Bluetooth for anything to work. Sometimes you don't need to chart your exercise. You just need to exercise.

Comment Re:C'mon Microsoft! WTF? (Score 1) 720

This right here. Not only is it tax season, but a currently supported version of QuickBooks Pro (which you have to upgrade every 3 years to keep using their payroll service) has a pop-up notification saying it WON'T WORK WITH WINDOWS 10. If you're a small business owner, your accounting software is not a small expense, and the "free" update to Windows 10 will end up costing you all kinds of money. I'm running Windows 10 on one of my laptops, and it's installed on a receptionist's computer. It's fine, but it's just an operating system. There haven't been too many hiccups, but it hasn't changed anyone's life. It would be nice if business owners could still update for "free" when they're sure that all of the mission critical software will still work.

Comment Tim Cook's Out of Ideas (Score 0) 412

The Apple Watch will never be more than a niche product even if it's the most successful smart watch by a long margin. There's just no case for most people to buy one. Sales of the iPad are in trouble. The only bright spot is phones, and it's a pretty mature market at this point. This is just one more way to increase revenue on accessories because there are no groundbreaking products on the horizon. Sure, Apple will continue to sell gargantuan numbers of phones in Asia and other developing markets, but I would suspect that the average "middle class" mobile phone buyer in a developing market is not going to replace their mobile phone every year for something newer, shinier, and really not much better. If Apple can squeeze $20 out of each of these folks it adds up into a lot of money.

Comment Re:Physical store advantage? (Score 1) 203

Walmart believes "Customers want the accessibility and immediacy of a physical store." That is why their online business is doomed to fail. Yes, sometimes you just want it right now, but then you'll drive to Walmart or whatever local store will have it and buy it. But often you want the real online experience with unlimited selections and no hassle with trips. Why would I buy something online and then drive to pick it up?

Completely agree with this. At my local Walmart, if I order something for in-store pickup, I drive there, park, go inside, and then walk to the BACK of the store, where I wait for an associate. If it's something large, I have to leave, go to my car, drive around to the rear of the store and wait outside at a door until an associate comes out with my package and doesn't help me load it. Or, I can order from Amazon and have UPS deliver it to my door in a couple of days. The immediacy they're talking about kills an hour of my time.

Comment Re:Naw, it's Doctors (Score 2) 696

Speaking of arrogant little fucks - yes, they DO have the right to take up a full lane of traffic. A bicycle has the same right to use the road that a car, pickup, or tractor trailer has. Exactly the same. You really need to review traffic laws.

I suppose it depends on where you live. In Texas, Section 551.103 of the Transportation Code states that "a person operating a bicycle on a roadway who is moving slower than the other traffic on the roadway shall ride as near as practicable to the right curb or edge of the roadway . . . " There are obviously exceptions, but as a general rule you don't get to ride in the middle of a lane here.

Comment Anecdotal browser slowdown (Score 1) 187

I know that I am a cohort of one, but I installed 10 on a single office laptop, and it seems as if Firefox an Chrome are both noticeably slower at rendering pages than they were with 8.1. I've tried restarting the laptop, and that seemed to help a small bit, but not much. Chrome just crashed on me a minute ago while trying to load Google News. Chrome is stock, and on Firefox, I'm running NoScript, Flashblock, and Ghostery, and it's just crazy slow. When clicking on a link to read a simple news story, the images are loading like dial up. This is not happening on our other laptops and tablets, so I think it's specific to the laptop and not to my internet connection.

Comment Sure, you could use your phone, but (Score 2) 128

Phones are inconvenient compared to a fitness tracker. First, I have to charge my phone daily, and my tracker can go at least a week. Second, I don't have to keep my phone in the bedroom. I suppose I'm just showing my age for not wanting my phone in my bedroom. My tracker can silently wake me up! I'd have to actually sleep with my phone for that. Finally, I don't like running or exercising with my phone. My tracker weighs so much less, and I don't have to worry about it getting sweaty. Phones can do so much, but sometimes you just want a device which does less.

Comment Re:No. (Score 3, Interesting) 368

And suddenly the pieces begin to come together.

There was an article in I think Time not all that long ago, and the writeup made it sound as if notch had lost all of his drive and zeal. It sounded as if notch and the other owner were going through the motions and blowing through mountains of cash like some newly minted pop star flavor of the month with crazy expensive partying for the employees on the company dime. Seemed very dotcom.

Comment Re:A heavy, complicated solution to a rare problem (Score 1) 235

There's some cool tech in this product, but it won't help with the most common bike collisions (#1 car pulls out in front of bike, #2 parked car door opens into bike).

Agreed. #1 is why I cut down on my biking. I would agree that bikes can be hard to see during the day, but most of the times I would commute would still be pitch dark in the morning with almost no one on the road. My bike is a rolling, blinking LED Christmas tree, and people STILL don't process it as a human being on a bicycle and pull out in front of me. Really scary. I decided that if people don't process the blinking object as a person, I was running the risk of being T-boned.

Comment Re:Are they taking advice from law schools? (Score 2) 325

I think what they are saying is - this won't stop being hyper-competitive. Most will not end up getting that tenured professorship. But a reasonable period in academia of 4 or 5 years for a PhD should be enough to differentiate candidates and put them on that track or not, instead of leading people along for 7+ years before flushing them. Put the rest out of their misery sooner so they can go do whatever they are going to end up doing in industry.

I'm not sure most people here understand how it works to get a Ph.D. in the humanities. For example, in history the years long effort to finish a Ph.D. program happens because it takes a long time to do original research and scholarship that contributes original scholarship to the field. A history grad student can finish her coursework fairly quickly and take comprehensive exams. I have known people who had read SO MUCH and remembered SO MUCH that they were probably ready for comps day one. It's the period after comps that is so difficult. We know of history grad students who get to A.B.D. (all but dissertation) and then can never finish. The rate of history grad students who are A.B.D. and never graduate is around 75%. If you have funding in the humanities for your coursework you're a superstar, but that still does not mean you will have the resourses to finish. Usually, you can't get what you need (i.e. primary source documents) where you live, so you have to travel, sometimes for months or years, to finish. Paraphrased quote from one professor regarding this time: it's time to dig deep into your trust fund.

Comment Re:corn vs algae (Score 1) 330

If you're worried about corn fed beef, buy beef labeled grass fed. Nolan Ryan sells grass fed beef for only a nominal premium over regular grocery styore beef. Vote with you wallet, avoid fast food, and consume less but higher quality beef.

Comment Perjury? (Score 1) 296

I wonder if this was a policy hearing or an investigative hearing. If it was an investigative hearing he should have sworn an oath to tell the truth. If what he says is true, I am troubled that the director of national intelligence did not know of the data collection. I don't believe what he's now saying, but if it's true then WTF is going on? Otherwise, he lied to Congress and was caught. On a related note, why is intelligence policy being reviewed in a public committee? He should have just refused to answer on national security grounds.

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