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Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 450

I'm a little surprised they aren't in a position to play hardball in some of these cases.

Probably complacency. If they feel that they are the only viable streaming service, they will feel no urgency to play hardball; after all, where are the customers going to go?

You and I know the answer, but Netflix' management obviously doesn't, vide the PR bullshit they spout on this news.

Comment Re:You're not that old (Score 1) 211

CP/M and other precursor OSes are really only of interest to historians and nostalgic geeks,

The fact that you seem to assume that the direct lineage of DOS is the only thing that matters shows you exactly for the kind of young know-it-all I was describing.

Here's a hint: even though I grew up with 8-bit micros during the CP/M to DOS transition years, I at least know that computing had been going on for a lot longer than that, on a variety of machines from micros to mainframes; and I recognise most of what the PC hipsters hail as 'new and innovative' is usually nothing but badly reimplemented 70s technology.

Comment Re:You're not that old (Score 1) 211

Yeah, the problem is that the Internet is dominated by the voices of the PC generation, who somehow never learned that there actually was a long history of computing before the PC and MS-DOS.

Heck, most of them would be surprised if you told them DOS was a bad rip-off of an existing system to start with.

Comment Re:Only as safe as the sandbox (Score 2) 167

<citation needed>

Self-proclaimed expertise does not correlate well with actual expertise, and Ada seems to be doing quite well in its domains of highly-secure and embbeded software. In fact, it's having a bit of resurgence.

Those who do vocally hate on it seem to be the kind of cowboys that run after every new fad, the sort of programmers you wouldn't trust to code the right way to implement an automatic toilet seat.

(Side note: let's see who spots the reference in that last paragraph.)

Comment Not all is bad. (Score 5, Informative) 209

I had an issue with being double-charged for an app from the app store about 5 years ago. Went to Apple's support site, wrote a description of the problem, then was asked if I would like THEM to call ME. Not the other way around. Clicked yes, a calendar popped up in which I selected the time window in (IIRC) 10 minute increments when I wanted them to call me.

Within a couple minutes of the 'start' my phone rang and I was chatting with a nice guy (said his name was Daniel in Texas). He already had my records up and he called to ask me if I wanted a credit on my iTunes account or refund to my card. He then said he'd call me back when it was done. About 10 minutes later he called me back and said the credit was issued.

That is exemplary customer service and one reason their customer satisfaction is always rated so high.

Comment Re:End of Great Britain? (Score 5, Insightful) 1592

And this split seems to fit to the categories of people whose wages and living conditions barely improved in the last 40 years, and those, who are better off now.

Yeah, but that's not the EU's fault, now is it? That's the fault of 40 years of Tory and Neo-Tory government.

Scotland seems to understand that, after drowning the Neo-Tories in their own excrement they massively voted pro-EU.

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