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Comment Re:Hilarious (Score 5, Interesting) 185

My aunt went on a long rant about how much slower her ipad ran after Windows 10 updated. To be clear... she is actually talking about her Apple iPad. But everything wrong in the world, including her slow iPad is because of the windows 10 update.

I agree with your sentiment, it's almost certainly a wifi issue. Because Wifi sucks... a lot. I developed a wireless device that delivered wifi video to devices and it was a huge pain in the ass. You just had to accept that reliability and range would be shit, especially in a busy environment. How many times has Steve Jobs chastised the audience that they wouldn't get to see a demo if they didn't turn off their wifi?

Comment I legitimately want this (Score 1) 56

I want this at my office too. Sometimes we need to upload a 15GB file to the cloud for a client and we only have 20mbps up. If we could spend $2 to uncap to the full 100/100 symmetrical for $2 we would definitely do that. Even if we did it once a day for 30 minutes that would be $60/mo instead if the $200 extra a month symmetrical 100 up would cost.

Comment Entitlements? (Score 1) 169

>"Society said it did not matter if you could pay for electricity; we wanted everyone to have it. Society said we would not limit dial tone to those who could pay the most, we gave it to all,"

Poor comparison.

Most of us agree that "reasonable" internet speeds should be available to everyone. But that doesn't mean everyone must have access to the fastest and best services. Everyone has access to electricity, but not everyone is entitled to have backup generators, 200 amp service, underground lines, and a 30 circuit panel. Everyone has access to dial tone, but not everyone is entitled to have dual lines, caller ID, call waiting, voicemail, and three-way calling.

The biggest problem with internet (and TV) service is that there is little or no competition in most areas. I suffer from that too... in my area, Verizon chose not to offer FIOS and at the same time has allowed their copper structure to literally fall apart. So my choice is either overpriced but excellent Cox internet or unbelievably slow, unreliable, and overpriced ($ per Mb/s) DSL from Verizon- so slow, it is certainly under nobody's definition of "reasonable". Yet just a few neighborhoods over, customers can choose FIOS and more reliable Cox services... often at lower prices. For CATV, my neighborhood has zero choice.... overpriced Cox or nothing.

Comment Re:Why unemployment rates look good (Score 1) 50

I always thought it ridiculous on sci-fi shows like Star Trek (yes, I know it's fiction), that such an advanced ship would require such a huge crew when the computer was so advanced and could probably fly the ship better by itself. Now I understand why they had such a big crew... busywork to keep more people employed and artificially deflate the unemployment figures.

And yet in most episodes almost none of the crew does anything useful. So I think it's more like the Marines/Navy. The Navy provides the ship and can run the ship with a small crew but it's all of the other jobs that are just there "for the ride". Whenever we're introduced to new crew members it's always like "Astrobiologist". Aka, they do nothing on the ship itself they just go to a planet and then start working.

Comment Re:Non-controversial (Score 2, Interesting) 756

Hillary also admitted she has a "public policy" and "private policy",

Yes and she's 100% right. It's impossible to find a diplomatic compromise if you can't sit down out of the public eye and hash out your differences without having to worry about your exact language. You can't negotiate any kind of deal in a public sphere. People will be looking over their shoulder unable to speak freely and nothing will get done. A lot of politics recently has been everybody covering their ass from their base and therefore unwilling to sit down and find real solutions. Read the actual quote everybody not just some headline which was literally written by a staffer in the context of "This is how our opponents would twist this."

You just have to sort of figure out how to -- getting back to that word, "balance" -- how to balance the public and the private efforts that are necessary to be successful, politically, and that's not just a comment about today. That, I think, has probably been true for all of our history, and if you saw the Spielberg movie, Lincoln, and how he was maneuvering and working to get the 13th Amendment passed, and he called one of my favorite predecessors, Secretary Seward, who had been the governor and senator from New York, ran against Lincoln for president, and he told Seward, I need your help to get this done. And Seward called some of his lobbyist friends who knew how to make a deal, and they just kept going at it. I mean, politics is like sausage being made. It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody's watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position. And finally, I think -- I believe in evidence-based decision making. I want to know what the facts are. I mean, it's like when you guys go into some kind of a deal, you know, are you going to do that development or not, are you going to do that renovation or not, you know, you look at the numbers. You try to figure out what's going to work and what's not going to work.

She wants unfettered world trade with open borders

Yeah she has a dream of free trade in the western hemisphere. I do too. It sounds like a nice dream. It's a good goal to work towards where we have and sustainable energy. We don't need border regulation and everybody is happy and rich. Is that not a good dream for the future? You *WANT* the future to look like the present with a bunch of walled off states afraid of their own shadow?

âoeMy dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders, some time in the future with energy that is as green and sustainable as we can get it, powering growth and opportunity for every person in the hemisphere.â

Comment Shocking! (Score 3, Interesting) 756

Hillary admits that campaigns are expensive "I wish it weren't so but I don't know how to change it" and therefore she will need campaign contributions to win! What a calling admission.

And to also admit that maybe professionals who are experts in a field would be necessary to help regulate the industry! Next she is going to say that maybe a computer scientist or white hat hacker should help write cyber defense policy.

Comment Re:Not Sure if... (Score 1) 311

>So with you the swipe will take 1 second, the entering, waiting, pin and taking is about 4-5 seconds. So still slower, but not ny an amount that should bother anybody.


With me, like everyone else in the USA, there is NO PIN. So with swiping, it would be swipe card 1 second and put it in wallet, done. If the transaction is under some large dollar amount, there is no signing or anything either.

With chips, it is insert the card, and now stand there waiting anywhere from 5 to 20 seconds for it to eventually finish so you can finally put it back in your wallet. Net effect is, it is now annoyingly slow- we went from nearly instant to standing there holding a wallet, waiting and waiting for it to tell us to take our card out.

>I also have seen cards with borked magnetic strips, so there is that.

Oh, that is true. But so far it seems those are at least as reliable, based on my limited time with chips.

>So again: the real issue is that you did not adapt the PIN way.

There is no PIN way, we don't have PINs. Has nothing to do with me adapting, it has to do with me standing there waiting 5 to 30 times longer than I used to before I can move on to my next task. If we did have PINs, at least there would be something to do in that time that justifies the inconvenience.

Comment Re:Not Sure if... (Score 1) 311

>The only fail here is yours, you have to be a complete dolt to leave your card in a machine and walk away. This is a very rare occurrence in Europe

DUH!!! WE ARE NOT IN Europe. As I said in several replies now, there are NO PIN CODES HERE. So there is nothing to interact with on the terminal. You put in the card and wait forever, with nothing inbetween. If you can't realize there is a very different process without the PIN and how that plus the long delays can lead to forgetting the card, then you are the dolt, not me. (Plus I will say I have never left my card, I said I have almost done so a few times).

The chip is NOT faster than a swipe. NO WAY. I used to swipe the card instantly and put it back in my wallet. Done. The fastest I have EVER seen the chip card operate before I had my card back in my wallet was about 6 seconds. Huge difference.

Comment Re:Still trying... (Score 1) 124

Still trying to figure out why my PC needs an alarm clock or camera app..

You need a camera app because other apps can call on the camera app. So it's almost a library as much as an app.

Similarly if you uninstall alarm and you use Cortana to "set an alarm" she would error out.

The apps that you can uninstall are generally now apps that aren't required by Cortana/Windows to perform an action.

Comment Re:"there is NO EXCUSE to knowingly kill the kerne (Score 1) 294

Actually Linus, there is a good excuse - when the failing of a logic assertion could silently lead to behavior that is worse than a kernel halt, specifically data corruption.

Which raises the obvious question: why are there still faults which can result in data corruption? What's the excuse for there being a scenario where recovery would require data to be corrupted instead of at worst lost--which is the alternative to a kernel suicide.

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