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Comment Re:As much as it pains me to take M$'s side . . . (Score 1) 183

Oh - I'll bet you thought that "My Computer" meant it was yours.

It does.

The hardware is yours, the data arguably so.

The data is also mine. Who are these people arguing otherwise?

Licensed software is not yours - you just have permission to use it.

Sad but true. I have never seen such a clear-cut argument as to why operating systems shouldn't be licensed.

I've sent feedback to Google asking that they restore widget functionality to the app. This is only the most recent example of such activity by Google - where's the hue and cry over that?

Android isn't locked down, so you are able to choose a competing voice app. If Google's changes become too obnoxious, their user base will dwindle. In that way customers still have a small say about what goes on in their device. If you must get your apps only from the vendor-approved store, then you are completely at the vendor's mercy. There is no competition.

but if you insist that Microsoft fix PEBKAC errors, you lose the right to complain about them removing en masse the end-user's ability to choose for themselves how their systems will be configured, patched and maintained.

You are solving the problem of PEBKAC errors, but introducing tremendous ability for software vendors to harm you. You no longer have control over your own machine. You will pay what they tell you to pay, and put up with whatever they tell you to put up with. If they want to spy on you they will do so. If they want to insert ads into apps they will do so. If they want to move you to a subscription... etc.

I can see the appeal of such a system in constrained environments like school netbooks and gaming consoles. Much less maintenance. But it must never make its way into general-purpose computers. Especially now that much of our news, media and socializing is routed through it. No one company should have control over all of that.

Submission + - Study Finds Social Media Makes People Anti-Social, Jealous

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: A recent global study conducted by Kasperksy Lab reveals that social media users are interacting less face-to-face than in the past because of this newfound ability to constantly communicate and stay in touch online. In the study, researchers found that about one-third of people communicate less with their parents (31%), partners (23%), children (33%) and friends (35%) because they can simply follow them on social media. This may be doing more harm than good, in a world where editing one’s life to make it appear perfect is more appealing than naturally existing. Many participants made it clear that social media made them jealous of others. Nearly 60% of the participants viewed a friend as having a better life than their own simply by seeing that friend’s social media activity, and almost half were upset after viewing photos from a friend’s happy holiday celebration.

Comment Re:I've seen it in action (Score 1) 196

I've been told (at Boyd Autobody) that if I don't give the guy a 10/10 rating, he'll call me to find out why. The impression I got was that I'd better voice my complaints to his face right now or keep my trap shut later when they call with the survey. I was looking forward to telling the survey person that I'm giving a 10\10 rating because he threatened to harass me if I didn't, but they didn't end up calling.

Submission + - Nicotine shown to reduce symptoms of schizophrenia (

future guy writes: New Atlas reports, "A meta-analysis of worldwide studies conducted in 2005 definitively showed what many doctors had been anecdotally noting for decades. Schizophrenia patients were much more likely to become heavy smokers than than those in the general population. In fact some studies found over 80 percent of those diagnosed with schizophrenia were smokers. There were many social and psychological hypotheses proposed to explain this strange anomaly, but none were ever sufficient.
A new study published in Nature Medicine has not only revealed how smoking can normalize the impairments in brain activity associated with schizophrenia, but unlocks an entirely new field of drug research to combat the disease."

Submission + - Backers Accuse 3D Printer Kickstarter of Faking Prints 3

PrintBetter writes: With just 3 days to go, backers are pulling out of Next Dynamics' NexD1 Kickstarter amidst fears the creator exaggerated progress on their prototype and tried to pass off prints purchased from Shapeways as their own.

Billed as the "first Multimaterial & Electronics 3D Printer" the Berlin company's campaign was a darling of Kickstarter, carrying their "Projects We Love" endorsement and receiving praise from publications like TechCrunch, and Make magazine for its purported ability to mix up to six plastic and conductive resins in a single print.

But as pledges grew to over half a million euros, backers started to sense things didn't add up. Kevin Holmes comments "Wow, I'm stunned — I cancelled my pledge already ... Did they really buy parts from Shapeways and pass them off as their own?" while Anthony Webb remarks "I've backed over 100 projects on Kickstarter ... but this one takes the cake for a complete scam."

The company was a no-show at events it scheduled this week, including a demonstration yesterday and a live stream today.

Submission + - U.S. solar industry power generation jobs pass oil, coal and gas combined (

Lucas123 writes: In 2016, the solar workforce in the U.S. increased by 25% to 374,000 employees, compared to 187,117 electrical generation jobs in the coal, gas and oil industries. Solar employment, which includes both photovoltaic electricity and concentrated solar steam generators, accounts for 43% of the electric power generation workforce — the largest share of workers in that sector. Fossil fuel generation employment now accounts for 22%. In addition to losing ground in employment, net power generation from coal sources declined by 53% between 2006 and September 2016; electricity generation from natural gas increased by 33%; and solar grew by over 5,000% —from 508,000 megawatt hours (MWh) to just over 28 million MWh.

Submission + - ASUS takes on Raspberry Pi with its 4K-capable, Kodi-ready Tinker Board (

BrianFagioli writes: If you love Raspberry Pi, but require a little more power for your projects, then ASUSâ(TM)s Tinker Board could be just what youâ(TM)re looking for.

Although thereâ(TM)s no shortage of Raspberry Pi alternatives, the low-cost Tinker Board is better than most because its quad-core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 processor has the oomph to handle 4K video and 24-bit audio, and it comes with twice as much RAM as the latest Pi.

Comment Re:700GB (Score 2) 243

I fee severely restricted and can't help but wonder why they don't simply throttle if their is congestion.

Because this way they can strong-arm you into a more expensive connection. If they throttled you might decide you're happy with waiting a little longer for downloads or watching your video at lower resolutions. But with very fast speeds and a low cap, you can either carefully make sure each app that any family member might use isn't using too much bandwidth, or just give in and spend more money.

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