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Comment You didn't read the EULA? (Score 0) 91

You didn't read the updated EULA? You now share your battery 70/30 with Apple's advertisers and the NSA. Tim Cook was heard saying "I altered the deal. Pray I do not alter it any further."

I used to think Apple was the best choice for the phone because of the quality and reliability of the software. Now that my iPhone 5S has issues with it's lightning port, the battery drains like a madman with the new IOS, and clearly QC at Apple is not what it used to be... I'm looking at alternatives... preferably ones that won't catch fire.

What really frustrates me, and why I'm moving more towards open source software, is when they purposely design things so you will simply buy a new one. Example: on my iphone 5s, I keep it in Low battery mode, so the battery almosts lasts all day like it used to before the update. When I charge it, I have to watch it, because apple will turn the damn switch off automatically. They could automatically detect the their shitty software is draining my battery, or they could have options for me to turn off to improve battery life... but they'd rather I buy another $800 replacement and sell my used one for $150.

Comment Predator Sound Mod (Score 1) 351

I remember making a sound mod for Doom with Predator sound effects.

The imps made the Predator/crow noise... clack clack clack
When you picked up a gun it was Blain saying "payback time"
when you jumped or fell it was "get to the choppa!"
we replaced all the sounds... we thought it was pretty cool at the time... but we were young... and unless you were on a local BBS and had a modem you probably didn't see it ;)

Comment Another FU for M$ (Score 5, Informative) 581

They don't consider how this crap works in a slow internet environment. I'm on boat in Mexico. Internet is slow when you can get it at all. I don't have the bandwidth for your ads and your spyware. I need weather data! Ever try and use outlook on slow internet? it spends most of it's time [not responding]!

I had a situation where my long range wifi usb port pulled out. So I figured I'd just change my mac address on my notebook to the one that died so I can keep using the internet service I paid for... but NOOOOO they block me from doing that.

What happened to when a computer used to be a tool? Now it's a spyware machine I'm supposed to pay for?!

Comment Re:Hey Apple, here's some free consulting (Score 2) 155

If they can't figure out how to provide entertainment for a reasonable price, then I don't watch TV. Why pay a bunch of money to watch other people enjoy life via a little box when you could be spending it on enjoying life yourself?

We pay for Netflix, and they seem to do ok without commercials. Technology is advancing to greatly reduce production costs, but do they? We watch OTA broadcasts... they have commercials... I don't mind that... because it's free to watch... except when I'm eating dinner and a commercial comes on for some vaginal rejuvenation cream for dry cracked vaginas... that may cause vaginal bleeding and a bunch of other nasty things.

There is a world outside of your mom's basement.

Comment People are stupid (Score 1) 545

I was salaried working for a big consulting company and they tried to get me to work for free. Sure, I can work Saturday, I'll just take Monday off. They didn't like it, but I didn't care. Take it or leave it. Too many people kowtow, or hey they need to support their large cable tv subscription and payments on their best buy credit card for that new 4K TV they had to have.

Comment I'm 40 and tired of IT, want to buy my business? (Score 1) 376

I worked as a high level IT engineer for several large enterprises. At the last one we got outsourced to Perot Systems. I managed a team but I still worked on all the hard stuff. I left and went to work for a local small consulting firm, and after a year or two there I started my own.

11 years later and I'm burned out. I want to sell the business. We just sold our house and moved on to a sailboat and plan on cruising for a while, and I'm torn if I want to try and run the business remotely or find somebody to buy it, which isn't easy either.

Comment The computer says it so it must be true (Score 1) 143

I finally got screwed by ebay/paypal this year. Bought some cables to connect up some solar panels and the seller gave a tracking number that said delivered, even though I was home all that day, have video of the package not being delivered, but too bad so sad you are SOL.

So I lost $130, but just imagine what happens when the software says you did it when you didn't.

Comment People will pay (Score 1) 216

People will pay because people are stupid. Meanwhile the internet in your car will also provide detailed tracking as to what you do, when you do it, and who you do it with. All of this information will be used to control you and keep you a happy consumer. Another advantage is the easy "DrivePay" system so you can pay tolls and mileage taxes very easy. In 3 years you won't be able to find a strip bar not named "The board room", "The office", "The convention center", or "The Dry Cleaners". Don't worry jealous partners, there's an app for that 6 months later for $4.99 on itunes or play store.

Comment What about AMVER (Score 1) 216

What about AMVER? What happens when somebody needs help at sea? Are their screens going to be able to pick out a small [relatively speaking] sailboat? Or one in distress? What happens when somebody hails the tanker to discuss which side they are going to pass on? Or they see a life raft in the water? This thing is going to stream a 360 HD view to somewhere else in realtime so they can keep a watch?

Submission + - Hewlett Packard Turns Buggy Software and Firmware Into a Revenue Stream!

neversleepy writes: In the face of ever declining server sales. And in a move certian to affect many readers here, Hewlett Packard decides to provide updates to firmware and critical OS drivers only to customers who pay a premium for a CarePack, extended service contract. If this affects you negatively, try telling Hewlett Packard what you think about payola for hardware bug fixes.

Or maybe, the time is right to abandon vanity servers?

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