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Comment Why the heck can't they just use a cable? (Score 2) 165

I can totally understand banning Wifi hotspot access points at big crowded events like this. Just a few dozen in the same area is enough to completely use all available bandwidth in the form of beacons. Performance will suck for EVERYONE, including the venue WiFi.

Why not just use a cable? Most phones support tethering over USB, and it'll even perform better than WiFi hotspot mode because it's a direct cable connection so the only RF you're doing is cellular. I always try to do USB tethering when possible to avoid polluting the airwaves with my needless access point.

Comment Re:Bah....! (Score 4, Informative) 81

I recall that when Apple decided stop selling the Apple IIe, school districts were genuinely upset because they were still using them heavily. They had very large educational software libraries that would now become obsolete as they could no longer buy replacement systems.

If the market is there and willing to pay, Apple would have been foolish to not serve it. They could have probably continued selling IIe systems well into 1995 if they wanted. It's pretty crazy just how entrenched the Apple II was in schools.

Comment Re:Softare and wording problem (Score 1) 210

The first generation Xperia phones actually did something similar. They kept the battery at above 90%, by charging up to 100% then letting it fall to 90% again before recharging it again. Much better battery lifetime than keeping it at 100%.

But lots of people complained that Sony had a lousy battery charger system that couldn't even keep the battery topped up. So to avoid the bad press they changed it and kept it at 100% all the time, like the rest of the manufacturers.

Comment Isn't it obvious why they're doing this? (Score 5, Insightful) 275

Microsoft wants to make using older versions of Windows as annoying as possible for IT departments, to try to push us to move to Windows 10.

Corporate IT departments tend to be the biggest holdouts for moving to new versions of Windows. If a business is running fine on Windows 7, there is ZERO reason beyond security updates to move to Windows 10. Now they're giving us an artificial reason: If a rolled up update breaks something, we have to roll back the ENTIRE batch. Even any included security updates.

Microsoft wants their licensing revenue, and they want fewer versions of Windows to support. This is their play.

Comment Re:Browsers are shitty application platforms (Score 0) 102

You're quibbling over semantics, now. I consider their whole line of notebooks to be "Macbooks". That's probably what OP meant.

I'd ask the OP to clear it up, but at this point who cares? This isn't a topic that has people on the edge of their seat awaiting a resolution. :)

Comment Re:"allows you to download a 5GB HD movie in 40 se (Score 1) 93

You can still buy a movie on iTunes and legally download it to your computer.

Don't know how many people still do this; it usually doesn't cost less than the Bluray so if I'm going to outright buy a movie I'd rather just get the physical disc, which almost always includes a download code anyway these days.

Comment Re:VPN (Score 4, Informative) 71

A regular public WiFi, that you can connect to without installing profiles, etc... is indeed unencrypted. But most services that matter these days use SSL so it's not an issue.

But if you have to install a profile, it can do things like set proxies, install SSL client certificates and so on. It can spy on you VERY deeply. You're actually better off connecting to unencrypted open WiFi than one of these.

Comment I went to use one of these... (Score 5, Informative) 71

I went to use one of these and it wanted to install an iOS configuration profile on my phone.

These profiles can configure your phone on a fairly deep level, doing things like adding proxies, restricting functionality, and so on.

I hit cancel and just continued to use my data plan. Screw that.

Comment Re:Thanks to (Score 1) 369

Ars Technica allows 30 minutes, I believe, and it doesn't seem to be abused. People that reply will quote the bit they reply to so it's clear what they refer to anyway.

So how about 30 minutes editing window, and a quick, one-button-press to quote the parent post? Just to encourage people to include the original bits in their replies?

For added protection you could colour the edited text in dark purple, say, just to make it clear to people what has been edited?

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