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Comment Re:That's Hollywood for ya (Score 1) 158

movies don't turn a profit, as far as the IRS is concerned.

The IRS still gets their cut, because the margins on the movie get paid out in services like special effects, distribution, production, etc. The people who lose on that are people who sign on to a movie for a cut of the movie's profits.

Comment Re:Which is worse, Verizon or Comcast? (Score 1) 180

I couldn't even get a straight disclaimer-free answer from them about what channels I was supposed to be able to get. Comcast really, Really, REALLY HATES to give customers ANYTHING in writing, unless it's armored with disclaimers that basically say

In other words, when they're in dispute with ESPN on rates and decide to pull the plug to force a deal, they don't want to lower your fee during the dispute because no channel is promised. There's always a reason.

Comment Re:1km is useless (Score 1) 93

since you mention those roads, they probably need paving anyway. Might as well lay some fiber under there while doing the patching that... well, that we're not going to do.

So you're saying that cities should just stop paying for roads and have ISP's and data carriers handle all road work from now on?

Comment Re:About your sig (OT) (Score 1) 93

That's not the problem with Unicode (some bias against it). The problem is all the control codes/characters that can affect objects outside the bounds of the comment box. Of course the answer is blocking those or whitelisting a wide amount of Unicode characters. And I guess Slashdot either doesn't want to dedicate the resources, or just know that it will be called censorship when they allow some, but not all, of UTF-8 or more.

Comment Re:Laughable (Score 1) 370

you can usually hit some key to load hardware setup or the boot options.

Again, if the machine is booting using EFI "fast boot" you often can't even get to those either. I wanted to get to my motherboard's F12 boot menu. I tried over and over, just rebooting or shutting off and powering back on and never got in but the OS started booting before the keyboard had even initialized. I had to turn it off, unplug the power cord, drain the caps by pressing the power button repeatedly before it would do a normal boot so that I could get to the boot menu.

Comment Re:Laughable (Score 1) 370

Just do a restart instead of a shutdown. Then hard power off the system at the moment of the reboot. This is easier done on desktop, else you'll have to remove the battery - because on a modern system, you won't have 7 seconds to shut it down with the power button before Windows is half-booted again.

Comment Re:Warning: Windows 10 is draining your battery (Score 1) 370

already running in the background

Taking up space in RAM doesn't use battery power. Eating CPU cycles does. Something sitting in the background doing nothing doesn't need those CPU cycles. On the other hand, Chrome really does have more of a problem with that than Edge. Edge's problem is the UI.

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