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Comment The *real* question... (Score 1) 31

The real question here, which shouldn't even need to be asked but does...

Which of these plans is the least-limited version of "unlimited"? I've already discovered that Verizon won't offer their plan for 4G access points (even though I can buy a five year old sacrificial phone and tether to it 24/7). AT&T apparently doesn't allow tethering at all (which I thought the FCC had previously spanked them for, but, no surprise they went for a "Hail Mary" pass after this past January).

So, which of these plans really will let you use it as close to unlimited as possible? I have no delusion any of them will actually give me the upper possible limit of a solid 42.8Mbps for 13TB/month, but will any even realistically let me use 3-5Mbps sustained for a few hours a day, with 50+GB/month total?

Comment Good luck with that. (Score 1) 337

"I want a program that shows what our competitors' pricing will be tomorrow. Sort it so both name and price are always in ascending order. Email the output as plain text to the following 27 people, but only Joe and I should have the ability to edit it. Make the keyboard give a mild electric shock to managers in stores more than 10% more expensive than their regional competitors. And it should run exclusively in The Cloud, but not require internet access for any of its functionality."

I wish I was joking.

Comment Re:stay warm and safe in your bubble (Score 4, Interesting) 361

Which is why they want kids to "learn computers" in Kindergarten.

...And keep failing miserably.

No doubt, the earlier we expose kids to real programming (as opposed to the drag-and-drop programming equivalent of the old Radio Shack "hundred-in-one electronics projects" kits that keeps touting as some sort of mythical progress), the higher quality programmers we'll eventually turn out; but that doesn't mean you'll see a substantial increase in the number of people who can, and can stand to, code.

Early exposure might mean a few more people realize they have what it takes to code, but programming is hard, despite all the rose-scented farts Google, Microsoft et al keep encouraging us to sniff. The vast majority or people have neither the aptitude nor the patience to ever master the relevant skills.

Comment Re:The figure is meaningless. (Score 1) 114

How can he be absolutely correct that the figure is meaningless if you found a meaning to the figure?

Well, I know this is Slashdot, but some of us can read beyond the subject line... He said, "45 years spread over a bunch of drives without a failure doesn't mean that we can expect any individual drive to last 45 years". That statement is entirely true.

Going further, most people will, charitably, choose to infer a context that makes sense when reading something that could otherwise seem untrue. If you're in a theater that has "Cool Hand Luke" playing, and yell that title to your friend across the room at the ticket counter - Only a "special" few would choose to interpret that as complimenting the fingers of some guy named Luke.

Comment Re:The figure is meaningless. (Score 2) 114

You are absolutely correct. The trivial counterexample is a device that contains a semi-consumable substance, such bearings with an oil that slowly dries out; 100% might last a year, even if 0% will last two (not saying that is the case here, but just as a possibility).

These numbers do, however, suggest that you can expect a very low failure rate of those drives within the first year (less than 2.2%). And realistically, you'll probably get far more than that under similar conditions.

Comment Re:Yeah, Apple is so happy that Ireland didn't IRE (Score 1) 174

All fair points - But if the EU hadn't gone off in a huff about the UK leaving, all the things you describe could be tidily wrapped up into a single trade deal that says little more than "we'll comply with all applicable EU standards on goods and services"; and with the exception of some minor quibbles about trivialities such as who can make Feta, Cheddar, and Champagne, I think the UK would find that compromise entirely palatable (no pun intended).

That has nothing to do with taxes and nothing to do with immigration; and if the EU hadn't tried to force those issues on the UK, the UK almost certainly wouldn't have voted to take their ball and go home in the first place.

IMO, the UK made the right choice, and Ireland would do well to follow suit. Trade deals shouldn't affect their respective partners' self-sovereignty.

Comment Re:Yeah, Apple is so happy that Ireland didn't IRE (Score 2) 174

It would seem a bit odd to say "We're leaving the EU, but we still need you to give us free trade

I keep hearing variations on that line with regards to Brexit (though the same would apply for any EU country sick of the EU's games, Ireland included), and just don't "get" it...

The US has free trade agreements with plenty of countries, despite not having given those countries the slightest hint of power to dictate what US law can or cannot do domestically. Why would a (former) EU country not have the ability to negotiate similar trade deals, totally in isolation from the immigration bullshit the EU seems intent to ram down its members' unwilling throats?

Comment Re:OK, help me out... (Score 5, Insightful) 834

Slashdot has been screaming for exactly this for literally decades now. So, I fully expect this particular conversation to get ugly

That said - So far, Trump has done exactly what he said he would do. The first two or three days, okay, I'll admit it took us by surprise that a politician (new to it or not) didn't lie. At this point, anyone not expecting exactly this either wasn't paying attention during the election, or is just plain delusional.

"May you live in exciting times"...

Comment Re:Firefox cookie management, too (Score 1) 106

I agree with you in spirit (quit taking control away from the user!), but...

We already won the cookie war via private browsing / incognito mode. Let sites set whatever the hell they want, because no one but the originating site will ever see it, and as soon as the browser closes, *poof*, all nice and clean.

Comment Re:Have they added DRM yet? (Score 1) 303

He's not talking about the raw individual instrument/mic tracks, he's talking about the final digital mix that gets used to produce the record, which is an entirely different (and I would have to agree better) mix than goes to CD/MP3 and radio.

I have no love for vinyl, but its hard to argue that not every second of a song (aside from the intro and outro) should be equally loud as every other second.

Comment Re:Works both way... (Score 1) 435

people may be in dire need of a job and are quite willing to downgrade the pay just to stay working.

Right - And as soon as things get better, they'll be out the door. That's pretty much the GP's point.

in a bad econ (ie, this one!)

We currently have the most employee-friendly economy and job market so far this millennium. Yes, the current low unemployment rate might drive up pay a bit over the next few years, but overall, it doesn't get much better than this.

even good people get fired

Good people get laid off. Even complete wastes of flesh are usually forced to quit rather than outright fired. Actually being terminated for cause isn't just "bad luck", it means you screwed up royally - You got busted stealing, or nailing the boss' daughter on his desk, or are so incompetent that you didn't just contribute nothing, you outright cost the company many times your salary due to gross negligence.

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 244

How many times have we suddenly decided we *Need* that gadget only after we saw the commercial for it?

I won't be so naive as to claim that advertising has no effect on me (though when I can detect it, it has a strongly negative effect)...

But I can honestly say the situation you describe hasn't happened since I was still a dumb 12YO watching Saturday morning cartoons and desperately wanting some crappy cereal (often only for the toy inside).

Comment Re:And Chrome makes itself suck even *more* for ga (Score 1) 122

when do you think it's useful to run games in background tabs

Two obvious situations come to mind. First, "Idle" games, where you basically just let it run in the background and check in on it once an hour. And second - Let's say I want to look something up (maybe a Wiki for the game itself) in another tab; online games typically do not react gracefully to losing their network connection, and I would be shocked if being throttled for more than 100-250ms per second wouldn't have almost the same effect.

anything that gets the abomination known as flash off the web sooner is a good thing.

If you don't want to run Flash - Then don't. My computer? Not yours to decide what runs on it.

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