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Comment Re:They should just pull the trigger (Score 1) 144

What other search engine is there? There's Microsoft and Google with deep pockets. Does DuckDuckGo have fat stacks of cash sitting around for some reason? How bad would it be for Mozilla to take Facebook funding? Would we really stand for it if Moz got funding from Baidu or Yandex?

I mean, insofar as we stand for things that the Mozilla foundation does now, which are mostly terrible and stupid.

So probably Facebook then.

Comment Re: Yes, because we need another (Score 1) 157

That is true. I haven't. I don't. I do have Google Voice configured to deliver SMS messages as email (and I whitelist senders to a minimum as well), precisely because I don't want to deal with another, extremely limited messaging tool. I already dislike the idea that I need accounts on six or seven different platforms to communicate with my contacts. Why add another to the list?

Comment Re:RAID (Score 4, Informative) 229

You realize that if you're using RAID5 for a volume larger than about 12TB, you're going to run in to the mathematical certainty that you'll have a read error during data a rebuild operation, right? It's not a huge deal if you're under that threshold, but I've found 20TB+ RAID5s in production systems a few times and I think it's something a lot of folks don't know about.

The issue has to do with the rated hard error rate for mechanical drives, making an uncorrectable read error a statistical certainty at around 12TB for RAID5 and 30somethingTB for RAID6.

Comment Re:Surprise! (Score 4, Interesting) 294

Palemoon is a thing that exists. If you're a Windows user, it's clearly the best way forward for those seeking refuge from Mozilla's mismanagement.

I'm not sure what Thunderbird needs. As far as I can tell, it's fine. It's not buggy and all the features I want to use work. Other than security fixes, what more do I want out of a mature mail client?

Comment Re:They still make game consoles? (Score 1) 314

I don't agree with Steam's terms of service. I paid for the games. They're mine. I should be able to reinstall them at whim, with or without internet access. With or without Valve's involvement. If Valve decides I'm a dick, I should be able to continue playing games, not have my access to them terminated because of their user agreement. I especially dislike the notion that I have to check-in with an online service to play single player, offline titles. All of that is unacceptable. Just because you're willing to compromise on those things doesn't mean that I am or that I should have to.

Comment Re:They still make game consoles? (Score 1) 314

Because I'd rather support a company whose policies I encourage than give my business to someone who can hold other purchases hostage. When I can play my legally obtained copy of Half-Life 2 without having Steam installed, I'll think about whether or not there's a practical difference. Until then, there definitely is.

Comment Re:They still make game consoles? (Score 1) 314

On a related note, I won't buy games on Steam (or Origin, same difference), because I don't like its terms of service. I've also felt the sting of losing a beloved MMO to corporate mismanagement and I'm not doing THAT again either. That almost completely shuts me out of PC gaming.

Android games can be coped and played elsewhere, but some titles require either Google or Amazon authentication to operate and thus aren't truly portable either. It's better, in that I don't think Amazon and Google are going anywhere, but I actually had a functional Android game (Xcom: Enemy Within) pulled from my Amazon library so I can't play it any more, which speaks to my wider objection to Steam and Origin as well.

That pretty much leaves me with GoG and handheld systems (ew) for new games. It's just not a good time to be a gamer, IMO.

Comment Re:I'll think about it (Score 1) 81

I gave my TV an IP only because it supports Miracast. I can use that feature without agreeing to the TOS for the other Smart features. I've never agreed to LG's terms and conditions and in fact I've never used it for anything but a huge computer monitor and/or Miracast destination. If it wants to report to LG that there's some DLNA servers and a bunch of mobile devices, set top boxes and PCs so be it, 'cause it's not going to have the credentials to access anything important.

Comment Re:Might? (Score 1) 207

Also, to the poster complaining about streaming services not handling classical music well. It is not the streaming services, it is the publishers of your music who are still being the pricks all of the music publishers were some years ago.

Unless you have some evidence to support that, I don't believe that is an accurate statement. My theory is that the schemas in use to underlie music database services are not built to properly accommodate classical music and that developers, while perhaps aware of the issues, are entirely too lazy to fix them.

In other words, they want to treat everything like singles-driven top 40, and when something doesn't match that behavior, it's easier to ignore it than to consider the more expansive view of data that's needed in order to handle it properly.

But sure, publishers are assholes.

Comment Re:Might? (Score 2) 207

This has been bothering me for a while, but why do people talk about Spotify like it solves a problem? It might be the genre of music I like, but when I look at what Spotify offers, I don't see how it's superior to Google Play Music (where I can upload 50,000 hourlong tracks and listen on 10 authorized devices, where Spotify only allows 3333 tracks and 3 devices) and see a streaming catalog that with poorly cataloged , mislabeled or missing content.

I like classical music, something that no streaming service handles well, but Google Music is free if you're just uploading stuff you already have. What's Spotify doing to make itself better than that?

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