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Comment Naming updates (Score 1) 205

M$ should really take the idea of naming updates and run with it, like Anniversary Update, as if anyone gives a shit that it has been a year since they released their latest over-hyped bug fest. Call it Stinky Elephant Dung or Rainbow Kitten and people are still going to use it, and have problems with it. Next time maybe they'll go full-DPRK and name something the "Bill Gates is God Edition," or just show all their cards and release "Microsoft Owns Your Computer, Bitch. Edition", and you'll have no choice whether to install it or not. But that still isn't as lame as Apple naming crap after big cats, as if that would make the OS more fierce or something.

Comment What they're missing (Score 1) 187

There's also a good argument to be made that updating a device hurts future sales. If your phone isn't updated, it will start to feel old, so you're more likely to buy a new phone sooner.

Yes, refusing to provide updates does make phones feel old prematurely, and does make users more likely to upgrade sooner - to OTHER manufacturers' phones! People think, "Oh, jeez, this phone sucks now. I'm not buying another LG, I'll try a Samsung or Motorola (yes, everyone still calls Moto Motorola) this time." So by not providing updates and waiting for users to upgrade when they want to, OEMs are cheapening their own products, and customers notice.

Comment Re:It better not be. (Score 1) 509

KDE is the Gold standard in Linux Desktops. It has the most utilitarian behavior of all of the existing Linux desktops.

Funny, I tried it many times with various distros, and I never cared for it. I was a Gnome user until they went bonkers and MATE and Cinnamon from its ashes. Cinnamon seems much more intuitive to me, and since it just works so well out of the box I can focus on whatever work I need to get done without it getting in the way, rather than having to tinker with and tweak KDE. I know some folks have loved KDE for a long time but it's no wonder why so many people have flocked to Mint + Cinnamon. It looks good (if not as good as KDE), works reliably, and is easier to learn and manage.

And people will argue about the included components until they are blue in the face, but they are largely irrelevant to most people just coming to Linux, if not most Linux users in general. No one cares about bundled browsers like Konqueror because they mostly use a bigger-name browser, desktop email apps get less and less use every day (due to both the current state of webmail and smartphone use, even in corporate environments), and the even less-used little niche apps and tools have never been deal breakers or big draws. So while KDE may not be dying, it may need to focus more on what people want, which is usability on par with the eye candy.

Comment Re:What the hell?! (Score 1) 675

What exactly is your excuse there, over the pond?

Banks have been issuing new cards (or replacing older ones) with NFC versions for at least a year. Just bonk and pay.

Our main excuse is that the roll-out has been so uneven - chip cards started going out last fall and many retailers had the hardware in place well ahead of time but many STILL aren't using anything other than the swipers. My own 70 year-old mom has a grasp on it, though she figured out how to use Uber last night and is more fluent in GIMP than I am in Photoshop, so maybe she's not the most representative example, though she is proof that seniors can manage just fine.

Comment Re:What's the point?! (Score 1) 675

Europe has been using chip readers for 5+ years now. Why is America just now getting into this? It's things like this that make us seem slow and 'backwards' in the eyes of foreigners (although I think it's shallow to think that).

We're also still not warming up to the metric system, even though most of the world uses it because it is a much more sensible and standardized system. But they've largely converted to "our" language when it comes to business and whenever travelling between countries within Europe. You can survive just fine speaking only English in any large European city, while not knowing English makes life quite difficult in the US, even if you are a resident. And we drive way more SUVs and got to catch Pokemons first, so the score is US 3, Europe 1.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 2) 675

Debit is chip and pin. Credit is chip and signature. Throughout the US.

Yes, but for as long as I've had a debit card (since 2000vor so?) I've almost always signed rather used my PIN, unless I wanted cash back. A lot of people are afraid of entering their PIN in public, especially if they don't have to, and a lot of banks used to limit free debit transactions and would charge fees after a certain number. I even remember commercials telling us how quick and easy it was to swipe and sign, no ID required and no "secret code" to remember. Now it seems that I can still use my debit card (with no credit account linked) like a credit card at some retailers, if I choose to, and sign for a transaction, while at others I must use the PIN.

Also, I have already personally witnessed someone leaving their card in the chip reader on two occasions. For one I was able to point it out before they walked away, but for the other I found the card unattended. Good thing for both of them I didn't watch them enter their PIN and abscond with the card!

Comment Re:Fascism... (Score 1) 58

...is what this economic system is called. Private ownership of industry with total government control and regulation. You fuck over a school district? You will pay fines to the Feds because they say so. When things go south, the Feds just blame all our problems on industry, and continue to fuck things up.

Wrong. If there were total government control over anything then we wouldn't see these types of shenanigans everywhere we look, because even fascists are less obviously biased in favor of big business than our government. Our system is capitalism run amok, with complete and utter regulatory incompetence and impotence overseeing it. That's not fascism, just failure.

Comment Re:Where will the money go? (Score 1) 58

Yeah, right. If they charged 400% of what was allowed, the fine should be at least 400% of that 400% (and then some, for chronic offenders, or 4000% - multiply their BS by a factor of ten), with a hefty portion of that going to the injured party. If we can penalize individual citizens with punitive prison terms that are the harshest in the Western world, in the name of deterrence, why can't we levy equally crippling fines against giant corporations who continue to prey on us with impunity? If you don't hit the big dogs on their bottom line they'll continue to do as they please and simply consider the prevailing, easily absorbed fines a part of the cost of doing business, rather than truly trying to play by the rules we set.

Comment In other news... (Score 0) 264

I'd declare a national Guinness day, when all bars and restaurants that serve Guinness would be required to give away free pints to anyone who asked. But I'm not getting elected either (yet), so this whole damn topic is irrelevant. Love him or hate him, Gary Johnson has the same chance of being elected as my dead grandmother, so why not talk about something more realistic, like the pyramids on Mars or the possibility of there already being buildings on the moon, or plasma TVs making a comeback.

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