* Posts by McBeese

50 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Sep 2010

Canadian family gives up modern tech to live like it's 1986


Clearly no post-86 haircuts are allowed either. Somebody tell this guy that mullets have been replaced by goatees.

Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme


It Boggles The Mind

I boggles my mind that people would be so stupid as to invest significant sums of money on the Internet with a guy named 'Pirate'. I mean seriously, these people must be dumb as rocks.


Re: Texas man charged in multimillion-dollar Bitcoin Ponzi scheme

I think he must have been scamming other Texans.

Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls


He Has a Lot of Gall

The absolute last people who should be expressing disappointment with anything or anybody are US House Representatives, especially the luddite Republicans. These are the people who think that rapes are god's will and women's bodies can shut down pregnancies for 'legitimate rapes'.

TSA: Perv scanners now fully banished from US airports

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Prudishness wins over Safety

Nice. Prudishness trumps personal safety. We're a lot more backward than we give ourselves credit for.

US Congress excoriates Apple's tax-avoidance shenanigans

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It's YOUR Fault, McCain

"McCain also said that Apple is "purposefully depriving the American people of revenue" by using a "byzantine" tax structure"

John McCain - if Apple is doing anything illegal, charge them. If Apple is not doing anything illegal, then the problem is not Apple or their peers, it's the tax code, and YOU and your peers need to fix it. THAT IS *YOUR* JOB, ISN'T IT?

Remember, The Apple execs have a fiduciary duty to maximize shareholder value. They can be sued by their shareholders if they don't take advantage of available tax benefits.

So McCain, stop your whining and get back to work. Charge Apple or roll up your sleeves and fix the tax code. Okay?

Charity chief: Get with it, gov - kids shouldn't have to write by hand


Re: In some regards, he has a point though

@Stu - correct. I grew up having to write everything by hand and as a result by handwriting was pretty good and I could write pretty quickly. That was a long time ago. Now when I try to write more than a few sentences at a time, it's a mess. The muscle memory (and conditioning) in my hand is gone. Now it's my typing I need to worry about. Voice dictation is good enough that I'm typing a lot less frequently these days.

Office for Android, iOS pushed back to late 2014?


Cancel it and fire the team.

Who is going to wait TWO YEARS for a 1.0 version of Office on iOS and Android? That's TWO MORE YEARS that people will have invested in non-Microsoft solutions before a bloated port of Office shows up on iOS and Android.

Cancel the project and fire the team. Send them back to the 90s.

Leave it to companies that understand mobile, or consider acquiring a company and team that is kicking ass and brand whatever they have as 'Mobile Office'. Just like when Microsoft acquired Powerpoint.

Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

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Shut up and execute

Microsoft should shut up and execute. Until they are a serious player in the mobile and/or social space, I'm not really interested in anything they have to say.

Review: Livin' in the cloud with Google's new Chromebook Pixel


So many issues I hardly know where to start...

1. Most obvious question – even if you're a big Chrome fan, why not buy a MacBook Air and access your favorite Google apps and services from it without giving up the benefits of local capabilities?

2. "a Verizon connection that includes 100MB a month free downloads" 100MB would last me about an hour. No point in promoting this as worth anything. Face it – the LTE capability is pointless in North America until we outgrow the capped data models.

3. Google Drive is a terrible service. Dropbox and Skydrive are both far superior (and less buggy) implementations. You don't want to depend on a device that depends on Google Drive, that's for sure.

4. USB 2.0? Seriously? Nuff said.

The Google Nexus team is crushing it. Please keep the Chrome team away from them!!

Telecom bigwigs: 'We're all friends – really'


4G is pointless in North America

AT&T CEO says "He also sees the move from 3G to 4G as being as disruptive as the move from analog to 2G."

It could be disruptive, but 4G is pointless for AT&T customers because of the 2GB data caps.

Microsoft Dell deal would restore PC makers' confidence

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Re: It may even result in some direction..

Puny Ballmer!


Trouble Ahead for Dell

There are lots of benefits of going private for Dell while they try to reinvent themselves. Michael Dell might even enjoy going to work again.

However, there are a couple of issues they'll have to overcome:

1. Servers. Linux is to servers as Windows is to the desktop. Dell can't change that all by themselves, even with Microsoft in their corner. Do we think that Microsoft hasn't already tried to use huge incentives to get the server vendors onto Windows? I assume that Dell will continue to focus on Linux in the server space, but I'm sure there will be tension.

2. Android. This one is tougher. The Android-based mobility market is a big chunk of the overall mobility segment, and I don't think Dell can continue to not participate. Not just for the revenue, but for the ecosystem opportunities. I don't imagine Microsoft would agree with me on this point.

Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Close... but too many compromises

A few key points, some of which build off of points already made by others:

1. As a tablet, this is priced beyond what the market will bear. $1000 and up is too expensive. Anyone remember the Cisco Cius? Battery life is reported to be in the 5-hour range. ... but...

2. If the Surface PRO is being positioned as a laptop replacement, then the price and battery life is not too far off the rest of the laptop market. ... but...

3. On the other hand, as a laptop replacement, the keyboard and mouse become mandatory so the price really starts around $1200, plus a couple of hundred for Office so we're looking at $1400-$1500 tablet/laptop. For that kind of money, you could get a decent laptop AND a decent tablet. No compromises.

I'm sorry, but this thing is over-priced and under-batteried for the uses that tablets are best for, and it is over-priced and under-storaged (possibly under-powered also) for the uses that laptops are best for. The flexibility of the Surface allows it to compete in both the tablet and laptop segments, but it is a mid-tier player at best in both. Will there be a new segment defined by the surface? I don't think so. The market is heading in the other direction.

I'm curious why there was no mention of the Intel Atom-based Surface in this article. To me, that one looks more like the sweet spot with a better balance of the key parameters.

P.S. Please congratulate me on not making this another operating system debate. My own personal bias is that even if the Surface were a new god box, it would still be running Windows and Office so it still wouldn't interest me – but others feel differently so that isn't the argument on whether the Surface Pro is a decent product.


Re: Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch [what?] in February

What is 'ECT'? Did you mean 'Etc.'?

Always enjoyable when grammar nazis include spelling and grammatical errors in their rants.

Mega launches with mega FAIL


Why Bother?

"You are strictly prohibited from using our services to infringe copyright. You may not upload, download, store, share, display, stream, distribute, e-mail, link to, transmit or otherwise make available any files, data, or content that infringes any copyright or other proprietary rights of any person or entity."

But why else would anyone use MegaUpload if not for storing and sharing bootleg content? Does anyone really think it used to be be popular because of the generic service?

No business with any kind of sense would touch this site, and I don't know why any consumer wouldn't just use SkyDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox.

Me thinks that the NEW MegaUpload is going to be about as successful as the NEW Napster was.

TSA to pull backscatter perv scanners from US airports


The problem isn't with the technology, it's with prudish Americans.

OMG: RIM adds VoIP to its stealth social network


Re: Hmm, sounds like Google Talk

How about Apple's iMessage, which provides free text messaging but is also integrated with SMS text messaging so that friends who aren't Apple iPhone users can still be reached using the same app?

As for OTT VoIP, both iOS and android support all of the world's most popular apps… Like Skype, tango, et cetera.

Research in motion's closed strategy is going to lead to their demise.

Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag


How is it possible that people still 'believe'?

Is it not 2012? Did we not land a Volkswagon-sized remote explorer on Mars this year? HOW, in this day and age, can supposedly intelligent and educated people still believe in primitive superstition a.k.a religious doctrine? I totally get why the leaders are into it... it's a good business. I'm lost as to why the followers buy into all the nonsense and GIVE MONEY to support it.

Why is your god more credible than Zeus, Apollo, Thor, Santa Claus, etc., etc.? Do you worry that you'll break your mother's back if you step on a sidewalk crack? Why not?

More bad than good comes from religion.

We live among superstitious fools.

Taliban official's email blunder leaks 400+ contacts

Black Helicopters

It's Hammer Time!


Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives


Re: Who uses DVD?

I agree completely. I do have an external USB 3.0 Blu-Ray drive in case I need it, but I haven't used it since I backed up the last of my DVDs and I don't purchase content on hard media any more.


Re: And thinness matters in this space WHY?

You forgot to mention my girlfriend.


Re: Incredible...

"Rip a CD"? People still have music on CDs?

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Good Riddance!

Haven't used an optical DVD drive in years. Glad to see it go. I think they were the most failure-prone component on every computer I've owned. Actually, not true. I guess the original 5.25" floppy drives were worse.

In a world with App Stores, cloud services like Dropbox, and non-spinning hard media options like SD Cards and USB flash drives, who needs or wants an optical DVD drive? If you're thinking "I do", then I have a tar pit I'd like to show you.

LASER STRIKES against US planes on the rise


There are up to hundreds of people on these planes. These actions could lead to a crash with many killed. This is pre-meditated action and there is no excuse for it. Instead of a five-figure fine, the culprits need to be charged with attempted multiple homicide. Send a message before many lives are lost.

Acer takes fight to Nexus 7 with seven-inch Iconia tablet


1024 x 600 Screen resolution - fail.

This is a last-gen tablet. Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD have beautiful 1280x800 screens and both sell for $199. This thing will have to sell for $149 (or less) to begin to attract an audience.

US, Iraqi lawn chair balloonists blown out of sky


Too much trouble to check the weather forecast? This guy must have been a Tea Partier for sure.

Bill Gates: iPad is OK, but what Apple really needs is a SURFACE

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He's dead wrong...

Steve Jobs recognized the difference between tablets and PCs and likened it to the difference between cars and trucks. Extending that metaphor, Bill Gates just told us that we won't need cars and trucks, Windows minivans for everyone is the future.

Sorry Bill, you could not be more wrong.

'Young people don't want to become like us', say IT pros


You're right...

Yep, you're right. I used to say "I'm a software genius". My best friend and Best Man from my wedding would say "I fly fighter jets." He wasn't lying. Guess who got lucky more often?

Windows is the OS of the cloud, says Microsoft



Microsoft really needs to look into some personnel refresh actions because it would seem that those who work there today are a little too detached from reality.

Google founders, James Cameron, go asteroid mining


Re: What resource?

Not only that, but why do the investors get the headline when they contribute nothing other than money? The headline belongs to the team that has conceived of and will be running the program.

First US CTO Aneesh Chopra resigns from post


CTO was the wrong title

His accomplishments sound more like Government CIO things. A CTO is supposed to focus on technical advances, not the IT project management items he's credited with. Wouldn't it have been great if he'd focused more on some of the big-ticket technology items that will help drive America's technical leadership? http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/fail_32.png

Apple stores getting close to overload



The last time I visited an apple store–shortly after the release of the iPhone 4S–I was repulsed by the stinky smell. Too many people for too long a period of time = yuchh. http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/thumb_down_32.png

Bill Gates drops $1m on laser-based malaria fighter


Short Sighted

Here's a controversial thought: Bill and Melinda Gates are putting many lives at risk by messing with natural selection.

The world just passed 7B people and the growth rate isn't slowing. How many people can the planet sustain? What happens when we reach that threshold? Shouldn't we understand the answers to these questions before we reach that point?

Pete Townshend condemns Apple as 'digital vampire'


One Problem...

"iTunes, he said, should support artists by giving them free computers, and help guide them through the rocky shoals of marketing, copyright, and distribution."

The problem with this is that most 'artists' are not artists and produce terrible content. A free computer will not make them better.

Wannabe Obama replacement tried to hire Ballmer


So, in other words, Ballmer would have been a loser if he had chosen Romney. Right? Not sure I would be telling that story.

Google's Facebook: It rocks, but who cares?


Google+ Solves a real problem for me

Google+ solves a real problem that I have with Facebook. I'm an individual, a parent, a spouse, a boss, a client, a friend, etc., etc.. Each of these life roles is a different context and I don't want them all to overlap 100%. With Facebook, I can't easily manage this issue so it's broken for me. I don't post a lot of the things I'd like to because I don't want to share each post with everyone.

So Google+ solves a very real problem for me and many like me. That's who cares.

Can Facebook fix my problem? Maybe. Will they? Who knows, they haven't done anything about it so far. The start of a migration to Google+ may be just the kick-in-the-pants that Facebook needs for motivation.

Cleaning up the Bitcoin act


15 minutes is over!

Bitcoin had their 15 minutes of fame and it's over now. Bitcoin can be hacked, so it will never go mainstream. The Linux-types will probably keep pushing it, but nobody else will.

US state bans Netflix, Napster password sharing



All excellent points. When are we Americans going to stop electing sh**-for-brains politicians and start demanding better?

Dear Dell and Microsoft: You're not Apple


Dell's Roots Are In Consumer!

Dell built itself from the ground up as a consumer company. Remember Dell was the first to offer great value on customized mail-order PCs. Enterprise came later.

HP exec: WebOS tablet will trounce iPad


This is who Steve Jobs was referring to

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/fail_32.png This guy has just demonstrated to everyone that he is one of the people "who doesn't get it" that Steve Jobs refers to. If I were his boss, I'd immediately start looking for a smarter replacement.

Otellini: ARM servers 'ain't gonna work'


Uh oh... Now They've Done It.

The most effective way to motivate someone to succeed is to tell them that they can't.


Larry Page to Google staff: Your bonus is tied to Facebook envy



Are you kidding me? My reaction to this Larry Page initiative is "-1"!

Season of TV shows blown out of cloud... for good


The Cloud Didn't Fail

There was no failure of the Cloud in this case.

An employee maliciously deleted files. That is not system failure. After the employee was fired, his access was not removed. That is failure number one. Failure number two is that the files were only stored in one location. The same problem could have occurred in an Enterprise storage environment. Who is at fault depends on the reason for the two failures, detail that we don't have.

Man found guilty of battery after ejaculating in co-worker's drink


Same here...

...Sampling the taste of semen is not on my bucket list.


Best part...

The best part of the story is that she was familiar enough with the taste of semen to recognize it. http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/thumb_up_32.png

Dear US gov: Stay the hell out of Silicon Valley


Help or get out of the way...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/graphics/icons/comment/megaphone_32.pngV C money goes to entrepreneurs with a track record (the club) or new entrepreneurs with established customers and revenue. There is almost no money going to first time entrepreneurs with a product that is more than a website (may include hardware) and needs money to get to market. The gov't should allocate some high-risk money to get some of these companies off the ground. If you aren't offering cash, shut up and get out of the way.

RIM boss: 'Our PlayBook shames the You Know What'


Talk is cheap.

I have serious doubts about battery life with RIM's PlayBook and I question the viability of a QNX ecosystem. But you know what? It's not worth thinking about because THERE IS NO PLAYBOOK. Until RIM actually releases something, Apple's iPad wins in every category because you can't beat SOMETHING with NOTHING.

RIM – the time for talking is long past! Put up, or SHUT UP!

Road test: putting the iPad to work


A couple of points...

My first point is a tip: you can get around the non-powered USB adapter by carrying a powered USB hub with you. They come in very small sizes these days. Plug both the adapter and the flash drive into the powered hub and you're good to go. Now the only question is whether or not iOS will recognize external memory devices.

My next point is that iPads weren't designed to replace laptops or netbooks. It frustrates me when people try to force them into a function they weren't designed for. I always take a Windows 7 netbook and an iPad on the road now. The Netbook stays in the hotel and the iPad comes with me to meetings. Any significant text input (detailed reports, etc.,) or presentation creation/editing is done on the Netbook back at the hotel or on the plane. Note-taking, giving presentations, expense entering, etc., is done with the iPad – and it excels at these functions. Restaurant and Coffee-house meetings are far less clumsy with an iPad than with a laptop on the table. I also carry a portable WiMax hotspot with me in case local wifi is unavailable.

Tip #2: You can create your presentations using PowerPoint (if you prefer it to Keynote or if your company forces you to do so) and still give amazing presentations on the iPad by using MightyMeeting. MightMeeting is a free Cloud service with a great iPad app. You create your presentation using PowerPoint and then upload it to your MightyMeeting directory. Then you launch your iPad MightyMeeting app, open the presentation, press the slideshow button, and off you go.