top Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same
I used to have Netflix and their 3-dvd with streaming subscription until they almost doubled the cost a couple years ago. I called customer service and they didn't care if I left. Dropped my service the next day and signed up for Hulu Plus. Netflix's DVD service was a better option than going to Family Video and allowed me to still give to the movie industry without illegally streaming it. Netflix's excuse/reason was that the movie industry was charging them more and postage went up (2 cents or something like that). I'm not surprised they are scaling back their dvd service delivery. Like someone else said, it was probably that or raise prices again.
Yes, I know having Hulu Plus still gives to the movie industry (despite the lack to current movies on Hulu) but I felt I needed to stick it more to Netflix.
top Bing Implements Right To Be Forgotten
"You can always visit a non-EU version of Bing to receive uncensored results."
According to the US Government, they should be able to access data worldwide as long as the company operates in the US. What's stopping the EU from demanding all search pages be censored? I realize one is asking for data and the other is filtering, but it's that slippery slope. One government can do something "worldwide", what's stopping others from doing the same thing with companies that operate in their country?
top Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google
Someone typed a full, unsecured, web link into a search and Google AdWords reported it to the advertiser. I don't believe this would be considered a security issue or flaw with any cloud provider. This is customer error, not securing sensitive information with a password or permissions. If anything, it'd be a flaw with Google AdWords reporting the full search terms, but even that is stretching it.
top US Senate Passes National Internet Sales Tax Mandate
I like how the Government is so "quick" to act on closing a tax loophole that almost every consumer buying something online takes advantage of. However, they never seem to get around to closing the many loopholes that large businesses use on a constant basis that cost the US millions if not billions of dollars. Like other people have said, this will affect small businesses the most.
I understand that sales tax needs to be applied but there needs to be a better way with less impact to small businesses. A general sales tax that's divided up among the states equally based on population I think would be a possibility. While probably not perfect I think it's a lot better and simpler than what's being proposed for any type of business.
What happens with eBay and Amazon? Are they going to charge sales tax for only business type accounts selling goods?
It's sad to see them wasting time on this crap versus coming up with a budget to actually turn a "profit" so we can start decreasing our deficit. If nothing else they'll just do what Cyprus did and take up to 10% of everyone's bank account. Oh wait that'll mostly hurt the little guy too because a lot of large businesses have their money overseas.
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top Preventing Another Carrier IQ: Introducing the Mobile Device Privacy Act
Carriers will merely put this into their TOS or other contacts with fine print that a lot people don't read but sign anyways. Mandate a specific title and format of the text so people actually notice it before they just agree. Better yet, mandate it a yes or no question on the agreement. It'd be no different than the customer improvement prompt you get for certain software to know how you use it.
top Intel Revenue Dives $1bn On Hard Disk Shortage
IMHO: I'm surprised that SSD manufacturers are not taking advantage of the HDD shortage and giving deals left and right. Intel could profit greatly right now lowering their SSD prices just slightly. PC manufacturers will benefit by selling computers and the end user will get that "speedy" system for only a slight increase in price. The higher price will definitely pay for itself considering the boot and operating speed of a SSD over HDD. Granted that's with the consideration you didn't buy a system with 1GB of memory and a Celeron proc running Win7.
Obviously anyone looking for large capacity drives is still SOL. I know some local stores in the area are still selling drives for reasonable prices until they run out. I doubt they'll bother to stock some or any at all after that. I'm sure they don't want to be left holding $2-300 drives that will be selling for at least half that a couple months from now.
On another note, who had the bright idea of creating a single point of failure? I wonder if WD, Seagate, etc setup their networks all with single points of failure. I understand it's cheaper but if you can't make drives, you're not making money.
top The 10 Worst Tech Products of 2010
I have to agree with the ridiculous amount of Bios revisions they have had. The D620/630 series had only 10 I believe. Problem with the D series was that we had so many bad boards and LCDs. The E6400 line was a slight improvement.
I don't believe the 6400/6410 series were/are flimsy. We ran over an ATG E6400 with a F-150 four times, turned it on and it still booted Windows. Obviously the screen was all cracked. It is still running to this day (about a year later) with all the original components except the screen and hard drive. Hard drive was a little warped so we swapped it out. Even though they may feel flimsy, they can take a beating.
The E6410 line has been decent for us so far. I'm so glad they got rid of the glossy back. We tried out the Elitebooks but working on them was sort of a pain (lots of wires). The HP's had only about 6 or 7 more screws than the Dells did. We also didn't go with HP because of the history of failures in the past and their support on servers is a pain.
top How many languages do you speak on a daily basis?
English and Engrish
top How IT Pros Can Avoid Legal Trouble
You would'nt happen to work for Toyota would you?
top When meeting polls on the internet, I
I tried to randomly choose "Always select a random answer" but ended up on "Always lie". Great, now I screwed up a totally legit poll.
top Best Buy $39.95 "Optimization" At Best a Waste of Money
"No I don't want the super awesome $50 Monster Cables with gold tips."
Didn't know Monster sold cables that cheap.
/runs to BB
That's the way it was when I bought my TV from there. I even knew the girl at the customer service desk. It's not the employee's fault though. She said she would get yelled at because I didn't sign up for both their credit cards as well as everything in your list. I told her to tell her bosses to stick that crap where the sun don't shine as I know that's where they make the profit. I'm a cheap bastard anyways.
I bought my first laptop from there and got the optimization for free because it was the display model (plus discount off the laptop). All they do is create recovery disks for you, reinstall a basic installation of Windows, give you the latest drivers, the general applications (Adobe, Java, etc), and send you on your way.
I don't even try to convince friends and family not to go there any more because they'll go no matter what I say or how much cheaper it is online. Apparently they know better just like my neighbor telling me Antivirus 2009 is the best and finds more infections than any other AV. I tell them if they go there not to buy anything extra but make the salesperson think you will until right at the end and you have the product at the checkout. It's happened to me (and other people I know) that I told them from the start I didn't need anything extra and somehow the quantity went from 10 to 0 in ten minutes. Go there two hours later (different salesperson) and viola they have stock again. Just play there game til the checkout and you'll get what you need.
top Angry AT&T Customers May Disrupt Service
I don't know if the FCC should look into it but it gives you the ability to get out of your contract without fee because it violates the contract you and ATT agreed to
top The best pizza I have ever had, I found ...
I'm still looking for the best pizza you insensitive clod!
top Dell Defect Turning 2.2GHz CPU Into 100MHz CPU?
I called their Pro Tech support to help diagnose a very similar issue. The CPU's were running at 6-700Mhz. I spent 45 min on the phone with them until I finally found a forum explaining it had to do with the Intel SpeedStep feature. When you go into the BIOS, go to Performance, SpeedStep, and disable it. They said thanks, added to their Knowledge Base and gave us one more reason to get away from them.
top Wi-Fi Allergy a PR Stunt
this is linked to Ars Technica which I'm sure a lot of us already read (not all). Why link a story that's linked to a story that's linked to the actual article? I know not every site is perfect but 3 days later, come on!
top Cell Phones That Learn the Sounds of Your Life
Now I can make use of my extended battery that I bought off of woot today. Seriously though, it would be a pointless app to drain and deteriorate the already poor life of the battery. But as others have posted, the application would be better suited for something other than the iPhone.
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