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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Andrio Re:This is the future Republicans want for all of (146 comments)

This mentality will destroy the country. Stop turning things into Republicans vs Democrats. Truth is they both serve the same corporate masters.

Under Obama, for example, a former Monsanto Exec became the head of the FDA. A former telecom lobbyist became the chairman of the FCC. I mean, what the fuck, right?

Basically, whether you vote Republican or Democrat, this kind of thing will go on. The two party system is just useful for distracting people, and getting them to vote in such a way where nothing will actually change.


New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:2GB of RAM? (209 comments)

Should be "OK"

I ran a 2GB netbook with Windows 7, and it was okay. Certainly felt the lack of memory, but it was usable. Windows 8 is supposed to have a smaller footprint than Windows 7, so maybe it'll fair a bit better.


New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:The obvious /. question... (209 comments)

Except that you can forget about using any and all dark colors. Windows 8 doesn't change the window text to a light color (or, as Windows 7 does, have a white frost effect behind the text). The end result is that if you use a dark window color, you won't be able to comfortably read the window title.

I still can't understand how they let this happen, or how they haven't fixed it yet.


T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Andrio It's a marketing thing (147 comments)

Most people with "unlimited" data will probably use anywhere between 3-10GB.

But there are people, on the same unlimited plan, that will use 100 or 200 or more GB a month. Now, since they bought "unlimited" data, this is fine. They're getting what they paid for. Some might argue that they are abusing the service, but that doesn't matter: they bought unlimited data, so they're using it.

The result is that people who might use less than 10GB of data a month by streaming lots of music and youtube video, are put into the same service tier as people who might basically run torrents on their phone, or even use it as their home broadband, racking up hundreds of GBs of data a month.

I think part of the problem is that right now the data tiers are silly. Plans basically offer triers that look like this:

There's this huge spike.

People who will stream slightly mare than average, and people who intend to use their data for massive broadband demands will have no choice but to go with the unlimited plan. How about some more reasonable tiers? Something like

I lost track of what my point was supposed to be so I'm going to stop typing now.

about a week ago

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Andrio Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

Ebola mutating to be airborne is a terrifying concept. Basically it'll be a real life Captain Trips.

about two weeks ago

Rosetta Achieves Orbit Around Comet

Andrio 67P (54 comments)

They should rename come 67P to Rosetta Stone.

about two weeks ago

Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Andrio Re:Loony as a tune (316 comments)

I would say that they build speed for two reasons.

One is marketing. It looks better in marketing to advertise SPEED in big letters, and use words like FASTEST and MOST POWERFUL.

The other is overages. If they give you tons of speed but a tiny limit, you run over your amount fast, then they get co charge you 10 dollars per GB.

about two weeks ago

Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

Andrio Re:Obvious (163 comments)

Adaptive cruise control + lane assist = poor man's self driving car :)

about three weeks ago

Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

Andrio Re:Advertised on YouTube? (97 comments)

Advertised on YouTube? That's some Insanity Wolf shit right there.

about three weeks ago

Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Andrio Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

If only magical boxes existed that could intelligently and automatically find the fastest route for traffic.

But what would we call these magical routing boxes?

about a month ago

Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Andrio Re:A rule of thumb.. (137 comments)

If someone mods you up, your post's karma will increase by 33%

about a month ago

FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Andrio Re:About time (38 comments)

Damn, my formatting broke. Sorry about that!

Hey Slashdot, how about a useful feature in Beta? Like a 5 minute window to edit your post!

about a month ago

FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Andrio Re:About time (38 comments)

In 2013... ...Verizon had 120.5 billion in revenue, 32 billion in operating income. ...Comcast had 64.7 billion in revenue, 16.6 billion in operating Income. ...AT&T had had 128.8 billion in revenue, 30.5 billion in operating income.

What does this tell me? That unless the fine is a percentage of their profit (which to my knowledge doesn't happen in the US), internet providers probably aren't too worried about it. In fact, if lack of transparency nets them more profit than they lose by paying the fine, it's only good business to continue breaking the rule.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Andrio Re:Creativity is certainly future-proof (509 comments)

I absolutely think doctors (general practice ones anyway) are in danger. Generally, they do two things: diagnose and prescribe. Imagine a city with automated booths, all linked up to some massive medical database. You type in your symptoms, the booth does a few things like take your blood pressure, check your eyes, and maybe take a blood sample, things like that.

With its massive medical database, it can probably diagnose you with a very high degree of accuracy and prescribe the appropriate medicine. If it can't accurately assess what you have or if it's something that requires a human doctor, it'll direct you that way.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Andrio Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Electrician. No matter where technology goes, we're going to need electricity for it.

about a month ago

Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Andrio Re:Google needs Detroit... (236 comments)

It's going to be fascinating to watch the decline of automakers. Most people don't need or technically want a car, they want need/want the ability to travel quickly from point A to point B. The rest of the time, the car is just sitting there doing nothing.

A fleet of automated cars will solve the automotive needs of the vast majority of people. Car sales will plummet, as well other associated industries: mechanics, automotive stores, oil change places, etc.

It's going to be crazy. The panic we saw from Microsoft when tablets arrived; the music industry when MP3s appeared on the internet; Apple's lawsuit war when Android started outselling it, auto dealers getting Tesla showrooms banned; etc etc. It's all going to be dwarfed by this. I expect to see automakers try everything: mass litigation, lobbying, even widespread propaganda. Anything they can to try and stop the automation of cars.

If they're smart they'll sign long-term agreements now while this tech is still "new." I expect Elon Musk will be be quite victorious in this, chances are it'll be his batteries that will be going into these cars.

about 2 months ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Andrio I'm not in Houston (474 comments)

But as a Comcast customer, I'm damn glad I don't lease my modem or router from them.

Maybe I should start selling a decent router and Comcast compatible modem on eBay as a pair, calling them something like "No Lease Comcast Hardware Kit - pays for itself in just 10 months!"

about 2 months ago

America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Andrio Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

"Further, the most dangerous cities to live in today, are precisely those cities with the strictest gun control."

Yes, but ask yourself this. Are they dangerous cities because they have strict gun control? Or do they have strict gun control because they're dangerous?


Personally, I think crime is down because of the internet and technology in general.

about 2 months ago


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