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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Austerity Empowers Re:Lies and statistics... (292 comments)

The medical thing is important, more than once I've been told my debt is being sent to collections because the hospital and insurance were bickering over who pays what. My wife and I have adopted a policy of not paying until at least 6 months later, or after those two sort it out, since you can never get your money BACK once sent, but until they settle it out there's no way to know what is owed. There has also been a case where something was on my bill to the hospital that was not a rendered service, and having disputed it endlessly, the hospital would still not relent that my 6 yo son had required a breast pump for his treatment.

I've also heard of, particularly gym memberships, being sent to collections because the company had constructed a labyrinth of obstacles to cancelling membership (e.g. Gold's Gym). So people would simply stop paying, and ultimately be sent to collections for non-payment of a service they didn't use. I suspect this form of collections will be on the rise, as the growing trend of writing mandatory recurring payments into contracts increases. I fully support anyone who cancels such things de facto (as long as they actually stop using the service), it's a horrible practice.

10 hours ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Austerity Empowers Re:bi-modal (146 comments)

I noticed this too, but think it reflects something other than access.

Obviously if you cut the cable: you stream or you either suffer the airwaves or just don't watch TV. But if you do still have cable, do you never stream? I don't think so, cable is dying because it can't offer the content you want on demand. You'll still stream, but you'll also get new shows on the DVR and balance the two.

yesterday
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Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Austerity Empowers Re:Or upgrade to llvm ... (704 comments)

I don't think that thing that MS uses for make can, in any reasonable sense of the word, be employed to compiling non-Windows software without essentially rewriting the Makefile.

2 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Austerity Empowers Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (393 comments)

Never say "bandwidth provider" to a telco monopoly. It grates their teeth and raises their dental insurance. They've been staring down the barrel of this reality for 20 years and have done everything they can do, bought every politician and generally screamed bloody murder to get us to where we are. They seriously think the world wants to go back to using them as their AOL/Prodigy/Compuserve.

3 days ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Austerity Empowers Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (393 comments)

I don't agree, the internet is the very definition of "all inclusive". There is a ton of stuff on the internet that I do not want, and in some cases outright fear. But I am paying for "internet access" and with that every beltsanders-and-geese-porn type content that someone may unearth from the deepest parts of a russian brothel. It's a given that there is nothing "efficient" about the internet, it is one, giant, bundle. But it's a bundle that allows us to exclude the monopolistic evil that sits between us and the rest of the world so we take it.

Verizon can choose to install a Netflix CDN, or choose to upgrade the peerage link. It's on them to figure out how manage bandwidth costs while delivering optimum service. It costs what it costs. We'd believe Verizon more if they and their ilk didn't so thoroughly block any efforts to have competition, such that prices would balance themselves out.

3 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

Austerity Empowers Re:It's about time!!! (116 comments)

By playing against other people, they're playing another game that uses DOOM graphics. Yes I've played it over the network, but it wasn't a lot of fun. It's like baseball, it's fun to swing at the ball, it's mildly amusing to catch balls launched into the stratosphere or flying at you at high speeds, or even to see how fast you can throw the ball straight.

Playing a game of baseball is incredibly boring, you get to bat maybe three times, more often than not told to not try to swing for the fence but to just get on base, even if it means jumping in front of the ball to get a free base (taking a ball to the shoulder at 90mph is not MY idea of fun, ymmv), because statistically home runs are unlikely, but a team that gets players on base will almost always get the most runs. Only one guy can be the pitcher so the rest have to stand around the field being bored, waiting for the ball to get near them. Mostly it saps all the fun out of the game.

The same situation exists in football, soccer, and basketball. In my opinion eSports are even worse because the single player game was designed to be fun, while the multiplayer game mechanics tend to deviate very far and you find yourself doing annoying things just to win.

4 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

Austerity Empowers Re:It's about time!!! (116 comments)

As far as I'm concerned the only thing as stupid as regular sports, are eSports. I will never understand either one, but eSports are perhaps more irritating to me personally since I like video games just fine, but the bastardization that occurred in turning them in to an eSport seems always to have entirely removed every ounce of fun from the game, in favor of the min/max activities required to compete.

DOOM was fun, then I beat it, played it a few more times just for giggles, then never played it again. It just doesn't make sense. Competition without a purpose doesn't make sense, in most cases it seems destructive. In a few cases it might be useful in determining an optimal strategy or team, but I'm not sure what i'd do with a team of footballers or FPSers other than football and FPSes.

4 days ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

Austerity Empowers Re:Cost (540 comments)

Also, having worn glasses for so long I've gotten used to the built in "objects flying at my eye" protection they offer. My glasses have caught more than a few flying objects and/or children's fingers.

Then there's reality:
1) Something might go wrong
2) My eyes are unbelievably important to what i do for a living and how I entertain myself, I'm not sure I'd want to live without them
3) I don't like the idea of being concious while someone/thing is cutting on me, especially my eyes

5 days ago
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VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Austerity Empowers Mandatory IQ Tests for Politicians? (224 comments)

Do they do a test before they get elected to ensure that no one with an IQ of over 60 can be elected? It seems statistically unlikely that we've developed such an awesome collection of concentrated dumbass in one place on earth without actually trying to do so.

about a week ago
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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Austerity Empowers Re:slashdot worthy? (353 comments)

Unifying a base of users is always a good way of forcing change. Otherwise it's just one guy versus a big company. Lots of people on /. use netflix, or at least used to use it when it was still a trendy tech-type company thumbing its nose at The Man. Things have changed in the past ten years, but it is still a useful service for all the wrong reasons (i.e. it's best product has no real "net" in it).

I personally found this to be one of the few useful stories posted today.

about a week ago
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Favorite "Go!" Phrase?

Austerity Empowers Re:now! (701 comments)

Now! Reminds me of my second favorite:

"What are you preparing? You're always preparing? Just go!"

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Austerity Empowers Re:Uhhh... (529 comments)

Technically he works for the people of Alabama, and engages in the magical cooperition of federal government that is intended to give us all the feeling he works for the rest of us. Regardless, if he does something good we should all praise him.

Personally I think libertarians are people who worship some strange pagan deity, in the sense that they believe in and worship magical forces of nature which sensible people shield themselves from, so what he's doing is good. Unfortunately I think by the time his position matters, his party will have shut him up.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Austerity Empowers Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Nope, never have met anyone who cares for Windows 8, even amongst the unwashed masses. General consensus is that the UI worked and didn't need changing.

about two weeks ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

Austerity Empowers Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Wait, what? People are fleeing TO Unity?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Austerity Empowers Re:Just stay unemployed (509 comments)

Pretty sure they already have a robot for that.

about two weeks ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Austerity Empowers Re:Who couldn't see this coming? (300 comments)

If I were a shareholder I'd be asking how Microsoft is planning to maintain and regain its market dominance by firing the people who have the skills and motivation to create products that will re-attract interest. If the answer sounded like "We're making good money today, you're wrong", I'd sell. Every single time someone has said that, bad things happened in 5 years while the stocks steadily declined.

They're not selling Cheerio's, the product cannot stay the same forever, it needs continuous reinvestment to stay ahead. MS's mistake, the one that got them where they're at, is not investing in their product and fighting with governments in expensive lawsuits because of anti-competitive practices. That kind of thinking is going to end them, and while I'm sorry for the devs who get laid off, those left holding the reins deserve what they're going to get..

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

Austerity Empowers Re:Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

The *real* question is what about companies that do business here

Is there a question at all? If you have a presence here, you are subject to our laws. I expect that the reverse is also true, that if I conduct business overseas that I am also subject to the laws of countries whose policies I do not agree with.

Now perhaps business based elsewhere have a recourse US based business do not have: they can stop doing business here and let the vagaries of extradition processes take control. But I wouldn't put money on my government doing anything for me in that case but jockeying for political advantage and then turning me and throwing me out like rancid meat. My best hope is that there is no agreement for data, and I can somehow fall through the cracks.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Public Comment Period For Net Neutrality Ends Tomorrow, July 15

Austerity Empowers Re:Next up: (69 comments)

No that started long ago, it's more of an auction.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Refutes Report On iPhone Threat To China's National Security

Austerity Empowers Re:Any cell phone is a security risk. (134 comments)

Protectionism isn't something the G8 generally likes and has come under fire lately. Based on some things i've seen lately, I believe China (and perhaps india) have been spanked for their usual nonsense.

So maybe those people are now trying a different approach, rather than the normal protectionism that chinese companies engage in (using only their own suppliers, designing out foreign chips, bringing all mfg and design work to them so that they can control the supply chain), they're trying to hide behind FUD.

about two weeks ago
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The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

Austerity Empowers Re: Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

So Tesla's anti-theft system is 100% lethal?

about three weeks ago

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ARM Server Start-up Calxeda Closes Up Shop

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about 7 months ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes ""Calxeda, the pioneering maker of low-power microservers using hundreds of ARM central processor cores and System-on-a-Chip (SoC) products for hardware appliances, has laid off most of its employees and is shutting down operations beyond servicing its existing customers and investments." A sad day for many of us."
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Wheel of Time: A Memory of Light Released, but no eBook until April

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "The final entry in the fantasy series that has been released in 14 volumes over the past 20 years has been released . However in a typical money grubbing strategy that consumers have grown accustomed to from publishers, the eBook option will not release until April . We've seen this with movies, delaying streaming releases to try to drive up sales (and failing, with publishers mostly giving up), but now we also see it with books. Loyal fans are irate, giving 1 star reviews for a book they can't even have read ."
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Apple caves to Think Of The Children

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Apparently in an attempt to maintain a good corporate image, apple has yanked the "Baby Shaker" iPhone app from the app store. While I think there is little doubt that shaking a baby is not a socially acceptable behavior, it appears that good taste is one of many parameters required to sell a product on the iPhone. It would seem little has changed in the smart-phone world, except rather than being dominated by apps acceptable to carriers, we are to be dominated by apps acceptable to Apple."
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Civil War - Part Deux, Texas Strikes Back

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Former presidential candidate and Slashdot dark-horse favorite Ron Paul discusses the merits and patriotism associated with secession, after failing to stop bailout politics. While many of us on any side of the political spectrum might hear the message and agree in part, is this possibly the reason why he remains on the outside looking in at the political machine that is the US Government? Not all of our secessions have exactly been crowning achievements."
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Zombies Invade Austin, Natives Still Weird

Austerity Empowers Austerity Empowers writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Austerity Empowers (669817) writes "Public safety was given a significant boost yesterday, as a clandestine resistance organization changed electronic roadway signs to warn Austinites of a zombie invasion . The local government ministry of information and hired thugs quickly acted to suppress the information, correcting the signs to innocuous traffic reports. I, for one, welcome our new Zombie overlords."
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