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Six Major 3G and 4G Networks Tested Nationwide

Benzido Re:What about latency? (115 comments)

I never had anything but five bars in Manhattan in my two years with AT&T, (I moved abroad a couple of weeks ago) and I had good bandwidth whenever I could get data, but I never latency anywhere under a second. They probably ARE doing something very wrong.

more than 4 years ago
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Six Major 3G and 4G Networks Tested Nationwide

Benzido Re:What about latency? (115 comments)

Yeah, I'm not sure how to explain that. I almost never got any useful data in 0.62 seconds, (NYC) not even from something like twitter.

I wouldn't put it past AT&T to have fast download speeds, quick latency for the first byte, but to make you sit and wait for 10 seconds for the second and third byte.

more than 4 years ago
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Six Major 3G and 4G Networks Tested Nationwide

Benzido What about latency? (115 comments)

The problem with AT&T isn't speed, it's latency. I often had to wait ten seconds or more for a data request to be met, and often the software would timeout before that happened (which meant I would get no data at all). Once a download actually started, it was very fast, but so what?

more than 4 years ago
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Please Do Not Change Your Password

Benzido Re:Please fix your systems! (497 comments)

Better yet, change your password to "do you have a pen?" and then call your IT person to say that you've forgotten what your password is.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Tablet Rumor Wrap Up

Benzido Re:Best rumor source yet... (348 comments)

Apple will never put an HDTV tuner in any product, because it commits the product to a bad user experience - either when reception is bad (for mobile products) or when the UX from the cable provider is bad (for plugged-in products).

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Hits 10th Anniversary As Microsoft CEO

Benzido Re:It seems to me .... (185 comments)

2001. It's more competitive than the Zune, sure, but it hasn't won in any market, with either the original or the 360. I guess they've won the online competitive gaming space.

In any case, I see the xbox as being a Gates strategy rather than a Ballmer one.

more than 4 years ago
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Ballmer Hits 10th Anniversary As Microsoft CEO

Benzido It seems to me .... (185 comments)

It seems to me he's just slowly, gently, running Microsoft into the ground. He's not a horrible failure, but there seems to be a complete lack of inspiration and mojo.

Has Microsoft had any major hits since 2000? Like, real killer apps or disruptive new technologies?

more than 4 years ago
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Typing With Your Brain

Benzido Re:oh god (262 comments)

People who bitch about how stupid twitter is Do Not Get Twitter. Twitter is not for broadcasting the fact that you're on the toilet. It's for disseminating news (and yes, this includes advertising and PR) more quickly than any other medium, ever. Twitter is quickly obsoleting one particular hook of 24-hour cable news networks: the ability to be the first to report a major event.

more than 4 years ago
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LaserMotive Finds Success In Space Elevator Competition

Benzido Re:Quick Progress (258 comments)

OBL is most likely dead. So you are most likely right.

more than 4 years ago
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Laptop Fires On Airplanes

Benzido Re:Do we WANT them to ban laptops? (560 comments)

why bother with clothes at all? It would save money on those fancy new millimeter-wave scanners if they just forced you to check your clothing with your bags.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Touch, Dead On Arrival

Benzido Re:A solution (352 comments)

>A solution in search of a problem.

What are you complaining about?? Many wonderful problems have been discovered that way!

about 5 years ago
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MPAA Pushes Once Again To Close the Analog Hole

Benzido Sometimes I wish they would... (275 comments)

Sometimes I wish the MPAA would go the whole hog and just block everyone from viewing any of their content outside of a cinema. I don't think we'd all die of grief. TV stations would have nothing to just broadcast but news and youtube clips. Then the whole recorded-images industry would collapse and die. But I suspect we might come up with something really great to replace its cultural role.

about 5 years ago
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ACLU Sues Penn Prosecutor For Empty Threat of Child Porn

Benzido Re:Fuck you Linus and the horse you rode in on (590 comments)

No I agree with you, the current law is very unjust. Part of the problem nobody wants to deal with is that children become sexualized quite gradually starting at a very young age.

Having said that, wanting to have sex is not the same as being able to give valid consent to have sex. These are two separate issues. To give valid consent (so the theory goes) you have to be able to assess the likely consequences of an action in light of an understanding of your true desires and intentions. The orthodox view is that 13-year-olds don't know what's good for them.

more than 5 years ago
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ACLU Sues Penn Prosecutor For Empty Threat of Child Porn

Benzido Re:Fuck you Linus and the horse you rode in on (590 comments)

Well, it's a bit harder than that because the consensus view is that people under 14 can't give consent. Personally, I don't think it makes sense to have a universal age limit for that, but most people disagree with me.

more than 5 years ago
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17 Million People Stopped Buying CDs In 2008

Benzido Re:see sig... (375 comments)

Well, you got no excuse then. Go and give some new music a chance, by god!

more than 5 years ago
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17 Million People Stopped Buying CDs In 2008

Benzido Re:see sig... (375 comments)

> what I already own (as it's better than what's been recently released)

Everyone starts to think that when they reach middle age. It's not actually true though - plenty of good stuff has come out recently, it's just that your mind has gotten narrow and you dislike change.

Not that this gives you a reason to change your buying habits! If your mind is narrow, you should by all means buy records like a narrow-minded person would.

more than 5 years ago
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How Moore's Law Saved Us From the Gopher Web

Benzido Re:Uh, no. (239 comments)

> If anything, in the early days gopher was more convenient for multimedia than the web.

This is only true for a very small subset of 'convenient'.

This is the same sense in which 'apt-get' is a convenient way to get software. It's the same sense in which LaTeX is a convenient way to write an article for social sciences. It's the same sense in which it is convenient to type :wq or ^x^w^x^c to save and quit your document. It's the same sense in which it is convenient to use svn to collaborate with others on a text document. It's the same sense in which it is convenient to type "./configure" and then "make home" and then "make install" in order to install a binary executable. It's the same sense in which it's convenient to distribute source code without the required dependencies so that anyone who downloads it has to locate, build and install nine different packages just to find out that there's a fatal bug in the source code which prevents compilation. It's the same sense in which it's convenient to leave out documentation because there's comments in the source code. It's the same sense in which it's convenient to use the 'move' command for renaming files.

more than 5 years ago

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Benzido Benzido writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Benzido (959767) writes "A lot of websites these days ask you to create a user profile and log in before you see any content. Sometimes this is beneficial to you as a user, because the functionality of the site depends on access to your own usage history, like on eBay. Other times, it is of benefit only to the operator of the site, who wants to be able to track user behaviour. I suppose that those of us who aren't averse to wearing tinfoil hats feel more than a little violated by this.

There's a few sites which aim to free you of this process by providing anonymous accounts for different sites. For example, bugmenot.com gives you a long list of accounts to log into each website.

But it would be much better if I could just assume that a particular account would be available on all sites. Imagine if you could just log into every site as 'John Hendrix' and enter the password 'foobar01'.

Is there any reason why we can't all log into the New York Times using the same username and password? I was thinking we could make a community effort to create the same account on all of those sites which ask you to login. So whether you were visiting the Sacramento Bee, the New York Times or the New York Post, you could be sure that 'John Hendrix' had the same password. And if you visit a site where John Hendrix doesn't exist, or has been deleted by the administrator, just make a new account for him."

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