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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Cantankerous Cur Re:First step is to collect data. (405 comments)

This.

Having Comcast do a reverse DNS on the static IPs should be on the to-do list

about two weeks ago
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President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility

Cantankerous Cur Re:Bullshit (706 comments)

They already are Comcast-esque money grubbers, there is no transformation required.

I'm pretty sure the last time I called my water company, they did not ask me if I'd like to upgrade my water to 'premium plus'.

about three weeks ago
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Shift Work Dulls Brain Performance

Cantankerous Cur A problem of definitions (131 comments)

The main issue I'm finding here is what do they define as shift work. And dear lord, doesn't anyone else have a problem with the phrasing "antisocial shifts"?

From my perspective, what they actually measured here (or failed to measure) is the effect of having a shift that changes often. I believe that you can work 2nd or 3rd shift and experience relatively few side effects (there was a study about issues with not sleeping when it's dark out but moving on). The real problem is the constant change of sleep pattern. Changing that pattern puts more stress on the body which potentially explains the increased risk of death with daylight savings.

about three weeks ago
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Real Net Neutrality Problem: 'Edge Provider' vs 'End User'

Cantankerous Cur Re:Which way are the bits going? (97 comments)

Volume-based billing absolutely makes sense. It makes no sense to the ISP to charge the same amount to a customer that uses 1000GB/month as one that uses 1GB/month.

Volume-based billing doesn't make sense. The operating costs are incredibly low whether it's 1 GB or 1000 GB (if you look at figure 20, you can clearly see high speed data is $2 -- and this is for google fiber's gigabit service -- http://www.businessinsider.com...). The true cost for bandwidth is in the infrastructure.

about a month ago
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The FCC Net Neutrality Comment Deadline Has Arrived: What Now?

Cantankerous Cur The slippery bandwidth slope (131 comments)

John Oliver made a really good point about Netflix (especially if you look at that nice bandwidth chart with Comcast before and after the deal -- http://knowmore.washingtonpost...). Ending net neutrality will give internet providers the freedom to extort anyone and everyone who needs significant bandwidth. And there's absolutely nothing to stop them.

about 2 months ago
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News Corp Australia Doesn't Want You To Look Closely At Their Financials

Cantankerous Cur Not to be a grammar Nazi but... (132 comments)

'Percent' is one word. '%' would've also been an acceptable answer.

about 3 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

Cantankerous Cur Re:Free market (257 comments)

By regulation, AC means that there's a state-sponsored oligopoly in place as well as state legislation/local politics making it difficult for start-ups. Regulation may not quite be the best word for it though.

about 3 months ago
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Amazon's eBook Math

Cantankerous Cur Re:Disengenous [sic] (306 comments)

Also, the big 6 publishing houses have a massively left-leaning bias. They've spent decades now killing the sales numbers of entire genres because the authors were required to toe the line of the latest politically correct movement.

You really had to go there, huh? By the way, Ann Coulter is published by Three Rivers Press, a division of Random House.

And frankly, profit isn't partisan. Companies publish what they think will sell (with exceptions, naturally)

about 4 months ago
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

Cantankerous Cur I know it's cliche but... (234 comments)

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

about 3 months ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

Cantankerous Cur Or they could've done the sane thing to start (394 comments)

And make these boxes unnecessary

Given how much processing power TV have these days, they could've easily made usb drives with the encryption keys and allows the tvs to do the same job that the boxes do now. But that just wouldn't be profitable. It's nice to see what greed and lack of competition produce.

about 5 months ago
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Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

Cantankerous Cur Re:Government shakedown (153 comments)

Because corporations would never stoop to greasing palms or hiring their friends!

about 5 months ago
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FCC Looking Into Paid Peering Deals

Cantankerous Cur How do you know a company is lying? (37 comments)

"The peering market 'has functioned effectively and efficiently for over two decades without government intervention,' Comcast claimed at a congressional hearing."

When they say anything

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Cantankerous Cur Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

And contract to sell my soul? Are you insane? If you cancel, that's 75% of the remaining contract that goes right into Comcast's pocket.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Cantankerous Cur Re:You have a boss (185 comments)

Mod parent up

I agree wholeheartedly that this is how you should approach it. I'd put special emphasis on that lawsuit aspect because this throws up all sorts of red flags. At best, it's legal grey area.

Personally, I'd tell them to give their tenants a 10% coupon and call it a day. Or heck, nothing (save technical know how) stops them from having a daily registration page (or redirect their initial page) to get onto the internet with some advertising on it. It's still a dirtbag move, but it deeply decreases the possibility of lawsuits.

about 6 months ago
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Congressman Introduces Bill To Limit FCC Powers

Cantankerous Cur Leave it to a politician (176 comments)

to line his own pockets, actively work against his constituency, and claim it's for the good of the people.

about 6 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

Cantankerous Cur 4K is dead to me too (304 comments)

I don't understand this impulse to make the monitor wider and wider. I'd like my monitor taller so I can see more of my webpages, not less. Maybe I'm just an old fogy so get off my digital lawn.

about 6 months ago
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Google Fiber: No Charge For Peering, No Fast Lanes

Cantankerous Cur Re:This is part of their job (238 comments)

That's really yet to be determined. For all any of us know, this $70 plan is a loss leader to attract interest and investment. Ceasing to do the 'right thing' tends to happen after you become a market leader or have significant market share. Make no mistake, I think what Google is doing is great but I maintain no illusions that Google can't 'go bad'.

about 6 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

Cantankerous Cur Re:Coded Racism (688 comments)

It's even more than that though. It's just outright contempt for education in many areas and 'the bible is the only education one really needs' philosophy.

about 6 months ago
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Congressmen Who Lobbied FCC Against Net Neutrality & Received Payoff

Cantankerous Cur Re:Greg Walden (192 comments)

I don't think there's anything intrinsically wrong with being a career politician any more than managing to stay working for the same company all your life (albeit a rare feat these days). Being there longer means you know how things work and can get it done more quickly and efficiently. It's the greed messing everything up, as usual

about 6 months ago

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