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Stay Home When You're Sick!

CaptKeen Re:Sick leaves (670 comments)

Aren't in the US sick leaves taken from your holiday ? You might then have your response right there. Because in europe they are not, and you are quite encouraged (at least in my firm) to take the day off when you are a virus mothership spreading thema round coughing.

Not usually. Most have vacation days and sick days as separate things.

If you are in California, this is probably true, but I haven't seen it as such outside of CA in a while - my past few employers have had different policies for CA and 'everywhere else' and the everywhere else policy funneled everything under PTO

about 2 years ago

App To Keep ISPs Honest About Bandwidth Caps

CaptKeen Re:bandwidth tracking prog advice needed (172 comments)

Does anybody know any good FREE programs to keep track of bandwidth usage? Something like NerWorx by SoftPerfect. I tried it and I liked it but for some reason it is tracking my usage incorrectly, I think by like a factor of 8 or 10. I couldn't figure out what the problem was.
Any advice is greatly appreciated.

There are two different units of measure at play here. Network bandwidth is measured in bits, or bits/second. PC storage is measured in bytes, where each byte is made up of 8 bits.

When your provider sells you a connection of, say, 1.544mb/sec - thats megaBITS not megabytes. You need to divide by 8 to come up with your connection speed in bytes.

Storage on a PC is based around a byte, which is 8 bits. The network usage captured is correct - it was simply displaying it in bits, not bytes.

more than 3 years ago

Nokia Shareholders Fight Back

CaptKeen Re:almost tempted to buy some shares (424 comments)

but since I'm paying for subsidized phone whether or not I buy one (no discounts for owning my own phone), I'm going to buy one that way.

That's not fully true. T-Mobile will let you go contract-free and subsidy-free if you bring your own phone. For a Smartphone, with data plan, etc, it works out to be about $20 less a month. I think they call it 'Everything More Plus', although you can't buy it online any more, you can from a store or by calling in.

more than 3 years ago

America's Cubicles Are Shrinking

CaptKeen Re:Co-workers who use speaker phone (484 comments)

100 square feet? That's amazing. We're looking at putting in cubes, to replace the open floorplan we have now, and the cubes will be 8x6 (or 48 square feet).

People are looking forward to the change, too, because the open plan has been a disaster. Within a group, it may work, but when you've got open plan for four groups doing different things within the plan...

more than 3 years ago

FAA Says No More Minesweeper Or Solitaire In Cockpit

CaptKeen Re:They need something to do (342 comments)

Don't forget the legitimate things that they can do during these long flights. Like studing the latest changes to the regulations, the latest company policies, etc. Most of these things are now available in digital form, so now what are they supposed to do? Print them out and scatter the pages throughout the cockpit?

This, I think, was the problem that has generated this rule change. Two pilots for Northwest (now Delta) were discussing the changes in policy around scheduling and flight regulations. One of the pilots had brought out the laptop to go over the new system with the other; they had the auto-pilot on. They then proceeded to overshoot their destination and missed numerous calls from the control towers and the flight crew because they were too engrossed in studying the new applications / changes to the rules. The flight finally got turned around when a flight attendant knocked on the door to get their attention and asked 'Weren't we supposed to land 5 minutes ago'? The pilots then turned the plane AROUND and flew back X miles (like 150?) to land.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Discover Booze That Won't Give You a Hangover

CaptKeen Re:Beer (334 comments)

A solution to the problem does exist, though. It's called "everything in moderation."

... including moderation.

I find I personally like my moderation in moderate amounts.

more than 4 years ago

Nexus One Update Fixes 3G, Adds Multitouch

CaptKeen Re:3G Fix? (174 comments)

Is the new 4g an actual standard that all of these carriers will use or will 4g be another mismash of frequencies and formats?

No surprise here, but a mismash of frequencies and formats.

more than 4 years ago

Nexus One Update Fixes 3G, Adds Multitouch

CaptKeen Re:3G Fix? (174 comments)

It does make me wonder if it would just be cost prohibitively expensive to put in a radio that supports ALL used frequency band ranges. That way, you have a phone that will truly work on any network, with any provider, without having to buy a new handset.

I've heard rumor of a Qualcomm chip due out this summer that is supposed to support GSM, HSPA, HSPA+ and some CDMA stuff. A quick google turned up the following:

Qualcomm today updated its MDM family of cellular chipsets with some of the first anywhere to support dual, advanced 3G and 4G formats. The MSM7630 supports GSM, HSPA and HSPA+ standards but will also work on CDMA phone networks and support up to EVDO Revision B for 3G on those services. The addition would let a phone work on a CDMA carrier like Sprint or Verizon but still work with AT&T or T-Mobile and roam at speeds of up to 21Mbps on networks from Rogers, other international carriers, and eventually T-Mobile USA.


more than 4 years ago

Five Top Publishers Plan Rival to Kindle Format

CaptKeen Re:Kindle's energy conscious display (123 comments)

They could add native PDF support in an update for us Gen 1 owners too, but haven't, so don't hold your breath :(

People thought they weren't going to add native PDF for the K2 either, and that happened with the new 2.3 release that just came out. I'm not saying it'll happen for the gen1, but people were thinking it wouldn't happen for the k2 either...

more than 4 years ago

Five Top Publishers Plan Rival to Kindle Format

CaptKeen Re:Kindle's energy conscious display (123 comments)

If only I could leave a recipe open for more than 10 minutes w/o the stupid screen saver like image coming on.

This has been fixed in the 2.3 update - the screen timeout is now set to 20 minutes.

more than 4 years ago

Seinfeld-Windows TV Ad Anything But 'Delicious'

CaptKeen Re:Congratulations (893 comments)

If your UID wasn't so low

That's a low UID nowadays?

about 6 years ago



CaptKeen CaptKeen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

CaptKeen (92992) writes "The Hindu reports that the Indian Government is trying to tax optical broadband providers (think fiber to the premises) for generating "light energy". According to the Commercial Tax Department, optical broadband providers operate on light energy which is "artifically created and sold to customers for the purpose of data transmission and information." This classification would make Internet access goods (since you are buying light) as opposed to service — and would be subject to a 12.5% VAT."


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