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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Chas Re:life in the U.S. (152 comments)

Good for you.

I'm in a major metropolitan area (Chicago) and the best I can do is a 6mbit/0.5mbit DSL connection AT&T.
And, worse, I couldn't call AT&T tomorrow because my current plan is grandfathered in at that speed!
They've artificially limited connection speed in my area to 3mbit/384kbit.

My only other choice is to get a DSL line from the company that controls my landlord's cable system. A crappy fly-by-night Satellite/DSL reseller called Suite Solutions.
The problem there? As mentioned, they're a reseller. So they're selling me the same shitty 3/384 connection and charging more.

The shitiest part? We HAD Comcast here, and our landlords tossed them out because the kickbacks to them weren't large enough.

You know it's pretty fucking bad when you're pining for Comcast, one of the worst companies in the world.

1 hour ago
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Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

Chas Because everyone mono-tasks (152 comments)

The whole point is not that you get 50 bajillion exabits a picosecond to a single connection.

It's so your connection can accommodate multiple high-speed connections simultaneously.

You can pull down your Netflix movie while your son is watching YouTube, your daughter is downloading her courseware for next semester and your wife is downloading a new copy of Office she bought from the Microsoft store. All without interfering with one another.

1 hour ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Chas Re: 8.1 better than 7? (488 comments)

You obviously missed what I said about the interface for network controls not being unified.

You have portions of your controls in the Network Sharing Center and portions in the sidebar. Instead of a unified interface in one place or another.

In short, stupid, schizoid design.

5 hours ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Chas Re:More Global Warming Alarmism!!!!!!!! (199 comments)

Amongh many other things, with carbon credits you get less CO2 pumped into the atmosphere

Really? HOW?

What evidence do you have that the company selling you the "carbon credit" is actually DOING anything.

Basically what you're doing is the same thing you're doing when you drop something in the offertory at Mass.

5 hours ago
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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Chas Re:More Global Warming Alarmism!!!!!!!! (199 comments)

A wealth redistribution program

Gasoline is a wealth redistribution program if ever there was one with hard earned dollars going to fund cartoon empires with medieval sensibilities all around the globe.

Yeah. But with gasoline. You get...gasoline. Something for something.

With "carbon credits" you get...what? Some guy going "Good for you dude! And thanks for the cash!". Something for nothing.

yesterday
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Local Hackerspace Loses Solar Balloon, Creating Another UFO In New Mexico

Chas New Mexico often has many UFO sightings (31 comments)

due to the prevalence of technology and military groups, good weather, and clear skies.

And the largest contributing factor? A bunch of UFO loonies calling in every gnat, housefly, thermal mirage, and assorted hallucination brought about by acid and peyote trips.

5 days ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

Chas Re: 8.1 better than 7? (488 comments)

Just throw classic shell on it, 8.1 is way better than 7. XP was great in it's day - as windows goes - It's day was just stretched a bit longer than it should have because Vista.

Not quite. Win8 (and by extension) Windows 10, still has problems where previously unified interfaces for controlling system behavior have been split between Metro/Modern apps and traditional windows.

One example: in Win7 I click the network icon in the notifications area and a small window pops up with the connections; I can then right-click a connection and select Status for information on what IP/DNS is currently assigned or Properties to get to its security information.

Clicking the network icon on Win10 does the same thing as Win8: giant Metro panel covering a large portion of the screen, most of it wasted in "Airplane Mode" that I have no use for, and right-clicking the connection only has options that are more at home in a cellphone than in a desktop OS: estimated data usage, metered connection, forget this network. Clicking "View Connection Settings" opens another Metro-style "PC Settings" window that is designed for touch, so OS standards like right-clicking don't work.

http://i.imgur.com/8Csqe77.png

In short, it's still trying to integrate two different UI designs, and it still doesn't work. It's not as terrible as Win8 at it, but it's still in plenty of places to be annoying. It's also very inconsistent in what gets a Metro panel and what doesn't.

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Chas Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

Men AREN'T compassionate enough to be nurses. That's why we don't apply for those positions! You're making my point! Source: my wife is a nurse.

And women in nursing eventually turn into lazy, tactless, soulless, cackling harridans. The REAL reason why men don't stay in nursing positions.

At least, this was the situation that chased me from my nursing position 13 years ago.

My compassion had nothing to do with it. I simply had had enough of the inconsiderate bitchiness and declined to stay employed in the nursing field.

Oh well. At least the stress levels working in IT is lower. And if I break a computer, I can fix it.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Chas Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

Conversely, denying someone a position because they do or do not happen to have a dick is also a bad move.

If I deny a nursing position to a man because "men aren't compassionate enough to be nurses," wouldn't you say that's a bad thing?

Having come from the field of nursing, that's NOT how they get rid of guys.

Basically, BECAUSE you're a guy, it means you're superhumanly strong, so that 800 lb double-knee patient who just shit the big-boy-bed down the hall can be gotten out of bed by you all by your lonesome, regardless of body mechanics, or regardless of how it affects YOUR patient load.

And you get female nurses of limited skills and unlimited volume talking to you like you're an idiot. But when you refuse to allow them to talk to you that way, you're being an unprofessional, misogynistic prick, and therefore must be fired for cause and a black mark set on your record.

And the laws regarding what can and cannot be said about a person by a former employer?

*Wink*wink*nudge*nudge*

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Chas Re:I do not understand the self-flagellation (479 comments)

I'm not so sure this is a "tech industry" thing as much as it is a "media narrative" thing.

I vote "media narrative" thing.

about two weeks ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Chas Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

Because humans, for the most part, are pretty stupid and fail to grasp that just because there's an uneven number of something, doesn't make it not normal or perfectly fine.

Yes. But, but having an uneven number of something doesn't mean it's automatically bad, wrong, exclusionary or in need of "correction" either.

Simply throwing someone into a position because they do or do not happen to have a dick doesn't mean you're putting someone competent or appropriate in place.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

Chas Dark fiber agreements. (417 comments)

You want to work on something that could HUGELY advance connection speeds in the US?

Work on a law neutralizing all the contact clauses that keep municipally owned fiber networks dark.

Require a "must lease" clause for the municipality and specify a 5 year interval with exclusions of previous lesees if they didn't actively develop the network (to prevent the likes of Comcast from just leasing the networks from the municipalities and then sitting on them.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Chas Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

And you keep forgetting that things like solar and wind cannot be used as baseline power without VAST implementation changes and an improvement in storage technology of several orders of magnitude.

Plus there's the face that there are places you simply should NOT be putting solar and wind power generation.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Chas Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

So you're saying, without a carbon tax, with the other sources of power HEAVILY subsidized by pork, CURRENT low prices in a market the US simply DOES NOT control and with absolutely insane bias against implementation (with accompanying punitive levels of investment required), that Nuclear isn't price competitive. And with anti-nuke nuts going in circles with "This stuff needs reliable storage NOW!" and "Oh! Not THERE!", starting projects they have no intention of completing, and killing projects that already have sunk the majority of their budget. Costing taxpayers billions?

Well, DUH.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Chas Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

Sorry. But simply defining an argument as a strawman doesn't make it a strawman.

Try harder.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Chas Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

Again, the sun doesn't shine all the time. And there's no storage grid large enough to actually hold that kind of power. Nor is there a planetary grid to help roll-over power.

And there are places that make solar panels seasonably unfeasible.

In the US, solar provides a scant fraction of total power use. Ramping it up several thousand percent just isn't do-able. It's not affordable for everyone to implement, the US power industry couldn't absorb that power and still afford to rebuild and maintain a grid and China couldn't supply the volumes you're talking about in a timely manner.

Instead of TL DR, learn to fucking read and stop trying to shovel your uninformed shit on everyone else you ignorant little nothing.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Chas Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

Your argument is fallacious.

Luckily, your simply wanting this to be true in no way alters reality.

The inherent danger of or the damage to the environment of any other power source does not in any way make nuclear more attractive, which has the potential to be far more deadly.

Say it PROPERLY please.

It, in no way, makes it more attractive to YOU.

As for the "potential to be far more deadly". Bullshit. It's a binary equation. Sorry. All the relativism is just scaremongering.

Nuclear power is inherently more expensive than other sources of power, and always has been.

Again, keep saying it. It'll keep NOT being true.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

Chas Bitcoin: Inventing a nonexistent problem! (480 comments)

For their solution!

I'm not saying that low voter turnout isn't a problem.

But it's a problem of laziness, apathy and misinformation.

Bitcoin is just flat-out NOT equipped for solving those problems.

about two weeks ago
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Nuclear Waste Accident Costs Los Alamos Contractor $57 Million

Chas Re:Why the overreaction? (166 comments)

Unfuckingbelievable. Reasonably concerned individuals are "ninnies?"

When they stop us from doing what needs doing, and sets us to endless wrangling with no real solution?

FUCK YEAH!

WTF is up with nuke-nutters love-affair with this insanely expensive, forever deadly garbage?

Because it isn't "forever deadly". Sure, the current crop of 50-60 year old tech produces stuff that's hot (lukewarm actually) for tens of thousands of years.
But you're okay with it being stored outside on a fucking parking lot?

When we can produce stuff that's safer, and while it's more radiologically "active" (hot) than the current crop, ITS LIFETIME IS FAR SHORTER (decades or hundreds of years).

I look at it from a storage engineering perspective.

Can we build something that's going to last 100 millennia?
I dunno.

Can we build something that's going to last 500 years?
Probably. The odds are much better.

THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE MORE EXPENSIVE AND MORE DIRTY THAN NUCLEAR

Bullshit. We've been pumping crap into the atmosphere for the last 200+ years. But you're going to try to tell us that nuclear is dirtier?
Nuclear's waste is more CONCENTRATED? YES! What's all the environmental pollution done to humanity over the last 200 years?

Oh. Maybe. GLOBAL FUCKING WARMING?

But hey, at least it's more diffuse!

As for more expensive. It's more expensive because the people who are terrified and equate nuclear with "nuclear war" have created a regulatory environment that's made it unfairly expensive.
Were fossil fuels required to comply with even HALF of the regulations slapped on nuclear, the price of energy would be unattainable.

But hey, feel free to give up your portion and go shiver in a cave over a meal of grubs.

Answer that, definitively, before telling me safely storing waste for 250--> 30K years is even remotely possible.

Or, howsabout we generate power using technology that produces waste that burns off faster or produces long-lived isotopes that are medically or scientifically useful (like plutonium batteries that NASA can't produce anymore because we're out of plutonium)?

Oh, but nuclear radiation kills less people than slippery showers? Except that all it takes is one good accident to throw your bullshit stats into chaos.

Like an oil spill?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G... (Not to mention the oil lakes and oil fires)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Or coal mine disasters?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1...

The last not to be confused with:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

Which will be burning for most of the next THREE HUNDRED YEARS.

But hey, natural gas is clean and safe right?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

So, please, tell me AGAIN, about how DANGEROUS nuclear power is to everyone.

about two weeks ago

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Netflix pay us. Verizon keeps throttling.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 6 months ago

Chas (5144) writes "Even though Netflix caved to Verizon's demands and is now paying protection money to them to ensure better service, Netflix performance still has not improved on the Verizon network.

This is the problem with giving in to extortion like this. Sure, Comcast at least made a token effort to improve performance for end-users. Verizon just treated it as a payday, and maintained status quo, continuing to blame Netflix."
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CEO of Bitcoin exhcange found dead

Chas Chas writes  |  about a year ago

Chas (5144) writes "And still more hoopla surrounding Bitcoin. 28 year old CEO of First Meta Autumn Ratke was found dead in her Singapore apartment on February 28th. Local media is referring to it as a suicide, but officials are waiting on toxicology reports."
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Maxis/EA admit SimCity could run offline.

Chas Chas writes  |  about 2 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Well, after a week or so of denying that SimCity "could not" be run in an offline mode, Maxis GM Lucy Bradshaw has reversed herself.

According to her blog, Maxis COULD have implemented an offline mode but "It wasn't part of their vision".

This coming to light after modders have come forth to show that the game can be played almost completely in offline mode.

And in other news, apparently they're also censoring their helpdesk number now as well.
1(866) 543-5435 (By the way)"

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Can the City of Heroes save... itself?

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chas writes "As reported earlier, NCSoft has announced the impending closure of the City of Heroes superheroic MMO. So that's it. The end. Finis. Rocks fall, everyone dies.

Or is it?

Apparently they didn't reckon with a community that's spent the better part of a decade fighting evil and myriad world-ending threats. Now the citizens of Paragon City are stepping up to bat again. The stakes? The end of the world.

In a surprisingly civil and well coordinated effort, thousands of City of Heroes players have come together in a campaign to convince NCSoft that City of Heroes is worth saving. With online events, letter-writing campaigns, presence in social media and an online petition that's now in excess of 17,000 signatures. On top of that, they're seeing support from various people with some celebrity of their own such as Neil Gaiman, Felicia Day, and Mercedes Lackey.

So, while saving this game is still probably a long shot, many people, including those in the media, think that this group might just be able to save the day."

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Community seeks to stop closure of City of Heroes

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Chas writes "On Friday, NCSoft announced the shuttering of Paragon Studios and the imminent closure of the City of Heroes MMO. After a brief period of shock, the budding heroes in the community sprang back into action. This time, facing a much different foe.

Multiple, coordinated actions are now under way, ranging from petitions to NCSoft against closure of the game, letter writing campaigns, attempts to find a potential buyer and new publisher for the game, as well as attempts possibly acquire the game via a crowd-sourced action."

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Researcher Trolls MMO, Ethical violations

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Chas (5144) writes "Approximately two years ago, a story popped up on Slashdot about a researcher, David Meyers (aka Twixt) who had supposedly spent time "studying" players in the City of Heroes MMO. At the time, there was a lot of media attention about the subject. After a short time, it dropped and nothing more was heard on it until now.

Apparently one of the players who was upset did more than simply rant on a board. The player, who had some of their own training in sociology contacted both NCSoft and Loyola University to notify them about the ethical violations of experimenting on people (especially minors) without their permission.

Since then the Mr. Meyers has scrubbed almost all reference to his paper from his CV, and a book deal was quietly killed."

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 8 years ago

FreeJeremyDOTcom (5144) writes "Jeremy Hammond, of Chicago was sentenced last Thursday to two years in Federal Prison for hacking into the ProtestWarrior.

According to his plea-bargain agreement, he admitted to hacking into the ProtestWarrior servers and stealing upwards of 5000 credit card numbers. Reportedly, he had plans to use them to make fraudulent donations to various liberal causes.

In addition to his two year sentence, he was ordered to pay $5,250 in fines and restitution, and is barred from participating in any of the various hacking and anarchist groups for a period of 3 years after his release.

For the most part, all the various links point back to this article (may require registration/login) at the Chicago Tribune.

Of surprising note is the marked lack of support in the local hacker and anarchist communities for this person."
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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Chas writes "I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased)."

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I am so SICK of brand-fapping.

Chas Chas writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I guess it's just me, but I find the notion that sound purchase decisions for IT-based solutions can be achieved solely on brand-name recognition by the luddite "general public" is not only insulting, but ridiculous as well.

I mean, YES, there ARE mental defectives out there who will simply buy ANYTHING with a specific brand name on it (*COUGH*APPLE*COUGH*). But using that to gauge technical merit of a purchase?

Again, I'm not saying that various-and-sundry intellectual cripples don't do this. But I'd like to think that the rest of the people researching solutions, or making the purchase decisions are at LEAST making the attempt to inform themselves before making a purchase decision.

Whether this means they go with *INSERT BRAND HERE* or *INSERT ANOTHER BRAND HERE*, doesn't make a bit of difference. Merely that they made an informed choice (even if the information was wrong/incomplete/biased).

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Chas Chas writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Been a while since I've looked into my preferences section. Indeed, I'm somewhat surprised at the host of options available to me now.

Quite cool in fact.

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