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YouTube Issuing "Report Cards" On Carriers' Streaming Speeds

D'Sphitz Re:Time Warner cable is actually better? (110 comments)

There's something fishy with these results. The Google report rates the connection from my small, local ISP at "Standard Definition", and then when I compare providers in my area apparently Comcast is "HD Verified". This just doesn't add up.

The problem with this is that I have available, and pay for, fiber broadband advertised at 90mbps, and speedtest.net concludes that I am getting what I pay for (92 up/35 down). I have a Roku or other streaming media player in every room and it's not unusual to have multiple HD movies streaming at the same time in different rooms, in addition to tablets, xbox, and other internet activity.

So I have to conclude that either Google isn't testing my actual connection as it appears to and is instead showing an average from my ISP, or the results are fixed and the big, shitty cable companies have "sponsored" their own "HD Verified" results. The latter seems more likely, I've had Comcast internet in this area before fiber became available and it doesn't compare, and even the cheapest packages at my ISP are pretty quick.

about 2 months ago
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Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps

D'Sphitz Re:frosty piss (664 comments)

Do you really expect them to drop everything to find your precious phone when they have dogs to shoot and minorities to frisk?

about 4 months ago
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The US Public's Erratic Acceptance of Science

D'Sphitz Re:Shocking... (600 comments)

All those dinosaurs died out quite quickly after the climate changed or humans decided to hunt them.

You almost had me going there, +1 Funny

about 5 months ago
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Stack Overflow Could Explain Toyota Vehicles' Unintended Acceleration

D'Sphitz Re:Live in a cave (664 comments)

During the trial, embedded systems experts who reviewed Toyota's electronic throttle source code testified that they found Toyota's source code defective, and that it contains bugs -- including bugs that can cause unintended acceleration.

I'm currently weighing your hunch against the industry experts who reviewed the source code, identified specific flaws in detail in an 800+ page report, and testified to their findings, presumably under oath. I'm on the fence here, it's a tough call. I'll let you know what I decide.

Although I'll admit I get the feeling that there is some kind of conspiracy going on here, probably related to an Obama Muslim invasion. I mean, what are the odds that the "several hundred [people] contending that Toyota's vehicles inadvertently accelerated" all happened to be fans of Toyota's with the same electronic throttle control system?

about 7 months ago
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'CandySwipe' Crushed: When Game Development Turns Nasty

D'Sphitz Re:Tango DropBox (251 comments)

http://tangodropbox.com - DropBox trampled all over them; so they gave up.

Where can I read about this? Googling "tango dropbox" trademark doesn't return anything relevant, maybe some bad pub DMCA scrubbing going on?

about 7 months ago
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Hacker Says He Could Access 70,000 Healthcare.Gov Records In 4 Minutes

D'Sphitz Re:Okay, but... (351 comments)

Maybe, if they got their website on the cheap. If they paid 5 or 6 figures they probably got a secure site, not necessarily invulnerable but quality work. The thing is, in the real world there is no such thing as $500m+ websites. The government is the only organization who will routinely pay 8 or 9 figures for a website, and on top if it they have no expectation of quality.

about 8 months ago
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Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

D'Sphitz Re:First world problems (378 comments)

If you ordered a gift at the last possible second, the problem is not UPS. It's you.

I have many problems, but Monday morning xmas shopping wasn't one of them, it worked out just fine. I don't know if it's funny, sad, or stupid how self righteous people are on the internet over the most petty and inconsequential shit. Good job on your shopping this year champ, pat yourself on the back.

about 9 months ago
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Surge In Online Orders Overwhelms UPS Christmas Deliveries

D'Sphitz Re:Understandable, but... (378 comments)

I don't think the main issue was that nobody could do anything about it even though they all saw it coming, rather nobody was willing to do anything about it, i.e., be upfront and honest and potentially have to watch some of the holiday cash infused shoppers walk away while their wallet is still fat.

about 9 months ago
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Sweden Is Closing Many Prisons Due to Lack of Prisoners

D'Sphitz Ha, stupid socialists... (752 comments)

Stupid socialists spending taxes on healthcare and education rather than building prisons, what a bunch of R-tards.

about 10 months ago
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U.S. Gov't Still Fighting the Man Behind Buckyballs; Guess Who's Winning?

D'Sphitz Re: Sounds good to me (555 comments)

The box had a warning label, but not the product...

Neither do balloons, yet dozens of kids choke to death on them every year.

1 year,15 days
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Obama Seeks New System For Rating Colleges

D'Sphitz Re:Forget ratings, measure ROI. (302 comments)

What I simply don't understand is why US universities are so expensive.

I suspect it's the same reason our healthcare is so expensive, yet sub-par.

1 year,24 days
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Germany Produces Record-Breaking 5.1 Terawatt Hours of Solar Energy In One Month

D'Sphitz Re:Meanwhile coal generation is rising in Germany. (687 comments)

Ah yes, crony capitalism. Like all of the cronies who have collected the ~$10T we've pissed away over the past decade on such national treasures as our multiple ongoing wars, an unmatched prison-industrial complex, corporate welfare and bailouts for billionaires, and national defense and security. A hefty price tag, but I guess we did get a lot for our money. We got a new surveillance state, militarized police forces, dismantling of the constitution, and a recession bordering on depression while the elite have never been richer or contributed less. Let's also not forget that we nailed down the #1 spot on the Incarceration Rate Hot 100 (not to mention the #1 spot on many other prestigious charts), and as a bonus, our global resentment is at an all time high!

But I hear you, let's focus on the negative waste like green energy subsidies that cost less than what is filtered to war profiteers every month to keep Operation Occupy Afghanistan running indefinitely. We should also probably bitch about even thinking about providing healthcare to our citizens, and don't even get me started on those leeching retirees who demand a monthly cash handout just because they worked their whole lives paying into social security. What a waste.

In 2013, it’s estimated that $7.3 billion — 45 percent — in energy tax subsidies, will go towards renewable energy, according to Congressional testimony by Congressional Budget Office senior advisor Terry Dinan. Another $4.8 billion — 29 percent — in energy tax subsidies will be for energy efficiency.
http://dailycaller.com/2013/03/14/cbo-most-energy-tax-subsidies-go-toward-green-energy-energy-efficiency/

1 year,26 days
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Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

D'Sphitz Re:cognitive science (418 comments)

I don't see anyone defending texting while driving, that's not even what the conversation is about anymore, apparently we're now discussing how merely talking while driving is deadly.

about a year ago
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US Promises Not To Kill Or Torture Snowden

D'Sphitz Re:Because they will kill AND torture Snowden (616 comments)

Why Americans aren't using their 2nd amendment rights already to get rid of all these corrupt fucks is beyond me.

People just like to feel like they have big balls, as far as most are concerned the 2nd ammendment is just the right to post pictures of themselves holding their Glocks in a menacing pose on Facebook.

It's a facade, if the time came to rise up against a tyrannical government for the security of a free state, most of them would be locked in the cellar.

about a year ago
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Unix Guru Evi Nemeth Missing, Feared Lost At Sea

D'Sphitz Re:He's obviously met his Nemeth-is (156 comments)

People need to earn respect

Wow that's pretty insightful. Or I guess it could just be a tired, bullshit cliché used to justify treating people like shit and generally being an asshole. Naw, it's both brilliant and insightful, well done!

about a year ago
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Unix Guru Evi Nemeth Missing, Feared Lost At Sea

D'Sphitz Re:I just hope (156 comments)

Anyway personally speaking I'd rather go out with a smile and a laugh than sobbing hordes.

I'm not an expert, but I guess it's plausible that extreme dehydration while baking in the sun could cause your skin to tighten, receding your lips and exposing your teeth. That's the only scenario I can imagine where someone who is lost at sea would die smiling and laughing.

about a year ago
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The Glorious Return of the Twinkie

D'Sphitz Re:huh? (528 comments)

I grew up with them, and I agree. I wouldn't say they're disgusting, but I have no problem passing them up at the supermarket.

about a year ago

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12inch miracle tube could halve heating bills

D'Sphitz D'Sphitz writes  |  more than 6 years ago

D'Sphitz (699604) writes "Amazing British invention creates MORE energy than you put into it — and could soon be warming your home.

British scientists claim they have invented a revolutionary device that seems to 'create' energy from virtually nothing.

Even the makers of the device are at a loss to explain exactly how it works — but sceptical independent scientists carried out their own tests and discovered that the 12in x 2in tube really does produce far more heat energy than the electrical energy put in.

The device seems to break the fundamental physical law that energy cannot be created from nothing — but researchers believe it taps into a previously unrecognised source of energy, stored at a sub-atomic level within the hydrogen atoms in water."

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