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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Grand Facade That is not why they throttle (316 comments)

They throttle to get users to buy a new phone and re-up their contract!

about a month ago
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Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

Grand Facade Re: This will not be accepted science, (98 comments)

Troll? Really! :^P

I guess no one has a sense of humor on Monday AM.

Put some Bourbon in your coffee and lighten up! :^)

about 3 months ago
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Why the Moon's New Birthday Means the Earth Is Older Than We Thought

Grand Facade This will not be accepted science, (98 comments)

As it does not reinforce current global warming theories.

about 3 months ago
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Life Sentences For Serious Cyberattacks Proposed In Britain

Grand Facade Translation = (216 comments)

Those with the fat purses,
who own the computers,
do not wish to spend the $ to secure said computers.

Misuse is a pretty vague term
Hacking
impairing
Attacking
Are not far behind.

about 3 months ago
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Oregon vs. Oracle: the Battle of Blame Heats Up

Grand Facade This is Kitzhaber trying to cover his ass (83 comments)

There were no deliverables in the terms Oracle was hired under.

The entire open bidding process was subverted and Oracle was handed an open ended time and materials deal.

Now that the feds are looking into going after the responsible parties Kitzhaber is back pedaling.

I was also told the states attorney will not be taking action, a private attorney will be runnng point on this action.

Not that I am any fan or Oracle's I think they may be in the clear on this one.

Kitzhaber should fall on his sword.

about 3 months ago
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Is Bamboo the Next Carbon Fibre?

Grand Facade Dang! (198 comments)

I should have taken that basket weaving class!

about 3 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Grand Facade Re:It's just a ploy. (286 comments)

It was a poor choice of words, my intention was not to denigrate.

Internet access is my first consideration in searching for a residence.

There are a great number of people living in the US who do not have reasonably priced viable internet service available (I do not consider satellite service viable, I doubt it has improved since I was once a subscriber, not sure it falls into affordable either). There are also a great number of folks that simply can't afford the ridiculous rates that are charged by providers. It has created a class of people who are in essence now outsiders to the network and and will never see goats.cx.

My point is I view the internet as a lifeline service just like the POTS phone was/is.
It is therefore in my opinion the same as telephone service and should be regulated as such.
The cellular companies have escaped regulation and are free to gouge their customers for their "Luxury service".
However wired/direct service to the home is vitale to nurture an acceptable quality of life on so many levels it demands to be regulated and taken off the corporate chess board.

about 4 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

Grand Facade It's just a ploy. (286 comments)

They are attempting to monetize individual streams from a service we already pay too much for.

What really yanks my chain is that they built the internet with our money.
We gave them subsidies, tax breaks, and rights for physical placement.
Now they have the nerve to extort the right to further monetize the net.

Remember when conectivity came with benefits?
Most all "service providers" had a community area and good support.
They maintained news servers.
They provided shell access.
As more got on board the unwashed ignored these vital beginnings these services dropped off the menu.
As yet more came along providers used this as an excuse to raise fees.

Then came cellular technology which the providers connected to this network we helped them build.
And more subsidies and tax breaks were given = more of our money was used to build the thing the providers would then charge us more to use.
Given this path and the wreckless way we are governed I predict we will soon have Obama-Net.
All citizens will be legally obligated to purchase service from a provider.
Providers will monetize certain streams as they see fit to further exploit their position.
More of our money will be given to the providers so they can build out the network to effectively reach all.
The providers will fail that measure as they failed to provide DSL or fiber beyond the urban boundaries.
The providers will use the money we gave them for a wired network to build out the cellular network.
Then charge us 10x fees to connect since cellular is unregulated + cheaper infrastructure for them to provide and maintain.

Oh! Wait! This has all already happened (except Obama-Net)(but it's coming)

about 4 months ago
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Harvard Study Links Neonicotinoid Pesticide To Colony Collapse Disorder

Grand Facade Refined Nicotine (217 comments)

What could go wrong?

about 4 months ago
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Feds Issue Emergency Order On Crude Oil Trains

Grand Facade Train safety is much better (211 comments)

Train safety is much better than a pipeline, I heard recenty on the radio that pipelines had 5 or 10 times more loss than trains.

about 4 months ago
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Could Google's Test of Hiding Complete URLs In Chrome Become a Standard?

Grand Facade What's Chrome? (327 comments)

What's Chrome?

about 4 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

Grand Facade Ethics are for folks with consciences, (311 comments)

Hard to find anyone with a butt load of money AND ethics.

Not sure it's possible.....

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

Grand Facade what can it filter on? (497 comments)

If they are spoofing ANL data what criteria will be your blacklist be doing blocking by?

Time for a new phone Number

about 9 months ago
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Science Magazine "Sting Operation" Catches Predatory Journals In the Act

Grand Facade Sum Ting Wong (194 comments)

Wi Tu Lo
Bang Ding Ow

about a year ago
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Car Dealers Complain To DMV About Tesla's Website

Grand Facade Electric cars are a joke anyway (364 comments)

They just move the power generation to someone else's back yard.

Why is there no hype around a CNG car that you can buy today?
http://automobiles.honda.com/civic-sedan/civic-natural-gas.aspx

It does not have any (large)(expensive) toxic batteries.
It can be worked on buy a regular internal combustion mechanic with minimal special tools.
You pay no gas tax.
You do not have to pass emissions testing.
It enjoys the same HOV/Clean Car status
You fill it up in your garage. Never go to a gas station again.
It has almost ZERO emissions (tail pipe).
The infrastructure is already in place, hang a pump on the wall of your garage and plug the hose in when you park.
The fuel cost is cents per gallon not dollars
The performance is on par with gasoline.

I'll tell you why, it doesn't have any exclusive patents (all expired) for corporate exploitation,
or new technology to lock you into a brand.

about a year ago
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With XP's End of Life, Munich Will Distribute Ubuntu CDs

Grand Facade Re:12.04 is almost obsolete, even for a LTS versio (426 comments)

I don't know if U/12 is as bloated as some of the other releases but I'm betting it will bring a P4 to it's knees.

I have tried test installs on older equipment and been far from pleased with performance,
I suppose if you are used to dial up speeds this may not be a big issue.
If my attention span has moved on before it can boot up I'm going to be looking for some other solution.

about a year ago

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Facebook Friend scam

Grand Facade Grand Facade writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grand Facade (35180) writes "Facebook friends are being emailed with a fraudulent "Help I'm stranded" scam. The mail appears to be from a friend but is actually an account created in their name by the scammer. Scammer want Western Union confirmation number emailed back to him/her."
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Why are the biggies unwilling?

Grand Facade Grand Facade writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Grand Facade (35180) writes "Why are the biggies so slow or unwilling to shut down (or at least reset the passwords) on accounts that have been owned/trojaned/scammed with multiple complaints against them? (aol, hotmail, yahoo)

Any delays just promotes the spread of the malware that creates these mails.

Many of these accounts are abandoned anyway. Are they under instructions to not close the accounts so as to artificially prop up the number of users on their systems? I can recall in the past loosing a huge amount email in an account that I had forgot to log into for 90 days. Some of the accounts I am bitching about have been inactive for years, I know the people who own(d) them. Doesn't say much for the caliber of those folks, however the systems that those accounts run on should be responsible.

The only way I have been able to make any progress is to make multiple (10+) complaints and use a common identifier in all the complaints. This is more effort than I am happy to make...."
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nonresponsive script

Grand Facade Grand Facade writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Grand Facade (35180) writes "Why, of most all of the pages I browse regularly, is Slashdot so slow to build the page? And what is the script that fails/stalls/becomes nonresponsive on a good number of Slash pages? Firefox/Sea Monkey Mac or Windows?"

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