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Uber Gives Up On New York Taxi Service

Guiness17 Works in Singapore (180 comments)

Two years ago in Singapore, a text + address will get you a response with an accurate ETA and a cab number within a minute. I've never tried in New York, but hopefully they at least have something like this working?

more than 2 years ago
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Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed

Guiness17 Re:Buy local (432 comments)

Close, somewhat unwittingly. I buy fresh eggs locally. I was visiting a friend and was in charge of breakfast the Saturday. Bacon and eggs, and he said 'wow, these eggs are good. Fresh?' I laughed and said yes, told him where they are from. Two weeks later, he's at my place. I again serve bacon and eggs...he has his and said "these aren't the fresh ones, are they? He was right, my supplier was out. I always knew the difference was there, but him being able to pick it out just like that cemented the difference for me. Sure, I knew which were which, but they all got fried!

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tech For Small Library Automation?

Guiness17 Re:Koha? (188 comments)

Koha is something I use everyday at my small town library. It is a great resource for a library that needs to be tied to other libraries for cataloguing etc. As hazem said it would be overkill for sure. But for a one off collection I would suggest Winnebago Spectrum. I have also used that system in another library and it was the perfect thing to manage a small collection, and is used quite frequently by school libraries.

more than 2 years ago
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Bell Canada To Stop Internet Throttling

Guiness17 Re:Oh wow. (159 comments)

The summary got it right on this one. Everyone's on ridiculously low cap plans now. They have one with a 2GB cap! Hello? 1995 called, they want their plans back. But now that they have these caps, and onerous overage fees in place, of course, turn off the shaping and let the suckers (err...customers) have at it!

more than 2 years ago
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Rhapsody To Acquire Napster

Guiness17 10 years later (59 comments)

Incredible that this topic attracts a total of 51 comments a couple of hours after being posted. Has anything lost relevance as quickly as it has. Ok. Maybe Nortel.

more than 3 years ago
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Atari C&Ds Emulators, Site About Asteroids

Guiness17 Re:Really Atari? (155 comments)

That's what I was thinking - going after a homebrew community that uses hardware that been manufactured in 10 years? Wow...

more than 3 years ago
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My $200 Laptop Can Beat Your $500 Tablet

Guiness17 Re:Who thinks this? (789 comments)

I've already got something pretty close with the Toshiba M700. I know, price point, is out of line with the products being mentioned here, but it's a very good device. I works very well as both. Heavier than a pure tablet for sure, but still light and comfortable enough to use as one.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Do Videogames Struggle With Sex?

Guiness17 No Leisure Suit Larry comments??? (465 comments)

I am SO disappointed in the lack of Leisure Suit Larry references in this thread! "Hey everyone, this weirdo wants a libbed, colored, rough-cut, plaid, peppermint condom!"

more than 3 years ago
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Office Depot Employee — "We Changed Prices Too"

Guiness17 Re:Not much of a surprise (492 comments)

What you maybe don't realize is that most companies don't handle their own rebates. They sell them to a rebate company, whose best interest it is to not pay them out - and they don't have to worry about the end effect near so much. It's like the 'don't pay a cent' events at furniture stores. They sell the account, and you have to deal with a nasty credit agency - and if you do default, it's not pretty.

more than 5 years ago
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Slashdot.org Self-Slashdotted

Guiness17 Re:Sometimes You Have To Be There (388 comments)

Indeed. Back in the day [/old gravely voice] when I was with Bell Northern Research it was primarily mainframes and Sun Sparcs on the network.

PC's were just starting first being commonly connected. People were writing their own network stacks. Inevitably, someone would write a bad one, install it on a couple of machines, and a broadcast storm would result.

Which meant someone from our group would go over with a pair of sidecutters...

more than 5 years ago
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Google Earth 5.0 Silently Changes Update Policy

Guiness17 Re:It's my computer (535 comments)

iTunes got turfed from my machine for this reason - my son had it installed on another account, and I kept getting requests to update Bonjour and a bunch of other stuff. And no option to say 'don't ask me again'.

Even Windows Update give you that.

more than 5 years ago
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Malware Spreading Via ... Windshield Fliers?

Guiness17 Re:A virus I'd actually fall for (207 comments)

Agreed, I could've fallen for this myself. I got a ticket about a year ago in a city I didn't live in, and lo and behold, it had a website on it for paying online. Ticket looked official, but on second thought, I couldn't be sure, having never seen one from that city before. I blindly typed in the URL... I'd like to believe I would have picked off a phishing scam, but still, I took the first step.

more than 5 years ago
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Web Rescues Un-Aired Super Bowl Ads

Guiness17 Re:I'm in Canada...the web is the only way for us (286 comments)

Ok, that ad is without a doubt the funniest damn thing I've seen in a while. If you like it, you have to like the ol' Mel Lastman commercials for Bad Boy furniture as well - and this guy became the mayor of Toronto! Here's an example
NOOOOBODY!

to the OP - yes, simcasting sucked this year, and last. Frito Lay seems to buy about half the airtime.

more than 5 years ago
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NC Man Fined For Using Vegetable Oil As Fuel

Guiness17 Re:Many states fine you for driving with heating o (909 comments)

I agree, and this is what it was all about, from the state's perspective. They couldn't give a rat's ass what he burns, as long as they get their tax money. He was using the gov't 'pay to play' infrastructure for free.

Could there be a way to asses road taxes more fairly? I'm sure. Some sort of per mile tax or something, including bicycles, etc, but I'm sure that would be considered an invasion of privacy.

This has absolutely nothing to do with oil producers, etc. If you were using heating oil, you'd still get fined, and the oil companies see the same amount of money. They don't see any of the tax money.

If he wants to be environmentally friendly, go ahead, but pay the state the taxes they so desperately want.

more than 7 years ago

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