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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

JoeLinux Relevant to my interests... (209 comments)

As someone on the grandfathered Verizon unlimited plan, I'm seriously considering buying an unsubsidized phone.

My wife traded it for a 5GB plan, and has gone over her data plan with only limited youtube usage. Once XLTE gets implemented, that means you can burn through your data even faster.

It's either that or go to Sprint, which I understand in recent years has turned down the "suck" lately, and actually has decent speeds, coverage, and unlimited data.

about three weeks ago
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Google I/O 2014 Begins [updated]

JoeLinux yeah...sure..ok..whatever... (49 comments)

Ara. A.R.A.

Please show us more nerd pr0n of sexy, sexy pebbles sliding out of the exoskeleton. Then tell us it is coming out in October.

about 4 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

JoeLinux Re:Let it die (510 comments)

What do you mean validity?

I am no moral relativist, and personally think that some cultures are seriously fucked up. However, I don't know what you mean by "validity".

It certainly exists. Are you saying it shouldn't (if so why) or that it has some fucked up aspects to it?

It's a support group, not a culture.

about 6 months ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

JoeLinux Re:Let it die (510 comments)

I dated a girl who was a "deaf studies" major. She even got her Masters at Galludet, and is a signer somewhere on the East Coast.

I really dodged a bullet when she broke up with me. I was seeing myself having to agree with her as to the validity of "Deaf Culture" to maintain peace in the house.

But, seeing as she stomped my heart flat, I can say this without fear of reprisal: It's a support group, not a culture. Once technology has advanced such that it is no longer an issue, it will fade. Take that, Carrie Coffey (nee Rogers)!

about 6 months ago
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WoW To Add Avenue For Real-Money Gold Buying

JoeLinux Eve did it first... (197 comments)

Eve online did it first, and paid a price for doing it incorrectly...they've since apologized and said they will roll it out right.

Meanwhile, WoW is hemorrhaging users...this can only further accelerate their departure, as people find a game with more meaning...Should provide some tasty n00bs to pod...

about 3 years ago
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Where Do I Go Now That Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org?

JoeLinux Re:Close your eyes while logo is displayed (510 comments)

Oh, what the hell, I'll go for the obvious joke here:

*ahem*

"Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

more than 3 years ago
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Another Crumbling Reactor Springs a Tritium Leak

JoeLinux Three words: (466 comments)

Pebble Bed Reactor

more than 4 years ago
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Michael Jackson's death affects me ...

JoeLinux Re:Quick! (658 comments)

You sir, owe me one(1) keyboard.

In exchange, you win one(1) internets.

more than 5 years ago
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Michael Jackson's death affects me ...

JoeLinux Re:You guys are disgusting (658 comments)

Did you come up with that? 'cause I invented that for my facebook status update...

more than 5 years ago
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BioShock 2 Interviews and Early Looks

JoeLinux Re:I'm calling it now... (105 comments)

Seee...that's part of the suck-fest. In this one, you play a prototype Big Daddy (only done so they can explain how you can upgrade your gun/drill/use plasmids), who has to protect the little sisters from a little sister who grew up, returned to Rapture, and spliced herself into an ultra-agile big-daddy style suit (think "ninja" big-daddy).

Lame-sauce.

more than 5 years ago
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BioShock 2 Interviews and Early Looks

JoeLinux I'm calling it now... (105 comments)

Bioshock 2 is not going to be as good a sequel as System Shock 2 was to System Shock.

Virtually no RPG elements, and a tired re-tread of Bioshock with vaguely new elements (I.E. taking the one "protect the little sister" element from the first one and repeat it several times in this game). It's going to be, at most, a "meh" experience.

more than 5 years ago
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Senator Diane Feinstein Trying to Kill Net Neutrality

JoeLinux Re:Reality Check indeed (873 comments)

And Gun control. I want her out (icanhzfiftycal?).

more than 5 years ago
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How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

JoeLinux Re:I love it. (1055 comments)

The only issue that has ever come up is:

1) When a customer comes in, and we have to come in on our day off

and

2) Because of the increased rest on a three-day weekend, people use less vacation time, resulting in the office being virtually deserted in December.

more than 5 years ago

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Navigating a geek marriage...

JoeLinux JoeLinux writes  |  more than 5 years ago

JoeLinux writes "I am soon to marry my true love (a girl! yes! they do exist!). She is a literary geek, whereas I am a gaming/linux geek. Being the RTFM-style geeks that we are, we have been reading up on marriage, making things work, etc. Unfortunately, all of the references seem to be based around an alpha-male jock, and a submissive cheerleader-style wife. A lot of the references to incompatibility in the books don't apply to us.(neglect due to interest in sports, etc.) What are some of the pitfalls and successes learned in the course of a more geek-oriented marriage?"
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Sith Restoration for KOTOR II reaches 1.0 beta.

JoeLinux JoeLinux writes  |  more than 6 years ago

JoeLinux writes "While Knights of the Old Republic II is an interesting game in and of itself, hardly anyone can state that it left production in any way complete. Poking around the media files yielded sound and gaming files that were simply abandoned in favor of release. The result was incomplet-able quests, missing levels, conversations that made references to levels that didn't exist, etc. After the initial game was released, Team Gizka attempted to recreate those levels that didn't make the final cut and restore the game back to what it was intended to be. Four years after the game was released, Team Gizka has finally made it to 1.0 beta. When the current round of bugs are completed, we should see the full restoration of one of the most enjoyable RPGs ever made."
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JoeLinux JoeLinux writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeLinux writes "I just had what I thought was going to be a boring meeting with a friend of the family.

It turns out this person is a Senior VP in charge of Rights and Title Administration for Sony Pictures. (Translation: She is in charge of preventing piracy).

Over the course of a half hour, we had a conversation discussing the best way to combat online piracy. This person has obviously been seeing things from the point of view of the movie industry. (I.E. the movie industry exists on a 4-5% profit margin, Canada is to blame for most of the movie piracy, etc.)

They were surprised to learn about some of the indiscriminate lawyering practices of the RI- and MP-AA., but then quickly rallied with, "Well, if the ISPs have the logs, doesn't that prove they were downloading?" They also had no clue as to what DRM is, or its implications (I.E. they are not very geek-oriented).

While I could have argued with them for a good long time, the particulars of the evening did not allow for me to hash it out.

What I am asking for is a concise, non-trollish, "Joe Six-Pack-friendly" explanation of DRM, piracy, with plenty of numbers to back up the claims (No brown numbers please). This is our chance to educate someone in the upper ranks of Sony Pictures with our concerns regarding DRM, why we think its a bad idea, and, most importantly, propose an alternate solution.

Any geek references will have to be explained thoroughly. We are talking to someone of a more upper-management point of view. However, knowing their personally, this person does listen.

Once again, this is for someone who is willing to hear us out. Please do not troll, grief, etc."
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JoeLinux JoeLinux writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeLinux writes "I am a Systems Engineer for a Big Engineering Company(tm). I've been in the position for four years after getting my undergrad in E.E. I've finally come to the conclusion that I will never see any form of technical challenge despite the continued promise of such. The problem is that almost all engineers usually make the transition the other way (E.E. to Systems). Seeing as Systems is looked at as a possible gateway to the dark side (Management), is there any going back to "real" engineering? Have any readers successfully made the transition? How do you justify what would typically be considered a step "back"?"
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JoeLinux JoeLinux writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JoeLinux writes "It would appear that Internet Explorer developer team have magnanimously congratulated the Firefox team on their recent 2.0 shipment by delivering a cake. As the blog details, "no, it was not poisoned.""

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