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For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

Karmashock Re:Massively overpriced (34 comments)

given that they're providing service through wifi, what does that mean?

6 hours ago
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For New Yorkers, Cablevision Introduces a Wi-Fi-Centric VoiP Network

Karmashock Massively overpriced (34 comments)

You can get unlimited talk/text for 25 a month through GoSmart.

For people that don't use the phone much you can get 2000 minutes which are good for a full year from PagePlus at a cost of 80 dollars. Or about 6 dollars a month.

Telefonica offers some really cheap pre paid programs with roll over minutes that can see your actual costs per month around 6 dollars with perhaps more minutes from the roll overs.

T-Mobile offers a prepaid 3 dollars a month program which is the absolute cheapest but you only get 30 minutes a month. Good for people that don't use the phone much and when they do finish the call in under a minute.

In this context, a 30 dollar plan that doesn't even use the cellular network is a joke. Even at 9 dollars it is a joke.

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

Karmashock Re:you can't boil this down to one variable (208 comments)

You can't distill complex information down to a single variable. If you could, then you could see everything important in front of you with ONE pixel.

You can't do that. Accept that it is complicated and deal with the complexity. Do not pretend you have magical powers that allow you to boil down very very complex datasets into a single variable.

That is a big issue with the whole AGW debate. One temperature for the whole planet is unreasonable. You need to break the data out and show the regional surface data, show the sat data, show the ocean data... etc. And then looking at everything you can make an assessment. But boiling it all down to one variable is nonsense.

Same thing happened in the economic crash of 2008. The stupid finance companies boiled financial risk down to ONE number.

How did that work out?

You cannot do it. Smarter men then either of us have thought they could have they've failed every time. Don't.

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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Karmashock Re:you can't boil this down to one variable (208 comments)

I agree the anti nuclear lobby is composed almost entirely of idiots on a level with Jenny McCarthy's vaccine conspiracies.

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Doomsday Clock Moved Two Minutes Forward, To 23:57

Karmashock you can't boil this down to one variable (208 comments)

maybe when it was just the US vs USSR this might have been almost workable but at this point you really need a different clock for every nuclear power.

And short of that, this stupid clock is meaningless.

yesterday
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Karmashock Harddrives (319 comments)

The new format is on a harddrive. It is data. Can we be done with these discs? Just period.

What would it cost to put the data on a thumb drive instead of a disc? It doesn't need more space then the movie takes up and it doesn't need to be writable. What would it cost to make a crap thumb drive with the movie on it that wasn't even writable?

Just go with that. We're not going back to the dvd collection days. That's through.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Can You Get a Good 3-Button Mouse Today?

Karmashock Autohotkey should work (415 comments)

You basically already found the mouse you want. That g60 thing or whatever that had the three buttons on top. Your problem was that they're mapped incorrectly for your tastes.

Okay. Use autohotkey to remap the keys. Problem solved.

Someone beer me.

2 days ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Karmashock Re:Sounds like wireless is a bit too juicy (194 comments)

I don't even think so. If you're on a really tight budget then you are going to run a very lean plan. But even a plan with thousands of minutes a month are less then these unlimited plans. And sure, some people talk on them a lot but others just don't.

I spend very little time on the telephone. My conversations are typically over in about 30 seconds. Not because I'm rushing things but because the message was communicated. And who even needs that when text messages are frequently better anyway?

The real killer though is mobile internet. That is a giant scam in most cases. People don't need it but the ISPs force it down your throat because it justifies absurd service fees.

It is dumb. I haven't had mobile internet for years because I've worked very hard to avoid it. Lately, I've had to not use any of the major providers because they refused to give me a no data plan.

I had sprint previously and my previous plan with them let me have a smart phone and no data plan. I had to talk to corporate to get that deal. But when I replaced that they outright refused to give me a plan without data. Just no - period. Which meant I cancelled my sprint plan and was with a totally different company within a week.

I've got it down to 25 a month with unlimited voice and text... What I'd like is something with not a lot of minutes but a lot of text messages. That is just what I do mostly. Little texts to ask simple questions and no gibbering.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Re:Yes, but not the flu (652 comments)

From what I can see, it is the same 5-20 percent of the population every year. I mean, is the study making any attempt to filter for that?

If there are 10 people, and 2 of them get the flu EVERY FUCKING YEAR... could I not say "20 percent of them get the flu every year"...

I mean, sure... but that is just the old man that is in poor health these days and that kid that keeps playing with cow pies.

I don't get the flu. No one in my family gets it.

And from what I can see of the literature, most of the infections are self inflicted because people touch something and then touch their eyes. Don't do that.

2 days ago
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Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

Karmashock Sounds like wireless is a bit too juicy (194 comments)

... I have a prepaid unlimited plan that I pay about 25 dollars a month for which is about half what most people seem to be paying.

I've seen that you can pay as little as 80 dollars a year for 2000 minutes. Many people don't spend a lot of time on the cell phone and 2000 minutes for a whole year is lots.

If you talk even less then that, tmobile has a plan for 3 dollars a month but you only get 30 minutes a month.

Personally, this is where the whole thing needs to go. Bill me for what I use.

Unlimited plans are nice in theory but they are really just lazy. Yes, I have one right now because I'm too lazy to switch to the 80 dollar a year program. That would just about take care of me. Anyway, anyone paying 50 or more a month for a phone is being silly.

Yes, they're doing their whole mobile internet thing but how worth it is it for most of us? The two things I notice people do on their mobile plans that NEED mobile plans are google maps and website searches. In the case of google maps, get an good offline map program on your smartphone. It is really just as good if not better and it works anywhere. As to web searches... that can suck but free wifi is everywhere. Everywhere I go, there is free wifi. I link to that wifi, visit the website, and then turn off the WiFi radio again. This is not something I would pay 25 dollars a month to get anywhere internet. Who cares.

And yeah, there are some people that that is worth it for but for most people it is not. People are getting murdered on their cellphone bills when we really should just be paying about 25 to 10 to 3 dollars a month for this crap.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Re:Healthy people get the flu too (652 comments)

Sure. The federal government should be trusted sight unseen in all cases without reservation.

Which is why I email all my passwords to the NSA. They only have my best interests at heart.

The issue is caused by bad hygiene mostly. People always think they have good hygiene. 10000 years ago that meant picking lice out of your family member's heads and eating them.

If you're worried about this then you have bad hygiene. These are contact viruses that mostly infect humans because we tough something and then jam our fingers in our eyes. Shockingly this leads to infection.

I don't get sick because I don't do these things. What is more reasonable? Asking people to be less disgusting and observe some basic hygiene adjustments just like we've done every single time before that has resulted in MASSIVE improvements in public health? Or mandate that everyone get annual flu shots for a disease that is almost never more then a nuisance to any but people with seriously damaged immune systems.

As to the flu killing healthy people? Which flu? The Spanish Flu? The flu actually killing a healthy person is remote. And most of the people that get it, do so through silly behaviors that if modified would protect them from that sort of casual infection.

Wearing shoes has made us largely immune from soil diseases. Chlorinating our water has made us largely immune from water diseases. Air born diseases are pretty rare. We deal with food diseases by cooking our food which kills anything living in it. And what remains is infection by touching things with our fingers and then jamming them in our eyes.

We stop doing that and most of this crap is going to go away.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Re:Yes, but not the flu (652 comments)

Give me a shot I can take a couple times in my life and I have no problem with it.

The vaccinations we give babies are great. And the booster shot when people get older is great too.

The yearly flu shots however are not happening for me. So if you're worried about flu pandemics, consider changing hygiene policies so that people stop accidentally infecting themselves by touching bathroom doors and then jamming their fingers in their eyes.

That is your problem. Not the lack of vaccinations.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Re:Yes, but not the flu (652 comments)

No, I'll take all the vaccinations that can be given a couple times in your life and are good there after.

I will not be forced to get jabbed with a needle every year just because you have a shitty immune system or because you can't stop touching bathroom doors and then sticking your dirty fingers right in your eye.

If you get sick all the time it means your immune system is shit or you live like a pig.

Pick one.

Neither conclusion obligates the rest of society to create a sterile environment where idiots can't infect themselves by being stupid.

You play in the storm drain and you're going to get sick. This is not my fault.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Re:Yes, but not the flu (652 comments)

Then I've never had the flu in my life and neither has anyone in my family. We get the sniffles if anything.

The last time I had illness related sniffles?... maybe 5 years ago for a day. I drank some OJ, chilled out, and was golden the next day.

The only sniffles I get with regularity is the kind when you're in very cold weather. Your nose runs because your body heat is melting the solidified phlegm in your nasal cavities. I get that which is annoying but not the actual illness.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Re:Yes, but not the flu (652 comments)

Then why not vaccinate us for everything? Just give us every vaccination in the world. And then while you're at it, you can give us all the updates to those because god knows they change over time.

I am not getting jabbed with a fucking needle every year just to idiots that have to stick their heads in public restrooms don't get sick.

You think you're being hygiene but people ALWAYS think that. They always have. 10,000 years ago they thought they were being hygiene because they picked lice out of each other's hair.

If you're getting sick it is because you're doing stupid things.

Stop doing stupid things and stop bothering the people that don't get sick because they're not doing stupid things.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Re:Yes, but not the flu (652 comments)

I am not getting a yearly vaccine to account for the shit immune systems of the elderly or the poor hygiene of people that touch everything and then jam their hand in their eye.

Nearly all the infections happen through the eye. You touch something and you touch your eye.

There was a day when animals were slaughtered in the middle of town and the entrails were thrown into the street to mix with the horseshit.

Why do you think Africa always has the interesting diseases but not other places? Hygiene. They have open wells where animals drink in the same place that humans bath and... humans drink. Same body of water. Shockingly there are parasites, flesh eating bacteria, etc.

People ALWAYS think they're being hygienic. 1000 years ago when people bathed once a month they thought they were being hygienic.

Newsflash. People are frequently gross. Your family, no offense, is probably doing things that got them sick.

Getting mad at me for pointing that out is about as rational as getting mad that someone told you not to drink the water that animals shit in.

If you want to stop getting sick. Pay attention to what you're doing. Do NOT touch random shit especially in a big city and then touch your eye. Get yourself some gloves you find to be fashionable or seasonally appropriate and then wear those when you're walking around town. When you need to touch your eye, first try your sleeve. It is cleaner. If you MUST jam your fingers into your eye, then take your glove off and do it. Then put the glove back on.

That will do far more to protect you from disease then the fucking flu shot.

The flu shot will protect you against the strain of flu they think might cause you a problem. Not touching your eyes with your fingers after you've been touching everything with your fingers will protect you against pretty much all non air/water born diseases.

I am not taking your stupid flu shot because you can't stop touching your fucking eyes after using the public restroom.

2 days ago
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Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

Karmashock Yes, but not the flu (652 comments)

Vaccinate things that everyone gets a vaccination for at birth. That is the rational vaccination that everyone should have.

The flu vaccinations are for the very young and the very old. Everyone else at worst gets a sniffle for a few days. And really, the underlying problem is poor hygiene and not vaccines in that case.

I do not get the flu. I have never had it. I have never had a flu vaccine and don't plan on getting one until my body is so frail that the common flu is a threat to me.

Should everyone get the standard immunity shots that babies get before they leave the hospital? Yes.

3 days ago
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Fake Engine Noise Is the Auto Industry's Dirty Little Secret

Karmashock Engine noise is bad (793 comments)

I know some people like it... including those morons that screw up their mufflers so their cars sound broken.

But look at it this way, everything your car does that is not directed towards moving it forward... is wasted energy.

The heat that comes off the hood or out of the back pipe is wasted energy. Anything above ambient temperature is energy your engine couldn't reclaim from the burning of the gas.

The sound... ANY sound that the engine makes is wasted energy. A perfect engine would be silent. That noise is the sound of inefficiency.

I know, some people like the noise. I do too. Mostly because it sounds powerful and is sort of nostalgic. However, it is wasted energy. That means less power. Less fuel efficiency.

I'd rather have the power and the fuel efficiency then the noise. And for those that really want the noise... put a microphone in the engine, wire it to the stereo, and then let people turn the amplified engine noise on or off.

A perfect engine would consume all energy from its fuel source. 100 percent conversion. And it would waste NONE of it on noises of any kind unless the purpose of the engine was to make noise. Unless you're driving an air raid siren... that is probably not the point.

3 days ago
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Senator Who Calls STEM Shortage a Hoax Appointed To Head Immigration

Karmashock It is funny reading all the comments... (508 comments)

... from people that are just mad it was a republican.

We need to get beyond this tribal shit, chaps. There are a lot of people on both sides of the line that are complete fucking assholes. And there are a lot on both sides that are honestly trying to do good things.

Fuck the line. And saying "if you disagree on even one thing I believe in then I hate you" or other intolerant shit. People are going to have some differences of opinion.

Focus on what is important. Ignore the stuff that isn't... nearly all the things people bitch about are not important. Abortion for example doesn't matter because republicans aren't going to repeal it. Same thing for gun control... democrats aren't going to take your guns away. Neither side can do that. Focus on something that might actually happen and focus on the issues that actually matter.

We need to come together and solve common problems with solutions that most of us can accept. Anyone that says otherwise is literally the problem. Those guys thrive on the conflict and don't care if anything ever works. They just want to fight and start fires.

3 days ago

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