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HP To Cut 30,000 Jobs

Killer Orca Manufacturing is for suckers (291 comments)

Look at all those saps in China stuck working in all the high tech sectors manufacturing plants, you think their standard of living is any good. Trust me people no nation ever improved its status with factories.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Closing 50 Stores

Killer Orca Re:Good (407 comments)

As much as I dislike Best Buy, some of these ideas seem good: new checkout lines, presumably faster, better online pick-up options and a place in the center of the store to find help.

However, if their "technology support" plans are just expanding the current "Geek squad" offerings then that will further alienate people and lead to more bad word of mouth.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Killed the Start Menu Because No One Uses It

Killer Orca Re:Developers destroyed the start menu (862 comments)

I wish this was how it was done! I hope someone working at MS reads this and takes heed, but I know better....

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix To Lose 1 Million Subscribers

Killer Orca Re:What do they expect? (349 comments)

I mean, I would have been a lot more okay with things if they'd just been straightforward and said "look, the people we get our content from are raising the prices on us, we need to charge you more to cover it". That's fine, that I can understand.

Yeah if you were in Netflix's position what would you do? Potentially piss off the people who set the prices for the content your customers want access too or shit on part of your customer base? It puzzled me too for a bit, then I realized there was probably some business contracts where they could not name the studios as being a cause, I mean there are only about 6 major content distributors and they all march very closely together.

In fact all the stories that reported the price increase only speculated it was due to a probable licensing rate rise, no one besides Netflix has the real numbers, the rest is speculation.

more than 3 years ago
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Building 2011's Sub-$200 Computer

Killer Orca Re: optical drive (394 comments)

I know I did not even blink about missing an optical drive from my latest build. Even MS supports creating a boot-able USB drive with Windows 7 on it! Granted you need an existing copy of windows but still. I cast my vote firmly in the fewer moving parts camp.

more than 3 years ago
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Windows 8 To Fight Piracy With the Cloud

Killer Orca Re:Take a lesson from Mac OS X (404 comments)

Apple dropped the price of OS updates from $129.99 to $29.99. Piracy for OS updates dropped significantly and they actually make more money at the lower price point. Plus since more machines are running the latest version of the OS, they have less problems with old OS issues.

Apple can do this because their software is tied directly to the hardware, MS is solely a software company, realm of computers anyways. Office and Windows are currently the most profitable divisions of the company http://arstechnica.com/microsoft/news/2011/04/microsoft-beats-estimates-but-not-apple-in-third-quarter-earnings.ars I'm sure they would sell more upgrades at a lower price but the question to answer is: "What price point nets them the most money?"

more than 3 years ago
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One Week: No Mouse, Just Keyboard

Killer Orca Keyboard only support should be mandatory (364 comments)

I had an adviser who was blind, the only was he could access his computer was a combination screen reader + keyboard. I cannot imagine the number of things he is cut-off from due to a lack of support for keyboards.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Exploits Firefox 4 Uproar, Beats IE Drum

Killer Orca Re:Sure! (315 comments)

Over 10% of corporations in the US according to this report, use Firefox, and they aren't quick to update....

Do not click link! It is to goatse, luckily I am using FF5 + NoScript and it was blocked

more than 3 years ago
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Physical Pain and Emotional Pain Use Same Brain Networks

Killer Orca Re:Yeah - maybe if you look at it in a silo (154 comments)

You are having flashbacks decades later over some "broken heart"? Sorry, but you sound like a pussy who really needs to grow a sack. Women are simply holes for men to relieve themselves into, much like public toilets. Never forget this.

Take heed gentlemen, this anonymous internet commenter has all the traits women desire but chooses to bestow his wisdom onto us.

more than 3 years ago
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Tennessee Makes it Illegal To Share Your Netflix Password

Killer Orca Re:Limited number of simultaneous connections? (495 comments)

If this was of concern to Netflix (which, I presume, faces pressure from the studios which license their content to Netflix), I wonder why Netflix would not place a limit on the number of simultaneous connections / streams delivered to any given account, or else the number of simultaneous IP addresses to which a stream is delivered for any given account?

Depending on your plan you are allowed to have only a certain number of streaming devices associated with your account. So there is no need for Netflix to place a hard limit on the simultaneous number of connections as you are already limited by the number of devices you can use.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

Killer Orca Easy answer (2288 comments)

Stubbornness. Most people in America see no problem with keeping measurements the way they are. People have far more important things to concern themselves with.

more than 3 years ago
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Humble Bundle 2 Is Live

Killer Orca Key troubles? (217 comments)

I don't know if it is just the day one attention but has anyone else had a long delay in getting their key? I already tried re-sending it to my email and checking my junk folder, just wondering if this was just an email typo on my part; although my payment confirmation went to my email just fine.

about 4 years ago
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SSL Certificates For Intranet Sites?

Killer Orca Re:Private Certificate Authority (286 comments)

Thanks for the links, very informative. I have the same basic question as the submitter but with a slight variation: Do the certs get installed on the computer or printer if you want to make the https web management feature not give you that warning?

about 4 years ago
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Is AOL Finally Crashing and Burning?

Killer Orca Re:email accounts (193 comments)

Do you prefer AOL for IMAP over Google's IMAP? Or is there some other reason?

I use both because I like keeping a dedicated email address for subscriptions and other listservs; I have just noticed AOL's spam filter isn't as good, but it suits my needs.

more than 4 years ago
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Is AOL Finally Crashing and Burning?

Killer Orca Re:email accounts (193 comments)

No need to knock their free email accounts. Their spam filtering may not be near as good as Google's, but they are the only other free email service to offer IMAP for accounts. Only reason I have an account still.

more than 4 years ago
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Leaving a Comment? That'll Be 99 Cents, and Your Name

Killer Orca Re:Dept of Troll Prevention.... (377 comments)

But Slashdot makes it easy to ignore said trolls.

Speaking of which, have you visited http://goatse.fr/ lately?

If only I had paid the 0.99 cents I could have saved my eyes! The horror, the horror.

more than 4 years ago
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Plagiarism Inc.

Killer Orca Re:Huh... (236 comments)

I don't think I'd call a strip club or porn shop unethical. By some standards immoral for sure.. but what is the ethical violation of a strip club or porn shop?

This boils down to a what is the difference between morals and ethics question. I think that wives of men that go to strip clubs feel that it is wrong in both ways, you would need to ask them for specifics though.

more than 4 years ago
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Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

Killer Orca Re:Has anyone compared the catalogs? (434 comments)

They are close but not identical, in fact Netflix may lose some show so hulu can push subscribers their way.

more than 4 years ago
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Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

Killer Orca Re:Wait... (434 comments)

Not only that, but at $10/month, why wouldn't I just get Netflix? That's $9/month - and you can get DVDs in the mail of said shows, as well as many, many more.

That seems to be the elephant in the room hulu is ignoring, or is missing completely in their thought-process. Their customers are already savvy enough to watch shows online, do they really think they can't make the comparison between this and Netflix and not see that Netflix is the better value at the same cost?

more than 4 years ago
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Mozilla Updates Firefox To Appease FarmVille Users

Killer Orca Re:Ignore Those People For Any Length Of Time? (220 comments)

I've been ignoring people who play Farmville since it came out. Perhaps the biggest waste of bandwidth on the Internet. That would be a good topic, what's the biggest bandwidth waster out there? Perhaps the entire Facebook "franchise"? Hope I haven't kept anyone away from their virtual cows (snicker...).

Interesting question, the people play it certainly shouldn't see it as a bandwidth waste, maybe a time waster for sure but they probably aren't thinking in terms of resources. While I would like to give the award for biggest bandwidth waste to Facebook I will have to defer it to Ubisoft, for their new DRM scheme, that to me is even more of a waste.

more than 4 years ago

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Man will do anything legal on his Twitter

Killer Orca Killer Orca writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Killer Orca (1373645) writes "A very, very foolish man has gotten himself a trip to France paid for by his company by agreeing to do whatever* people tell him to on Twitter. The exceptions are the act has to be legal and he still gets to eat, drink and sleep without being told he can. Anyone wanting to watch him not do every legal thing he is asked to do can go here http://davidondemand.com/ he will be wearing a camera on his glasses, anyone who wants to tell him what to do can go here http://twitter.com/davidondemand

My first suggestion is to make him drink his own urine, that's not illegal."

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Negative effects of violent videogames proven

Killer Orca Killer Orca writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Killer Orca (1373645) writes "It appears that violence in videogames has once and for all been definitively proven. A release from Iowa State University describes a study using meta-analytic procedures — the statistical methods used to analyze and combine results from previous, related literature — to confirm the findings. The original release is here http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2010/mar/vvgeffects but attempts to find the study itself have proved fruitless only the journal it was published in http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/bul/index.aspx"
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Hulu talks of going behind a paywall in 2010

Killer Orca Killer Orca writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Killer Orca (1373645) writes "Chase Carey, the deputy chairman of News. Corp has stated that Hulu will soon be charging for broadcast content. Not all content will be paid but there is no mention of whether premium channels like HBO will eventually be added or whether the advertisements will go away for paid content. Either way this represents a significant turning point for Hulu."
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