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The Ugly, Profitable Details About Xbox Live Advertising

MikeD83 I bought a PS3 because of XBOX Live... (204 comments)

I bought an XBOX 360 even though my friends had the PS3. I figured that by paying for XBOX Live I was paying for a quality service. I play Call of Duty online and the service was fine. Most of the time I was the "game host" thanks to my FIOS internet connection from Verizon. Everything was fine until Call of Duty Black Ops. There were constant issues with online play. It was so bad I called XBOX Live and they created a trouble ticket. After two weeks of no improvement I called XBOX Live to check the status of my ticket. The person on the phone told me that they didn't have a ticket for me and that if I had a problem playing the game online I should call Activision.

There was no was in hell I was calling Activision; I told the representative they would either fix the problem or I would buy a PS3. The XBOX Live representative told me to buy a PS3. That night I purchased a PS3 and Call of Duty Black Ops for PS3. I haven't turned on the XBOX since and my only regret was ever buying an XBOX in the first place.

Microsoft is crafting an interesting strategy with XBOX Live and I can only expect it will alienate their customers. Increasing advertising, poor quality; why the hell would anyone want to pay for that crap?

more than 2 years ago

NFL: National Football Luddites?

MikeD83 Re:Sensors ... (257 comments)

The glowing puck in the NHL was called FoxTrax I believe there was two reasons it did not gain traction:
1. You're correct in saying HD televisions solved the problem of not finding the puck. But more importantly...
2. Hockey fans didn't like it.

Given the topic of this article, it is interesting that when this technology was brought to the NHL, people didn't like it. I'm an NFL fan, I don't want more technology. What I want is less commercials and to actually watch the game.

This past Sunday, CBS decided to cut the first 7 minutes of the Patriot game by showing the final of the Buffalo game (which no one besides fans of the teams involved cared about.) Then they missed one of the kick-offs because they were at commercial. The NFL is looking for whiz-bang technology when they really need to get back to basics- show the freaking game.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Entry-Level Robotics Kits For Young Teenagers?

MikeD83 My List (153 comments)

I have about 10+ years of experience with the FIRST Robotics competition. For an "all inclusive robotics" kit you will need to increase your budget. However, electronics and software kits are in budget. Here's my list:

1. Innovation FIRST's Vex Robtic system. This is hands down the best system available. The kit is basic enough that you can get something working while also open enough that the possibilities are limitless. You can interface your own custom circuits with it. It comes with default software in source code form that you can modify to whatever you would like. It also has mechanical kits where you can build almost anything. It's also not flimsy. This is one of the most expensive options, but you can start around $300 and add on for years.

2. Lego MindstormsI would reccomend this kit for someone younger (8 or so.) It's not quite as extensible mechanically or electrically but is easier to use.

With those two out of the way and actually answering your post based on the budget, I would recommend a Basic Stamp kit from Parallax. The kits are aimed at learning electronics and software. They're not a lot to them mechanically, you need additional parts and know-how for that. The kits are low cost and require you to learn. I cut my teeth on the Basic Stamp 2 (BS2) and I turned out to be a successful software engineer.

more than 2 years ago

Help Shape the Future of Slashdot

MikeD83 Re:WORK WITHOUT JAVASCRIPT (763 comments)

I will concur on the JavaScript. At work my only option is to use an ancient version of Internet Explorer on Windows XP... the site is unusable. Specifically, you can't use the "slide" that allows more posts to appear.

more than 2 years ago

Healthcare Law Appealed To Supreme Court

MikeD83 Re:What other products (1019 comments)

The Congress shall have power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

Article 1, Section 8

An important concept, which appears lost on some people, is sentence structure. Just like in programming, if an identifier is in the wrong place, a compiler will not just compile something and assume what the author intended.

to pay the Debts and provide for the common defence and general Welfare of the United States;

In this particular sentence the subject is the United States. Note: The subject of that sentence is not the people of the United States. In the year the document was written "United States" referred to the states which ratified the constitution; and were therefore United. Therefore, the author intended to promote the welfare of the "states which ratified the constitution"; not the people.

about 3 years ago

@Whitehouse Hosting Twitter Town Hall On Wednesday

MikeD83 Re:Amazing. (121 comments)

Unfortunately, when the entire opposition party has made their one and only goal your destruction, you can't really do anything about it. They're willing to push the country into default for the first time in history, destroying the lives of millions.

The only people who are saying "default for the first time in history" are Democrats who are fear mongering to scare little girls like you; and it has happened before. The reality is that the United States would not default; the government would use the money it brings in to service the debt and there would be a partial government shutdown.

more than 3 years ago

The Right's War On Net Neutrality

MikeD83 Partisanship (945 comments)

The headline, summary and included link for this story is disgusting. I don't want to see foaming at the mouth liberal slanted stories masquerading as "news for nerds."

The Republicans have been injected with Libertarian blood via the Tea Party movement. Their position on net neutrality is simple: federal government stay out of the internet. They may say whatever it takes to make that happen. The Democrats often use whatever "means to the end," to get the job done (think health care reform.) The Republicans are using this tool to paint doomsday scenarios on what could happen if the federal government were to get involved in regulating the internet (think housing market.)

more than 3 years ago

iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

MikeD83 The short story. (670 comments)

You want to tether with your iPhone? You must pay a tethering fee of $20. BTW, you need to change plans to a limited data plan; 2GB of data per month for $25 per month. If you go over your limit the cost is $10 per 1 GB.

more than 4 years ago

Terry Childs Found Guilty

MikeD83 Re:Perspective from a Juror on this Case (982 comments)

Jury Nullification
Logic brought you to the conclusion that Mr. Childs was guilty based on the laws and definitions provided to you. However, you didn't like the verdict. Was jury nullification thought of?

more than 4 years ago

Comcast Pays Out $16M In P2P Throttling Suit

MikeD83 1%? (176 comments)

Assuming someone paid for only internet access at $35 per month during the time Comcast was infringing their rights they would have paid Comcast $1,155. Comcast is only required to pay damages of 1%? Wow... that's Comcastic!

more than 4 years ago

TSA's Sloppy Redacting Reveals All

MikeD83 Re:Silly (605 comments)

What's funny about redacting the aircraft operator flight crew exemption is that the public actually sees this happen. I was at a security checkpoint waiting to put by bag into the X-ray machine when a pilot jumped in front of me. He didn't take his shoes off and walked though the metal detector with his Starbuck's coffee with no questions asked. I was irate! First, these folks get to jump the line, then they're not subject to the security policies. What's to prevent a member of the aircrew from turning into a terrorist?

I guess I'm in line for security theater... and I'm not entertained.

more than 4 years ago

Calling Video Professor a Scam

MikeD83 Bad Summary (385 comments)

For those who aren't going to RTFA... The article is about Facebook/MySpace games and the deceptive practices used to entice users to buy into offers for in game currency. Not that the actual Video Professor teaching tool is a scam.

more than 4 years ago

Pittsburgh To Tax Students

MikeD83 Re:Student effect on economy (344 comments)

In Boston most colleges and universities are exempt from property taxes. The city has been trying for years to figure out ways to squeeze them for the extra cash. We've heard the "pay their fair share" argument as well.Boston Globe Article

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

MikeD83 Re:What's in it? (1698 comments)

Honestly, I see the "privately operated co-op" as the same thing as the "government option." If you're forced to pay into the private co-op insurance, and you're forced to pay a higher premium based on your income... there's not much different from paying taxes and having a "government option"... it's essentially the same thing.

more than 4 years ago
top Wins 1,017 Domains By UDRP

MikeD83 Re:Liar beats other liars? (184 comments)

Not only do you have to enroll, but every month they charge you a fee of approximately $10/month. Which might seem okay if you could actually see your credit report every month.... I couldn't figure out how. I had to call them and cancel. The kind of cancellation where you have to convince them that you don't want to be a customer. As far as I am concerned is scum of the internet.

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

MikeD83 Re:What's in it? (1698 comments)

"under section 304 establish standards for, accept bids from, and negotiate and enter into contracts with, QHBP offering entities for the offering of health benefits plans through the Health Insurance Exchange" - HR3962, Page 155
Government entering into contract with private companies. Who did you say was operating it?

So the government is making people buy insurance against their will. With the intent of discriminating against personal income and requiring people who make more money to pay more money into the exchange (for the same services.)

Yeah, I'm the once who's the fucking moron...

more than 4 years ago

Landmark Health Insurance Bill Passes House

MikeD83 Re:What's in it? (1698 comments)

What's in it? The destruction of freedom and liberty in America.

- There is language in the bill that once a certain time period is reached (2013 I believe), no one can purchase health insurance from a private insurance company. You have to buy into the government exchange.

- A government health plan (health exchange). Subsidies will be given to people who are deemed to not be able to "afford coverage." - Abortion was removed from federal funding in an attempt to appease centrists repubs and dems. As a libertarian I don't believe the government should be allowed to tell a woman what she can and can't do with her body. As a conservative, I see paying for an abortion as FAR less expensive than paying for 18 years of state and federal assistance.

- The much politicized end of life planning (death panels) are in the bill. Republicans, believe it to be consultation with elderly Americans to convince them not to pursue advanced (costly) medical treatment to extend their life; because they have already lived a long life. Democrats are less likely to get into the specific details. The bill itself provides text to describe what it is not (mercy killing) rather than what it is.

- The bill cuts $400 billion from Medicare over 10 years. Once you combine end of life planning (see above), the reason for "end of life planning" appears to be more aligned with the Republicans concept.

- If you don't have health insurance you must buy insurance from the government exchange or face a penalty.

What's not in the bill? Anything to actually control health care costs. Which I see as this:
- Tort reform. (limits and regulation on medical malpractice lawsuits)
- Buying health insurance across state lines.
- Increased payment by Medicare and Medicaid (currently, these plans are subsidized by everyone else with health insurance)
- Prescription drug reform. (I do not believe a drug should be sold in America for more than the cost in the rest of the world. Either Americans are subsidizing the drugs for the rest of the world, or we're being ripped off.)

more than 4 years ago

Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment

MikeD83 4th (451 comments)

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Papers and effects? The founding fathers were smart enough to protect email. This ruling is a disgrace.

more than 4 years ago

World Copyright Summit and the Lies of the Copyright Industry

MikeD83 On my iPod (423 comments)

I wish someone in Congress actually served their constituents and asked the simple question:
When a consumer buys a CD/DVD is that customer allowed to put it on their mobile media player? If so, and how would they legally go about doing that?

It seems that the **AA wants a one way street when it comes to this issue. They put anti-ripping software on both CDs and DVDs,,, which doesn't actually reduce copyright infringement; it only causes their customers to break laws in order to actually use the content they purchased.

more than 5 years ago

GPS Shoes For Alzheimer's Patients

MikeD83 Good Idea (116 comments)

About 7 years ago a friend and I were driving down the road on our way to a late night bite at Denny's. It was 2AM and we drove by a person that I instantly recognized... it was my 2nd Uncle who had Alzheimers. We got out of the car and followed him on foot while calling his wife. It turns out he had walked 2 miles from his house and his she didn't even know he was gone. When she got there she asked him where he was going. He said, "back to our house." He was referring to his old house which was about 20 miles away.

Unfortunately, he has since passed away but a device like this could have really come in handy if they knew he was missing.

more than 5 years ago


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