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AT&T Readying For the End of Analog Landlines

Nicholas Evans Re:VOIP sucks. (426 comments)

They aren't going to switch their network to VoIP and not have backup power...

AT&T maintains 99.999999999% (yes, that's nine nines!) uptime on their POTS network (localized problems like poles being run down by trucks are something else; I'm speaking of their equipment). They are not stupid.

more than 4 years ago

Feds Bust Cable Modem Hacker

Nicholas Evans Re:What!? (658 comments)

What if I'm hunting deer that happen to have body armour on?

more than 5 years ago

Should Wikipedians Edit Stories For Pay?

Nicholas Evans Re:Good start. But let's boil it down. (168 comments)

How many people would support paying history gradschool students to work on WikiProject: Russian History?

It's perfectly possible to be unbiased and paid for your work. I don't see why they need a new policy to deal with this - their regular NPOV policies are fine.

more than 5 years ago

You've Dropped Your Landline — Now What?

Nicholas Evans Re:Sir, step away from the wall jack ... (635 comments)

Depending on when your house was built, you may not be _allowed_ to rip the wires out, anyway. They might belong to Ma Bell.

more than 5 years ago

When Your Backhoe Cuts "Black" Fiber

Nicholas Evans Re:Under pressure... (385 comments)

I think they'd be more worried about somebody cutting all of their fiber at once and knocking an office off the network when something critical was happening.

The NSA probably encrypts all their traffic over-the-wire.

more than 5 years ago

Craigslist Shielded From Prosecution In SC

Nicholas Evans Re:Since when do judges (78 comments)

...do you actually understand what job somebody given the position 'judge' does?

more than 5 years ago

FTC Targets Massive Car Warranty Robocall Scheme

Nicholas Evans Re:How about.... (361 comments)

Caller ID is trivial to spoof. Your solution does not work.

more than 5 years ago

Law of Armed Conflict To Apply To Cyberwar

Nicholas Evans Re:I'd be okay it with if only... (242 comments)

with 6 kids from 8 different child-support paying fathers

That's a neat trick. I also believe it's possible to do in several states...

more than 5 years ago

Oracle Top Execs Answer Sun Employee Questions

Nicholas Evans Re:Plug the damn leaks already (207 comments)

I don't think they bough Sun for MySQL. If I had to guess, they don't even _care_ they got MySQL with it. They have dinky versions of Oracle for developers and stuff anyway.

more than 5 years ago

First Look at Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta

Nicholas Evans Re:And all the admins ask... (274 comments)

Email and calendaring are hard when you get down to the nitty-gritty.

more than 5 years ago

Valve Claims New Steamworks Update "Makes DRM Obsolete"

Nicholas Evans Re:Maybe (731 comments)

So how does the game know nobody else is playing with that globally unique identifier?

This doesn't sound new or exciting to me...all it sounds like is Valve will handle license key generation/online authentication for third parties selling on Steam.

more than 5 years ago

Behind the Scenes In Apple Vs. the Record Labels

Nicholas Evans Re:iMusic industry news (146 comments)

...uh...did you read the blurb?

In 1978, Apple Corps, the Beatles-founded holding company and owner of their record label, Apple Records, filed a lawsuit against Apple Computer for trademark infringement. The suit was settled in 1981 with an undisclosed amount being paid to Apple Corps.

more than 5 years ago

EU Could Force Bundling Firefox With Windows

Nicholas Evans Re:And What of the Others? (650 comments)

It's not about fixing anything. It's about being childish and spiteful.

And goddamn, it's funny.

more than 5 years ago

Black Holes From the LHC Could Last For Minutes

Nicholas Evans Re:The fact that there is some doubt (672 comments)

You and what army are going to hold them accountable when they destroy the planet?

Yeah. Exactly.

more than 5 years ago

Tabula Rasa Goes Free, Brings New Content

Nicholas Evans Re:Yeah right (87 comments)

There's a difference between "free" and "free if you give us billing information but trust us we won't dick you". I thought we all learned that in the heyday of AOL free trials?

more than 5 years ago

Wireless Invention Jams Teen Drivers' Cell Calls

Nicholas Evans E911 (232 comments)

Anything that interferes with somebody's ability to dial 911 on a phone will be shot to pieces by the FCC.

The product is dead in the water.

about 6 years ago


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