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Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Wrong approach L3 (548 comments)

I guess if you have a house full of people and no option to upgrade over 1.5mbps. I have the "pro" dsl package in my area for like $35 a month. It is supposedly 7.68 mbps. I speedtest at like 5.5. I've had netflix going in two rooms before at good quality. That's enough for me. I can get 600k or so on a solid,well seeded torrent.

Frankly, I've been much happier with switching from dsl to cable about 3 years ago. My bandwidth is much more consistent and certainly less flaky than cable in my area.

more than 3 years ago
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Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Wrong approach L3 (548 comments)

ok, I'm not a massive libertarian free marketer, but can't you in most places choose between DSL and cable?

more than 3 years ago
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Oracle Needs a Clue As Brain Drain Accelerates

Pfhreakaz0id Re:So obvious question... (388 comments)

this. Its definitely the support/consultants who make the $ for oracle. I used to gripe about Oracle's horrible documentation, lack of good samples, bad tools, etc, and then I realized (when I got offered by support to get a consultant down there for the nth time) that they have little incentive to document/make their products easy to use).

more than 3 years ago
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IBM Demos Single-Atom DRAM

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Next up (150 comments)

the RIAA are busy preparing the conditions for a big bang of a new universe with DRM built in at the subatomic level.Unfortunately, I predict that the encryption key will get leaked and they will either be forced to recall the entire universe, or just admit that they can't EVER stop you from doing whatever the heck you want with the content you purchased.

more than 3 years ago
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IE9 Team Says "Our GPU Acceleration Is Better Than Yours"

Pfhreakaz0id Re:So? (360 comments)

I guess I'm not cool enough to understand what your point is? My link still works.

about 4 years ago
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Developers Fork Mandriva Linux, Creating Mageia

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Name (206 comments)

yeah, I was thinking the same thing. Rule #1: Make it easy to pronounce so people aren't afraid to look stupid saying the name wrong. You think you are going to get critical mass with Ubuntu? Think again.

about 4 years ago
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IE9 Team Says "Our GPU Acceleration Is Better Than Yours"

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Wrong chart (360 comments)

didn't they say the same thing about ie 8 (that it wouldn't be available for xp?)... My place of business still has XP desktops, and I'm sure its not alone. I'm betting they will cave and produce IE9 for xp.

about 4 years ago
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Patent Office Admits Truth — Things Are a Disaster

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Big Software Corps (278 comments)

umm, ok, how about this? We had an officer who won a national "hero" award for jumping in a creek and saving a kids life (rightly so, it was raging with flood waters), who was later fired because he stopped a random woman, fell in love with her and began stalking her.

We had another two officers fired when they stopped a vehicle, found a bunch of pot in the trunk. Let the guy go and they sold the pot. They eventually got caught when the druggie in question got busted about a year later and gave them up in a plea deal.

I could go on and on. There are great, honest policeman. But for the most part, at least the cops I hung around, weren't too far removed personality wise, from "criminals". Also, so I don't sound so biased, I'll say this: The job wears on you. Being a cop sucks. You are put in danger, get paid crap and as one 20-year officer told me "everyone lies to you. Everyone."

In summary, if you think cops don't take bribes, steal, etc (and get away with it much of the time), you are hopelessly naive and frankly, know not of what you speak).

about 4 years ago
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Patent Office Admits Truth — Things Are a Disaster

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Big Software Corps (278 comments)

oh please. I was a police reporter in a 100K city for several years and got to know cops. I once sat around in the station and heard these guys trading stories about getting sexual favors from females to get out of speeding tickets (they didn't know I was in the next room, obviously). I guarantee you, policemen are bribed every day around the country with no repercussions.

about 4 years ago
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Study Finds 0.3% of BitTorrent Files Definitely Legal

Pfhreakaz0id Re:0 media legal (321 comments)

funny, I did the exact same thing. It's absolutely ridiculous they pay that much for bandwidth. If they put up instructions and why they are doing it, and how by seeding torrents you can contribute for free, it would be very sucessful.

more than 4 years ago
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Is PC Gaming Set For a Comeback?

Pfhreakaz0id Three step process to avoid the "put dvd in drive" (495 comments)

1: Buy game.
2: Update game with patch.
3: Get no-DVD patch from gamecopyworld.com

I do this with every game I buy. It would be a little annoying if I was buying brand new games and had lots of patches coming out, but I buy older games that aren't as expensive. They are new to me :)

more than 4 years ago
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Darwinism Must Die So Evolution Can Live

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Doh... (951 comments)

Creationism is a belief system in search of evidence to justify it's validity.

Amazing, it seems that those who argue that evolution is "fact" don't have any "facts" to back up that "fact" even though it is, in "fact", a "fact", right?

I thought that was why it was a "Theory" because it isn't "proven" as "fact".

Wow. Learn what a theory is. Everything in science that you would consider "facts" are theories. A theory is an explanation to a set of facts that predicts other facts correctly. It does not imply that anything about it is "unproven" (that would be a hypothesis).

more than 5 years ago
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NFL's IT Chief Gears Up For His 25th Super Bowl

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Dave is a great guy (82 comments)

You obviously do not realize that here in the US most universities would not exist without the income generated by their football(US) teams.

Actually, most, if not all, college athletic depts. lose money. See "Beer and Circus" or any of the other books on the subject. They use some real creative accounting to hide this.

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

Pfhreakaz0id used to work an 8/80 schedule (1055 comments)

at a newspaper. I loved it. Worked wed-sat and had sunday, monday and tuesday off. 10 hour shifts.

It was the only really good thing about that job. :)

more than 5 years ago
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IE Market Share Drops Below 70%

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Layoffs (640 comments)

and I forgot to say, I work on an app that is a front end (web) for a bunch of number cruncing and reporting servers, but the database is MSSQL, it has about 400 clients (with lots of users for each company), has about a terabyte of data spread across 5 MSSQL servers, and brings in about $70 mil a year in revenue, so I'd say someone uses it.

That being said, we have a newly rewritten app/architecture using Oracle (for various reasons).

more than 5 years ago
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IE Market Share Drops Below 70%

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Layoffs (640 comments)

Right. The biggest advantage Oracle still has is multi-platform. On a windows box, you want to patch it, you have to be an admin (root) of the box. Period.

As for the other features, yes, partitioning (that's been there forever, since at least 2000) ncluding advanced, rule based partitioning to spread a table among multiple partitions based on rules. The clustering, you have a ton of options.

The flashback stuff is there, but still isn't as easy/painless as I watched Oracle DBAs do it for me on Oracle. Raw devices? A database is still a file, but as Oracle and SQL server pretty much tie on performance (depending on who's benchmarks you believe) I guess it isn't that great an advantage.

High security? Well, it has ssl and native encryption built in to the database, but my hunch is Oracle still has more security features. (including a more locked down platform on a streamlined *nix system, obv.)

I like the tools I see in Oracle 11, but the web-based stuff doesn't beat the responsiveness of the "real" programs with MSSQL, imho.

Like I said, it's almost a wash. MSSQL is still slightly cheaper (but not much) for licensing (but of course, you have the windows licensing costs).

more than 5 years ago
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IE Market Share Drops Below 70%

Pfhreakaz0id Re:Layoffs (640 comments)

I've worked with both pretty extensively, and honestly, there are pluses and minuses to both.

It used to be that oracle was more powerful/scalable, but cost more, but the price gap is pretty much gone (MSSQL has gone up, oracle has come down).

It used to be that Oracle had more features, but that gap has narrowed. It used to have more scalability options, but that has narrowed as well. Oracle does have multi-OS options that MSSQL doesn't have obviously.

It also used to be that tools (particularly for what I call 'the reluctant or defacto dba' who doesn't do it full time) had a much shallower learning curve for MSSQL, but I think that's pretty much gone (as MSSQL has gotten more features, administering it is necesarily more complex, and Oracle has worked hard at their tools).

Anyway, that's my two cents.

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Is One Step Closer To Being President

Pfhreakaz0id I always thought this would be gone.. (601 comments)

as soon as we had a president "elected" who didn't actually win the popular vote.

Guess not.

more than 5 years ago
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Thou Shalt Not View The Super Bowl on a 56" Screen

Pfhreakaz0id Re:You heretics (680 comments)

Ummm, not if by winning you mean 6-5, just above .500. We fire coaches in Oklahoma for going 8-3.

more than 6 years ago

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