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Major Sites To Join ‘World IPv6 Day’

Smitty825 Re:How do I get to their sites using IPv6? (247 comments)

I've generally found that most "home grade" switches can route IPv6 traffic without issue. However, it's doubtful that your Cable/DSL router supports IPv6 out of the box, unless you're running a custom firmware such as DD-WRT.

more than 3 years ago

New Estimates Say Earth's Oceans Smaller Than Once Believed

Smitty825 Re:How about some metric figures? (263 comments)

I was really hoping you'd convert it into Library of Congresses.

more than 3 years ago

Fifth Anniversary of a Cosmic Onslaught

Smitty825 Re:Blasted Whom? (162 comments)

The earth always "points" the same direction, towards Polaris in the North. (Always is relative..., but in this instance, "always" defines a few human lifetimes)

So, since the center of the galaxy is located somewhere between Sagittarius and Scorpius, and those constellations are visible during the northern hemisphere's summer, I'm assuming that the Northern Hemisphere points away from the Galatic center, while the Southern Hemisphere points (slightly) towards the center.

more than 4 years ago

125 Years of Longitude 0 0' 00" At Greenwich

Smitty825 Re:It's because meters and feet are the same (429 comments)

Well, when Fahrenheit created his temperature scale, he made 0 degrees F the temperature that salt water (think the ocean) froze at. He used 100 degrees as the body temperature of a person. (Alas, he calibrated the temperature on himself, and I read that his metabolism was high...most people are 98.6 F)

I can think well using both units, so I don't care, but it wasn't like his numbers were completely random..

more than 4 years ago

T-Mobile Backs Off Plan To Charge $1.50 For Paper Bills

Smitty825 Re:Just reduce the bill (285 comments)

I personally pay everything electronically through my bank's website. Also, some people pay their bills using Quicken or some other online payment tool.

about 5 years ago

T-Mobile Backs Off Plan To Charge $1.50 For Paper Bills

Smitty825 Re:Just reduce the bill (285 comments)

I'd love to go to a paper-less billing system...except for one thing...

Why can't the companies just email me a PDF of the bill I normally receive? It would contain the due-date of the bill and how much I owe. If I am splitting the bill with roommates, then it's easy to forward to each other. If I want to keep a record of what I've been charged for, then it's easy for me to store it, etc.

Currently the way "paperless" billing works is that I receive an email from saying my bill is ready to be seen. I then have to go to their website, enter my username/password (because they've written some sort of Javascript to prevent the browser from remembering it for me), click 3 or 4 times to find my bill and then discover that all of the information is located on 3 or 4 different pages.

To me, the hassle of receiving a paperless bill isn't worth it...

about 5 years ago

Sony Pictures CEO Thinks the Net Wasn't Worth It

Smitty825 Re:I have given up on Sony (562 comments)

I agree. I've had some other sony devices that didn't live up to their billing. They've really become the GM of the electronics industry. They were once a great company that made lots of really high-quality products, but have lost their focus and now are approaching irrelevancy.

more than 5 years ago

Tsunami Hit New York City Region In 300 BC

Smitty825 Re:Could happen again (147 comments)

You're probably thinking about the Cumbre Vieja volcano, which is located off of the coast of Africa, and is believed to potentially cause a super-tsunami in the Atlantic.

more than 5 years ago

Hospital Equipment Infected With Conficker

Smitty825 Re:Does it bother anyone else..... (289 comments)

In the medical industry, making even the smallest changes is often difficult. (I've heard stories of companies continuing to release medical software based on WinNT, and they will probably continue to do it.) When it comes to making changes to software (and hardware), there are lots of regulatory hurdles you need to meet. (The more "life-critical" a device is, the more stringent the regulations are) Obviously, it makes sense, because you don't want to go to the hospital today and find a Windows 7 Beta powered device responsible for your safety.

Also, many hospitals refuse to upgrade existing equipment to something newer. If it works, and it gets the clinicians the data they need to help the patient, then they don't want to take the risk of updating software/hardware.

more than 5 years ago

Slashdot Keybindings, Dynamic Stories

Smitty825 Stop auto-updating? (220 comments)

One (small) issue I seem to have is with the auto-updating feature. Often, I'm connected over a (relatively) slow cell phone link. When I'm using this slow link, I'd prefer to not have Slashdot query the server for updated stories. I know I can press the "pause" button, at the top to stop the auto-updating, but if I forget to do so, then I'm annoyed by some other app responding slowly. Is there plans to make this feature configurable? (Note: Each time I load /., I need to remember to hit the "pause" button...the previous state is never saved)

more than 5 years ago

Comet Lulin Closest To Earth Tonight

Smitty825 Re:Nice antenostication there, guys (60 comments)

Well, I do have good news for you. The comet will still be there tonight. (Assuming it's still clear at your location)

That being said, the new story approval process could use some work...

more than 5 years ago

MS Silverlight To Stream Obama Inauguration Events

Smitty825 Obvious, but... (589 comments)

I know that just about everything posted by kdawson should be moderated as a "-1 Troll", but what good, cross-platform video codecs exist for streaming video? Obviously, Silverlight isn't that cross platform, Flash is proprietary, so I can't use it on a PPC linux box I have here, etc.

Open, Free Codecs that work everywhere are surprisingly non-existent. I'd like to see that change!

more than 5 years ago

Apple Intros 17" Unibody MBP, DRM-Free iTunes

Smitty825 Re:So,no more DRM (1079 comments)

How about DRM on the movies/tv shows that Apple sells?

more than 5 years ago

DMCA Exemptions Desired To Hack iPhones, Remix DVDs

Smitty825 Re:Jailbreaking (188 comments)

I believe that a few years ago, it was deemed that SIM locks are ok to break on phones. That way, you can use your phone with whichever wireless carrier you phone would support.

However, I think that jailbreaking an iPhone to run unauthorized apps would be considered a grey area at best.

more than 5 years ago

DMCA Exemptions Desired To Hack iPhones, Remix DVDs

Smitty825 Re:How about this (188 comments)

Maybe I've been coding at the wrong companies, but I've consistently seen geeks use bad terms for variable names, function names, and even comments!

more than 5 years ago


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Stupid WDC, UPS & MBE

Smitty825 Smitty825 writes  |  about 13 years ago The other day the Western Digital Hard Drive died in my Dual-733 Win2k box. (Note: I have several boxen, including a Linux, BSD and Mac OS Box). So I filled out the RMA form on Western Digital's website, and I took my hard drive to the local Mail Boxes Etc to be shipped via UPS to Western Digital's repair office.

No problem, I thought, as the lady packaged the drive and RMA number. Well, it's been a week, and UPS has never received any record of the shipping address I sent. Nor has WDC gotten my hard drive yet...well, I guess I'll have to run to Mail Boxes Etc, and see what they'll give me...Update coming soon.

Update: 8/22 It turns out that Mail Boxes Etc, changed my shipping number and WDC was slow on updating their computers. The new drive is scheduled to arrive at my house this afternoon.

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