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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Snowgen Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

And on top of that, they don't cut you off, they just throttle you.

The point is, though, that T-Mobile sells unlimited data to everyone, and what they charge extra for is unlimited 4G LTE data. So if you're being throttled, you're not getting the 4G speed you paid extra for.

about 5 months ago

World's First Dedicated Gaming Magazine Is Facing Closure

Snowgen Computer Gaming Gaming (82 comments)

...the world's first magazine dedicated to gaming...

Okay, I'm being pedantic here, but this is one of my pet peeves. "Computer Gaming" is not Gaming. It is a lesser thing--a subset of the greater whole.

This was not the first gaming magazine-- Games magazine came out in 1977 and The Dragon was in 1976. Both of these magazines were dedicated to gaming (with Games being the more general use of that term).

Don't even get me started on calling computer games RPGs.

about 8 months ago

EFF Reports GHCQ and NSA Keeping Tabs On Wikileaks Visitors and Reporters

Snowgen Re:define and conquer (82 comments)

Their defininition of 'journalist' ...

The distinction between "journalist" and "foreign propagandist" often depends on the government that's making the distinction.

Just ask Tokyo Rose.

about a year ago

IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

Snowgen Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (178 comments)

True, but a C64 with a floppy drive and monitor would exceed the 1000$ barrier as well.

Citation, please

It just so happens that 1984 was the year that I bought my C=64, and it cost $150. And also (a little later) in 1984, after getting bored of loading Telengard from cassette, and really wanting to play Zork that I bought my 1541 from Toys R' US, for $150. That's $300. I don't recall the monitor prices (I used a used TV i picked up at a flea market), but I believe they were $300-$400.

about a year ago

Why does Facebook need to read my Text Messages?

Snowgen Evil App (1 comments)

Once upon a time I was buying some SLR lenses from a Craigslist posting. Dude and I exchanged some phone calls about the price and condition and setting up the meeting.

About a week later Facebook started suggesting some random name as a connection. The name was vaguely familiar, but I couldn't place it. Then it occurred to the that random suggested connection had the same last name as Dude! Sure enough, it was his son.

The moral of the story is that the Facebook app trolls your call history for connections. That's too evil for my taste, and the app has been removed ever since.

To be fair, the app did ask for permission, but I always said no. But it would keep asking and keep asking and I eventually accidentally touched the wrong response. And while it claimed I could turn that feature off at any time, I never found the preference.

Like I said, I removed the app, and haven't really missed it.

about a year ago

Building a Full-Auto Gauss Gun

Snowgen Re:3% velocity (285 comments)

Even so, a sharp projectile hitting your at 23MPH still isn't something to laugh at as the grandparent attempts to do.

23 MPH is about 10 meters per second. So this is about the same as a nail rolling off the roof and hitting your shoe as you walked by.

I think I could laugh at that.

about a year and a half ago

Dr. Richard Dawkins On Education, 'Innocence of Muslims,' and Rep. Paul Broun

Snowgen Re:Theocracies (862 comments)

even the otherwise very conservative Catholic church has no problem with evolution or the big bang.

Indeed. The so-called Big Bang theory was the work of a Catholic Priest, Monseigneur Georges Lemaitre. In response he was elected as member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, eventually becoming its president.

more than 2 years ago

Twitter Censors German Neo-Nazi Group, Within Germany

Snowgen Re:Settle down, everyone. (227 comments)

That if somebody is being an asshole, I then tell him "Do that one more time, and I'll punch you in the nose."

Then you're the one committing the assault, not him. (In the rest of your example he's committing murder, but you're still the assaulter.)

more than 2 years ago

Apple Planning To Build Private Restaurant

Snowgen What's new? (234 comments)

I've worked for big companies, and for startups. I have to say that on-campus dining facilities are pretty standard for big companies. We normally call them "cafeterias" but if you want to call it a restaurant knock yourself out.

Not to mention that Google's in-house chefs are a thing of legend. I really don't see what's news here.

more than 2 years ago

The Spanish Link In Cracking the Enigma Code

Snowgen Re:False claim? (67 comments)

Not to diminish his part in the Enigma saga, but the Poles were reading it long before any other nation.

I'm pretty sure the Germans were reading it before the Poles.

(Note to mods: this is "-1 Lame Joke", not "-1 Pedantic"

more than 2 years ago

The Engineer Who Stopped Airplanes From Flying Into Mountains

Snowgen Re:And the geek shall inherit the earth... (237 comments)

It's nice to see real Engineers getting a bit of recognition for a change.

On Slashdot.

No. In the Seattle Times. Like most stories on /., this is just a summary of an article that appears elsewhere. This is why you sometimes see people saying "RTFA" or "Didn't RTFA". These are hints that a poster who wishes to be knowledgeable about the thing that they're commenting on would actually read the fine article and not just the summary.

more than 2 years ago

Qt 4.8.0 Released

Snowgen Re:Qt (90 comments)

How do you pronounce a name like that?

I hate to feed a troll, but there's three schools of thought here:

  1. Cue-Tee
  2. Cutie
  3. Cute

more than 3 years ago

Swiss Bank Has 43-Page Dress Code

Snowgen Re:huh (212 comments)

If it's that important, why not just have uniforms?

In a way, they do have uniforms. The uniform is the method of dress spelled out in the dress code.Their uniform just has more variation allowed.

But what would uniforms save? You still need to tell people how to wear them. The US Air Force spends about 160 pages (annoying PDF) telling people how to wear theirs.

more than 4 years ago

The Science of Battlestar Galactica

Snowgen Re:mind blowing? (465 comments)

Ok, let's get one thing straight -- the Cylons "evolving" into human form was not "mind blowing". It just wasn't.

Agreed. it wasn't even new to the Galactica canon. We first see human looking cylons in "The Night the Cyclons Landed" two-parter (aka "the halloween episode" with a special Wolfman Jack appearance) of Galactica 1980.

more than 4 years ago

The First Photograph of a Human

Snowgen Re:Cat (138 comments)

So really, the first picture of a human was porn, and not the picture in this article? That's awesome!

No. You made the mistake of reading the summary and thinking that somehow reflected what the fine article said. It's a common mistake here. If you actually take the time to read the rather brief article itself, you will find that the first photo of a human was in 1838.

more than 4 years ago

The Big Technical Mistakes of History

Snowgen Re:Human History has more than 10 years (244 comments)

Who could have guessed that the Germans would pass through impassable terrain and precisely hit the single weak point between the strong Maginot Line and the first-string armies in Belgium?

The Germans, it seems, had no trouble guessing it at all.

more than 4 years ago

Mining EXIF Data From Camera Phones

Snowgen More fun with Math (175 comments)

399 images included the location of the camera at the time the image was taken, and 102 images included the name of the photographer. ...

Or, to summarize from the other point of view...

"97.4% of images did not include the location of the camera at the time the image was taken, and 99.3% of images did not include the name of the photographer. ... "

more than 4 years ago

AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data

Snowgen Re:The classic double speak (441 comments)

Charge for extra service for the offending 3%.


If someone buys "UNLIMITED" (all caps to match marketing material) access, shouldn't they be entitled to UNLIMITED (all caps to match marketing material) usage without being considered "offending"? That's like saying my family uses too much milk because we drink the full gallon instead of letting it go bad.

more than 5 years ago

"2012" a Miscalculation; Actual Calendar Ends 2220

Snowgen Re:Amateurs (600 comments)

We have a doomsday once every 365 days (except on leap years) when our calendar hits December 31.

I'm just being pedantic, I know, but our calendar (the Gregorian calendar) actually has a cycle of 400 years. The most recent cycle transition was in year 2000 (which was a leap year when it otherwise wouldn't have been).

Of course the rest of your comment is spot-on!

more than 5 years ago



Snowgen Snowgen writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Snowgen (586732) writes "In Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Wilkes University issued a press release stating that "...over the next three years, Wilkes University will become an all-Mac campus." Another article covering the same story states that "Apple overtook Dell in the UK education market as report indicated gaining popularity among students at college campuses." If that wasn't enough, "Apple also announced that it landed two particularly large educational institutional sales during the September quarter, but did not provide details.""


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