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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

Southpaw018 Not surprised in the least (278 comments)

Heh. Just commented on this on the Gizmodo post an hour ago. Please forgive the copypasta for my first post on Slashdot in probably 5 years.

My organization recently had a conference in a hotel owned by Marriott in a large Southern city. Not only did they want $500 per device per day for any Internet access — wired or wireless — the $12.95/day in-room wifi straight up did not work. They'd take your money before you could figure out it didn't work, of course. And if you ponied up the $16.95 for the "high speed" in-room wifi, it...barely worked. Barely.

We request one wired connection now. And once it's connected and the hotel staffers leave, I set up our own router with our own network. I'm pretty sure that if there was will or pressure on various and sundry consumer protection agencies, the prices charged by many hotel chains — with Marriott properties being the worst of them all — would not hold up in court.

I'll also add that our Director of Events is fairly convinced a new Marriott property in Washington, DC is doing this right now.

about 4 months ago

New App Mixes New Drinks With What You Have

Southpaw018 Uh...new? (127 comments)

This app is awesome and extremely handy, but new? This was one of the first apps I downloaded for my iPhone 3G, well over two years ago, when it was free in an "introductory" special and had a different name (which has long escaped me).

more than 4 years ago

Virtualizing Workstations For Common Hardware?

Southpaw018 Re:Get the WAIK and use Sysprep (349 comments)

This is the correct answer. Use Clonezilla for the Linux installs and WDS for the Windows installs (or install a third party PXE server and use the same server for both). Forget virtualization unless you specifically need it to run applications or multiple simultaneous operating systems.

WDS is how I reimage Windows PCs on my network, and to go from nothing to 100% reinstall is, start to finish, 1 keystroke, a standard login prompt, and two mouse clicks. Come back in a few minutes and you're booted into the system.

more than 4 years ago

Does a Lame E-Mail Address Really Matter?

Southpaw018 Not the domain (1049 comments)

Domain? No. Username? Yes.

I really don't care if someone has an AOL email address, though I work in a non-tech industry, so it may be different for me. However, the username is important. Here in DC, if you're straight out of an internship and you still have an email along the lines of drinkingfiend01@gmail.com, that's a negative mark. Similarly, a friend of mine who works in HR in San Francisco gets resumes all the time with emails the likes of johnissogay@whatever.com. Yeah, it's SF, but that's still not work appropriate.

about 5 years ago

Fallout 3 Launches Amidst Controversy

Southpaw018 Re:Why pre-order...? (397 comments)

...I could have sworn I saw an ad for that. Maybe I'm confusing it with something else recently that did.

In any case, thank you for correcting me. :)

more than 6 years ago

Fallout 3 Launches Amidst Controversy

Southpaw018 DC Metro (subway) ads (397 comments)

Those ads weren't pulled, at least as far as I'm aware. They were still plastered all over Metro Center (the central stop, and the busiest stop, in the system) as of Friday evening on the way home from work.

more than 6 years ago

Obama Significantly Revises Technology Positions

Southpaw018 WTF? (940 comments)

Strangely it seems net neutrality is no longer as important

What the fuck are you talking about? It's THE VERY FIRST GODDAMN THING HE MENTIONS.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden's Plan
Ensure the Full and Free Exchange of Ideas through an Open Internet and Diverse Media Outlets

* Protect the Openness of the Internet

If you're a McCain supporter trying to weasel votes away on Slashdot, you need to say so.

more than 6 years ago

Yale Students' Lawsuit Unmasks Anonymous Trolls

Southpaw018 Re:Internets... (668 comments)

So you can post whatever you want under the guise of anonymity, full stop? Free speech has never meant freedom from consequences. Forgetting that is a dire mistake to make.

more than 5 years ago


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Southpaw018 Southpaw018 writes  |  more than 8 years ago The problem with Slashdot is that you can be suspended if you don't want to suck Linus Torvald's dick.

No, really. I'm serious. My office's entire class C IP range was recently suspended for a month for being "downmodded too many times." The reason for about 75% of the -1s? Either pro Windows comments being picked out as "overrated" (even at a score of 1 or less), or a totally random downmod to a 4 or 5 point comment because an anonymous coward dislikes my signature admonishing them.

Slashdot: elitist, overbearing, and willing to build a system resulting in the ostracizing of all outsiders. Bullshit. I'm not going to stop saying what I think because some insecure acne-infested nose breather doesn't like what I have to say simply on the basis that I disagree with what he has to say. Don't like me? Don't mod me down, coward. Talk to me.

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