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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

TWX A simple solution (97 comments)

How about cancelling cable TV and finding something else to do with your time?

We had cable. "Extended analog cable" if I remember, which was to say, no premium channels, no "digital" channels (this was as DTV was kicking off but was not yet mandatory), so about 80 channels of content, perhaps 60 channels that weren't some variation of an OTA broadcast.

With eighty channels there were times when we couldn't find anything that we wanted to watch. We would end up watching complete and total crap, because we were paying for it and felt obligated to watch it. One day I realized that I was coming home from work, watching four or more episodes of CSI, and going to bed. Eventually I started seeing the same episodes over again, and realized that this needed to stop.

We got rid of our cable TV subscription. Still have Internet, still have phone, but now I don't have to pay to find that there's nothing on TV, and since TV doesn't cost me anything I don't feel guilty about not turning it on. I go play music or work on something or read or even surf the Internet.

Just let it go. Trust me, it will be okay.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

TWX Re:f comcast. and the mod who deleted this the fir (97 comments)

f comcast. and the mod who deleted this

You really don't know how Slashdot's comments moderation system works, do you?

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

TWX Re:Gratuitously stolen, but... (257 comments)

News flash: the drunks at the bar may think they're just like "everyone," but most people are not at the bar.

I bet you're great fun at parties...

about two weeks ago
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Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

TWX Re:correlation does not prove causation (137 comments)

Could it be that the fat people are just lazy and get up later, and don't get outside early. Maybe fat causes people to get less light in the AM. See the problem with the headline?

I find it more likely that these people work outside during that part of the day and probably for much of their day, and since most jobs that work outdoors are more labor-intensive than most jobs indoors, that physical activity from the time one starts one's day may have more of an effect.

The only way that this can really be studied is to measure a lot of other factors in order to figure out how to normalize them against each other, including actual amounts of exercise, actual food intake, and probably a lot of other factors that I'm not even considering. This study is interesting enough to prompt a bigger study, but this will definitely require more individuals to make it work.

about two weeks ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

TWX Re:Max RAM? (353 comments)

I do not game, but I run Linux and have to run Windows VMs for certain user tasks that cannot be run natively in Linux. I have 8GB and I'm glad that I do, as running even a single VM with only 4GB wasn't so pleasant.

On the flip side, the computer that I use when lounging on the couch has only 2GB RAM and a single-core "Mobile" processor, and it's fine for browsing the web. It was a little slow when it had only 1GB, but thankfully I was able to locate a couple of cheap 1GB DDR2 SODIMMs to upgrade. The bigger problem is that web designers aren't designing for variable-width pages anymore, so some pages require horizontal scrolling on the 1024x768 screen.

about two weeks ago
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Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

TWX Gratuitously stolen, but... (257 comments)

"I hate my job. Is there a support group for people like me?"

"Yes, it's called Everyone. we meet at the bar."

about two weeks ago
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USB Reversable Cable Images Emerge

TWX Doesn't matter... (208 comments)

One can idiot-proof anything, until along comes a bigger idiot.

Cars have had keys that can be inserted either-side-up and I've still seen broken and jammed car door locks and ignition cylinders.

about two weeks ago
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Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show

TWX Can this actually fill a timeslot? (167 comments)

The most significant common thread on daytime pop-culture discussion shows on television is that they talk about people. It's fairly easy to fill 22 minutes of content in a half-hour timeslot if one talks about this or that celebrity and their antics, as opposed to actually presenting us with significant content. Additionally those programs tend to tell you, during an early segment, what they'll tell you in-detail about in a later segment, eating up time. You end up with a TV show that if condensed down to the actual information could probably be watched in less than ten minutes.

Good luck to CleverNickName, but I don't see how he'll be able to fill enough time to keep the show running without resorting to these same tactics, or without the show being massively disjointed.

That's one of the reasons why several people that make Youtube content make several different, mostly-unrelated shows. That's why John and Hank Green, as examples, run at least four distinct Youtube channels, with significant and discreet subjects acting as sub-channels between them. It's a lot easier to run five, ten, or 15 minutes of content than it is to run 20+, or 45+ for a half-hour or hour-long TV spot. The Green brothers have already invested in the equipment and studio space to make their programs, now they can produce enough diverse content to justify the expenses, and the viewer can choose to watch only one type of production if they don't have interests in the other subjects.

We'll just have to see how it turns out.

about two weeks ago
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Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions

TWX Almost 5 hours, 47 total comments... (67 comments)

...as I write this as replies to this thread.

I don't know exactly what that means, but I know that it shows that even among the nerd-centric how short our memories are for off-camera media production folks, even when the shows that those people worked on are certainly nerd-centric. I wonder if Chris Carter or even Ron Moore would do much better.

about two weeks ago
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DVRs Used To Attack Synology Disk Stations and Mine Bitcoin

TWX Why is anyone surprised... (75 comments)

...by this?

I'm more surprised that we haven't seen reports of infected DVD and Blu-ray players whose only purpose is to seek out more powerful devices (PCs, smartphones) on peoples' networks to compromise and turn into bitcoin zombies. After all, it only takes a few people to come up with the exploits in the first place, and then 5kr1p7 k1dd13s can use the tools others have created.

about three weeks ago
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An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw

TWX Re:Obligatory Fight Club (357 comments)

Why can't lawsuits touch CxOs? Is it because no one is willing to sue them?

If a dock worker can be criminally prosecuted to serve almost two decades in prison because he set what he intended to be a small fire in a submarine compartment to get off work early, ultimately for that fire to get out of control and to destroy the craft with no loss of life, then why can't individuals at the top be held civilly liable for decisions that they make that kill people, especially when they kill in multiple discrete instances?

It looks like it should be a fairly simple matter. Find out who the corporate officers were when the part changed, assuming that it was changed after the first documented incident. Sue them for knowingly making a change to future vehicles to remove the possibility of future models having incidents that led to more deaths due to a consumer products safety issue. Sue them for the entire quantity of bonus that they made working for the company as a punitive action.

about three weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

TWX Re:Fuck BlackBerry (205 comments)

Android and iOS give the buying public what they want. Apple is continuing its personal computer paradigm of having an OS that goes with their somewhat more upscale hardware and Android has essentially pulled a Windows and been the "clone" OS to use. Both offer fairly sophisticated suites of interconnected applications that also tie-in well to computers.

I honestly couldn't tell you what Blackberry does. And that's their biggest problem.

about three weeks ago
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Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban

TWX Re:patented keyboard technology? (205 comments)

I hadn't heard of this keyboard until this Slashdot article.

With the angle-topped keys and the particular choice of layout, I think that I actually agree with Blackberry on this one, though I'd think this would fall into trademark territory more than patent technology. Maybe the curved ridges on the keys somehow have a patent I guess...

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

TWX Re:Do the search giants offer job search? (162 comments)

Probably not. Television production is a trade. There's a lot more applied aspects to learn than there are theoretical aspects to learn in a classroom or via webcast, and a lot of it involves learning how to work as part of a team, which also does not work as part of a webcast.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

TWX Re:AdBlock = 'Souled-Out' + INFERIOR (162 comments)

That particular use of bold made reading his post quite disjointed. His presentation negated the making of his point regardless of validity.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

TWX Re:so close! (162 comments)

There already are sites like Vimeo that don't have the social-tie-in. Obviously it's not working like you propose.

I'm just getting tired of all of the Youtubers constantly showing up on each other's channels for little more than self-promotion. Once in awhile is fine, but it seems like they're cross-pollinating in a giant Youtube circle-jerk and unless you're following all of them it gets rather old rather quickly.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

TWX Re:Do the search giants offer job search? (162 comments)

No, but theatre-technical programs in post-secondary programs will most likely lead to that, plus then one actually gets training on things like set design, lighting, set-blocking, and other important things that most youtubers don't seem to account for...

In some ways I miss the days of Cable Access TV, when the relative scarcity of timeslots helped weed-out the absolute-worst content. It still may not have been great, but if you couldn't fill your fifteen-minute or half-hour timeslot with passable content then you lost your timeslot to someone that could.

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

TWX Re:AdBlock = 'Souled-Out' + INFERIOR (162 comments)

Wow.

I'm so glad that BBSes and Usenet lacked the ability to have bold text when I was fourteen...

about three weeks ago
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Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube

TWX Re:If it's only for professionals (162 comments)

Sounds to me that it's more like Blip.tv, Vimeo, or perhaps Funny or Die, than Hulu.

I don't expect it to work because I don't expect enough content to be on it to justify my going there to look at random content when there aren't enough contributors. I generally only find myself going to non-Youtube video sites when someone sends me a link to a video that's on one of those sites, not to browse or search myself. That may well be because of their interfaces not making it as easy to find the content I want in the first place or to find like-items to what I'm currently viewing, but for whatever reason, Youtube has the content and the way to find it better than the other video sites at the moment.

I wish Yahoo well, don't get me wrong, but we'll just have to wait and see if they actually manage to make something or if this is just another, "Me Too!" moment.

about three weeks ago

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Resources for a new Infrastructure Specialist

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 2 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I've just graduated at my employer from desktop support to network infrastructure support, dealing with everything from smashed telecom receptacles to switch failures and single-mode fiber between campuses. They're interested in purchasing equipment for the job beyond the punch tool, sheetrock saw, and 10/100 Fluke Nettool that we already have. I'm looking for suggestions for tools and equipment, specifically to test gigabit copper and both single and multimode fiber. Anything else special that you think would be useful for an infrastructure technician in an organization with upwards of a hundred sites with hundreds of telecom rooms, a hundred-thousand copper horizontal runs, and miles of fiber would be much appreciated."
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Would you buy a color E ink ebook reader?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "Yes!
Maybe, depending on how it looks.
No, I prefer my ebooks LCDish
No, I prefer dead-tree editions
I'm stuck with monochrome, you insensitive clod!"
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Inexpensive wifi/radius for home hobbyists?

TWX TWX writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TWX (665546) writes "I'm looking to get some hands-on experience with Radius and commercial-style Wifi. I'll also soon have an environment where three or four APs will be necessary to cover everywhere, so there's a practical side as well. The trouble is, all of the equipment that I can find is prohibitively expensive, and while I expect to spend something on APs and cabling, I really would like to avoid paying for expensive commercial APs if I can avoid it. I'm looking for consumer-priced solutions, if any exist, and documentation. I know that several consumer APs are marketed as friendly to hobbyists who wish to modify them, so I'm hoping that some project for those APs to make them work with Radius is available..."

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