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How the Internet Is Taking Away America's Religion

The Cisco Kid Just one more wonderful benefit (1037 comments)

the Internet offers.

Learning about reality is a GOOD thing.

Learning that the silly myths and superstitions pounded into your head when you were a child are silly myths and superstitions, and NOT universal facts, is a GOOD thing.

I know it wont be in my lifetime and probably not in my children's either, but someday, humans will shed all religious superstition.

about two weeks ago
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"Microsoft Killed My Pappy"

The Cisco Kid Microsoft (742 comments)

is still a near-monopoly, and their platform still sucks and helps to fester malware and trojans.

I don't use MS software, I don't recommend MS software.

Its not (just) because of what they USED to do, its because of what they STILL DO and what they STILL ARE.

They stole the consumer PC by just happening to be in the right place at the right time. They had shrewd marketers and slick lawyers to make sure they got to keep it.

But they've never managed to dominate anything else. Zune is dead. Windows tablet will die. And the PC world is slowly (all-too-slowly) leaving them behind. I look forward to the day they are nothing but a bit player, relegated to the sidelines. Maybe all they will have left is heir gaming market, since that will the only thing helping them hold on to life when people mange to escape the lock-in elsewhere.

about 2 months ago
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The Dismantling of POTS: Bold Move Or Grave Error?

The Cisco Kid Ownersip of the copper POTS infrastructure (582 comments)

along with the wirecenters/etc should be transferred to local cities and townships, to use for emergency communications. (Eg 911).

Every line should automatically have a number, every line should able to dial 911. Cost of maintenance should be covered by a SMALL tax, similar in amount to the "e911" charge already in use, per home.

In fact, this is what should have been done with payphones, too. But its too late for that I guess.

about 5 months ago
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Microsoft Reportedly Seeks To Put Windows Phone On Android Devices

The Cisco Kid Whats that I smell? (182 comments)

Desperation, I think.

The king of "You must sell windows with every device, you may not offer other options" is now begging, with its tail between its legs, to an "other option" on a device.

"No thanks".

about 6 months ago
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CCC Says Apple iPhone 5S TouchID Broken

The Cisco Kid So, don't use the same finger for (481 comments)

the security sender that you use for the touchscreen..

How hard is that?

In fact I'm surprised that wouldn't already be part of the advice for users of this.

Either that or require a swipe from two different fingers, in a specified order.

about 7 months ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

The Cisco Kid Windows Phone is DOA (629 comments)

Who cares, other than Steve Chair-throwing Ballmer.

about 8 months ago
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MS Office For Android: Pretty, But Woefully Incomplete

The Cisco Kid Re:Perfect meaning awful (174 comments)

I take exception to your "all of us use MS software", despite your being somewhat vague about which "us" you are referring to.

Believe it or not, there are a very large number of people that DO NOT "use MS software". In fact the readership of this site probably has a higher proportion thereof than other more "mainstream" sites do.

Unless by "us" you mean "clueless end users living under a rock" or "office drones locked in by their CIO's choice"..

about 8 months ago
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MS Office For Android: Pretty, But Woefully Incomplete

The Cisco Kid Uhm.. So? (174 comments)

I cannot imagine anything that is becoming more and more irrelevant than "MS Office".

There is NOTHING I can imagine wishing to use those applications for, no information I can imagine wanting to enter, store, or process in those formats, on ANY platform.

There is also no reason to be "locked in" to those formats anymore. "Final output" can (and should) be in a format such as PDF regardless of whether its a business producing a report, or an individual submitting a resume. Anyone that sends some information blindly in ANY application specific format is an idiot, and deserves to have it returned or ignored. Anyone that has massive stores of information ("documents") in such formats that hasn't already at least started planning
to migrate it to a standard format (a format cannot be a "standard" if it is not fully and openly documented such that anyone can implement a 100% functional reader/writer from scratch)

MS porting Office to other platforms is a feeble last ditch attempt at remaining relevant, and that is the only reason it might be "News".

about 8 months ago
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Microsoft Cuts Surface Pro Price By $100

The Cisco Kid MS' shot themselves in the foot with this one (341 comments)

If they hadn't arrogantly locked the ARM-based devices into Win8 ONLY with UEFI/SecureBoot, there might have been a market for them among people that would have bought them, wiped them, and put something else on them.

I'm sure the dev community would have come up with an Android load for them, and I'm sure Linux hackers would have had fun with them too.

Instead, they will follow the fate of the Zune, and MS are stuck holding millions of near-worthless paperweights.

Good for them.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Old Copper Pair Technology?

The Cisco Kid Copper's got some HUGE advantages over fiber (347 comments)

1. Its already there, pretty much everywhere.
2. Only one end needs to have power for it to work. (This is the "911 works even when the power is out" issue)
3. You don't need multi-thousand dollar tools to splice it or terminate it.
4. You don't need multi-hundred dollar equipment to connect to it.

about a year ago
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iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

The Cisco Kid Windows and iTunes. (519 comments)

Two bloated pieces of garbage. They deserve each other. I use neither.

about a year ago
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FCC Issues Forfeiture Notices to Two Business for Jamming Cellular Frequencies

The Cisco Kid Re:It should be legal (350 comments)

Yes, because if theres a fire in the theater, or someone's having a heart attack, we wouldnt want anyone to be able to call 911.

How about this - about the theaters just kick any individuals that are disturbing other movies goers?

And as far as jails, I say the jail should have a special cell/tower that they can monitor. Prisoners should be physically denied possesion of cellphones. Those caught with them would be subject to appropriate penalties.

Take action against the INDIVIDUAL that is causing a problem, don't punish everyone for the transgressions of the few.

1 year,3 days
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Google Fiber: Why Traditional ISPs Are Officially On Notice

The Cisco Kid Re:Gimmick media story (408 comments)

The problem is not a *technical* problem - its a motivation problem.

The biggest problem is the lack of competition in almost all markets.

Providers have no motivation to provide better service, if they know that their customers either have no choice, or very limited choices.

The LUCKY people can choose between crappy overpriced DSL from the local telco monopoly, or crappy overpriced cable from that local monopoly. (Sometimes with a monthly cap, sometimes not)

Wireless (fixed and cellular) and satellite are even worse in comparison. High upfront costs, crappy service, and monthly transfer caps in pretty much all cases.

They know they've got you over a barrel, so they just keep taking your money and shining you on.

I would drop $300 for free 5Mbps is a *heartbeat*. I would *seriously* consider their higher tier offerings.

1 year,5 days
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ISP Trying Free (But Limited) Home Broadband Plan

The Cisco Kid Pricing (213 comments)

So.. $10 for 10GB.. (or $1/GB).

Then its $5/GB after that?

So the second 10GB would cost $50??? 5 times as much? That seems.. insane..

Whats to stop me from getting two devices/accounts, and then paying 2X $10 for the same 20GB?
(could either load balance, or use one up until 10GB then switch to the other....)

about a year ago
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Thumb On the Scale? Study Finds 5 of 7 Broadband Meters Inaccurate

The Cisco Kid Re:Weights and Measures? (114 comments)

I'd say you've got it exactly right.

They should do the same for health insurance - not dictate how much it costs, or what is or isn't covered, but rather regulate how the coverage is described. Perhaps define various "standard" levels of covered, give them names, and then allow insurance to use those names for their products so long as the products they meet the official description. But still allow other packages, so long as the covereages and costs are describe in compliance with the regs.

about a year ago
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Thousands of Publicly Accessible Printers Searchable On Google

The Cisco Kid Uh.. No.. Try 72 (192 comments)

If you click to the next page of results, google corrects its estimate to read

" Page 2 of 13 results (0.13 seconds)"

Alhough it does admit

"In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the 13 already displayed.
If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included."

If you choose to show the omitted results, and click through the pages, you get to the 8th page, which indicates:

"Page 8 of 72 results (0.12 seconds)"

Still nowhere near 86,000

And while I'm sure the owners of those 72 printers might want to take some steps to secure them, its hardly the huge problem that "86000 results" would suggest.

about a year ago
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Malware Infects US Power Facilities Through USB Drives

The Cisco Kid Re:Scan the security cameras... (136 comments)

"laziness and incompetence" = using Microsoft platforms for power plant engineering systems.

"security best practices" = never letting Microsoft platforms near anything mission critical at such an installation.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Bots Effectively DDoSing Perl CPAN Testers

The Cisco Kid Re:This is a normal occurence for Bing (332 comments)

Replying to myself: if testing the UA or the IP in the httpd itself was too much load, you could have also just nullrouted the IP blocks the Bing spider was coming from, either in the kernel table, or in your router.

more than 4 years ago
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Microsoft Bots Effectively DDoSing Perl CPAN Testers

The Cisco Kid Re:This is a normal occurence for Bing (332 comments)

Seems like a better solution would have been to setup a test for the either the User-Agent, or the IP/blocks that Bing was attacking your site from, and dropping those requests in /dev/null - your site would still exist on 'real' search engines, and Bing doesn't pound on your bandwidth anymore.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

The Cisco Kid add tags: (309 comments)

windowsonly proprietary-garbage.

more than 4 years ago

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The Cisco Kid The Cisco Kid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Cisco Kid (31490) writes "Ok here's the deal. My mom, bless her soul, doesnt quite get the concept of digital photography. She always complains that we never print them out for her, and gets completely flustered at the idea of looking at them on a computer.

So I'm thinking of getting a digital photo frame for her. Great idea, right? Only I cant seem to find one that fits the bill. Yes, I am aware of the possibility of building one, and may end up going that way (most likely using a laptop) But I'm really hoping I can find a consumer one that meets my needs. And thats where it gets tricky.

I'd like to be able to hang it on the wall, and leave it there, so I want to be able to update/add pictures to it over either a wireless or wired network. I've found a very few that have networking capabilty, but I can't seem to find any documentation as to what application-layer protocol they use. Theres one that only connects to the manufacturer's website over the Net, to which you must subscribe — no option to directly network. Kodak seems to only support using their proprietary Windows-only software for controlling or updating their frames (I dont use Windows. Ever. For anything)

So, is anyone aware of anyone that makes a reasonably priced digital frame that has networking and uses open protocols? Or should I expect to be taking apart the display hinge of a used laptop in the near future?"

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