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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

TheReaperD Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

The problem with this is that most of us have no alternatives and those few that do tend to have one (1) alternative and it's often another name on the list. The problem is that these companies know this; hell, they've payed good money to make sure it is like this and they're spending even more money to make sure it stays this way. The only way to fix this at this stage is to let your congresspeople know that you'll fire them if they don't fix this.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

TheReaperD Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

I especially enjoyed the fact that oilfield waste pits kill more birds than wind turbines. That takes the issue out of play in this argument right there. You don't even have to argue maters of scale.

If I had mod points at the moment, I'd mark you informative and this would be anonymous.

about two weeks ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

TheReaperD Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

Why do "conservative" losers who make fun of others interest in wildlife conservation suddenly pretend to get worried about a trivial number of birds running into a couple of thousand windmills spread over a vast continent?

Some because they feel it's "payback" for all the arguments they loose and many others because they get paid to do so by the coal, oil and other environmentally hazardous industries.

about two weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

TheReaperD Re: Who cares? (399 comments)

You and I know this but, the base problem is that the average consumer just doesn't care. All they do is buy a "magic box" that the salesman recommends and after that all they care about is "does it work?." This is where Microsoft crushes *nix. The odds of everything working right out of the box is 99% better than any linux distro, especially when it comes to games where Microsoft has been able to corner the market (and the only reason I use Windows).

about a month ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

TheReaperD Re:Anti-Trust (152 comments)

No, it doesn't. But, being an anonymous poster bashing Google five minutes after a post with their name on it and then replying to a comment against you 8 minutes later certainly does not help your credibility.

about 2 months ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

TheReaperD Re:But hey... (789 comments)

Romney didn't lose because his foreign policy was bad. He lost because he essentially called 47% of all Americans worthless moochers and disregarded all women and minorities. It's really hard to win any election when the only people you appeal to are rich white men.

about 2 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

TheReaperD Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Though I can see your point, there are becoming more incidences either in fact or just in reporting of police officers behaving badly and lying to cover it up. I'm referring in general, not any specific case at the moment. One police department that has the mandatory cameras for officers and the police chief actually enforces it had a huge drop (88%) in citizen complaints and incidents where violence was used (60%). This makes a iron clad case for police cameras.

Plus sadly, this is where Google is correct. Privacy is dead. Any illusion of privacy we still have is just that, and illusion.

about 2 months ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

TheReaperD Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

One of the simple ways to deal with this is have backup cameras and let the officers know that if their camera is off they are not on duty (and not getting paid!) and do not have the authority of a police officer. Exemptions need to be made for events where the officer was engaged in a struggle, vehicle accident, etc. where failure of the camera is expected, of course.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

TheReaperD Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

No kidding, they would have locked up my writing partner and me in high school and thrown away the key! Our english teacher lovingly referred to us as the Jeffery Dahmer society. ...and our papers were no longer read aloud in the class. But, we still got high grades on them for creativity so I had to give the teacher a lot of respect. Plus, he didn't do anything stupid like this idiot teacher did.

about 2 months ago
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When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model

TheReaperD Re:Fleeing abusive companies? (257 comments)

What's ironic about this is Stalinist "communism" and modern American "capitalism" are identical in this respect (only). The common people are allowed to vote but, they are only allowed to vote on options that do not challenge the currently accepted system. It's wrong no matter what label you put on it. If people are not allowed to vote at the polls for real change then eventually they'll vote for change with their weapons of choice.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

TheReaperD Just until the news cycle moves on... (274 comments)

This is just until the news cycle finds its next shinny bloodbath and moves on. Once that happens, then Verizon will slap the bandwidth cap on all the time in every place. They're just trying to find a way to annoy these people into changing plans or switching to another provider without it making front page news.

about 3 months ago
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Western US States Using Up Ground Water At an Alarming Rate

TheReaperD Re:Why I'm on a well in a sustainable aquifer. (377 comments)

You say that now but, when that well runs dry, you'll be screaming "why didn't the government do something about this!"

about 3 months ago
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NSA Considers Linux Journal Readers, Tor (And Linux?) Users "Extremists"

TheReaperD Re:Not a big surprise (361 comments)

There are few greater crimes in the US than being right when the right answer isn't popular. Ask any Vietnam war protester or George Carlin about airport security.

about 4 months ago
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Linux May Succeed Windows XP As OS of Choice For ATMs

TheReaperD Re:Well Duh... (367 comments)

Most of the ATMs though are not using Embedded XP, they are using the full desktop version of Windows XP. So their EOL is this year.

about 7 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

TheReaperD Re:Gated Communities (195 comments)

That is probably the most inflammatory, but still accurate, way to illustrate something I've ever seen. Well played.

about 9 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

TheReaperD Re:Seriously? (195 comments)

Though most, if not all of us, know what whitelisting is, I do prefer they explain it rather than assuming we know it. I've ran across too many articles in the past that assumed I knew some piece of information when I didn't. Sure, I can look it up but, that's annoying when your just trying to read "news." Though this is a site for "nerds", that is a broad term. There's computer nerds, science nerds, comic nerds, etc. Now, the passing it off as new... I've got nothing; that's just lame.

about 9 months ago
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Is Whitelisting the Answer To the Rise In Data Breaches?

TheReaperD Re:Do it in ROM (195 comments)

Sadly, the worst problem for system security is humans. If you required the flipping of a physical switch then malware would simply tell the user to flip the switch to see your choice of free porn, music, movies, games, etc. and the human will flip the switch (or any other method that requires human action). Humans are stupid... sad but, true.

about 9 months ago
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HP To Charge For Service Packs and Firmware For Out-of-Warranty Customers

TheReaperD They just want to be Oracle (385 comments)

They just want to figure out how Oracle does this to their customers and gets away with it.

1. Create a company
2. Sell a product people want/need
3. Become a monopoly in your field
4. Profit

HP VP: "Wait. Which step were we on?"

about 9 months ago
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Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products Until July 2015

TheReaperD Re: Wine (417 comments)

One half of the reason businesses use Windows is Outlook, which can't be ported. Even by Microsoft. The other half is Excel which isn't half as bad to port but no one's been willing to spend the $$$ to do it. All this leaves three options, leave these pacifier applications (which is hard to do for anyone), spend the money to upgrade (which if they haven't done already, they're not going to do until they have a gun to their head), or stick their fingers in their ears and go la-la-la until they see the gun. Now, if they're like my parents and don't use the internet, than they can use it until the hardware dies and there's no issue. But, if they're using IE 6 for in house web apps like a lot of these companies, than the gun is going to go off sooner than they think and they deserve anything they get because of it.

about 9 months ago
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BP Hired Company To Troll Users Who Left Critical Comments

TheReaperD What does it take? (263 comments)

Seriously, what the fuck will it take to get a high-level executive of one of these companies to see the inside of a jail cell for an extended period of time?

about a year ago

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HP Settlement for Ink Messages & Usage in prin

TheReaperD TheReaperD writes  |  more than 3 years ago

TheReaperD writes "HP is settling class-action lawsuits involving their InkJet, OfficeJet and Photosmart printers. The first claim is that HP inkjet printers used "low on ink" messages when the cartridges were not out of ink. Second, that their printers used color ink when printing in black & white without notification or any way to disable this function. And lastly, that their cartridges would "shut down" on an undisclosed expiration date and not allow you to use any ink remaining in them. Of course, HP denies all of these claims. In summery, what HP has agreed to do for these claims is to document these issues better and not have the low on ink pop ups anymore as well as a financial settlement. However, they will not be discontinuing the use of color ink while printing in black & white or discontinue the use of expiration dates on their cartridges. For full details, go to the settlement website at: https://www.hpinkjetprintersettlement.com."
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