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Comcast Confessions

Threni Re:I must be the outlier (136 comments)

Aren't they obliged to cancel your account if you ask, though? I mean, say you say "i want to close my account", they asked if you're sure, aware of the great deals etc. Say no, again, politely, then firmly "close my account now". What would happen if they continued trying to get you to stay and you stay silent? You aren't obliged to go through their script; you've told them your side of things. Can't you just stop paying them and if there's any come back tell them the date/time of the call, who you spoke to and ask what the problem is? Perhaps there needs to be a mandatory website/service where you just click/say "i'm out of here" and there's no come back on their part?

2 hours ago

Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Threni Re:Good (223 comments)

> If only tablets had on-screen keyboards

They're dreadful.

> Bluetooth keyboards or keyboard docks!

A decent bluetooth keyboard costs a lot of money. Keyboard dock? Why not just buy a laptop?

> All you're doing is reducing the impact of the point you're trying to make.

But i'm right though. That's what this story is about. Using a laptop, not a tablet, when you want to do something other than consume. How many people use laptops to write books, code etc. And how many use tablets. Thank you.

> It's entirely possible for a kid and with iPad to produce their own podcast or video
> presentation for a class.

Sure. It's posssible to use a Raspberry Pi, and enter text via a morse code key. Wouldn't that be fun?

5 days ago

Chromebooks Are Outselling iPads In Schools

Threni Re:Good (223 comments)

>This proves that all the Slashdot talk about software freedom is thinly disguised
>Microsoft hate since everyone here seems to be pumping up heavily locked down
>iDevices and Chromebooks.

Many people - especially Slashdot readers - don't use Microsoft products unless, perhaps, they'd paid to use it at work (either as end users or developers). They're just not relevant to a discussion about tablets (they don't make any that have any impact on the market) or Chromebooks (which are usable in seconds, are free from the `you've moved your mouse - better restart your pc, oh, and don't forget to install todays set of patches for Windows and Java` crap to which Windows users subject themselves).

Chromebooks beat tablet hand's down because it's possible to do anything on a bloody tablet except surf or watch netflix. Students might want know...type something in?

5 days ago

Dropbox Head Responds To Snowden Claims About Privacy

Threni Re:Cloudy, chance of rain (176 comments)

> Let me spell it out for you: if your file is on Dropbox, then a properly worded warrant
> needs to be served to Dropbox, and they'll allow searches and copies of anything
> their hard drives contain.

Let me spell it out for you. You're safe outside. If anyone attacks or robs you, they'll be breaking the law.

about a week ago

The "Rickmote Controller" Can Hijack Any Google Chromecast

Threni Re:Where's the factory-reset button? (131 comments)

> Where's the factory-reset button when you need it?

It's on the Chromecast.

> They need to be hardware buttons

It's a hardware button.

about a week ago

Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be

Threni Re:...The hell? (290 comments)

In addition to being extremely hideous they're just as bad as Slashdot for posting non-tech stuff. The other day it was something about food delivery in India.

about a week ago

New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

Threni Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

> They only have permission to search for certain specific categories of
> evidence, despite having the entire archive, so they wouldn't be able to find
> them guilty of some minor illegal activity unless it was part of the specific
> categories the judge authorised.

Or unless the details of the minor illegal activity (or major illegal activity but unrelated to the investigation, come to that) are acted upon within a seperate investigation.

about two weeks ago

Point-of-Sale System Bought On eBay Yields Treasure Trove of Private Data

Threni Re:Small business owners (68 comments)

I think businesses will find time to focus on security when fines for leaking customers details bankrupt them.

about two weeks ago

Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues

Threni Re:7 weeks? (277 comments)

Because you don't want to annoy large customers with requests for small amounts of money you know they can afford and will pay for at some point.

about two weeks ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

Threni Re:Dropping the Xbox? (300 comments)

> Unless I'm missing something, the hardware seems relatively unremarkable.

It's a PC, playing Windows games. It's hard to imagine anything Google would find less interesting in taking over.

about two weeks ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Threni Re:Not worth it (138 comments)

Squirrels eat pine cones; i've never heard of a person doing that.

And you can't have salad for breakfast; that's just wrong!

about two weeks ago

DC Entertainment Won't Allow Superman Logo On Murdered Child's Memorial Statue

Threni Re:They failed to realize... (249 comments)

They could still do it, and then the "spotlight" will be on a bunch of clowns in suits trampling over common sense and decency. They could always fire whichever clown was responsible and say "we apologize for our gross error of judgement; clearly you'd have to be on drugs or mentally ill to refuse such a simple request".

about three weeks ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Threni Re:Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

But the UK is telling people not to travel to the US with flat batteries. Why? If you don't have a connecting flight, you're not getting on a plane at the other end.

about three weeks ago

Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory

Threni Re:Amazoing (415 comments)

Especially when you consider the size of MicroSD cards (which you'd connect to your pc using usb converters). You don't need to keep them on the floor where dogs can physically walk to; instead, they could be hidden above doors/windows, attached to the tops of curtains, etc. Next to invisible, disposable cost, and containing encrypted data. I suppose the police could start to train smaller dogs which the officers could hold above their heads to scan the room.

about three weeks ago

Google Reader: One Year Later

Threni Re:The Old Reader (132 comments)

That has a limit on the number of feeds (or "subscriptions" as it quaintly refers to them) you can use on the free version, though.

about three weeks ago

Google Reader: One Year Later

Threni Re:Feedly: Google Reader Reloaded (132 comments)

Now if there could just be some change to "how shit works on the internet" so they stop getting taken down by DDOS's, apparently at the whim of script kiddies demanding ransoms.

But yeah, nothing beats RSS. Google can come up with all funky magazine viewers, along with Flipboard and god knows what else, but only 0.00001% of the internet ever gets on board with that (and those overdone interfaces with shitty functionality - give me a break), and other people can suggest "social...uh..stuff, you know, like twitter, facebook..." as somehow doing what RSS does (still waiting for someone to explain exactly how that's supposed to work, but thanks for suggesting it anyway)
whereas RSS is trivially added to any website and is platform/ui agnostic.

Google killing Reader really woke me up to what can happen if you use a non-core part of a company; I don't start using anything now from any company unless it appears to me that the company wouldn't survive withdrawing the service.

about three weeks ago
top Do We Really Need Another JavaScript Framework?

Threni Re:HTML5 & JS should just crawl away and die (104 comments)

Yeah, there are loads of really good examples on the web of HTML5 and JS providing fast, standards-based 3D.

Loads of them.

about three weeks ago

Android Leaks Location Data Via Wi-Fi

Threni Why mention Android in the title? (112 comments)

"What's more, the same flaw is found in Apple OS X and Windows 7."

Clickbait, maybe?

about a month ago

London Regulator Says Uber Is Operating Legally

Threni Re:That's not going to make (105 comments)

There's nothing unique about London cabbies, in that regard. All over the world there are drivers who are familiar with the road system they live/work in.

Amused how you managed to find a way to imply that, as someone who spells utilization that way, his opinion is somehow inferior to a natives! (You might, given this attitude - to say nothing of your username - like "the book of Dave", by Will Self, which imagines a future society which has at its scripture a notebook from a 20th century London cab driver!).

Historical data? Sorry - I just want to get across town. I need to know how to get there, avoiding any local, current problem. Google does that - or have you not checked? State of the roads? My car's got suspension, so that's not really a problem. Also, you're out of scope now; the knowledge doesn't cover that, and I'm not always going to be driving myself; I might chose a minicab from someone more sensibly priced, friendlier (rather an Asian with something to say, that an outsized racist who's afraid to cross Battersea Bridge) who also has access to Google Maps, and a radio network of colleagues.

Face it, London Cabbies are going to go away. Might as well deal with in instead of clinging to increasingly desperate USPs!

about a month ago


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