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FCC Chairman Will Reportedly Revise Broadband Proposal

Virtex vending machine pricing (105 comments)

I'm reminded of a story about a company that made soda vending machines. The company had a new vending machine they were marketing to amusement parks which would raise prices when the temperature got above, say, 80 degrees. A lot of amusement parks liked the idea and started buying the new machines, but the word got out to the public and there was a huge backlash of people complaining about deceptive pricing and basically cheating the customers. In order to save themselves, the vending machine company explained to the public that their machines were really lowering the price of their sodas when the temperature dropped below 80 degrees. Somehow that just sounded better to the general public. This thing with fast and slow lanes sounds a lot like the vending machine company. Allowing fast lanes and allowing slow lanes are the same thing, just worded differently.

about 9 months ago

Iran's Hacking of US Navy 'Extensive,' Repairs Took $10M and 4 Months

Virtex Re:The US Navy has lots of windows boxen (147 comments)

I remember shortly after the Navy had their problem with the Yorktown, an admiral was quoted as saying, "A lot of people claim Windows NT is unstable, but we've found that not to be the case. Our Windows machines have an average uptime of around 95%" A 95% uptime works out to an hour and 12 minutes of downtime per day. Without realizing it, he made the point of just how bad NT4 really was. Fortunately for Microsoft, Windows stability has improved dramatically since those days.

about a year ago

Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

Virtex Re:Links (80 comments)

And for the do-it-yourselfer:


about a year ago

Congress Proposes Strategy For Fighting Patent Trolls

Virtex too many patents (96 comments)

It would be nice if there were a way to limit the number of patents a company or individual was allowed to own. If companies couldn't stockpile their patents then they would be forced to limit their patents to the higher quality ones. Of course any such law would have to be written carefully to avoid the obvious loopholes companies would surely exploit.

about a year and a half ago

IBM Makes a Movie Out of Atoms

Virtex The plot (102 comments)

A sodium atom and a potassium atom are walking down the street when suddenly the sodium atom stops with a concerned look. "I just lost an electron" he said. "Are you sure?" asked the potassium atom. The sodium atom replied with, "Yeah, I'm positive."

about a year ago

Tesla, Ford, Amazon Hint At Cloudy Future For Cars

Virtex Re:One death due to a robot is worse than... (231 comments)

I wish I had mod points for you. This is something I've realized for a while and is, at least in my mind, the number one reason that self driving cars won't become a reality for a very long time.

about 2 years ago

Amazon Patents the Milkman

Virtex Re:Ok (365 comments)

Depending on your definition of "deliver", I think cron may be in violation of this patent.

about 2 years ago

Wayland 1.0 Released, Not Yet Ready To Replace X11

Virtex Re:... and I thought E is going to replace X11 (455 comments)

E17 should be out in a few days. But even so, E17 runs on top of X11 rather than running as a replacement. Maybe if Wayland takes off, Enlightenment can be ported to run there instead of X11, but we'll have to wait to see where things go from here.

more than 2 years ago

China's Yearly Budget For High-Speed Rail: $100 Billion

Virtex $100 billion (230 comments)

Running high speed lines across the nation is expensive — to the tune of $100 billion dollars a year.

Isn't that about what we pay to China every year just to cover the interest on the money our country has borrowed from them? At least all that interest money is being put to good use.

more than 2 years ago

Japanese Scientists Produce Element 113

Virtex Re:They shall call it... (150 comments)

Given that the scientist's last name is Morita, I figured they call it Moratorium, although with a name like that it might be a while before he discovers another one.

more than 2 years ago

Defending Your Cellphone Against Malware

Virtex Re:Not realistic (157 comments)

What I'd much prefer is if you could allow or deny individually

If you can root your phone and install Cyanogenmod then you will gain this ability.

about 3 years ago

Microsoft Taking Aggressive Steps Against Linux On ARM

Virtex Re:here comes another round of litigation (675 comments)

What Apple does is a little different. They make their own hardware, so (at least in my opinion) they are justified in locking down that hardware. In Microsoft's case, they ony make the software, but are trying to dictate to every other hardware manufacturer how their hardware should be built. If Microsoft made their own hardware, I would have no problem with them locking it down. It's them acting like they own all the hardware companies out there that really irritates me.

about 3 years ago

How Your Username May Betray You

Virtex Easily avoidable (308 comments)

This kind of tracking is easy to avoid. Just do like me and never post on discussion forums like this one.

more than 3 years ago

Houston We Have a Problem

Virtex Re:That's one small step for ? (116 comments)

My understanding is that what he meant to say was "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind". That one little extra word makes the phrase make a lot more sense.

about 4 years ago

After 8 Years of Work, Be-Alike Haiku Releases Official Alpha

Virtex Congratulations (411 comments)

Congratulations to the Haiku team. Back when Be closed its doors, I remember there were several projects to recreate the OS, but most people didn't expect any of them to succeed. This announcement proves that wrong. BeOS was a fantastic OS and with Haiku making strides toward a stable release, the legacy can live on. Although it's taken a while to get this far, writing a full operating system from scratch takes a long time. Even large companies with dedicated teams generally take 5+ years to build a new OS, so 8 years for a group of volunteers to release a working system is quite reasonable. Once again, congratulations and thanks for all the hard work you've put in over the years. Although only an alpha, this release is quite stable and usable. Your efforts have certainly not gone unnoticed.

more than 5 years ago

Is ext4 Stable For Production Systems?

Virtex Re:Maybe it's just me... (289 comments)

It's not just you. I had the same problem on a laptop I use for work after doing a fresh install of Ubuntu 9.04 stable. For about three weeks it would freeze up almost every day, frequently two or three times a day. I thought the problem might have been with VMWare, so I removed it. I tried juggling around some of the drivers, but the problem continued until one day I backed up the entire filesystem, reformatted it as ext3, then restored all my data. The system has been completely stable since then - no crashes for the last month. From some of what I read, this may be a Ubuntu specific problem, but I don't have experience with ext4 on any other distros so I can't say for sure.

more than 5 years ago

Why Linux Is Not Yet Ready For the Desktop

Virtex Re:Sound and HDs... (1365 comments)

What I find amusing is how in the Windows world if a hardware manufacturer puts out a broken driver that causes their hardware to not work properly, people blame the manufacturer. In the Linux world when the same thing happens they blame Linux. I'm amazed at what Linux has been able to accomplish given how most hardware manufacturers will neither provide drivers nor specs on their hardware. Things have improved somewhat in the last year or two, but it's still practically impossible to get most of these people to give anything.

more than 5 years ago

IBM "Invents" 40-Minute Meetings

Virtex Zero minute meeting (161 comments)

I generally prefer the 0 minute meetings. They're so short you don't even have to go. That way you can actually get real work done.

more than 5 years ago

A History of Copy Protection

Virtex Copy Restriction (536 comments)

We should call it what it is - copy restricton. It doesn't protect your copy nor your ability to copy. I could understand if it were called copyright protection, but that's just not the case.

more than 6 years ago


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