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Time Warner Shutting Off Austin Accounts For Heavy Usage

Wellington Grey Re:Not surprised (591 comments)

If you're streaming 10hrs a day of music 7 days a week at home, you need to go get a job.

You know, I don't have to be on the computer for it to be streaming. Computers are amazing devices that do work for us. One of the things mine does is near-constant uploads to a remote backup site... while I'm at work.

more than 5 years ago
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Lobby Groups Launch Full Assault For Canadian DMCA

Wellington Grey Jobs (135 comments)

even claiming that the current rules are costing jobs to truck drivers delivering CDs and DVDs.

You know what costs jobs? Technological change -- it's a good thing.

more than 5 years ago
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Quebec Says 'Non' To English-Only Video Games

Wellington Grey Re:Good luck with that. (554 comments)

Just like the way they all switched to Latin before, which was the common language of higher education on the continent 200 years ago, or to Frankish, which was the lingua franca of 1000 years ago (the term is even derived from it), just like the way all of eastern Europe switched to Russian in the 20th century? You monolingual and monocultural thinking people can't seem to imagine that there has always been a difference between the language you speak at home and the language you speak to outsiders without everyone inevitably having to become the same.

I'm not arguing that languages don't change, I'm arguing that as a function increased time and increased interconnectedness the number of languages decrease.

I don't think that's an unreasonable position. It has nothing to do with being 'monocultural' or 'monolingual'.

more than 5 years ago
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Quebec Says 'Non' To English-Only Video Games

Wellington Grey Re:Good luck with that. (554 comments)

How about thousands of years? Almost every country in Europe has its own language. That can't last long, I'm sure they're all about to switch to English any day now.

Firstly, the countries in Europe aren't enclaves -- none of them are completely surrounded by hundreds of miles of English speakers, as Quebec is.

Secondly, they're switching to English anyway. As someone who has lived in Europe for the last six years I can say from my own anecdotal experience that the more the world gets connected, the more people speak English. (I predict that we'll end up in a world not too linguistically different from Firefly)

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Quebec Says 'Non' To English-Only Video Games

Wellington Grey Good luck with that. (554 comments)

Language enclaves generally don't last very long.

more than 5 years ago
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Angry Villagers Run Google Out of Town

Wellington Grey Re:Glad to see.. (1188 comments)

Don't want to have people seeing your private shit? Don't keep it out in the open, in public view. Don't want interlopers driving through your community? Make it gated and pay for your own maintenance instead of expecting the local government to take care of it for you.

No kidding. Britain's response to Google's Street View has been crazy.

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Australian Study Says Web Surfing Boosts Office Productivity

Wellington Grey Happy = Productive (173 comments)

I think this should be filed under the general maxim that happier workers are, generally, more productive workers.

Plus, so many jobs now expect you to be working to some extent while you're at home (checking email, etc). If an employer wants an employee to work while at home, then it's reasonable for the employee to do some personal web surfing at work.

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Volunteers Simulate Mission To Mars

Wellington Grey Finish this joke (237 comments)

A German engineer, a French airline pilot, and four Russians walk into a bar. The bartender says: ...

more than 5 years ago
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Managing Humans

Wellington Grey Re:Completely agree (87 comments)

Hell of an astroturf campaign to sign up for slashdot that many years ago, using my real name, just to pimp a book now

Whoops.

::tucks tail and looks shamefaced at the 3 digit UID user::

more than 5 years ago
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Managing Humans

Wellington Grey Re:Completely agree (87 comments)

Plus, the book is an easy, engaging read that makes a lot of sense even the first time through. Highly recommended

That sounds astroturf-tastic!

more than 5 years ago
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Free Skype Client Lands On the iPhone

Wellington Grey Re:My Question is This (150 comments)

Skype will only use the WiFi network, not the 'unlimited' ATT data plan so you will only be able to use it while tethered to a local hotspot, not out roaming in the wild.

You've got to start somewhere. Telcos are not easy companies to change. But if Skype gets a small toehold, people will get used to their free phone calls on their mobiles. Soon, when the market penetration gets high enough, they'll start complaining about being tethered to one spot. Hopefully, that will forces the telcos to (slowly) change.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Libel Law Is a Global Threat To Web Free Speech

Wellington Grey Re:Why should I care about foreign court orders? (363 comments)

Why should I care if you sue me in a UK court? You could get a court order entitling you to a million pound. How would you collect? Ask me to send you a cheque from the US?

True, but just don't ever travel to Europe. Chances are you'll transfer at Heathrow...

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone 3G Finally Available In US Contract-Free

Wellington Grey Re:European Model... (265 comments)

The UK must not be in Europe then.

Ask any British person, and they'll tell you it isn't.

more than 5 years ago
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Skype Courts Businesses With "Skype for SIP"

Wellington Grey Re:Skype, see Microsoft (79 comments)

I guess my question is really what do VoIP applications like Quetcom or Twinkle have that Skype does not? Give me a good OS-X-vs-Windows-Vista reason why they are superior. I'm genuinely curious and would switch if there's a good reason to do so.

more than 5 years ago
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20 Years After Cold Fusion Debut, Another Team Claims Success

Wellington Grey Do or Do Not, There is No Try. (373 comments)

New Scientist is reporting that twenty years to the day since the initial announcement of a cold fusion discovery another Utah-based team is trying again

Sorry, but anyone can try to achieve cold fusion, just as you can try to build a perpetual motion machine. Call me when you've actually achieved something.

more than 5 years ago
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Skype Courts Businesses With "Skype for SIP"

Wellington Grey Re:Skype, see Microsoft (79 comments)

Skype is like the Microsoft (MSN) of VoIP

Then I feel like the typical Microsoft user: I'm unaware of any alternatives. What other VoIP clients do you recommend?

more than 5 years ago
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Lower Air Pollution Means Longer Life

Wellington Grey Re:Air quality is for socialists. (272 comments)

Pollution is the textbook example where even a libertarian needs to compromise to some extent.

You, Sir, have not had a conversation with a libertarian. Their One True Idea knows no compromise.

more than 5 years ago
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BT Shows First Fiber-Optic Broadband Rollout Plans

Wellington Grey Re:What do we need the bandwidth for? (119 comments)

what are we going to use 60Mbps for - checking Email?

The Internet is more than email and HTML websites. I use my connection for videoconferencing with clients and a slow connection is a real detriment. Even if I'll only use 10Mbps for a really high quality connection, there are three other people in my house. Asking what people are going to use fast connections for is like asking what they'll use bigger hard drives for.

more than 4 years ago

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How Do You Hack Your Food?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "I wanted to know if the slashdot crowd had any geeky ways that they hack their food. I've never really enjoyed eating, I've always viewed it as a means to the end of keeping myself alive. Are there any tips out there on how to cut down preparation time and still stay healthy? What the easiest, most minimal, yet nutritionally complete meals out there? Any ideas how long it will be until the food pill finally arrives?"
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How to Get High-Schoolers Involved in Real Science

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "I'm a physics teacher and have been wondering what ways it's possible to get students to participate in or donate to real science projects. I encourage my students to help out with things like Galaxy Zoo (which has just released a new version) and to get them to install BOINC on their personal computers. Do slashdotters out there have any other suggestions that would be appropriate for the 11-18 age range? Extra credit if you can think of a way that I can track their progress so that I can give them extra credit."
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Daylight Saving Time Costs the US $480,000,000

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "According to RescueTime, the popular time tracking software, their users spent an average of 16 less minutes on Monday working than they otherwise would have. If you extended this number to the population as a whole, the lost productivity was $480,000,000."
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How to Get High-Schoolers to Help Real Science?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "I'm a physics teacher and have been wondering what ways it's possible to get students to participate in or donate to real science projects. I encourage my students to help out with things like Galaxy Zoo (which has just released a new version) and to get them to install BOINC on their personal computers. Do slashdotters out there have any other suggestions that would be appropriate for the 11-18 age range? You get extra credit if you can think of a way that I can track their progress so that I can give them extra credit."
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H-1B Visa Holders Returning Home for Better Life

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "It seems that H1-B holders are returning home for better opportunities. From the article:

As the debate over H-1B workers and skilled immigrants intensifies, we are losing sight of one important fact: The U.S. is no longer the only land of opportunity. If we don't want the immigrants who have fueled our innovation and economic growth, they now have options elsewhere. Immigrants are returning home in greater numbers. And new research shows they are returning to enjoy a better quality of life, better career prospects, and the comfort of being close to family and friends. "

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How Would You Improve Homework?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "A Penn State study on homework find that more homework is not helpful:

"Instead of improving educational achievement in countries around the world, increases in homework may actually undercut teaching effectiveness," says David P. Baker. "Most teachers are not making efficient use of homework, they assign homework mostly as drill, to improve memorization of material either in math, science or the humanities."

My school has a policy that recommends about six hours of homework a night. A lot of this work seems like busy work that is not always beneficial to the students. What do you think is the appropriate amount of homework? More importantly, what would you do to improve the quality of homework? What kind of activities should the students be engaging in that aren't just math-drills?"
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Which printer won't rip me off?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "My old inkjet printer died on me today, and after the number of stories we've had on Slashdot about the dirty tricks that printer companies pull — from misreporting ink levels to DRM and preventing refills — I wanted to know if slashdotters had any printers they can actually recommend. I don't do a lot of printing, perhaps 50 pages a week, but I don't want to support any companies that try and deceive their customers or sell products designed to fail."
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How Would You Divide Up North America?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "A recent article in the Wall Street Journal by a russian professor predicts the break up of the United States into four separate regions. It strikes me as politically tone deaf, with predictions such as Utah aligning with California, or Tennessee and the Carolinas joining New England. So I ask my dear, fellow Americans: if you were in charge of dividing the USA into more manageable sections, how would you do it?"
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Geek Friendliest Countries to Live in?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "Several years ago, my wife and I left the United States and went to live in London. Now after being there for five years, we are again looking to move. I would like to ask slashdot: what countries are the most geek-friendly places to live? This would include (obviously) access to the Internet, IP laws and how up-to-date the government is (i.e. Estonia). But were also concerned about less obviously geeky things like how the culture accepts people who are different from the mainstream. Any advice would be helpful. (Also, national healthcare and a pony would be nice.)"
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Alternative solutions to daylight saving time?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "Daylight saving time is shortly upon us. The arguments about its possible benefits and drawbacks come up twice every year. Does it save energy or lives? Possibly but it does definitely cause a great deal of inconvenience. My ask slashdot question is this: what do you think would be the best possible system to replace DTS with? What is the best way for humans to deal with the inconsistent amount of light over the year and still foster coordination over disparate time zones?"
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What Will Apple Be Like Without Steve Jobs?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "Steve Jobs is normally a man who controls the spotlight, but at the most recent apple event announcing the new macs, he conspicuously gave a lot of stage time to the other top men of Apple. This has fueled a lot of rumors that the great man may be stepping down. There are few companies where the personality of the CEO is so infused in his products so the question is: what will apple be like without Steve Jobs?"
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Catholics seek legal status for embryos

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "France's Roman Catholic Church has called for embryos to be given a clear legal status following a court decision that let parents of miscarried fetuses enter them with a name in the official civil registry. "The Church's position is that we must act as if the embryo were a person," he told the Rennes daily Ouest-France. "We protect endangered animals so we should protect people too.""
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On Point On the New Anti-Americanism

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "On Point recently did a show on the new Anti-Americanism. While Anti-Americanism has existed since the country emerged as the world's only superpower, the program stresses the differences and dangers of the current situation.

Anti-Americanism could be brushed off in the past because it was a small, if vocal, group espousing the idea. The problem is now that Anti-American sentiment abroad is no longer countered by a general population with positive feelings toward the US. Positive thoughts, even in America's allies, are now difficult to find.

Take, for example, Turkey. Ten years ago it was one of the most pro-American countries in the world, with Turkish support of the US at over 90%. Currently, support for the US is less than 9%.

From the show's summary: You want to know about anti-Americanism in the world? Here's the unhappy conclusion of a big-time panel of Republican and Democratic heavyweights, out yesterday: "America's reputation, standing, and influence are at all-time lows, and possibly sinking further."

Never in our history, says the report, have we, as a nation, been so poorly regarded in the world. And that has consequences. When America tries to lead, who follows? And if America stands too much alone, can it possibly prosper? Can it ever be safe?
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Don't Like Someone? Call the FBI, cry Terrorist.

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "From the article: A man in Sweden who was angry with his daughter's husband has been charged with libel for telling the FBI that the son-in-law had links to al-Qaeda, Swedish media reported on Friday.

The man, who admitted sending the email, said he did not think the US authorities would stupid enough to believe him.

The son-in-law was arrested upon landing in Florida. He was placed in handcuffs, interrogated and placed in a cell for 11 hours before being put on a flight back to Europe, the paper said.


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Which printer won't rip me off?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "My old inkjet printer died on me today, and after the number of stories we've had on slashdot about the dirty tricks that printer companies pull — from misreporting ink levels to DRM and preventing refills — I wanted to know if slashdotters had any printers they can actually recommend. I don't do a lot of printing, perhaps 50 pages a week, but I don't want to support any companies that try and deceive their customers or sell products designed to fail."
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How Should Small-Time Artists Protect Their Work?

Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "I'm a small webcomic author and have recently discovered that some people have taken my illustrations and are selling them in various forms (on CafePress, for example). I don't have large sums of money nor a lot a free time after my day job to try and follow up on issues like this. I thought that by making my work available under a creative commons license would give good karma and allow people to copy, but not commercially. What steps could be taken in a situation like this to protect my work?"
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Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "I'm a physics teacher who is appalled at what I see in science education today. Aside from years of dumbing down courses, current exams are filled with vagueness, politics and non-science. Science is no longer a refuge for precision-minded students. I've tried to work with the system, but have been ignored or advised to write letters of complaint that sit on desks unread. As someone who cares deeply about science education, what can be done?"
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Wellington Grey Wellington Grey writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Wellington Grey writes "I've been a heavy computer user since my parents bought home an Apple ][. Immediately addicted by the glowing screen, I typed and clicked until my wrists and fingers would no longer let me. But last month something scary happened: the pain in my hand didn't go away. The first and middle fingers on my right hand chronically hurt even when I wasn't on the computer.

The pain grew and, concerned, I visited a doctor who diagnosed it as a repetitive strain injury. When I asked what could be done to fix it, his advice was essentially: "Sucks to be you. Take some ibuprofen and stay off the computer, nerd."

While just five years ago I would have felt guilty not following advice to limit my computer use, I don't now. Like it or not, benefit or not, the computer is a central focus of life. My work, and all my hobbies, from photography to writing, to drawing involve the computer.

So my question to slashdotters is this: once you already have RSI, what can you do to reduce the pain if limiting computer use isn't an option?"

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