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Comcast Confessions

WhatHump Re:I wonder when... (234 comments)

I can't speak for Comcast, being Canadian, but Rogers (my ISP and cable provider) has been calling me a couple of times each year. They thank me for being a customer and then start in with a pitch on how much I can "save" if I increase my internet service level or add more services to my bundle. Bell Canada (my phone provider) does the same. My wife hates it so much she screens all calls through the answering machine.

about three weeks ago

Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

WhatHump Cataract Surgery in My Future (550 comments)

In my last eye exam the optometrist noted my corneas are starting to show signs of cataracts. Given my family history (both parents have had surgery for cataracts), I'll probably need corrective surgery within 10 years. I'm hoping that when it comes time to do it I can get intraocular lenses (IOLs) to fix my vision. Since I can get through the day without glasses and only really need them for reading, I've never given laser surgery much thought.

about a month ago

Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

WhatHump Re:It's already going on... (353 comments)

I agree...IF the insurance company publicly discloses what it deems is a "good" driver versus a "bad" driver (e.g., stays within xkm/h of the speed limit, makes % mistakes per month like failing to signal), and IF they provide me with every piece of data they collect so I can do my own verification. Otherwise, no way! If I can't audit it, I won't agree to it.

about a month and a half ago

Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

WhatHump Re:Overreach as a bug, not a feature (248 comments)

People in power would benefit. China suppresses information on the Tiannamen Square protests. A politician would benefit from hiding a scandal or criminal record. "Knowledge is power" but so is the suppression of knowledge.

about 2 months ago

Canadian Court Orders Google To Remove Websites From Its Global Index

WhatHump Re:Overreach as a bug, not a feature (248 comments)

Does this mean that all websites need to obey all nations' laws at once?

No, it means that all websites have to tailor their content to the location of the viewer. There are lots of nations that have restrictions on internet content. I do not agree with this, as it destroys the open and global nature of the internet. However, there is no utopia, the world is a messy place, filled with politics and agendas, and the powers that be will break the internet to suit their needs.

about 2 months ago

The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

WhatHump Re:Uh-oh (186 comments)

Ever had a break-in at your home? How did you feel? Violated? Even if nothing of value was taken your sense of security is diminished. This is what an average person will feel when their "connected" home is breached. There are asshats who will do this for a thrill, or to get back at a neighbour for a real or perceived slight.

about 2 months ago

Fixing China's Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Them

WhatHump Markets Don't Make Rules, Congress Does (322 comments)

I agree Paul Krugman is a expert in economics. However, he is completely ignoring the role of politics in his solution. Does he think big corporations like Wal-Mart, who profit handsomely from the flow of cheap goods from China, is going to allow such tariffs to be implemented? Is he oblivious to the existence of lobbyists? Sorry, but I've become very cynical in my middle age. In terms of slowing the effects of climate change by reducing fossil fuel emissions, I think we are done. Collectively we are too stupid to see we are shitting where we sleep. Now it is all about surviving the coming climate catastrophe. Unless we begin a massive program to look at alternative agricultural methods (giant greenhouse domes?) millions will starve to death as today's fertile land turns to desert or bog.

about 2 months ago

UK Seeks To Hold Terrorism Trial In Secret

WhatHump Re:Maybe forr once they really have to keep it sec (240 comments)

Then why bother announcing there is a trial? If it needs to be that secret, throw a gag order over the whole damn case. Why tease the public by saying "we caught some bad guys, but you're not smart enough to deal with it like we are"? I hate the idea of secret trials but I also live in the real world and know that sometimes the government has to work in the shadows.

about 3 months ago

Google Foresees Ads On Your Refrigerator, Thermostat, and Glasses

WhatHump Re:Nope. (355 comments)

Or keep an old router and use it as the "access point" for all these devices.

about 2 months ago

Intuit, Maker of Turbotax, Lobbies Against Simplified Tax Filings

WhatHump That will never happen (423 comments)

Because it's the right thing to do. And heaven forbid we do the right thing. That could lead to a "gasp" functioning government.

about 4 months ago

Snowden: NSA Spied On Human Rights Workers

WhatHump Re:Outrage fatigue (230 comments)

No, it's because most people only get outraged when something bad impacts them (or their loved ones) directly. And by then it's too late to be outraged, because you're too busy trying to recover and protect yourself against further damage.

about 4 months ago

Start-Up Founders On Dealing With Depression

WhatHump Re:Huh? (257 comments)

Other physical ailments can look like depression. It's important to rule out something like low iron/B12 levels, which can result in extreme fatigue and make someone feel like every activity is equivalent to climbing a mountain.

about 5 months ago

UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

WhatHump Re:Where are the farmers? (987 comments)

grow wheat in the Sahara...

You'd better bring lots of fertilizer

about 5 months ago

Survey Finds Nearly 50% In US Believe In Medical Conspiracy Theories

WhatHump Re:Jenny McCarthy (395 comments)

Because sometimes even the vaccinated get the disease.

about 5 months ago

Gates Warns of Software Replacing People; Greenspan Says H-1Bs Fix Inequity

WhatHump In one generation (516 comments)

When I told my parents I was getting married, they painted an optimistic picture of my future: a happy family life, with my children growing up in a prosperous society. I believed it, because it seemed to be true. Now I have two teenage daughters and I advise them to not have children and prepare for a tough and frugal future. I believe it, because it seems to be true. How far we have fallen in one generation.

about 5 months ago

Comcast Turning Chicago Homes Into Xfinity Hotspots

WhatHump Re:That is why you use your own router (253 comments)

What if you have no choice but to use their router? I tried using my own but the modem portion of the ISP's modem/router wouldn't play nice with it, and kept hanging my router several times a day. I checked on-line and customers of their competitor have the same complaint. Even though I'm in IT and fairly comfortable with the technology, I don't have hours of spare time to try to find my own compatible DOCSIS 3.0 modem and router that will work with it. So, bottom line, the ISP wins, and I end up renting their POS hardware.

about 6 months ago

Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

WhatHump Return on Investment? (2219 comments)

Dumb question: why did you buy Slashdot in the first place if you think the web site is in need of a major makeover? Answer: it wasn't about the web site - it was about what you call the "audience", or what we call the "community". It's all about advertising dollars. We get it - we're not fools. We know the business model. But a word of caution to you: "communities" can be very mobile on the internet. Just ask MySpace. Push the beta on the "community" and you will be left with a web site and a bunch of blank slots where advertising once was. We will find somewhere else to go. After all, we all found this site at one time or another.

about 6 months ago

Satya Nadella Named Microsoft CEO

WhatHump Re:Doomed (293 comments)

Hasn't that been the strategy at most companies for the last decade? Other than a few sensations like Apple, most companies have been successful at slashing costs through outsourcing and downsizing, rather than spectacular innovations.

about 7 months ago

Senator Dianne Feinstein: NSA Metadata Program Here To Stay

WhatHump Re:solution? (510 comments)

The government can collect and store digital information about me. But it must be stored in an secured and encrypted repository with access controls that are fully auditable (e.g., who looked at it, when and why), and every piece of data is tagged with its source and collection method (e.g., intercepted in transit between client and server, scraped from a web page, provided by an ISP). Then when the government wants to search my digital information for signs of criminal activity, they go before a judge and ask for a warrant, just like any other warrant for a physical search. And when it's granted and executed, I (and my lawyer) get a copy of the warrant, a list of the data retrieved and the metadata, and a copy of the audit logs up to and including the search that was conducted. Oh, and no gag orders on the warrants. Think the government will go for that? Think they'll give up their "super-secret tools" to appease us voters?

about 7 months ago

Weapons Systems That Kill According To Algorithms Are Coming. What To Do?

WhatHump Re:Where have I heard this before? (514 comments)

And how will those nuclear weapons be delivered to their target without chemical energy? Do we strap them to swallows? Yes, I know that missiles can run on liquid hydrogen/oxygen propulsion, but I think most modern missiles use chemical propellants.

about 7 months ago



Dolby Laboratories founder, Ray Dolby, dies

WhatHump WhatHump writes  |  about a year ago

WhatHump (951645) writes "Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.

The company said Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer's disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia this summer."

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