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Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast

aklinux Re:Stop (349 comments)

This is fine if it's just me, I don't us my ISPs DNS anyway, but when you're trying to run a business and a significant portion of your potential customers can't find you...This can be a REAL issue.

about a month ago

Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

aklinux Only video-type entertainment I have currently (146 comments)

I currently view no broadcast, cable, or satellite. I used to time-shift to be able to view what little there was worth watching on cable and broadcast at a time convenient to me, not them. When my VCR finally died, I decided they simply wasn't worth my time and trouble anymore to set up something else.
I need network anyway and a $7.99/mo Netflix account supplemented by YouTube and whatever works just fine.

about a month ago

Scottish Independence Campaign Battles Over BBC Weather Forecast

aklinux What about us in Alaska (286 comments)

They're always distorting the way Alaska looks as well.

Many maps still show Alaska as an island in the Pacific, just North of Hawaii. The ones that don't, show us in a way have an exaggerated "foreshortening" the likes of which Scottland can't even dream of.

If a proportional map of Alaska were overlaid on one of the contiguous 48 states, it would overlay about 1/4 the landmass with arms protruding from Los Angeles to new York City..

about a month and a half ago

Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

aklinux Protecting the infrastructure they've been investi (513 comments)

These companies have a lot of money invested in what they have. A lot of is amortized out over many years to come. They want to protect that investment. Their stockholders also want that investment protected. Along comes Google with a different agenda and no existing infrastructure investments to protect... A clean slate as it were. Of course AT&T and the cable companies are resisting Google Fiber. That said, I'd love to have a way to partner with Google to bring fiber to my area. I don't have any money invested in our area's carriers. They used to be local, but anymore are faceless corporate entities from another state. I have no vested interest in them and no reason to protect them.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

aklinux Offer to help pay for it... (324 comments)

Put together a Home Owners Association and collect dues. Use the money collected to pay for moving the utilities underground. Or, you may be able to get your city to bond the project. This would mean higher property taxes, at least in your area.

With a 22 home subdivision, there is no way it is going to pay for the utility Companies to do this on their own.

about 3 months ago

No. of vehicle license types I hold:

aklinux I hold 2 (312 comments)

1 terrestrial, 1 non-terrestrial. That choice doesn't seem to be available.

Not complaining, just commenting...

about 3 months ago

F-Secure's Hypponen: The Internet Is a 'US Colony'

aklinux Re:Yeah, so? (263 comments)

Exactly!! I don't know that colony is particularly accurate either. When a place is "colonized", you usually go someplace already existing and take it over. There was no internet before America built it.

America built it, then opened it up for others to play. Now the others seem to be complaining because we're still there. Let 'em build their own.

about 6 months ago

The Reporter's Fifth Amendment Paradox

aklinux Re:Self Incrimination (452 comments)

I agree. To argue 5th Amendment in this case makes no sense.

I thought this type of thing was normally argued under "Freedom of the Press". I'm not sure I agree with letting press people not reveal sources. Yes, I realize it makes their job harder, but I don't recall an amendment saying their job is supposed to be easy.

about 7 months ago

Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

aklinux Re:Well that's that (329 comments)

I don't remember Google ever advertising the ability to play local content. Allcast essentially reverse engineered their own, undocumented, API. To the best of my knowledge, the device still does everything Google advertises.

about 8 months ago

Should Cops Wear Google Glass?

aklinux Bad idea (223 comments)

If we force police to wear something like Glass all the time, we might as well just have robots doing the job. This would make things to "black and white" for me, and I suspect most people, once it was actually implemented.

I know a lot of people don't trust police officers, but I think we need to leave an avenue open for making common sense judgement calls.

If they are forced to wear Glass all the time, every step they make will be scrutinized and second guessed, I believe this is more than can be fairly ask of anyone doing any job.

about 8 months ago

The Cryonics Institute Offers a Chance at Immortality (Video)

aklinux What makes these poeple think... (254 comments)

...that anyone a hundred years or so from now would bother awakening them. Probably just use their carcasses for fertilizer. Unless, of course, they need some exhibits for the zoo.

about 8 months ago

Hacking Lightbulbs To Cause a Sustained Blackout

aklinux That tagging a black photo in Facebook... (115 comments)

...sound a little bit like what we used to do with fax machines, Fax someone a black piece of paper. As the leading edge of the paper comes out of the machine, scotch tape it to the trailing edge. Recipient's machine runs until it's out of paper or toner.

Everything old is new again...

about 8 months ago

Larry Ellison Believes Apple Is Doomed

aklinux Almost did once before... (692 comments)

Microsoft bailed it out in fear of Linux. I don't think Microsoft is in a position to do this again. Not at the moment anyway.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Non-Obnoxious Outdoor Lighting?

aklinux Re:LED under eve lighting (445 comments)

This is along the lines of my 1st thoughts when I saw the original question being posed. Several smaller led lights as opposed to flood & spot. I do think the solar version has it's place too, front walk and driveway for instance.

As for the astronomer...No, this won't eliminate light pollution. I do think it could reduce it significantly though.

about 9 months ago

Disney Algorithm Builds High-Res 3D Models From Ordinary Photos

aklinux Revisiting Stereoscopy (80 comments)

Overlap the photos you're taking by 60% & look at them through a Stereoscope... you get 3D.


about 9 months ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

aklinux Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

Oops...Rusty math skills. 62.5 x 10^3. I guess I had an available option.

about 9 months ago

Compared to my 1st computer's memory ...

aklinux Re:Missing alternative (587 comments)

Same here. My 1st was an S-100 base computer w/ 64KB. My current is 4GB. I think that makes 6.25 x 10^6. Unless we want to count my HP29, HP67, or HP41, then it's more yet...

about 9 months ago

Android Co-Founder: Fragmentation "an Overblown Issue"

aklinux Re:Yeah. (289 comments)

I don't the fragmentation is any worse than what PC manufactures have managed to do with Windows. I can't speak to Apple products as I've never owned one. All PC products come with vendor specific apps we like to call bloat-ware. The average Joe often doesn't realize this is nothing more than bloat-ware or trial-ware and I have seen them get upset when it quits functioning after an upgrade. I saw one guy get real upset when he could no longer access his Sony Media Store app on his desktop. It turned out to be nothing more than a glorified web-link to Sony's media store, which required Internet Explorer to access. He thought it was an actual application installed on his computer. Some come with vendor specific tools required to update the hardware that vendor puts out. Some will run versions of Windows that others won't. Remember AeroGlass? We had hardware that was MS certified, some that was MS compatible, etc. It all meant something different and there were people up-in-arms because they didn't read the fine print in what they were getting.

about 9 months ago



Been Scroogled Lately?

aklinux aklinux writes  |  about a year ago

aklinux (1318095) writes "Skype with care – Microsoft is reading everything you write


Anyone who uses Skype has consented to the company reading everything they write. The H's associates in Germany at Heise Security have now discovered that the Microsoft subsidiary does in fact make use of this privilege in practice."


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