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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

danomac Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (378 comments)

I hate replying to myself, but I have a dedicated mythtv backend and four frontends (bedroom TV, living room TV, exercise room TV, and my laptop) that allows to to watch live TV/share recordings. Something the local cable company started proudly advertising a couple years ago, while it's existed quite some time before that in the linux world. Wow! My TV costs are now about $2.30 a month for the guide data so I can schedule recordings, and I find that perfectly reasonable.

yesterday
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

danomac Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (378 comments)

I cut the cord four years ago. When I moved into my new place I had nothing but trouble with cable (half the time half my channels wouldn't work.) Umpteen tech visits later, I even had three different techs say the cable from the street to my house was damaged (underground cabling in my neighbourhood.) I was actually injured and basically bedridden at the time and it was basically the only thing I could use other than my laptop occasionally (weight on my legs = killer pain.) Anyway, they didn't want to fix the damn wire and they were surprised I cancelled the service???

About six months later I read about the digital OTA service (I've always known about the analog service.) It was kind of in testing mode (not all stations moved over) but I figured I should give it a shot. Due to my distance from the tower I've had to raise my antenna to about thirty feet, but I got 6 or so full HD channels. The first thing I noticed that was in high-motion movement there was NO pixelation, unlike my cable connection.

So I started telling people at work they didn't have to spend $1200-$1500 to get TV and almost all were in disbelief. Some would say "but I can't get channel X". I guess they've decided that one channel is worth $150/month, but I think they're crazy.

A lady at work the other day didn't seem to know that one could still receive over-the-air broadcasts for television. I wonder how many people don't realize this and are paying for TV that they don't want or need.

I was over at a young coworker/friend and I was telling him about it. His wife's eyes grew really big and she stated "You're STEALING TV?"

Sigggghhhh............

The new generation grew up thinking they have to pay out the arse for TV and grew up thinking this was perfectly normal.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

danomac Re:Add internet service at home? (170 comments)

I'm also in Canada and have true unlimited 25/5 for $75/month. However, I pay extra for actually having unlimited bandwidth, an extra $10/month.

2 days ago
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Debate Over Systemd Exposes the Two Factions Tugging At Modern-day Linux

danomac Re:Are you sure? (851 comments)

On a heavily IO-bound server this latency can matter.

3 days ago
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Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

danomac Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (328 comments)

I don't know about the good design and performance part - wasn't it not too long ago that there were a plethora of overheating MacBook Pros? I think it was even posted on slashdot...

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

danomac Re:'Regardless of... income and education level' ? (422 comments)

You can't shove a microscope up someone's ass and just observe why a particular diet is having a particular effect.

Aww, really? I think everyone would like to get to the bottom of this!

about two weeks ago
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

danomac Re:Overly broad? (422 comments)

What I can't figure out is that we have things available that can strip paint off of cars. So what do we do? We drink it. Yeeeah, that sound really smart. :-)

about two weeks ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

danomac Re:Hope! (522 comments)

Yes, there are a lot of USE flags, but this is part of the extreme flexibility gentoo's package management offers. I have tried to use other distros several times but I always wind up returning to gentoo for the package management flexibility. Remember heartbleed? All I had to do was toggle a USE flag to disable the tls heartbeat and recompile openssl immediately. It was patched eventually, of course, and it could be reenabled again. However, as far as I know, other distros had no easy way to do this, unless you had source tools and did things outside of the package management system for the distro.

There are a lot of USE flags that are shared between lots of packages and this can be enabled globally if need be (thinking of things like printing support, hardware video acceleration, etc.) There are ways to deal with USE flags.

1. First, get the base system running (no gui, just get it so you can login to a shell.)
2. Set a profile (use `eselect profile list` to show them, and `eselect profile set x to set one.)
3. Use `emerge --info` to set what flags are used.
4. Use `emerge -pnuDN world` to see which packages will be compiled. USE flags triggering the change will be highlighted.
5. If you're wondering what a specific USE flag is doing with a package, use `equery uses <package>` to check. equery is in the gentoolkit package.

If you need changes it is better to set USE flags for individual packages as someone else posted.

Yes, this takes a while to set up but once it's done you will know what you need and it can be noted somewhere.

about two weeks ago
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Debian Talks About Systemd Once Again

danomac Re:Hope! (522 comments)

- Don't be afraid of package.keywords, especially for very specific use flags.

Another long-time gentoo user here - the above file is used for mixing stable and unstable/testing packages. I'm sure the parent meant package.use.

Another thing to note is portage has a built-in way to deal with patches that happen outside of ebuilds, you simply create a directory specific to the package that needs patching and drop the patches in it, and portage will automatically use the patches. This is extremely handy for a system maintainer as you don't need to edit ebuilds.

about two weeks ago
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Systemd Adding Its Own Console To Linux Systems

danomac Re:it solves some unicode issues (774 comments)

Lennart has a consistent track record of releasing code that breaks the world and then blaming the breakage on the users and distros not using his masterpieces correctly.

Hmm, was his previous employer Apple by any chance?

about three weeks ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

danomac Re:1..2..3.. until massive security breaches (137 comments)

My grocery store recently (well, a few months ago now) got rid of the loyalty program. You don't need a card to get the advertised prices. Maybe they found out it cost way too much to run?

about 2 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

danomac Re:Hahahahahahaha (230 comments)

Question for you: if I have a Linux server and install KDE on it, or X - would you name it a "Desktop"? Or is it still a server? Or both? I'm confused.

How about a sertop? Or deskver?

about 2 months ago
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Akamai Warns: Linux Systems Infiltrated and Controlled In a DDoS Botnet

danomac Re:hmmm.... (230 comments)

No, they'd give up waiting for portage to sort out dependencies. It reminds me of Windows XP before Microsoft patched it to not take 45 minutes to search for updates.

about 2 months ago
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Why Phone Stores Should Stockpile Replacements

danomac Re:If it is that urgent, get a second one yourself (253 comments)

When I couldn't find an immediate replacement battery for one of my old cell phones a couple years ago, I ordered one online. It was going to take a week and so I went down to the cell provider store and bought the cheapest phone they had ($90.) Now I always have a spare phone around in case my smartphone craps out. Who needs an insurance plan?

I didn't rant and rave on Slashdot about it then. I didn't think it was a big deal then and I still don't now. Guy sounds completely like an entitlement elitist.

about 2 months ago
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Mozilla Rolls Out Sponsored Tiles To Firefox Nightly's New Tab Page

danomac Re:This seems like something MS would do. (171 comments)

That's not a monopoly. Microsoft was leveraging a huge installed base of Windows (completely separate app/OS space) for Internet Explorer installs - you're comparing apples and oranges.

about 2 months ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

danomac Re:Get ready to submit an itemized cell phone bill (161 comments)

They are too cheap to just reimburse you at a flat $50 rate for your cell phone

This is exactly what they do where I currently work, but not for all employees - only ones that require a phone or have a measurable benefit to having one. It works out to about 50% of the bill. I don't have any issues with that as most vendors/etc I deal with very rarely call outside of office hours. Heck, I just got off my cell phone as I was using it for a work related call. (I have unlimited minutes...)

As an extra bonus, I got to put my personal cell phone on a work sponsored plan through our cell phone carrier (the minutes are unlimited to North America, both calls and texting) - this immediately saved me about $45 a month! I still receive and pay the bill personally, and work still reimburses the flat $50. Heck, we were told we could go onto the cell plan even if we didn't need it for work as the bills don't get sent to the company.

I've got no complaints.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Training Materials Leaked

danomac Re:McDonallds should sue ... (251 comments)

Since the 90s, direct broadcast satellite has been an option for the overwhelming majority of people. If you've got any way to put a tiny dish where it'll have a view towards the equator, you can get subscription TV while avoiding your local cable monopoly.

Maybe. Where I am the most popular satellite company (Star Choice) was bought out by the cable company (Shaw.) They even named the satellite company to Shaw Direct.

Can you guess what happened with the service and prices? Yep, prices skyrocketed, the satellite prices are on par with the cable prices now, when they used to be less than half. As for service, good luck trying to talk to someone there. Hold times are atrocious.

about 2 months ago

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There's More Fiber in Fast Food Than You Realize

danomac danomac writes  |  about 4 months ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It looks like McDonald's, along with other fast-food chains like Burger King and Wendy's, put more fiber in your burger than you realize.

Listed in the ingredients is "microcrystalline cellulose", also known as wood fiber. Fast-food chains have been using this for quite some time due to the cost effectiveness.

This is also not just in meat, but in all sorts of ingredients like cheese, sauces, etc."
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Canadian Telcos fighting CRTC ruling

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears the Canadian carriers are seeking to overturn the proposed CRTC code that will take effect in December of this year. This code was previously discussed here at slashdot and had things like caps on contracts, reasonable roaming rates, and mandatory cell unlocking. The major sticking point is that this code is to be retroactive, and the big telcos are worried that this will set a bad precedent if customers can effectively cancel their existing three year contracts. However, it sounds like they're not happy that they are no longer the only ones that can arbitrarily change a contract. Some carriers may even defy this new code as they fight through the courts."
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Canipre caught using images without permission from copyright holders

danomac danomac writes  |  about a year and a half ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Canipre, a Canadian anti-infringement enforcement company, has been using photos on their official website without permission.

This company hopes to bring US-style copyright lawsuits to Canada, and they are the company behind Voltage's current lawsuits.

It says right on their website "they all know it's wrong, and they're still doing it" overlaid on top of the image used without permission. There apparently are multiple photos from different authors used, and none gave permission for Canipre to use on their website.

Canipre's response? "We used a third party vendor to develop the website and they purchased images off of an image bank", trying to pass the blame to someone else.

Some of the photos were released under the Creative Commons, meaning they could've used the photos legally if they attributed the author."
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Canadian Police Need New Internet Surveillance Tools

danomac danomac writes  |  about 2 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Police agencies in Canada want to have better tools to do online surveillance. Bill C-30 was to include new legislation (specifically Section 34) that would give police access to information without a warrant. This can contain your name, your IP address, and your mobile phone number.

This, of course, creates all sorts of issues with privacy online. The police themselves say they have concerns with Section 34. Apparently the way it is worded it is not just police that can request the information, but any government agent. Would you trust the government with this kind of power?"

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Early iPad prototype appears in litigation against Samsung

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 2 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "The litigation against Samsung has now turned up an early prototype of the iPad, from 2002. This prototype is shown against the article against the iPad 2 and Samsung's Tab 10.1, and it dwarfs both in size and thickness. It's almost as thick as a notebook.

Samsung is saying the early design isn't even close to what the Tab 10.1 is now. It does, however, feature the same rounded corners as the current generation iPad."

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Apple hopes to drop Samsung as chip supplier

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 3 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apple is testing out new chip suppliers, trying to find another supplier other than Samsung.

Apple is currently suing Android phone manufacturers, and Samsung is included in the lawsuit. The question is will they be able to move to another supplier?"

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'United Breaks Guitars' becomes viral hit

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 5 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and witnessed one of their Taylor guitars being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. It was discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. Long story short: United refused to repair the guitar, so the artist promised to write and produce three songs about his experience with United Airlines. The first song has now been released and uploaded to YouTube where it currently has over a half a million views.

Apprarently United Airlines have now come in contact with the artist, asking for permission to use it as a textbook case on how to handle customer complaints in the future."

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Xbox franchise starts making money

danomac danomac writes  |  more than 6 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Everyone knows the Xbox franchise started out losing a lot of money. Recently, they have started making money, at least for the last two quarters. It looks like Microsoft's gamble is slowly paying off: Possibly by end of June this year the franchise will be in the black.

Xbox Live is credited for distinguishing the console from its competitors."

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danomac danomac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "Apparently, Interlink Electronics Inc. is crying foul over Nintendo's new Wiimote. A patent was issued to them for a trigger operated electronic device.

I wonder how far this will go, considering the N64 had a trigger on it's remote control."
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danomac danomac writes  |  more than 7 years ago

danomac (1032160) writes "It appears that mobile phones may be prone to a SMS message attack that can lead to remote software installation or handheld reprogramming. It doesn't help that the GSM Association is being hazy about whether they acknowledge it or not.

From the article: "All operators have been keen to point out however that such an attack would be illegal. The GSMA warning that "if this were demonstrated in the UK it would be a serious criminal offense, which could be prosecuted under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 for over the air interception"." Sure, it may be illegal, but since when has this stopped hackers in the first place?

Who would have thought that devices that are remotely programmable would not authenticate the sender of the request?"

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