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Ask Slashdot: Is There a Good Device Holster?

dingfelder Re:Hipster (296 comments)

fanny pack?
Seriously, as an american, I know that is a common term in the US, but do you know what a fanny is in the rest of the world? Bum Bag is the worldwide term. :-)

about a year and a half ago

Wikipedia Scandal: High Profile Users Allegedly Involved In Paid-Editing

dingfelder Re:Remember DMOZ? (154 comments)

maybe he meant it's "relevence" died.

I lost faith in the project after they rejected 5 in a row well formatted submissions (met all the rules, and were as good a fit or better than the existing links in the same category) with no excuse.

Very poor "customer" relations at the least IMHO.

I have not been back since.

more than 2 years ago

Canada To Stop Making Pennies

dingfelder and in New Zealand (473 comments)

we dumped the penny already too

more than 2 years ago

Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook

dingfelder Re:Um... (575 comments)

It is still pretty big in NZ, the largest fireworks time of the year.
so I guess I stand corrected, it is much bigger in here than australia.
(I had assumed that since it is still big here in NZ it was there too.)
as I understand it now, Guy Fawkes (or Bonfire Night as some call it ove there)
used to be a lot bigger in Australia until fireworks were cut down on a bit in the 70s

some good info here: http://www.bookrags.com/wiki/Guy_Fawkes_Night

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook

dingfelder value (575 comments)

Anonymous has vowed to destroy Facebook on November 5th, and even if they succeed, nothing of value will be lost.

-- there. fixed it for you.

more than 3 years ago

Anonymous Vows To Destroy Facebook

dingfelder Re:Um... (575 comments)

What a load of crap.

Some americans have actually read about English history.
Besides that., do you seriously believe that no americans have ever been to New Zealand, Australia or the UK in November? Any who do so are likely to know about Guy Fawkes day.

more than 3 years ago

Why Are There So Few Honeycomb Apps?

dingfelder Re:Well. The answer is simple. (432 comments)

biggest problem for me is the slack ass vendors who refuse to update their legacy devices to the latest firmware.

Don't get me wrong, I understand their desire to sell new phones, so they don't want to upgrade old ones. I just hate being abandoned.

If they would guarantee a device's upgrade path for a period of time, I would be more likely to buy.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Cloud Suite

dingfelder Re:Not wasting my time again (200 comments)

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

I think you meant: fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." -- george bush

more than 3 years ago

Western Washington Univ. Considers Cutting Computer Science

dingfelder Re:It makes sense (298 comments)

What does IT have to do with it? The Article is about "software developers" not IT workers

more than 3 years ago

Peugeot EX1 Sets Electric Car Lap Record At Nuerburgring

dingfelder Re:Metric? (241 comments)

No he doesn't have a point.
The article was written by an american, for an american website. (autoblog.com)

Should the americans switch to metric? yes.
But until they do, you are welcome to translate the units yourself if you are not happy about them.

more than 3 years ago

Ruling Confirms Postal Service Discriminated Against GameFly

dingfelder Re:GameFly? (152 comments)

good questions.

FTA, Gamefly, the popular video game rental service that operates through the mail, has filed a complaint with the Postal Regulatory Commission about the high number of games that are lost or stolen in the mail.

The complaint (PDF) asserts that the postal service's automated sorting machines have a tendency to break a small percentage of discs, and that preferential treatment is given to DVD rental services like Netflix and Blockbuster.

"According to Gamefly's numbers, it mails out 590,000 games and receives 510,000 games back from subscribers a month. The company sees, depending on the mailer, between one and two percent of its games broken in transit. ... Even if you assume the number is one percent, and a game costs $50 to replace, that's an astounding $295,000 a month in lost merchandise. ... That's not the only issue — games are also stolen in transit, which has lead to the arrest of 19 Postal Service employees."

It took almost 2 years, but the US Postal Regulatory Commission just ruled that the US Postal Service "...had unduly discriminated against Gamefly." Gamefly recently complained that the additional postage was costing them $730,000 per month.

From the Order on Complaint filed today by the PRC (the full report is interesting reading, if you're into that sort of thing):

        In this latter section, the Commission confirms evidentiary rulings made by the Presiding Officer; finds that GameFly is similarly situated to Netflix and Blockbuster; concludes that Netflix and Blockbuster have been given a number of preferences, including various forms of manual processing coupled with the avoidance of the non-machinable1 Complaint of GameFly, Inc., April 23, 2009 (Complaint).Docket No. 2009-1 Executive Summarysurcharge; and determines that the Postal Service has failed to present adequate and legitimate justifications for these preferences.

        [1004] DVDs returned by subscribers to Netflix in its prepaid letter-sized mailers are non-machinable, and are frequently damaged or cause machine jams. DVDs returned by subscribers to GameFly also are damaged from processing on automated letter processing equipment. The Postal Service separates and hand processes a substantial proportion of Netflix’s returns without imposing a non-machinable surcharge. The Postal Service is unwilling to hand process GameFly’s returns causing GameFly to incur an additional ounce charge on its mail, which the Postal Service refuses to waive.

        [1005] To remedy this unreasonable preference, the Commission orders the Postal Service to establish two parallel rate categories within First-Class Mail for round- trip DVD mail. One category establishes that DVDs sent as presorted First-Class Mail letters to subscribers will not be subject to the non-machinable surcharge when returned. The other rate category provides that DVDs mailed as First-Class Mail flats to and from subscribers will not be subject to an additional ounce charge.

The PRC order gives the US Postal Service 60 days to comply with the order.

more than 3 years ago

Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

dingfelder Re:Easy answer (2288 comments)


there are bigger countries (both area wise and population wise) that have made the switch, and most did so more than 50 years ago. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication for a timeline of when countries have made the switch.

  The primary reason is stubbornness.

Yes it would cost $ to switch, but in the long run, it would save $

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Choose a Windows Laptop?

dingfelder Re:But... (898 comments)

er... he has the mac laptop already, so the hardware is free, not 3x the price

more than 3 years ago

Trying To Lure Suckers, Company Resells Open Source Blender

dingfelder Re:Legit (294 comments)

a drive from hawkes bay is too far but I dont mind adding my complaint as a kiwi if it helps

more than 3 years ago

Trying To Lure Suckers, Company Resells Open Source Blender

dingfelder Re:Legit (294 comments)

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