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Netflix Video Speed On FiOS Doubles After Netflix-Verizon Deal

dkman Re:Boycott will end this in less than a week (204 comments)

It doesn't seem bad now, but this will destroy the internet if we allow it.

It doesn't? I currently have the choice of TWC (without contract) or ATT (with contract). I'll give you one guess which one I'm using.

And I realize that's more choice than a lot of people have.

How exactly do you propose to boycott the broadband providers we're allowed to choose from?

about two weeks ago
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What's Been the Best Linux Distro of 2014?

dkman Re:Lubuntu (303 comments)

I agree. I've been using it for a few years now. It simply works and stays out of your way. I haven't had a problem finding out how to do something online. For many it might very well be the best OS you've never heard of. It just seems to be not well known for how well it works.

about two weeks ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

dkman Re:Why not Apple? (225 comments)

For storing porn on their cloud.
For making their cloud a hacker target
For using weak passwords
For the bad press their cloud got when hackers guessed the weak passwords and released the photos

not that any of it would stick

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

dkman Re:Laughable submission (554 comments)

It depends on your definition of Minimum Requirements. Will it install and start, sure. Will it preform at a usable level, probably for the unwashed masses, though it may be a little slow at times.

Personally, for me, it's not worth looking at if it doesn't have at least 4GB of RAM. The OS likely chews on 1GB, a Browser likely 100-200 MB, Skype 130 MB, Office 50+ MB, SSMS 130 MB, VS 120 MB, etc. The point is that if you actually want to run anything those minimum specs are going to suck. They only account for getting the OS started, not actually having a system that's usable with any software. I think that is the problem.

I also think it's fairly ridiculous that software uses so much memory to do some of these things, but that's another story.

If the spec said that it required a 1.2 GHz CPU and 2GB RAM, but wouldn't stop you from installing and running it on 1 GHZ CPU with 1GB RAM it might make the intention clearer.

about three weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

dkman Re:Story title needs a warning! (274 comments)

On top of that McKayla is famous, so it's certainly not porn. The kids in Iowa weren't famous, so instant porn.

This falls into the regular double standard, police selective enforcement, and such.

IMO, the naked human form by itself shouldn't be pornography. If we made nothing of it then it would stop being so sensational, but that's not likely to happen. Because we treat a naked picture as so sexual it then becomes sexual.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is It Worth Being Grandfathered On Verizon's Unlimited Data Plan?

dkman Re:Ting (209 comments)

+1 I switched my wife and I over to Ting 2 months ago. First month was $45. This month might be a little bit more, but not much. I have to figure out why her iPhone 4 uses so much damn data (though I think she is part of the problem).

I, for one, never intend to go back to a contract model.

about three weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

dkman Re:Blindfolded, but can't see anything wrong... (258 comments)

I was wondering about that. It seemed like there should have been an official statement.
Reporters often don't know anything about what they're reporting on. Yet they try, %diety bless 'em.

We shouldn't over react and trash them, we should try to educate them. Let them know why it's wrong and point them in the right direction. Nah, where's the fun in that...

about three weeks ago
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After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts

dkman Re:Blindfolded, but can't see anything wrong... (258 comments)

This is what I came to ask. It seems to defy all logic, but it is an official statement - so what did I really expect?

about three weeks ago
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Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

dkman Re:Study is quite incomplete (261 comments)

522 DODGE VIPER 5.3%

I guess the cops are too busy complementing the guy on his car to be bothered writing up that ticket.

Corvette was also pretty low.

420 CHEVROLET CORVETTE 15.2%

Although someone else did make that point that drivers of these vehicles know when to let loose and when to hold back.

about three weeks ago
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Earth Gets Another Quasi-Moon

dkman Re:That's no Moon (54 comments)

That is an odd quote. 238 Celsius in 511 Kelvin. 35 Kelvin is -238 Celsius. I know parenthesis are used to represent negatives in excel, but I don't think that was the intention here, nor does that get communicated.

about three weeks ago
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Science Has a Sexual Assault Problem

dkman Re:Is there a single field that doesn't? (460 comments)

Saying something sexual, is NOT sexual assault.

That was before the PC revolution, and I'm not talking about computers here.

about a month ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

dkman Re:Expert. (358 comments)

I remember the days when I would put one radio recording a cassette tape in front of another radio playing a cassette tape and whalla - instant duplicate. No it may not be the same thing as a digitally equivalent copy of an mp3, but it certainly could be pirated.

My feeling on the subject is the same as Mike's - if I can hear it, there's not a damn thing you can do to stop me from recording it if I were so inclined.

To say that the format is unpirateable, who the fck cares once I've got the music? The rest is fluff, it might be nice fluff, but let's not call it something it's not.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives

dkman LUbuntu (334 comments)

Take a look a LUbuntu. Load it into a VM and play around with it. It's familiar enough that Windows users can function well enough. It's based on Ubuntu (obviously) so it runs .deb files. You can harden it to suit your needs. You can google for what you don't know. If you do go the LiveCD route that works as well. If you choose not to have it do updates due to the slow connection, you could just wait until the next release and send a new disc.

about a month ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

dkman Re:The act of detecting changes your results (64 comments)

As far as the 8% being insignificant, if the 8% is cheap to gain then I view that as significant.

As for public data being collectively aggregated without permission - that's another story.

Hell, they should be handing out cell phones for free they use your data for so much nowadays.

about a month ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

dkman The act of detecting changes your results (64 comments)

If I determine that this area is more likely to have a crime and increase police presence, then the crime doesn't happen because there's too much "heat" then haven't I skewed my results?

Or do you intend to have the cops lay low so they can "catch them in the act" or at least catch them quicker "after the fact"?

about a month ago
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Wave Power Fails To Live Up To Promise

dkman Re:sorry (198 comments)

They should use plastics, that stuff floats around out there for years.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

dkman Re:Make the server version look like a server. (545 comments)

I absolutely agree with this. I added a handful of useful folders to the "Libraries" in 7. When I moved to 8 + Classic Shell (wouldn't even have thought about it without that) I was befuddled by the lack of ability to add meaningful libraries. I was able to add a few, but show in so few places as to make that process useless.

I am of the opinion that your data should be central. You should double click your data file to launch the program to view it. Such as double clicking a doc file to open Word, rather than launching Word, then selecting File - Open, then browsing to your file and selecting it. Adding meaningful libraries that showed in Explorer and almost all dialog boxes made that process flow work well.

In 8 I made a shortcut in My Documents to my main data folder and have to click through it. The other data is under My Documents, so it's not too tough to get into from there. It's just annoying when features go away for what appears to be no reason.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

dkman Re:Make the server version look like a server. (545 comments)

3a. The inability to highlight and copy from an error pop-up is one of the most retarded things I run into. This was a problem in 95, it really needs someone to take an hour and fix it already. (This is made worse by URLs posted, but even if they weren't clickable being able to copy/paste it into a browser would take a lot of the pain away.)

about a month ago

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