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U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

eggman9713 You Don't Really Want Net Neutrality (190 comments)

Tell me with a straight face that when a surgery robot is doing its work, commanded by a doctor over the internet, that those packets are equal to those of someone watching Netflix. Unintended consequences?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Will the NSA Controversy Drive People To Use Privacy Software?

eggman9713 Is it even worth it? (393 comments)

We already know that the NSA flags encrypted traffic as suspicious and keeps it forever. If we assume they have enough computing power to target on a particularly interesting set of data (based on headers and routing info which can't be encrypted or it doesn't work), then how is it much better than having them store your data in the clear?

1 year,17 days
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Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Won't Fit On a CD

eggman9713 Re:BLOOAATT (488 comments)

Yes, way back when I installed Hardy Heron I believe it was, on an older machine, I downloaded an ISO that I burned to a CD, booted up from that, and after a bit of network config, it grabbed all the packages from the internet and installed them. I can't seem to find such an option anymore that is comparable. The closest thing I can find is Netboot install from the internet, which I do not believe is the same.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

eggman9713 Re:Semi-anonymous coward (456 comments)

And if someone like me can totally not have a clue like you just demonstrated, then clearly the public has no chance. I thank you for your detective work and now I have some locking down to do. Thanks.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

eggman9713 Re:Powerword: Real Name (456 comments)

Actually it is not. That is just a free Wordpress theme I applied to that site while I was building it. I never finished it and don't know when I will, so I removed it from my profile. Good catch though.

more than 2 years ago
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Is Twitter Rendered Obsolete By Google+?

eggman9713 Semi-anonymous coward (456 comments)

I have a Facebook, don't use it. I don't need Google+. Twitter is a good niche for me because it allows me to keep some track of my friends without having to know every damn thing they are doing. It also lends to being more anonymous. I don't really want my real name out there except to people I really know well. But I have plenty of followers on Twitter who like what I post and don't care that much EXACTLY who I am. Twitter lends itself well to that since neither Facebook nor G+ allow pseudonyms.

more than 2 years ago
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Release of 33GiB of Scientific Publications

eggman9713 Important question (242 comments)

So, is this torrent legal or not? Although I understand these documents are public domain, did the torrent creator get the data in a less-than legal way? Am I liable in any way if I download said torrent? No, I did not RTFA.

about 3 years ago
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I Name My Servers After:

eggman9713 Myst nerd (722 comments)

I name all of my machines, servers and clients, after Ages and characters in the Myst series. Atrus, Todelmer, Serenia, Tiana, Voltaic, Stoneship, Aspermere, Tay, Amateria, Channelwood, Tomahna, Spire, Kveer, Jnanin, Lakiahn At work several of our servers are named after characters in M*A*S*H. Radar being the main file server, naturally.

more than 3 years ago
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What's Your Favorite Renewable Energy

eggman9713 Hydro FTW (436 comments)

Being a native of the pacific northwest, I love all the hydro power we have all over the place. Something like 80% of our fuel mix for electricity in this region is hydro. Whether hydro power is "green" is a constant debate, but by damn it's renewable. Thanks, nature!

more than 3 years ago
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How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

eggman9713 Energy Northwest (551 comments)

My local electrical utility (run by the city I live in) is a member of Energy Northwest, which if I understand it is basically a co-op of its member utilities in the pacific northwest. The power is provided basically at-cost to the utilities. Our electricity rates here are very low compared to the rest of the US and we don't have all these scheister "energy companies" running around and ripping off the consumers.
http://energy-northwest.com/

more than 3 years ago
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People With University Degree Fear Death Less

eggman9713 Dilbert (473 comments)

I became an engineer. I work in a cubicle. I bear a slight resemblance to Dilbert when in my work attire. This my friends, is worse than death. Therefore, I have no fear of death because I am beyond it.

more than 3 years ago
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Operation Payback Shuts Down IFPI Site

eggman9713 Once again we prove... (376 comments)

You never mess with Anonymous. Whether Anonymous is right or wrong is for you to decide. But under either case, you don't mess with them.

more than 3 years ago
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GNU/Linux and Enlightenment Running On a Fridge

eggman9713 But does it run... (222 comments)

But does it run....oh wait. Never mind.

more than 2 years ago
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eJuror Will Lead To New List of Jury Duty Excuses

eggman9713 Re:Fully Informed Jury members (191 comments)

Same story here. My employer will pay my full wage for up to two weeks of jury duty per calendar year. I have to give them the amount the court pays me though. Unfortunately since it's not required, typically the only employers who pay this kind of benefit are higher level professional companies. Your average retail worker is probably not going to get paid for jury duty.

more than 3 years ago
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66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

eggman9713 Re:Family Pack Licenses (931 comments)

Maybe I should have clarified what other systems I run. I have two CentOS machines as well as an Ubuntu desktop. I am not the uneducated corporate shill that you assume I am.

more than 3 years ago
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66% of All Windows Users Still Use Windows XP

eggman9713 Family Pack Licenses (931 comments)

I used to have a neighbor who had about 5 computers in his house. He was ok with computer administration and troubleshooting but occasionally came to me for help. All his machines were running Windows XP at the time. Ignoring the hardware capabilities for a minute, upgrading all of those machines to Win7 would have cost several hundred dollars for not much forseeable benefit. Correct me if I am wrong, but I don't believe Microsoft offers "Family Pack" licensing of OS like Apple does. Now switch over to me, I have about 10 computers in the house which includes 4 Macs as the primary machines for my wife and I (one desktop and one laptop each). When a new OS version comes out its around $160 for 5 licenses. Hell yeah! It pays for itself with just 2 copies installed. If Microsoft offered multiple-user home licenses like this you would probably see more people take the leap if they think their hardware can handle it. If this is already an option, mod me as "-1 Moot" and post the link to where you can obtain such licensing.

more than 3 years ago
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Online Shopping May Actually Increase Pollution

eggman9713 Hook me up with PV! (410 comments)

Brick and mortar stores can serve a great purpose that a bunch of UPS trucks can't. All that flat roof area is great for putting up solar panels! You get to use the land for the store AND generate power, not just generate power (if the panels were mounted on the ground with no store built).

more than 3 years ago
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A New Species of Patent Troll

eggman9713 Helpful. (258 comments)

Why is this a problem? So what if the patent is expired, it still EXISTS. In fact, the patent numbers are helpful because it leads you right to the source that tells you whether its expired or not, and indirectly, how long you have to wait before you can cash in by making a cheap knockoff.

more than 3 years ago
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What Pinball Looks Like When the Stakes Are High

eggman9713 Re:PC! (133 comments)

There are the two pinball hall of fame games that have some of the great gottlieb and williams games. I'm hoping they do a bally one sometime too. At least midevil madness was one of the ones they have ported.

Oh wow, I had never heard of either of these. Thanks for the tip! Unfortunately it looks like they have some tables exclusive to PS3 and 360, which is rather annoying considering I am a Wii owner only. A Bally one would be good because that would cover Dr. Who, Attack from Mars, and Revenge from Mars all in one shot. Glorious day that would be.

more than 3 years ago
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What Pinball Looks Like When the Stakes Are High

eggman9713 PC! (133 comments)

Pinball really is a lost bit of nostalgia. I bet you a LOT of money could be made if classic machines such as Dr. Who, Attack from Mars, Revenge From Mars, Terminator, were adapted to the PC. I mean, Maxis' Full Tilt Pinball is the last decent pinball sim I can think of. And that was circa Windows 3.1

more than 3 years ago

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Charter to implement bandwidth caps

eggman9713 eggman9713 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

eggman9713 writes "Ars Technica reports that Charter Communications will soon be implementing bandwidth caps for all residential users. The cap is currently stated as 100GB for those on the 15 megabit tier. For 60megabit customers, the access will remain unmetered. http://arstechnica.com/telecom/news/2009/02/charter-modifies-acceptable-use-policy-to-add-caps.ars

It is yet unknown if the caps will be different for different tiers, or what if anything will be different in areas such as mine where anything higher than the 15 megabit tier is unavailable."

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