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Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

franknagy Not everyone can stream (490 comments)

This constant harping on how great streaming is bugs me. While that may be true in urban cores,
in the technological hinterlands we are lucky to *have any* Internet connections. When home,
I have problems getting short YouTube videos to play at all (if they do play, I get long hangs
every few seconds). Last time I looked my choices were AT&T DSL (I to not think they can provide
Uverse to my home), Comcrap or Clear (which is what I have). I used to have AT&T for home phone,
DSL and GoPhone cell service - I will *NEVER* willingly be an AT&T customer again if I can at all avoid
it. And there is a reason I listed the 2nd choice as "Comcrap".

I have never had Netflix but if I were to sign up it would be only for their DVD service.

As is Ihave a large collection of DVDs in hand (TV shows, movies - lots of anime). So I do not
find them "clunky" at all.

about 10 months ago

Disney Pulls a Reverse Santa, Takes Back Christmas Shows From Amazon Customers

franknagy The Evils of CopyRight, IP and DRM (418 comments)

Rant On.

You don't own it, you only rent it and the "owners" can get make you pay again and again.
I'm sure they (RIAA/MPAA/etc) would like if everything was pay-per-view and we could
not even own our own thoughts.

I dread the day when IP lawyers realize our brains hold memories of the songs we've
heard, the movies we've seen and the books we've read and demand we be made to
forget it all or pay, pay, pay.

Rant Off.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

franknagy Which OS, oh which OS (965 comments)

I deal in all 3 operating systems (Mac/Windows/Linux). Actually 4 as I have a number of Solaris systems
to maintain (project underway to migrate to Linux). I have not used WIndows 7 very much; I used to use
XP as my main desktop but the system got wiped after a minor infection (caught and fixed by the AV but
that was not good enough) so I have been using my Mac laptop heavily. When I use Linux I am mostly
in a terminal window running command line mode. One thing I like about the Mac is that I have a robust
GUI but I'm just a terminal window away from Linux command line - something just not easy to do under

I am currently using Snow Leopard but need to move to a new Mac Book Pro and Lion but where is the
time... I must admit I am disturbed by the IOSifcation of the Mac and the slow death of Mac shareware
and freeware (aided and abetted by the Mac App Store).

I too feel like Linux will be more important in my future as a desktop OS.

about 2 years ago

CT State Senator Wants To Ban Kids From Using Arcade Guns

franknagy Remember Seduction of the Innocents (335 comments)

Here we go again...

It seems appropriate that information just out has cast more than doubt on _Seduction of the Innocents_, the book and its
author behind the censorship and restrictions on comic books in the 50s. Once again all the research keeps showing little
if any connection between games/movies/TV and the propensity to violence but the "true believers" know otherwise. It'll
again be "damn the evidence, full speed ahead -> censorship, criminal penalities, etc".

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: AT&T's Data Usage Definition Proprietary?

franknagy Another - run away, fast (562 comments)

My solution was to leave AT&T for Clear.
This was primarily due to my DSL speed dropping way, way below the
1.5 MBits (which I NEVER got near) I was paying for.
I was also concerned by the, at the time, looming usage limits.

Where is Judge Green when we need him?

more than 2 years ago

Mail Service Costs Netflix 20x More Than Streaming

franknagy And some of us marginalized (473 comments)

Some of us are stuck with "braodband" in the 1.5Mbps and movie streaming is
just not an option. May the telcom industry go stuff itself!

about 4 years ago

Call In the Military To Blast Rogue Satellite?

franknagy Geosync orbit too high (243 comments)

The wayward satellite is in (or near) geosychronous orbit (23+K miles up). The shuttle cannot
reach that orbit, being limited to a couple of hundred miles altitude. Similarly, the anti-satellite
weapons are only designed for low orbit satellites (spy satellites and other military targets).

Now, if we had ever gone ahead and build the interorbit taxi/transport as an adjunct to
the space station (either robotic or manned), we would have a solution to the problem.
Right now we are stuck.

more than 4 years ago

Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

franknagy f.nagy@sbcglobal.net (1505 comments)

Will never happen given the lobbying by the corporations and the wealthy PLUS probably more han 1/2 those in Congress who write and vote on this bill are already using tax havens.

more than 5 years ago

Support Grows For Blanket Music Licensing

franknagy Why do I have to pay? (606 comments)

I don't listen to music much and certainly don't download it so I object strongly to a "tax" on my ISP charges (already high as it) to pay for something I don't use and don't want.

more than 6 years ago



AT&T is dropping Usenet Netnews service

franknagy franknagy writes  |  more than 5 years ago

franknagy writes "This announcement message has appeared in all the news groups on the AT&T/SBC News Server: Please note that on or around July 15, 2009, AT&T will no longer be offering access to the Usenet netnews service. If you wish to continue reading Usenet newsgroups, access is available through third-party vendors. So what free or low-cost alternatives are available for Netnews and the NNTP services for clients?"


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