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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Unresponsive Manufacturer Who Doesn't Fix Bugs?

freak0fnature Complain to the supplier! (204 comments)

I bought a USB temperature reader and the software that came with it would not even run. After 2 weeks of complaining to the manufacturer (in China) I complained to the website that I bought it from. The software was fixed the next day. It turns out the supplier (also in China) had a close business relationship with the manufacturer and basically told them to fix it. I never quite understood how they could let it get to the point of burning software CDs with software that didn't work at all.

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Seen As Competent But Not Trusted By Americans

freak0fnature Red heads are going extinct! (460 comments)

"Scientist" do a pretty good job of doing that themselves, especially when they publish articles that are blatantly false such as the "red heads will go extinct" study.

about 3 months ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

freak0fnature That model really helped Cable TV (611 comments)

I remember when Cable TV was ad free because I paid extra for it...now 25-30% of a shows time is dedicated to advertisements, and I get to pay to watch them.

about 4 months ago
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40% Of People On Terror Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

freak0fnature Only 40%? (256 comments)

Realistically, how many people share the same name as a terrorist? I had a friend by the name of Chris Johnson who had been flagged. If one Chris Johnson is a bad guy...all the rest are not, and I bet that's a lot of Johnsons. What made it funny was that he had a top secret clearance but still got flagged at airports.

about 4 months ago
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Earth In the Midst of Sixth Mass Extinction: the 'Anthropocene Defaunation'

freak0fnature So? (342 comments)

like I really want a 7 meter ground sloth in my back yard...

about 5 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

freak0fnature Ice on Great Lakes in June (547 comments)

I saw the map they published. They have the western Great Lake region just slightly below normal, and the eastern great lakes above average. Lake Ontario is currently at 46F in June, well below normal...yet this map has the Lake Ontario region as "above average".

about 6 months ago
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The Earliest Bird To Sip a Flower

freak0fnature Re:Can we regrow the source plant? (21 comments)

yet we have procedures today for gay couples to have biological children together...

about 7 months ago
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Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

freak0fnature Smartphones use satellites? (298 comments)

I always lose my GPS signal the moment I enter Canada. With international roaming off, I lose GPS as soon as I leave the US. That doesn't sound very satellite based. Does any GPS service use satellites these days?

about 7 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

freak0fnature Evolution at it's finest! (688 comments)

Smart, intelligent, educated women just aren't breeding as much as their lesser counterparts. Why would we expect our nations children to be getting smarter? Clearly it's natural selection gone wrong!

about 7 months ago
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US Climate Report Says Global Warming Impact Already Severe

freak0fnature Re:Also reviewed by the Bad Astronomer (627 comments)

Wait, the graph shows humans caused global cooling between 1890 and 1920? How did we do that?

about 7 months ago
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The Feds Accidentally Mailed Part of A $350K Drone To Some College Kid

freak0fnature Working with UPS to find it? (157 comments)

The last time UPS messed up a delivery for me, their automated phone system told me where it was. When I talked to a real person and explained that my package was not delivered, he had the address where it was delivered on the computer, and the address of where it was supposed to go as well. (It was a mile away on a completely different street...I'm assuming his next stop. I just went and got it myself, just asked about a package that wasn't theirs.)

The real question is, if they have the capability to know where it was really delivered, why would they not program the handhelds to make all sorts of noise when the delivery guy screws up?

about 7 months ago
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For the First Time Ever, the FAA Is Trying To Fine a Drone Hobbyist

freak0fnature Practice safe flying people... (297 comments)

I've heard pilots complain (@ LiveATC.net feeds) on approach at JFK of drones entering their visual range while landing on at least 2 occasions. That stuff rarely makes the news, and I don't listen to that stuff often, mainly for work purposes.

about 8 months ago
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Mathematical Proof That the Cosmos Could Have Formed Spontaneously From Nothing

freak0fnature Nothing + Nothing = ?? (612 comments)

0 + 0 = 0
0 - 0 = 0
0 * 0 = 0
0 / 0 = infinity! There it is!! The big bang!!!

about 8 months ago
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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Why Zebras Have Stripes

freak0fnature Break out the stripes... (190 comments)

I'll be wearing my striped shirts this summer. It's the best defense against mosquitoes!

about 9 months ago
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Wal-Mart Sues Visa For $5 Billion For Rigging Card Swipe Fees

freak0fnature Re:Walmart employees, rejoice! (455 comments)

20% on ONE item, one Christmas year the store gave out 2 20% discounts. I bought my first computer when I was 18 with that 20% discount.

about 9 months ago
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All Else Being Equal: Disputing Claims of a Gender Pay Gap In Tech

freak0fnature Re:Yeah, but women want it all (427 comments)

My ex wanted me to be prince charming, yet claimed I was too insensitive when she started talking to me with disrespect or accusing me of being incompetent or not smart enough to "properly" shingle a roof. She expected me to help out or do most of the "traditional female chores", and do all the "man chores", while we both worked full time and had a child. Not to mention she expected me to be happy in a relationship where she didn't put out, and spent far more than we could afford. She was a well educated, intelligent, good looking, had hobbies and interests, modern woman. We are both 130+ IQs, she had 2 bachelors and I had 1 (though I make 2x what she made). She left looking for something better and has spent the past 5 years saying how there are no good men out there. Even had the balls to say that to my parents. All of her friends are the same way. They take their children with them and expect as much money as they can squeeze out of their ex's. That is the modern view of "equality". Meanwhile I remarried the most opposite person I could find...someone who enjoys taking on traditional female rolls, enjoys being a wife, enjoys taking care of a man, is not lazy in the least bit (though is also educated, has a bachelors in biochem and speaks 3 languages fluently). The budget is balanced even with my ex getting child support and my wife isn't working. I know this relationship will last, because she is not a feminist.

about 9 months ago
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World of Warcraft Film Shooting Begins Early 2014

freak0fnature Second movie? (181 comments)

I thought they already made one...didn't Eric Cartman star in the first one?

about a year and a half ago

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DynDNS ends free accounts

freak0fnature freak0fnature writes  |  about 8 months ago

freak0fnature (1838248) writes "For the last 15 years, all of us at Dyn have taken pride in offering a free version of our Dynamic DNS Pro product. What was originally a product built for a small group of users has blossomed into an exciting technology used around the world.

That is why with mixed emotions we announced the end of that free hostname program today, officially turning down on May 7th.

Of course, the big question when these things happens is, “Why?”

- We have an obligation to have the cleanest DNS network possible. There is a danger to a free infrastructure and over the years, we have seen mixed results from our freemium model. We have seen an increase in abuse and a portion of users violating our trust, so we felt closing this down was the most responsible action we could take to our paying customers. This is something we have been struggling with for years.

- This change in the business will allow us to invest in our customer support teams so that we can continue to strive to deliver an exceptional customer experience. For us, it’s simple: we need to support those that are supporting us. Our plan is to invest millions of dollars into our platform and to the support of those using it. In order for everyone to get the most out of that investment, this move had to be made.

- Our early donors will be unaffected by this change. We promised that group free services for life as a thanks for their financial commitment, and we will always stand by that promise.

Our free users have been an important part of our early success and for that, we are all extremely grateful. We have offered a discounted rate for those free customers to help ease the transition and experience the differences, which will be significant.

With the end of this era comes the beginning of a new one, and we’re excited to see what’s next in the ever-changing world of the Internet."

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Has Microsoft blocked the IMO.im from accessing Skype?

freak0fnature freak0fnature writes  |  about a year and a half ago

freak0fnature (1838248) writes "According to http://imo.im/ main page and their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/imo.im, Skype has been removed from the chat service due to connectivity issues that started a week ago on May 3rd. While they have so far only explained the issue as "we cannot connect", they have not offered any further explanation. Has Microsoft blocked the lightweight chat client from accessing their servers?

We are unable to support Skype due to our inability to connect to their servers. We don't know if we will be able to support Skype any time soon as it depends on factors that are out of our control. We will update users if we are able to support Skype again in the future. Thank you for using imo and for your understanding!

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