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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

fruitbane Cost reductions take many forms (353 comments)

This is clearly a cost reduction move on Netflix's part, but that doesn't mean they can pass along the reduction. This reduction may better serve to counter increases in cost elsewhere in the chain, preventing them from having to raise the subscription fee. Manufacturers and service providers can't increases costs constantly, so they have to off-set occasional spikes with reductions. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

about two weeks ago
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The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

fruitbane Great content. Writing quality, not so much. (192 comments)

I learned quite a bit about the Amiga 2000 from this article, but what on earth was going on with the writing? Using apostrophes with plurals, needlessly enclosing terms in double quotes, random capital letters; it was a mess. It was very hard to read because of this craziness.

about two weeks ago
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Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

fruitbane Useful = boring (157 comments)

She seems to be telling us that when technology finally becomes useful enough to be mainstream, it's boring. OK, fine, I can accept that, somewhat. But the point of developing something new and "exciting" is so that someday it will be mundane and boring. And when Google spends all their time on the new, that makes more room for others to innovate with the "old".

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Low-Latency PS2/USB Gaming Keyboards?

fruitbane Re:50 ms? (177 comments)

I find most self-proclaimed "professional audiophiles" will suck up any cable techno-speak a company will throw at them. Lamp cord will make perfectly fine speaker wire. Also, most "professional audiophiles" are unwilling to perform blind or double-blind listening tests.

1 year,17 days
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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

fruitbane Warranty or insurance? (329 comments)

This is a problematic piece because it confuses an extended warranty and accident protection/insurance. Most extended warranties do not include accident protection, and that option tends to cost extra and require the base extended warranty, which is the problematic part. If FourSquare wants to offer cheaper, better extended warranties paired with accident protection, more power to them, but that's a very different thing than an extended warranty alone.

about a year ago
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Silicon Valley Presses Obama, Congress On Immigration Reform

fruitbane Re:Two issues with taking educated immigrants ... (221 comments)

Trying to fight globalization on the whole is ineffective, but fighting the demand for more H1B visas with factual data isn't. Recent studies show that companies have been lying about their inability to find domestic talent AND about how much they pay their H1B visa employees. The long and short of it is, the experts exist within the US but the companies want to save money on H1B visas, so they lie to congress, all the while, claiming we need more tech-savvy Americans. When we produce the appropriately educated Americans, the companies won't hire them because they are too expensive compared to their H1B shortcut. All this fight is doing is creating over-educated Americans who will have lots of education debt and no jobs.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

fruitbane Re:Windows 7 (965 comments)

This may indeed be valid, but I rarely run anything right out of the box : )

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

fruitbane Re:You and me both (965 comments)

I found that getting on to a year my entire XP system would operate a lot more slowly. Everything took longer, and I was a lot more likely to run into error. I did a lot of program installation/uninstallation. That, and XP's constant update cycle actually caused it to bog down. I've a feeling Microsoft's update install process for XP left a lot of cruft lying around.

I found that doing a data backup, clean reinstall, installing the latest service pack and round of updates, and then installing all the latest version of my regular programs resulted in a system that took up a lot less disk space and ran smoothly and quickly again like it was almost new.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

fruitbane Re:Windows 7 (965 comments)

Agree. I was very negative on Vista when it came out based on what I read. Then, when I went to build a desktop, it was the only current MS OS available for me to put on it, so I did. And it turns out that after a tweaked it a bit it's been a breeze to deal with (for the most part - there's always some random MS behavior that pisses me off). I have Windows 7 on my laptop and, frankly, I don't find Win7 to be significantly better from the perspective of regular, normal interactions. Vista had some growing pains, but it mostly sorted those out later in its market life.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

fruitbane Re:You and me both (965 comments)

Though I enjoy Windows 7 on my laptop, I find that Vista is actually decent on my desktop. Certainly better than I expected. I didn't pick up Vista until later in the life cycle, and by then they had sorted out some of the most problematic bits. I haven't had to reinstall Windows for almost 3 years, which is a record for me. As much as I liked XP, there was no getting around doing a system nuke every 12 - 18 months at my usage patterns. Reinstalls were more frequent even than that for OSes earlier than WinXP, including the Classic MacOS. Say what you will about pre-OSX MacOS, it really wasn't any less stable than the competition. I didn't have to reinstall any more frequently than the folks running Win95 and Win98.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

fruitbane Re:i like to limit my DHCP scope (884 comments)

At least it slows him down. He has to find and grab an accepted MAC, and you'll know he's trying to connect as soon as you have a collision on the DHCP.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

fruitbane Re:i like to limit my DHCP scope (884 comments)

Why even do that? Simply set up a list of accepted MAC addresses and give them assigned IPs. Don't provide any service to a MAC address not matching known. Unfortunately, that only stops your router/AP from handing out IPs. They can still eavesdrop and work on listening in on traffic.

about a year and a half ago
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John McAfee Explains How He Milked Information From Belize's Elite

fruitbane Look a gift laptop in the mouth (275 comments)

So, the real lesson here is not to accept and technological gifts from a security guru. Gee, thanks!

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

fruitbane Re:Stop renting DVD's (547 comments)

You are right. The executives giving themselves massive raises as the company's finances circled the drain (some amidst the bankruptcy filing) was indeed a case of short-sighted people thinking they deserved something the company couldn't afford.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/16/gregory-rayburn-raise_n_2147043.html
With corrections to some of the incorrect, inflated numbers floating around Facebook.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

fruitbane Re:Stop renting DVD's (547 comments)

Hostess blames the unions, but if you look at the company's management history and how many times they've been in bankruptcy there's clearly a set of problems that runs far deeper than the unions. The union blame game is mostly a smoke screen. I can almost guarantee that, if not the Hostess brand, the individual brands like Twinkie and Ding Dong will rise again with new corporate masters and little else will change.

about a year and a half ago
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Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV

fruitbane Re:First sentence is a doozy. (334 comments)

What "same thing"? That there are certain things that are inherent to the human condition? Sure, but what we surround ourselves with does affect that baseline. I prefer scientific studies to "history books" when it comes to analyzing human behavior in the present.

about 2 years ago
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Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV

fruitbane Re:First sentence is a doozy. (334 comments)

Not at all. Let me quote you here:

"Sure, but the parenting that is recommended by the 'experts' is the bad parenting. Even the recommendation that children should have screen time is caused by the 'experts' making conclusions and then looking for evidence to support it. The reason that you see a correlation between poorly developed kids and large screen times isn't due to the screens. It is due to the child being exposed to an extremely limited set of information."

You say that expert-recommended parenting is bad parenting, and you just leave that open, general statement to flap in the wind with nothing to hold it up. I certainly take issue with that assertion. Further, I think there's a dearth of evidence that these 'experts' you like to put in single quotes are simply looking for evidence to support their position. When doing research you do have to have a hypothesis, and that means testing a particular assertion. You have only the current research when doing evidence analysis. I certainly wouldn't want them trying to incorporate "common sense" into their results, because most analyses I've seen of "common sense" indicate that such stuff is usually anything but correct in most cases.

How do you know the cause of a correlation between poorly developed kids and screen time? Have you done research on the topic? That assertion requires evidence, not just gut feeling or common sense. It needs a citation or two to hold it up. It is a very specific claim and therefore needs some backing evidence.

about 2 years ago
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Study: Kids Under 3 Should Be Banned From Watching TV

fruitbane Re:First sentence is a doozy. (334 comments)

Yeah, I think I can speak for all other rational human beings in demanding to see some evidence of those assertions.

about 2 years ago
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Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed

fruitbane Re:NOOOOOO! (432 comments)

I'm an American and I love food. I eat a wide variety of plants and animals and, yes, I do often have a problem with eating too much of it. But I do have taste buds, I do appreciate quality food, and I'm capable of both eating and differentiating between food at the top AND the bottom of the food quality scale.

Generalizations like this, especially in such heated terms, really do nothing for meaningful discussion. Then again, it's pretty clear from the tone of your comment that you're not interested in discussion. You're interested in being superior to everyone else. Good job. Work on your grammar and sentence structure a bit and maybe someday you'll actually impress upon someone that you are superior.

about 2 years ago
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Sweet Times For Cows As Gummy Worms Replace Corn Feed

fruitbane Re:approximately 70% of earth's land has water (432 comments)

It is the fresh water issue that is the problem. Most of the earth's water is salt water, which isn't much good for growing crops, though I do largely agree with some of your other points.

about 2 years ago

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fruitbane fruitbane writes  |  more than 7 years ago

fruitbane (454488) writes "I work for a medium-sized non-profit, approximately 50 full-time users and 100 desktop PCs. We're redoing all our technology plans and budgeting and it's time to pick vendors/brands and stick to them, something we haven't reliably done in the past. Sites like Consumer Reports review various PCs and manufacturers for home users. Are there any comprehensive reviews or advice sources for those trying to determine the best vendor/manufacturer for small business desktops and laptops?"

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