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What To Expect With Windows 9

grasshoppa The real test? (517 comments)

How my users react to it. I demoed 8 to my users, and got a resounding "HELL NO", due entirely to the start screen. They weren't buying it, and I don't blame them.

Given the leaks so far, I expect my users will be onboard with the new version ( possibly with some grumbling about the "look" ). But I won't really know until I get it in front of them for some feedback.

2 days ago
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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

grasshoppa AT&T..compromise? (235 comments)

hahahahaha

No, what we're seeing is one of two things:

1) They've already figured out how to milk this suggestion for every dime ( and given enough time, they'll figure out how to milk even MORE out of it )

2) They see which way the wind is (hopefully) blowing, and realize a compromise NOW might let them salvage some of the situation.

In either case, telling them to go "pound sand" is still the correct response. AT&T and their ilk have screwed over customers for years. There is no reason to suddenly adopt an attitude of cooperation with them, knowing full fucking well the only reason they're doing so is to find a place to stick the knife.

2 days ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

grasshoppa Correction (462 comments)

And for heaven’s sake, don’t consent to a search if you are carrying a big roll of legitimate cash.

You never consent to a search. Make them get a warrant or conduct an illegal search. You may have just bought the car. It may have absolutely NOTHING personal in it. You still don't consent to a search.

Period.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

grasshoppa Re:The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

Well, cost and interest. As we both touched on, the tech just isn't that interesting. That plus the cost pretty much covers this story.

If companies really want the smart watch to take off, they'll have to drop the cost and increase it's interest factor.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

grasshoppa The war that no one wanted (471 comments)

Can you really have a "war" when you no one shows up?

Don't get me wrong, some of these smart watches rate as "neat", but not for several hundred dollars. I could see dropping 100 bucks, maybe, on something that tracks health telemetry, but honestly? It'd probably have to be a gift before I got it.

This is kind of like saying 3D TV companies were in a war with each other. While that may have been true, consumers didn't notice because the tech just wasn't that interesting to them.

about a week ago
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CenturyLink Looks At Buying Rackspace

grasshoppa Can only improve Rackspace (44 comments)

Seriously, having been stuck with rackspace email for as long as I have been, I can only expect things to get better. They could hardly get worse.

about two weeks ago
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Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

grasshoppa Re:antibiotics (174 comments)

One of the beneficial side effects of places like Kaiser ( all in one insurance/provider ) is that they can communicate and enforce such policies as "No antibiotics for viral infections", often in spite of well meaning but ultimately clueless parents.

Smaller practices may still prescribe antibiotics for everything from a sniffle to a stubbed toe, but the bigger places are finally getting it. It's one of the few benefits of consolidating our health care as we are.

about two weeks ago
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Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?

grasshoppa And what privacy rights would those be? (206 comments)

Seriously; in light of all the violations of our "privacy" by the government, what "rights" can we humans be said to retain?

Viewed in that light, however, the answer is probably a depressing "Yes".

about two weeks ago
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Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation

grasshoppa That'll teach them (50 comments)

Side note: How fast do you suppose Verizon wireless makes 7.4 million? 3 hours? 4?

about two weeks ago
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Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

grasshoppa Re:The obvious solution... (63 comments)

Thank you; yes, you are describing exactly what we saw, and continue to see. The business name is an amalgam of the owners, but one of the owners is never out at one of our remote locations, and never has been. Never the less, we have multiple bad reviews bad mouthing that provider, talking about treatment that we don't handle at any of our locations.

It's a shady operation, pure and simple. The more people that I can make aware of that, the better.

about two weeks ago
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Appeals Court Clears Yelp of Extortion Claims

grasshoppa The obvious solution... (63 comments)

I support a business who has been targeted by yelp, and it's not pleasant. I can't prove anything, but shortly after turning the abusive sales troll down, we started getting negative reviews. Look up the users making the reviews, and it seems they have a history of making negative reviews. What's more, most reviews were factually and demonstrably inaccurate. We couldn't find any of these users in our system, so we knew they weren't customers.

Now sure, they could have been normal trolls out to do what trolls do, but it just seemed too coincidental that they started popping up after we turned down a business relationship with yelp. Meanwhile, our customers' positive reviews would often never show up on yelp due to their algorithm.

The obvious solution to this entire headache is to dissuade family and friends from using yelp, spread the word far and wide that they are dishonest in their policies and that companies can pay for reviews. As "family IT", we have far more authority than yelp could ever hope for.

about two weeks ago
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Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

grasshoppa Re:Hm. (789 comments)

I can't tell you how comfortable I would be feeling, right this instant, were Palin vice president.

Obama didn't win; the GOP lost, both in 2008 and 2012. If you want to be angry at anyone, be angry at the GOP for giving us shit choices.

about two weeks ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

grasshoppa Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

"Well no, but I can see MS making the same mistake "...never post before coffee.

about a month ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

grasshoppa Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Well no, but I can see MS making. Chromebooks are sold as a browser-based solution, that's the expectation. An MS laptop will have a different set of expectations placed on it, right or wrong. If they aim to "just" provide a browser experience, they'll fail.

about a month ago
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Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

grasshoppa Re:I'm not so sure.... (171 comments)

You're right about he insurance, but I can't help but wonder if the reasons the data is valuable are far more mundane: in order to target specific product and services for sale. If you know a patient has a specific condition, you can target them with ads for specific therapies.

about a month ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

grasshoppa She's selling a book (457 comments)

The scope of the problem isn't clear, the goal is ill-defined. What, exactly, are trolls winning?

I think the only one "winning" anything here is the author trying to sell her book by engaging in much the same inflammatory business as the trolls she purported to study.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Technology Conferences To Attend?

grasshoppa Re:Location, Location, Location (131 comments)

Decent advice, but it's been my experience that you don't get valuable information from conferences, just more sales contacts.

Guess it depends on the tech in question.

about a month and a half ago

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