top Cox Promises National Gigabit Rollout; Starting With Phoenix, Las Vegas, Omaha
Just moved, and Cox was my only option for internet. Currently paying about $100/month, at 150mbps down / 25mbps up. While I absolutely love the bandwidth.... I'm on the same 400GB cap that all of their residential service is stuck at. Takes next to no time at all to burn through that. (Yes, legally. What a shock. Steam / Netflix / Streaming.)
I hope that they bump up their data cap along with the gigabit rollout!!
top Drones On Demand
I mean, the internet alone is worthy of paranoia. Adding internet connected portable cameras that can easily track me down with a small sliver of information?
Ignoring the Government Surveillance ramifications, giving some random 8 or 9 year old kid (or *insert suitable opposing government hacker here*) the capacity to tap into and take over these mobile platforms gives me shivers. I'm not saying that this is something that legislation should deal with (Thanks for cocking everything up US Gov) but where the hell does this path end? I mean, it's a slippery slope, and my opinion on it changes daily, but.... gah. The implications are staggering.
top Super Bowl Ads: Worth the Price Or Waste of Time?
My take on Superbowl commercials is the exact same as the rest of the year. Namely, I avoid commercials wherever I can. Got rid of cable back in 2010, in favor of Netflix and other streaming options. Not looking back.
top China's Web Surveillance System Employs More Than 2 Million
The Ministry Of Truth employs many members of The Party.
top Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?
The Apple TV setup is simple and straightforward. Minimal controls mean less things to mess up. My grandparents are getting up there, and they rarely mess it up with Netflix Streaming.
top Ask Slashdot: Enterprise Level Network Devices For Home Use?
I also had issues regarding consumer grade routers (largely that they liked to slow down and die and crash horrifically), so I took a slightly different approach.
I'm using a small Mini-ITX server, using an Intel D525, 4GB of memory, and a 60GB SSD for ClearOS / Squid Proxy (does wonders for WoW Updates, actually...)
That handles all outbound traffic. That's hooked up to a nice 16-port gigabit switch, and I run cables for as many things as I possibly can. There's about 30 different wifi signals I can hit right now, so anything sent is going to be slow as hell, provided that it gets anywhere. Cat6 cables run to everything.
For those few things that have no ethernet ports, I use an Apple Airport Express-N thingy to host my wifi. I've been using one for about 2 years now in this way, and have had no issues. I have two Apple TVs, both wired into the network. iTunes on my old Mac Mini is pointed at my ZFS file server, and everything works very well.
top Of 1000 Americans Polled, Most Would Ban Home Printing of Guns
Whatever happened to the concept of Personal Responsibility? Of being held accountable for your own actions, instead of the knee-jerk reaction of "it's the firearms fault, ban them everywhere we can." This mass punishment, this taking away of people's ability to use their time and money as they see fit, is crazy. If someone proves that they can't handle a level of responsibility, then I can understand rights being taken away, but to punish everything, to take away abilities from everyone? I find it insulting, that I am automatically assumed to not be responsible off the bat.
top USAF Strips 17 Officers of Nuclear Launch Authority
About time that the results of an inspection actually spurred the brass to do something about it.
So often, stuff just gets swept under the rug. I'm actually concerned over this, not because "oh look, we found 17 folks out of compliance", but more because "if this is what they are publisicing, what isn't being said?".
As much as I love seeing Officers getting called out, it really makes me worry about the Chair Farce's ability to get stuff right.
top Why PC Sales Are Declining
I'm currently playing through Crysis 2 on my old gaming computer, and it is running perfectly. No lag, shiny graphics, everything. Why spend money to replace it? It does everything I want it to do!
Q6600 @ 2.4Ghz
8GB DDR2 800 Two 9800GTX cards in SLI two 500GB Hard Drives RAID 0 Windows 7 64-bit 2560*1440 monitor
"High" settings, Crysis 2. Runs fantastically. I don't see the point in replacing it (at least, until I move into a place where I have to pay the power bill...)
I'm looking forward to seeing how well this computer handles Bioshock Infinite.
top New Thunderbolt Revision Features 20 Gbps Throughput, 4K Video Support
But in the end, it all comes down to cost. Current Thunderbolt displays are rather expensive. Heck, I picked up a dual-link DVI monitor of the same resolution for $275 on ebay! why pay three to four times as much for something with only a small few bells and whistles added on?
Thunderbolt, overall, is great in terms of performance, but it just seems to be well beyond what most folks are willing to pay. It's like that guy who brags about how "My car has a Turbo Kit option from the dealer" but he NEVER SPENDS THE MONEY TO GET IT.
The external drives, the only situation that I'd actually be interested in, are also stupid expensive. In the long run, just better off either using E-SATA, USB3, or internalizing the drives. Same goes for daisy chaining monitors. Want to run tons of monitors? Install more video cards! woo.
no more coffee for me after 5pm, k?
top President Obama Calls For New 'Space Race' Funding
With all due respect, where will we get the money for this? Money is being bled so much from the DOD that we can barely maintain standards. If the men and women who serve are being asked to "do more with less", then how can you insist on spending so much money left and right? Can we at least attempt to pay off the debts our country has racked up over the years? If you want to spend money on such projects, then by all means, do it after we don't owe other countries insane amounts of money. Cut back on Government spending, Balance the budget, bring the Troops home.
about a year and a half ago
top Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?
It's a pay as you go, and as far as SMS, rather cheap. I've used them for a while now, and absolutely love 'em. On low usage months, I pay a minimal amount, more then making up for those few high usage months.
about a year and a half ago
top Ubuntu Will Now Have Amazon Ads Pre-Installed
and thanks for all the fish.
top AMD's Piledriver To Hit 4GHz+ With Resonant Clock Mesh
But how will it scale? How many FLOPS can it pull? GHz doesn't mean squat.....
top HD Transfer of
Star Trek: TNG To Arrive This Year
This probably means that I'm going to rebuy the damn series again. VHS, check. DVDs, check. Blue ray? Someday. GAH. DOES IT EVER END?
top Apple Awarded Anti-Sexting Patent
News flash, dearest parents. Controlling everything that your child does is not good parenting. Yes, the kids will mess up every now and then. So do we all. If you impose a lot of rules, monitor every little thing that your child does, then all they will do is find a way around whatever blocks / rules you have in place. They have a LOT of energy, and endless free time.
tl:dr - Being a good parent does not mean monitoring every little action.
top Dutch City Fears Loss of Pornography Archive
Pornography has been around for ages, and I mean: since man figured out how to draw stuff. 
Where are the records? I, for one, would think that older porn should be preserved. What about the porn flicks from the 50s? what about the really old playboy magazines? There really should be a "world wide foundation for the preservation of Pornography" Some would argue that it's "History" or "Art."
top First Look At Windows 7 Beta 1
But it had WAY more program-compatibility issues then VISTA did. I was using XP64 for about a year before Vista came out, and I must say, I have had WAY less problems with Vista 64-bit then with XP64.
top Valve's Gabe Newell On DRM
I really like how Steam currently works. Only one computer can be logged into the same account at a time, I can download / install all games on any computer, it works (mostly) in Wine. I also don't have to mess around with disks.
Steam seems to me to be a rather effective method of DRM. I can only be logged into the account from ONE computer at a time, and I can play my games. what's the problem?
top Atheros Hardware Abstraction Layer Source Is Released
I have a Macbook from just over a year ago, and it uses a Atheros wireless card, and it's the biggest pain to get running in Linux. Hopefully, with the Source released, it will be easier in the future to get the wireless working on this model of computer.
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