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Canada Post Announces the End of Urban Home Delivery

jbenwell Re:Slightly misleading. (226 comments)

Purolator has a form called "Customerâ(TM)s Authorization to Waive Delivery Signature Single Shipment Use" (a PDF is the first result in Google right now).

Whenever I'm expecting something from them, I print out one of those and put it on my door.

The only time that I've had trouble is when the shipment notification from the retailer gets to me after the delivery attempt has been made. In that case, I usually just go get the package at the depot (25km, sigh), but it may be possible to just call them and ask them to try again (and leave the form above on the door).

about 9 months ago

Napster: the Day the Music Was Set Free

jbenwell Re:riaa's failure to adapt to the marketplace (243 comments)

If you were in your 20s in the 70s, it's not out of line to think your Dad was in his 20s in the 50s. People sure were listening to 50s music in the 70s.

Happy Days started its run in 1974, and I remember listening to Buddy Holly etc in the 70s.

about a year and a half ago

Dell Said To Be In Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms

jbenwell Re:Dude... (150 comments)

Shouldn't that be

Dude, you're getting Dell!

about a year and a half ago

Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

jbenwell Re:And Apple's cut... (177 comments)

No problems, I was just being a pendant.


about a year and a half ago

Canadian Media Companies Target CBC's Free Music Site

jbenwell Re:CBC are munchkining (215 comments)

Just finished listening to Train, Hey Soul Sister, and now it's Bangles, Eternal Flame. Those are both pretty well-known songs.

more than 2 years ago

What's Not To Like About New iPad?

jbenwell Re:Coming Soon (617 comments)

RE reflowing text, check out Atomic Web Browser. It almost makes Slashdot on the iPad pleasant.

more than 2 years ago

Supreme Court Rules Warrants Needed for GPS Monitoring

jbenwell Re:cookie (354 comments)

Steve Jobs?

Posted from my MacBook Pro

more than 2 years ago

7000 e-Voting Machines Now Deemed Worthless By Irish Government

jbenwell Re:work an election before you tout pen and paper. (241 comments)

I've never done it, but I understand that here in Canada you can hand your ballet back and say that you refuse to vote. This is counted. Spoiling your ballet results in it being tossed and not counted at all.

more than 2 years ago

EV Fast-Charging Standards In Flux

jbenwell Re:Multiple standards can coexist (122 comments)

The diesel ones are bigger because the fuel flow is usually faster. It takes a long time to fill up 200 liters (big truck or snowplow) at the gas pump rate.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol

jbenwell Re:Finally! (320 comments)

I have a TDI. I live in a semi-rural area and work in a city. I get about 700-800km (depending on the time of year and whether I've summer or winter tires on) out of 50l of diesel. Interurban highway driving gets about 1100km. Those are real numbers, and they're about half again what I would've got out of the gas engine.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Develop Biofuel Alternative To Ethanol

jbenwell Re:Finally! (320 comments)

Mine's 8 years old and has 160000km on it. Outside maintenance (oil every 16000km and a timing belt), I've had to replace a sensor. Best car I've ever owned.

more than 3 years ago

Nook Color Is Now a $250 Honeycomb Tablet

jbenwell Re:Another Contender... (105 comments)

I just returned one to Costco ($160CDN). It was just way too slow to use as a tablet. It did work pretty well as an ebook reader but had a few bugs (mostly remembering where you left off a book when you shut it off). It was a nice email reader and picture frame.

It was pretty slow as a web browser, and couldn't play video without stuttering.

I decided it was a nice novelty, but that I'd be better off putting the money toward a nicer tablet.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Support Company Sues Customer For Complaint

jbenwell Re:My Fry's Electronics LCD repair nightmare (292 comments)

With regard to Samsung's customer service, I had a 23" display develop stuck pixels after about 8 months. I called Samsung. They set up a pickup with Fedex (who collected my monitor), and two weeks later I had a brand-new display. My only issue was that they didn't update me. I called them and the new monitor arrived the next day (it had been shipped a few days previously without notice to me).

The new monitor is fine, a year later.

Happy camper here.

more than 3 years ago

DOJ Ramping Up Crackdown On Copyright-Infringing Sites

jbenwell Re:Next up (366 comments)

It also falls apart when you think about books like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. What if someone writes a great novel and then drops dead? Why shouldn't his/her estate make some money from that?

more than 3 years ago

Google Loses Street View Suit, Forced To Pay $1

jbenwell Re:Great (225 comments)

Someone getting unjustly brought to court and/or sued, where the charges are false, and proven false in court shouldn't have to be out of pocket a single dime

I live in Ontario. Around here, you can get a cost award at a few rates: partial costs, which run around half of your costs and is the usual award; substantial, which is about 80%; and full indemnity, which is 100%.

The reason they award at different rates are basically twofold. It's not usual that a case is a total slam-dunk for the winner, so going to court could be reasonable even if you lose; and also to ensure people can afford justice.

more than 3 years ago

Some LA Coffee Shops Are Taking Wi-Fi Off the Menu

jbenwell Re:They just need to treat it like it's a privileg (312 comments)

I'm at the office now. We have a business class connection. I'm pretty sure our cost would go up if we started offering Internet service to the public, and that we'd get in trouble if we simply put on a router and told everyone to go nuts.

more than 4 years ago

Ex-SF Admin Terry Childs Gets 4-Year Sentence

jbenwell Re:Sounds pretty fair (432 comments)

My responsibilities and duties as an IT worker end the moment I quit or someone fires me

Not true. Contracts last until the contract is satisfied.

If you sign an employment contract that says "upon termination, you must A, B, and C", and you don't A, B, and C after termination, you are in breach of contract and can face civil penalties.

If you had custody of your employer's property, and you fail to return the property to your employer on termination, you can further face criminal charges including theft or (as in this case) denial of service.

more than 4 years ago


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