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Ask Slashdot: When and How Did Europe Leapfrog the US For Internet Access?

kilodelta Re:Government Intervention (460 comments)

In addition to which in Europe the last mile is owned by one company while the backbones are owned by multiples. Plus regulation is pretty heavy too.

yesterday
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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

kilodelta And I'll wait (115 comments)

Until they come with Windows 10 installed. I hate Windows 8.

yesterday
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Dell 2015 XPS 13: Smallest 13" Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed

kilodelta Re:OK, based upon notebook shopping thus far (115 comments)

Even though I've not been a dell employee for a few years I still have the employee purchase plan. I wonder how much I could get one for.

yesterday
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

kilodelta It's all due to (396 comments)

The media echo chamber. They salivate over any snow storm event as a snowpocalypse.

Where I live in RI they had forecast 24 to 30 inches of the shit. We got maybe 5 or 6 inches of snow which is pretty much a non-event. But everything is shut down, the stores are closed, transit systems are shut down and the Governor appears on TV in bed hair. It's sort of amusing.

And I have the day off work. But then I couldn't get to work if I tried as they ban all car travel and public transit is all shut down and a 53 mile walk to Cambridge, MA is out of the question.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

kilodelta Gee I wonder which (148 comments)

I wonder which new 'feature' will make O2K16 WORSE than it's predecessors thereby necessitating a mass flee to LibreOffice. As someone who develops on occasion in VBA I was pissed when they switch from dot notation to bang notation. Nice going guys.

about a week ago
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Windows Server 2003 Reaches End of Life In July

kilodelta This makes me so happy (156 comments)

That I went in the direction of the Linux world and got the hell away from Windows in general.

Between licensing costs, patches that break key functionality, etc. who the hell wants to stay on Windoze?

I like the Linux update mechanisms between apt-get on Debian and Ubuntu to yum on RedHat and CentOS. And it's fairly easy to roll back an update too. As opposed to windows where even some of your config data gets hosed in the process.

And if you're worried about things like AD, Domains etc. just install SAMBA on a Linux box and couple auth to LDAP. Life gets lots easier.

about two weeks ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

kilodelta Re:WHO forced them? (141 comments)

Yeah but with oil price per barrel hovering around $50 right now that might not be the case. However as many have warned, there's only so much oil in the ground. The smart money is on renewables.

about two weeks ago
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Iran Forced To Cancel Its Space Program

kilodelta Re:WHO forced them? (141 comments)

The frackers aren't going to stop - the technology is at the point where it actually makes sense to extract horizontally.

That said I've often maintained if we want to cripple the jihadist strains of Islam we need to dump money into R&D for advanced electric storage and charging infrastructure and tell the middle east to go get fucked.

Deny them revenue and all of a sudden they don't have the money to do anything, look at Russia for example.

about two weeks ago
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Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

kilodelta Re:betteridge's law of headlines (489 comments)

You have my condolences. I left the Windows world when they dropped support of XP. Went with Ubuntu instead - don't get me wrong Ubuntu has it's warts but nowhere near the level of say WIndows 7 or Windows 8.

My work machine is in fact a Windows 7 box - this is for a major defense contractor and in speaking with their I.T. folks we pretty much all pan Windows 8.

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

kilodelta Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

The whole thing about fraud against a corporate entity makes me a little bit angry. Who the fuck do those corporations think they are anyhow?

about two weeks ago
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Insurance Company Dongles Don't Offer Much Assurance Against Hacking

kilodelta Re:Spoofing! (199 comments)

I've had the exact same thought. Only the way I thought of it - find the safest driver you know and just plug the device into their car. A low tech solution for a high tech problem.

about two weeks ago
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FCC May Permit Robocalls To Cell Phones -- If They Are Calling a Wrong Number

kilodelta Re:Time to abandon normal phones? (217 comments)

Well - my Android phone came standard with a call block app that says only allow calls and texts from contacts. So that solves that problem.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

kilodelta Re:the good old days... (784 comments)

Yeah by the time I was 12 I had a ten speed bike - I'd take that thing all over creation sans helmet. Nobody said a fucking thing.

about two weeks ago
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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

kilodelta It's getting ridiculous (784 comments)

Between the Stranger Danger and NIMBY and Snoops in the neighborhood a kid can't develop outside infantilism.

Which explains society today. Me - I was a latch key kid. Both parents worked so daily I'd do a sixth of a mile trek to and from school. Or school to my grandparents house which was also a sixth of a mile from the school. By age 7 I had my own key to the house.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

kilodelta Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

They tried getting into amateur radio too with the HTX-202 and the 70cm version. But for the money - you were better off buying a Kenwood or Yaesu.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

kilodelta Re:Obligatory Onion link (314 comments)

Yeah - amazon has pretty much demolished Radio Shack. It's a shame - they once were on top of the game and slid so far down in the past decade or two it's pitiful.

And I can't honestly say last time I was in a Radio Shack store. I patronize a more local electronics place whose prices aren't astronomical, whose components are pretty damned good and they're a business who when they accidentally overcharged me called me up and told me they reversed part of the charge on my card. Nice!

But even that business is suffering the Amazon effect too. And I'll be honest - I can get a bag of say LM386's for $1.75 or so on Amazon that would cost the same per chip at Radio Shack or even the local place.

And since I'm an amateur radio licensee I'm always interested in kits like the Pixie QRP CW 40M one I just got off ebay for $7 - it's a 40M morse code transceiver kit. Putting it together this weekend.

about two weeks ago
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There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

kilodelta Re:Jurors (303 comments)

Yes in fact you should limit it to I.T. professionals. After all they would be a jury of peers.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

kilodelta Re: (417 comments)

No kidding it's long overdue. I've always said if we separated the last mile of coax from the incumbent provider and forced them to interconnect we'd be better off.

about two weeks ago
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The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

kilodelta Best place ever for records retention policies (177 comments)

Was when I worked for the RI Secretary of State's office. The Archives divisions prepared all sorts of data retention schedules and we used them.

about two weeks ago

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