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Is TV Over the 'Net Really Cheaper Than Cable?

mythandros the cost of cable (285 comments)

UVerse Internet + UVerse TV is more expensive than UVerse Internet + Hulu Premium + Netflix. That's all I really care about. Sure, you can get deals for UVerse TV and pay an "introductory" price for a year but at the end of that year, the introductory price goes away. You can't just call customer service and ask for the same deal. They'll tell you to piss up a rope and suck on it. You have to cancel your TV service and, like clockwork, a month later they'll send you a flyer to get "introductory pricing" for a year's service. It happened to me. It happened to a dozen of my friends. AT&T isn't customer friendly and their default stance in customer service is to call your bluff when you say you're canceling. I cancelled AT&T UVerse TV and I'm never going back. Why? Because now, I only watch what I want to watch instead of whatever's on.

more than 2 years ago

Autonomous Vehicles and the Law

mythandros Re:I Guarantee (417 comments)

That's not going to happen. At the very least, you need a person present who is legally permitted to drive the vehicle. In the case of a system error, the computer would relinquish control and you'd be expected to drive.

more than 2 years ago

Autonomous Vehicles and the Law

mythandros Re:I Guarantee (417 comments)

Thank you for proving the point. You can't buy a police car. You can buy something that looks like a police car at which point you need to attach lights and a badge decal and... Then, you still need a uniform. If you're willing to perform an illegal act, there are easier and less obtrusive ways perform it.

more than 2 years ago

Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

mythandros Re:Here's a better idea. (252 comments)

So your saying that when police use undercover agents to bust kiddie porn rings, dangerous drug production labs, terrorist type groups and other similar things that are bad for society that you would rather they didn't bust them using a method that allows them to potentially find a larger number of members than those they would have caught by doing a single raid on a facility?

And to the point about police safety, I think anything that keeps anyone safe is a good thing. There is no need to point out there are more dangerous jobs. Its like saying that the taxi driver doesn't need a seat belt because the construction worker has a more dangerous job.

You know, if the government burned the constitution, the bill of rights, and all the amendments, our police officers would have much more latitude to identify and arrest both the root cause of these crimes and it's whole support network. The logic you put forth supports this action. Yeah, yeah. I can see your response now: "I didn't mean what you're implying". Maybe, "Now you're just being stupid. No one wants that."

If you honestly think that's a justification for what you said, you're not worth the air you consume. Here's a suggestion: pull your head out of your ass and say what you mean instead of making vague references. If it's too hard to do, stay off the internet, idiot. I hope it's not an issue of motivation. How worthlessly lazy you would be if you couldn't be bothered to think a complete thought before vomiting it onto slashdot.

about 3 years ago

Netflix Killing DVDs Like Apple Killed Floppies?

mythandros Hyperbole much? (345 comments)

The notion that Netflix has sufficient influence over DVDs to kill them is patently absurd.

more than 3 years ago

Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?

mythandros Wow. The VAST majority of you are not CS majors (730 comments)

In addition, you clearly have no idea what a K-map is -- because this article just sounds like the application of a k-map (its underlying principle) to the current tax code. If the tax code says, "Everyone who is over 5' tall must pay $10" and "Everyone who is 5'6" tall must pay at least $7", you can eliminate the second rule because everyone who is 5'6" is also over 5' and therefore must pay $10 which is trivially greater than $7. Is that not what this article says?

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Keep 30% of Magazine Subscription Revenue

mythandros Re:The Future Niche Market of the iPhone (381 comments)

I bought into Android and instead of lording my decision over everybody I'm just going to remind everyone that the long run has been predicted by many industries. Apple and Blackberry will remain as niche players but it's going to be an Android future.

Given that predicting what path technology will take is like predicting the weather, I'm more inclined to believe that most everyone will follow their near-term optimum which, by your own claims, involves three times more iOS than Android. The moment polls start indicating that devs feel Android has the best near-term payoff is the moment I'll start to believe that it's an Android future.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Calling For $53B For High Speed Rail

mythandros Re:DO WANT! (1026 comments)

If the US government admits that "The Ter'rists" are a statistically insignificant threat, they instantly nullify the need for the TSA empire. We can't convince the people of this country that a need to override their rights exists if we can't cite the existence of a conveniently omnipresent boogey man.

more than 3 years ago

61.9% of Undergraduates Cybercheat

mythandros Why so serious? (484 comments)

+10% copied >= "a few pages"? Well then, my degree just gained 10% in value over recent grads. The internet facilitates lazy behavior in those who are predisposed. The more of them that cheapen their degree, the more impressive I look.

more than 3 years ago

Valve Announces Dota 2

mythandros Re:Acronym courtesy missing... (128 comments)

Let's ignore the fact that spelling out acronyms upon first use is one of the most basic elements of good article writing. If I Google for DotA, I don't know that the first hit resolves to the intended acronym unless I already know what DotA stands for in which case I wouldn't have needed to Google it in the first place.

more than 3 years ago

Researchers Test WiFi Access From Moving Vehicles

mythandros Previous Research (155 comments)

Here's a paper written by a fellow who's now a professor at U of I, Chicago which relates to the topic. The gist is that taxi's in a city were equipped with wifi and opportunistically connected to open access points as they traveled. The article won't revolutionize anything but it's certainly an interesting read and something worthy of building upon. One of the interesting parts is that the taxi-side wifi used a custom written utility to accelerate establishing a connection which didn't bother negotiating transmission speed but rather used a fixed 11Mbps as this was determined to be optimal for the setting.

more than 3 years ago

HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive

mythandros are you serious? (651 comments)

If China can produce high quality print cartridges for, in some cases 1/10th the cost of American made, it points to the fact that most of the price is markup to "whatever we can get away with". And by "high quality", I mean "good enough for my graphic designer wife who's been in the industry for 15 years and can be a real nazi about print quality." HP can't afford to confirm how great the markup is. The backlash from their "competitors" (read "those in collusion") would be staggering.

more than 4 years ago

App Store-Aided Mobile Attacks

mythandros Re:Open Store, Open Door... (186 comments)

I've never used Android but you seem to be telling me that it has opt-in gateway security and a local security model that's proven ineffectual to anyone unwilling to consider implications (re: Microsoft's UAC). For the average user, it sounds like Apple has the superior model.

more than 4 years ago

Arizona "Papers, Please" Law May Hit Tech Workers

mythandros I'm not all that concerned (1590 comments)

When rich white folk start having to pay real money to legal citizens for what they deem "menial" jobs, that law is going to vanish with great rapidity. I'm not saying that I'm happy with that dynamic but there's not a whole lot I can do about it from here.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Technology Themes in James Cameron's Avatar

mythandros Re:The Anti-American... (870 comments)

Anti-American? Wh...what? This movie was a criticism of greed in the form of unchecked capitalism. This movie was a criticism of warmongering. I don't know about you but the USA that I live in has an identity outside of those things.

more than 4 years ago

CERN Physicist Warns About Uranium Shortage

mythandros This is not news, please move along (581 comments)

The companies that supply American power (fossil fuels and nuclear) will not simply give up, throw in the towel, and retire to the beach when it becomes impractical to "get more fuel". They'll simply find another way to produce energy from renewable resources and sell it.

more than 4 years ago

Marge Simpson Poses For Playboy

mythandros Okay.... (413 comments)

Looking at this would be strange enough. Now try to imagine being the guy who has to /draw/ this stuff.

more than 4 years ago


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