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Canada Upholds Net Neutrality Rules In Wireless TV Case

nblender Re:Wow (98 comments)

Now will the CRTC force Shaw to count as bandwidth the time spent watching HD channels? I mean, they're just packets; they just don't have an IP header.

3 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

nblender Re:Already solved! (374 comments)

You forgot systemd-moused-pointerd ... Have you tried using systemd-windowd-managerd blind?

4 days ago
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"Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

nblender Re:jessh (397 comments)

Self respect.

5 days ago
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Moot Retires From 4chan

nblender Re:Really? (184 comments)

..and I once got a joke approved on rec.humor.funny...

about two weeks ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

nblender Re:smarter than many people I know (111 comments)

I have friends who buy a new car every 3 years. I drive my cars into the ground... Well, not quite. As soon as I feel it can no longer be relied upon to get me where I'm going, then I replace it, with something else pre-owned.

I place no stock in what my car says about my 'image' and I save money in fuel because my co-workers would rather take their cars than ride in mine.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Patches Nine Vulnerabilities In Flash

nblender Re:Given the track record of Flash (95 comments)

because "The Internet". My wife doesn't care about internet ideals. She just wants to get her work done. There are lots of sites that she needs to do her work that require Flash... These are places that hired out their web-dev and don't have fulltime staff.. They're not going to hire someone to come and fix something that is apparently working. My wife's computer doesn't auto-update so I hear from her once a week to update her Flash plugin because it's "blocked" again by Safari.

Fucking irritating and I would probably quietly cheer if someone went on a shooting rampage at Adobe... Maybe we can get some radicalized individuals to do it for us...

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

nblender Re:Apparently Not (59 comments)

I don't have a lot of data but I occasionally do QNX work and the companies I know who are using QNX are just using it in their legacy products. Their new products are being developed on Linux. If that's any sort of indication of the general trend, then QNX is also in a downward spiral.

about two weeks ago
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Chevrolet Unveils 200-Mile Bolt EV At Detroit Auto Show

nblender Re: nope (426 comments)

I once had a Chevy Molt... After a certain age, it started developing a rusty sheen and then parts started falling off as I drove it...

about three weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

nblender maybe because word is out.... (437 comments)

... Upgrading to Lollipop made stuff worse for me ... I want to go back to KK.

- Lollipop doesn't know how to play a WAV file anymore so I can't listen to my Asterisk voice mail.
- Wireless charging stopped working reliably. My phone pairs with the charger but doesn't seem to charge. It's warm when I pick it up in the morning but battery is almost dead.
- Battery life has gone down. My usage patterns haven't changed but I can no longer make it through the day without a charge...

about three weeks ago
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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

nblender Re:Get What You Pay For (163 comments)

What the average person eats is much smaller than when a few people come in with coolers full of Tupperware containers and start raiding the 'all you can eat' saying "But you said all I can eat! You didn't say I had to eat it here and all in one sitting!"

A restaurant would quickly go out of business if they had to cater to a steady stream of people with big coolers..

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

nblender Re:bullshit. (840 comments)

huh. Didn't know Fixya had become useful. Last time I looked, it appeared to have tantalizing information but when you clicked on a solution, it greyed out the screen and wanted money. So I've been filtering it out.

about a month ago
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Nest Will Now Work With Your Door Locks, Light Bulbs and More

nblender Re:Internet of Hype ... (163 comments)

I have a cottage. We keep it at 57F when we're away. When we're there, it's 72F during the day and goes down to 68F at night.

The problem is, it takes a while to bring the house from 57F to 72F when we arrive in the middle of the day... The furnace is good and the air temp is brought up pretty quickly, but there's a lot of heat mass in a house so it takes a while before the floors are toasty, the toilet seat is not ice cold, the couch cushions are warm, etc... So I have a remotely accessible thermostat (RCS TR60) that I can send commands to via some crafty python and a cellular modem. I set it to 72F in the morning and by the time we arrive, the house is toasty warm and ready to use.

Sometimes I forget to re-set the thermostat to 'away' before we leave. It's nice to be able to set it down to 57F remotely too...

The additional benefit is I can remotely monitor the temperature and furnace runtime to get an idea if something's wrong, like my pipes are about to freeze because the furnace blower has kacked; or a bird has broken a window and now the furnace is running pretty much continuously (that happened)...

Maybe it's an isolated use case, but we appreciate it. And because the code is mine, it's not all cloud-connected and vulnerable.

about a month ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

nblender bullshit. (840 comments)

Some things don't want to be fixed, like the Krupps toaster oven I have with the buttons that barely work... I fix all kinds of things so I figured the toaster oven would be a no-brainer. I tried to take it apart but it refused. It cut me, made me bleed, and then parts of it dented, and it still wouldn't come apart... It's a no-win... A new one is over $250. So we put up with it.

My son, however, takes big flat screen TVs from the electronics recyclers and tries to fix them. Usually it's a half dozen or so capacitors on the power supply card... Then he sells them locally. He also takes cheap garage sale android phones and has a good fix rate resoldering the micro-usb connectors...

Some kids are entrepreneurial.

about a month ago
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The Interview Bombs In US, Kills In China, Threatens N. Korea

nblender Re:Why would I buy it when... (288 comments)

We were just given a gift card to go to the movies as a family... I'm now dreading the experience. In a way, I feel like I'm being paid to go to the theater and watch a show and yet I'm still not looking forward to it.

about a month ago
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Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

nblender Re:There is a set of speeds and driving conditions (128 comments)

It's true but... There's a guy in Ottawa who's been blogging about his Nissan Leaf through 3 winters... One technique he uses to extend winter range is to pre-heat the interior of the car by plugging it in at home/work, even if only a 120vac outlet because the interior of the car will already be warm by the time he gets in to drive. Then he keeps the interior relatively cool while using the seat heater and steering wheel heater to keep himself comfortable.

https://canadianleaf.wordpress.com/

about a month ago
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Anyone Can Now Launch Their Own Version of the Pirate Bay

nblender Re:The next big thing (81 comments)

Two AC's posting about 'the torrent site that everyone is going to' ... yup... I totally want to go there for all of my entertainment media needs ... AC has never steered me wrong before.

about a month and a half ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

nblender Re:Pork, Republican pork, previously documented. (200 comments)

They should have two ribbon cutting ceremonies.. One in which the senator cuts the ribbon and officially opens the test stand. Then 5 minutes later, another one where he cuts the ribbon on the wrecking ball as part of his plan to save useless maintenance dollars when instead a pond can be built for Ducks

about a month and a half ago
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Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

nblender Re:Traffic Furniture (611 comments)

I don't know. I find myself offended by this sort of traffic management. Around here there's a real separation between inner-city rich people and urban-sprawlers who have to get through rich-people-land to get to work. But rich-people want quiet peaceful streets while also being able to walk to work. So they petition the city to put concrete planters, barriers, speed bumps, one-ways, etc so only they get to go through their neighborhoods and the riff-raff are confined to two highly clogged routes into the downtown core... These rich folk can often be heard at coffee shops and comment forums putting down the urban-sprawlers clogging up the streets while they themselves have built erstwhile gated communities that block off many other routes into town... My feeling is, if you want to live in the inner city, then suck it up and take the good with the bad... The bad being traffic, no parking, sirens, and street people.... If you want quiet, move out of town...

I know I'm tilting against windmills... My truck has about 14" of suspension travel. I can take their speed-bumps at the speed limit.

about a month and a half ago
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Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

nblender Re:If it was that easy, spammers would have done i (130 comments)

Or password protected RAR's which is even more infuriating because they're the correct size but the password collection thing is just a scam... I don't know how to get SABnzbd to stop downloading them and I don't know how to get Sickbeard to select a different one...

about a month and a half ago
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Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

nblender I don't really get it either. (433 comments)

I grew up with albums. I remember many hours spent flipping through them at the record stores... But I didn't have good equipment so never really developed that Romance with vinyl that so many people have... Rare was the time that I just sat down to listen. Listening was always something done while vacuuming, or cooking, or studying or whatever... Having to flip the record or change it every 20 minutes was just a pain in the ass.. That's why I bought my vinyl and then immediately transcoded it to streaming tape...

High school aged children of my friends are all gaga over albums... They play the stuff on mom&dad's old turntables/amps in the basement... I've asked them and near as I can divine, they're into vinyl for the novelty of it. Their friends come over and they listen to records in social fashion but not because they sound better, or are more convenient, or have music available only on vinyl... They do it because it gives them something to look at while gossiping about who kissed who's whatever at the whereever... So I can't help but feel the novelty will wear off but clearly it hasn't so <shrug>.

about a month and a half ago

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