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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:Their answer to oversubscription as well (233 comments)

That's quite a loaded statement.

Business buggery is not the only reason you might not get the advertised speed.

First of all, ISPs advertise "up to" a specific speed, which means that's the maximum bandwidth you're allowed.

It doesn't state or imply that you'll receive that speed consistently.

It means that, assuming the network is capable of that speed, if you were capable of getting higher speeds you'd be capped at that speed.

yesterday
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

ourlovecanlastforeve About that elephant (167 comments)

I would have thought this would be the elephant in the room, but maybe I'm the only one missing it:

Company takes in a five million dollar funding round.

Company promises to never make a profit.

How are they going to pay back the funding?

What exactly is the company that paid the money "investing" in if the recipient company never plans to get money from their "customers"?

about a week ago
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An Algorithm to End the Lines for Ice at Burning Man

ourlovecanlastforeve Really? (341 comments)

People not only expect to have ice, but are complaining that the lines are too long... ...In the middle of the desert.

The lines are too long. For ice. In the middle of the desert.

What the actual fucking fuck.

about two weeks ago
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If You're Connected, Apple Collects Your Data

ourlovecanlastforeve And will they fix Yosemite as a result? (313 comments)

In a perfect world that would be exactly what the data would be used for.

I worked in tech support for many years and I can tell you that one of two things happens with this diagnostic data:

1. It's aggregated and used for analysis to identify priority problems based on keywords. This almost never happens even when companies say they are doing it. In fact, most of the bugs (even at Microsoft) are cherry picked by programmers who work on whatever bug they feel like in whatever order seems best to them unless it's a priority zero bug.

2. It goes into a database that nobody ever looks at. This one is much more common. You see, the "report a problem" feature doesn't exist for customers to actually get information about their problem to the company that makes the software. If that was how it worked, you'd need a staff of hundreds of support personnel working round the clock doing nothing but processing problem reports. The "report a problem" feature serves to give the user a feeling that someone will see their problem and that they'll be working on it, so the user won't call tech support. As a result the software company can save money on support rep hours.

about two weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

ourlovecanlastforeve Nope not suspicious at all (220 comments)

New submitter poseur writes:

hey guyz get this new crypto for your puterz!!

-TOTALLY NOT DHS

about three weeks ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

ourlovecanlastforeve You'll give them the password (220 comments)

Take this from a guy who saw someone go through a trial for doing The Very Bad Thing:

You will give them the password.

This is how it works:

"If you give us the password and let us prove you're innocent we'll let you go. If there's anything in there that would prove you guilty we'll reduce the sentence. If you don't give us the password and we have to crack the encryption ourselves and we find out you're guilty, you're going away for a very long time."

And then of course you give them the password, they find enough evidence to make you guilty and they don't reduce the sentence.

They just inflate the original sentence to a much worse sentence, and then deflate it to the level they were going to hit you with anyways.

about three weeks ago
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Where Intel Processors Fail At Math (Again)

ourlovecanlastforeve Oh god my pants (239 comments)

The only time a mathematician every has an orgasm.

about three weeks ago
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GlaxoSmithKline Released 45 Liters of Live Polio Virus

ourlovecanlastforeve How is that even legal? (209 comments)

How is it even legal for GlaxoSmithKlein to own LITERS of polio?

about a month ago
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World's Smallest 3G Module Will Connect Everything To the Internet

ourlovecanlastforeve People still use 3G? (118 comments)

People still use 3G?

about a month ago
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Fork of Systemd Leads To Lightweight Uselessd

ourlovecanlastforeve Scat throwing monkies (469 comments)

Angry computer nerds gathering up their toys and going to play by themselves in the corner because someone decided to play in a way they deemed unacceptable.

about a month ago
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Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

ourlovecanlastforeve "Cameragate" (425 comments)

In before "cameragate".

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Using JavaScript Injection To Serve Ads On Public Wi-Fi Hotspots

ourlovecanlastforeve Pick one (230 comments)

So now the Internet is complaining that the wifi access points they're totally not going to use because comcast is morally wrong to share your broadband without your permission is injecting ads into the experience. How do you know?

about 2 months ago
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Mysterious, Phony Cell Towers Found Throughout US

ourlovecanlastforeve Sponsored post (237 comments)

It's a thinly veiled ad for a supposedly "secure" cell phone.

about 2 months ago
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Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

ourlovecanlastforeve Utilizes (91 comments)

> Utilizes

Did you mean "uses"?

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

ourlovecanlastforeve Keep voting, sheep (316 comments)

What I don't understand is how we're still allowing carriers to call their service "unlimited."

When I pay my water bill and I am told I get unlimited water, I don't expect the water company to decrease the flow of water to a trickle if I take too many showers.

If they did that, there would be an uprising.

When I pay the electric company for electricity I don't expect them to decrease the voltage on my line if I leave the TV on while I'm sleeping.

So... how is it that Verizon gets to tell me I am paying for unlimited data, but not provide unlimited data?

Where is the uprising for this lie?

about 3 months ago
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Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

ourlovecanlastforeve How do you work while tweaked out? (511 comments)

I've never understood how someone can do cocaine and then sit down and write software.

Or smoke weed, or do LSD, or whatever.

Personally, the few times I have tried illicit drugs, I was so consumed by the experience that not once did "oh I think I'll sit down and knock out that new kernel revision" cross my mind.

about 3 months ago
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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

ourlovecanlastforeve o rly (550 comments)

> the surgery is fairly inexpensive [even for a programmer :) ]

Oh you programmers have it so hard.

With your three thousand dollar a month apartments.

And that Honda Fit you drive just to show the world that you don't need the finer things in life.

You should be required to work a year in retail in the same way some countries require a minimum of military service.

And your three hundred dollar bottle of scotch that you sample alone in your newly remodeled kitchen so you can tell the Internet about what a beverage snob you are.

about 3 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

ourlovecanlastforeve Microsoft's OS business model: (346 comments)

1. Release a version of Windows that everybody likes.
2. Release a version of Windows that everybody hates.
3. Drop support for the OS everybody likes so they have to buy the one everybody hates.
5. Go to 1.

Microsoft sells licenses. If they didn't force you to upgrade to the Shitty Windows you'd just stay on the one you like. Once they've forced everyone onto the Shitty Windows, they release the Good Windows because of course you want the Good Windows and you'll rush to buy it.

Isn't that illegal, you say?

Isn't that extortion, you say?

Guess which operating system the US government's computers run.

about 4 months ago
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

ourlovecanlastforeve Too little too late (346 comments)

Sorry Microsoft, I already clicked on the Stop menu and bought a Macbook Pro. I'm through with your "every other version of Windows is a nightmare so you'll be happy to buy the new version when it comes out" act.

about 4 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

ourlovecanlastforeve Re:USB DACs (502 comments)

Take it from someone who has tried to use 30 USB devices on one PC (bitcoin mining): It doesn't work like you'd expect.

USB hubs are usually designed far below the spec because the assumption is that most people won't connect more than 2 or 3 devices at a time.

If you connect 20 to 30 devices they start to fail randomly.

about 4 months ago

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iPhone 6 Plus case bent by casual carrying in a front pocket

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about a month ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Stories are pouring onto the Internet today from early adopters of the new iPhone who report that their new iPhone 6 Plus case is being deformed when it's carried in their front pocket, whereas other smartphones do not have this problem. Users point out that there appears to be a bend point in the case near where the volume keys are located."
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Do specs even matter anymore for the average smartphone user?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about a month ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "While reviewing a recent comparison of the Nexus 5 and the iPhone 6, OSNews staffer Thom Holwerda raises some relevant points regarding the importance of specs on newer smartphones. He observes that the iPhone 6, which is brand new, and the Nexus 5 launch apps at about the same speed. Yes, they're completely different platforms and yes, it's true it's probably not even a legitimate comparison, but it does raise a point: Most people who use smartphones on a daily basis use them for pretty basic things such as checking email, casual web browsing, navigation and reminders. Those who use their phones to their maximum capacity for things like gaming are a staunch minority. Do smarphone specs even matter for the average smartphone user anymore? After everyone releases the biggest phone people can reasonably hold in their hand with a processor and GPU that can move images on the display as optimally as possible, how many other moons are there to shoot for?"
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Wal-mart files a formal complaint about employee demands for fair wages

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  about 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "In a delicious spout of irony Wal-Mart has filed a complaint with an unnamed federal agency claiming unfairness of actions by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union and its subsidiary known as OURWalmart; that they are trying to force the store into collective bargaining."
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Ask Slashdot: Is it morally/ethically wrong to ask people to "like" a product?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve (795111) writes "Many of the tech blogs I read will sometimes feature a sweepstakes where you can win an iPad, an Android tablet or some other toy or gadget by "liking" them on Facebook or otherwise promoting them in a way that you normally would not do if you weren't trying to win something. Is it morally or ethically wrong for those people to do so? If you're clicking a button that indicates you like something but you really don't care for it, are you lying for personal gain? If so, is the company behind the sweepstakes asking you to lie to promote their product?"
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Ask Slashdot: When Will Our (US) Own Needs be More Important than Afghanistan's?

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "AP reports that NATO's big players have settled on a leisurely date of 2014 to stop killing our children, "affirming they will close the largely stalemated conflict at the end of 2014 but keep their troops fighting and dying there for two more years in the meantime." So my question is, at what point does it become important to stop throwing human lives and trillions of dollars at Afghanistan's problems when we can't afford to pay our own bills? Where is the altruism in this proceeding; why are we really wasting all these resources, when there are plenty of other nations that would be grateful for our aide that we could easily throw just as much money we don't have at?"
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Jaguar and Land Rover to be built in China

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "Those of you still hanging on to Jaguar and Land Rover as the last vestiges of the truly British automobile in the States may find yourselves grasping at straws as Chery announces a nearly two billion dollar joint effort with the auto brand to move production to Changsu in China."
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Judges Order Apple to Talk to Competitors Instead of Suing Them Out of Business

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "US judges have clearly had enough of Apple trying to build their market share by throwing phalanxes of lawyers and patent claims at competitors who might have a product that would compete and reduce their market share. After two HTC launches were delayed and and before Apple is to meet with Samsung executives Magistrate Judge Sherry R. Fallon tells Apple to sit down and talk it out with competitor Samsung instead of dragging them into yet another court battle."
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80 Percent of Americans Do Not Trust Their Government

ourlovecanlastforeve ourlovecanlastforeve writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ourlovecanlastforeve writes "The US Government's trust among US citizens is at an all time low according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center. Factors of this distrust include extended infighting between political parties in congress, continued job loss, the recession that we are only now admitting is a recession. Trust is down 5% from 1981 to a staggering %20."
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