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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

pnutjam Re:You mean... (225 comments)

Newsflash: ATT attempts to create straw man argument to distract from issue of net neutrality. Watch this thread for breaking new.


Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

pnutjam Re:Ads (322 comments)

I was just at Target this weekend, they had several minecraft branded toys. My son has a minecraft baby pig we purchased at kmart at least 6 months ago.


Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

pnutjam Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

If it's so easily replicable, why hasn't it been replicated?
Hulu, more expensive and always has ads even with subscription.
Amazon, expensive up front or per episode costs.
Apple, expensive per episode pricing.
others, no selection or commercials.

In all, I find netflix's back catalog very compelling and well worth $7 / month. The original programming is icing on the cake.

2 days ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

pnutjam Re: Simple solution (461 comments)

good thing these are civil forfeiture cases.

4 days ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

pnutjam Re:Seems reasonable (461 comments)

Not just brown/red people, read about the rancher/farmer wars out west.

4 days ago

Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

pnutjam Re:Tell time (471 comments)

an app that displays a cool symbol, like the nike swoosh or Beats audio logo. It needs to cost a couple hundred to be worthwhile.

about a week ago

3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

pnutjam Re:What's "Easy" About This? (155 comments)

And I've recently adopted the habit at work of going to the restroom in an adjacent building once or twice a day rather than just always using one just down the hall

I hear you mate, give the office mates a break and leave that growler in another dept.

about a week ago

Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

pnutjam Re:Unseal the documentation too (200 comments)

Labor value has been significantly less then capital value for a long time, by design.
IMHO, this is bullshit, but it goes back to at least the vilification of the labor movement in the 40's. It continues today, with wealthy "capitalists" convincing working people to forego their best interests because of whatever single issue they can get people worked up about. Obamacare, abortion, drugs, welfare cheats; all of these are social issues designed to distract. Even crime, terrorism, and our recent wars are blown way out of proportion to give people something to argue about.

about two weeks ago

E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

pnutjam Re:Seriously? (116 comments)

My daughters school required Ipads this year, which parents had to either purchase or rent. They indicated they would offset books by using resources on the Ipad, since the rental fee was about the same as book fees usually are.
Oddly enough, when book fees came out, hers were twice the normal amount.

about two weeks ago

E-Books On a $20 Cell Phone

pnutjam Re:Seriously? (116 comments)

Recent studies show some people have less trouble reading on a small screen. I love reading on a small screen. I've been using ebooks since I got my hands on a palm m505.

about two weeks ago

Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

pnutjam Re:Boycott (91 comments)

I've had better success with vpn's over dsl then cable, just my experience.

about two weeks ago

Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

pnutjam Re:Diet is very important. (588 comments)

Out here in the real word, feeling full does matter. Even if you don't eat more, hungry kids are more easily distracted and have trouble learning. Hungry co-workers can be crabbier and less pleasant to e around.

The instant you discount people's feeling you are off the rails and into spherical cow territory.

about two weeks ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

pnutjam Re: Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Well, technically WW2 was just a continuation of WW1, so you hae to go back pretty far to measure. You also need to take into account the suffering during an after the war. Sure it all seems ok almost a century later.

about three weeks ago

Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

pnutjam Re: Her work (1262 comments)

and you are everyone, funny, your profile says loufoque.

I usually skim and ignore death threats, but I find the way he alternates between threats and endearments quite alarming.

about three weeks ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

pnutjam Re:Send in the drones! (848 comments)

I wouldn't be so sure about your Putin calculations. He may have some sort of ace up his sleeve. David beat Goliath with one stone.

about three weeks ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

pnutjam Re: Send in the drones! (848 comments)

Appeasement doesn't work and it's a hard pill to swallow, but when you go to war, nobody wins. I don't think it's possible to find any war (or even fight) where either side was better off after then before, winner or loser. The only way to win is to convince your enemy not to play. Violence is awesome as a threat, not so great as a tool.

about three weeks ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

pnutjam Re:Mandatory panic! (421 comments)

Why the ascii art pic of someone getting tea-bagged?

about three weeks ago

Why Chinese Hackers Would Want US Hospital Patient Data

pnutjam Re:How about security in the first place? (171 comments)

Uhhh.. The Doctors couldn't get their work done, so we ran a cable between these two network ports and everything works fine now. What does that ASA thing do?

about a month ago

Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

pnutjam Re:Expert?? (442 comments)

That's the meta-joke.

about a month ago



American success story or Worst CEO not in Prison

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pnutjam writes "One of McCain's top advisers and a "possible" running mate is the infamous CEO Carly Fiorina. My favorite part is: Fiorina, who asked to see the senator in his office, left impressed that he was savvy to technological innovation. "He just got it," she said.

I for one am excited to see the republicans represented by two people who so clearly "get" the internet and todays economy. :("

Link to Original Source

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pnutjam writes "I remember the first time I saw google maps. It was spectacular the way they combined satellite imagery with maps. It was a true breakthrough, IMHO.
Well, the bar has been raise...
I'm no MS shill, but I am truly impressed by MS's new They have 3d imaging with a firefox plugin, satellite images with map overlays, and best of all is their birds eye view option which really lets you get a close view of things. You can also rotate N, S, E, or W angles to view things.
I do find it interesting that they seem to intentionally pixelate some locations."

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pnutjam writes "I work for a small to medium mental health company as the Network Administrator. While I think a SAN is a bit of overkill for our dozen servers it was here when I got here. We currently boot 7 servers from our SAN and all their disks are also on the SAN. Several of them have started to show excessive disk load, notably our SQL server and our old file, print, & domain controller server. I am in the process of seperating our file/print server from our domain controller, but right now I get excessive disk load during the morning when people log on (we use roaming profiles). I think part of this is because the disks need to be defragged. I get different answers from everybody when I ask if I should defrag on the servers (windows 2003), or the SAN (xiotech), or both. I also get conflicting answers when I inquire whether I would get better throughput from newer fibre-channel cards (ours are PCI-x, PCI-e is significantly faster), or mixing in some local disks, or using multiple fibre channel cards.

I would like to know if anybody else has dealt with a similar situation or has some expertise in this area."

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pnutjam writes "It looks like Insight Cable is showing up all the other cable provider's I have seen. They are upgrading their users to 10mb up and 1mb down. I believe this is ther first large scale roll-out of standard cable internet with more then 768 up. Here's their crappy flash page allowing users to check when the rollout will occur.

I wonder how well this roll-out will go, and if this will trigger any competing offers from SBC or Comcast."

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 7 years ago

pnutjam writes "According to this story, police in Milwaukee arrested four honor roll student ages 14 to 16 for downloading child porn. This raises several obvious questions. Discuss below."



Finally discovered NX, didn't know what I was missing out on...

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 4 years ago I have spent the last five years or so working mostly with Citrix at work. I love thin client. I have never been really impressed with VNC, but I was trying to set it up so I could VNC to a linux system I use at work as an extra PC. OpenSUSE will allow you to connect to the logon screen, theoretically, it doesn't seem to work in the current release, I just get a black screen.

Enter NoMachine's NX protocol. I install it their free binaries and in no time I have a fast responsive remote desktop, NX is amazing. What I really like is the ability to connect to just an application. I installed it on my home PC and I can use my existing SSH tunnel to launch NX sessions. I like to launch a bash console and from there launch other applications. They show up as seamless windows on my XP machine, but everything is running on my home OpenSUSE server.

The final awesomeness (is that a word), is the NX web companion. I installed this on my home server, now I can hit a webpage on my home server, it launches a java version of the NX client and connects. I don't need to have anything installed on the client PC, I don't need admin rights. The tunnel is encrypted! This works from the library, on windows and linux. I haven't tested mac or other stuff, but it should work on other platforms also, I think there is a client for some phones.
I could not be more impressed, I love NX. It's like my personal citrix server that runs linux and costs way less.


Long filenames in windows

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 4 years ago My company is majority thin client and we access most things via Citrix (or XenApp). Over the past year I have noticed a problem with long filenames in user profiles. It seems to be getting worse and usually the problem file is deep in some macromedia flash cache. The filenames are so long that the roaming profiles will fail to copy and the user will receive a temporary profiles. The fact I have started useing applications streamed to the servers is not helpful because Citrix (in their infinite wisdom) uses seemingling random 38 character filenames for their streamed application cache's.

I have had some success fixing that issue with Citrix's Universal Profile Manager, but the documentation on that is convoluted and I'm a little unsure of the ramifications of some of the options.

I have searched google and found little about this problem. I'm wondering if others are experiencing the same thing, and if so, how are you dealing with the issue. When I purge old profiles from the servers now, it takes hours. I have to delete all the ones I can normally, then dig into the ones that are throwing errors and rename filenames so they are short enough that windows can handle deleting them. This is very tedious.


Value of things vs. life

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 6 years ago I was just perusing a thread on Fark and I got to thinking about how lucky we are to be able to says "no property is worth a human life".

First of all, that's not true, but in our society it comes close. We have had stability and peace for so long that almost anything stolen can be replaced. People don't understand that is not always true.

I watched the show Jericho last year and they had an episode where they were afraid armed men were going to enter the town and some people wanted to blow up the main bridge into town to prevent this. It also got met thinking. In that situation (post apocalyptic), that bridge was probably equal to the lives of at least of dozen people. I personally would have recommended that the entire town bottleneck that bridge and fight to the last man (or woman).

My wife disagreed, but I wonder how many other people are capable of seeing how the value of property fluctuates heavily based on where you are. If you are lost in the winter, your coat becomes very valuable and I would fight to the death to keep it, in the summer who cares.


negotiating medical payments

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 5 years ago Someone on a recent thread was parroting the idea that the uninsured can ask for and receive significant discounts on their medical bills. I mentioned that I still thought they would overpay because the rate the insurance company negotiates is much less then the rate regular people are billed. I know this because I receive notices from my insurance company showing the amount charged and the amount payed.

So, lets pretend you got a bill for four routine pregnancy related lab tests (the bill is vague about the type of test), the total is $340. How much of a discount do you ask for?

82% would be close to my discount, but still a bit high. The insurance allowable amount for these tests was only $64.24, meaning I was overbilled by $309.76. Who would ever imagine that without an in depth knowledge of the medical field?



pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 7 years ago I just had a profound moment. This "Fair Tax" that every moron is pushing is just like the "Death Tax".
It's all in the name.


packet8 voip

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 7 years ago I'm copying this comment I just made on a story about how hard it is to cancel accounts. This issue really has me ticked off.

I cancelled one of my cc cards because I lost it. I never gave the replacement number to packet8 and they turned off my service.

Them having no valid cc and not providing me service did not stop them from charging me every month until I actually called them to cancel.

Mind you, they never sent me a bill via email or snail mail. Just an email once saying my cc wasn't working. Then when I called to reactivate service five or six months later they say I owe them about $100.

After a complaint with the FTC and State Attorney General they called me and said they would take care of it, then afew months later I get a collections notice.

I'm pondering my next step.


Insurance rant

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 8 years ago My wife just had two tests done. One was a simple test for mono. It was billed at roughly $250.00. Insurance negotiated discount was $238.00. Total amount paid by the insurance company $12.00. You can bet your ass I would have paid a hell of alot more then $12 if I was paying cash. It's so insane...

The other test was around $1200, with the insurance company only being charged $740 or so. I payed nothing but a $20 copay out of pocket, but the very fact that the system works this way is repugnant.



pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 8 years ago So I've been using Linux for afew years now. I've finally decided to try BSD. Thanks for making this possible VMware.

Anyway the FreeBSIE CD is really neat, google it.
Actual FreeBSD is very difficult, configuring x is alluding me...


Unitrends d2d

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 8 years ago I keep submitting this as an ask slashdot, but it keeps getting shot down. I don't think anybody ever reads my journal, but I thought I'd put this here anyway. I am fascinated by this D2D backup system from Unitrends. I've heard from a couple resellers who have bad things to say about their first generation stuff. The bad things seem to come from MS centric customers. I'm backing up mostly Windows, but I'm comfortable with Linux.

I'm wondering if anybody has experience with these products, especially the newer ones. They sound like the best thing since sliced bread to me.


General Pace vs. Karl Rove

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 8 years ago The military got it right this time. I was listening to NPR and heard an interview with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marince Corp General Peter Pace. He indicated that a soldier on the ground is obligated to intevene if he/she see's torture or inhumane treatment. Karl Rove happened to be standing next to him and tried to clarify by saying "I don't think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it, it's to report it...?" But no, General Pace disagreed asserting if they are physically present they have an obligation to stop it.

I personally love the professionalism of our military in general. A military General may be many things, but a weasel isn't one of them, unfortunately all too often our polititcians are...


Baby boomers...

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Somebody had a journel entry I enjoyed which was about how much baby-boomers suck.

I have to agree and bring up another point I don't think was mentioned. I also think this tends to apply to gen-x'ers, especially the older ones.

They don't seem able to let go of the way things were when they grew up. Come on folks, television and movies aren't even 100 years old, but people have so much trouble with the concept that over-the-air, paid for by commercials, television is going away. Young people trade things on P2P, that's just the way things are. You didn't see people upset when television came out and broadcast plays or sporting events that only attendees could previoulsy view. The internet is just an extension of this avaliablity of content. It's not going away.

Here are my predicitons of things baby boomers grew up with that are going away:

Movie theaters, they don't make money efficiently, they will become a niche market.

Television will move to the internet. Cable television is really similar to internet television. It's just a slightly different transmission protocol.

Mega-music stars, it's already become a kind of joke, I mean come on, "American Idol"? Who beleives this hype? How many of those people are really making any money for themselves? It's not about the fame guys, we're not willing to let you rape us so we can be popular

More on this later


contagious disease

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 9 years ago So I'm having a birthday party for my oldest girl, she turned four on Thursday.
All of my wife's family that lives in town is coming. My family is mostly out of town for the next week.
The problem is her crack-head neice has got herself infected with scabies????!!!!!
I'm trying to decide what to do, I don't need a bunch of kids with scabies. My wife isn't supposed to know her neice has scabies so I'm not sure if we can get her to just stay home.


free song from itunes

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 9 years ago I don't use itunes or own an ipod. I don't particularly like apple, mostly because I'm cheap.
However, I do have a code for a free song from itunes, got it on a Mt. Dew and rather then throwing it away I will post it here.

First come, first served.

sw6rp k36ht


Another chapter in my long history of police persecution...

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 9 years ago Well I was stopped by the police Saturday for no reason other then "we ran your plate and it came back as belonging to somebody with a suspended license".
Why did you run my plate? "We don't need a reason".

Come to find out, Indiana suspended my license to drive in 2000. This is odd because I was issued a license in Michigan in 1999, at which point I turned in my Indiana license. I still use my Michigan license because I have been too busy to get my Indiana license and I have to track down my Birth Certificate.


Levels of computer Hell

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 9 years ago I'm trying to make a chart, any suggestions.

Purgatory (Repenting Believers) You have been in computer Hell & never want to go back.

Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers) No backup, anti-virus, or firewall, no problems yet.

Level 2 (Lustful) computer seems slower then usual, thinking of upgrading.

Level 3 (Gluttonous) downloaded one to many things, got virus or spyware that is difficult to remove.

Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious) Computer has multiple small problems, too much trouble to fix.

Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy) computer never seems to work properly, you want your old typewriter back.

Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics) You swear your computer is doing things you never told it to, it seem possessed.

Level 7 (Violent) Your computer has enraged you and you want to throw it across the room.

Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers) You are inundated with SPAM and pop-ups. It's impossible to work.

Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous) Your computer or network has been compromised. You need to know how it happened and contain the damage.


Drugs from Canada

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 9 years ago I am getting really sick of all this talk of re-importation of drugs from Canada. It's really ludicrous.

The reason drugs are cheaper in Canada is because there are govermant mandated price caps. Lots of countries do this because it is politically popular and simple. The main argument against this is that the price caps cut into R&D. I'm not really sure if price caps are the way to go or not, but that's not really the issue I'm addressing right now.

If we want cheaper drugs we should vote price caps on drugs. Lets discuss the real issue instead of hiding it behind the re-importation issue. Re-importation is ridiculous. Our elected officials should call a spade a spade.


Car problems

pnutjam pnutjam writes  |  more than 9 years ago So my car has been making noise by the rear passenger wheel for awhile now (months). I thought it was a strut since that tire was out of balance for awhile and bounced around. Now I think I have a bad bearing, maybe this was the problem all along? So now my priorities are:

1. fix bearing on wheel
2. register car (plates expired in May and thier out of state)
3. check strut, replace if necessary
4. save for car that will fit 3 carseats in the back

I only have one car and baby number three is on the way. Hopefully he/she pops out in December so I can get the tax break, but he/she's not due until 1/5/2005.

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