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NASA Forgets How To Talk To ICE/ISEE-3 Spacecraft

repetty HAM (166 comments)

The answer to this is obvious: Contract with a HAM radio club or some group associated with the American Radio Relay League to do it.

about a month and a half ago

Slashdot Asks: Do You Label Your Tech Gear, and If So, How?

repetty Pink Zip Ties (250 comments)

Pink zip ties. Works fine in small groups.

about 2 months ago

Square Debuts New Email Payment System

repetty Re:Sorry. (240 comments)

Credit card buyer protection is all the reason that I need.

It's my negotiating sledgehammer. I *always* win.

End of story.

about 6 months ago

Electronics-Loving 'Crazy Ants' Invading Southern US

repetty Air-Condition Compressors (250 comments)

I know a couple people in Austin who've paid for air-conditioning techs to "fix" their AC. It turns out that a relays in the compressor boxes outside their homes are caked with dead ant bodies, creating an insulating layer. Kinda pisses people off that nothing is actually broken but the service bill is tendered, just the same. ...and, of course, it's 100-degrees outside so it does need to be dealt with promptly.

about a year ago

Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

repetty Re:Did TWC see this coming? (72 comments)

You should have seen Charter drop prices from $75/m to $30/m within 3 days of another ISP announcing fiber. Too bad the naked 30Mb was only for new customers and for me to get the deal, I would have to bundle in a ton of extra channels and phone and a 2 year contract with a $300 cancellation fee.

Wonderful story, and EXACTLY why I avoid long-term contracts with all of the energy that I can muster. Long-term contracts are great for service providers but very bad for customers, regardless of the "discounts" that they are promising you get. Once you are in a contract, you are their bitch.

I want my service providers (not just ISPs but providers of all stripes) to wake up every morning, wondering what they will to do to keep my business -- I want to be a new, potential customer every day.


1 year,14 days

Google Invite Hints Fiber Project Expanding To Austin

repetty Re:Smack the Incumbents! (72 comments)

It is good to point out the Austin has Grande Communications, which actually has pretty good service for the price. The problem is they have limited coverage.

Grande coverage is so limited that no one I know has it -- not a single person. Maybe someone in Round Rock gets Grande but I know only a couple people out there and they use TW.

No, effectively Austin has just two large ISPs providing service and controlling the market: TimeWarner and ATT. They both pretty much suck.

1 year,14 days

Massive Data Leak Reveals How the Ultra Rich Hide Their Wealth

repetty Re:Translation ... (893 comments)

Intelligent people go to great lengths to avoid having to pay more tax than they are legally obliged to. But if you're poor you don't pay much tax at all, so what the hell are you complaining about? You're using the same roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. All for a few hundred bucks a year.

I guess what you don't understand, Dunbal, is the difference between legal/illegal and right/wrong.

1 year,15 days

Rare Docs Show How Apple Created Apple II DOS

repetty Re:the more things change... (130 comments)

I OWNED a Commodore 1541 hard drive and, yes, they were slow but they held a lot of data and -- most importantly -- they doubled as a convenient electrical hibachi.

1 year,15 days

USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

repetty Re:I don't believe it. (1121 comments)

They don't provide any actual data or proof on the site.

You have to have faith.

1 year,24 days

Manga Girls Beware: Extra Large Eyes Caused Neanderthal's Demise

repetty Brain Size == Simplistic Drivel (290 comments)

Equating intelligence with brain size has always been both stupid and puzzling to me, particularly since there's no good evidence to support it that can't be countered by contra-evidence that at least as good or better.

about a year ago

My favorite resolution for the new year:

repetty Re:Screen resolution is measured in PPI (266 comments)

Out of several hundred comments, you seem to be the only person who know what the hell he's talking about.

There are geeks and their are posers.... God bless you, geek!

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Typing Advice For a Guinness World Record Attempt?

repetty Re:I didn't catch that... (307 comments)

In what world does 5 characters define a word?

When I took a typing class back in the mid-70's on an Underwood 5 manual typewriter, I do believe that a word was 5-characters -- and that does not include the space between the words. The standard is surely older than you are, whipper snapper.


about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Collect Payments From a Multinational Company?

repetty Bad Debt -- Life Goes On (341 comments)

98% of the recommendations made here strike me as wrong.

Here's what you should do: Terminate your business with them.

The funds that they owe you? Move it into the "Bad Debt" section of your ledgers. Don't work for them anymore and don't waste anymore time and money going after what they owe you. Even if you did finally get them to pay you for some of your work, can you trust them?

Move on. They have.

about a year ago

Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

repetty Surface Tablet (724 comments)

I gotta echo other user's sentiments about Microsoft karma. It's Apple's ball and Apple's court and parking lot and towels and heating and lights.

Microsoft should, of course, monitor the sales figures for this product on their Surface tablet and see how it goes.

Apple will still be around later if MS wants to submit iOS Office for sale on the Apple apps store and pay what everyone else pays.

about a year ago

Microsoft To Apple: Don't Take Your Normal 30% Cut of Office For iOS

repetty Re:We are the 30% (724 comments)

...$99 a year. That's HUGE....

I don't think that you know what huge means. How long is 6-inches?

about a year ago

Motorola Seeks Ban On Macs, iPads, and iPhones

repetty Nothing Personal (446 comments)

It's the way business is done, nowadays. It's nothing personal.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Simple Way To Backup 24TB of Data Onto USB HDDs ?

repetty Re:ZFS (405 comments)

Problem with ZFS is that he'll need a shit ton of RAM. Once ZFS eats into swap, everything goes slowmo!

RAM is free, or nearly so.

about a year and a half ago

Carriers Blame the iPhone For Data Caps and Increased Upgrade Fees

repetty Re:Victims of their own greed (272 comments)

If I'm late on my bill, does the phone company care why? Having been broke before I assure you they do not. I reciprocate by not caring at all why it is so hard for them to conduct their business, I care only for the benefits that accrue to me.

I love you.

about a year and a half ago

Samsung Admonished For Releasing Rejected Evidence

repetty Re:Samsung can't release it's OWN designs?!? (354 comments)

The judge is known to be a pro-Apple shill. She's made illogical rulings favorable to Apple before.

In short, Samsung is in trouble if they expect a fair trial (given the history, they probably expect the trial to be anything but fair).

Did this "fact" appear on FoxNews?

about a year and a half ago


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