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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

smartin Funny thing is (398 comments)

I recently upgraded my FIOS service and they used Netflix streaming as one of the reasons that I should do it. After going from 25/5 to 50/25 I still get downgraded quality when watching flix.

about a month ago
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The debate over climate change is..

smartin The planet is fucked, wake up! (278 comments)

The climate is changing, the evidence is overwhelming and we should be doing our best to do something about it. And guess what, if it turns out to be wrong, there is no downside to not polluting.

about a month and a half ago
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How You Too Can Be Shut Down By the Feds For Flying Drones

smartin Re:RC plane? (195 comments)

Sure, he hands her the remote and she shuts up :)

about 10 months ago
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Calibre Version 1.0 Released After 7 Years of Development

smartin Re:My experience with it. (193 comments)

Another great feature is that you can share books by email. My Mom is a constant reader and I will hunt down books for her. I use Calibre to reformat them to .mobi and then can right click on the book and mail it to her kindle account. Works great! Calibre even lets me add a column to the main listing so that I can add a flag the lets me record that I sent the book.

1 year,6 days
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FTC Wins Huge $7.5 Million Penalty Against "Do Not Call" List Violator

smartin Re:I guess it was worth it then... (136 comments)

That works, but I agree that violating DNC should carry very heavy pernalties

I would consider death to be the minimum penalty.

about a year ago
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$5 Sensor Turns LCD Monitors Into Touchscreens

smartin I don't get this (98 comments)

Why on earth would people want to jam their fingers into their screens? If it is to have some gesture based control, a much better solution is a decent trackpad, which in effect works as a proxy for the screen but in a more ergonomic location.

about a year ago
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Swedish Engineer's RC Plane Gets a Balloon Lift To Space

smartin Re:cool (90 comments)

On Flitetest they talk about attempting this in the US, Ohio i think, and said that it was not that difficult to get FAA approval.

about a year ago
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Criticism Of Copyright Alert System Mounts

smartin Is this not a form of wire tapping? (172 comments)

It seems to me that the content of an IP packet should be protected under wiretapping laws. What gives the ISPs the right to monitor my traffic. If they do have this right, do they also have the right to break or somehow spoof encrypted traffic as well?

about a year and a half ago
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'This Is Your Second and Final Notice' Robocallers Revealed

smartin Re:Break Their Legs and Put Them in the Everglades (235 comments)

I'm sorry to say that while the Do No Call List seemed to work well for several years it is now completely being ignored. I guess the telespammers realized that it had no teeth. I really hope that the FCC or who ever runs it takes a company like this and makes a serious fucking example of them.

about a year and a half ago
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On the end of USPS 1st Class Saturday delivery:

smartin Re:Pfui! My country's post system does a better jo (564 comments)

As a Canadian that lives in the US, I have to say that one of the few things that impressed me when I moved down here was how much better USPS works than Canada Post. Here is it very common to chuck something in the mail and have it delivered the next morning. That does not happen in Canada from my experience.

A perfect example is Netflix. I thought that it was a crazy idea until I tried it and found how well it works with one day turnaround. As far as I know, it has not taken off north of the border and the reason is that the postal system does not provide that level of service.

Saturday service is another thing that I've liked about it and will be sad to see it go.

about a year and a half ago
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MS Targets Google With Another Smear Campaign

smartin Re:Speaking of "Smear Campaigns"... (513 comments)

Microsoft. Just because they are no longer relevant does not make them any less evil or forgive them for their past crimes. This campaign is just another example of how they really, really don't get it. If they could make a decent product for once, maybe they could get some new market share instead of just sitting and watching their monopoly dwindle away.

about a year and a half ago
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FTC Gets 744 New Ideas On How To Hang Up On Robocallers

smartin Loud whistle (281 comments)

Somewhere there is a story about someone that actually got charged with blowing a loud whistle into the ear of a telemarketer. I think this was before it was actually illegal for them to call. Now that it is, it is really tempting to do. And no, I don't care about the poor underpaid schmuck on the other end of the line, they deserve what they get.

about a year and a half ago
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The L.A. Times Names Its Favorite Flops of the Year

smartin Think of it more as a nail (145 comments)

As in the final nail in Ballmer's coffin.

about a year and a half ago
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Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

smartin This is nothing new for Microsoft (740 comments)

They have a habit of missing the boat on things and then when they realize it, they compensate by embracing it and over doing it. A perfect example was the Web. They completely missed the boat on it in the mid 90's and when they realized it, they reacted by reworking everything they could to be based on http/html and the result was a mess. This time they completely got it wrong on smart phones and tablets and now they are over compensating by trying to turn a desktop into a tablet.

Apple seems to be getting it right by moving the best features of the tablet to the desk top but doing it in a way that makes sense. For example, gestures are great on both, but when it comes to the desktop, you should use a proxy surface such as a touch pad rather than the screen itself. The first fucker that jabs his finger into my monitor to move a window is going to lose it :)

about a year and a half ago
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Verizon To Throttle Pirates' Bandwidth

smartin Re:I've got a way around this (224 comments)

That sort of sounds illegal to me. If the ISP's start generating fake DNS responses or modifying packets, i suspect that they will be spending time in court. Not all bit torrent traffic is illegal.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Defeats 85% of Malware Detected In the Past 6 Months

smartin Hmmm (299 comments)

Seems about 15% short of the mark

about 2 years ago
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Does Coding Style Matter?

smartin Re:Kinda Subjective but... (479 comments)

Halleluiah, i don't know why most IDE's bugger with the tab setting but the only proper one is 8. Anything else requires agreements that everyone must follow, which printers and terminals don't support.

about 2 years ago

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