top Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
Same situation. If running Exchange, for example, configure Comcast's SMTP as a smarthost.
top Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
I doubt anyone working at AT&T actually had a sinister plan to advertise a $200 promo and offer only $100.
At these big companies it's more likely due to corporate disorganization, with one department not knowing what the other department is doing. The promotions are developed by marketing geniuses, who tell the IT people to put them into the computer, then at point-of-sale they're supposed to be able to locate the promotion in the computer. That fails, so then you call customer-service where the people have even less clue what's going on so they refer you to go back the store where someone more knowledgeable can help you out.
It's also a problem of over-marketing as much as disorganization. Twenty years ago, you could open up a 1994 phone book and on the 3rd page would be a list of local telephone plans and prices. There were no time-limited promotions and codes to complicate things. Instead, all customers paid the same rates. Long distance was a totally different matter. People were switching carriers monthly hopping from one promotion to another. But local telephone had simple pricing. Today broadband needs to be more like that.
top Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More
The $499 version is bait and switch. Upgrade to an i7-4610M with 16GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, and the price hits to $1399..
about a month and a half ago
top Senators Threaten To Rescind NFL Antitrust Exemption
Don't confuse "nonprofit" with "charity". While virtually all charities are nonprofits, not all nonprofits are charities.
The NFL being nonprofit is simply a reflection of how the league is organized and equity and earnings are allocated. In this case, most of the equity in the NFL is held by individual teams and the teams' billionaire owners, and all the earnings are targeted to those same teams. The league acts as just a vehicle for the teams to coordinate functions like marketing, scheduling, and league matters. So when the league gets $10 billion in TV contracts, all the profit is distributed to the teams, which then pay taxes on it. Being structured as a nonprofit, the NFL league has trustees and beneficiaries. It could reincorporate as a for-profit, in which case it would have owners and shareholders. In that case, each team owner could be granted one share. If that were to happen, Paul Allen instead of receiving one tax bill for $100 million for the Seahawks, would get two tax bills for $70 million (for the Seahawks) and $30 million (for the NFL share). From the taxman's point of view, it's pretty much the same.
There's nothing sneaky about the NFL being a nonprofit. It's just reflects how the league was originally set up.
top After Dallas Ebola Diagnosis, CDC Raises Estimate of Patient's Possible Contacts
A lot of people are directing outrage at the healthcare worker who dropped the ball, but what about the patient? He reportedly didn't tell the nurse/doctor "I just came here from Liberia a few days ago and was recently in contact with people who died of Ebola." which is what any sane person would have done. I'm guessing he did the opposite, and downplayed it like "Have you been to Africa? / Yes I used to live in Africa."
top Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina
Since the 1990's cities have had their own street-view like platforms. Both the data-collection and the UI were not nearly as refined as street-view is today. Cities would pay to have vans photograph the streets every couple of years. The vans had only 1 or 2 cameras, and the Windows software was crude and hard to use, but still saved a lot of time compared to dispatching an inspector to check for things like newly installed decks, carports, and sheds.
top Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5
It's a value decision. Consumers didn't want to pay a $100 premium for the additional 16GB.
top Ask Slashdot: Remote Support For Disconnected, Computer-Illiterate Relatives
A few years ago, Microsoft released a Windows security update that changed the default autorun/autoplay behavior, prompting the user to select either browse/execute when media is inserted instead of executing automatically.
top Top EU Court: Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publishers' Permission
Gotta love the analog loophole.
top Bill Gates Wants To Remake the Way History Is Taught. Should We Let Him?
When it comes to history, experts are just people convinced their version of the facts is better than everyone else's versions.
top Ask David Saltzberg About Being
The Big Bang Theory's Science Advisor
Why are you posting an AMA on slashdot instead of reddit?
top Radioactive Wild Boars Still Roaming the Forests of Germany
Why are wild game hunters deserving of compensation? The world does not owe them a living. If a third of boars are contaminated, then just stop hunting boars and do something else with your life.
top DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
VERY FEW accidents involve a driver backing up and hitting cars/kids"
That should be "very few FATAL accidents involve a driver backing up and hitting cars/kids". I think the national total is around a dozen fatalities a year. On the other hand, scuffed and dented bumpers are probably a daily occurrence and many malls, parking garages, and city streets around the country. Heck, just look at the bumpers of your own car and count the dings.
top DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications
Is this the same DOT that for years defied US legislation mandating backup-cameras becoming standard equipment in vehicles?
In 2008, Congress passed a law (signed by GW Bush) requiring the DOT/NHTSA to put together rules requiring backup-cameras in cars. The law set a deadline of 2011 for the DOT. And 2011 was just a deadline, so they could have implemented the rule in 2009 if they wanted. Instead they put off the setting the rule until just about six months ago in 2014. It won't be finalized until 2015 and won't take effect until 2018.
The reason DOT dragged their feet? The stated reason was that they needed more time to calculate the cost-benefit ratio of prevented deaths caused by cars backing up. Never mind that Congress already decided that matter, and that most of the measurable benefit is not going to come from personal injury, but from property damage averted when you don't dent your car backing out a parking spot because you can see how much space is behind you in the video-monitor. The unstated reason is that mandatory backup cameras would cost PROFIT for Detroit auto manufacturers.
And keep in mind these are lousy backup cameras which are mature, uncontroversial, and easy-to-implement tech. This V2V tech is still under development.
So what's the deal with this rush to mandate V2V? Is this Obama trying to establish legacy?
top Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives
Instead of using solar PV to run an electric water heater, how about a solar water heater?
top The Hobbit: the Battle of Five Armies Trailer Released
It's too bad the trailer is not being released in 48fps HFR just in ordinary 1080p. My local theater is on the HFR list, and showed
Journey in HFR but got so much negative feedback that they didn't do a single screening of Smaug in HFR. The next closest HFR-capable theater to me is 3 hours away.
Since the online trailer is just about the only chance most folks will have to see any of the films in HFR, it's a shame that it's not been made available.
top Site of 1976 "Atomic Man" Accident To Be Cleaned
Those are the side effects of Khan blood.
top Hierarchical Membrane For Cleaning Up Oil Spills
Easier to follow Exxon's example and dump tons of dispersant into your oil spill, and watch the globs disappear from plain sight.
top Ask Slashdot: What Would It Take For You To Buy a Smartwatch?
Watches are still way too thick. You still can't find a digital watch (except for some ridiculous e-ink devices) less than 5mm thick.
While they're at it, why do dial watches still have crowns? You should be able to hold them up to a computer screen to set the time and date like those old databank watches. All they need is a sensor or solar cell and a tiny bit of logic.
top Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant
During his confirmation hearings, Ted Kennedy noted that Sam Alito "never saw a police search he didn't like."
Alito wrote up his own opinion on this decision, not-quite agreeing with the rest of the bench, but still voting against this particular search. I guess there's a first for everything.
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