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Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

twilight30 Seconding the TekSavvy recommendation (349 comments)

Where you located? If in Ontario, check out teksavvy or Also check out your provider, a lot of them recently have been offering unlimited for an extra $10-30 a month depending if you have stuff bundled with them or not.

Actually, TekSavvy should be available throughout Canada at this point. Definitely recommended, they know their poop and have built a solid reputation on great customer service.

about 3 months ago

AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

twilight30 Re:You can roam internationally without leaving US (321 comments)

Also South Surrey/White Rock - just last week got to challenge and decline Telus Mobility's $1.50 US roaming charge ('Welcome to the USA!') while on the way to my GF's place.

about 4 months ago

On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

twilight30 Re:You're Doing It Wrong (108 comments)

Not at all. Disagreements happen, it's just that they're (the disagreements, that is, not the users) usually not permitted to cross the line into meaningless vitriol for the sake of it.

about 4 months ago

On MetaFilter Being Penalized By Google

twilight30 Re:You're Doing It Wrong (108 comments)

That's interesting. The case could be made that MetaFilter is to liberal/progressive politics what Slashdot is to tech -- it fosters lively, informed discussions on any number of topics. I tend to lurk on both sites these days, but I will say that the active moderation over there has generally made a _much_ more civilised site than anything Slashdot could claim nowadays.

Note: I am specifically not really talking about MeTa's cash cow, the Ask MeFi section, but rather the main site itself.

about 4 months ago

GPUs Dropping Dead In 2011 MacBook Pro Models

twilight30 Re: Warranty Shouldn't Matter (359 comments)

This sounds to my [admittedly uneducated] ears just like the yellow light of death issues affecting the PS3, particularly the launch models. Same issue, more or less; the PS3 gets cooked when the lead-free solder cracks and allows the GPU to physically separate from the board.

[I am sad, I have a launch model that's been taken in twice for reflowing; it's now failed a third time, so no more]

I did have a 2011 mbp as well, but a 13" without the discrete graphics that I've since passed to my girlfriend. I reckon the next revision of the retina MBP will likely remove discrete cards altogether. =(

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Laptops For Fans Of Pre-Retina MacBook Pro?

twilight30 Re:My problem... (477 comments)

I second this, I have one myself for the 15" from last year. Tremendous product, and if you're careful about washing and drying it as needed, you will have no regrets that the matte option no longer exists, as the protector is just that good.

about 10 months ago

Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

twilight30 Re:Sign up for Entrepreneurship 101 (167 comments)

Sorry, I forgot to sign in.

I'm sitting in a free entrepreneurship lecture in Toronto, Ontario offered by MaRS Discovery District.
Available here:

I agree with others here: do it, you'll need it.

The course's lectures are free and archived, so there's no cost involved, just the time needed to watch and learn.

about a year ago

Apple Faces Lawsuit For Retina MacBook Pro 'Ghosting' Issue

twilight30 Apple's been playing about with other fuckery too (195 comments)

Couple of observations:

- Apple reset the number of views in that thread about 6 months ago. Plenty of discussion about this in the thread itself. So 367k views really only means, '367k views since whenever it was reset'

- The atrocious customer service many of the complainants on the thread received coincided with the arrival and brief stay of John Browett, a British national and former head of Dixons, a particularly terrible UK computer / consumer electronics chain. Browett on arrival at Apple immediately started implementing a number of changes that reduced morale and positively fucked the chain's plummeting reputation for customer service. He sucked so badly, that he was summarily fired at the end of October along with Scott Forstall:

- Apple quietly took out the LG screen (part number 661-6529) from their supplies of replacement displays sometime in late summer / early fall. The only replacements you can get from Apple now are Samsung parts (661-7171). I confirmed this myself with an Apple authorised 3rd-party supplier as I did not trust Apple to be honest about their supply situation after they fobbed me off initially with a 2nd LG display that developed IR.

- However, their plants in Shanghai are still assembling retinas with the LG screen (see thread for confirmation of this) - why, I don't know; maybe they have supplies to use up.

about a year and a half ago

Apple Faces Lawsuit For Retina MacBook Pro 'Ghosting' Issue

twilight30 Re:Mildly annoying (195 comments)

I have one as well, and the original screen was an LG (purchased a week after they launched the computer, but not delivered for another month). I heard about this defect in the above-mentioned thread about two weeks after launch, but didn't notice anything for about 6 weeks after receiving it. Then the trouble started.

Exchanged for another screen - except it was another LG. Which promptly developed image retention after two weeks. This time, Apple Store 'geniuses' made out with a bullshit test that it was 'normal' and 'expected' - to which I pointed out that the Samsung equivalents had no such 'normal' ghosting at all.

Fought with the fuckers for 3 weeks. Finally, I had to threaten to return it for a full refund off my credit card when they finally gave in. I kept pointing out that a laptop costing over $3k Cdn has no business exhibiting such behaviour, and that otherwise I actually was very happy with the computer besides this one issue. They finally replaced it with a Samsung-manufactured screen - and this was back in September; totally flawless screen since the final replacement.

The clincher? You just have to ask them if they would be happy with an expensive machine that showed this shitty display themselves.

The computer itself is really a dream to use now. And yes, it's the best purchase I've ever made as well. Despite all the bullshit to get there.

about a year and a half ago

Gnome Founder Miguel de Icaza Moves To Mac

twilight30 Re:Can't blame him.... (815 comments)

You must suck with reading comprehension. Honestly, some people...

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: How Best To Set Up a Parent's PC?

twilight30 Get TeamViewer (418 comments)

Walking a parent through steps over the phone can be a frustrating experience. Even after moving my father to a Mac I still found myself having to deal with his issues for the first couple of months on a near-daily basis. Using TeamViewer helped this immeasurably. Free for personal use.

about a year and a half ago

Canonical Announces Mir: A New Display Server Not On X11 Or Wayland

twilight30 Re:Canonical has become... (354 comments)

It's not the being commercially successful - pretty sure more people would grant Ubuntu leeway if they were - but their aspirations to commercial success are taking them down ultimately the wrong path.

about a year and a half ago

Apple CEO Tim Cook Apologizes For Maps App, Recommends Alternatives

twilight30 Now, how about the Retina MacBook Pros? (451 comments)

OK, us retina MacBook Pro buyers have been struggling for a couple of months now with the fact that Apple used two suppliers, LG and Samsung, to provide the screens for the rMBP. Unfortunately, the LG screens develop image retention or ghosting fairly quickly after purchase, and Apple has been all over the map in either replacing or refusing to replace these defective screens.

Us being niche in comparison, I suspect we won't see anything like that letter ourselves.

Apple discussions thread (you will need an Apple ID to access this, I think):


Apple Insider (post launch day)

about 2 years ago

The True Challenges of Desktop Linux

twilight30 Re:Hi, my name is Anecdotal Evidence. (505 comments)

My first computer was a Mac LC 22 years ago. In the intervening time, I went to Windows as work required it, then I discovered Linux in 1997. Went to Red Hat 5.1, then Mandrake a couple of years later, then finally in 2000 I went to Debian and stayed there 'til last year, when I gave up and bought a 13" MBP.

When Gnome 3 came out, I relegated the old Debian server to just file/media serving, switched the window manager to XFCE, and promptly ignored it. Where it remains, switched off.

After a while I just realised that I was just more productive on OS X without thinking I needed to become a developer on Linux / [your favourite distro here] first.

It's great that all the technically savvy and ideologically committed people have a place to go to and an OS to use, but any hopes of expanding beyond that died with OS X's second release.

about 2 years ago

MorphOS 3.0 Released: Refusing To Let the PPC Desktop OS Die Gracefully

twilight30 Another weakness (214 comments)

... might be the price. Good luck, I guess.

more than 2 years ago

Osama Bin Laden Reported Dead, Body In US Hands

twilight30 Re:Well there you go (1855 comments)

The prez just won his second term

my thoughts exactly

more than 3 years ago



Cow farts collected for global warming study

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "The Daily Telegraph reports that 'Scientists in Argentina are examining cow farts and burps in a novel bid to combat global warming. In a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming, scientists collected methane gas from their stomachs in plastic tanks attached to their backs.'"

Canadian passport security full of online holes

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "Tuesday's Globe and Mail is reporting that 'A security flaw in Passport Canada's website has allowed easy access to the personal information — including social insurance numbers, dates of birth and driver's licence numbers — of people applying for new passports. The breach was discovered last week by an Ontario man completing his own passport application. He found he could easily view the applications of others by altering one character in the Internet address displayed by his Web browser. "I was expecting the site to tell me that I couldn't do that," said Jamie Laning of Huntsville. "I'm just curious about these things so I tried it, and boom, there was somebody else's name and somebody else's data." That data included social insurance numbers, driver's licence numbers and addresses.'"

Trolltech cancels Greenphone

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "From ZDNet: 'The mobile Linux development company Trolltech says that it has sold out of its Greenphone reference handsets and that it will not reorder further units, because there are now suitable alternatives in the marketplace. Trolltech launched the Greenphone in 2006, the first fully open handset designed for the development of open-source applications. Running on Trolltech's Qtopia platform, the device was supposed to stimulate the growth of mobile Linux'"

Bad Box Office? Blame 'Halo 3'

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "Advertising Age reports that ' ... Total industry ticket sales were only $80 million for the Oct. 5 weekend the film [The Heartbreak Kid] opened, a whopping 27% below the same weekend the year before, according to research firm Media by Numbers. That's the industry's worst performance for an October weekend since 1999. Overall, domestic receipts are down 6% from last fall.
Blame the Master Chief. ...
"We marketed it like a film," said Josh Goldberg, a "Halo 3" product manager at Microsoft, adding, "and now, we're just as big or bigger than film." ... Not all of Hollywood is convinced. '"

Bad Box Office? Blame 'Halo 3'

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "Advertising Age reports today that ' ... Many film executives are convinced audiences stayed home to play Microsoft's carpal-tunnel classic, "Halo 3," which went on sale on Sept. 26. The game sold an astonishing $170 million worth of copies on its first day, before going on to sell well over $300 million. ... "We marketed it like a film," said Josh Goldberg, a "Halo 3" product manager at Microsoft, adding, "and now, we're just as big or bigger than film." He said "Halo 3" was marketed as an event film in terms of its partnerships, with beverage, automotive, fast feeders and mobile-phone companies all joining up.

And there's more where that came from. Take 2 Interactive's Rockstar Games is readying its release of "Grand Theft Auto 4."
Not all of Hollywood is convinced. Mediocre reviews on "Kid" piled up from critics, and at rival studio Screen Gems, owned by Sony, marketing chief Mark Weinstock says that "box office is driven by content." '"

Orion Nebula Gets New Milepost Marker, Now Closer

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "Discovery News is reporting that 'One of the most famous and scrutinized heavenly objects is 10 to 20 percent closer than we thought, say two teams of radio astronomers who have made some of the most precise cosmic distance measurements ever, with a telescope nearly as big as Earth. The Orion Nebula is the closest major stellar nursery to Earth, so it has been heavily studied to learn about the lives of stars. Its distance from Earth, however, has long been a matter of uncertainty, with an estimate made about 25 years ago in need of revision.'"

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "Today's Globe and Mail is reporting that 'research into vitamin D is suggesting a heretical notion: that cancers and other disorders in rich countries aren't caused mainly by pollutants but by a vitamin deficiency known to be less acute or even non-existent in poor nations.

In June, U.S. researchers will announce the first direct link between cancer prevention and the sunshine vitamin. Their results are nothing short of astounding. A four-year clinical trial involving 1,200 women found those taking the vitamin had about a 60-per-cent reduction in cancer incidence, compared with those who didn't take it, a drop so large — twice the impact on cancer attributed to smoking — it almost looks like a typographical error. And in an era of pricey medical advances, the reduction seems even more remarkable because it was achieved with an over-the-counter supplement costing pennies a day.

One of the researchers who made the discovery, professor of medicine Robert Heaney of Creighton University in Nebraska, says vitamin D deficiency is showing up in so many illnesses besides cancer that nearly all disease figures in Canada and the U.S. will need to be re-evaluated. "We don't really know what the status of chronic disease is in the North American population," he said, "until we normalize vitamin D status." '"

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "While trying to figure out why a supposedly-supported SATA-II controller isn't recognised on my motherboard I thought I'd go back and visit the Linux Documentation Project's pages. It was a trip down memory lane, but I soon wondered about the state of many of the documents there. Much of TLDP is old, maybe even crufty.

So I'd like to ask what Slashdotters think of and its 'competitors' — do people get info from other sites or wikis? Are people more likely to look at their distro's forums first? Is TLDP still relevant to you? Are distros good enough now that TLDP is basically irrelevant? For the BSDheads, do you think the BSDs' documentation pages have lessons to teach TLDP?

What would have to change for TLDP to become relevant again? Thanks."

twilight30 twilight30 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

twilight30 (84644) writes "Nicholas Carr reports that 'Larry Sanger has changed his mind about forking Wikipedia. As you'll recall, Sanger, who cofounded Wikipedia with Jimmy Wales, has been working on creating Citizendium, an expert-edited alternative to the motley online encyclopedia. The original plan was to "fork" Wikipedia — in other words, make a copy of Wikipedia's contents and then re-edit the articles to bring them up to snuff. The theory was that borrowing the existing articles would provide a jump-start for the fledgling knowledge base. But that hasn't worked so well. The handful of early contributors to Citizendium have, says Sanger, become "disheartened by the fact that their first obligation seems to be to edit mediocre Wikipedia articles."'"


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