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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

umdesch4 Re:ISPs in Canada? (217 comments)

Sorry, I just double checked, and it's actually 100/5. Worse even than I remembered. I checked all available plans from Telus, Rogers, Shaw...and there's nothing better that's available anywhere near me. Remember this when the MP/RIAA makes a stink about those damned dirty Canadian pirates. Sure, if I pirate a movie, maybe I can seed it on a torrent site, and you'll get it in about 3 weeks. :P

yesterday
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Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

umdesch4 ISPs in Canada? (217 comments)

Where I live, in a suburb of Vancouver, BC. I have no options even remotely like this. I have 100/10 cable internet right now, and that's the best I can get. Uploading anything is almost an exercise in futility.

yesterday
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Leaked Build of Windows 9 Shows Start Menu Return

umdesch4 Re:Fuck Tiles! (346 comments)

Too funny. After all these years, I somehow never knew that CTRL-ESC = Windows Key. I'm on an "ancient IBM" keyboard right now (a Model M from 1984), and I just tried it. Massive forehead smack ensued when I discovered it worked. So, honestly, no sarcasm intended, thanks for that tip!

What I miss the most is the classic start menu where you can completely create your own sub-groups in a hierarchy. When I'm trying to remember which utility I wanted to use, but the name was something goofy that I haven't used in a year, it's nice to be able to go Start->Audio Tools->Transcoders-> {browse list, and "oh yeah, it was this..."}->BeHappy

about a week ago
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US Marshals Accidentally Reveal Potential Bidders For Gov't-Seized Bitcoin

umdesch4 Re:A planned failure (101 comments)

Hanlon's Razor is a useful tool...but it cuts both ways. I use it sometimes myself. "Whoops, I didn't realize I was logged into production when I deployed that critical bug fix that isn't scheduled to go until next week! Oh well, at least we won't get called on the weekend about the error that was prematurely fixed..."

about 1 month ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

umdesch4 Re:Style over substance (188 comments)

I'm surprised you're being modded flamebait. My first listen to the $299 version of Beats, I was certain they were actually broken. But no, I tried them at 3 different stores, and I can't for the life of my understand how they just don't sound downright bad to other people. They sound broken to me. The bass is cranked, but only in a very narrow range that makes certain notes in a bassline sound louder than others, and there's some weird kind of thing going on in the midrange that almost sounds like phase cancellation. I dunno man...

about 2 months ago
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Apple Confirms Purchase of Beats For $3 Billion

umdesch4 Re:I dislike Beats... (188 comments)

Well, my headphones were around $350, but they have significant amounts of titanium and kevlar in their construction. I think they're worth it...

about 2 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

umdesch4 Re:Wait... (255 comments)

I suspect it might be because her mom might end up becoming a presidential candidate soon...or am I wrong about that. I confess to being a non-American only somewhat up-to-date on the current state of US politics.

about 2 months ago
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Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

umdesch4 Re:Is this an ad ? (304 comments)

No mod points, so I'll just reply and say "me too". On the other hand, I'd consider taking one of these displays and turning it 90 degrees so I can see more of my code at once without scrolling.

about 2 months ago
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New PostgreSQL Guns For NoSQL Market

umdesch4 Re:next for NoSQL (162 comments)

Dammit, I wish I had mod points for this. It restored my faith in humanity a little bit...so thanks for that.

about 2 months ago
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Favorite Star Wars Movie?

umdesch4 Re:Episode V! (457 comments)

Ummm...unless this is a troll that went over my head, I think you need to learn how the numbering for Star Wars movies works. It sounds like you're talking about Episode IV (4), the "first" movie that was released in 1977 (when you were 7). Episode I (1) was the 1999 Jar Jar Binks showcase.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

umdesch4 Re:Long-term loss (520 comments)

But weren't the real investments actually taxpayer dollars many years ago when the basic infrastructure of the internet was built? I don't know about in the US, but in Canada, that's what happened. Public pays for building infrastructure, private companies get it handed to them on a silver platter. Companies make huge profits, don't re-invest a dime into maintaining or improving it. Quality diminishes over time, companies get more and more nefarious as their monopoly power increases. The question I have is, why should ISPs free-ride over taxpayer funded investments?

about 5 months ago
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Leonard Nimoy: Smoking Is Illogical

umdesch4 Re:Illogical (401 comments)

Yeah, I think he's gotten both parts of "live long and prosper" done by now.

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?

umdesch4 Re:It's been done (876 comments)

Damn, that has to be the best post I've seen yet for being on topic, while eloquently saying "fuck beta". Well done AC!

about 5 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

umdesch4 Re:... meanwhile in USA ... (196 comments)

Thanks for that. I guess I have some more reading to do. This whole story just gets crazier every time I hear a new piece of it.

about 6 months ago
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EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion

umdesch4 Re:... meanwhile in USA ... (196 comments)

Pardon my ignorance, as I'm not American, but I'm confused about this. I thought that the two parts of the contention that you quoted were the "true" parts. Ie. that the website cost taxpayers millions, and that it was a no-bid contract. The part I thought was debunked was that there was any connection between Michelle Obama and this former classmate. Yet, you were modded insightful for calling the OP a fuckwit based on his first two premises...multiple times. What did I miss...?

about 6 months ago
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Ultrasound Technique Provides a New Radiation Free Way To Visualize Tumors

umdesch4 Tiny Bubbles (35 comments)

So, if this contrast agent attaches to cancer cells more than normal ones, could it be used to deliver targeted death to the cancer cells?

about 6 months ago
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FCC Wants To Trial Shift From Analog Phone Networks To Digital

umdesch4 Re:Sing-along (218 comments)

Funny, I was going to mention this. I remember in the early 80s, holding the phone up to the speakers and sharing the latest drum pattern I'd programmed into the TR-808, or whatever. No chance in hell you could do that now. Now, I get on conference calls to do system change deployments in the middle of the night, and the guy with his radio or TV on in the background just ends up flooding the whole call with this horrible undercurrent of digital burbling. If it weren't for the insane level of compression, that would just be a bit of background music, and wouldn't matter. Compression on phones these days has made it so that I can no longer understand ANYONE speaking English as a second language to me. I never used to have that problem, and I don't have it IRL either.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Open Source PC Music Studio?

umdesch4 Re:GarageBand (299 comments)

Looks like "RTFT - Read The F*cking Title" needs to become the new baseline around here.

about 6 months ago
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Google Buys UK AI Startup Deep Mind

umdesch4 Billionaires (113 comments)

"I thought it sounded crazy until he told me the list of famous billionaires who have invested in the company." "Then I realized it was actually a money laundering scheme."

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life After N900?

umdesch4 Re:Love the Q10 (303 comments)

I wish I had mod points to mod you up. I love my Q10. I'm an annoyance to my peers. Every time they launch into a rant about some issue they're having with their iPhone, I listen respectfully for however long it takes them to fizzle out, and then I just pull out the Q10, and while starting to check my messages, I just casually say "I think you already know what my solution to that issue is". I gave up trying to sell people on it a long time ago, and I also gave up trying to help people work around their iPhone problems years ago. I use my phone for work and personal stuff, and I work *a lot*, and I commute several hours a day. So I need something that always just works unobtrusively. I dunno what I'm going to do once BlackBerry is gone, and nobody makes a decent phone with a physical keyboard, decent security, decent battery life (with a self replaceable battery), decent stability, non-proprietary connectors, non-proprietary hot-swappable storage media support, decent corporate VPN integration support, seamless Exchange server integration...etc.

about 6 months ago

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