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AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

unixcorn Pendulum (239 comments)

At some point this will pass. It will be billed as a compromise but the loopholes will allow AT&T and others to do what they want. As this happens, local storage will become cheaper and smaller and Netflix et. al. will begin offering home-based content libraries we can swap via Fedex or UPS. Then, after a while, the pendulum will again swing back to "instant" or "on demand".

about a week ago

Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

unixcorn Of course there is more ice in Antarctica. (628 comments)

Doesn't everyone remember that heat rises and cold settles. Antarctica is colder and has more ice because it's at the bottom of the world.....

about a week ago

Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

unixcorn Hulu Blows (138 comments)

Others have already said this but I am weighing in here so if Hulu is reading this they get why I am no longer a customer and won't be coming back until they change. I am not paying for a service that has advertisements, period. I don't care if you add South Park or not. I would rather buy a box set of DVDs than pay for commercials on a streaming service. Besides, isn't asking me to pay and then watch commercials double dipping? They said, when I left, that the commercials allowed them to offer better content. How about charging me another buck or two for a commercial free service? End rant.

about 2 months ago

AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

unixcorn Doesn't Protect the Consumer (228 comments)

This is for the banks and only the banks. Since most offer some sort of fraud protection, this protects them from loss. I get it but I am unwilling to let my phone company connect with my credit card bank for any reason. It's a tenuous relationship as it is with me and vendor advertising partnerships. I can't imagine what fine print would be part of that privacy agreement.

about 4 months ago

Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

unixcorn About Time This Was Exposed (187 comments)

"Educators are in it for the money a lot of them."
Do you work? Do you work for free? Are you in it for the money? Why do you think principals and superintendents make what they do? Could it be that they spent 8 years in college to get their doctorate, probably at night, while making it on a teachers pay. Along they way they were probably great teachers, were good with parents and they know what it takes to do their job. So one person makes $250K in the district while some principals make six figures, you can be sure they earn it. The superintendent's position is 24/7 and principals aren't far behind. Administrators, unlike teachers work all year too, by the way. Maybe you should spend some time at your school of choice and get the real scoop before going off on a rampage about how others make too much money.

about 4 months ago

Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

unixcorn So which is worse? (187 comments)

Putting your kids in a roomy portable classroom with questionable ventilation or crowding them into a permanent classroom like commuters on an airplane? As someone on a school board, I can tell you that the community doesn't like portables, but they like approving bonds to build new schools that are underutilized even less.

about 4 months ago

Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

unixcorn Re:danger will robinson (688 comments)

I see this in my nephews. One is graduating from high school this week and when I ask him what his plans are he says he wants to marry a rich girl. That's it! He has no aspirations save being like what he sees on TV and what he hears in modern music. I am very afraid for this next generation.

about 4 months ago

AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

unixcorn I don't get it... (173 comments)

I am a DirecTV customer. I live in a rural area and my only choice for internet is DSL. I use a CLEC, as opposed to CenturyLink who sucked big time. I am very happy with my internet connection and don't understand why you folks who get everything bundled are worried about this merger. Here's why, I pay around $150 per month for DirecTV with two DVRs and a few other boxes. I also pay around $70 per month for my internet service which I am happy to have. So if you complainers are getting phone/TV/Internet bundles with more than a 5MB/s data rate for less than $220 per month, please just stop your whining. You will never have to pay so much for so little unless you move somewhere there is no cable.

about 4 months ago

Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

unixcorn No (182 comments)

First, increasing corporate taxes will ultimately increase the cost to consumers.
Second, we are currently sitting on the largest oil supply in over 40 years. Why haven't prices plummeted? I blame the speculators. Not those looking for oil, but the middlemen trading and making a profit on someone else's work.
If it were up to me and I was truly concerned with why we can no longer afford to fully fund education, I would be looking at where our Federal taxes are going and asking why we get nearly zero dollars back to states for education from the Feds.

about 4 months ago

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Loses Deep Sea Vehicle

unixcorn The Abyss (93 comments)

It's aliens hiding out in the deep. They will bring the submersible back once they are done studying it.

about 4 months ago

Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

unixcorn Irresponsible? (254 comments)

My fear is that some neophyte will read this and believe he doesn't need an anti-virus application anymore because they don't work. While AV applications are not my favorite thing to spend money on, they do have their place for less-then-savvy users who may be surfing or downloading from areas that may not be safe.

about 5 months ago

WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

unixcorn I have both (73 comments)

I have been planning to cancel my directv subscription for months. I have an antenna and use my Roku or AppleTV boxes for other content. If I cancel, I save $150 per month. While some here predict that a merger will kill the internet, I believe the internet has already won the content delivery wars, providers simply haven't received the message. How many network feeds like ESPN, HGTV or even Disney for $150 per month? Based on the cost of Netflix and Amazon Prime, I am guessing quite a few. Goodbye Directv, hello choice.

about 5 months ago

New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

unixcorn Yes, they are (477 comments)

I want the flexibility to make my own rules with my employer. Sure, I am on call but I make $40K more than my peers so, to me, it's worth it. I also expect to go home at night and order from 24/7 websites so I am guessing other employers require some of their workers to be on call like me. It's not perfect but I own it, not some government douche who thinks he is doing me a favor.

about 5 months ago

Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

unixcorn Look out cable and satellite providers. (323 comments)

While I admit that Netflix and the like aren't perfect, I can easily justify three or four of them at $8-$10 per month instead of the $150 I current pay for my satellite service. My current service has 300 channels of shit and the movie channels run the same movies over and over. At my house we constantly joke about Dantes Peak being on at least 5 times per month. So yeah, there is much to be desired and when the studios get beyond their greed and figure it out, we will have a better system.

about 6 months ago

Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

unixcorn Campaign Promises (234 comments)

As a candidate for a local school board, I decided not to accept any money for my campaign. Easy to do in a local election, I get enough exposure in the paper and at candidate forums, but not so easy to do on a state or national level. We have created a system where, it seems, the more dollars a candidate can raise the better their chances of getting elected. Let's stop the madness and make it illegal to take any (or spend any) money for a campaign. Rely on media coverage as they must give equal time and allow a personal website and whatever other social media that is free. That would certainly eliminate the temptation to do what Yee did and might help to bring in new blood.

about 6 months ago

The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

unixcorn Candidate (392 comments)

I am running for a school board seat in my local community. I am a vocational school graduate with around 25 years of experience in the IT/Programming field. I have been a network guy and a DBA and I can code. I am running against college graduates who continuously tout what this article is trying to refute so it was a refreshing read. After reading the comments as well, I am left wondering why, as the article states, would there be a cycle of over training in the first place? Also, how would I use this in my campaign effectively? STEM is the rage, along with the achievement gap, so how best to articulate this without coming off as a loon?

about 6 months ago

Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

unixcorn We do this already (914 comments)

A convicted felon, even once they serve their sentence, is still a pariah in the US. Their record follows them so they can't get jobs, they are shunned by society and in some cases they are put on lists so neighbors can keep their kids away from them. I think we do a pretty good job of torturing criminals for their entire lives, while we wonder why the recidivism rate is so high. As a caveat, I have to say that our "correctional" institutions probably don't do much real correction so the guys on the lists probably need a watchful eye on them.

about 6 months ago

Study: Happiness Improves Developers' Problem Solving Skills

unixcorn They got it wrong... (91 comments)

It's not happiness that helps problem solving skills, it's using their penis (for sex) that helps.

about 6 months ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

unixcorn Why pay more? (578 comments)

We get that you love your government funded health care. That's great. Unfortunately, as a citizen of the US, my opinion is that I favor private medical care with zero government intrusion. As a free man, I am able to make my own way and make my own decisions relative to my body and health. Why should I have to pay for someone who doesn't give a shit about their body? Smokers, heavy drinkers, drug addicts, all would be covered under a government sponsored policy. So all my hard work; going to the gym, eating healthy, moderating means nothing to my bottom line because I am stuck funding some asshole who simply wants to take. So who is the greedy one here, me or the jerk I have to subsidize? As an aside, let's analyze Social Security. I am 51 years old and all I have heard for the last 20 years of my working life is that I probably won't see a dime. If our government can't run a simple retirement program without fucking it up, how are we supposed to trust them with trillions in medical care dollars? Can you imagine the expense of managing that? I shudder every time I think about it.

about 6 months ago



Coffee Pot

unixcorn unixcorn writes  |  more than 6 years ago

unixcorn (120825) writes "About six months ago I bought a new Mr Coffee drip coffee maker with a timer, a thermos style carafe and auto shut-off. The timer was broken right out of the box and it takes forever to brew. Besides growing a beard while waiting better than 30 minutes for my morning java, the carafe doesn't keep the brew hot enough. I have finally had enough and am going to buy a new, top of the line drip coffee pot. I couldn't think of a better place to ask for advice in this endeavor than here at /. where we all need a pot of go-go juice in us just to look at our monitors. Does anyone know what the best home brew system is? Thanks!"


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