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Comment Re:Less Honesty Please... (Score 1) 634

Precisely, this. If we really dig into the cause of this, I think it would take us back to the premise behind a comic I saw recently. Can't find it now, but basically there were 2 panes: one from the past with the mother asking the child if she was nice to her teacher today, and the second with the mother of today asking her child if the teacher was nice to her today. All that can be expected from a parent/teacher conference about how bad your child is doing or behaving is confrontation.

Comment Re:When I worked for UPS (Score 2, Interesting) 480

These test results are quite surprising to me, as the packages I receive from UPS are typically battered and have damaged corners, whereas those from FedEx are typically well-treated. I even had UPS call me once to tell me that a package, which I had taken care to tape really well, had come open during shipment, and was apparently in such a state of acceleration that the contents were strewn about, so they wanted to ask me what was in the box.

Comment Re:No way Steve Jobs has 7-inches (Score 2, Insightful) 233

I love Apple's mobile products, I just don't see the point in buying their laptop/desktop machines unless you are an artist. Even then, it's becoming a bit of a stretch of the word "necessary" to have an OS X machine. Their Windows counterparts are just incredibly cheaper and more compatible with devices and other computers around them, usually. 7 is a very good OS, IMO.

Comment Re:Ideal versus Reality (Score 1) 564

I don't see this as being as much of a direct problem for residential users. What I find disturbing are the comments being made by telco CEOs in an obvious attempt to lay a framework for legislation. Gems like:

"We have to make sure that they [application providers] don't sit on our network and chew up bandwidth," Seidenberg (Verizon CEO) said. "We need to pay for the pipe."

"Now what they would like to do is use my pipes free, but I ain't going to let them do that because we have spent this capital and we have to have a return on it," says Whitacre. (AT&T CEO) "So there's going to have to be some mechanism for these people who use these pipes to pay for the portion they're using. Why should they be allowed to use my pipes?"

So, if you have any knowledge of the complexity of the Internet, you already know that Google and other hosts out there are already paying for service. You and I, on the other end of a TCP/IP connection, are already paying for our service. Who, exactly, is "sitting on the network, chewing up bandwidth" or "using the pipes for free?" Currently, it's the same for any other protocol being used on the Internet. Both parties are paying for service, on whatever scale they use it. Peering arrangements are made between ISPs to ensure they can mutually provide for their users.

The real issue here is that these companies have seen just how much money they can milk out of a 3G-capable cell phone, and they want to extend that plunder to what they know is going to be the ultimate service of the next 100 years as people drop cable and home phone service for Hulu and VoIP.

Comment Re:What is to stop how ISP's peer? (Score 1) 457

Wait, wait, wait a minute...who said anything about unlimited bandwidth? I don't know about you, but the only 2 competing ISPs in my area have "invisible" bandwidth limits, which can be found, but are not openly available to the customer.

Can we not just agree that the backbones need to be engineered with a tighter grid with much more bandwidth?

Bandwidth for residential users is not nearly as aggressively deployed as bandwidth for financial institutions is.

Comment Re:HUZZAH!!! (Score 1) 567

Hopefully they have worked out the multitude of bugs with the Wind and Netbook Remix. I have no power button in the UI, power management has a bug with the brightness function keys, no display for turbo mode, wireless adapter disabled on bootup sometimes and function key to enable it won't work, eats battery like Pac Man on a bender...

Unfortunately, I'd rather just boot to XP on my Wind for most tasks.

Secret Service Runs At "Six Sixes" Availability 248

PCM2 writes "ABC News is reporting that the US Secret Service is in dire need of server upgrades. 'Currently, 42 mission-oriented applications run on a 1980s IBM mainframe with a 68 percent performance reliability rating,' says one leaked memo. That finding was the result of an NSA study commissioned by the Secret Service to evaluate the severity of their computer problems. Curiously, upgrades to the Service's computers are being championed by Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, who says he's had 'concern for a while' about the issue."

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