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Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 1) 313

by 14erCleaner (#49754965) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?
You can get a Tracphone flip phone from Walmart for $15, and service for $10/month (50 minutes). If you don't like it, well, you haven't even reached the one-month unlimited charge for most providers and you can start over. Not the best network (AT&T) but it'll work in cities and along major highways.

Comment: 20,000 hands against each player? (Score 0) 65

Let's see, over two days that's about 400 hands per hour, or one hand every 8.5 seconds, assuming the players take no breaks for sleeping, eating, etc. Yet they still trounced the computer, and it's claiming "no statistical significance"? I think this is one of the greatest achievements of man versus machine in history!
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FCC Chairman: a Former Cable Lobbyist Who Helped Kill the Comcast Merger 86

Posted by Soulskill
from the judging-books-by-covers dept.
An anonymous reader writes: After Friday's news that the Comcast/TWC merger is dead, the Washington Post points out an interesting fact: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who was instrumental in throwing up roadblocks for the deal, used to be a lobbyist for the cable and wireless industry. "Those who predicted Wheeler would favor industry interests 'misunderstood him from the beginning — the notion that because he had represented various industries, he was suddenly in their pocket never made any sense,' said one industry lawyer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he represents clients before the FCC." The "revolving door" between government and industry is often blamed for many of the problems regulating corporations. We were worried about it ourselves when Wheeler was nominated for his current job. I guess this goes to show that it depends more on the person than on their previous job.

Comment: Re:That clinches it. (Score 1) 393

by 14erCleaner (#49079451) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?
For me, the years of the Linux desktop were roughly 1998-2001. Once Windows XP and Cygwin became available, the Linux thing became more trouble that it was worth for most purposes. Nowadays, of course, a huge majority of computers are running Unix hidden under the covers (Android and iOS), so this discussion is kind of moot.

Comment: Re:More non-fiction now, for complicated reasons (Score 1) 164

by 14erCleaner (#49066801) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?
I just finished Whiskey Tango Foxtrot by David Shafer, and found it enjoyable and light but not too light. It does have privacy in the information age as an underlying theme, but focuses on the characters and their interactions more that the heavy stuff.

Comment: Re:"Crux is the smallest of all 88 constellations" (Score 1) 104

There's a little asterism at the Vulpecula/Sagitta border called The Coathanger that's arguably smaller than either of these. It's just barely visible with the naked eye under ideal conditions, but it's there. Pretty cool to spot, too - a real challenge.

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