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Comment: Windows... really? (Score 1) 550

by 2centplain (#47525451) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later
Here's one reason to be afraid of laser eye surgery: "The NIDEK laser system has been specifically designed to simplify use of the laser for the surgeon and technicians.
Features of the new Windows®-based graphic user interface offer the ultimate combination of greater convenience and significant time savings."

Comment: rss feeds -- that's all I use - alternatives? (Score 1) 329

by 2centplain (#40537527) Attached to: Google Killing Off Mini, Video, and iGoogle
I mostly have various rss feeds on my iGoogle home page. Very, very useful to quickly see what's happening on pages I pay attention to. (Like, Slashdot, of course.)

I don't use many of the other gadgets/toys. Well, Weather Underground, Woot watcher, Google Finance are useful, but I could live without them.

Are there alternative sites that provide a similar function?

Comment: Will NOT Disappear After June 1 (Corrected (Score 1) 183

by 2centplain (#35563140) Attached to: Oracle Could Reap $1 Million For Domain "A few days ago I wrote: The site will be decommissioned on June 1 of this year. In the comments I went on to say that I doubted there would be 1:1 redirects. I was wrong. (Don't tell my wife I'm capable of saying that!) The domain will NOT be decommissioned or sold on June 1 of this year. Rather, URLs will redirect to URLs, with 1:1 redirects where possible. Most of the content that was on BigAdmin,, and some sections of SDN has already been migrated to the System Admin and Developer Community of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN). Our engineering team is working on a solution for the Hardware Compatibility List. I'll let you know where it ends up and in what form as soon as I know. If you find content on those legacy sites that you'd like to ensure we make available on OTN, please let me know. - Rick"

+ - Comcast charges fee to Level 3 for Netflix traffic->

Submitted by 2centplain
2centplain (838236) writes "Is this the first of many network neutrality disputes we're likely to see soon?

Washington Post, Nov 29, 2010
"Level 3 accuses Comcast of unfairly using its clout as the dominant U.S. cable provider"
By Cecilia Kang
"An online networking company that carries video feeds for Netflix has accused cable giant Comcast of demanding unfair fees to provide that video to home subscribers, raising questions about Comcast’s power to control consumers’ access to the Internet.

Level 3, a Colorado-based Internet company whose main client is the video giant Netflix, on Monday said Comcast’s action amounts to setting up a “toll booth” on the Internet.

The issue arises as federal regulators consider Comcast’s proposed purchase of a controlling interest in NBC-Universal, which rivals have said will give the cable company too much power over both programming and the means to distribute it.

This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation’s largest cable provider,” Level 3’s chief legal officer, Thomas Stortz, said in a news release.

Comcast disputed Level 3’s claims, saying its demand for fees is unrelated to the content that Level 3 wants delivered to consumers.

“Comcast offered Level 3 the same terms it offers to Level 3’s content delivery network competitors for the same traffic,” Joe Waz, Comcast’s senior vice president for external affairs, said in a statement. “But Level 3 is trying to undercut its . . . competitors by claiming it’s entitled to be treated differently and trying to force Comcast to give Level 3 unlimited and highly imbalanced traffic and shift all the cost onto Comcast and its customers.”" ..."

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Comment: How Things Work Seminar (Score 1) 256

by 2centplain (#29602197) Attached to: What To Cover In a Short "DIY Tech" Course?
Start off with the instructor doing a few short, hands-on presentation on how some thing works. Simple, well-known household things that one can take apart, observe, and understand. toaster, desklamp, computer mouse, speaker, ...

Then, ask the students to think of one thing they want to talk about. Let them bring the items into the classroom with lab time to take them apart, guided by the instructor, and other students. They can choose junk in their basement or garage, or buy something cheap from a second-hand store. Or even from the local recycling center. Need basic tools, multimeters (inexpensive from Harbor Freight -- good enough for this class), etc Provide some basic instructions on safety and tool usage.

They might even figure out how to fix something.

Then, for the rest of the couse, each student does their presentation. (They also "accidentally" learn some presentation skills.)

The best way to learn is to teach!

Years ago, I participated in a "How Things Work" seminar at MIT just like this. Great stuff!

Comment: Mouse issues (Score 1) 823

by 2centplain (#26224537) Attached to: Configuring a Windows PC For a Senior Citizen?
"For old people, it is difficult to click button on mouse but do not move it." It took me a while to notice this when my mom uses her computer. I had been supporting her remotely using VNC, and couldn't figure out why her windows were resized to be small. When I visited her in person, I saw that she was trying to close a window, but when she click the mouse button, she also move the mouse over to a border, held the mouse down, and ended up reszing the window. Solution: - configure larger window decorations (scroll bars, close buttons.) - configure larger window borders.

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