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Comment: Lucky me (Score 1) 84

I live in an area that is serviced by several cable providers as well as at least 2 *DSL providers.
We have chose to go with Astound , but Comcast and TWC are also available. On the *DSL side we can get Pac-Bell or CenturyLink. I've previously used SDSL with Pac-Bell and had good results but at a steep cost. About 2 years ago we decided to try Astound due to price issues and have been relatively happy with their performance, though customer service does lack a little in the technical skills area.

Comment: Re:old school ?? (Score 1) 377

by Archfeld (#47780387) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

LOL, nah I can do without the tea or a blanket, but I could use a Newcastle. I had a pong machine, and a radio shack/tandy 16k computer as well, but my 1st machine was a heathkit I built in math class as a junior high student. I had a Atari 2600 and sadly I can still muscle memory my way through Adventure, long live the yellow Duck.
Now excuse me while I go play a game of pinball on my vintage Delta Queen, STILL 2 plays (5 balls) for .25.

As for age, it doesn't matter how old you are the phrase old-school makes you sound like a self-absorbed retard. Sadly looking at my comment I have to say the phrase douche bag isn't much better so I'll have to take the heat for that as well.

Comment: old school ?? (Score 1) 377

by Archfeld (#47776495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

#1 STOP USING 'old school', you aren't, and you sound like a douche bag.
#2 DICE - Zilch, 10,000, liar's dice...etc
#3 A deck of cards, Canasta, Bridge, Poker, Pinochle.
#4 Risk, Stratego, Masterpiece, Chutes and Ladders for the youngsters, and of course Monotony, aka Monopoly.
#5 Dungeons & Dragons, or more preferably Gurps, but any pen and paper RPG is awesome.

Comment: how about by offering to not screw you... (Score 1) 275

by Archfeld (#47745405) Attached to: Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

If they promised not to 'steal' your contents and sell them to someone else or use them to market 'partner' services, or actually have and supply a real secure site. You know at some point Google will alter their ToS to allow them to use anything in their never-ending quest to track everything and everyone that ever touches the web in any manner.

Comment: FTA... (Score 1) 62

by Archfeld (#47732101) Attached to: UPS: We've Been Hacked

each store is a independent computer node and not all are interconnected. That indicates to me that it almost has to be an insider/employee/contractor travelling from store to store implementing the malware ? It seems unlikely that a hacker group could/would have the organization to get around to that many states/stores.

Comment: a matter of scale (Score 1) 276

by Archfeld (#47715181) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

I can commute farther in the state of California than the entire nation of Finland. Solutions that are workable and even desirable in certain locations are not logistically feasible in others.
I was very impressed with the public transportation options in GB, but the distances there lend themselves to such.

Comment: Been on fark as long as I've been here (Score 1) 743

by Archfeld (#47705419) Attached to: News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

The worst issue and the real root cause of the rule change is the 'new' association with DERP.
Fark, unlike Slashdot claims ownership of all comments and other postings and has now agreed to allow the Derp group to harvest and share all postings in whatever manner they see fit. Derp
It will likely have a measurable cooling effect on the postings at Fark.

+ - Bird flocks resemble liquid helium->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A flock of starlings flies as one, a spectacular display in which each bird flits about as if in a well-choreographed dance. Everyone seems to know exactly when and where to turn. Now, for the first time, researchers have measured how that knowledge moves through the flock—a behavior that mirrors certain quantum phenomena of liquid helium. Some of the more interesting findings: Tracking data showed that the message for a flock to turn started from a handful of birds and swept through the flock at a constant speed between 20 and 40 meters per second. That means that for a group of 400 birds, it takes just a little more than a half-second for the whole flock to turn."
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