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Comment: Re:How does firefox handle searches? (Score 1) 101

Good call. Added Google SSL to the search bar. I use https://encrypted.google.com/ as my normal Google page. Main reason for that is i prefer the results opened a new tab rather then showing in whatever page i happen to search from, or having open a new tab.

Comment: Re:They've been available longer than you think (Score 2) 330

by Blimbo (#42512507) Attached to: How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?

Banacek had one in his car, which always seemed uber cool and apropos for that suave dude.. In any case that show ran '72-'74.
It was when the phones were not tethered to a vehicle battery and large antenna that sealed the mobile deal. Still i was about 32 (1990) when i got my first cell phone and only becasue i moved form a small town to a large metropolis and you pretty much had to have one there.

Comment: Re:"Bathroom" can easily be renamed.... (Score 1) 630

by Blimbo (#41358101) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Does Time Tracking at Work Go Too Far?

At one of the sweat shop outsourced technical call centers i worked at, we had various "aux codes" after you logged into the phone, which were used for different off phone activities. Research, tech lead, training, etc were different codes. Aux 1 was for total paid breaks, of which we had 30 min for an 8 to 10 hour shift. You must smoke, chat, handle your personal needs, etc within the time. Once they implemented "paid by the switch" any aux 1 over that meant unpaid time. You also received disciple, from a warning up to termination, if you were not within required metrics on our daily/weekly/monthly reports. I was young and pretty hardy, quickly moved up to top pay with tons of OT, but it became brutal as they clamped down. Sad to say, but most of us were never so happy when that company finally closed the location, moving it out of the country.

Comment: Re:Why didn't you just get an iPad? (Score 1) 96

by Blimbo (#37581630) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Websites Friendly To eReader Browsers?

I read mostly at day (inside or outside). E-ink rules for that. However i picked up a cool case for my Kobo with a nice attached light. It is great! Once you figure the angle to light the screen with no reflection, I can read for hours. Plus it protects the device.

If I was one read in the dark most of the time, then perhaps i would consider a TFT/LCD device. Also just to read stuff on the iPad seems excessively costly ..

I will wait and see. As suggested previously, its just a mater of convergence. Be nice to have it all.

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Comment: Re:A new css M assedia type? (Score 0) 96

by Blimbo (#37581532) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Websites Friendly To eReader Browsers?

Hmm, this kind of reminds me of the first gen Cell Phone browsers, when you had to access WAP sites to get content. (I supported those buggers for years) Eventually smart sites would just redirect based on the browser. Then the "mobile browsers" got better. Seemed OK for a while.

I think it's a similar threshold to cross, once the hardware and content converge. So around that time, the content providers will have no choice but to comply, or vice versa. Not to mention the certain increase in mobile bandwidth and capabilities. Not everyone connects to any bandwidth worth mentioning today.

Try viewing web sites with a stock browser (of your choice, any OS) on a computer unless you add every darn proprietary thing, just not feasible or workable.
E-Ink, (I like it) great for text, especially on the new ones. Hey, these are readers, not really "web devices".... yet.

Now every darn web site (not an HTML comment, ahem) requires so many add-ons, it’s stupid; but your right in a certain way, we now have expectations that mobile browsing on any device should have the same experience as your computer per se, or whatever your expectations are.

Most e-Readers are just readers providing simple reading content, that's all; however they are evolving fast and the content providers will follow the flow. The current web access is there only to obtain content (just like ring tones, etc) IMHO. No one wants simple B/W web sites (wake up) :) E-ink is very cool and easy on the eye(s) for text.

If you want to browse the web on a device in your hand in color, with bells and whistles; meaning you want it all, then give it some time. Much more interesting to me is to see how this will develop in terms of what we get/want. Really this is the big question, which I am certain will soon to be analyzed here and elsewhere soon.

Comment: Re:Daily (Score 1) 266

by Blimbo (#35768434) Attached to: I back up personal files...

I know lots of people using HDD's as a backup solution today. Backing up data to a single HDD is easy sure, however since it is the HDD that always fails, it seems to be just asking for trouble. The old axiom: there are two kinds of HDD's, those they have failed and those that will fail, still holds true.

Backup to your HDD or RAID Array if you require real time access, then for safe keeping to DVD, or your tape drive if you can afford a nice one.

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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee 2058

Posted by samzenpus
from the deadly-serious-homeowner's-association dept.
Dthief writes "From MSNBC: 'Firefighters in rural Tennessee let a home burn to the ground last week because the homeowner hadn't paid a $75 fee. Gene Cranick of Obion County and his family lost all of their possessions in the Sept. 29 fire, along with three dogs and a cat. "They could have been saved if they had put water on it, but they didn't do it," Cranick told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. The fire started when the Cranicks' grandson was burning trash near the family home. As it grew out of control, the Cranicks called 911, but the fire department from the nearby city of South Fulton would not respond.'"
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Court Rules Against Woman Who Didn't Like Search Results 173

Posted by samzenpus
from the beverly-by-any-other-name dept.
The Seventh Circuit Court has ruled that Beverly Stayart can't sue Yahoo! because she did not like what she saw on the results page after searching for her name. Stayart claimed that her "internet presence" was damaged by Yahoo! because results for a search of her name showed listings which included pharmaceuticals and adult oriented websites. The court disagreed. From the article: "Stayart had sued under Section 43(a) of the federal Lanham Act, which prohibits false advertising, false implications of endorsement, and so on. Her problem was that a Lanham Act claim requires a showing that the plaintiff has a 'commercial interest' to protect, and Stayart did not have a commercial interest in her own name."

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