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Comment: crap (Score 1) 22

by Dale512 (#48864443) Attached to: First Look At Dell Venue 8 7000 and Intel's Moorefield Atom Performance
We use the Venue at work for our field construction people (since they have 3G sim cards). They are complete crap. At my local division we had a 22% fail rate during the initial rollout. Of the replacements we received two of those had to go back as well. The cases that are supposed to protect these can't be used along with the stand alone keyboard. Dell also had to send a full set of replacement keyboards since half the ones we received were broken out of the box. The driver for the 3G stuff was equally problematic. We finally got everything up and working after several weeks of back and forth. Operationally they are ok; not great, but ok.

Comment: not all bad (Score 1) 423

by Dale512 (#46597237) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Preparing For Windows XP EOL?
We have a system running Win98 at the office. It is not on the network. The only thing it does is controls the door system. To get the updated software supported by a more current OS would cost $5k. It just isn't worth the headache right now. I did talk them into running on a current machine and we just use a virtual Win98 environment to do the software bits. Overall it is still pointless since the machine isn't on any network. Eventually we'll upgrade the whole door lock system but until then that virtual Win98 environment will get the job done.

Comment: Re:Finally someone has the guts to say it. (Score 1) 361

by Dale512 (#46275537) Attached to: Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You
As long as dial-up, expensive satellite with limited data transfers, and shit DSL connections count as "competition" they won't have basis for "abuse of market power" in any investigation. Comcast specifically called out Google Fiber as proof of competition. What percentage of people in Kansas City could actually hook up to Google Fiber if they wanted to? I'm in Austin area and have no prayer of seeing Google Fiber in the next 5-7 years. So is Google Fiber really "competition" to Comcast?

Comment: Re:Yea, ohter things could be good for you too (Score 1) 361

by Dale512 (#46275437) Attached to: Killing Net Neutrality Could Be Good For You
The simple answer is to allow traffic shaping but be source neutral. If you throttle streaming video services then you throttle ALL streaming video services (including your own). I have no issues with VOIP traffic having a higher priority over torrent traffic or web browsing. I have issues when Netflix gets throttled but the ISP's on demand stuff is not or some video site pays the ISP for faster than another video streaming site. It is of no benefit to the consumer and creates additional barriers to entry to the market and other competition-limiting factors.

+ - The Space Sim might make a comeback->

Submitted by Asmodae
Asmodae (1155077) writes "Chris Roberts, of Wing Commander fame, has a new project out to reinvent the space simulation genre. The videos on the project's home page sport some seriously impressive flight control and physics modeling for a space sim. They are eschewing publishers and using crowd funding to raise development money, but have decided to roll their own instead of using kickstarter. While this has apparently lead to a few technical issues, the project's site is fine now. Here's hoping for a great new space sim!"
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+ - Alpha Centauri has an Earth-sized planet

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The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer writes "Astronomers have announced that the nearest star system in the sky — Alpha Centauri — has an Earth-sized planet orbiting one of its stars. Alpha Cen is technically a three-star system: a binary composed of two stars very much like the Sun, orbited by a third, a red dwarf, much farther out. Using the Doppler technique (looking for very small changes in the velocities of the stars) astronomers detected a planet orbiting the smaller of the two stars in the binary, Alpha Centauri B. The planet has a mass only 1.13 times that of the Earth, making it one of the smallest yet detected.However, it orbits the star only 6 million kilometers out, so it's far too hot to be habitable.

The signal from the planet is extremely weak but solidly detected, giving astronomers even greater hope of being able to find an Earth-like planet orbiting a star in its habitable zone."

+ - Microsoft Starts Rolling Out New Xbox 360 Dashboard->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Microsoft has started rolling out the new Xbox 360 dashboard today with some new features such as Internet Explorer, a Xbox Music app among others. The 7 years old Xbox dashboard didn’t receive a redesign or an update for quite a long time and this is the reason Microsoft rolled one out today. Some of the major changes include recommendations and ratings, pinning, Xbox video, enhanced search on top of the IE browser and new music app. Some of the minor changes include resizing of fonts and more tiles on the screen."
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