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Comment Re: Comcast Planning Gigabit Cable For Entire US I (Score 1) 253

No, they never offer to let you simply buy a cable modem outright, you "lease" it and pay $9/mo or something ridiculous like that, for the life of your service, which conveniently works out to way more than a cable modem costs in a little over a year. You can bring your own approved cable modem, but they will try to blame every line issue you ever have on your "unsupported" cable modem.

Comment I wonder how they're jamming? (Score 1) 188

I'm curious if anyone has witnessed this in action, do they block cell signals entirely? If they're jamming WiFi spectrum for example, you could still use your phone for data, or tether it to a PC or router/wired LAN. If they're blocking cell signals entirely, all it would take is one medical emergency where someone couldn't get a call out to 911, huge liability. I suppose they could also jam bands so that phones could only obtain a sluggish 2G data signal, then calls and texts would still work but data would be saturated and almost useless.

Comment Re:As much as conveniently fits (Score 1) 350

The first thing he did with it? Run minecraft with a visibility setting that ate up all 16GB of ram.

I find this comical, I've never played Minecraft but what I've seen of it looks like the graphics engine was borrowed from the original Castle Wolfenstein 3D. I would've never even thought the game was 64-bit and could address more than 4GB of RAM. From a quick Google search I see that it is Java-based and indeed capable of 64-bit addressing, what could it possibly be doing with that much RAM!?

Comment Re:Worse than you think. (Score 1) 399

As it turns out, configd doesn't make any calls to Bash, so OS X and iOS are safe from DHCP exploits in this case. Also noteworthy, relatively ancient versions of OS X and BSD also don't default to the Bash shell.

Comment Re:Why do people put up with this shit? (Score 1) 164

Yeah, we had the dumb luck of rolling out a test of the new system image with the CC Packager distro on it to two workstations last night. When the designers arrived this morning they realized that none of their Adobe software would work.

I'm glad that I was able to convince the department manager that having ALL of the designer's workstations updated with the new software without some testing would be a bad idea, they'd all be dead in the water waiting on restores from backup to finish.

Comment Re:NO Photoshop for you! (Score 1) 164

Actually, none of the CC apps work at all if the user hasn't had a chance to log in and activate them yet.

This is exactly what happened to us, fortunately we only rolled the image with the CC Packager distro out two user's workstations as a test. As a result, they are both pretty much doing no design work until this is resolved.

I'm sure we'll see a credit on our accounts due to an entire day of lost services that we paid for, right? Just like the cable and cell companies that hold monopolies in their respective markets do, right?

Comment Re:Another Bogus Amber Alert (Score 1) 382

Simply being bipolar doesn't make someone a risk for killing their kid.

I used to think like that, but as I've grown older I've realized that some people are just totally unpredictable. It depends on the severity and other combined conditions, but there are batshit crazy examples popping up in the local and national news all the time. People say things like "oh I knew she was crazy, but I never thought she'd do something like that!", yeah we aren't all qualified psychological evaluators and apparently even those who are qualified make mistakes as well.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 382

My kids' school does something similar. Every bleeping day they have 2-6 "important announcements" that they have to call my cell phone about. Every day I let them go to voice mail and delete it unheard, not because I don't care, but because I actually did listen to them in the beginning and they were never important announcements. It was often crap like grade so-and-so is having a fund raiser, or remember to send (thing) if your child is going on the field trip my kids weren't going on.

Oh man, some smart ass kid (I'm guessing) wrote their area code one digit off on the form that the stupid ass school presumably trusted the kid to fill out correctly. I started getting like 3-5 voicemails a day from some charter school in Texas with this annoying ass bubbly principal talking all GOOOO HIGHLANDERS about pep rallies, dress codes and attendance rates. Thankfully it was my GoogleVoice number so I promptly blocked it, and several other subsequent numbers, but I then started getting pre-recorded calls from all kinds of teachers telling me about how lil Jasmine ditched their class or whatnot. AND they are NEVER an actual human or auto-attendant system that you can actually use to get ahold of someone to get them to STOP calling. It went on for months before I had all of the various outgoing numbers blocked. Be thankful your child doesn't go to that school, it's F'n full on phone harassment.

Comment Re:Ugh (Score 1) 252

Don't forget, Microsoft's own Windows NT4 with no USB "plug-n-pray" or mass storage device support without a special driver from the vendor was still being used and supported up until 2004; they were even offering extended support contracts to customers with large NT4 install bases throughout 2006.

Windows 95 OSR2 had USB device support, it also was pretty terrible by most standards for doing anything more than running a couple of applications at a time or playing a game. I guess you could say Win2K had USB support, but virtually nobody used it in the consumer space due to it's lack of game support. It wasn't until XP came out that MS had a decently stable OS with real protected memory, preemptive multitasking and also had decent 3rd party graphics support.

Comment Re:Problem with egos really (Score 3, Interesting) 525

IANA EE, automotive or HVAC engineer either, however I do have a heat pump that heats and cools my home. Heat pumps work great for stationary applications, but you need a relatively large evaporator coil to generate any significant amount of heat. Compare a regular residential A/C unit to the equivalent tonnage heat pump and you'll see that the unit is almost twice the size. Automotive A/C condenser coils already take up all of the surface area they can get in the front of the vehicle's radiator. Also keep in mind that heat air-to-air pumps also require defrost cycles to clear the evaporator coil of frost accumulation, this requires an auxiliary heating method as well, unless you don't mind ice cold air being blasted at you during each defrost cycle. Place the evap coil on the front of a moving vehicle with precipitation constantly blasted at it and these defrost cycles will be even more frequent.

In theory, a heatpump would be great, but you need to solve a few problems with the conventional heat pump application first to make it practical. I really think it would just be easier to have propane catalyst heat that used those canisters that camping applications use. VW used to offer something similar for their air-cooled vehicles that burned gasoline called the ebersparcher

Comment Re:Problem with egos really (Score 1) 525

Neither will any gas powered sports car.

These AWD gas powered "sports cars" have lined up to accept your challenge...

Supercars in the snow - Audi R8, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Porsche 911, Jaguar XKR-S

Audi Quattro plows its own lane in snow

Audi R8 commercial - Good Day For A Drive In The Snow

...of course, somebody could just make an AWD EV with a fossil-fuel burning auxiliary heater to even the playing field a bit.

Do you suffer painful illumination? -- Isaac Newton, "Optics"