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Comment Re:Linode (Score 1) 375

I've been very happy with service at for the year or so I've been there. Only two minor issues; both were hardware faults (so fairly unavoidable -- service was restored quickly though). Support is at the "$5/month" rate as stated on their site. They're very knowledgeable, and will help, but yes it is only a handful of guys and they may take some time to respond to tickets on anything that isn't "host machine 100% down".

Comment Re:Dreamhost (Score 1) 375

I'm glad someone had a good DH VPS experience. I've had many sites hosted on their shared hosting for years with near zero issues. My VPS with them was a NIGHTMARE.

Things were gravy to start, but after a few months everything I ran on the VPS suffered large random latency spikes. Even my terminal sessions would hang. Between my own investigating and many support tickets it was noted there was one use on the host machine hammering the disk/CPU. So they moved me to a newer (faster) server and dealt with their problem customer. Except they didn't move me during the window I provided to them (and that they agreed to); and when they DID move me they moved me to a box that was "oh, sorry, our mistake, it wasn't ready for live customers yet" and was WORSE than the one I came off of. So then I was (again, outside my agreed window of "please fix my stuff during these hours") moved to a third box -- which still sucked. That was enough to drop their VPS service after the good two weeks it took me to convince them that it was NOT my own processes "having low RAM" and getting a free bump to max RAM to prove it.

I've been with ever since and never been happier.

Comment Re:ATT Uverse / DSL vs Charter cable (Score 1) 201

Must be a local issue for you then. I've got the same choices here in my area and Charter is faster and cheaper. Had it for 2 years and working great. Low latency, full throughput (25mbit or 60mbit when I had that plan). I did have issues "initially" for 3 months or so, but I took it to the "Charter Direct" forum @ DSL Reports and got right to a plant manager who ended up having local construction re-run the mainline to my tap. No issues since! Never waste time calling their phone support, though.

Comment Re:+ 5000 jobs, - many more. (Score 1) 301

Sorry, didn't realize I wasn't logged in earlier, re-posting:

T-Mo actually does charge for tethering, $15/mo. It is easy to bypass, but they do charge for it claiming it is a "feature" to "protect your phone" when you tether. I know this because I pay for it on my MIL's line on my account. She is happy to pay the $15/mo extra and I'm happy to not change her useragent string and have to deal with impromptu tech support calls about it.

Comment Re:what does it do? manage updates? (Score 1) 54

How is this different from Active Directory with SMS and WSUS? I'm not trying to be facetious; I'm genuinely curious. I mostly do optical fiber link work but have had to dabble in the PC/Software side of running things more than once, and last I did, was using SMS and WSUS to do most of what this seems to offer (to me).

Submission + - Lone Individual Defrauds US Govt For Billions->

Genocaust writes: For eight years, government officials turned to Dennis Montgomery, a California computer programmer, for eye-popping technology that he said could catch terrorists. Now, federal officials want nothing to do with him and are going to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his dealings with Washington stay secret.

The Justice Department, which in the last few months has gotten protective orders from two federal judges keeping details of the technology out of court, says it is guarding state secrets that would threaten national security if disclosed. But others involved in the case say that what the government is trying to avoid is public embarrassment over evidence that Mr. Montgomery bamboozled federal officials.

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Comment T-Mobile G1 w/ ConnectBot (Score 1) 359

You can pick up a used G1 for $50 or less and hop on almost any carrier network you prefer. ConnectBot is free, works like a champ. The G1 has a full hardware keyboard, with numerals on their own row. I've gotten quite a bit of use out of mine with this setup until I finally upgraded to a newer phone.

Submission + - Is a curveball an optical illusion?->

droopus writes: We've all seen great curveballs, even from AJ Burnett once in a while. The average curveball hurls toward a batter at around 75 mph, accentuated by a 1500-rpm spin. From the moment the ball leaves the pitcher's hand, it travels a smooth, consistent, parabolic arc. There's no disjointed change in its motion from beginning to end.

Yet as the ball nears home plate, the batter observes a sudden jump in its trajectory, the notorious break. A new study in PLoS ONE argues that the discrepancy between the physics and the perception of the curveball may be all in the mind, more specifically, an optical illusion created by the batter's eyes and brain.

Baseball has always been a game of statistics and illusions but now maybe we're seeing why a well-pitched baseball is so damn hard to hit. Video too!

In addition, there's a link to researcher Arthur Shapiro's lab website which has lots of nifty optical illusion things to play with.

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Submission + - Flying pigeon beats broadband to deliver movie fil->

Genocaust writes: A carrier pigeon has flown a computer memory card between two counties quicker than a rural computer could upload a five minute video to the web.

In a race, designed to highlight rural broadband problems, campaigners began to upload the video as the bird left East Yorkshire for Lincolnshire.

It took Rory the pigeon about 80 minutes to deliver the files from Beverley to Wrangle, easily beating the time it took the computer.

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