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Comment: Re:In other words (Score 1) 318 318

I own some Netflix stock, and in spite of the ups & downs it's done quite well for me over the past couple of years. The day they start adding ads to their feeds, however, will tell me that it's the start of their long, slow, death spiral and I'll start unloading before long. It's a sure sign that they're no longer on the cutting edge, but rather just trying to milk the cow for as long possible before killing it.

Comment: Re:Single shop most likely (Score 1) 323 323

I have residential internet service via cable from Time Warner, and although my I.P is theoretically dynamic, it hasn't changed more than a few times in the past five years, and then it was only because the cable modem had been left powered off for a while. So this case could also easily be just some guy selling computers out of the trunk if his car.

Comment: Re:Not that simple (Score 1) 105 105

I don't necessarily agree. If you're designing the chips, then designing high speed devices today (what with all of the simulation & layout tools available) isn't really any more difficult than it was for the guys that designed the 6502. Likewise, if you're designed a product that uses those chips, you have enough tools at your disposal to make sure the design somewhat works at the first iteration, compared to back then when you might spend weeks wire wrapping and reworking a prototype board before you could think of paying someone to lay out a PCB with tape and mylar. Myself, i went the other way. Started out as mostly a hardware designer with 8080's and analog video gear, now I'm mostly software and write CUDA programs to do the same thing.

Comment: Let the advertisers know. (Score 1) 353 353

If you're an average user that mostly uses just a web browser on the Internet, install an ad-blocker of your choice if you haven't done so already. All those ad popups, flash, etc., are consuming bandwidth that count against your monthly cap. When some web site says "Oh please won't you turn off your ad-blocker" tell them to take it up with their advertisers. ISP's will listen to advertisers more than they will to the average customer scum.

Comment: Re:What's most surprising about this story. (Score 5, Insightful) 260 260

Most patients, when walking into the office of a new medical provider, are given a stack of forms to sign by a harried receptionist who expects them to just sign the paperwork and hand it back. Few people actually read them.

Comment: Re:Text, but why? (Score 5, Insightful) 329 329

How many accounts can anyone have that they actually need to have bar codes or some other such nonsense to be able to regain entry to them? Print out you account information, user names, passwords, etc., and put the printout in your fire-resistant safe. If your house burns down, or some other calamity happens, and you need to regain access to all of your accounts, then you'll just re-enter tha passwords for each one. This can't possibly be more complicated than setting up some OCR / Barcode / Rube Goldberg solution.

Comment: Re:So a bunch of junk I don't want in an RSS reade (Score 1) 78 78

This is what I loved about Google Reader that nothing else I've looked at seems to have. With Google, you add a shortcut to your browser to http://www.google.com/reader/next?go=nextauto... Every time you click on it it takes you to the next new page in one of your subscribed feeds. If there are no more unread pages, it takes you to some end-of-the-internet page. That's all it does, and that's all I want it to do. i don't want extra crap, I don't want to be forced to install a plug in, and I certainly don't want even more facebook , et. al, icons. Just provide me with a quick and simple way to view all the sites I've subscribed to.

Comment: Re:The result of funding cuts for observatories (Score 2) 409 409

It would also provide a viable basis for sending up a rocket with a few tons of mass to break up an asteroid into.... That would like firing a gun into the sky, hoping to hit a bullet that was also fired into the sky moments before someone else a mile away, except much harder. At the distance at which you would need to intercept these projectiles they give off no heat, so you can't even use heat seeking space rockets (which don't exist anyway). Real life isn't a Bruce Willis movie.

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