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Comment Re:RTFM! (Score 4, Funny) 127

Yes, because it's much too difficult to actually put the link to the story in the fine summary. They've tried it for 15+ years and it's been obvious that the technique didn't work so we need to come up with something new. Something edgy, like making the link obscure.

Oh, for those that are reading challenged, the above was sarcasm.

Comment Loose the .xyz TLD (Score 4, Informative) 217

My guess is that the problem lies in the fact that the OP is using a garbage TLD. I've configured our mail server to silently drop all traffic from many of the new garbage TLDs, including .xyz. It does wonders for cutting down the spam levels. Sadly it's just a new version of Whack-a-Mole. Neither I, nor any of my users, appear to have gotten a legitimate email from any other these domains. I'll bet if the OP were to use a more traditional TLD, like .com, .uk, etc. there wouldn't be problems.

Comment Cap Vs Purchased Plan (Score 1) 204

I selected 1gb-5gb as my cap because that's what the plan I pay for. I have no idea what the true cap of what I would be allowed to consume if I was willing to pay for it. I suspect that most people selecting the lower cap ranges are in the same boat. Therefore the results of this poll are really meaningless. But then again, the results of most polls on /. have been mostly meaningless.

So, given that the poll is misleading, why isn't there the answer "The Cowboy Neal Cellular Service doesn't have any caps"?

Comment Old Money Vs New Money (Score 1) 444

I grew up in a small town with a lot of old money people and some Nouveau Riche. The old money people, almost invariably, were friendly comfortable real people. Yes they lived in large fancy houses overlooking the water, and yes they had expensive toys, but they were also welcoming and positive people. The new money people, again, almost invariably, were snobbish conceited and seemed otherwise ill at ease within society. They drove fancier cars too fast on our residential side streets, lived in the 70's version of McMansions, and flouted their wealth in the face of others. It seemed to me that they were trying to convince everybody around them, and perhaps themselves as well, that they had "arrived" and that they were "somebody".

I now live in small rural somewhat isolated community with mostly blue collar and a mix of old money and new money people. Forty years later I still observe similar differences between the old money and new money. The new money seems much more to have a sense of entitlement. They want things their way regardless of societal rules.

Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 1) 345

If you're going to make out of the ordinary purchases for overseas, or travel overseas, you always want to call your bank ahead of time. This is a standard operating procedure, and nothing to complain about on Slashdot.

Even that doesn't ensure that you don't have problems. We used to use HSBC. As we found out, their fraud detection algorithms are terrible. I returned from a trip to Mexico to be greeted by a flurry of voice mails from them telling me to call them and that my card had been shut off. I called them to straighten things out and was told that I should have called them before travelling to Mexico. I asked them where they would look to find this information and he responded that he would look at my customer account and in the comments section it would say..... Oh. I see you called us to tell us you'd be traveling in Mexico.

That wasn't the first major fubar on their part and a week later I cancelled the account.

Comment Re: Antitrust... (Score 3, Insightful) 223

No. They are intentionally not selling the _devices_ manufactured by their two biggest competitors. Big difference.

I think Amazon is acting like a spoiled three year old, but it doesn't strike me as antitrust. People can get Chromecast and Apple TV lots of other places. It's not like Amazon was the only outlet.

Comment Re:Install Linux (Score 1) 288

Sadly, this isn't always an option. For users who's only use of a computer is watching cat videos, doing email, etc., sure this option is a good one. But some of us have Windows forced down our throats due to applications we are required to run. I'm a marine electrician and virtually all of the diagnostic and configuration tools that various vendors provide require Windows. As a side line I do vinyl graphics work and the only reliable and realistic solutions run on Windows. I'll admit that I haven't tried Wine in a few years, but last time I tried it Wine still wouldn't run outlier applications and even some that it would run didn't run reliably. If you're futzing around on your desktop, or working on hobby use, that's fine. But if you are doing professional work in an industry with predominantly Windows only tools, and you are billing for your time, you need to be cost effective and reliable to be competitive. That means that you must have at least one machine, or VM instance, which runs Windows.

Comment Re:Downloading != Installing (Score 1) 288

Unfortunately many users just click on the ok button, or whatever button they think will make the dialog box go away. They are more intent on consuming the content then on what is actually happening on their system. My wife is a perfect example; despite years of my trying to get her to ask about dialog boxes that pop up that she doesn't understand, she still just clicks ok and moves on. Sometimes she'll comment about why does this keep happening, but generally she just wants her Faceballs access to continue without interruption. Sadly, this is most likely the norm.

Comment Subject (Score 5, Insightful) 307

I block them all and will continue to do so until a site guarantees that they will serve up only static images hosted on their site, then I will white list that site. My rules are:
1) No scripts.
2) No cross-site anything.
3) No movement or sound in the ad.
4) Ads are served from the same server as the content with no delays.

Basically make it like an ad in a dead tree periodical. I've never heard of somebody catching TB because the typesetter had it, but we sure get viruses from the digital equivalent.

I realize that this will never happen. But I an fantasize.

Comment What about lefties? (Score 1) 44

At roughly 10% of the population left handed people are a minority. Watch designs have historically been designed for right handed people. When watches were mechanical devices that made sense. It didn't make economical sense to manufacturer two different designs of watches and it would have been to complex, and therefore expensive, to provide a stem and/or buttons on both sides of the watch. But with purely digital watches most of those barriers go away. What is the cost per watch to provide an additional button? Or even more simply, what about a configuration option that changes the orientation of the display. In the case of the Moto 360 that would mean that the button would be at the 7 o'clock position if worn upside down by a leftie. The button would be easily pushed by the thumb instead of the forefinger, but at least your hand would be out of the way.

People, just think of the lefties.

Comment Re:Would I eat it? (Score 1) 149

Written, I sure, by somebody under 40. I'm 57. If the adverse affects may manifest themselves in 30-50 years then I would start being at risk at 87. Given my health, my genes, and medical science, barring any accident, I fully expect to live into my late 80's or even into my 90's. To blithely dismiss the risks to people in their 50's or 60's is pretty calloused. Perhaps you'll view your longevity differently once you're in your 50's.

Comment Re:"maha? AHAI!" (Score 1) 26

Oh for mod points. You sir would get a +1 funny.

You're thinking is along the lines of my desire to own the Heathkit robot when it first came out. I wanted one with the "arm" so I could program it to chase the cats around the house all the while yelling out "Danger Will Robinson. Danger!"

Anything cut to length will be too short.