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Comment: Re:I get it. (Score 1) 341

You joke, but two(ish) decades ago we had an ISP tell my father that their "Unlimited Internet" referred to unlimited access (eg: 24/7/365) and not unlimited bandwidth. When he asked what the monthly data allowance was, he was told that there wasn't one... but it wasn't unlimited. It was just that our household was using more bandwidth than usual (entirely my fault, being a tech-crazed teenager at the time) and it would be really nice if we would cut that out - for the good of the network. So my father explained that he had a better solution for the good of the network, and canceled our cable TV and internet on the spot. We signed up with their competition (who assured my father that their unlimited internet really was unlimited) the next day.

Of course, now no one in my area offers an unlimited bandwidth internet package for anything shy of $130/mo.

Comment: Re:Update from Synology-sec issue patched 12/2013 (Score 2) 150

by MachDelta (#47606427) Attached to: Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk

[quote]Unlike a desktop OS, browser, or other software, the DiskStation does not normally remind you to do this. You have to check manually.[/quote]
It's trivially easy to set up a Synology NAS to email/sms/skype/etc you about both OS and package upgrades being available, at least on the versions of DSM I've used.

Comment: Re:Clearly illegal? (Score 3, Insightful) 251

Depends on who you ask. Their excuse here is that they're not wiretapping anything, they're just playing 'Marco Polo' with your phone while moving around so they can triangulate where you are so then they can get a warrant. Supposedly, they aren't listening to your calls (not that you'd have any way of verifying that or even challenging it in court) so it doesn't count as wiretapping. In reality, this is taking a page out of the NSA's playbook and trying to skirt the law on a technicality.

Comment: Re:Note to myself: (Score 2) 373

by MachDelta (#47050047) Attached to: The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

Happened to my 92 Plymouth Laser. I was driving home from work, pulled into the left turn lane, pushed in the clutch and brake to stop for the light, and she just died. I thought it had stalled so I tried to restart but it wouldn't turn over. Timing belt had about half a dozen teeth stripped off it, so the pistons were wedged up against some of the exhaust valves. I hadn't put a lot of miles on that belt (short commute) but it hadn't been replaced in about 5 years and so I guess that was enough time to weaken it. Took a lot of hours to remove and reinstall the head, and having the valvetrain fixed wasn't cheap, but she lived for a few more years before I had to let her go.

Still miss that car though. She was buckets of fun to drive. Sometimes I daydream about finding an old 1G DSM to restore, but there just aren't that many kicking around these days. Oh well.

Comment: Re:And when it doesn't fit (Score 1) 162

by MachDelta (#46298457) Attached to: Your Next Online Order Could Be Delivered To Your Car's Trunk

There really isn't. It's because special/delivery instructions aren't read by anyone sorting the packages, they're read by the drivers. And by that point, your box is already on a truck and in your neighbourhood. So they will almost always attempt delivery once because it helps keep the driver's delivery rate up.

Source: I worked for UPS (which stands for "Ur Package... Somewhere?") ~10yrs ago.

Comment: Re:Just bought a puppy (Score 0) 279

by MachDelta (#46124419) Attached to: Animal Drug Investigation Reveals Pet Medication Often Doesn't Work

Another reason I'm wary of vets is how so many of them respond when they hear about raw feeding dogs.

Most vets make quite a lot of money pushing sponsored foods (Science Diet, etc), so they balk when you feed them anything else. Food is a good sized reoccurring expense for a pet, so why wouldn't a vet want to take a cut? The reality is, those specialty vet foods are generally worse than almost anything you can find at a dedicated pet food store (yet still above what you'll find at most supermarkets - that shit should just be labeled "Animal Cruelty in a Bag"), and almost certainly worse than raw diets.

Comment: Re:Access games you purchased for free? (Score 1) 144

by MachDelta (#45894049) Attached to: Sony Announces Game Streaming Service

You're missing context. When the PS4 was first announced, one of the questions people had was "backwards compatibility?" to which Sony replied "Not natively, but just wait for our streaming service!" Thus, it was widely speculated that, to both fulfill a fan feature wish AND bootstrap a new service, Sony would support adding previously-purchased games to your streaming account.

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