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Comment: Hey ISPs - I already pay for a fast lane (Score 1) 243 243

by Parts09 (#47917123) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Since I pay your exorbitant gangster rates for 150Mb/s service don't I already pay for a fast lane? I don't care where those bits come from, just serve them to me at the speed I pay for.

And before you complain about congestion... Isn't that why you have me saddled with bandwidth caps?

Maybe ISPs should start looking at tiering service hours. I pay with 100% bandwidth for utilization during the day, 75% for utilization between 7p-11p. If I schedule a download for middle of the night I get charged 25% for each bit transiting at that time.

Comment: Re:Fucking anti-social Millennials (Score 1) 120 120

by Parts09 (#47584943) Attached to: Hotel Chain Plans Phone-Based Check-in and Room Access

You are absolutely right... We need to do a better job of utilizing the services offered or we will lose them.

People think, "oh the company is putting self checkout so that I have the option to check myself out, that is nice". No they are doing it because it is cheaper than having a cashier. I notice that people already are 'conditioned' that they are to bag their own.

I remember in the good old days... hehehe... In the good old days, not only would there be someone there to bag your groceries, they even had services where they would send it down a chute to a couple guys standing around in the cold winter and you would drive your car into the garage type thing and they would put the bags in your trunk.

This is inconceivable nowadays. Imagine the corporate profits that would be lost by actually hiring people to do jobs!

Comment: Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (Score 1) 398 398

by Parts09 (#47568979) Attached to: Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling
This is what irritates me so much about discussions like this. the ISP of the content requester is the one paying the ISP to transit this information. The ISP is doing nothing for free. Peering agreements were to help the ISP so they wouldn't scream so much. But in the end they need to remember that they aren't screwing Netflix. They are screwing their paying internet clients.

Comment: Re:1 or 1 million (Score 1) 274 274

by Parts09 (#47568835) Attached to: Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE
Funny about charging like a utility. They always love the idea for high users, but dislike the idea of refunding money for people that are way underutilized. If they charged like a utility - A small "being our customer fee" and true usage based billing, then either: A - They would have to charge enough per GB to maintin their current profit margin that people would scream at how expensive it is... or B - They would have to take a big hit in their profit because of all the internet users that aren't these super-heavy users and would have much smaller bills. In the end it points to the fact that they have under-provisioned for people to really use the service they were sold.

Comment: Re:Yes it should ship! (Score 1) 112 112

by Parts09 (#47560031) Attached to: Samsung Delays Tizen Phone Launch

Oh Samsung, why do we need another OS for people to develop for. What do we have now, 5 or 6 major OSes on mobile devices? Which are the 2 that have a deep ecosystem of applications? That doesn't come overnight and will kill your market share.

I actually wrote a letter to Samsung. I am a long time Samsung supporter and advocate (bought 3 top of the line phones, a Galaxy Gear, Gear 2 and multiple top of the line tablets. Also got family and friends to switch to Samsung/Android devices. But if they don't stay with Android, I will be dropping Samsung like a hot potato.

I HAAATTTEEE Tizen on my Gear 2.

Also, their S Voice application is crap, their email and text apps are substandard and the first thing I do on any phone i get is switch out the homescreen launcher because touchwiz is poop. I would have to say that while Smasung makes AMAZING hardware. They should leave software to other people.

Comment: Re:"Bathroom" can easily be renamed.... (Score 1) 630 630

by Parts09 (#41356625) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: When Does Time Tracking at Work Go Too Far?
This is most likely why this code was instituted. Bathroom is something where management should not be interfering - when nature calls you need to answer. But smoke breaks, food breaks, etc should not be a reason to stop doing your job. Maybe management did this so that people wouldn't be penalized for so many personal breaks if they were using the bathroom instead of going for a smoke.

Kepler Investigator Says 'Galaxy Is Rich In Earth-Like Planets' 206 206

Posted by kdawson
from the member-of-a-larger-club dept.
astroengine writes "In a recent presentation, Kepler co-investigator Dimitar Sasselov unexpectedly announced news that the Kepler Space Telescope has discovered scores of candidate Earth-like exoplanets. Not waiting for the official NASA press release to announce the discovery, Sasselov went into some detail at the TEDGlobal talk in Oxford, UK earlier this month. This surprise announcement comes hot on the heels of controversy that erupted last month when the Kepler team said they were withholding data on 400 exoplanet candidates until February 2011. In light of this, Sasselov's unofficial announcement has already caused a stir. Keith Cowing, of, has commented on this surprise turn of events, saying it is really annoying 'that the Kepler folks were complaining about releasing information since they wanted more time to analyze it before making any announcements. And then the project's Co-I goes off and spills the beans before an exclusive audience — offshore. We only find out about it when the video gets quietly posted weeks later.' Although Sasselov could have handled the announcement better (and waited until NASA made the official announcement), this has the potential to be one of the biggest astronomical discoveries of our time — so long as these Earth-like 'candidates' are confirmed by further study."

Comment: Re:I remember them (Score 1) 154 154

by Parts09 (#32527484) Attached to: FTC Bombs Massive Robocall Operation
I was at the dealership maybe half a year ago and the service manager came over to the lounge and told a lady that the warranty she was trying to use was not a valid warranty. She told him that GM had called her and said that her warranty was expiring so she paid them to extend it. The Service Manager explained to her that it wasn't GM that did that as her warranty had expired years earlier. Immediately these calls jumped into my mind (having had them harassing on my cellphone even though my car is well out of warranty). It was a sad situation, this lady who didn't speak English very well having obviously fallen victim to this scam, or a scam just like it.

Comment: Re:Well, what did they expect? (Score 1) 667 667

by Parts09 (#31604084) Attached to: Wikileaks Receiving Gestapo Treatment?
** For some reason, Slashdot isn't recognizing my hard returns, sorry about that ** To support this position, I submit the following... I read the document posted on Wikileaks about the government investigating Wikileaks. One item in the document was a map of Falujah with some colours and information on it. There was a description of the document classification at the bottom which clarified that as per the original document it was eligible to be declassified in 2031. But it had a special designation of X1, which meant it was not eligible for declassification. So, you tell me (with your 2031 self), what possible reason there could have been for not declassifying something that happened in a country halfway around the world 27 years ago. Even if it said "Jones will go long, make a left at Al Bakah street, then secure Building X" (about as operational as it gets) what value would it have in 27 years? Therefore, I believe that in this case, they are OVER-classifying the document, and if it is done with something this benign, what are they doing to other documents that might shed some light on the less than savory practices that the government may be engaged in?

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 1) 1027 1027

by Parts09 (#31321262) Attached to: The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work
What is the legality of buying the regular version of the game, but installing a cracked version? I know the EULA says stuff about not reverse engineering, but you aren't doing that. What would a court say if a company tried to call you on that? Maybe we could start calling the crackers a "Game Optimization Service". hehehehe.

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.