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Comment: Re:Meatspace is losing to userspace (Score 2) 310

Also as an IT guy, I find his comments pretty accurate. I work somewhere that employs a lot of recent college grads, and anything that doesn't involve going to their email or into our main software package (which better look exactly the same with all the icons in the same place) might as well be ancient magic to many of them.

For example, when it involves a computer, many of them don't seem able to go through a thought process like "X isn't working. X needs to be turned on through Y, I should check Y and see if X is turned on."

Maybe you think you're some kind of genius because you learned the very obscure Ctrl-c, Ctrl-v shortcuts, but... you're obviously not.

You joke, but i've had users treat me like i'm a goddammned wizard for simple stuff like that many a time, it's actually a bit disheartening.

Comment: Re:so? americans always hate some company (Score 2) 255

Just to nitpick/be pedantic - Hulu Plus is not ad-free. I signed up for it back over the winter, and promptly canceled a few days into the free trial after seeing that the commercials were the same as watching OTA, if not worse.

And to make it even more bothersome, they couldn't be bothered to use a feed that just streamed the show with ads inserted after the fact, they more or less just straight rebroadcasted a station about 2 hours away and included their local ads.

I'm sure there's some sort of technical or monetary reason for that, but it annoyed the hell out of me.

Comment: Re:200 channels... (Score 1) 340

Depends on the sport, but there's still solutions in some cases - my wife and I dropped our cable TV service about a year ago in favor of Netflix, Amazon, and MLB's streaming service.

The MLB streaming is $29.99/month for the duration of the season, and obviously comes out way cheaper than keeping an $80+/month TV package all year. Plus I can always tune in the game(s) I want regardless of what the networks feel like showing, aside from blackouts (and even then there's still a radio feed).

Comment: Re:I, on the other hand, find it more interesting (Score 1) 363

by PhoenixFlare (#46559057) Attached to: Google Tries To Defuse Glass "Myths"

I see something similar at work even without Glass involved, although not quite to "frothing psychotic" level - our Dell laptop of choice has a webcam, which leads to a (small, granted) subset of our users being utterly convinced that they are being watched through it at all times....so they tape paper/stickers/etc. over them, and are very resistant to being convinced otherwise.

One user even went so far as to call the IT dept. of a local university in high dudgeon after being asked to remove the obstruction, who told them (jokingly, I hope), that asking them to take the junk off the camera meant that we really were watching them :):P

Comment: Re:News to me (Score 2) 365

by PhoenixFlare (#45602653) Attached to: FCC Chair: It's Ok For ISPs To Discriminate Traffic

If you actually have a real choice, then great for you, most of us don't.

In my neck of the woods, it's either one cable company ($89.95 for 25 meg at the moment) or craptastic 1-3 meg Verizon DSL for whatever they charge.

Even when I lived 10 miles from DC, the only choice was still Cox or DSL. Verizon never did deign to bring FIOS out, despite a neverending barrage of ads and mailers.

Comment: Re:What about the IP (Score 1) 152

by PhoenixFlare (#43509851) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Track a Skype Account Hijacker?

What sort of dodgy bank are you with that doesn't have a 24-hour line for reporting card loss/theft?

A couple years ago, my wife's check card number was stolen and run for about $300 at a Wal-Mart in Dallas - at about 10 PM local time on a Sunday, I was able to call and report the theft on a 24-hour number, get the number blocked, and even managed to get the store manager at the Wal-Mart to pull video from the checkout line of the thief. The next morning I faxed in the appropriate form, and the money was back in our account by Tuesday.

Comment: Re:Sensationalism? (Score 1) 126

by PhoenixFlare (#42389093) Attached to: Steam Hit By 'No Connection' Error Worldwide

Get over yourself.

Sure thing, lil' AC buddy, i'll get right on that.

It's always a good time to bash DRM. While this may have only happened briefly, you absolutely should not lose access to anything. You shouldn't have to run Steam to play your games, either. Valve should scrap the DRM and turn Steam into a platform to buy games (like it partly is now) and keep all the additional functionality. The only change would be that you wouldn't have to run games from Steam.

Would that be nice? Sure. Would it increase piracy of their game catalog even more than there is now? Probably - I mean, take a look at TPB, pretty sure you could get most of the GOG catalog there, if not the entire thing.

DRM-free like GOG is awesome (and i've bought about 45 games from them also), but I can't really blame Valve or the publishers that sell on Steam for not wanting to open up another piracy avenue.

Do you have any solid evidence that there's a majority that wants Steam's DRM gone for reasons other than getting free stuff?

Comment: Re:Not comcast (Score 1) 235

by PhoenixFlare (#38557770) Attached to: The 'Cable Guy' Now a Network Specialist

Sounds about like my local company (Shentel) too - we had outages 5 separate times in October, each time the idiots on the phone were convinced that something was wrong with our router or computers, how dare we insinuate that their equipment could POSSIBLY be broken.

Finally after 5 calls, a 15-minute browbeating of one of their phone monkeys, and 3 dispatches....they futzed around for almost 3 hours and finally figured out that someone sliced a line putting in a privacy fence.

And this after I had to talk to 3 separate people to actually get the provisioning right on our modem to get the speeds we were paying for.

Comment: Re:Sad, but I can see doing it too (Score 1) 950

by PhoenixFlare (#36515124) Attached to: Man Robs Bank of $1 To Get Health Care In Jail

Oh, you would rather have two cars, cable, and a big house than health insurance? That is your choice, stop whining to me about it.

No, it's more like I would rather have food, electricity, and a place to rent than health insurance at that cost. I'm pretty well-off (but no big house), and it would still be a serious hit, probably close to 15-20% of our combined monthly income, depending on what figure you use.

Comment: Re:Bunch of dicks (Score 1) 420

by PhoenixFlare (#34416344) Attached to: Tofu Activists Spoof Meat-Based Indie Game

I know you're being facetious to prove a point, but Linux isn't exactly obscure or old anymore.

Their main customer base is XBLA & Steam at the moment....is the pool of Linux gamers really on par with that combination enough to make it worth the effort?

True, but they appear to be misinformed about Linux and are instead going off a stereotype. They're programmers, shouldn't they be at least aware of what's out there? Or am I just being naive?

At the risk of being a bit pedantic, of the 2 developers, only one of them is a programmer.

Comment: Re:It doesn't explain losses at remote apiaries... (Score 4, Informative) 542

by PhoenixFlare (#32412786) Attached to: Study Claims Cellphones Implicated In Bee Loss

I just came back from a stay at a bed & breakfast in rural Virginia, where the innkeeper's husband also happens to keep 10 hives of bees on the property - very poor cellphone service in the whole area, 1 bar of EDGE reception, if even that much. He lost 8 of the 10 hives to apparent Colony Collapse a few years ago, but completely back to normal now.

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