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Comment: A variation on tiered service (Score 1) 147

Hmm, good point. T-mobiles "Free Music" is a variation of tiered-service that breaks net neutrality.

Tiered service: An ISP allows customers to full stream at top speed from Ourflix (TM), but streaming from Netflix is throttled unless the ISP is paid (by Netflix or the user).

Tmo-Tiered service: For our flat rate you can have "Free Music" from our select partners Ourmusic(TM), but streaming music from sites from which we do not have agreements will cost the user their paid for data limits.

Comment: Coder Species (Score 1) 475

by User0x45 (#35979494) Attached to: The Importance of Lunch

The folks ripping the "Lunching" article are welcome to dislike the idea. But to disparage its meaning
is wrong. The people oriented/task oriented dichotomy is a canard. "I want to be at work as little
as possible" is as well.

Everyone eats. With a twenty-four hour daily cycle it is plain simple to incorporate eating at a set
time in the middle of the day..ie. lunch. Having a bunch of homo sapien programus on that same
comfortable easily adapted eating cycle has benefits for the company. Having all the silverback
"everyone else is a moron" variants sharing the fact that the inferior other is also on the same
eating cycle, and also does in fact eat, has benefits to the company.

Any misanthrope, or social phobe, of introvert, or engineer can make compelling arguments
against the humanity and value of others, but this article is suggesting, as written by the
head of a company, that the company benefits from the practice. Those who are antagonized
cannot prevent or deny that they too "eat" and also that their feeding tubes are very easily
adaptable to the idea of eating around noon everyday. Beyond their impulse or preference
the practice benefits the company.

Lastly, a company considering this early on can make it easily happen and get the benefits.
Company's that don't plan, or incorporate the idea, don't get the benefits and anger folks
by clumsily trying to make it happen ad hoc and after the fact of the company's culture..

Comment: Dollar/pound annual tax (Score 1) 1306

by User0x45 (#35615734) Attached to: US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

I wholeheartedly agree.

Regarding the "How can you tax a semi at 80K pounds and a prius at 3K pounds the same rate" you don't.
Currently commercial vehicles have separate tax and DMV fees, nothing changes.

$1/1 lbs. annual car tax.

1. Incentive to choose a lighter vehicle
2. Average weight of vehicles decreasing leads to less road wear.
3. Lighter weight vehicles will use less gasoline.
4. No Hummer/Smartcar collision fears because the consumer pull for cars will be for lighter weight

The manufactures will be motivated to innovate on reducing weight to meet demand. Less death,
less gas, less road wear, initially more taxes accrued.

Comment: The Desktop is dead (Score 1) 1348

by User0x45 (#33936746) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead

The desktop O/S is irrelevant. An optimized HURD kernel running flawlessly won't make a difference.
Kids today, and adults tomorrow simply won't sit at desktops and be sys admins for their desktop
computers. Think Nexus-One, Garmin 405, Nanos.

Linux due to its flexibility will live on as it retains utilitarian functionality. Whether it is a desktop
O/S pales in its ability to exist everywhere else.

Comment: Re:Fill 'er up! (Score 1) 431

by User0x45 (#32570634) Attached to: DTV Transition - One Year Later

Yup, I agree with the other posters. Old TVs are a liability.

In Cali. you can pay the $20 hazardous waste disposal fee,
and hope for the best.

Putting it on the curb, or simply giving it to an equally or less
responsible person ensure it will quickly be disposed of
improperly.

There is a large misconception that leaving your nuclear
waste out front with a "Free" sign on it, and having it
taken, somehow means it has gone to a better, responsibility-free
place. It ain't so.

User0x45

Image

Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You 458

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-start-anything-but-always-finish-it dept.
It will come as no surprise to anyone who's ever talked to my grandpa, but a recent study has shown that standing up to a bully is good for you. Although being bullied can be stressful and lead to depression, children who returned hostility were found more likely to develop healthy social and emotional skills. From the article: "In a study of American children aged 11 and 12, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, compared those who stood up to aggressors with those who did not. Children who returned hostility with hostility appeared to be the most mature, the researchers found. Boys who stood up to bullies and schoolyard enemies were judged more socially competent by their teachers. Girls who did the same were more popular and more admired by teachers and peers, the researchers found."

Comment: Expense for small non-profit (Score 1) 97

by User0x45 (#32201002) Attached to: For Non-Profits, Common Ground vs. Raiser's Edge?

Wow, $100/month/seat for a non-profit.

There is the reputation of Raiser's Edge being expensive, but it sounds like this growing
competitor Convio is up there too. How can a small non-profit put out that dough for a member
management software suite.

Manila folders might be more effective for very small non-profits.

The Media

Linux Action Show Returns 61

Posted by timothy
from the for-your-time-on-the-elliptical-machine dept.
BJ writes "The Linux Action Show, the Linux-podcast to end all Linux-podcasts, is returning with their 11th season after over 7 months off the air. Kicking it all off with a live streaming event this Saturday at 5pm. Topics are set to include: Maemo/Moblin merging into Meego, Open Source Nividia drivers with 3D, KDE 4.4 and much, much more."
Debian

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

Posted by Soulskill
from the changing-horses dept.
dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."
Mozilla

Mozilla Slams Chrome Frame As "Browser Soup" 236

Posted by kdawson
from the strange-bedfellows dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla executives today took shots at Google for pitching its Chrome Frame plug-in as a solution to Internet Explorer's poor performance, with one arguing that Google's move will result in 'browser soup.' The Mozilla reaction puts the company that builds Firefox on the same side of the debate as rival Microsoft, which has also blasted Google over the plug-in. Mitchell Baker, the former CEO of Mozilla and currently the chairman of the Mozilla Foundation, said in a blog post, 'The overall effects of Chrome Frame are undesirable. I predict positive results will not be enduring and — and to the extent it is adopted — Chrome Frame will end in growing fragmentation and loss of control for most of us, including Web developers.' Baker says Chrome Frame's browser-in-a-browser will confuse users and render some of their familiar tools useless. 'Once your browser has fragmented into multiple rendering engines, it's very hard to manage information across Web sites. Some information will be manageable from the browser you use and some information from Chrome Frame. This defeats one of the most important ways in which a browser can help people manage their [Web] experience.'"

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