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Comment: Wrong Conclusion (Score 1) 321

by a1englishman (#42130681) Attached to: Virus Eats School District's Homework

I accidentally posted anonymously.
This is just silly. The problem isn't that they didn't use Linux or MacOS, it's that nobody locked down these computers. They're the school's computers, so they can put whatever they want on them. No one should have rights to install software, and Security Essentials should be turned on, and kept up to date. Sloppy system administration. Pure and simple.

Comment: Re:BART really doesn't like dissenting voices (Score 1) 196

by a1englishman (#37119664) Attached to: BART Keeps Cell Service Despite Protests

Saftey is unproven? Are you nuts? An underground train station, with limited space, limited egress, trains moving through, and high voltage. Sound pretty safe to me, too.

Look, I'm all for everyone getting their say, but saftey comes first.

I go cross-eyed every time someone says how egregious it is that BART cut off the cell phone service. I'd like to have cell service in my underground train system. I rather suspect, BART took note of the recent London riots that were flamed by idiots with their cell phones and didn't want a repeat in their expensive facility. Cell services isn't a god given right. As a commuter, I'd be annoyed there was no service, but furious a bunch of people want to deny me my ride home.

So, the original intent was to protest someone being killed by the BART police. Why not protest outside the BART offices then? The communters didn't have anything to do with it.

Finally, if you're going to stand on the escollator, do it on the right. The left side is for walking.

Comment: Re:Harsh Jump! (Score 1) 4

by a1englishman (#36739570) Attached to: Netflix Is Raising Its Monthly Rates, Again

The sincerest way of putting it is that they're doubling the cost! That's truely insane. If they're losing revenue on people using the hell out of streaming, then charge a fraction of a dollar per movie. If people are keeping the disks too long, start charging a penalty. If people keep getting disks because the movies they want to see aren't streamable, then charge for both services! ;-)

Somethings going to get cut, and it won't result in extra revenue for Netflix.

+ - Netflix screwing us?-> 2

Submitted by yossie
yossie (93792) writes "Just got email from netflix telling me that they are splitting their streaming service from their DVD rental service. I currently have the simplest plan: one-dvd-at-a-time with streaming for $9.99. Their note informs me that if I do nothing, they will automatically keep me on both new plans at a cost of $15.98 ($7.99 for each of the two new plans.)"
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+ - Netflix Is Raising Its Monthly Rates, Again -> 4

Submitted by MetalliQaZ
MetalliQaZ (539913) writes ""Today, Netflix announced that they are raising rates on monthly plans that allow customers to get unlimited streaming and one DVD out at a time. The plan which originally cost $9.99 a month will now cost $15.98 a month. In addition, the company is now splitting out streaming only plans from DVD plans and consumers can get an unlimited streaming plan for $7.99 a month, or one DVD out at a time for $7.99 a month.""
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Comment: Re: Price? (Score 1) 195

by a1englishman (#35964310) Attached to: White iPhone 4 Coming Today

Ouch. I have an iPhone 4 on a month-to-month plan (no contract) plan here in Australia ... for ~$25/month. ...the ability to change to a better plan as soon as a company releases one means that you definitely save money.

Sadly, things aren't like that in The States. The service will cost you $70 whether you bought the phone outright or not. It doesn't drop once the contract is over, once the phone is paid off, nada. And that's the giant scam, and why you're better off getting the next best phone once the contract is over, because you're paying for it anyway.

Comment: Re:really?! (Score 1) 400

by a1englishman (#35785140) Attached to: NYPD Anti-Terrorism Cameras Used For Much More

I completely agree. What do you think they're going to do, figure out where everyone is going? Technology is so ingrained into our every day lives that if Big Brother wants to know with whom you're plotting, it's got the information already. The problem for Big Brother is determining who it should be suspicious of in the first place. Anyway, think of it as another great reason to take public transport.

Comment: Re:At the risk of my nerd card... (Score 1) 655

by a1englishman (#35608362) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

This is such a truth of Doctor Who fandom. That being said, the Doctor Who for the modern audience is the modern Doctor Who. My first Doctor was Tom Baker and he will always be the best, but unless you're five, he's not going to stand up to BSG. Watch the new seasons, enjoy Silence in the Library and Blink, along with the other new episodes, but then go back and watch the best of the old seasons. Then read the books that were published while the show was off the air. Some of those were really great.

Comment: Re:You will have to know tech either way (Score 1) 592

by a1englishman (#28627901) Attached to: Tech Or Management Beyond Age 39?

At some point there comes a time when you get tired, and you lose patience with others' idiocies, and so you don't really want to spend your dotage jumping through arbitrary hoops of others' devising.

And switching to management is the fix for this how? I've been in management for four years now. You still have to deal with the other management twits, plus you have to fight the battles to make life easier for your subordinates. If you want piece and quiet, management isn't going to do it for you.

Sure, there's delegation, and that's great. But with that comes responcibility.

Comment: Re:About damn time (Score 1) 300

by a1englishman (#26845235) Attached to: Palm Pulls the Plug On Palm OS

I really think they should've virtuallized the OS. Make each app run in isolation, and make the damned thing skinnable. Put a really nice skin on it, and you've given it what the majority of the people want.

If they don't publish a system level API, they're going to loose a lot of people. There have been a lot of Palm devotees, but once they've lost Word and Excel support, and what ever else they run, they're going to move to platforms that will fill in the gap.

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