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Comment Re:Opt out (Score 1) 112

This is exactly the process you have to use here in the US, if you have ATT UVerse data. You have to use their Modem/Router/Wifi hardware to get on. I wanted my own router, with better settings/security/quality. So you disable the Wifi on their router, turning it into a Modem/Router, then plug your Router into the LAN port, and setup a DMZ rule for your router. The only Wifi in my house is served off of my routers, and all my PC's are behind my router that I own, and ATT does not have backdoors/remote access to get into. ATT doesn't offer a service like this, but if you setup the Virgin router similar to this, I don't see how they can force you to share it even if they didn't have an opt-out option.

Comment Knew it was too good to be true. (Score 2) 161

I called it back in May! The government doesn't want to get rid of their shiny new toy, they spent too much money on it, and it gives them too much power to just let it die.

They're basically stating their new unofficial motto is "You can have my surveillance powers when you pry it from my cold dead hand!".

Comment Re:I'll tell you how- they're turning the internet (Score 4, Informative) 194

The problem with this, is the shows themselves are now shorter to accommodate all the ads that get put in. In the shows I watch, the watchable content for a 30min program is about 21-22 mins tops. This statistic by itself hasn't changed much in 20 years or so, but it is getting close to lower point of program running length for that kind of time slot. So when you watch a show on Netflix or Hulu, the content is only as long as it was made if it did have ads. Meaning, you are loosing the ads by watching on Netflix, but you're getting less and less content in each episode, meaning the episodes are shorter and shorter when you strip out the commercials.

Another big problem is now more shows (especially reality shows, but even news and infotainment type shows) seem to want to show you 15-30s of what is coming up after each commercial, and then when they return from commercial they want to repeat the last 30-60s of what you already saw as if you had no attention span. This becomes very apparent when you have a DVR and skip the commercials, you end up seeing the same segment around the commercial 2-3 times total. Not only is this annoying, but it drastically cuts into the actual running length of the show. So while technically, the show might be 22mins of content, if you removed the repeated content out of the show (that is due to the commercial breaks), then you really only end up with 15-18 mins of actual content for a 30min show/slot.

Comment Re:Sounds like a plan! (Score 1) 1067

Now lets say that the list of investors is empty, the code runs, and distributes $0 to no one, then his account drops by $1 mil.

Ok, I understand everything up to the "and distributes $0 to no one", and as weird as that sounds, would technically be correct. But why would the computer system then deduct $1M from the account afterwards if no money was distributed?

Seems to me, no matter how many investors there are, that the amount deducted would be equal to the sum of each investor payout. So if there is no investors, and no money is disbursed, then the sum of that money dispersed, would be $0.00 and no money would be deducted from the account.

Why would you use the original amount in the account to base what the account withdawal total would be, that is asking for problems even if there are investors. For instance if you devide the amount by a number of investors, and the results end up having fractions of cents involved, you'd want to round to the whole cent, and then add up what each investor is getting to account for the rounding of fractional cents. Otherwise, you would have pennies disappearing from the account and into thin air.

Comment Re:$68 Billion for high speed trains (Score 1) 599

Except the 5x multiplier could be way off for a project of this size. That's what it was for the Bay Bridge, that I used as an example, but the Bay Bridge was only a single span of several miles. The HSR project is a project that is spanning several hundred miles in comparison, and will go through land that will have to be purchased, and will require train station infrastructure at all it's stopping points along the way. Not to mention it will most likely go through existing cities and towns, which will require major infrastructure changes at each of those locations as well. While they may (or may not, I dunno) have included those factors into the original cost of the HSR train, with a project of this size and scope, there a lot more places that these cost increases can, and more than likely will, occur than with a simple bridge several miles long.

As I said, the Bridge, was a single span that wen't from Oakland (right next to the original span, accross to Treasure Island. There wasn't any emenent domain issues, property didn't have to get gobbled up for span, and no stations or building/parking infrastructure had to be included. To top it off, the final cost of the Bay Bridge may not even be accurate for long, as they have found more and more problems with it, including the latest, that is a major structural problem that was revealed in a recent report.

Comment Re:$68 Billion for high speed trains (Score 1) 599

You are assuming that people will actually ride the HSR when it's done. If you look at Amtrak and other train transportation within the state, they are all subsidized and still don't run at capacity. Not to mention that the HSR won't be finished anytime soon, if ever. Many have already nicknamed it a lifetime project, meaning people in construction trades can literally start out on their first day working on the HSR project, and the project would take them to retirement before it's completed. There will be many in the construction trade who work on a single project, the HSR, their entire careers.

Plus, if you think it's ONLY going to cost $68B by the time it's finished, you are being quite naive. The Bay Bridge project here in the Bay Area seemed to rise in cost every year since it was started. The original bridge estimate in 1997 was $1.3B. All said and done, by 2013 it cost us over $6.4B. I should point out that this was only for HALF the bridge, the other half hasn't been replaced yet. The final cost off by almost 5X what the original estimate was.

Many in California would not be surprised if the same boondoggle happens with the HSR project.

Comment Re:inconsistency is the constant at Microsoft (Score 1) 186

What the heck laptop have you been using that this is the case. I would say either you are mistaken completely, or yours is the exception, and not the rule. Every laptop I've ever owned, the F-keys are the F-keys and if you want the laptop specific functions (like screen brightness, volume, or trackpad on/off), then you have to press the Fn key with the F-key, not the other way around as you described.

So if quitting a program required Alt+F4, then you press Alt+F4 to make it work. The Fn key wouldn't come into play, unless you were trying to change a laptop setting (on the laptop I'm typing right now, the Fn+F4 key is keyboard backlight brightness up for instance).

Comment Re:Especially odd... (Score 1) 186

And I found out the hard way that their OneDrive account will NOT work under Windows 8.1 if you have a legacy login username. Many apps will work fine using this type of windows account, while bugging you, still work. Many apps that require the cloud to work, allow you to associate your Microsoft credentials specifically for the app in question. But the one-drive app, does not allow this. If you want to use it, you HAVE to convert your entire windows login over to a live login account (something I am unwilling to do for various reasons). This is complete, utter BS. It's not as if it can't work, as apparently the app did allow usage under a regular windows login if installed under Windows 8.0, but when they pushed out 8.1 they started forcing the user to convert their account to a live account to use it.

Comment Re:Ridiculous (Score 1) 395

You must not have ever received a call from someone inside a company. As usually, their CallerID shows up as the main office or company number, but you have no idea what person out of 10,000 people that work there called you. Maybe if you've only dealt with a single person at this company, then great, you can take a guess that it was them, but often times, with business calls, you may deal with more than a single point of contact at the same company.

Caller ID is ok if the number belongs to a single person, but not so much when it's a corporate main number that shows up masking who it actually was.

Or, if it's someone you've never been contacted by before, they just show up as a strange number with no number attached. Then you have decide if it's a telemarketer, or a legit person that you need to call back.

When you do call them back, you sound like an embicil, "yes this so-and-so, and I received a call on my phone from 'I-don't-know-who' and am trying to call them back about 'I-don't-know-what', was this person you or someone else who also is behind this number? Oh it was you, well who are you anyway?". OR worse yet, you call back and get a company directory or operator, and have no idea who may have called you or who to ask for.

Comment Re:Not a snowballs chance! (Score 2) 218

To answer your question on the lack my of enthusiasm, is because personally, I would bet money on the fact, that even if the provisions do expire, it won't change a thing that is going on with many of the spying and data collection methods.

These systems were put into place over a long period of time, and at great expense, and it will take more than a bill expiring to force these systems to actually be dismantled. If the bill expires, but the systems are still in place, including all the taps at the ISP's facilities like the backroom fiber splitters, and the BIG data center in Utah that still has the paint drying on it, do you REALLY think in your heart of hearts that the NSA/FBI/DHS/CIA (name your TLA) is going to flick the switch and actually shut these things down? I don't.

And even if they said they were going to follow the law/constitution and not use them anymore, I wouldn't believe it since they've already shown that they will do what ever they can get away with, inside and outside the law. And I would also bet money that you'll never see them actually go in and remove their equipment that they've put into place over the last decade or so in all these locations and facilities. They won't sell off the Utah data center building and servers, turn the lights off, and move out. They aren't going to remove their back-doors on all the networking hardware out in the market, they aren't going to forget their capabilities to break many forms of encryption... This just isn't going to happen any time soon. If they did this, then I would start to believe they got out of the data collection/spying on American's business, but then again, it would also make one curious if they were continuing the same work on a different path that we don't yet know about.

All these agencies have lost all trust, and lost all credibility with most of the American populous, especially those like slashdot'ers here that are knowledgeable about the capabilities they have and the underhanded ways they've acquired these abilities as well as the actual and possible nefarious ways these abilities can be put to use.

Comment Not a snowballs chance! (Score 3, Insightful) 218

My weather app doesn't forcast Hell freezing over anytime soon, so I seriously doubt this is will be true. The politicians/government agencies all know a good thing when they see it. The Patriot Act gives them unfettered access to have huge budgets, grow bigger and add more departments, share information freely between unrelated agencies, spy on Americans all they want, collect data on everyone to use how they see fit, and all sorts of other goodness that big government types love.

The power hungry folks in Washington will never let this die.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to own the rights to software developed at work? 2

ToneyTime writes: I'm a young developer building custom add ins for my companies chosen SAAS platform as a full time staff member. The platform supports a developer community to share code and plug-ins with an option to sell the code.

While I don't plan on having a breakthrough app, I am interested in sharing the solutions I create with the hopefully potential of selling. All solutions are created and made by me for the business needs and aim to keep any company specific data out. I have a good relationship with management and can develop on my own personal instance of the platform, but would be doing so on company time. Going contractor is a bit premature for me at this stage.

Any advise, references or stories to learn from?

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