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Comment: Re:So Netflix wants to change how it connects (Score 1) 324

by bengoerz (#46758987) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket
Bullshit. This wasn't a business decision about improving service. This was extortion. Comcast got all the upside (gained revenue from Netflix, plus reduced peering traffic) and Netflix almost broke even (loses payments to Comcast, saves on hosting costs elsewhere).

Customers pay Comcast to be connected to the internet at a given speed. They deserve to get the speed they pay for, regardless of where the traffic comes from.

Comment: Phone Survey about Phone Spying? (Score 3, Funny) 584

From TFA:
The analysis in this report is based on telephone interviews conducted June 6-9, 2013, among a national sample of 1,004 adults 18 years of age or older living in the continental United States (501 respondents were interviewed on a landline telephone, and 503 were interviewed on a cell phone, including 247 who had no landline telephone).

Is it really reasonable to survey the public's opinion of telephone spying via telephone?

Comment: Do Not Track != Do Not Advertise (Score 4, Insightful) 362

by bengoerz (#41506087) Attached to: Think Tank's Website Rejects Browser Do-Not-Track Requests
It is possible to advertise online without tracking users. It may not be quite as profitable, but it served the Internet well in the early days.

Besides, you don't need tracking to know that Slashdot's audience is full of nerds who will buy open their wallets to companies like ThinkGeek, NewEgg, etc.

Comment: Resources from TX Dept of Emergency Management (Score 5, Informative) 167

by bengoerz (#41009131) Attached to: West Nile Virus Outbreak Puts Dallas In State of Emergency
I live in Dallas. People are not dying in the streets. We are not living out Monty Python's "Bring Out Your Dead" sketch.

The "emergency" was declared primarily so we could gain access to 5 pesticide-spraying planes from the Texas Department of Emergency Management.

Comment: A few reasons (Score 0) 629

by bengoerz (#40313119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Hearing aids may be expensive for several reasons: 1. They're often covered under insurance, so there are incentives to keep the retail price artificially high. 2. They involve a lot of labor. Audiologists generally tailor the performance of the hearing aid to the individual user. 3. They're not mass-produced to the same scale consumer electronics are. 4. They bear much more liability potential. If your laptop fails and you lose your Word document, you shrug and replace it. If your hearing aid fails and you don't hear the horn of the car about to hit you, you sue their pants off.

"If you want to eat hippopatomus, you've got to pay the freight." -- attributed to an IBM guy, about why IBM software uses so much memory