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Comment Re:Lost Customers (Score 1) 164

Umm, no. The heavy users will pay the extra $20 and keep being heavy users since there is nowhere else they can go for the same price service, meanwhile the vast majority of grandfathered in users that I have talked to ( and I was one myself for many a year ) keep the unlimited data "in case of emergency" I.E. their internet at home goes down. Verizon will lose the people who didn't use an excessive amount of data, while STILL having to keep the big users.

It's lose / lose. The customers lose their "safety net" and go somewhere else with cheaper data plans, and Verizon loses loyal customers ( all grandfathered in people have been with Verizon for more than a few years ). Verizon also gets bad PR, and bad word of mouth from the once loyal customers, who previously probably extolled the virtues of VZW.

A happy long term customer is worth a LOT more than a new signed customer. You know the long term customer is going to stay if you keep with the times and don't try to screw them over, you also know they will pay their bills, and probably recommend you to friends and family. VZW should really learn this, the old steady customer is worth a lot more in the long turn than possibly flaky "carrier switching cruisers".

Comment Re:Seriously? Who uses Verizon? They're pure evil! (Score 3, Informative) 164

U.S. Cellular roams off of Verizon towers, and vice versa. I switched about 2 years ago from Verizon, where I had the grandfathered unlimited data plan... and had been a Verizon customer for 10+ years, when they wouldn't let me upgrade phones without either losing my unlimited data plan or paying $600+ for a phone.

U.S. Cellular _IS_ a little spottier in some very remote areas of my state, and roams on VZW towers anywhere ~1-2 hours north of my hometown, but otherwise is pretty comparable to VZW coverage... with a ~30+% reduction in my bill every month.

Comment Re:Benefit to end users? (Score 0) 686

Choice? Options? These people were going to leave kernel dev anyway, now we get to see them try something new. Maybe it'll work, maybe not, but what's the harm in trying?

The way I read it was thus:
Dev - this Idea sounds pretty rad, here is some code, merge it into the mainline kernel.

Linus - this doesn't fit with the direction I see the kernel going in

Then come the big DUMBASS moment, the Dev, instead of saying "OK I will build a branch like the mm-kernel branch ETC" and then shows how his code both works with the kernel without breaking stuff and proves that there are real world advantages to his inclusions, but instead screams out " you all are big meanies", then essentially steals a clone of Linus' ball, goes and sets up a "fork" that is completely separated from the mainline kernel devs and feels smug "because he knows better than Linus" what the kernel needs.

Hell, even providing a branch with his contributions on github without all the histrionics would be fine, but that wouldn't get nearly as much attention as whining about Linus " being a big meanie with BSD hatred / envy".

Comment Re:This author clearly is a Google marketroid (Score 1) 145

Lots has changed in calibre-land in the last year and a half.A beefed up e-book viewer. Support for Android phones and tablets. A new modern look for the calibre user interface. A portable version of calibre that you can carry around on a USB stick.

Fuck this guy.

It's a fucking 50 dollar computer. Remember OLPC and the effort to spread computers far and wide for the goal of 100 bux each? So it has some compromises because it's a 50 dollar computer. So did OLPC.

Seeing drivel like this come from someone with a relatively low UID is painful. I will try to spell it out for you in small words so you can understand:

A beefed up e-book viewer.

Windows ebook viewer. NOT Android ebook viewer.

Support for Android phones and tablets.


It's a fucking 50 dollar computer. Remember OLPC and the effort to spread computers far and wide for the goal of 100 bux each? So it has some compromises because it's a 50 dollar computer. So did OLPC

meaningless drivel that has nothing at all to do with the current topic thread.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1163

If carrying guns was illegal, people would be arrested and banged up just for possession. Push guns underground, and they become much more expensive and risky to buy. Why not just divert all the money and resources in the "war on drugs" into the "war on guns", and it'd be won inside a decade, I reckon.

Yeah, just like the war on drugs was won.... oh wait, that's what gave rise to the cartels in Mexico, and contributes to much of the violence due to drug trafficking in the U.S. in the last few decades.

Maybe Prohibition would be another good example... ban alcohol so we can give rise to bootleggers and the mafia, with the bootleggers having gangland wars in the streets....

Comment Re: there is no (Score 1) 407

One of THE key tests of a scientific theorem is that it can predict..

Ummm, you might want to go back and review the Scientific Method again. Science doesn't PREDICT anything, Science EXPLAINS OBSERVATIONS. You can use a well tested Theory to predict how you think something will work, but this is actually a test of the Theory at the time of testing, after which the Theory may need to be tweaked after further observations are made. This is basic Science 101.

If something in Science never changes there are two possibilities: 1 - We have a deep understanding of what we are observing, and haven't observed anything differing from past observations that needs to be explained. Or 2 - it is not really Science.

So tweaks and modifications to AGW Theory, OR any other Scientific Theory are a "Good Thing(TM)". Changes to a Theory shows that Science, and the Scientific Method are actually working.

And for those who say "it's only a Theory", so is the Germ Theory of Disease... since it is "only a Theory" they should have no problems sticking themselves with a needle contaminated with Ebola infected blood right?

Comment Re:Self learning classroom learning (Score 1) 102

What's the difference? Watching a TED talk or reading a technical article doesn't imply that any understanding, retention, or learning has occurred between the ears of the content consumer.

Sadly neither does a college degree. In most schools it is something like 60-70% of the classes you take for a B.S. are filler classes ( usually something around 30-40 of the 120 required credits ) with the remaining percentage actually applying for your degree. Students know this, and know how to get around it... cram and dump, then forget.

Even then, many degrees are so broad that students only remember things from classes that pertain to what area of the field they are interested in. The honest professors in any school will even admit to doing this as well, especially in undergraduate studies.

Comment Re:Needs to be Linux? (Score 5, Funny) 212

Haven't you been reading the LKML? There is a bug in the 3.x kernel code that makes booting Linux on dogs fail, and Linus dropped support.

I personally would go for a security Badger, preferably a dead one so as not to have to feed it. The old install method found here can still be adapted to a modern kernel and userland with a few easy compiles, with several open source drivers available for modern networking hardware as well.

Badgers are also much more vicious than non specialized dogs.

Comment Re:Newtonian physics (Score 2) 369

I agree that it won't be from the kinetic impact but......

Two things you are not taking into consideration:

1: to person firing the projectile is - hopefully - braced* so that the energy is spread over a much wider area than the usually small caliber area of a bullet strike which leads to...
2: the person being hit is not expecting the strike AND not braced and won't have anything to spread the impact area, will flinch, and it is probably quite easy to "knock them down" due to plain old equilibrium loss. See funny videos of people being taken out by low energy balls hitting them unexpectedly, if the flinch reflex from an unexpected strike can take down a person standing / sitting in one place it can and will take down a person who is evading while being actively pursued.

*reports of people falling down due to accidental discharge events really would not surprise me, but the person going down would still be due to flinch and over compensation, not from the force of the discharge.

Comment Re:Change the channel, Marge (Score 2) 197

OS X doesn't suffer from the 'mobilization' of the desktop.

Bullshit! There are some things Mac does quite well ( having quick look would be awesome on my Windows / Linux machines ), and others that suck. It is no different than any other OS.

I started to use a Mac at OS/X 10.9 since they are so heavily used in academia. 10.10.x switched over to the iOS shit-tastic flat look on everything. It is atrocious to try and differentiate between UI elements now on a default install. Thankfully there are more than a few UI enhancements ( free even ) that can be installed to make it not look like a flat sheet of paper on the screen.

I won't even get into the blur crap they slapped all over the UI after they copied it from iOS land either....

Comment Re:Too vague (Score 1) 292

"Climatologists have been warning that climate change may produce more extreme weather situations"

So what observations would make the climatologists question the basis for this prediction?

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Uhhmmm, this should be self-evident but: weather patterns globally decreasing in extremity or at the least not increasing.

You know, the opposite of what we have been observing to date.

Comment Re:Their work is being wasted. (Score 1) 142

Umm, no.

Windows 8 - all you need to do is install classic shell and it is as usable as Windows 7 was.

Gnome3 - Get a lobotomy and you can maybe be happy using it, but it still isn't anywhere near as efficient as Gnome2 was ( nor anywhere near as configurable as KDE ). Unity was made as an experiment to see how far users can be tortured before lobotomizing themselves and going to Gnome3...

Comment Re:What makes Ubuntu Server unsuitable? (Score 4, Interesting) 167

I can:

I would ( and do ) use Debian STABLE for servers. I would NOT use Debian UNSTABLE or TESTING on anything other than a test server. Ubuntu is based on snapshots of Debian UNSTABLE that Ubuntu devs try to bug fix. Like all bugfixing, introduction of more and new bugs is inevitable, and to date the quality control track record in Ubuntu hasn't been near as reliable as Debians stringent rules for UNSTABLE > TESTING > STABLE migration. Probably because of Debian being upstream and having more Dev manpower, as well as Ubuntu deciding to release every six months no matter what. This is fine for a DESKTOP, where newer kernel and hardware support may be needed, but isn't a very good idea for servers.

As far as I know, even the LTS versions of Ubuntu are based on snapshots of TESTING. Still not something I would want to run on any servers that uptime is critical on.

Comment Re:I like it. It's Subversive. (Score 1) 87

Sharpen your google-fu grasshopper.

If you ONLY want "hosts file" you search with ""hosts" "file"".

At least the first five pages of results will only return sites with / about EXACT "hosts file" in matches. No hostsfile, no hosts_file, no hosts/file, or any other combination, and no synonyms results.

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