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Comment: Re:Clean Power (Score 1) 1049

by Dalroth (#35317820) Attached to: Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

I've found that in the past 5 or 6 years I have not had to replace a *SINGLE* CFL. However, I have had to replace almost every incandescent I own and the few that remain are special (like the big globe lights in the bathroom or bulbs connected to dimmer switches).

I've lived in 3 places, two of which have had terrible power.

I can also go to Sam's Club and buy 6 (maybe it was even 8) 60w CFL equivalents for about $4.

Comment: Re:Which is the sane thing to assume (Score 1) 239

by Dalroth (#34591152) Attached to: NSA Considers Its Networks Compromised

Every one of my family members is behind a firewall. Every single damn time I go home I have to spend hours rebuilding their computers because they've been compromised yet again.

Burglarizing a house is a physical act that requires you to go there and put yourself in great physical danger. Breaking into a computer is as easy as a few clicks on a keyboard.

They are not the same thing. A firewall is NOT enough, and it is NOT comparable to a locked front door.

Comment: Re:"awesomely bad 80s graphics" (Score 1) 384

by Dalroth (#34562894) Attached to: 'Tron: Legacy' Director Explains the Tron World


Tron is a product of its time. I can look back at the movie today, and you know what, despite some of the cheesy special effects and acting, I still think it's a pretty damn good movie. Is it the best move ever? No. But it's enjoyable, and fun, and that's all that matters.

Comment: They're dumb... and nasty (Score 1) 343

by Dalroth (#33642154) Attached to: Opossums Overrun Brooklyn, Fail To Eliminate Rats

They're pretty dumb, and they're pretty nasty. One got into a fight with my three dogs a few weeks ago. It ended with a late night trip to the emergency vet for one of them. I can't imagine it ended well for the opossum, but it was dark and I couldn't really see the outcome of the fight, I could only hear it.

Lesson #1 in life... if you hear a thump and three angry dogs start barking, DO NOT run straight towards them.

Comment: Love it (Score 1) 443

by Dalroth (#32750652) Attached to: The State of iPad Satisfaction

I love my iPad. I would have never bought one if my boss hadn't offered to buy one for all of us, but now that I have it you can't pry it out of my hands.

Not everything is perfect. I really wish it had 2GB of RAM so I could switch between a few Safari tabs without having to constantly reload them, I wish it had a matte screen, I wish I could dim the screen even more at night, and I wish it had a front facing camera, but these are all problems I can live with or work around for now.

I will most likely buy the next version assuming they improve on some of these issues.

Comment: Re:My personal testing results (Score 1) 115

by Dalroth (#32451142) Attached to: Six Major 3G and 4G Networks Tested Nationwide

Funny. It's all anecdotal though. I'm on Clear right now in North Chicago and I routinely see 500k+/sec downloads. I've seen the speed tests get as high as 11mbps down, and 1.5mbps up, which in my opinion is pretty damn good for a wireless connection.

There are definitely some areas where it sucks (Riverside has terrible coverage), but I've found it to be fantastic, hardly ever cutting out and even when it's running slower than usual it's still faster than what I had with an AT&T DSL line.

Comment: 4g is real (Score 1) 283

by Dalroth (#32403526) Attached to: Cutting Through the 4G Hype

Look, it's pretty simple.

I have Clear. It's vastly superior to my AT&T DSL line in every single way except for latency (which isn't bad at all). I won't be playing online first person shooters, but other than that it's good enough. In fact, it's better. Much better.

And it's portable.

4g is the real deal. I am not going back.

Never worry about theory as long as the machinery does what it's supposed to do. -- R. A. Heinlein