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Comment Re:Don't try (Score 1) 726

I have to agree. Pretty much every TV show or book I've tried to turn my kid onto (now 11) has failed. What's worked? Watching the show when I know he's around. Then, he wants to watch it. For books, the best I've done is just take him to the library and let him browse to find stuff.

Comment Re:Search a little more, like the Efika (Score 1) 332

We're on our 3rd MX Smarttop in a month. The first 2 kept turning themselves off after a few hours to a day. We have a ton of equipment in that server room, and nothing else has power issues, so it is not our power. It's their quality. The 3rd one seems to be OK, but beware. Several of us were thinking of buying them for home, but I'm not after the quality issues.


Man Sues Neighbor For Not Turning Off His Wi-Fi 428

Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"

Comment Re:I wonder how the broadcasters and advertisers f (Score 1) 345

I cancelled my Directv service a few months ago, too. Looks like a lot of other people have: ... 139,000 last quarter. At $70 a pop, that's almost $10M. I, too, and using Hulu, Netflix and torrents to replace the incredible over-priced services that Directv was offering. I didn't even mention they swapped my broken TiVo box for a really crappy DVR. I replaced the old rig with a Mac Mini running Plex, and I love it (though it isn't quite as nice as the old TiVo experience... a lot more manual steps, for torrents).

Comment Re:Well (Score 1) 413

That's a gross oversimplification. People don't kill themselves over their job. They kill themselves because they are mentally ill. The job wasn't the cause. The lack of proportion and perspective was the cause. The job was incidental.

In this particular case, the guy's mother and sister committed suicide. There are much higher rates of suicide among people who have relatives who have also committed suicide. That, with the isolation he appears to have suffered from, the job is looking not that significant, at most some sort of trigger.


IBM Wants Patent For Regex SSN Validation 281

theodp writes "What do you get when you combine IBM contributors with the Dojo Foundation? A patent for Real-Time Validation of Text Input Fields Using Regular Expression Evaluation During Text Entry, assuming the newly-disclosed Big Blue patent application passes muster with the USPTO. IBM explains that the invention of four IBMers addresses a 'persistent problem that plagues Web form fields' — e.g., 'a social security number can be entered with or without dashes.' A non-legalese description of IBM's patent-pending invention can be found in The Official Dojo Documentation. While IBM has formed a Strategic Partnership With the Dojo Foundation which may protect one from a patent infringement lawsuit over validating phone numbers, concerns have been voiced over an exception clause in IBM's open source pledge."

Comment I'm very close to cancelling my DirecTV (Score 1) 220

I got a mini and installed XBMC and uTorrent (which sucks on the Mac, btw, but Vuze is just too bloated). One issue is my son, who watches most of his shows in another room on another TV, away from the mini. The Slingbox/Slingcatch combo isn't that cheap, not too far from another mini. Another is that as soon as I turn off the service, what I have on my DVR will be inaccessible. So, I have to download or watch all that is there before I call them.

I'm also using ted ( as a poor man's DVR for torrents. It is not that good (it downloads torrents from private trackers whick never go anywhere, missing downloads that I can easily find on mininova, etc). It does have a nice interface, so there's hope that it will get better over time.

Rant on uTorrent on the Mac: doesn't stop at pre-defined share ratio, just keeps seeding forever. Has a bug which pushes CPU use up to 100%. These bugs are 5+ months old. The perils of arrogant developers (they delete cries for patches on their forums) on a closed source project.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!