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Comment: Re:court (Score 1) 355

by fruitbane (#47771411) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

They don't have to show up. They can just lose by default by not showing up. However, they can appeal the small claims court verdict and escalate and by moving things to a larger court screw you over in turn by requiring YOU to show up somewhere that may no longer be quite as local. And if you don't show up for that, you can bet your penalty will be much greater than theirs was to have been for losing that initial small claims case.

Comment: Cost reductions take many forms (Score 1) 354

by fruitbane (#47508325) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

This is clearly a cost reduction move on Netflix's part, but that doesn't mean they can pass along the reduction. This reduction may better serve to counter increases in cost elsewhere in the chain, preventing them from having to raise the subscription fee. Manufacturers and service providers can't increases costs constantly, so they have to off-set occasional spikes with reductions. Sounds perfectly reasonable to me.

Comment: Great content. Writing quality, not so much. (Score 1) 192

by fruitbane (#47498235) Attached to: The Almost Forgotten Story of the Amiga 2000

I learned quite a bit about the Amiga 2000 from this article, but what on earth was going on with the writing? Using apostrophes with plurals, needlessly enclosing terms in double quotes, random capital letters; it was a mess. It was very hard to read because of this craziness.

Comment: Useful = boring (Score 3, Interesting) 157

by fruitbane (#45098733) Attached to: Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"

She seems to be telling us that when technology finally becomes useful enough to be mainstream, it's boring. OK, fine, I can accept that, somewhat. But the point of developing something new and "exciting" is so that someday it will be mundane and boring. And when Google spends all their time on the new, that makes more room for others to innovate with the "old".

Comment: Warranty or insurance? (Score 5, Insightful) 329

by fruitbane (#43624439) Attached to: Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

This is a problematic piece because it confuses an extended warranty and accident protection/insurance. Most extended warranties do not include accident protection, and that option tends to cost extra and require the base extended warranty, which is the problematic part. If FourSquare wants to offer cheaper, better extended warranties paired with accident protection, more power to them, but that's a very different thing than an extended warranty alone.

Comment: Re:Two issues with taking educated immigrants ... (Score 5, Insightful) 221

by fruitbane (#43190267) Attached to: Silicon Valley Presses Obama, Congress On Immigration Reform

Trying to fight globalization on the whole is ineffective, but fighting the demand for more H1B visas with factual data isn't. Recent studies show that companies have been lying about their inability to find domestic talent AND about how much they pay their H1B visa employees. The long and short of it is, the experts exist within the US but the companies want to save money on H1B visas, so they lie to congress, all the while, claiming we need more tech-savvy Americans. When we produce the appropriately educated Americans, the companies won't hire them because they are too expensive compared to their H1B shortcut. All this fight is doing is creating over-educated Americans who will have lots of education debt and no jobs.

Comment: Re:You and me both (Score 1) 965

by fruitbane (#43176155) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

I found that getting on to a year my entire XP system would operate a lot more slowly. Everything took longer, and I was a lot more likely to run into error. I did a lot of program installation/uninstallation. That, and XP's constant update cycle actually caused it to bog down. I've a feeling Microsoft's update install process for XP left a lot of cruft lying around.

I found that doing a data backup, clean reinstall, installing the latest service pack and round of updates, and then installing all the latest version of my regular programs resulted in a system that took up a lot less disk space and ran smoothly and quickly again like it was almost new.

Comment: Re:Windows 7 (Score 1) 965

by fruitbane (#43166157) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Agree. I was very negative on Vista when it came out based on what I read. Then, when I went to build a desktop, it was the only current MS OS available for me to put on it, so I did. And it turns out that after a tweaked it a bit it's been a breeze to deal with (for the most part - there's always some random MS behavior that pisses me off). I have Windows 7 on my laptop and, frankly, I don't find Win7 to be significantly better from the perspective of regular, normal interactions. Vista had some growing pains, but it mostly sorted those out later in its market life.

Comment: Re:You and me both (Score 1) 965

by fruitbane (#43166133) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Mac To Linux Return Flow?

Though I enjoy Windows 7 on my laptop, I find that Vista is actually decent on my desktop. Certainly better than I expected. I didn't pick up Vista until later in the life cycle, and by then they had sorted out some of the most problematic bits. I haven't had to reinstall Windows for almost 3 years, which is a record for me. As much as I liked XP, there was no getting around doing a system nuke every 12 - 18 months at my usage patterns. Reinstalls were more frequent even than that for OSes earlier than WinXP, including the Classic MacOS. Say what you will about pre-OSX MacOS, it really wasn't any less stable than the competition. I didn't have to reinstall any more frequently than the folks running Win95 and Win98.

Comment: Re:i like to limit my DHCP scope (Score 4, Informative) 884

by fruitbane (#42959093) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech?

Why even do that? Simply set up a list of accepted MAC addresses and give them assigned IPs. Don't provide any service to a MAC address not matching known. Unfortunately, that only stops your router/AP from handing out IPs. They can still eavesdrop and work on listening in on traffic.

Comment: Re:Stop renting DVD's (Score 1) 547

by fruitbane (#42024689) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Make a DVD-Rental Store More Relevant?

You are right. The executives giving themselves massive raises as the company's finances circled the drain (some amidst the bankruptcy filing) was indeed a case of short-sighted people thinking they deserved something the company couldn't afford.
With corrections to some of the incorrect, inflated numbers floating around Facebook.

1 Sagan = Billions & Billions