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Comment: Re:Leahy switched his mind twice? (Score 1) 107

by grantus (#42049725) Attached to: That Was Fast: Leahy Drops Warrantless E-mail Surveillance Bill

PIPA and electronic privacy are entirely different issues. Believe it or not, it is possible to be for electronic privacy and also be for heavy copyright enforcement. Apples and oranges.

And yes, it's pretty evident I wrote that story. I thought the story was on topic.

Comment: Re:Violet Blue story about sites suckered by that (Score 1) 149

by grantus (#41478335) Attached to: .xxx Registrar To Launch Pr0n Search Engine

The story linked by Slashdot is not a rewritten press release. There's a bit of journalism in the story, including an interview with Lawley. Sometimes, press releases actually point reporters to some actual news, believe it or not.

There were a number of websites/blogs that rewrote the story, took the good quotes and slapped a new headline on it. This journalism thing is tough work, apparently.

+ - .xxx to launch porn search engine->

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grantus (261016) writes "ICM Registry, the company behind the .xxx top-level domain, plans to launch a search engine in an effort to drive more traffic to .xxx websites and give pornography fans a more satisfying search experience. The search engine will also protect users' privacy, the company says. "Porn is very personal," said Stuart Lawley, ICM's CEO. "You may have been looking for Brazilian midget transsexuals, and you're sitting there at home with your kid or your wife saying, 'Let's go on a holiday to Brazil,' and the next thing, it's suggesting Brazilian midget transsexuals from your previous Google search history.""
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Comment: Re:Rule #1 (Score 2) 480

by grantus (#39408973) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

I have a wife and a 5-year-old son. My wife works, so my son goes to day care (and now school). My wife does not expect me to get house work and chores done during the day. She sometimes asks if I can run an errand during lunch or something, but it all depends on my schedule and willingness.

I frankly don't understand how a spouse could expect someone working from home to watch the kids. I don't understand how they think they could barge in at any time. It sounds like a respect issue, among other things.

If you or your spouse cannot respect your work situation, then, yes, working from home is going to be a problem.

Comment: Re:Have a morning routine (Score 1) 480

by grantus (#39408501) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are Your Tips For Working From Home?

Taking a shower and getting dressed helps. I don't dress up when I'm working from home, but I at least change out of pajamas.

I don't think you need a door, as some others have suggested, but it helps to have your office away from the main portion of the house. Mine is in the basement.

Working from home is not difficult if you have a regular work product to deliver. If you have something to give to your boss every day or something to prove you've been working, it's not that difficult to stay away from the distractions.

I also find that it helps to get out of the house for a little bit of time most days. A walk, lunch at a diner, something where you're interacting with other people face to face is good for my mental health.

+ - Google and Verizon net neutrality deal?->

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grantus (261016) writes "There have been reports of Google and Verizon in talks about net neutrality, but what does it all mean? In this analysis, some sources suggest that any private deal between the two companies may not win wider acceptance with the FCC, lawmakers, or other broadband providers. In addition, Google denies it's trying to get special favors from Verizon, and Verizon says it's committed to negotiations taking place at the FCC."
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Comment: May not be a fee on wireless carriers (Score 1) 246

by grantus (#27029377) Attached to: Spectrum Fees May Preclude US Low-Cost Cellular

This may not be a fee on wireless carriers at all, but on broadcast spectrum, according to some sources.

http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/02/27/obama-proposes-spectrum-license-fee

The budget blueprint, released Thursday, provides no more details about the fee. Despite some speculation to the contrary, it may not, however, be a fee on wireless voice and data spectrum, but on spectrum used by U.S. radio and television stations.

The proposed spectrum license user fee, which would be $200 million in 2010 and $300 million in 2011, takes up one line on page 126 of the 142-page budget blueprint.

A similar fee, proposed but not enacted in past federal budgets, has not been for wireless spectrum that companies have purchased in auctions from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, but on TV and radio spectrum that's been allocated to broadcasters, said a government source familiar with past FCC budgets.

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