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Comment: Are the *sure* they got the right guy? (Score 3, Insightful) 790 790

Gmail allows for dot address matching. This is a *huge* problem that has never been addressed.

Apparently my first letter, last name gmail address happens to be pretty popular. So popular, I receive emails from at least 5 other people in my inbox. One from PA, another one in Florida, still another in New Zealand... I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Apparently, this seems to happen a bit to people.

Sadly, Google has no fix for it, no way to get it to stop. Their support address and site are useless, imho.

I have since moved all of my email off to my own domain and mail services not controlled by Google. I still keep the account open and forwarding to my new email address, so I still get their email, too. I do what I can to minimize problems by auto-deleting everything that hits my inbox that's obviously not for me.

Stories like this scare the shit out of me because, at any time, if one of those people I happen to receive email for suddenly decides to go into full-creep mode, I could be put in prison for a very, very long time. Not for anything that I have done, but for how gmail has been setup to allow for this.

Comment: Mikrotik? (Score 5, Informative) 104 104

I've had really good luck with my RB2011UAS-2HND-IN from Mikrotik. It's pretty easy to configure queues by interface, all the way down to tagging the packets and throttling down to individual TCP/UDP ports.

Costs slightly more than a cheap home router, but you have something pretty sturdy and extremely flexible to work with.

Comment: Bubba Rub? (Score 5, Funny) 402 402

Bubba Rub was a visionary

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nnzw_i4YmKk

Reporter: Can you tell me about the whistles?
Bubb Rubb: The whistles go WOO-- You wanna WOO WOO--
Reporter: Some neighbors are saying it’s “way too loud.”
Bubb Rubb: That’s only in the mowrning. He’s supposed to be up cooking breakfast or something, so it’s like an alarm clock!

Comment: Re:The Complaint and Patents (Score 1) 112 112

once upon a time they had a great product, and they made it terrible by forcing annoying advertisements in all their menus, as soon as you pause anything, over live tv when a product is featured, and they don't provide digital over the air programming info for non-cable subscribers. 100% of customer contact goes through a call center which is powerless to perform all but the most basic tasks.

/rant

that's odd. I've never seen an advertisement whenever pausing live TV, or when pausing recorded shows. Yes, there's a 'more about $foo_show' item that pops up, but I clicked on it exactly once years ago and never noticed it again.

I'm unsure about the OTA programming thing, but since the device is basically geared to be a 'cable box replacement'. It has a niche and it's a good one.

All the times I've called the TiVO call center (it was in Canada, I believe) the techs were quick, gave good answers to my questions, and even help me grandfather in my USD12.99/mo subscription on to my Premiere device.

I've used MS-based DVR's in the past and was shocked at the poor quality and glaring usability problems.

Comment: Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades (Score 4, Funny) 117 117

Reminds me of This old chestnut from the Onion.

Stop. I just had a stroke of genius. Are you ready? Open your mouth, baby birds, cause Mama's about to drop you one sweet, fat nightcrawler. Here she comes: Put another core on that fucker, too. That's right. Three cores, one chip, and make the third one play MP3's or someshit. You heard me--the third core plays MP3's. It's a whole new way to think about computing. Don't question it. Don't say a word. Just key the music, and call the chorus girls, because we're on the edge--the razor's edge--and I feel like dancing.

Comment: Re:Help start the revolution! (Score 1) 398 398

I started hacking away with an Arduino a few weeks ago and have loved it. Sensors, motors, potentiometer's, MUX/DEMUX, programming, soldering, it's all there.

You don't even have to be particularly interested in robotics. For example, my first project is a analog drum machine that fires off MIDI messages to my DAW. Lots of pots, wires, understanding low-level MIDI interfacing, it's a blast. So anyway, yeah. I can't recommend electronics hacking / robotics enough.

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