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Comment: Re:What a load of crap (Score 1) 496

by iperkins (#30463442) Attached to: Why Top Linux Distros Are For Different Users

With Vista and probably Win7, WoW wants to install to the users\public\games\ folder, not in Program Files. I ran WoW on a laptop that had been upgraded from XP to Vista and on either a patch or the Wrath install (sorry, don't remember now, it's been a while), the install routine prompted to be allowed to move the installation from program files to users\public\games\. User info was stored by account under the wonderfully named WTF subfolder, prior to the Battle.net migration. Now, patch information, at least, is stored under the user's documents folder. I haven't poked around enough to see if any user specific stuff is stored there.

Cellphones

Verizon Doubles Early Termination Fee and More 520

Posted by timothy
from the infuriating-design dept.
An anonymous reader writes "If you buy a smartphone through Verizon, be prepared for an increase in the early termination fee. Verizon is doubling the phone-subsidy to $350. What's more, is that Verizon also actively charges customers for accidental data transmissions of as little as 0.02kb. 'They configure the phones to have multiple easily hit keystrokes to launch 'Get it now' or 'Mobile Web'—usually a single key like an arrow key. [...] The instant you call the function, they charge you the data fee. We cancel these unintended requests as fast as we can hit the End key, but it doesn't matter; they've told me that ANY data--even one kilobyte--is billed as 1MB. The damage is done.'"
The Internet

HTTP Intermediary Layer From Google Could Dramatically Speed Up the Web 406

Posted by timothy
from the sufficient-disclosure dept.
grmoc writes "As part of the 'Let's make the web faster' initiative, we (a few engineers — including me! — at Google, and hopefully people all across the community soon!) are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of Web pages. One of these experiments is SPDY (pronounced 'SPeeDY'), an application-layer protocol (essentially a shim between HTTP and the bits on the wire) for transporting content over the web, designed specifically for minimal latency. In addition to a rough specification for the protocol, we have hacked SPDY into the Google Chrome browser (because it's what we're familiar with) and a simple server testbed. Using these hacked up bits, we compared the performance of many of the top 25 and top 300 websites over both HTTP and SPDY, and have observed those pages load, on average, about twice as fast using SPDY. Thats not bad! We hope to engage the open source community to contribute ideas, feedback, code (we've open sourced the protocol, etc!), and test results."

Comment: Bah - let it go (Score 1) 857

by iperkins (#29488899) Attached to: Cursive Writing Is a Fading Skill — Does It Matter?

My mother was forced to change to right handed writing and they made her practice - the result: beautiful script that was completely unreadable. They tried to make me change as well, but I wasn't having anything of it. Being left handed, cursive was more effort that was it was worth, so I developed a quite legible block print (incidentally, taking after my right handed father, who was an engineer). In short, penmanship is a Medieval art in a modern world.

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