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Comment: Re:Embrace or Expire? (Score 0) 337

by jitterman (#47647323) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?
Someone should promote the AC comment (I'm currently without mod points) - it's actually insightful. MS is making money, and putting out both good AND bad products, just like any other firm does. While it's true that they had their day of highly visible dominance (i.e. most private computer consumers were techies), and they are now easily second / third place in that area, they still lead by far in the business software world, and there's truly no sign that this will abate any time soon.

Branching out into hardware, starting with X-Box and Zune, was an attempt to diversify, and while it hasn't been a home run, it's been a good testing ground for ideas. Some have panned out, some have not. To say that these factors point to MS' overall marketplace dominance being entirely in danger of failing is to overstate things a bit.

Comment: Cox Limit (Score 1) 349

by jitterman (#47369787) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap
Tangentially related - I have Cox service (and - disclaimer - even worked for them for 9 months until I found my dream job), and since I don't have cable but DO have three kids, we chew through 250 Gb of data via Netflix and YouTube in no time. I get an e-mail asking me to be mindful, but never anything nasty, no threats, no throttling (I've checked), and no overage charges. I'm not saying that some or all of these things will never happen, but so far so good. Of all the providers, Cox has honestly been the one I've seen complained about the least (I wish I could find the graph of Netflix speeds over time, before and after Netflix agreed to pay extra fees to some of the other providers - Cox's speeds were higher than everyone's both before AND after those agreements were put into place). It would be nice if all the fees we as consumers pay (mentioned in a comment somewhere above) were actually used to improve the infrastructure as intended, but at least one company seems to be somewhat lenient and understanding when it comes to its customers given today's limitations.

Comment: I've always thought it was about the content. (Score 1) 72

by jitterman (#46173405) Attached to: Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves
I don't really care about the layout, what keeps me here after more than a decade is what I read about, and the discussions held here. Look is important if I can't use the site, but this is usable. Some will like it, some will hate it, some will say "meh" to it. As long as I can find stories and conversations that interest me though, I'm good. Just my personal .02

Comment: Not so bad (Score 1) 72

by jitterman (#46173381) Attached to: Amputee Has Prosthetic Hand Wired To Nerves
I remember the last time the layout was changed, and there was the usual round of "oh I hate this." Other than hoping they decide to show member numbers (those of us in the first 999,999 want our cred), I like the new layout, and think it will grow on people over time, just like the current one did.

Still, great comment :)

Comment: Re:Most visitors... (Score 1) 231

by jitterman (#46050001) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Reimagine a Library?
My city (I live in a state capital) just demolished one of our older main branches to build one easily 3 times larger. The library is used a lot (you could not usually find an empty space in the lot on Saturdays, had to park a block from the building) by high school students from the north side of town (tend to be poorer, probably don't have as much access to technology, etc.), so I would say from anecdotal evidence that libraries still do have a large role to play in education, if nothing else.

My own kids love checking out books to read from their school library, and they both tend to get fiction and non-fiction alike, despite having the entire WWW (not to mention game consoles and handhelds) at their disposal. Again, this is just what I have witnessed personally, but libraries do seem to still be valued by many in the population despite all the alternatives.

Comment: Re:How safe is it driven within the law? (Score 2) 961

by jitterman (#45583769) Attached to: Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?
Hear hear (or is it, "here, here"?) !

I used to race motorcycles (for fun, at a local track) - doesn't qualify me as an expert, but I've seen accidents on a track that people get up from without injury that would have probably resulted in all sorts of trauma on the street. The reasons are several - no obstructions around the roadway; everyone going in the same direction; everyone involved understanding that speed is the goal; areas surrounding the track are set up so as to minimize injury.

These factors are for all intents and purposes are absent from the street. Add to that, not only are you endangering yourself, but others' lives and property as well.

Comment: Re:Nothing is more evil than..... (Score 1) 734

by jitterman (#45143127) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case
My oldest son, who's only in 5th grade, already sees the girls tearing each other down. One has already transferred after one year due to the other girls being cruel to her (apparently she was somewhat sloppy and had some unsanitary habits). Sad that in order to feel confident, these young girls seem to need to feel superior, and in order to do that, a victim MUST exist as a useful example of what is inferior.

Not to say the boys don't bully too (and my son WAS guilty of such, and we put a stop to that shit right away by having him apologize in front of the entire class; he's also been on the receiving end), but the girls seem to push it to whatever limit they can.

Comment: Re:And I blame my parents (Score 1) 734

by jitterman (#45142575) Attached to: Facebook Comment Prompts Arrests In Cyberbullying Suicide Case
Your first paragraph is spot on. The third, sadly, displays your unsuitability for parenthood and incredible lack of sympathy/empathy for adolescents and those suffering from mental health problems. Please, make the world a better place by learning how to be somewhat compassionate.

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