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Comment: Make it law (Score 1) 747

by koick (#46486163) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC
How do you think we can get through to the anti-vaxxers?

The same way you "get through" to homophobics, sexists, religious zealots, murderers, etc.: society decides that a certain behavior is not optional (at least without penalties) and legally requires you to live within certain parameters. In this case, only in extreme circumstances is it allowed to opt-out of vaxing your children.

Comment: Re:Couldn't they at least provide a meter? (Score 2, Informative) 306

by koick (#32386292) Attached to: Earthlink Announces It Must Honor Comcast Cap
I logged in and didn't see the usage information, so I entered a chat with one of them. She informed me that if you don't see it on your User page that it's not available in your area. She said, "We have just launched the usage meter and we are doing our best to have this accessed by all users". I find this ironic since I live within the city limits of the sixth largest city in the US, and, get this, it's the HEADQUARTERS of Comcast.

Comment: Re:so long... (Score 1) 430

by koick (#31524010) Attached to: Toshiba Ends Incandescent Bulb Production After 120 Years
I'll tell you what's crap. I want to use CFL and (even better) LED bulbs, but it's very difficult (if not sometimes impossible) to find sockets which support them properly. I'm talking about 3 way (low/med/hi) switches, dimmers, motion detecting, dusk/dawn, etc. I've found no CFL or LED bulbs which work in existing 3 way switches, nor dimmers, even any specifically made for those types of bulbs, and a vast majority of motion detecting sockets and dusk/dawn sockets don't support them either.

Come on inventors! We need these new fancy bulbs to work in these situations before we can really phase out incandescent bulbs!

Comment: Re:To the people saying A La Carte is the answer (Score 5, Insightful) 217

by koick (#31392614) Attached to: ABC Pulls Channels From Cablevision
Your example illustrates to me a difference between radio and TV however.
I, probably like many folks, enjoy a wide array of music: industrial, rock, jazz, talk, reggae, electronic, 80's, etc.
However, there is a much smaller array of TV show genres I enjoy: the major networks, PBS, science (like Discovery/TLC), Food, Syfy, and History. I will NEVER want to watch: online shopping, soaps, Spanish/foreign language, sports, kids (Disney, Nickelodeon), MTV, CSPAN, BET, E!, Fox News, Golf, Halmark, etc. Making me pay for these is a waste of my money.

Comment: How funny... (Score 1) 327

by koick (#30992634) Attached to: "Calvin and Hobbes" Creator Bill Watterson Looks Back With No Regrets
I attended The Evergreen State College in the mid-90s. Matt Groening was there in the 70s. One day I was deep cleaning out some lab space and came across an old mock newspaper Matt had done when he was a student there. In the comics section there was a Family Circus; the mom was in the background in the kitchen, and the kids were in the foreground gathered around the TV. On the TV was a man's ass, and the caption was "Shut the fuck up mommy we're watching TV".

I'm glad to see others making fun of such an easy target.

Comment: Re:Sonos (Score 2, Informative) 438

by koick (#30019180) Attached to: Simple, Cost-Effective, Multiroom Audio?
Agreed. I have a Sonos system, it is nice and works, but really is really overpriced for what you get. It was revealed to me how stingy they were when I bought one of their controller units for $300 (which they now have upgraded) and it didn't even come with a docking station, no that was another $40. Just greedy bastards. I would instead look at a squeezebox or look into these.

Comment: The questions are from other websites (Score 1) 513

by koick (#30009688) Attached to: What Does Google Suggest Suggest About Humanity?
Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't Google suggest phrases combed from other websites (with fairly high pagerank) and not some 'best of' type questions people are typing directly into the google search box? If so, it's *other* websites, not google which are getting (and presumably answering) these questions, and the article is misleading about them being "popular searches".

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