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Editorial

+ - Burning Man 2007 wrapup->

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marcmerlin
marcmerlin writes "If you've been curious about the yearly Burning Man Festival, why the man burned twice this year, or enjoy blinky lights, fire, and other eye candy, you can look at my 2007 Burning Man report, and also at my index of the last 6 burning man reports. The firework show and burn of the Oil Derrick from Crude Awakening was particularly impressive this year."
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+ - Comcast and logic don't mix: disconnected

Submitted by marcmerlin
marcmerlin (48598) writes "If comcast decides that you are using too much data on your cable modem, they will disconnect you. Of course, they do not say what too much is, that's for you to guess.
Now, they do actually attempt to give you a chance to fix your overusage by warning you once, except in my case, they warned me half way through the month, and then shut me down for the good the next month due to the traffic that had gone out before they warned me. They warned me in a way that they were unable to measure the drastic traffic decrease after I fixed the problem, and they had to shut me down anyway. Their support people actually acknowledged that in my case there was indeed nothing I could have done, but they also said there was nothing they could do either due to the way their system works.
Until they fix their warning system to match logging cycles, or honor the one month grace period they promised me, and then pretended they never had, I can see how they're going to get many other people shut down that way.
If comcast is actually meaning to give their customers a chance to fix a usage over an arbitrary limit they won't disclose, they have some serious fixing to do, starting by not putting their customers in the criminal/DMCA pile that their regular support folks are not even allowed to help."
Editorial

+ - Report of Burning Man 2006

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marcmerlin
marcmerlin writes "As those who read my report from last year know, Burning Man is much more than the bad reputation of "just drugs, sex, and naked hippies" that some give it.
This is why I've been among those writing reports and taking pictures to share with those who haven't been able to go, to show the cool art that you can see there, as well as the impressive technology that is deployed in a harsh environment.
This year again, the report is written from the the point of view of a non drinking, not drug using, non hippy geek :), showcasing the cool stuff that most geeks would find need (like this year's big round cubatron), and how a small handheld GPS can help you big time. Anyway, here is the 2006 Burning Man report and tour
Enjoy, Marc"

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