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Comment: the cost of cable (Score 2) 285

by mythandros (#40797537) Attached to: Is TV Over the 'Net Really Cheaper Than Cable?
UVerse Internet + UVerse TV is more expensive than UVerse Internet + Hulu Premium + Netflix. That's all I really care about. Sure, you can get deals for UVerse TV and pay an "introductory" price for a year but at the end of that year, the introductory price goes away. You can't just call customer service and ask for the same deal. They'll tell you to piss up a rope and suck on it. You have to cancel your TV service and, like clockwork, a month later they'll send you a flyer to get "introductory pricing" for a year's service. It happened to me. It happened to a dozen of my friends. AT&T isn't customer friendly and their default stance in customer service is to call your bluff when you say you're canceling. I cancelled AT&T UVerse TV and I'm never going back. Why? Because now, I only watch what I want to watch instead of whatever's on.

Comment: Re:Here's a better idea. (Score 1) 252

by mythandros (#37221234) Attached to: Social Media a Threat To Undercover Cops

So your saying that when police use undercover agents to bust kiddie porn rings, dangerous drug production labs, terrorist type groups and other similar things that are bad for society that you would rather they didn't bust them using a method that allows them to potentially find a larger number of members than those they would have caught by doing a single raid on a facility?

And to the point about police safety, I think anything that keeps anyone safe is a good thing. There is no need to point out there are more dangerous jobs. Its like saying that the taxi driver doesn't need a seat belt because the construction worker has a more dangerous job.

You know, if the government burned the constitution, the bill of rights, and all the amendments, our police officers would have much more latitude to identify and arrest both the root cause of these crimes and it's whole support network. The logic you put forth supports this action. Yeah, yeah. I can see your response now: "I didn't mean what you're implying". Maybe, "Now you're just being stupid. No one wants that."

If you honestly think that's a justification for what you said, you're not worth the air you consume. Here's a suggestion: pull your head out of your ass and say what you mean instead of making vague references. If it's too hard to do, stay off the internet, idiot. I hope it's not an issue of motivation. How worthlessly lazy you would be if you couldn't be bothered to think a complete thought before vomiting it onto slashdot.

Comment: Wow. The VAST majority of you are not CS majors (Score 1) 730

by mythandros (#36153662) Attached to: Can Computers Be Used To Optimize the US Tax Code?
In addition, you clearly have no idea what a K-map is -- because this article just sounds like the application of a k-map (its underlying principle) to the current tax code. If the tax code says, "Everyone who is over 5' tall must pay $10" and "Everyone who is 5'6" tall must pay at least $7", you can eliminate the second rule because everyone who is 5'6" is also over 5' and therefore must pay $10 which is trivially greater than $7. Is that not what this article says?

Comment: Re:The Future Niche Market of the iPhone (Score 1) 381

by mythandros (#35215028) Attached to: Apple To Keep 30% of Magazine Subscription Revenue

I bought into Android and instead of lording my decision over everybody I'm just going to remind everyone that the long run has been predicted by many industries. Apple and Blackberry will remain as niche players but it's going to be an Android future.

Given that predicting what path technology will take is like predicting the weather, I'm more inclined to believe that most everyone will follow their near-term optimum which, by your own claims, involves three times more iOS than Android. The moment polls start indicating that devs feel Android has the best near-term payoff is the moment I'll start to believe that it's an Android future.

Comment: Re:DO WANT! (Score 1) 1026

by mythandros (#35162754) Attached to: Obama Calling For $53B For High Speed Rail
If the US government admits that "The Ter'rists" are a statistically insignificant threat, they instantly nullify the need for the TSA empire. We can't convince the people of this country that a need to override their rights exists if we can't cite the existence of a conveniently omnipresent boogey man.

Comment: Re:Acronym courtesy missing... (Score 4, Insightful) 128

by mythandros (#33894086) Attached to: Valve Announces <em>Dota 2</em>
Let's ignore the fact that spelling out acronyms upon first use is one of the most basic elements of good article writing. If I Google for DotA, I don't know that the first hit resolves to the intended acronym unless I already know what DotA stands for in which case I wouldn't have needed to Google it in the first place.

Comment: Previous Research (Score 2, Informative) 155

by mythandros (#33883970) Attached to: Researchers Test WiFi Access From Moving Vehicles
Here's a paper written by a fellow who's now a professor at U of I, Chicago which relates to the topic. The gist is that taxi's in a city were equipped with wifi and opportunistically connected to open access points as they traveled. The article won't revolutionize anything but it's certainly an interesting read and something worthy of building upon. One of the interesting parts is that the taxi-side wifi used a custom written utility to accelerate establishing a connection which didn't bother negotiating transmission speed but rather used a fixed 11Mbps as this was determined to be optimal for the setting.

Comment: are you serious? (Score 1) 651

by mythandros (#32335070) Attached to: HP Explains Why Printer Ink Is So Expensive
If China can produce high quality print cartridges for, in some cases 1/10th the cost of American made, it points to the fact that most of the price is markup to "whatever we can get away with". And by "high quality", I mean "good enough for my graphic designer wife who's been in the industry for 15 years and can be a real nazi about print quality." HP can't afford to confirm how great the markup is. The backlash from their "competitors" (read "those in collusion") would be staggering.

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