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Comment: Been ignoring it for years already (Score 1) 191

by neminem (#48888797) Attached to: Verizon About To End Construction of Its Fiber Network

There's technically FiOS in my city already, but that doesn't mean I've actually been able to get it either in my current building or the building I lived in before that, nor do I know anyone who has it, so it was already clear they didn't give one crap about doing anything with FiOS other than advertising the crap out of it. Which I seriously don't get - where's the profit in spending a jillion dollars on something that everyone would be happy to pay you for, but you aren't letting them?

I mean, yes, Verizon is an awful company that would do the world a favor by dying in a fire (or at least it would if the result were competition over the ashes, rather than, as is probably more likely, just giving Comcast even *more* of a stranglehold...), but regardless, FiOS would (probably?) be better than the crap internet we have from them now.

Comment: Makes sense (Score 1) 448

by neminem (#48757755) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

It's not like they would have any reason to try to help us save money, since that money would be directly lost by them if they did. We already see that elsewhere - Verizon, for instance, is technically "happy" to let you not pay for phone service if you don't need it: you can pay like 70 bucks for internet by itself, or alternatively, you can pay *50* bucks for the same internet and also a phone line. But it's *technically* an option...

I'm imagining that the same thing would happen here - yes, you can totally only buy one channel. It'll cost you 500 dollars, but it's *technically* an option... according to our website, not according to any actual logic...

Obviously that's not what anyone wants, and wouldn't reasonably be considered "unbundling" by anyone except a cable company, but still.

Comment: Re:Matlab... (Score 1) 242

by neminem (#48749581) Attached to: Little-Known Programming Languages That Actually Pay

Or even CS majors, if they went to schools with a core that required absolutely any engineering course as part of their overall core, as mine did. Everyone hated that class, even the engineers, but I 100% agree with your basic point, that matlab is not even remotely a "little-known programming language". Little-used-professionally-by-non-engineers language, yes. But everyone's at least *heard* of it...

Comment: 128gb isn't that much FLAC... (Score 1) 391

by neminem (#48745983) Attached to: Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

So that's sort of silly. If they came out with an mp3 player that actually had a decent storage capacity... ok, I still wouldn't pay $1200 for it, that'd be crazy. I'd be happy to pay like 500, though. I paid that much for my current mp3 player for exactly that reason (500gb hard drive) - which is running, incidentally, no joke, Android 1 point freaking 6. That mp3 player is no longer available for purchase, and nobody's come out with any replacement. :(

Comment: That is dumb (Score 1) 303

by neminem (#48739987) Attached to: Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

One of my favorite quotes from the Jargon Files, on this exact subject, as relevant now as when it was written:

"At first glance, to anyone who understands how these programs actually work, this seems like an absurdity. As hackers are among the people who know best how these phenomena work, it seems odd that they would use language that seems to ascribe conciousness to them. The mind-set behind this tendency thus demands examination.

The key to understanding this kind of usage is that it isn't done in a naive way; hackers don't personalize their stuff in the sense of feeling empathy with it, nor do they mystically believe that the things they work on every day are `alive'. To the contrary: hackers who anthropomorphize are expressing not a vitalistic view of program behavior but a mechanistic view of human behavior."

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Comment: Re:They're biting the wrong person here... (Score 1) 349

by neminem (#48705951) Attached to: United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

That's still against the rules. If you do that and you have a return flight, you're very likely to find your return flight canceled. If you do it often enough, you're likely to have all your frequent flier miles revoked, too. It's not *illegal*, but it *is* generally against airlines' rules, and they're completely within their rights to punish you for doing this.

It is completely back-assward that there's even a reason to do this, but that's the way it is.

Comment: Re:How else would the camera companies make money? (Score 1) 285

by neminem (#48662629) Attached to: Study: Red Light Cameras Don't Improve Safety

One: they frequently set it so that people who drive through the intersection on yellow because they "can't stop safely" sometimes get tickets, because they've set it for maximum profit rather than for maximum safety.

Two: they sometimes set it so that people who are "turning left and haven't been able to make it through beforehand" also sometimes get tickets, because again, maximum profit.

It is *exactly* the same people bitching about speed limits, for the same reason. Nobody is arguing that there should be no speed limits ever. What we argue is that, if you have a road where it's safe to drive 50, and everyone drives 50, the city shouldn't make the speed limit arbitrarily 25 so they can ticket people driving safely; they should make the speed limit 50, so they only ticket people who are *actually* driving like an "irresponsible jackass".

Comment: That doesn't sound like total access... (Score 1) 89

If they can only listen to phone calls and view text messages. That's like saying someone has "total access" to your machine because they installed a keylogger. Is it dangerous and invasive? Yes. But it's not "total access", if they can't actually *control* anything...

Comment: Re:Extra Paycheck (Score 1) 48

by neminem (#48626117) Attached to: Startup Magic Leap Hires Sci-Fi Writer Neal Stephenson As Chief Futurist

I enjoyed enough of Reamde that I didn't feel like it was a waste reading it. I did feel like it was essentially 3 different novels with 3 very different feels trying to coexist, and I liked two of them a lot more than the third, but overall, I thought it was a fun read. (That said, you chose a good time to stop reading, as the last third contained a higher ratio of the stuff I didn't think was as interesting.)

Comment: Re:Ah Tucows... (Score 1) 65

by neminem (#48618341) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

That is extremely incorrect.

This is going to be run by the people that run the Sprint MVNO Ting (which is owned by Tucows). Ting is *awesome*. They pretty much define what customer service and user experience should look like. I've been with them for over a year now, and they are one of a small handful of companies I go out of my way to proselytize to people.

I would switch to this in an *instant* if I could, and if their rates are reasonable, which I expect they will be, given that it will be run by Ting.

I do remember the Tucows of the mid-90s being as you described, but the Tucows of today is nothing like that.

Heard that the next Space Shuttle is supposed to carry several Guernsey cows? It's gonna be the herd shot 'round the world.