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Comment: Re:Not worth it (Score 1) 138

by nwf (#47451133) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

They noted "This is a natural partnership for us" and I was thinking, "what, the Hulu executives are a bunch of foul-mouthed caricatures?" As you noted, they are the brainchild of broadcast networks, so perhaps, yes. I think the characters on South Park may have demonstrated more business savvy than these executives, though.

But, same deal here, I'll never pay for Hulu anything. If Netflix doesn't offer it or I can't otherwise find it, I just don't need to watch it.

Comment: Re:You're much better off investing in speakers (Score 1) 502

Any money spent on a sound card is better off spent on speakers and a good DAC, which often come together.

True, and you'll never get good speakers from Creative. They offer some of the worst sounding speakers I've ever heard. Including those bare speakers from Radio Shack.

In fact, when one speaker blew out on my old PC speaker set (a Harmon Kardon set, I believe), I couldn't actually find anything reasonably priced that didn't sound like crap. So I picked up another one on eBay from a guy who blew out his sub. When they die, I'm going to get an amp and use bookshelf speakers with a real sub.

Comment: Re:PcDuino (Score 1) 183

by nwf (#47426159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Dedicated Low Power Embedded Dev System Choice?

I have a Pi and a PcDuino v2 and the PcDuino is definitely more capable and doesn't cost all that much more. The Arduino compatbility and WiFi are nice, as is having enough flash on board to boot without an SD card, although I generally use one since they are faster. I use their LinkSprite shield for prototyping things, since it breaks out the IO pins into a nice connector for easy use.

Comment: Re:or 2 competing providers before an area loses P (Score 1) 449

by nwf (#46618027) Attached to: WSJ: Prepare To Hang Up the Phone — Forever

Sounds like comcast. We got a few business phone lines from comcast where I work, and none were usable for fax, alarm panels, modems or anything. We canceled because they couldn't even understand why there could even be a problem in theory. Voice works, so everything must work!

At my house, Verizon stopped providing POTS phone service ages ago. VoIP phone is all they offer now, and while better, it's still not very good.

Comment: Re:Depends on the dish (Score 1) 285

by nwf (#46608099) Attached to: I prefer my peppers ...

Wow, that's definitely a fear of heat by the parents. I feed my toddler Heinz ketchup, cinnamon, garlic (in stuff) and taco meat. He loves it! He'll have to be much older to try jalapenos, though. I eat them on nachos all the time, but that's about as hot as I'll go.

I remember in college we had a Thai place that would make their dishes on a scale of 0-10 on heat. My friend got a 10 one day. I ate one small bite and had enough. I usually got a 3 or 4. Then there are places like Pei Wei, a chain "asian" place that warns that some dishes as hot. I honestly can't even tell when I get one of the 'hot" ones and a normal one. I think Americans are generally pretty wimpy when it comes to spicy food.

Comment: Re:Diebold (Score 1) 150

by nwf (#46580977) Attached to: Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash

That was my first guess. My bank uses them, and they are absolutely amazing in terms of completely uninformed user interface design. They've upgraded them over the years and are a little better, but they are just terrible to use physically and electronically. Not really related to hacking, other than by the fact they just don't care about making a quality product.

Comment: Re:That's capitalism. (Score 1) 710

by nwf (#46509287) Attached to: Prominent GitHub Engineer Julie Ann Horvath Quits Citing Harrassment

And that is different from how we would expect her to approach a male engineer she was trying to ensnare exactly how?

Why is it that a woman "ensnares" a man? Have men no self-control? Or is male infantile sexuality simply "the law of gravity" as you seem to claim in OP?

I think for many men it is a "law". Self control in the US is declining in general, and many men didn't have much to begin with, particularly when culture encourages such behavior. Everyone wants to blame someone else for their failures, anyway. It's a convergence of a society not valuing self control nor personal responsibility. It's only like not worse because it's politically incorrect.

Disclaimer: I'm a man, but I see this all the time, everywhere.

Comment: Re:darn. (Score 1) 264

by nwf (#46390371) Attached to: Apple Launches CarPlay At Geneva Show

We had a rental car with Ford Sync for two weeks. It's nothing like simple or intuitive. I write software for a living, and I can't imagine what went through the Sync developers' heads. It's a colossal of usability, speed, efficiency, intuition, and functionality. While Ford is dropping Microsoft, they can't replace it too soon. I need a new car, and I explicitly won't get anything with Ford Sync or the BMW iDrive which is less crappy, but still junk but easier to use.

Comment: Re:Cutting any recurring bill (Score 1) 206

by nwf (#46387699) Attached to: How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

You said the magic words, "I want to cancel my (TV/Internet/Phone, etc.). Nothing fets their attention like the word cancel. Always at least threaten to cancel before quitting a service.

I did that with Comcast because they couldn't get me more than 256 kbps download speeds. They don't care. I cancelled and moved to Verizon, but at least I had choices. Threatened to cancel Verizon too after their rep completely lied to me. They didn't care. I finally reported them to the BBB, which did get some action.

Basically, even canceling doesn't concern them. They know you'll be back or it just isn't worth it to make it work for you. I still get two mailings from Comcast per week that go right into the recycle bin. I tried to drop phone service, but their "double play" packages were like $5 less than having the phone. Plus, event their crappy VoIP solution sounds 100 times better then the best cell phone.

Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.