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Comment: Re:Observations from Comcast's DNS Team (Score 1) 349

by jswalter9 (#46467347) Attached to: Crowdsourcing Confirms: Websites Inaccessible on Comcast
Hey I'm glad I can access you directly today, Jason. I've been on comcast since Sep '12 and I have had persistent problems with DNS resolution, but only on linux machines. Get this - even setting my linux machines to use 8.8.8.8 for DNS does NOT resolve the problem. I had a laptop running linux and couldn't even bring up bankofamerica.com; if I started Windows in a virtual machine, windows was able to resolve DNS without issue; as long as Windows was running in the virual machine, the host computer (linux) was able to resolve; if Windows went to screen saver, DNS would stop resolving. The virtual guest uses the host's networking hardware and software, so why would receiving a request from Windows get a result while linux gets a stalled-out non-response? I ended up having to plug linux machines into routers that would then talk to the modem, AND THAT WORKS. There's some kind of stupidity at play in your network, but I'll be moving outside of Comcast's service area this year, so I don't even care if it gets fixed.

Comment: I've done so 3 times (Score 1) 111

by Not-a-Neg (#45528301) Attached to: 23% of IT Workers Spend Thanksgiving With Coworkers

I've spent 3 Thanksgivings with co-workers, once with a building manager (senior manager), once with a manager of a different department, and once with an administrative assistant that I am still friends with. It was a small company though (around 2,000 employees) so everyone knew each other pretty well.

My current employer is a global bank, everyone here just stabs everyone in the back and is extremely defensive about separating their personal life from work.

I'm just going to stay at home this year, all alone, nothing but the heat from the file server to keep me warm. Thanksgiving dinner will be a breakfast casserole made with frozen hashbrowns, sausage, cheddar cheese, and sausage gravy cooked in a slow cooker on low for 8 hours. =D

Comment: Privacy is so overrated. (Score 0) 319

by Not-a-Neg (#45515061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Your Privacy These Days? Or Do You?

I don't protect my privacy outside of using strong passwords and 2-factor authentication (when available). No encryption, no VPN, no proxies. I don't use anti-virus software or firewalls either (other than those built-in to an OS and the NAT firewall of the router). The simple fact is that I do not send anything via email/Twitter/Facebook/Google+ that is unlawful, incriminating, or extremely personal. There is nothing on my computer that I cannot live without either. I have the actual physical media for all movies, TV, and music. Games are all on Steam/GoG. Photos are all posted online and backed up to DVD.

Perhaps the only thing I go a little out of my way to protect is my phone number. I ported my number to Google Voice, setup a silent ringtone as the default ringtone on my iPhone, turned off vibration, and use customer ringtones for friends/family/coworker contacts. That's more a matter of personal sanity than privacy though.

Comment: 249(Dec.) - 737(July) (Score 1) 327

by Not-a-Neg (#45472999) Attached to: Monthly net electricity use in my household:

I like cold temps more than high temps, so, I tend to run the air conditioner a lot more in the Summer. In the Winter, the heat generated by all the computers are enough to keep my apartment warm (around 64F-68F). The bill for all that electricity is around $40 for December up to $70 for July.

Comment: Star Wars... (Score 1) 283

by Not-a-Neg (#45455467) Attached to: In an arcade with only the following games ...

Most arcades always had Star Wars as one of the cheapest machines (1 quarter/token, 1 credit) and the game itself was fairly easy to beat at least once so I always ended up playing it in every arcade. Of the other games listed the only others that I would play were Sea Wolf and pinball. Even though Sea Wold was really terrible it was just so unique that it had to be played. Pinball machines I usually sucked at so I didn't bother too much with them with the exceptions of Addams Family, Super Mario, and PinBot which were must plays whenever I came across them.

Comment: Proud to be an American! (Score 2, Insightful) 324

by Not-a-Neg (#45402693) Attached to: I'd rather be spied on by ...

As a 3rd generation American citizen I would rather be spied on by the USA than any other country. Besides, nothing surprising has been revealed about what the NSA was doing, it's all been known for decades. New medium, same old spying. You would have to be under 30 or been sheltered from the nightly news the last 20 years to not know that governement agencies tap into everything from phones to snail mail and all digital variations there of. Kids these days...

Comment: Re:do you really want to download 25-50GB games? (Score 1) 254

by Not-a-Neg (#45359441) Attached to: A Playstation 4 Teardown

I already download 15-25GB games on the WiiU, downloading 25-50GB games won't be an issue at all. In fact, my experience with the WiiU has been that games are released on the eShop before they show up in stores. As an example, I pre-ordered Lego City Undercover at Gamestop, went to the store expecting to be able to pick it up on the release day but they had not received it and did not know when it would arrive. So, I canceled the preorder and used the money to buy an eShop card. Then, went home and bought the game on the eShop, downloaded, installed, and was playing it that night. That game was 22GB according to a quick search online.

The only improvement to this type of service I would like to see is the ability to pre-download a game a day or two before release and have it unlock and install on release day. On the Wii U, at least, there is currently no option to pre-order.

Of course, this doesn't even begin to mention the massive games downloaded and installed through Steam. Just 2 nights ago I download 3 games totalling 40GB. Just right-click and install, right-click and install...

Comment: Like a Segway for your face (Score 1) 321

by ch-chuck (#43767927) Attached to: Head-mounted displays / sensors like Google Glass are:

someone said it's like a Segway for your face - that person also refered to riding a Segway a being a 'Dork on a stick'.

Having said that, I would actually be wearing one if available - while riding a segway, with my pocket protector and a slide rule attached to belt, glasses taped together from the last bully beating.

Comment: "Remain calm, all is well!" (Score 2) 403

by Not-a-Neg (#43006439) Attached to: Is the Wii U Already Dead?

You young'ns fail to remember what happened with the Gamecube: decent launch followed by a drought of games in Jan/Feb, in fact I seem to recall the Gamecube drought lasting through April. The Wii U has had no new games, of signifigance, released since its launch. Next month brings Lego City Undercover on 3/18 and Monster Hunter the day after. It's nothing more than the usual post-launch drought for any console.

Personally, i'm enjoying the Wii U, the off-TV gameplay using the gamepad is the unexpected killer feature. I spend most nights watching Twit/Twitch/Justin/Revision3 on the TV while playing a few levels of Mario or getting a workout with Just Dance.

Comment: About 4 years ago, and a pay phone at that! (Score 1) 329

by Not-a-Neg (#42659391) Attached to: When Was the Last Time You Used a Landline Phone?

About 4 years ago the crankshaft pulley failed on my car and I got stuck near a gas station. I didn't have a cellphone with me so I ended up using the pay phone outside of the gas station to get a tow truck (thankfully they still had one). It was after 10PM and the gas station itself had closed, so I couldn't go inside to ask for help.

I would get a landline for the sake of DSL internet service, but the last time I tried signing up with AT&T U-Verse, they failed over a period of 6 weeks to even send an installer out. On 3 separate attempts I called AT&T and each time an installer was supposed to come out they never did and never called. The worst of it all was calling their customer support and (after 4 transfers and being kept on hold 10-30 minutes each time) the person that answered, rather than assist me, asked me what phone number I called to reach her and proceeded to refuse to believe the I called her at that number?!? I was staring at the caller ID on my phone and the customer support number printed on the welcome letter that had been mailed to me. Twice in my entire life I have used the C**t word when speaking to a woman, and both times it was AT&T customer support who had so infuriated me to the point that I was not about to let the person off of the phone until I had thoroughly ruined their day as well.

Comment: Re:I like them (Score 1) 347

by Not-a-Neg (#42532849) Attached to: Change the ThinkPad and It Will Die

The keyboard on a T430 is actually really nice and has much better key "feel" than a T420. I have to use a T420 at work and more often than not have to re-hit keys to get it to register a keystroke. Particularly the top row of numbers.

My only gripe with the T430 keyboard is they remove the Pause/Break key. There's a key combination that will reproduce it, but it's a change that wasn't needed.

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