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Comment: prepaidphonenews.com has info on MVNOs (Score 1) 146

by quixote9 (#47345039) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: SIM-Card Solutions In North America?
To be cheap and cheerful in the US you need an MVNO that works on the GSM networks here: ATT or T-Mo. dslreports.com is another good resource for user feedback in the forums about the services. I have lycamobile, which would be expensive if you're a heavy data user. It uses T-Mo, which is fine where I am (Los Angeles), but coverage can be spotty. Don't know anything about Canada.

Comment: Re:tabs on the side (Score 1) 688

by quixote9 (#46875361) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign
Yup. 29 breaks tree style tabs. It breaks the UI more than any other UI breakage they've done, which is saying a lot. Calling that "very customizable" is sort of like Wheeler saying that breaking the internet into toll roads is net neutrality.

Stay the hell away from it.

My personal solution has been to go to Iceweasel and put a hold on that, just in case they decide to follow FF to perdition.

Alternatively, hold the FF you've got (listed earlier in comments): sudo apt-mark hold firefox firefox-locale-en.

If you're on windows, people are recommending Palemoon.

Comment: Been with FF since the logo was a phoenix (Score 1) 688

by quixote9 (#46873503) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign
And as their UX crumbled, I'd take as much time as it took to get it working right for me again. I loved Firefox, loved the openness, user control, the community. I converted everybody I could to it who wasn't already on it.

Well, not any more. "Precariously one step away" from more Mozilla idiocy about sums it up and I've had enough. This time I'm not spending hours fixing everything the UX'tards broke. I've moved to Iceweasel and locked the version. You may want to try that too.

Maybe that solution will work for enough years (generations?) for open source browser devs to remember that open source was supposed to be about user control and choice.

Comment: Forget that XP is software. Pretend it's a table (Score 1) 829

by quixote9 (#45759863) Attached to: Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP
Or something. For people with zero brains about software, security doesn't register. There's this object they need, and so long as they don't kick the legs out from under it, it should work.

Then along comes the seller (the whole "licensing" concept doesn't register either) and says "I'm gonna let people into your office to smash up your table. And all the crazy stuff you put on top of it."

That's just Not Done in the world of tables, and likewise for software in a lot of people's minds.

Add something about, "Pay up. I wouldn't want anything to happen to that nice little business you got there." and to plenty of people it's going to look like extortion, not the obvious result of the fact that software is not actually like a table.

(Personally, I'd want to say, "Move to open source. You can do what you want there." But I know that's even stupider than Microsoft. What are the chances someone who doesn't want to move from Windows to Windows is going to move all the way to some extrasolar weirdness?)

Comment: Re:Oh I love how they pander... (Score 1) 174

by quixote9 (#45659855) Attached to: NSA Uses Google Cookies To Pinpoint Targets For Hacking
[Google] doesn't somehow fucking get that their company exists only because they are in the business of data gathering.
Exactly. Now that it's all out there, now -- gee whiz! -- they want it to stop. (Note: then turn off the tracking on your own damn servers. See? Simple.)
The time to stop it was years ago, when some man of wealth and taste first suggested it in a meeting.

Comment: Nuclear: only interim solution, permanent waste (Score 0) 345

by quixote9 (#45634295) Attached to: Climatologist James Hansen Defends Nuclear Energy
It takes about five years, lots of concrete = lots of CO2 emissions, to build a 1GW reactor. You'd need to complete about one per week for the next 35 years to replace ONE-SEVENTH of the energy we now get from fossil fuels. (Pascala and Socolow, Science pdf 2004) (Stanford pdf on implementing sustainable energy.) Finish one reactor per week. Good luck with that.

And if you managed that, you'd run out of fuel for those reactors within a couple of decades. (Don't start with the but-but thorium!, or fusion, or god-knows-what-all. The testing and permitting on new tech would take us way past peak oil.)

You'd have to take care of the expected waste, plus the unexpected waste from accidents, for ever.

Meanwhile, Germany is implementing soloar and energy efficiency and is AHEAD of its targets.

The more time, effort, and money we waste chasing nukes, the less we have for a real solution.

Comment: 23andMe is just plain bogus (Score 2) 146

by quixote9 (#45624391) Attached to: After FDA Objections, 23andMe Won't Offer Health Information
They can't do analysis, a secondary market can't do it, nobody can. The science just isn't there yet to draw useful conclusions for an individual on the basis of DNA in isolation.

Note that: in isolation. That's what 23and Me was peddling. Hospitals and genetic counselors and doctors are doing something else. They have the whole medical history. They have, or should have, enough training to understand population genetics, statistics, and where somebody's DNA data fits in to all that. (Although a comment lower down this thread talks about a blank-brained counselor. They happen. Run, do not walk, out of their offices.)

So, no, it would not be "great to see a secondary market in this kind of analysis emerge." It would be just as bogus as 23andMe, given our current state of knowledge.

One of the most overlooked advantages to computers is... If they do foul up, there's no law against whacking them around a little. -- Joe Martin

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