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Comment: If it makes the news, it's unusual (Score 1) 525

by rbphilip (#43328555) Attached to: Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers
I've traveled a lot in the last 2 years (50+ different airports in multiple countries, mostly the US) and I've never had a security/border experience take more than about 10 minutes. No hassles, no problems. It's easy to smile, be friendly, and give them the answers they want to hear. Or, you can be disapproving and intolerant and get that reaction back from the person you're dealing with. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through American airports every year and you see a few dozen reports of TSA misbehavior, and it's always someone who's either being aggressive back at them, or someone in an abnormal situation who is touchy about it. My diabetic friend with an insulin pump needs a pat-down as the scanning machines may damage her pump. Always easy, never a problem. Not flying because of the TSA or the occasional nasty border guard is like not driving because of he occasional jerk on the road.

Firefox 6 Ships Next Week, 8 Blocks Sneaky Add-Ons 247

Posted by Soulskill
from the seven-due-the-week-after dept.
CWmike writes "Mozilla is on track to release Firefox 6 next week, according to notes posted on the company's website. 'On track with a few bugs still remaining. No concerns for Tuesday,' the notes stated. Firefox 6 includes several noticeable changes, including highlighting domain names in the address bar — both Chrome and Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 do something similar by boldfacing domain names — and reducing startup time when users rely on Panorama, the browser's multi-tab organizer. Meanwhile, Mozilla said this week that starting with Firefox 8, Mozilla will automatically block browser add-ons until users approve them, which should put an end to sneaky installs."

Comment: Re:link (Score 1) 267

by rbphilip (#36415556) Attached to: Netflix's New Web Interface Gets Thumbs Down From Users
Except for the sorting. Sorting on ratings is very important. You can still do it on DVDs but not on streaming video. I was sufficiently irritated that I phoned tech support and asked how I can turn sorting back on. The gal was very nice and promised to forward my views to the developers. She said they'd been taking calls for days complaining about the new interface. It has to cost Netflix oodles of money if their tech support people are constantly dealing with complaints about their broken interface.

Comment: Re:Will txt and data rates apply? roaming? (Score 1) 374

by rbphilip (#36089276) Attached to: Cellphones Get Government Chips For Disaster Alert
My cell phone provider doesn't send me text alerts after I turned off texting on my account because I was getting $0.20 random crap text. It wouldn't bother me to get the occasional alert from Verizon when there's a legitimate reason, but not at the expense of paying for text spam.

Why Teach Programming With BASIC? 709

Posted by timothy
from the because-of-the-great-name dept.
chromatic writes "To answer the perennial question 'How can we teach kids how to program?', we created a web-based programming environment. As we began to write lessons and examples, we surprised ourselves. Modern languages may be powerful and useful for writing real programs, but BASIC and Logo are great languages for demonstrating the joy of programming."

Comment: Re:scary for net neutrality (Score 1) 400

by rbphilip (#34600706) Attached to: Look Forward To Per-Service, Per-Page Fees
Yawn. I'm an ordinary working person and I have a small (by McMansion standards) house covered with solar panels. And I drive a car that gets 34 mpg. I don't care a bit what gasoline costs ($8-10/gallon would be fine, to encourage SUVs off the roads) and I like not paying for electricity. And the 75% of the cost of my panels covered by various government entities subsidized my panels from other *electric* customers, not gasoline taxes. You too could invest a paltry $15K to avoid electric bills for the rest of your time in your house, ordinary working person though you might be..

"How to make a million dollars: First, get a million dollars." -- Steve Martin