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Comment: Re:Solar Lanterns already available (Score 1) 143

by red crab (#48545731) Attached to: Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

Kinda of hard to do that in the dark. Oh and in Bangalore, they are talking about the poorest of the poor. the lowest caste who CAN"T sell to others ans contact with them makes those people outcasts. But other than that you are sadly correct.

I don't where you come from; but I can certainly tell you one thing that one can sell or buy anything in Bangalore irrespective of his or her caste. Unfortunately, Slashdot doesn't allow to mod and reply to the same discussion. So I had to make a tough choice between trolling you down or replying to your post. I've opted for the latter so that at least you can think before you post the next time.

Comment: Re:Good for him! (Score 1) 223

by red crab (#48378721) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
Mere incompetence occasionally should also imply an accidental underbilling. But that never happens. I'd call it a common business practice; the goal is make more out of customer's negligence and reluctance. I recall how I was regularly fleeced by HSBC Bank, with whom I used to hold a savings account. They once "upgraded" my account to a "Turbo Account" (of course without my consent) and started deducting a considerable monthly penalty for not keeping the minimum balance required for a turbo account. I noticed that a couple of months later in my statement and demanded a downgrade and refund of penalty charges. They responded by downgrading the account but the money was never refunded. Also later, they kept revising the minimum balance once in every months and intimated this well after a penalty was deducted. I could and should have moved to court; but I simply didn't have the time and resources for that; and they (the companies) know that very well.

Comment: Re:Good for him! (Score 1) 223

by red crab (#48378627) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising
Mere incompetence occasionally should also imply an accidental underbilling. But that never happens. I'd call it a common business practice; the goal is make more out of customer's negligence and reluctance. I recall how I was regularly fleeced by HSBC Bank, with whom I used to hold a savings account. They once "upgraded" my account to a "Turbo Account" (of course without my consent) and started deducting a considerable monthly penalty for not keeping the minimum balance required for a turbo account. I noticed that a couple of months later in my statement and demanded a downgrade and refund of penalty charges. They responded by downgrading the account but the money was never refunded. Also later, they kept revising the minimum balance once in every months and intimated this well after a penalty was deducted.

I could and should have moved to court; but I simply didn't have the time and resources for that; and they (the companies) know that very well.

Comment: Re:Bose is overpriced crap and always has been (Score 1) 328

Third, even most Linux distros do not explicitly encourage the use of dual-booting, and have a whole system setup including walk-throughs telling you how to do it, built right into the OS. .

Could you name just one Linux distro that does not "explicitly encourage " the use of dual-booting. It's not even clear what do you mean by that term, have you actually ever seen a message on any Linux installer that tells you its "dangerous" to load multiple operating systems on one disk. I am asking that because I've seen that laughable message during Windows XP installation. Or have you ever come across a situation where the Linux installer has failed to detect another already-installed third party OS.

This is Slashdot; please don't write down anything unless you have researched it. But yes, some fuckhead has modded you up as "Informative"; so times are changing, even Slashdot readers are not the ones like they used to be.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 502

All I can tell is that back in 1999 my Sound Blaster card hooked to Creative SBS speakers sounded way better than all my friends PCs which had built in audio. Times must have changed now, don't have the hardware now to do a comparison; but its anyway the audiophiles whom Creative is targeting here; and they do exist in large numbers, more than willing to pay the price Creative is asking for.

Comment: Re:USB DACs (Score 1) 502

And besides, back in the late 90s, even USB wasn't commonplace. I had to purchase a USB add-on PCI card that housed 2 USB ports on my Pentium II machine. With the Creative Blaster card already occupying one of the 2 PCI slots, adding the USB card left no space to add a network card to the system. It was alittle later when boards with 4 PCI slots were introduced.

Comment: Re:Slaves of Dubai (Score 2) 265

by red crab (#47421931) Attached to: Dubai's Climate-Controlled Dome City Is a Dystopia Waiting To Happen
How was this modded as Insightful? There's some difference, a lot of it in fact, in driving a Porsche for someone else and actually owning and driving it. This is a step backward in economic equality, but its like that in most of the parts of the world now these days, not just Dubai, so no use whining about it.

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