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Comment: Re: Preventable (Score 1) 419

by slasher999 (#48125897) Attached to: Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Blocking travel from specific countries is useless unless all,countries agree to this or we choose to block travel from any country that does not participate in the ban. Nothing would prevent someone from first flying from an infected country to a third country before flying to the US. Really the flu killed more than 50000 times the number of people this year as Ebola has. Is it really that big of an issue here? This is simply people panicking needlessly.

Comment: Re: Why still 32bit builds? (Score 1) 554

I agree the difference in performance would be imperceptible to the average and many "above-average" users especially if they move from a 32bit OS to a 64bit OS at the same time they move from a processor that is a couple generations old to a newer - for example - i3 or i5 machine. I believe the same would be true in the mobile device world where there are still leaps in performance being made in each processor iteration. Factor in increased memory speed and the performance drop that does exist becomes more imperceptible.

Comment: Agreed! (Score 1) 2

by slasher999 (#47856053) Attached to: AT&T says 10Mbps is too fast for "Broadband," 4Mbps is enough

As an IT Professional since the mid-90s I have seen bandwidth increases driven by need in business. However in the home market the increases are simply driven by marketing messages that "more is better". We shouldn't lose sight of what we require broadband services to do. I regularly hear people brag about how many simultaneous stream of video or movie downloads they can run simultaneously. This really isn't a good argument for why we need more bandwidth. AT&T isn't trying to limit access to content, but trying to maintain some perspective.

Comment: Completely Out of Control. Need Proof? (Score 0) 1043

by slasher999 (#45936439) Attached to: Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

If you need proof that the current program is completely out of control and being abused resulting in a waste of American tax dollars, just take a look at this guy.

This is what we need to prevent. Yes, programs providing real support to those trying to better themselves should be supported to provide basic needs. However we could do far more of that if we kick the people off support who are basically stealing from each and every American in the way this guy is.

Comment: Cheaper (Score 1) 495

by slasher999 (#45548807) Attached to: I wish my cell phone was...

I'm not one to generally complain about cost of items, but this one gets me. Cell plans have always been expensive - more or less so depending on where you lived back in the day. For example the NY/NJ metro area was roughly 30% more expensive than NY capitol region (Albany, NY) back in the early to mid-90's. This is one area where I believe there is basically price gauging occuring - originally because of the lack of options and the targeted customer base (C-level executives, salesman on the road for extended periods) and more recently because it's virtually a "must have" technology. I believe that not only should prices lower - maybe not 50% - but that the providers would still be making plenty of profit to allow growth with a significant drop in price.

Comment: Some time ago I'd have said Defender (Score 1) 283

by slasher999 (#45440901) Attached to: In an arcade with only the following games ...

Back when it was still considered a modern game, Defender was my favorite in the arcade for a while. I was a fan of that old Star Wars game too, but for some reason I did better at Defender than others (maybe I'd only go through $1 in a 20 minute period - that's four games at 25 cents each - I wasn't very good) so it was my favorite for a while. Actually I was in high school around that time and had Defender and other Atari titles for the Apple II, so played them in the school computer lab too (unless I got caught - games were not allowed in the lab). Now though I find I would prefer to play pinball - something mechanical instead of something electronic - than any of the other options. I was pleasantly surprised to find so many others voted the same way!

Comment: Slow scrolling issue here on 4s, but mainly on /.? (Score 1) 488

by slasher999 (#44917271) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?

So I too noticed slow scrolling in Safari on my 4s after upgrading to iOS 7 but it seems to be site specific. Here on Slashdot the issue is very noticeable. Less so on most other sites I've visited. Overall I believe iOS 7 is a faster performing OS, but I believe the hardware on the 4s isn't quite up to snuff for everything iOS 7 has to offer. I'm looking forward to an upgrade to a 5s after the excitement dies down a bit - probably next month. I'm expecting some blazing speed out of my device then.

Comment: Still something special about radio... (Score 1) 322

by slasher999 (#44778743) Attached to: What's your favorite medium for Sci-Fi?

Although it's getting harder to find all the time, radio programs of this sort still hold a special place in my heart. I remember several years ago listening to a playing of "He Who Evolved" (go ahead and download a copy of this - well worth it in my opinion) on a pirate broadcast station on shortwave (6955kHz most likely). SciFi just sounds so much better to me when you have to listen close to the speaker at times due to fade - it really does. I suppose it's like everything else - the extra effort makes the experience more special in some way. While the percentage of SciFi content is low, listening to that old time radio channel on SiriusXM is pretty cool as well!

Comment: Absolutely the case (Score -1, Flamebait) 369

Unfortunately this is the world we in the US now live in. Courtesy of the extreme Left we are now living effectively in a police state. US citizens are even experiencing great difficulty now in exercising the rights "guaranteed" to us under our Constitution. It's time for a change. Our leaders have no business making off the cuff remarks regarding world issues, making decisions on their own without consulting Congress, and treating US citizens like criminals as their standard MO.

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