I had pretty much the same issue, only a different provider (TWC). I wound up just getting a $20/month Linode virtual server, and haven't had any issues since, and I don't have to host any physical hardware at my house.
...people start crapping out citrus fruits?
How could we guarantee no spying or eavesdropping via Skype? I think some sort of scrambling/de-scrambling/encryption program that sits at both ends of the Skype connection would do the trick. I'm surprised nothing like this already exists.
Introducing the new Microsoft LiveBook. Boots right in to Microsoft's cloud-based OS. Skydrive, Skype, Office365, Bing search, Hotmail. Coming your way in 2015 or sooner.
I like your conclusion about wall street fat cats using linux to manipulate the market, but to blame Linux is overshooting it. This is like blaming murders on handgun ownership. Just because someone uses a tool for evil doesn't make the tool itself evil.
From the article:
"Lacking the money to pay its operating expenses, Mountain View's SETI Institute has pulled the plug on the renowned Allen Telescope Array, a field of radio dishes — popularized in the Jodie Foster film "Contact" — that scan the skies for signals from extraterrestrial civilizations."
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Postini is cheap, and your MTA can be configured to send and receive mail through it. Plus you'll get fantastic SPAM filtering. Problem solved.
I remember when ATI.com went to Artificial Turds Inc, a company who sold a fake turd carefully placed atop astroturf, and shipped to anyone. That was way cooler than the current ATI.com.
Ahh, memories. So long ATI.
"The winner of the $10,000 prize purse at the World Pinball Championships has requested his entire winnings in quarters."
It should more aptly be named: iLisa 2010.
Tablets are a stupid idea. But then again, so is the name "iPod" for a portable music player.
I'd recommend just NOT using X-MODEM or Z-MODEM! Bit errors everywhere. Especially when mom picks up the telephone! ggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr