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Comment: Consumers pay extra (Score 5, Insightful) 243

by spafbi (#47916389) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise
I did not RTA, but from the summary it sounds as if AT&T's proposal would allow AT&T to instead charge customers extra based on the applications they wish to use. No, thank you. AT&T, you already charge too much for broadband services which are far below the performance of broadband offered in much of the developed world. Charging consumers even more is an insult to the consumer, and an abuse of your government-granted utility monopolies (at least in may areas of the US).

Comment: Artificial ISP imposed limitations (Score 1) 490

by spafbi (#46586213) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
As long as ISPs continue to implement bandwidth metering, and the use of network traffic shaping to decrease the speed at which streams from streaming media providers who have not paid additional tolls to said ISPs to have prioritized speeds for delivery of content to their customers, physical media such as DVDs and Blu-ray discs will be a virtual necessity to deliver new content to folks afflicted by ISPs which impose artificial limits on traffic priority, bandwidth, and data usage. On a personal level, While I do use streaming services with frequency, I do have to keep an eye on my data usage. To help keep data usage lower, I find the use of services such as Netflix and Redbox fulfill my requirements for new content in a relatively convenient manner. I will likely continue to use physical media as a primary alternative to 'easy' streaming solutions as long as ISPs continue to practice consumer unfriendly practices.

Comment: Re:If you want updates, buy Nexus (Score 1) 505

by spafbi (#43204519) Attached to: Microsoft To Abandon Windows Phone?
As I understand it... and I could be wrong... you are both sort of right... The updates for Nexus devices are pushed out by Google. Google keeps updating Nexus devices until they deem the devices as unable to adequately run the latest updates to Android. Google has already worked their magic and has available, right now, updates for most of the Nexus phones using GSM networks. However, due to the nature of CDMA networks, Google has to wait for the CDMA carriers to provide APKs containing the core telephony functionality and requisite platform keys for each respective carrier's CDMA networks. Once the said APKs are available, Google will work their magic on the device image and push out an update notification to your device. And if you are ever in doubt as to whether or not a new Android version is available for your Nexus device, you can always check here for the latest factory images for Nexus devices: https://developers.google.com/android/nexus/images

Comment: Battlefield 3 and Diablo 3 (Score 1) 951

by spafbi (#42041347) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Video Games Keep You From Using Linux?
Battlefield 3 and Diablo 3 would be on my short list. I already play Lord of the Rings Online (LotRO) on Linux. I will even sometimes run two instances of LotRO simultaneously, which I can also do on Windows, but Linux runs two LotRO clients much more smoothly on Linux than it does on Windows.

Comment: Love it... and you can do it on the cheap! (Score 1) 347

by spafbi (#41251987) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?
I "converted" my desk to a standing desk by using old flat surfaced printer stands to effectively raise my desk surface. I placed my monitor on one stand towards the back of my desk; keyboard and mouse on another towards the front. I've used this configuration for over a year and a half and now have an extreme distaste for having to do my work sitting down (when not at my desk, that is). One of the nicer benefits, too, is that I can keep items which would have previously been on my desk surface within easy reach by placing said items below the keyboard/mouse stand...such as my coffee+warmer! More effective horizontal surface to use! Woot!

Comment: Re:use a live usb stick (Score 2) 671

by spafbi (#39240259) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use
If the laptop has eSATA (many do), I'd take it a step further and boot off an external hard drive or SSD. That way, after selecting your external drive as the temporary boot device, you'd be able to use whatever OS you choose without having to sacrifice performance. I strongly encourage you to not modify the operating system and software of your company's laptop. It's not worth the potential headaches of termination and/or diminished professional reputation.

Comment: You won't get me to use Bing any time soon ... (Score 3, Informative) 356

by spafbi (#34867632) Attached to: Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study
One avenue companies utilize in trying to get you to use their products and services is through TV advertisements. While I have seldom been swayed to use products or services because of a TV ad, I often go out of my way to NOT use products or services from advertisers with either annoying ads or ads which go out of their way to insult the viewers' intelligence. Given Bing's current 'search overload' annoyvertisement (yeah, I'm coining a new word here), and regardless of Bing's competence in producing useful search results, I'll use the more-than-adequate Google search results which are easily customized using a few easy to remember search operators (http://www.google.com/help/cheatsheet.html).

Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study 356

Posted by timothy
from the unbearable-lightness-of-bing dept.
eko3 writes "SearchEngineLand.com is featuring an article that compares Google's result query relevance performance to Microsoft's Bing. Through the author's methodology and very small sampling, he argues Bing returns slightly more relevant results than Google. The article suggests that Google is riding its current market success based on its legacy namesake when internet search used to be a lot more painful than it is today."

Comment: Re:Hoorah! (Score 2, Insightful) 2424

by spafbi (#31567240) Attached to: House Passes Massive Medical Insurance Bill, 219-212

...provided by insanely profitable corporations.

Insanely profitable corporations? The average profit margin of hospitals is around 3.4%. Health care plans ring in at a whopping 4.4%. (source: Yahoo! finance - http://biz.yahoo.com/p/sum_qpmd.html). Sure, the healthcare companies have the economies of scale on their side, but with margins that low I would rather place my investment dollars into higher margin businesses.

All the simple programs have been written.