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Comment: Too little, too late. (Score 2) 238

by thevirtualcat (#47466447) Attached to: Pseudonyms Now Allowed On Google+

My problem with the real name policy wasn't using my real name on Google+. When I had a Facebook account, I used my real name there.

My problem with the real name policy was that if you used Google+, it would retroactively change all your OTHER Google services to use your real name. Half of the people I use my GMail account to communicate with don't actually know my real name. Now, of course, I could get a Google+ account and continue using the same name I've been using on my GMail account for years.

Except that I don't actually use GMail anymore.

At the time, Google+ was sucking up other Google services and forcibly integrating them. I didn't see why GMail would be an exception to that in the long run and I wanted nothing to do with it.

So it's great that they've removed the real name policy and are no longer agressively integrating their other services into it, but...

Too little, too late. I've already left.

Comment: Re:Easiest way to cancel service from any ISP... (Score 1) 401

by thevirtualcat (#47466205) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Oh, they tried the "relocation plan" on me.

Me: "Your service isn't available where I'm going and I don't have your phone service, so that really wouldn't help me at all."
Rep: "Oh. Okay."

If you do have the phone service:
Me: "Sorry, My new provider is wireless and disallows competing IP phone services on their network."
(You'll probably make the rep insanely jealous when you say that...)

Sometimes, after it's all said and done, they want a forwarding address to send the final bill.

Rep: "We offer service in that area, though."
Me: "Yeah, but the complex I'm moving into has an exclusivity agreement with [provider that's not them]."
Alternatively, if it's a single-family home:
Me: "I'm actually moving out the country and that's my grandmother's house. She doesn't need the internet for her typewriter or her rotary dial phone."

But by the time they get to the "forward address for the final bill" question comes up, you've already cancelled and they're just fishing for a new sale.

Comment: Easiest way to cancel service from any ISP... (Score 4, Insightful) 401

by thevirtualcat (#47460505) Attached to: Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Me: "Hi, I need to cancel my service."
Rep: "Oh? [insert marketing speak that boils down to 'Why do you want to cancel our awesome service?']"
Me: "I'm moving out of your service area and I'm already set up in my new place."
Rep: "Oh. Okay then."

Doesn't matter if it's true or not. There's not really much they can say to that. They might fish for details about where you've moved to. Just don't be stupid enough to bite.

Comment: I miss when South Park was on Netflix. (Score 1) 138

by thevirtualcat (#47451129) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

I watched an episode of it on Hulu the other night. It wasn't an all out terrible experience. While Hulu is far more agressive with their anti-adblocking, they have far fewer ads than South Park Studios did. (South Park Studios often had more ads than watching on Comedy Central.)

That said, since it's going behind the paywall and I don't watch anything else behind Hulu's paywall, I guess I'll just find some other show that makes decent background noise. (Or just pirate it, but I suspect I'm too lazy to do that.)

Comment: Re:I won't upgrade. (Score 1) 681

Usually it's highly-specialized industrial or lab equipment with either an embedded computer (oscilloscopes, waveform generators) or have a computer attached (CNC things.) These are things that usually cost 10^5 to 10^7 USD/GBP/EUR/whatever. (That said, these are also generally things that shouldn't be connected to a public network, anyway.)

There are a few old oscilloscopes kicking around my workplace that run Windows 98. They serve their purpose and upgrading them to even XP would be a good way of turning them into bricks that can play Minesweeper.

Comment: Re:You know ... (Score 1) 358

by thevirtualcat (#47305935) Attached to: Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

I don't feel bad for him at all.

He's just lucky he's not holding an FCC license of some kind (amatuer radio or a business license) or he wouldn't be getting off with such a small fine. (Wouldn't surprise me if he also ended up barred from holding such licenses, but there's nothing in TFA that says that.) Especially since he was also causing interference in the public saftey bands.

Comment: Probably. (Score 2) 236

by thevirtualcat (#47229335) Attached to: Are the Glory Days of Analog Engineering Over?

Are the glory days for analog design over? Yes.
Are the days where analog design is necessary over? Nope, nor will they ever be.

That said, I know a good number of who studied electrical and computer engineering who went into software and test engineering after school and never looked back. EE doesn't pay a lot and there's a good deal of demand for people who can knock a simple circuit together AND have a good working knowledge of software that can talk to it.

Comment: Depends... (Score 1) 305

by thevirtualcat (#47225453) Attached to: When will large-scale IPv6 deployment happen?

As the cheap, consumer-grade routers that don't support IPv6 people have in their homes die off, people will replace them with cheap, consumer-grade routers that DO support IPv6. It will be a slow process, but it will happen eventually.

At that point it will be up the ISPs to provide IPv6 support. Some (like Comcast, oddly) already do. But the cynic in me thinks we'll probably see more ISPs putting up CGNAT and charging people $14.95/month for a public IP, after they've upgraded to a business account of course. (Like they do with static IPs now.)

Comment: Good (Score 1) 376

by thevirtualcat (#47211681) Attached to: Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Sounds like another good reason to continue patronize the Alamo Drafthouse near me.

Google Glass is just like any other tech widget in a theater: Turn it off and put it away.

If you chose to put your perscription lenses into Glass, that is an unfortunate decision on your part. Go get the spare glasses out of your car (or whereever you keep them.)

Comment: Cartoon Cars? (Score 1) 148

Many cartoons over the years have made jokes about people adding completely ridiculous things to their cars in the name of convenience. They usually end up in a hilarious, hubris-fueled accidents. Unfortunately, it's turning out to be a lot more prophetic and a lot less hilarious than anyone wants to admit.

"Someone's been mean to you! Tell me who it is, so I can punch him tastefully." -- Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse