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Comment: Hulu Blows (Score 1) 138

by unixcorn (#47456595) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

Others have already said this but I am weighing in here so if Hulu is reading this they get why I am no longer a customer and won't be coming back until they change. I am not paying for a service that has advertisements, period. I don't care if you add South Park or not. I would rather buy a box set of DVDs than pay for commercials on a streaming service. Besides, isn't asking me to pay and then watch commercials double dipping? They said, when I left, that the commercials allowed them to offer better content. How about charging me another buck or two for a commercial free service? End rant.

Comment: Doesn't Protect the Consumer (Score 1) 228

by unixcorn (#47173009) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

This is for the banks and only the banks. Since most offer some sort of fraud protection, this protects them from loss. I get it but I am unwilling to let my phone company connect with my credit card bank for any reason. It's a tenuous relationship as it is with me and vendor advertising partnerships. I can't imagine what fine print would be part of that privacy agreement.

Comment: About Time This Was Exposed (Score 1) 187

by unixcorn (#47110139) Attached to: Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

"Educators are in it for the money a lot of them."
Do you work? Do you work for free? Are you in it for the money? Why do you think principals and superintendents make what they do? Could it be that they spent 8 years in college to get their doctorate, probably at night, while making it on a teachers pay. Along they way they were probably great teachers, were good with parents and they know what it takes to do their job. So one person makes $250K in the district while some principals make six figures, you can be sure they earn it. The superintendent's position is 24/7 and principals aren't far behind. Administrators, unlike teachers work all year too, by the way. Maybe you should spend some time at your school of choice and get the real scoop before going off on a rampage about how others make too much money.

Comment: So which is worse? (Score 1) 187

by unixcorn (#47109999) Attached to: Temporary Classrooms Are Bad For the Environment, and Worse For Kids

Putting your kids in a roomy portable classroom with questionable ventilation or crowding them into a permanent classroom like commuters on an airplane? As someone on a school board, I can tell you that the community doesn't like portables, but they like approving bonds to build new schools that are underutilized even less.

Comment: Re:danger will robinson (Score 1) 688

by unixcorn (#47065431) Attached to: Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

I see this in my nephews. One is graduating from high school this week and when I ask him what his plans are he says he wants to marry a rich girl. That's it! He has no aspirations save being like what he sees on TV and what he hears in modern music. I am very afraid for this next generation.

Comment: I don't get it... (Score 1) 173

by unixcorn (#47037693) Attached to: AT&T Buying DirecTV for $48.5 Billion

I am a DirecTV customer. I live in a rural area and my only choice for internet is DSL. I use a CLEC, as opposed to CenturyLink who sucked big time. I am very happy with my internet connection and don't understand why you folks who get everything bundled are worried about this merger. Here's why, I pay around $150 per month for DirecTV with two DVRs and a few other boxes. I also pay around $70 per month for my internet service which I am happy to have. So if you complainers are getting phone/TV/Internet bundles with more than a 5MB/s data rate for less than $220 per month, please just stop your whining. You will never have to pay so much for so little unless you move somewhere there is no cable.

Comment: No (Score 1) 182

by unixcorn (#46988849) Attached to: Oil Man Proposes Increase In Oklahoma Oil-and-Gas Tax

First, increasing corporate taxes will ultimately increase the cost to consumers.
Second, we are currently sitting on the largest oil supply in over 40 years. Why haven't prices plummeted? I blame the speculators. Not those looking for oil, but the middlemen trading and making a profit on someone else's work.
If it were up to me and I was truly concerned with why we can no longer afford to fully fund education, I would be looking at where our Federal taxes are going and asking why we get nearly zero dollars back to states for education from the Feds.

Comment: Irresponsible? (Score 2) 254

by unixcorn (#46929019) Attached to: Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

My fear is that some neophyte will read this and believe he doesn't need an anti-virus application anymore because they don't work. While AV applications are not my favorite thing to spend money on, they do have their place for less-then-savvy users who may be surfing or downloading from areas that may not be safe.

Comment: I have both (Score 1) 73

by unixcorn (#46888669) Attached to: WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

I have been planning to cancel my directv subscription for months. I have an antenna and use my Roku or AppleTV boxes for other content. If I cancel, I save $150 per month. While some here predict that a merger will kill the internet, I believe the internet has already won the content delivery wars, providers simply haven't received the message. How many network feeds like ESPN, HGTV or even Disney for $150 per month? Based on the cost of Netflix and Amazon Prime, I am guessing quite a few. Goodbye Directv, hello choice.

Comment: Yes, they are (Score 1) 477

by unixcorn (#46714055) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

I want the flexibility to make my own rules with my employer. Sure, I am on call but I make $40K more than my peers so, to me, it's worth it. I also expect to go home at night and order from 24/7 websites so I am guessing other employers require some of their workers to be on call like me. It's not perfect but I own it, not some government douche who thinks he is doing me a favor.

Comment: Look out cable and satellite providers. (Score 1) 323

While I admit that Netflix and the like aren't perfect, I can easily justify three or four of them at $8-$10 per month instead of the $150 I current pay for my satellite service. My current service has 300 channels of shit and the movie channels run the same movies over and over. At my house we constantly joke about Dantes Peak being on at least 5 times per month. So yeah, there is much to be desired and when the studios get beyond their greed and figure it out, we will have a better system.

Comment: Campaign Promises (Score 1) 234

by unixcorn (#46592117) Attached to: Anti-Game-Violence Legislator Arrested, Faces Gun Trafficking Charges

As a candidate for a local school board, I decided not to accept any money for my campaign. Easy to do in a local election, I get enough exposure in the paper and at candidate forums, but not so easy to do on a state or national level. We have created a system where, it seems, the more dollars a candidate can raise the better their chances of getting elected. Let's stop the madness and make it illegal to take any (or spend any) money for a campaign. Rely on media coverage as they must give equal time and allow a personal website and whatever other social media that is free. That would certainly eliminate the temptation to do what Yee did and might help to bring in new blood.

Comment: Candidate (Score 1) 392

by unixcorn (#46543303) Attached to: The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage

I am running for a school board seat in my local community. I am a vocational school graduate with around 25 years of experience in the IT/Programming field. I have been a network guy and a DBA and I can code. I am running against college graduates who continuously tout what this article is trying to refute so it was a refreshing read. After reading the comments as well, I am left wondering why, as the article states, would there be a cycle of over training in the first place? Also, how would I use this in my campaign effectively? STEM is the rage, along with the achievement gap, so how best to articulate this without coming off as a loon?

Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. -- Albert Einstein