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Comment Docsis (Score 1) 547

Tell me about it. I was intermittently losing connectivity with a docsis 1.1 modem that was giving me 4+ mbit most of the time. The tech I called recommended I get a Docsis 3 modem so I did. I no longer have connectivity issues so it was a good call by the tech but I'm still seeing 2.x to 4.x mbit downloads and getting 0.3 Mbit uploads at best.

I called back after getting the new modem to get it provisioned, then called the next day after running speedtests. They said I should expect closer to 7mbit down instead of the 2 to 4 I'm getting but DOCSIS 3 would hit my area in the next few weeks taking the advertised to 12 Mbit down. So if I'm getting half the advertised speed I'll still see my download speed double if all they do is bond 2 channels for me.


Girl Quits On Dry Erase Board a Hoax 147

suraj.sun writes "It's the same old story: young woman quits, uses dry erase board and series of pictures to let entire office know the boss is a sexist pig, exposes his love of playing FarmVille during work hours." Story seem too good to be true? It probably is, at least according to writer Peter Kafka. Even so, Jay Leno and Good Morning America have already reached out to "Jenny."

Submission + - I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up 2.0 1

theodp writes: Remember those old Lifecall commercials? Well, you've come a long way, Grandma! The NY Times reports on a raft of new technology that's making it possible for adult children to remotely monitor to a stunningly precise degree the daily movements and habits of their aging parents. The purpose is to provide enough supervision to allow elderly people to stay in their homes rather than move to an assisted-living facility or nursing home. Systems like GrandCare, BeClose, QuietCare, and MedMinder allow families to keep tabs on Mom and Dad's whereabouts, and make sure they take their meds. Perhaps Zynga can make a game out of all this — GeriatricVille?

Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar 635

js_sebastian writes "According to an article on the New York Times, a historical cross-over has occurred because of the declining costs of solar vs. the increasing costs of nuclear energy: solar, hardly the cheapest of renewable technologies, is now cheaper than nuclear, at around 16 cents per kilowatt hour. Furthermore, the NY Times reports that financial markets will not finance the construction of nuclear power plants unless the risk of default (which is historically as high as 50 percent for the nuclear industry) is externalized to someone else through federal loan guarantees or ratepayer funding. The bottom line seems to be that nuclear is simply not competitive, and the push from the US government to subsidize it seems to be forcing the wrong choice on the market."

Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs" 571

formfeed writes "Police were called to a house in Omaha where a 14-year-old made some 'dry ice bombs' (dry ice in soda bottles). Since his mom knew about it, she is now facing felony charges for child endangment and possession of a destructive device. From the article: 'Assistant Douglas County Attorney Eric Wells said the boy admitted to making the bomb and that his mother knew he was doing so. The boy was set to appear Tuesday afternoon in juvenile court, accused of possessing a destructive device.'" She's lucky they didn't find the baking soda volcano in the basement.

Comment Re:Dell SOLD Fauly PCs (Score 1) 484

The Summary is misleading but the problem didn't end in 2005.

Replacement parts were just as faulty as the original parts and continued to be shipped to customers at least 4 years after they started selling new PCs with those parts and a least a year or two after warranties expired. Worse for people that didn't have warranty coverage and paid hundreds of dollars for a replacement motherboard. It's bad enough when you get your replacement part for "free" and it works worse than what you had before, it's even worse when you pay hundreds of dollars for a replacement part that doesn't work properly.

Now you can talk about how stupid it is to buy a replacement motherboard from Dell when a new PC is only a few dollars more but we are talking about businesses here. Full of stupid procedures that waste money on a regular basis.

I'll add to the trivia here by mentioning the there is a revision of the GX270 that has the same motherboard as a revision of the GX280. I wouldn't know except I worked for a corporation that had hundreds of PCs in the GX260, GX270, GX280 models and management made the bad decision of replacing all motherboards "proactively" (the catch being this was a reactionary way of going proactive, any other time I'd ask them to be proactive they'd avoid it). So we literally sent away working motherboards with no observed issue only to receive replacement motherboards with even worse bad caps on them and got into situations where Dell had already taken away the good motherboard couldn't replace the bad replacement motherboard due to shortage of parts.

I'm at a different company now but even here we have a handful of those bad cap Dells in daily use. If we keep up the pace of PC replacements the last of the 2005 bad caps PCs will be replaced here some time in 2011. I wouldn't have to assume there are millions of these junky PCs still in use in businesses of all sizes, homes, churches, and schools across the US. Think about how many companies provide PCs for telecommuting or donate PCs to schools/churches/employees. These things are like the PC equivalent of a cockroach.

Comment Re:It's a phone (Score 2, Insightful) 145

A phone which is able to broadcast your real-time location.
A phone which has all your mails, all your texts and logs of all your calls, and a few private photoes to boot.
A phone with verified contact information for all your friends, and sellable information on yours and their preferences.
A phone that can call any number, including premium-rated ones owned by shady organizations.

Yeah. Who cares is someone else gains control of that?

On top of calling pay phone numbers (900 numbers and such) if it copies all your data to a server somewhere you may go over your data plan and have to pay $15 per 200MB transferred or $10 per 1GB transferred depending on your plan.

DataPlus - 200 MB of data for $15 per month

        * Designed for people who primarily surf the Web, send email, and use social networking apps.
        * On average, 65% of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB per month
        * If you use more than 200 MB, you'll receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15, replenished as often as necessary during the billing cycle.

DataPro - 2 GB of data for $25 per month

        * Designed for people who regularly download or stream music and video, or use other high bandwidth applications
        * 98% of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB in a month on average
        * If you exceed 2 GB, you'll get an additional 1 GB of data for only $10. Each time an additional 1 GB is used up during a cycle, you will automatically receive another 1 GB at the same low price.


Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."

Comment Re:Suck it up (Score 2, Informative) 300

You cant do this in windows either, not with partitions. Thats why their solution is called shadow VOLUME. Cause it need VOLUMES to work.

Our solution is called LVM Snapshots cause it needs LVM VOLUMES to work.

Now is that so hard to understand?

Well it's obvious you have never used Volume Shadow Copy because in the windows world there is no practical difference between a partition and a volume. No I'm not joking, no I'm not being a Troll.

Find a Windows server with a single drive (basic disk) and a raid Array (Dynamic Disk)
Right Click on My Computer and choose Manage
Click on disk management
right click on a unallocated portion of a "basic disk" to "create a new partition"
right click on a unallocated portion of a "dynamic disk" to "create a new volume"
Give them both drive letters
Go to the properties for each volume/partition and marvel at how you can turn Volume Shadow Copies on for a Volume and a Partition.

OMG, Microsoft doesn't care if it's a volume or a partition. Oh well, at least it works like the end user would want it to in this case.

Yes Windows uses the terminology differently than hard core linux users do but unless you understand how Windows labels things saying something like "You cant do this in windows either, not with partitions." makes you sound like you don't know what you are talking about to anyone that has seen the process it actually takes to manage disks on a windows server.


Nero Files Antitrust Complaint Against MPEG-LA 247

hkmwbz writes "German technology company Nero AG has filed an antitrust complaint against the MPEG-LA, the company that manages the H.264 patent pool. Nero claims that the MPEG-LA has violated the law and achieved and abused 100% market share, by, among other things, using 'independent experts' that weren't independent after all, not weeding out non-essential patents from the pool (in fact, it has grown from the original 53 to more than 1,000), and retroactively changing previously-agreed-on license terms."

Submission + - Engineers Discuss the Causes of the Oil Spill (

Gooseygoose writes:

Author’s Note: I am grateful to the many drilling and completion engineers that consulted with me on this post to arrive at plausible explanations and interpretations of what happened in the final hours on the semisubmersible drilling rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The analysis that follows is based on these discussions as well as my own 32 years of experience as a geologist working in the oil and gas industry.

It is early in the process of discovering what really happened. Because of the gravity and potential impact of this disaster on the nation and my industry, however, I wanted to provide an early and more investigative perspective than much of what has appeared in the media to date. The risk, of course, is that more information will invalidate some of what follows. I, therefore, wish to clarify that this is a fact-based interpretation of what may have happened on the Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010 but, in the end, it is an interpretation. — Art Berman

The blowout and oil spill on the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by a flawed well plan that did not include enough cement between the 7-inch production casing and the 9 7/8-inch protection casing. The presumed blowout preventer (BOP) failure is an important but secondary issue. Although the resulting oil spill has potentially grave environmental implications, recent efforts to limit the flow with an insertion tube have apparently been effective. Continuous efforts to slow or stop the flow include drilling two nearby relief wells that may intersect the MC 252 wellbore within 60-90 days.

PC Games (Games)

What Game Devs Should Learn From EVE 270

An anonymous reader passes along this excerpt from Gamesradar about EVE Online's Council of Stellar Management (CSM), a group of elected player representatives that serve to facilitate communications between the developers and the community: "On the last day, the devs announced that after the earlier discussions about improving the CSM’s ability to effect change, the CSM was being raised to the status of its own department within CCP. This is revolutionary; in one swift move, the CSM went from what could be considered a glorified focus group to what CCP considers to be a 'stakeholder' in the company, given equal consideration with every other department in requesting development time for a project. That means the CSM — and the entire playerbase it represents — has as much influence on development projects as Marketing, Accounting, Publicity and all the other teams outside of the development team. This is, of course, the stated intention. But has any developer gone to such lengths for its fans?"

Comment Re:Legacy be damned. (Score 1) 467

You left something out. I didn't say 640GB = 596.13GB, what I said was

640GB = 596.13GB

as in the Box says 640GB and Windows says 596.13GB

I didn't put an i in the GB after 596.13 because Windows doesn't put an i in GB. As important as the i in GiB is Windows doesn't put it there so the comparison for an average user is

640GB = 596.13GB not
640GB = 596.13GiB

Windows just doesn't use the labeling you want it to use.

Oh and as to 596.05, not 596.13 you are again stuck on math not a real world example. I told you I was using the example of the WD6400AAKS. So I didn't do math. I simply looked at what Windows told me the size was. When will you understand it isn't about the math it's about the difference between what the consumer is told it will be before he buys it vs what Windows tells him it is after he starts using it?

You can argue about GiB and 596.05 all you want but that won't change what it says in Windows when I go to look at disk management. In the default view the drive shows as 596.13 GB Online. If I get properties and go the Volumes tab the capacity is listed as 610438 MB. Again don't bother telling me how many MiB it should be from 640GB to MiB. Windows doesn't label it that way and we are dealing with an actual drive not just arbitrary math.

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