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Comment Re:Toxic Advertising (Score 1) 450

Back in the day, I used to belong to a forum for a program that allowed you to connect to the privately run Napster servers; the owner of the forum complained that he'd need to start running ads soon, to help him make some money to cover expenses. In theory, I did not object to this, since the web-based "community" that we had was pretty cool, and I enjoyed the interactions there.

      That all stopped when we were subjected to the first ad; a Doritos ad that scrolled up from the bottom of the screen, complete with a very loud, obnoxious sound of a toilet flushing.


This single action resulted in my discovery of the Mozilla project in 2002; I have not used Internet Explorer for general web browsing since then. Thanks, napigator.com!

Comment That's interesting, coming from Dan "Lyin" Lyons (Score 3, Insightful) 252

This is the same rent-a-rant tool* that shouted at the top of his lungs on what a great case The SCO Group had against IBM - and who consequently jumped off of the pro-SCO shill bandwagon so fast, he almost broke both ankles, when it became apparent that the whole thing was an extortion scam... it's interesting to me since The SCO Group doesn't really have real products anymore, and the bankruptcy trustee currently in charge has stated that the only thing he finds of value in the company is the litigation they're involved in.

Dan can't understand something that makes money, that Microsoft didn't invent - world points, laughs. Dan is worse than a has-been... he's a never-was.

*Not to be confused with another worthless tech "analyst", Rob "Rent-A-Rant" Enderle, who has never met a Microsoft check he didn't like.

Comment Who Dat? More like Fuck Dat... (Score 1) 560

Screw the NFL, and the Saints - who proved through their head-hunting for Favre that they are nothing like Saints at all. If the Colts don't beat the Saints by AT LEAST 17 points, the fix is in. Besides, the NFL has hated Minnesota for decades anyway, and I was already resigned to the fact that, even if we had won, Peyton Manning would have carved us up like a huge rack of ribs - so I won't mind all that much seeing him do the same thing to the thugs from the Chocolate City.

Comment This isn't the first time this has happened... (Score 1) 392


From the article;

"In January 1982, President Ronald Reagan approved a CIA plan to sabotage the economy of the Soviet Union through covert transfers of technology that contained hidden malfunctions, including software that later triggered a huge explosion in a Siberian natural gas pipeline, according to a new memoir by a Reagan White House official."

All in all, a fascinating article - check it out.

Comment Re:Great - I can see it now... (Score 1) 160

Actually, that's incorrect - AT&T Broadband was via cable, and Comcast bought them out. Qwest (formerly US West) offers DSL in the area (Twin Cities, MN). That's what I have now... I ended up bitching about the "sat tax" to the consumer affairs reporter for KSTP-TV back then, and they interviewed me at my old workplace; the boss was cool with it, as long as I wore my work shirt with the logo prominently displayed... ;-) However, all it got me was another 6 months at the $42.95/mo. rate - after which I switched to DSL, never to look back.

Comment Great - I can see it now... (Score 5, Insightful) 160

When the deal is complete, Comcast will raise the rates to carry their newly acquired channels to DirecTV, to ridiculously insane levels, just like they did with the Versus channel... all in an effort to try putting DirecTV out of business. After the royal shafting they tried sticking those of us with their Internet service, but not their cable TV service* (which they referred to as "bundling", but which was, in reality, a "satellite tax"), I will never spend another cent with those greedy bastards. Fuck Comcast.**

*I had AT&T Broadband, and when Comcast bought them out, they decided to modify their price structure to bring it in line with the rest of the country (their words). In doing so, my bill went from $32.95/mo., to $37.95, to $42.95, and then to $57.95/mo., in the span of less than 10 months. (No promotional rates were involved, either.) The last increase of FIFTEEN dollars a month was because I didn't have cable TV. Funny that I didn't have it at the beginning, and only paid $32.95 a month to AT&T, for the exact same level of speed and service. As far as I'm concerned, Comcast is even more evil and untrustworthy as Microsoft, which is really saying something. Stay classy, Comcast!

**Come on already, Qwest - where's the FTTH that your commercials keep trying to pitch to me, but I STILL can't get, less than 5 miles from Downtown St. Paul?!?

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