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Comment Re:Why now? (Score 4, Interesting) 422

Really, The Apple 2 c had a faulty UART that would not let a modem pass 300 bps. So when you brought you Apple to the store in 1983-84 and asked what was going on the Apple store told you they needed to see the modem you owned. Be it a Hayes or USR instead of an apple modem they told you it was the modem, not the machine. Then you had to buy an apple modem. They took your machine in the back, and replaced the uart, and then hooked up an Apple modem with everything magically working. So fortunately someone figured it out, and we all took our machines in and lied and said we had Apple Modems. So I say complete dicks and proprietary since day one.

Comment Re:So... (Score 2) 69

First it is Colombia with Os. And last time I checked there were only about 8k Farc left running around in the mountains, so the Colombian government with its 300,000 police and soldiers, not to mention the Billions of dollars in gear that was given to it in plan Colombia.. Plus much of the cokes these days comes from Bolivia and Peru. Colombia could end cocaine very easily on its own shores, but there is too much money in it at all levels. As a Colombian American who lives between both countries Colombia is hardly war torn these days, still dangerous in some bits, but you can travel by land now, loads of foreign investment, and a bit brighter future.

Comment Re:That's easy... (Score 1) 385

Really? I am typing this in a core2duo 1.8 with two gigs of ram bought in 2007. It originally ran XP, then vista, but pulled Vista cause it was a a dog, and then two years ago put a win 7 service candidate on it, and it still runs well. It smoked vista and xp. September 2009 without a reinstall. I have a thinkpad laptop running win 7 64, got it in jan 2010, no reinstall. sounds like you do not know how to admin a system.

Comment Re:Reject (Score 1) 367

Actually you got your history wrong there a bit. And I was a former Bellsouth Mobility then Cingular, then over to Bell South corporate which then switched to ATT and I ran out the door because the CWA fucked us contractually., and was there when most of the changes took place. So from 2001 to 2006 I bounced between all companies involved. 1. SBC and Bell South owned Cingular together. It was a joint venture. SBC owned 60% of Cingular from the get go so, SBC always owned Cingular. as the majority chare ho 2. Cingular bought ATT Wireless in 2004 and moved all of the customers from ATT wireless over to Cingular. There was a huge customer backlash because ATT Wireless had better plans, customer loyalty programs, and better over seas rates. Cingular also would not allow ATT phones to be used on the network and the ATT side would not unlock them when going from "blue to orange". the NEW ATT is evil as was the old, but The old networks were an extreme pain in the ass to maintain. I was there during the big push to move the customer base to GSM from TDMA. They actually starting dumping the older networks in 2001 on. Including in the Carribean and Latin American, they sold them to Telefonica.

Comment Re:Before the inevitable... (Score 1) 402

Actually no you are wrong. Even the original copper system in the states was built for expansion when they laid it down. In the late 1990s to early 2000s during the dot com heyday many companies in anticpation of future traffic, laid down loads of dark fiber all across the country. Expecting bandwidth usage to go through the roof and that they could charge out the ass for it. The planning and laying down of the fiber was carefully done. The price fell out of the bandwidth market, companies went out of business, and the fiber stayed. Or they just didnt want to sell access to it. There was a huge glut of fiber laid. It has all been there, for the last 10 years dormant, just waiting to be lit. There were hundreds of thousands of miles of fiber put down, it is still there.

Comment Re:He only donated enormous amounts of money... (Score 4, Interesting) 470

Bill Gates and Pablo Escobar are a pretty poor comparison. Gates never put bounties on the heads of policeman as far as I can recall. And running a software company is not the same as slinging dope. Your comparison is just absurd. Pablo was adored by the poor of Medellin because he actually did something for community that the government would not. His legacy lived on because he was actually behind Alvaro Uribe(funded the majority of public works in Medellin that the former president got credit for and which later enabled him to become president). He also offered to quit the business and pay the national debt of the country for amnesty. He was a murderer but he did care about his home town. However, I do not recall much adoration for him throughout the country during his reign, except in the super poor barrios of Medallo. And I was living here during those dark days. Our civil was with Farc and other paramilitary groups has always been facilitated by the United Fruit Company(Chiquita) to keep Colombians down on the farm. All for fucking bananas. The Cali cartel(Guiterrez brothers) took over and were much more ruthless, and that is why Cali today is one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America. Medellin, on the other hand has become absolutely amazing. Textile factories, tourism, an average temp around 70 year around, not to mention prettier girls than most places in the world. No one here really admires any drug lord. However, when you are living hard scrabble poverty, and your only way out to a decent life is to get into the business, You do what you have to do.

Comment Re:How is this newsworthy? It's just common sense. (Score 2) 186

I agree wholeheartedly with you. I think another large part of the equation which our fellow IT workers fail to admit is that our ilk are incredibly stubborn about replacing and fixing things. IT workers are notorious for telling management that they can make things work with a hodge podge of coathangers and toenails, not because it is the best solution, but because they can. The problem lies on both sides of the coin. Management not wanting to spend money and IT workers not setting a realistic expectation.

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