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Comment Re:Waiting on Comcast to get its act together (Score 1) 595

As a result of reading this thread I opened a browser window, connected to, and took a look at the network traffic. Lo and behold it was ipv6!

Then, at the (Windows/DOS) command line:

C:\Users\Roger>ping -6

Pinging [2607:f8b0:4005:802::1006] with 32 bytes of data:
Reply from 2607:f8b0:4005:802::1006: time=21ms
Reply from 2607:f8b0:4005:802::1006: time=13ms

So IPv6 is working for this Comcast customer.

Comment Re:Time for the mega screens (Score 1) 164

The problem may be that the mega screens are (from what I've seen) video quality, and thus crazy expensive.

Nope. The cost of the display itself pales compared next to the cost of the digitizer.

Then same argument, different component: use digitizers with lower resolution to bring the cost down. You don't need smart-phone or Wacom quality for a whiteboard.

Comment Re:Time for the mega screens (Score 1) 164

I'm waiting for whiteboard sized touch screens to make their appearance. I know Microsoft was working on this a couple of years back.

No you aren't. You're waiting for them to come down from astronomical prices. You can get them now.

The problem may be that the mega screens are (from what I've seen) video quality, and thus crazy expensive. What's needed for simple whiteboarding, with the equivalent of dry erase "markers" for drawing, could be much lower in resolution and be limited to 256 colors. I really just want to be able to do what I can on a real whiteboard: draw some flow charts and diagrams, write text visible across the room and erase what needs to be changed.

Bonus for the digital version would be some straightforward copy/pasting (ie, move part of a diagram to a different place on the board), recording, and, of course, the remote collaboration aspect. (Any solution that involves a camera aimed at a real whiteboard is going to fail the "remote collaboration" aspect.)

In short, the video and audio conferencing stuff has already been solved, as has document sharing. So let that run in parallel on different systems and just solve the shared whiteboard problem.

Comment Re:Messaging problem hiding as a whiteboard proble (Score 1) 164

That's why no digital whiteboard will ever beat the real thing

I don't see any reasonable person claiming this. But if your team could use a quick session with another team that's 1000+ miles away, having a functional shared whiteboard is better than 1) taking three days for one team to fly back and forth, or, 2) not meeting at all because there's no point unless they can see the other team's facial tics.

Comment Re:That clinches it. (Score 2) 393

now you can download something like Linux Mint and be up and running ... faster than you can with most Windows systems

I can't count how many times I've read this same comment. And it is true, but do you really think the reason someone picks an operating system is because they can save a few minutes when they first install it? What I think would be most frustrating for end users is installing and updating software. For some apps that can be a nightmare.

Comment Radio and TV announcers voices (Score 1) 790

In old newsreels (1930's) and old time radio, the announcer's voices were either stentorian and over the top (news) or ultra smooth (radio hosts).

In the 1970's the UHF stations would have the most horribly produced local ads ... "I'M CRAZY HENRY HAVING A BLOW OUT SALE! COME ON DOWN BEFORE THEY TAKE ME AWAYYYYY!!!"

Comment Re:Irresponsible parents are part of the problem h (Score 2) 137

We didn't give our son a credit card. We didn't give him a cell phone. We gave him a Kindle Fire HD, and had no idea that by default he would be able to buy things with real money without our needing to put our password in.

After getting a huge charge from in app purchases I complained to Amazon and was immediately and cheerfully given a refund, with instructions for how to turn on the setting to require password for in app purchases.

Amazon knew what it was doing when they made the default setting "no password required for in app purchases". I'd be happy to see them get a massive fine for that greedy and disgusting decision.

Comment Yes, purchase was refunded, but ... (Score 1) 137

"when customers told us their kids had made purchases they didn't want, we refunded those purchases."

True, at least in our case.

Still, I could have done without the shock of seeing the huge charge (over $200 ... more than the cost of the Kindle Fire HD!) ... our 8-year old could have done without the stress of having his parents mad at him when he didn't realize he wasn't doing anything wrong ... I could have done without having to spend time getting a refund.

And what about those who didn't jump through the hoops to get their refund?

So, screw Amazon. Throw the book at them.

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