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Comment True, but not like it's never happened before. (Score 3, Insightful) 84

When I was little I would want to keep playing with my trainset and not want to go sit down and eat dinner. 10 years later computers and video games kept me in my room. 10 years later internet and online gaming kept me up allnight. Some people watch tv all night and don't even like the shows. There is always something new and exciting to do.

But I do see a difference with personal devices. You can't bring your trainset, console video games or desktop computer to the restaurant or to bed. It happens to us, my wife can spend a whole dinner on facebook, checking every 30 seconds for new notifications and feeling the need to instantly respond to everyone. We may as well be eating separately. Work emails and texts from coworkers 24 hours per day don't help either. Same thing at home, the bedroom is not as active as it once was, facebooking or playing candy crush until she falls asleep and hardly any 'special' together time.

Comment Audiable is all drm content (Score 1) 60

The problem with using audiable is all their content is a proprietary file format that requires their own player. You can't download an audio book, put it on a usb drive and play it in on most a car radio made in the past 6+ years. I was hoping after amazon bought them they would switch to mp3, like all of amazon's music store.

Comment I'm that old (Score 2) 171

I remember way back before the internet if you needed to know what time the movies were at, you called the theaters movie hotline. If you didn't catch the weather on last nights news, you could call your local tv stations weather hotline for a recording of the forecast. At the store they use to manually imprint your credit card with out knowing if the card was even valid, turn that slip into their bank in the next 3-5 days, the bank would process the transaction.

Comment Re:RAID (Score 3, Interesting) 229

Correct. Someone gets one of the ransomware drive encryption virus, both (or more) drives will be equally worthless. That also goes for all open network shares, the virus will find all of those. Or your non-tech savvy employee deletes half the customer files from the database, its equally deleted on all your drives.

Submission + - US Dept of Labor sues B&H Photo Video for discrimination ( 1

McGruber writes: The US Department of Labor has filed suit against electronics retailer B&H Photo Video ( for hiring only Hispanic men into entry-level jobs in a Brooklyn warehouse and then subjecting them to harassment and unsanitary conditions. The company was so unlikely to hire women to work in the warehouse that it did not have a separate restroom for them, according to the lawsuit. (

The latest federal complaint arose from a standard review of the employment practices of companies with federal contracts. B&H has supply contracts with the General Services Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation that are worth $46 million. Those contracts could be canceled and B&H could be prohibited from receiving other federal contracts if an administrative law judge decides the company has failed to meet its obligations.

B&H is a family-owned business that started in New York City's financial district in 1973 and moved to Midtown in 1997. The company has a history of labor disputes. (

(Note: Article submitter is a long-time B&H customer and is expecting a delivery from the company tomorrow.)

Comment Seems like a good idea but... (Score 1) 139

For $730 it's way too expensive. You can get a good samsung for under $200 or a phone with similar specs like the zen phone for $300. Then why would you want to pull out the camera or other bits ? The only thing I would want is to be able to swap the parts into a keyboard case, but looks like no keyboard is available.

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