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Comment In the pacific northwest, Verizon. (Score 2) 117

I've been with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile in the pacific northwest (Washington, Oregon mostly) for the last several years. During that time I have traveled both to the more metropolitan western Oregon and Washington, as well as the more rural eastern sides of the states. AT&T is pretty good around major metros and most semi-rural areas. T-mobile is very spotty outside of the metros and most major interstates, and many rural areas of eastern Washington and Oregon they have zero coverage at all. I've never used Sprint in this area but I don't know anyone who even has Sprint so that should tell you something. Verizon seems to have the best overall coverage in the pacific northwest, especially the more rural areas. Even when really out in the middle of nowhere they always seem to have some coverage to at least get a call out if nothing else. I can't speak for Idaho as I have not traveled in that area in several years. All of the major companies are awful in terms of pricing and customer service when you have a problem, but the best of all of the evils seems to be Verizon in my experience in this region of the US.

Comment Is it even worth it? (Score 1) 393

We already know that the NSA flags encrypted traffic as suspicious and keeps it forever. If we assume they have enough computing power to target on a particularly interesting set of data (based on headers and routing info which can't be encrypted or it doesn't work), then how is it much better than having them store your data in the clear?

Comment Re:BLOOAATT (Score 1) 488

Yes, way back when I installed Hardy Heron I believe it was, on an older machine, I downloaded an ISO that I burned to a CD, booted up from that, and after a bit of network config, it grabbed all the packages from the internet and installed them. I can't seem to find such an option anymore that is comparable. The closest thing I can find is Netboot install from the internet, which I do not believe is the same.

Submission + - Guitar Makers and Owners Under The Gun. (wsj.com)

tetrahedrassface writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, Federal agents again raided guitar maker Gibson this past week seizing several pallets of wood and computer documents. At heart of the issue is the wood that is being used in guitars and whether or not it comes from sustainable sources. The company insists it is being harassed and made to 'cry uncle' to the governments enforcement laws. While, as the article notes, wonderful woods like Madagascar Ebony, Brazilian Rosewood and other fret and tone woods are protected in order to prevent the equivalent of 'blood diamond like trade' in sought after tone woods, the ramafications now extend to guitar sowners. Owners and players are next in sights of this enforcement. If you play a vintage guitar, or a hand built guitar made of old stock woods that were legally obtained years ago, but only recently crafted into an ax, you best not fly with it. John Thomas, a law professor at Quinnipiac University and a blues and ragtime guitarist, says "there's a lot of anxiety, and it's well justified." Once upon a time, he would have taken one of his vintage guitars on his travels. Now, "I don't go out of the country with a wooden guitar." That's right. Recent revisions to various laws and the Lacey Act mean if you carry your guitar across the border and don't have your paperwork and certification in hand, they will seize the guitar and fine you 250.00. So if your planning that dream vacation to France and want to play your acoustic in the air of France (or anywhere else) be forewarned. They are gunning for you.

Comment Semi-anonymous coward (Score 1) 456

I have a Facebook, don't use it. I don't need Google+. Twitter is a good niche for me because it allows me to keep some track of my friends without having to know every damn thing they are doing. It also lends to being more anonymous. I don't really want my real name out there except to people I really know well. But I have plenty of followers on Twitter who like what I post and don't care that much EXACTLY who I am. Twitter lends itself well to that since neither Facebook nor G+ allow pseudonyms.

Comment Myst nerd (Score 1) 722

I name all of my machines, servers and clients, after Ages and characters in the Myst series. Atrus, Todelmer, Serenia, Tiana, Voltaic, Stoneship, Aspermere, Tay, Amateria, Channelwood, Tomahna, Spire, Kveer, Jnanin, Lakiahn At work several of our servers are named after characters in M*A*S*H. Radar being the main file server, naturally.

Comment Hydro FTW (Score 2) 436

Being a native of the pacific northwest, I love all the hydro power we have all over the place. Something like 80% of our fuel mix for electricity in this region is hydro. Whether hydro power is "green" is a constant debate, but by damn it's renewable. Thanks, nature!

Comment Energy Northwest (Score 1) 551

My local electrical utility (run by the city I live in) is a member of Energy Northwest, which if I understand it is basically a co-op of its member utilities in the pacific northwest. The power is provided basically at-cost to the utilities. Our electricity rates here are very low compared to the rest of the US and we don't have all these scheister "energy companies" running around and ripping off the consumers.

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