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Comment Re:Recaptcha for Audio (Score 1) 110

what color is grass when it is dead? 1 green, 2 blue, 3 yellow, 4 brown.

I HATE questions like this. All those captchas, as well as text book questions back in my school days, you have to pretend to be an idiot in order to guess the answer they want (which is often different from the "right" or "correct" answer).

What color is dead grass? Yellow seems a reasonable choice to me. I've seen lots of yellow spots in otherwise green lawns everybody calls "dead patches". Green might be the correct answer in many places where owners have resorted to painting the dead grass (or dirt) to fulfill HOA or city requirements. And all these exceptions to the simplest question you could come up with!

Google's capchas are pretty terrible, too. Click on photos containing houses? Lots of squareish (possibly commercial) buildings in there could go either way. And how many people call their condo or apartment their "house"? So those high-rises might qualify, depending on your POV. And that's before you get into homelessness and photos of bridges, dumpsters, empty cardboard boxes, etc.

My physics textbook had the worst stupid questions. Some seemed intentional tricks, but I'm not so sure in hindsight, as so many others were just idiotic and wrong. "What falls faster, a bowling ball or a feather?" The supposed correct answer is both are equal, because you're wrong to just assume we're on Earth in an atmosphere. But with "Does a car use more gas when the headlights turn on?" the accepted answer is Yes, and there's no consideration of different models with massively overpowered engines which won't even notice the different in load.

I'll wrap up my rant here.

Comment Re:DSL shouldn't be considered broadband any more. (Score 1) 104 over copper = gigabit dsl

Only if you can throw a rock out your window and hit the DSLAM, are you going to get gigabit speeds over DSL. In a realistic scenario, even the best-case is less than half that... data rates of 500 Mbit/s up to 100m from the DSLAM.

Comment Re:DSL shouldn't be considered broadband any more. (Score 1) 104

(Telecommunications) a transmission technique using a wide range of frequencies that enables messages to be sent simultaneously, used in fast internet connections. See also baseband

When DSL stops using multiple frequencies, you can stop calling it broadband. And don't forget that Ethernet is baseband, no matter how fast or slow it may be. /. used to have a technical audience... I guess this place is all but abandoned, now.

Comment Re:No broadband competition where I live (Score 0) 104

Imagine for a second, that the municipality owned that last mile, and leased it based on the customer/subscriber and the Vendor having a contract for service.

* Network build-out goes slower, and is even more strictly limited to those politically and financially influential areas.
* Your city goes into bond debt, which doubles the cost, and raises taxes to fund what build-out they do.
* Internet prices are higher, as the government insists on getting all their money back, up-front.
* Service is worse, as your municipal government isn't nearly as financially motivated to fix or upgrade lines, and you don't even have a duopoly with competing lines to switch to.
* The guys hired to do this will be firms that specialize in filling-out paperwork properly, with no skills to speak of.
* Those in charge will be political appointees who have no technical knowledge and do everything the worst way possible.
* You can't vote with your wallet, and in the general election, a few angry internet users is too small a voice to be an election issue or affect the outcome.
* You can forget about EVER getting speed upgrades, as there's no competition or incentive in general for the municipality to ever do better.

The gas and water lines running under major cities are notoriously over a century old, only getting replaced when they fail in spectacular fashion. Service is overpriced compared to alternatives, and frequently structured so you're required to PAY the basic rate even if you aren't hooked-up to and using them. And that's with a technologically simple, low-tech utility service.

Comment Re:No broadband competition where I live (Score 1) 104

I'm not in Comcast territory, but I'm not much better off. Time Warner Cable... I mean Charter is my only high-speed wired option.

I'd give anything to have Time Warner as "my only high-speed wired option". They're the only ones offering $15/mo internet service to everyone (other providers have $10/mo service only for a few low-income families). When I moved-in here, I had the choice of $65/mo FIOS or $50/mo cable.

Now that the idiots who are supposed to be helping the public instead just let Charter buy Time Warner with no restrictions, you've got the choice of $40/mo or $60/mo internet service, and NOTHING ELSE.

Comment Re:Captain Obvious (Score 1) 160

Why do you think Verizon et al is now trying desperately to get out of the wireline business?

Verizon is getting out of the wire line business because, while it is profitable, there is more profit in putting that money into wireless. Verizon used their public utility status to subsidize and develop their wireless network, and now that they've rung all the value out of that privileged position, they don't need it anymore (except in Boston).

It's a strange market distortion... Profitable is never profitable enough, if there's anything out there which is making money quicker, even if it's not as safe and consistent.

Comment Re:How long does it take to actually die in Linked (Score 1) 109

The link in those emails asks you to CREATE an account, so that you can setup email preferences. They had no other way to opt out. I guess Google put their foot down, because now there's an address that gmail uses to opt you out when you flag it as spam.

Comment Re:How long does it take to actually die in Linked (Score 1) 109

LinkedIn spams the whole planet, it has nothing to do with you being a former user. Until recently there was NO WAY to opt out of the spam without CREATING an account. However, Gmail figured it out and will generate an email to if you report it as spam.

Comment Re:And when Trump says the same thing, it's an out (Score 1) 217

1) The Soviets demanding to see papers to travel made Americans highly skeptical of government required ID.
2) All audits of US elections have shown voter fraud to be nearly non-existent.
3) There is no day of the year when nobody works. Putting it on Sunday screws people who work weekends.
4) Electronic voting can be carefully audited to confirm no extra votes were registered, no strange patterns exist, and the results can be compared to exit polls. Like #2, despite a lot of fear mongering, there's no evidence of vote fraud/tampering after several years. Some states require paper print outs so discrepancies can be investigated and recounts can be performed.

Internet voting doesn't provide greater risk of voter intimidation than mail-in absentee ballots, which have been uncontroversial for many years.

But I appreciate the example of an "ugly" European, who has no knowledge or perspective, telling others how they're doing everything wrong.

Comment Re: Mindshare (Score 1) 147

I've had my iPhone 5 since 2011, and it's nowhere near obsolete, while many friends who don't buy that "overpriced Apple shit" are on their third Android phone since that time.

Lots of people are still happily using a Droid 4, since it was the last Android slider on Verizon's network. While it's a few versions behind, it runs just about all the latest apps. The Droid 4 was released February 10, 2012. Your iPhone 5 was released later in September 21, 2012.

I'm using a Photon Q for the same reason. It was released a little later on April 25, 2013 and on the cheaper Sprint network, but it is upgradable to the latest Android 5.1 thanks to CyanogenMod. I recently replaced the aging battery with a 3rd party higher-power version, and I'll keep using it until something big fails. My last slider had the flexible ribbon cable fail after 4 years, but I was able to get a cheap replacement for that, too, and only upgraded to the Photon Q when a killer app finally came out that needed a much newer OS version.

Some people swap their phones all the time, some people don't, and a small anecdotal sampling isn't proof of much. As you said, you can save a lot of money by buying Android, and you get a much more flexible and powerful open platform, too, with things like Firefox, expandable microsd card storage, free call with Hangouts Dialer, etc.

Comment Re:the obstacles (Score 1) 118

they are still VSTOL carriers just big ones.

As you hint at later, they were designed and intended to be CATOBAR. They decided the extra cost was going to be prohibitive in the middle of the process and switched to VSTOL. I suppose if your Navy is limited to F-35s aircraft anyhow, you might as well buy the VSTOL version and try to recover some money elsewhere.

they will still have turbines as well.

Yes, all sharing the load, but they definitely have big diesel engines in there.

Comment RSS is broken (Score 1) 111

Can't just replace with, the RSS feed facility is badly broken.

RSS feeds seems to work at the top-level categories, but you can't turn your search results into an RSS feed anymore... Still got the RSS icon at the top of the page and in the META so your browser bar shows it. But both just show the same old HTML page instead of an RSS page:


Comment Re:Nothing of value was lost (Score 2) 39

Replacing Usenet with 8 million different web forums that I have to register with individually and use a different interface to read is not an improvement.

You don't have to visit any web forums to read them. Nearly every site has an RSS feed, and those which don't can be scraped and converted into RSS with something like

I would HATE using my smart phone to read the news if it wasn't for RSS. /.'s mobile site is the single worst piece of crap I've ever seen. But with RSS I'm fortunately able to read any and every site out there, in a uniform "eBook"-like format.

You can read my RSS tips here:

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