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Comment Re:I'd be excited too, if Comcast lost my address (Score 1) 68

Cut the poor sap a break. I figure 99% of the evil at Comcast (or Mediacom, or AT&T, etc...) lives at upper management and above. The rank and file employees are just trying to pay the rent. I don't yell at anyone at Comcast on the phone, or even complain. Whatever problems I have come from someone who would never bother to speak with an actual customer.

good point. I don't disagree with you.

Perhaps I had a fit of PTSD from such horrible service and performance of Mediacom.

At peak usefulness time, namely the 5pm to 11pm EST window, it was often sub 1.5 Mbps. This meant that, for example, youtube would not play. I know a guy who documented this and kept calling them and they kept comping him a months bill. He eventually went to DSL that was, on paper, slower, but in effect, much much faster.

Comcast itself isn't THAT bad, it's much much better than Mediacom. It is, however, about 95% reliable. It goes down regularly, even their "business class" service. But when it is up, it is banging fast. They certainly do invest in their infrastructure. It is a good value in speed until it isn't (price creep).

I think the only way to get a good deal with Comcast is to sign up, get the low rate for 1st year, then cancel and go to DSL for a year, then go back to Comcast and get the low rate. I know someone who does this, and it works.

Comment Re:I'd be excited too, if Comcast lost my address (Score 1) 68

I haven't been a subscriber in 8 years and I get something in the mail from Comcast.... Every. Single. Day.

I know sending junk mail costs next to nothing, but maybe if they step it down a notch they can save a few dollars.

There is a local cable TV/Internet provider here called Mediacom. I had them once because it was the only real option. I once talked to a regional manager from Comcast and asked them why they don't buy Mediacom and put them out of their misery.

The answer? Mediacom is too screwed up to buy and they tried. How screwed up do you have to be to not be buyable by Comcast??? Sheesh.

Mediacom gave me an unsolicited call one day selling their business internet bundle service. They didn't realize that I at one time had their "residential" service.

I informed the poor sap that

1) I've HAD your service and it was slow and unreliable and WAY overpriced
2) I've got fiber optic now, I will never change to anything else, and I tell everyone how awesome it is and
3) I WOULD RATHER HAVE A TIN CAN AND A STRING THAN USE YOUR CRAPPY SERVICE (I literally said this to the poor guy)

I still get the junk mail from them tho.

Comment Re:The Best AntiVirus Ever (Score 4, Informative) 113

You're wrong on #2.

Porn sites do NOT spread malware. Maybe at one time they did, but not any more.

I have an anecdote to prove my point (this is the internet, after all)

A guy brings in his computer it has a virus. He's sure the kid has been doing "naughty" things on it and got it infected. Digital AIDS as it were.

I fixed the virus and did an "audit" of the PC's surfing history and searches and so on, giving me a timeline up to the point where it got infected.

The kid was indeed surfing porn. I asked the guy when he and momma went to bed. "10:00" he said. I told him I could tell. Little Johnny was surfing for "hot milfs", "Zoo porn" and other horrible things starting at 10:30. But the virus didn't get downloaded then.

The virus got downloaded at 7:30 in the morning when the adult got on the PC and did a google search for "TV Repair in [local town name]" and followed whatever link was there that took him to a fake antivirus driveby download.

In other words, Bestiality? Safe. TV Repair? Not safe.

I have other examples too, such as malicious ads on PBS kids and Drudge report and so on.

Comment Re:How surprising (Score 2) 113

A bug in Norton? Really? How surprising. That's never happened before, has it?

People pay for Norton products all the time but I cannot in good conscience ever recommend any product from them. I have repaired computers that were literally damaged by simply installing norton products. I could go on and on (and have, many times when appropriate) about how this software doesn't work and is literally worse than nothing - based on MY OWN personal observations, and I am NOT alone.
But I don't go on about McAfee, I simply sum up McAfee products with one line: The only thing WORSE than any of the Norton products is anything from McAfee.
Not even worth the breath.

Comment Re:How to catch fopen() without hooking kernel? (Score 1) 113

Sometimes I think the PC Matic guys are right: a whitelist is a more reliable way to block malware. But a whitelist requires more diligence to maintain if you don't want to turn a PC into a game console, and diligence is something sorely lacking in the non-technical majority.

Don't worry, eventually once there is a sufficiently bad "digital pearl harbor" event EVERYTHING will be on a white list, because everything will be like itunes and google play, you (we) won't be able to do nuthin' on our PC without it going through a walled garden.

A walled garden controlled by a bureaucratic quagmire along the lines of whatever "team" brought us the 0bamacare website.

Comment Re:Need? (Score 1) 70

Well, with IPV6 we need something to use up all those IP addresses.

The real pushers of IoT are "big data" because with a internet connected sensor chip in basically every object they will know practically everything about everyone.

When Proctor and Gamble knows that you use an abnormally large quantity of sheets of Charmin TP every time you take a dump, because each roll has a accelerometer and biometric sensors in it to identify each user and log usage, they can market the extra soft rolls to you to protect your bum.

Comment ABP too mainstream now (Score 3, Interesting) 237

adblock plus is better than nothing but uses tons of ram and is just too "mainstream" now.

ublock origin is the way to go. Much lighter weight, saves ram and processor, has that exclusive air about it.

ublock origin was blocking ads before blocking ads was mainstream.

Comment Re:This numbers are dishonest (Score 1) 315

I like 10 better than 8, but 7 JUST WORKS. 7 is not annoying, file sharing makes sense, and everything works as expected.

With 10, file sharing is different, authentication is different, it messes with the start menu still, but golly gee things are shiny. Not a fan, but you're better off with 10 than 8.

I've been using 7 since it's been out and I plan to keep it for a while yet. However I am getting ready to move to linux with an assortment of VMs of 7 for all my specific windoze needs. I plan to keep 7 working as long as possible.

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