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Comment Re:Where is the User choice in all of this (Score 1) 203

Do you rejoice when you get an email about an upgrade of the vending machines in the company cafeteria, or do you worry about the new machines not carrying the kind of soft drinks or candy bars you're used to? That's basically how a typical office worker feels about computers. Spend a week working helpdesk and you'll understand that very very clearly.

That's why when you manage a large pool of workstations you want the bare minimum that users need to do their work, and why you want that bare minimum to be set in stone. Otherwise you're just annoying users and adding more support tickets to your queue.

I could not agree more.

Comment Re:I solved this very problem. (Score 1) 217

The biggest problem I've had over the years is getting an ISP to give me IP addresses from a good static block. If there are dynamic addresses within that block or lots of spam coming from IP addresses from your provider then you're toast. Currently have a customer I have set up email servers using AT&T uverse business DSL with static IP addresses. No problems. I'm running qmail with starttls . I used mxtoolbox to check my server and implemented all recommendations. So far I've had no problems. The customer maintains cell sites for all the major cell companies - Verizon, Tmobile, Sprint, AT&T, etc and uses the server mainly to communicate with them with no problems.

Comment Re:couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of people (Score 1) 205

Cingular Wireless was a mobile phone company from United States. Cingular is now owned by AT&T. AT&T Mobility LLC (branded and referred to as AT&T) is a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T that provides wireless services to 100.7 million subscribers in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AT&T Mobility is the second largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States behind Verizon Wireless, which has 107.7 million customers as of the third quarter of 2011.

Submission + - Balking at the Ballot: 3 Reasons the Youth Don't Vote

JaneMiller13 writes: Electoral turnout among young voters is dismal. In the 2010 midterm elections, only 21% of voters between the ages of 18 and 24 turned up at the ballot, and in the British general elections held in the same year the percentage of active youth voters was a full 20% lower than the overall national average.

To many, this shows an alarming political apathy in an age range that used to be one of the most politically engaged. It can't be explained as pure laziness, as levels of volunteer workers and enrollment rates in graduate programs such as master's degree in political science remain high among this age group.

So why aren't young people voting, and what can politicians do to tap this rich seam of potential votes?

Political Stagnation

One of the problems could be that many see voting as a waste of time. If you’re a young Republican in a signed-and-sealed Democrat state, it’s tempting to just not bother with the hassle of voting. What’s more, even if your chosen political party does win, the checks and balances of the U.S. political system can make it difficult for your party to make good on its election promises.
The story is the same across the Atlantic in Great Britain, where the three main parties are scrambling to dominate the center-right position. To many voters—particularly younger ones—a new party in power is just the old party in different clothes.

Media Representation

The representation of politics and politicians in the media is not overwhelmingly positive. We constantly hear news of politicians smearing each other, reneging on election pledges, and getting involved in all sorts of dodgy dealings. So maybe the problem is that young voters simply don’t trust politicians, and thus are refusing to engage in the political process.
This is why speeches from figures such as UK comedian and author Russell Brand appeal to young people of voting age. Brand’s rhetoric of abstaining from the vote and refusing to be a part of an essentially bankrupt political system has been the source of much debate on both sides of the Atlantic.


But possibly the most powerful factor in turning young voters away from the ballot box is the feeling of political disenfranchisement.
In 1970, the average 21-year-old woman was married with a child on the way; nowadays, such life milestones occur later, with 26 now being the average age for marriage in the United State. Also, thanks to the financial crisis of 2008 and rising property prices, many young people are not homeowners, opting to live in rentals instead, either out of choice or necessity.

These factors make young voters feel cut off from the political mainstream. They feel as if they do not have a stake in society, and therefore don't need to have hand in the way their country is governed.

It’s too easy to write off the youth electorate as lazy or apathetic, and changes in society need to be made if young voters are to feel included in the process once more. However, when to make those changes, and how they will be implemented, is a thorny subject.

Submission + - Lawsuit over quarter horse's clone may redefine animal breeding (

schwit1 writes: Lynx Melody Too, a clone of a renowned quarter horse, is at the center of a lawsuit that could change the world of animal breeding and competition.

Texas horse breeder Jason Abraham and veterinarian Gregg Veneklasen sued the American Quarter Horse Assn., claiming that Lynx Melody Too should be allowed to register as an official quarter horse. A Texas jury decided in their favor in 2013, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed that ruling in January, saying there was "insufficient" evidence of wrongdoing by the association.

The Jockey Club, which registers thoroughbreds, has banned them from racing. But clones are allowed in other competitions, such as dressage and rodeo. There is little uniformity among other animal groups. The American Kennel Club has banned clones; the Cat Fanciers' Assn. has no policy yet since no one has tried to register a cloned cat.

Comment Not like Ebay or Amazon (Score 2) 126

Have dealt with Alibaba twice. The first time was with a legit vendor and was fine. The second time was with a bad vendor and got shipped misrepresented junk. Alibaba sided with the vendor and cost me 200.00 USD. Dramatically different than dealing with US based similar companies. Non-existant customer service and will screw you over in a minute. Will never buy through them again.

Comment Re:For us dummies.... (Score 1) 382

Most states have laws regulating car dealers that make it difficult and expensive to open a new dealership. You also must be a dealer to sell new cars. A manufacturer, by law, must sell through a dealer and cannot sell directly to the consumer. The status quo is reinforced by dealers associations in each state (and nationally) that spend lots of money on lobbying to keep the current system intact. Tesla wants to sell direct and bypass the dealers. The dealers are fighting this tooth and nail.

Submission + - Town Releases Red Light Camera Stats (

SonicSpike writes: A transparent look at some statistics released by a small town's red-light camera program. Specifically in the last fiscal quarter 7,213 incidents were recorded, 2,673 incidents were rejected by the reviewing officer, and 662 incidents were not processed due to technical issues or lack of information. All in all 3,878 citations were issued between April I — June 30 in a town of 17,000 residents. Interestingly enough there are two nearby cities claiming that individuals "have no presumption of innocence" when accused by the red light cameras:

Submission + - Npw you can make any plane a stealth plane (

Dthief writes: Stealth planes are so expensive these days, what’s a spy to do? You can’t just fly into enemy territory because now the enemies all have those damn radar devices that will go beep boop whenever you get too close, ruining your intricately planned diamond heist. Well for the low low price of an undisclosed amount that’s sure to be less than the price of a plane, you can (mostly) escape all those radar woes with a shiny new coat of paint.

PETA Creates New Animal-Friendly Software License 356

Anders writes "People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the largest animal rights organization in the world, endorse a new FLOSS license. From the article: 'The Harm-Less Permissive License (HPL) is a permissive, non copyleft, software license. It is based on the FreeBSD license but with one additional restriction; the "harm-less" clause. It prevents software, licensed under the HPL, to be used for harming humans or animals.'" I guess this leaves the bunny-fueled power plant in Stockholm out in the cold.

Why Overheard Cell Phone Chats Are Annoying 344

__roo writes "American researchers think they have found the answer to the question of why overhearing cell phone chats are annoying. According to scientists at Cornell University, when only half of the conversation is overheard, it drains more attention and concentration than when overhearing two people talking. According to one researcher, 'We have less control to move away our attention from half a conversation (or halfalogue) than when listening to a dialogue. Since halfalogues really are more distracting and you can't tune them out, this could explain why people are irritated.' Their study will be published in the journal Psychological Science."

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