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Comment HP LA2405x and Asus PA248Q (Score 1) 375

At work they bought us each two of the HP LA2405x, which is 1920x1200. Looks like they're currently going for about $260 on Newegg. It's not bad, they get the job done and the resolution is definitely a plus. However, my fiance and I each bought ourselves an Asus PA248Q right after Christmas, and it is by far my favorite monitor. I think we paid just under $300, there was a good sale on them at Fry's. I really love the IPS even if it is just e-IPS, and the stand itself is very sturdy and easy to manipulate as well. I'll definitely be grabbing a second one when it's in the budget.

Comment Re:Seeing how most companies won't migrate... (Score 1) 675

Yeah, same with us... we're working on the Windows 7 rollout this month and next, but the real big push will be starting in February. I'd imagine someone somewhere is playing around with Windows 8, but given the current state of things I don't think we'd even have an image ready until the later part of this year at the earliest, let alone start rolling it out for anyone. We still have whole business units stuck on XP for old applications.

Comment Re:Cost vs injury (Score 1) 499

We have tons of these in my town as well, and it works fine for me because A - for roads with higher speed limits I can at least see one versus two digits left on the timer when I am far enough out for it to make a difference, and B - I'm extremely familiar with the intersections I drive on a daily basis and know the timing well. I've not noticed any issues at any of the intersections with people slowing down too early due to the timers. I'm sure there are plenty more people like me who know the roads well for whom the timers are a reasonable benefit, and I'm sure there are also plenty of people who don't pay attention to them in the slightest. Either way, the effect seems to be a net positive.

Comment GA - Atlanta suburbs, Diebold machines, minor wait (Score 1) 821

My polling place was packed when I passed by on the way to work with cars lined up in the street trying to get in around 8:20. Came back just after 3 this afternoon and it wasn't so bad - waited about 30-35 minutes in line. Two massage therapists in front of me were having an animated discussion about how the human body is not very well-adapted to walking upright on two legs.
Ballot itself was very short, much shorter than the off-cycle one earlier this year. Besides the presidential candidates, there were maybe 4-5 various local positions. I wrote in the names of my kitties for a couple where the jackasses were running uncontested.
The polling place itself was pretty calm - it's a city community center. There were no signs, ads, or propaganda outside the building. To get from work to my polling place, I actually passed a church that serves as another polling place, which was littered with campaign ads.
Overall a fairly uneventful experience, although I'd much prefer it that way. I was a little irked that Gary Johnson made the ballot but Jill Stein was just a write-in, but so it goes.

Comment Lack of CDMA/4G LTE option disappointing (Score 2) 297

I'm sure I'm not the only Verizon user disappointed with the lack of a CDMA/4G LTE version. Especially if it was also offered at $300 unsubsidized, I'm sure there would be many people interested since it will allow users to retain any pre-existing unlimited data plans. Hopefully they have something in the works - I would really love for my next phone to be a Nexus device (especially given how much I'm enjoying my Nexus 7), but I'm not willing to change carriers and lose my current plan with discounts for it.

Comment Re:CRC Errors (Score 1) 510

Interesting, I've been having the same problem with a Crucial M4 drive for a while now. To be honest I haven't even investigated since I stopped using it as my boot drive before the problem started happening, but I'll have to check and see if there is a firmware issue with it. I bought it when the drive was first released almost a year and a half ago, so I'm sure an update won't hurt. On a side note - the Crucial was not replaced for any failures on its part, I definitely liked it a lot (especially the speed!). I just needed more space, and my fiance gave me a lovely Intel 510 for Christmas :)

Comment Police/Fire dept doing this now (Score 4, Informative) 275

Heh, there was an article in our local paper yesterday about how our local police and fire departments do this and are proud of it. Well, they don't ask for the credentials, they have you log into your account in front of them and then hand the machine over so they can browse around to their liking. They called it an "in-depth background check" or something like that, and touted the usual "it's for the children!" BS. They have implemented this practice for all potential new hires, and have also said they will begin doing it for all current employees as well in the next month or so. Sigh.

Submission + - City of Boston pays $170,000 to settle landmark case involving man arrested for ( 1

Ian Lamont writes: "The City of Boston has reached a $170,000 settlement with Simon Glik who was arrested by Boston Police in 2007 after using his mobile phone to record police arresting another man on Boston Common. Police claimed that Glik had violated state wiretapping laws, but later dropped the charges and admitted the officers were wrong to arrest him. Glik had brought a lawsuit against the city (aided by the ACLU) because he claimed his civil rights were violated. According to today's ACLU statement:

As part of the settlement, Glik agreed to withdraw his appeal to the Community Ombudsman Oversight Panel. He had complained about the Internal Affairs Division's investigation of his complaint and the way they treated him. IAD officers made fun of Glik for filing the complaint, telling him his only remedy was filing a civil lawsuit. After the City spent years in court defending the officers' arrest of Glik as constitutional and reasonable, IAD reversed course after the First Circuit ruling and disciplined two of the officers for using "unreasonable judgment" in arresting Glik.



Submission + - Australian Consumer Watchdog Sues Apple over iPad Marketing (

Fluffeh writes: "Australia’s competition regulator will today take iconic technology giant Apple to court for advertising its new iPad tablet as featuring “4G” speeds — which are not supported on Australian telecommunications networks. One of the key features of the new iPad is support for 4G speeds, however, the 4G speeds which the new iPad supports will not be available in Australia, with Apple’s technical specifications page only listing it as supporting the 700Mhz and 2100Mhz spectrum bands, neither of which are being used in Australian telcos to provide 4G services. The case is a bit shaky in many opinions though, as Apple does state in the fine print "4G LTE is supported only on AT&T and Verizon networks in the US; and on Bell, Rogers and Telus networks in Canada. Data plans sold separately. See your carrier for details.""

Submission + - I Won The Windows Phone Challenge, But lost 'just because' (

Tsingi writes: "I was quite excited to take the challenge, but left the Microsoft Store in distaste. I sure hope the purpose of this marketing ploy is to attract new customers by demonstrating the highlights of Windows Phone, not frustrating them instead. If anyone from Microsoft would like to have a rematch, I would be happy to smoke a Windows Phone with Android, again."

Submission + - Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's identity stolen by AWOL soldier (

coondoggie writes: "An AWOL soldier living in Pittsburgh has been charged with stealing the identity of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and using his credit card account to make a $658.81 payment on a loan from Armed Forces Bank. The soldier, Brandon Lee Price, is charged with changing the address on the billionaire's Citibank credit card to Price's home address in Pittsburgh, then phoning in to report the card missing and get a new one sent to the Pittsburgh address, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh."

Submission + - Google Drive coming as early as April (

techfun89 writes: "The wait may finally be over for the rumored Google Drive or GDrive. GigaOm's Om Malik says that it will be launched the first week of April.

"According to the details from my sources, Google is going to offer 1 GB of storage space for free, but will charge for more storage. The market leader Dropbox currently offers 2 GB for free. Google's product will come with a local client and the web interface will look much like the Google Docs interface. Interestingly, it will launch for Google Apps customers and will be domain specific as well. Google has also built an API for third party apps with this service so folks can store content from other apps in the Google drive. My sources are impressed, so far with what they have seen."

Google has fumbled in the past like with their initial release of Google Music without any record labels, which they later fixed. Google Play could to have ties to GDrive for storing things like digital movie content. So the potential exists for big results from Google Drive."

Comment Re:One hand at 6:00... (Score 1) 756

Man, even with airbags I still managed to tick off all the injuries on your list. Snapped my left forearm clear through both bones, head hit and cracked the windshield, 3 broken ribs, my femur punched through my pelvis from my knee hitting the dash, and plenty of skin scraped off my arms from the airbag deploying - it wasn't pretty. I took a sharp curve a little too fast in the rain and hydroplaned off the road into some trees. To be fair, the only thing I know the airbag was directly responsible for were the scrapes (which I still have the scars from 5 years later), but the doctor said it's likely that it played a role in my broken arm as well.

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