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Comment Cell phone administrative fees (Score 3, Insightful) 96

I hope the Charter customer sues the pants off them and wins. I have complained to TWC about the broadcast and sports fees and deceptive pricing for several months.

Cell phone companies do the same thing but they call them "administrative fees". They are not required by the govt, and not an optional fee from the provider, so they should be included in the advertised base price or not charged at all.


Submission + - Embedded Developers Prefer Linux, Love Android (

DeviceGuru writes: In a recent EE Times 2013 Embedded Market study, Android was the OS of choice for future embedded projects among 16 percent of the survey's participants, second only to 'in-house/custom' (at 28 percent). But if a spectrum of disparate approaches can be lumped together as a single option, why not aggregate the various shades of Linux to see how they compare? Parsing the EE Times data that way makes it abundantly clear that Linux truly dominates the embedded market.
Data Storage

Submission + - Seagate to Cease Production of 7200rpm Laptop HDDs

jones_supa writes: 'We are going stop building our notebook 7200rpm hard disk drives at the end of 2013,' said David Burks, director of marketing and product management at Seagate Technology, during a conversation with X-bit labs. The mainstream market demand is expected shift to different products, such as hybrid drives. Users who need maximum performance and cares about battery life, have been choosing notebooks with SSDs for years now, whereas those who required capacity, performance and moderate price do not really care about actual performance. With the introduction of third-generation solid-state hybrid drives later this year, Seagate will position them for performance and capacity demanding end-users. The company will also continue to offer 5400rpm HDDs for value notebooks.

Submission + - How to stop a meteor hitting Earth (

An anonymous reader writes: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks stopping extinction-level meteor hits:

"Here in America, we’re really good at blowing stuff up and less good at knowing where the pieces land, you knowSo, people who have studied the problem generally – and I’m in this camp – see a deflection scenario is more sound and more controllable. So if this is the asteroid and it's sort of headed toward us, one way is you send up a space ship and they'll both feel each other. And the space ship hovers. And they'll both feel each other's gravity. And they want to sort of drift toward one another. But you don't let that happen. You set off little retro rockets that prevent it. And the act of doing so slowly tugs the asteroid into a new orbit."


Submission + - Apple's Lightning-to-HDMI Dongle Secretly Packed With ARM, Airplay (

joelville writes: "After noticing artifacts and a 1600 × 900 image in the output from Apple's new Lightning Digital AV Adapter, the Panic Blog sawed it open and found an ARM chip inside. They suspect that video bypasses the cable entirely and instead uses Airplay to stream three inches to make up for the Lightning connector's shortcomings."

Submission + - The Apple Shop forced to change its name (

tlhIngan writes: "The Apple Shop, in Norfolk, UK is a little corner store that sells apple products. Not Apple products, but apple products, in this case, cider. However, it's been forced to change its name to the Norfolk Cider Shop. However, the name change did not come from any lawsuit from Apple (the Cupertino one, that is), nor has there been any evidence that Apple (Cupertino) knew about them. Instead, they're changing their name because their phones have been ringing constantly from people seeking help with their Apple (Cupertino) products. Apple (Cupertino) opened an Apple store in 2009 in the nearby (larger) town of Norwich."
United States

Submission + - The US Redrawn As 50 Equally Populated States ( 3

Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Bam! For anyone that's paid a speck of attention to the tedium of political redistricting, which happens while a state grows unevenly, (and must dynamically respond to density, electorate disparity, natural resources and ridgelines, etc.), this is straight out of some psychedelic dream. For Democrats, it could be straight out of a nightmare. That's because Freeman's map necessitates 50 equally populous United States. His methods for creating the map are explained thusly:

"The algorithm was seeded with the fifty largest cities. After that, manual changes took into account compact shapes, equal populations, metro areas divided by state lines, and drainage basins. In certain areas, divisions are based on census tract lines... The suggested names of the new states are taken mainly from geographical features."

The new 50 states would be equally potent in terms of voting, but how many would be red? I made this layered GIF of Romney vs. Obama by county to try and figure things out."


Submission + - Facebook paid no taxes despite record profits ( 2

Frosty Piss writes: Despite earning more than $1 billion in profits last year, social media juggernaut Facebook paid zilch when it came to federal and state taxes in 2012. In fact, the website will actually be getting a refund totaling $429 million thanks to a tax reduction for executive stock options. In the coming years, Facebook will continue to get monster tax breaks, totaling about $3 billion. 'The employees cash in stock options, and at that point there is tax deduction for the company,' Robert McIntyre, of watchdog group Citizens for Tax Justice, said. 'Because even though it doesn't cost Facebook a nickel, the government treats it as wages and they get a deduction for it. And usually it doesn't wipe out companies whole tax bill, although many companies get big breaks from it.'

Comment Netflix DVD Impact? (Score 1) 564

I support the change for the most part. I could care less whether most envelopes arrive on Saturday or the following Monday. However, I am worried it may affect my Netflix DVD subscription turnaround time. Paying the same flat monthly rate but receiving fewer DVDs per month effectively increases the price per DVD.

Comment Overlapping ranges (Score 1) 441

Another poor choice of ranges. The first problem is the ranges overlap: a GPA of 3.5 falls both in the 3.0-3.5 and 3.5-4.0 range. Second, a cumulative 4.0 is a significantly better achievement than a 3.x, and thus should not be lumped into the same range.

The ranges should be:

GPA >= 4.0
4.0 > GPA >= 3.5
3.5 > GPA >= 3.0
3.0 > GPA >= 2.5
2.5 > GPA >= 2.0
2.0 > GPA

Comment Copyright trap (Score 3, Informative) 71

I think what most Database authors do is that they put bogus data entries into their database and if they can find their entries in someone elses database, they can show that it's a copy rather then a independent work.

These are commonly called 'copyright traps' or 'fictitious entries'

Comment FAA regulated model aircraft (Score 1) 189

I'm not familiar with the laws surrounding the flying of model aircraft, but I suspect there will be some threshold when these 'toys' are prevalent and powerful (ie. potentially destructive) enough that the FAA will start heavily regulating them, possibly requiring licensing of both aircraft and operator.

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