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Comment Re:Wow, just wow. (Score 1) 115

#1 Enterprise level billing systems for internet providers cost a lot of money. The more regulations/rules/requirements the system has, the (likely) more expensive it will need to be. In my past experience we "rolled our own", but, this isn't feasible for most in the arena for many reasons and in hindsight it was a bad idea for liability reasons.

Why would a small business need enterprise level software?
There are a few providers that handle this for reasonable fees. We used Platapus for the small ISP I worked for.

Comment Re:did it drive like most truckers? (Score 1) 246

To be pedantic, it's fuel (diesel) not gas that semi's use.
But what is happening is you have trucks in which both are governed to a max speed by the company to save to money on fuel. While both are governed to 62, one might be set to 62.3 and another set to 62.5. Yes, it is very annoying and one of the most debated topics on a truckers forum I'm on is who should back out to let the 4 wheelers pass.

Comment Re: How? (Score 1) 347

Can you provide a link to this? I'm asking because back when I was working retail computer sales I went looking and could not find anything to specify this. The owner of the store would buy a couple things when he found a good deal at Best Buy, Amazon, etc and sell them as new, full retail price. Heck even his 'real' suppliers like D&H and the like really were not much better than buying from Tiger and the like.

Comment Re:Dear AT&T.... (Score 1) 68

Even worse, they started calling DSL Uverse. Got the ad blitz so I thought they actually had fiber here. Got the DSL self install kit instead of fiber install kit and called without even hooking it up as I know I'll only get 768k DSL here, as max speed.
Still took over a year to convince AT&T we ere not paying as at least they had a 30 day return/cancel thing going.

Comment Re:Who calls MS for support? (Score 1) 712

A little trick I've found that works...
Try and verify and watch if go down in flames. :)
Call in and type in the long code in the phone system (using the keypad on speaker, not speech recognition at I always had to keep trying over and over.
Once the automated systems starts spitting out the numbers, or if you had to talk to a human simply hang up.
Close the activation window, open it back up and it will activate now.

And yes being nice to the human is a good think, I usually just said thank you, It's activated now and then hung up.

Now this only works on real keys, it will still fail on banned keys like Devil's Own and Dell's VLK


Comment Re:Any practical use? (Score 1) 107

Plenty, possibly not so much on phones (although I can still see some use there,) but on tablets a great use would be running something like Photoshop. Also the ability to run those fancy enterprisy apps that require windows. Games can work, but mostly strategy for lack of input. I would like to use my tablet and put on something like PC Stitch and be able to use my low cost Android tablet, instead of having to buy a $1000 tablet just to run a couple of apps.


Evaluating Patent Troll Myths 167

An anonymous reader writes "In a guest post on the Patently-O blog, Villanova University professor Michael Risch summarizes his detailed study into the methods and efficacy of patent trolls. He writes, 'It turns out that most of what I thought about trolls — good or bad — was wrong.... Perhaps the biggest surprise in the study was the provenance of patents. I thought most patents came from failed startups. While such patents were represented (about 14% of initial assignees were defunct), most came from companies still in business in 2010. Indeed, more than a third of the initial assignees were publicly traded, a subsidiary of a public company, or venture capital recipients. Only 21% were patent assertion entities at the time the patent issued, and many of those were inventor owned companies (like Katz) rather than acquisition entities (like Acacia). ... Another area of surprise was patent quality. While trolls almost never won their cases if they went to judgment (only three cases led to an infringement finding on the merits), the percentage of patents invalidated on the merits was lower than I expected.'"

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