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Topic: Ah-Yup Google Sells Maine Mystery Barge For A-Scrappin'   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 9:20:53 PM(UTC)

Google Housing. Rent's cheap, but everything collects data and has text ads on it.

Topic: Here's The Code To Receive 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' Free From EA, No Strings Attached   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 7:14:17 AM(UTC)

ChristopherT. wrote:

Stupid question: Where do you find it on the site? I searched, no results.

Gaming n00b. :-)

Found it, finally. [:D]

Topic: Here's The Code To Receive 'The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection' Free From EA, No Strings Attached   Go to last post
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2014 10:58:49 PM(UTC)

Stupid question: Where do you find it on the site? I searched, no results.

Gaming n00b. :-)

Topic: Comcast Envisions Switching Broadband Model To Usage Based Billing In Five Years   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:26:33 AM(UTC)

Comcast is the only CABLE operator in most locations because the local government made them so. AT&T or your local telco is the only DSL operator in most places because the local government made them so.

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Infrastructure costs. All that wiring. This is why Dish is cheaper.

This gives (most) places three options for TV, two options (let us not speak of dial-up) in most places for Internet access. This is a duopoly, more or less. Comcast is regulated differently from the telcos (information provider vs. communications provider).

We either need a new class of provider, or new state and local laws allowing more than one class of provider in an area. I am not sure how many companies would want to take the chance to go into an area if they weren't the only game in town.

But I'd love to find out. Google has really been disruptive in the areas it services. Amazingly, when Austin, TX was slated for Google Fiber, prices dropped and new services (AT&T's Uverse) suddenly got moving. (I say amazingly because while AT&T said it was going ahead with plans to wire fiber in Austin, it surprised the local regulatory agency chief-she hadn't heard word one from AT&T before the press release....

Most of the laws and regs for this sort of thing are based on the century old model of the telcos.

Topic: Comcast Envisions Switching Broadband Model To Usage Based Billing In Five Years   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 1:10:04 AM(UTC)

If Comcast started offering gigabyte fiber for $65 a month without forcing me to buy cable TV, then we can talk about capping data.

Topic: Review: OCZ's RevoDrive 350 PCI Express SSD Tears Up Benchmarks With Reckless Abandon   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:01:51 AM(UTC)

I will try to put this as politely as possible. I am becoming aroused.

Topic: Review: OCZ's RevoDrive 350 PCI Express SSD Tears Up Benchmarks With Reckless Abandon   Go to last post
Posted: Friday, May 16, 2014 12:00:42 AM(UTC)

OMG. I'll just skip right over the SSD phase...

Topic: Zuckerberg Turns The Big 3-0 And Is Now Basically Unemployable   Go to last post
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 11:32:54 PM(UTC)

I'll give you 2 reasons:

1) Before 30 (or until you have to earn enough to pay a mortgage or rent on something more than a hovel), you've got less to lose, so you can bet big. you also...

2) Don't know how much you've got to lose. Death is an abstraction, and even not-so-permanent consequences, like jail time, loss of reputation and so forth, aren't quite real.

BONUS THIRD REASON!!!: In your teens and twenties, you still have a kid's perception of time. Think how long high school seemed. If you're over thirty, think how long ago the BP oil s[censored] started (April 20, 2010). Four years in both cases. Time really starts to fly in your 20's, and then you end up like me, 56 years old, wondering where the time went....

Topic: Seagate Releases New Kinetic Open Storage API For The Enterprise   Go to last post
Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:23:29 PM(UTC)

This would be even more exciting IF THE FREAKIN' ARTICLE MENTIONED WHAT THE Kinectic Open Storage platform IS!

Sorry.

Topic: Apple's New Law Enforcement Guidelines User-Protective Measures Or Cop Out?   Go to last post
Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 8:53:09 PM(UTC)

I appreciate the clarification. When I first saw this headline, I thought it meant that Apple could scan any connected device ANYWHERE ANYTIME. This is much different.

I applaud Apple for not only requiring the device be physically in custody, but be sent to them with a warrant. I would assume the S/N and IMEI are readable by anyone with access to the device.

How terribly quaint, requiring a warrant! Once upon a time (in the 1920's) ATT basically told the Feds or some LEO to pound sand when they asked to tap phones or pen numbers without a warrant. Now they set up their own special room for them. Probably cater, too.