* Posts by Andrew Rodland

13 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Apple stores getting close to overload

Andrew Rodland

Funny, I would think

That the average revenue per customer was rather more related to the high *price* of Apple products than the high *value*.

FCC: iPad breach and Google Wi-Fi debacle 'worrisome'

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If you want information to be private

then don't set up radio devices to broadcast it off of your property, into public spaces, on public spectrum.

Adobe euthanizes Flash 10.1 for 64-bit Linux

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It's called "actually working with browsers", bazza.

A 64-bit browser can't embed a 32-bit plugin without using a an annoying lousy crashy thunking layer.

Logitech Squeezebox Radio

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You don't get what it does at all.

If you want a cheap little UPnP music player then go get one -- there are enough of them out there. If you want a device that's customizable, programmable, supports every music format known to man, hooks up to online music services, does seamless multi-room audio, and has superb quality, then get a Squeezebox and accept the fact that the server lets it do things that UPnP-AV is totally incapable of.

By the way, a note to Reg editors: it's "Perl", not "Pearl". (It's also not "PERL".)

WTF is this country called America?

Andrew Rodland

Look how many people used "Mexico"!

So many people complaining about the use of "America" as a common name for the United States of America, but none of you seem to have a problem using "Mexico" to mean los Estados Unidos Mexicanos -- the United Mexican States.

English vocab poised to hit 1m words

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An outright lie.

You know why it's "taken so long"? Because the numbers are a complete fabrication. The guy has a book to sell. The publication of the book was delayed. Therefore, so was the "millionth word". There's really no truth to be found anywhere in the whole business.

Unannounced BlackBerry trio show up online

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Simple upgrades?

Perhaps "Magnum" and "Onyx" are a new Curve and a new Bold (probably in that order), and "Driftwood" of the unknown screen specs is a Storm 9600? That last one would make lots of Storm owners unhappy, but might make lots of would-be Storm owners happy. :)

'Lenny': Debian for the masses?

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Why the GUI love?

I really don't understand why everyone goes crazy over the GUI installer when Debian's text installer (d-i, the one it's had for six or seven years now) is not only incredibly easy to use and incredibly flexible (supporting all kinds of machines, partitioning setups, and network setups without manual intervention), but also twice as fast because it doesn't have to load an entire GUI off of the CD? I can get a new machine installed, online, security-patched, and rebooting into the live system before the Ubuntu CD finishes booting for the first time. "GUI installer" is the "word count" of linux distros, apparently.

Ashdown brain trust: Democracy isn't a human right

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights has rather little to do with things that are _actually_ human rights. Most of the things it lists are in fact privileges which cannot be secured "universally" without stepping all over the true freedoms, which are life, liberty, and property.

NASA: Mars is good habitat for Terry Pratchett dragons

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Indeed my first thought

Once the word "perchlorate" had a little time to seep into my brain, was "ammonium perchlorate composite propellant."

World economy group gives IPv6 big push

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Paul, I think you dropped some digits

IPv6 may run out of addresses by 2,000,013. Although probably not.

Comcast mulls overage fees for bandwidth lovers

Andrew Rodland

Thank you

For those who are saying a cap is unacceptable... gain some perspective. Look, they're being _honest_ about it. They have a certain amount of aggregate bandwidth, and they oversell to let you burst to nice fast speeds. It's the name of the game. Pretty much everyone selling residential service has some sort of cap or termination policy for overuse; most of them just lie and say they don't. If the ISPs were honest about what they offered then at least you could compare them, and you could protect yourself. It's better than underhanded tricks like RST spoofing (which by the way they appear to have stopped).

FCC opens curtain on Google puppetmaster

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Open Access


There's no such thing as an "arbitrary windows mobile device". If it takes a SIM card (or, just as likely here, contains a non-user-accessible CDMA equivalent), it's been approved by the carriers. Yes, a smartphone will generally let you get down to the level of TCP/IP, but that's not the point. "Open access" means that a customer can attach a device to the network regardless of who built it and whether it was approved, and that the pricing for network access shouldn't be discriminatory based on the type of the device either (meaning that you don't get the $20 "unlimited internet" plan that only applies to phones with 2-inch screens and hardly enough memory to display a webpage, while paying 5 times as much for the same service on a device that connects to a laptop),


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