A couple of years ago I replaced a large proportion of the light bulbs in my house with CF bulbs. Almost immediately I noticed the savings on my power bill. I justified the higher cost and almost ridiculous disposal issues by the long term savings I was going to get. After all these things are supposed to last a crazy long time (up to 10 years - it says so right on the package). I eventually replaced nearly all the bulbs in my house.
Well as of now I'm officially changing my mind on that decision. The reason? These things are dying right and left. It seems that for 3 - 4 times the money I'm getting bulbs that are lasting 1/3 the time. In fact the vanity mirror and flood types are only lasting 10 - 14 months on average for me. That is far less than the incandescents they replaced. So much for long life. Now I've got a pile of crazy mercury filled dead bulbs that I'm probably going to have to pay to dispose of. So much for saving the environment.
I think this is another case where the consumer is being sold snake oil.
You think mobile data plans in the US are crazy expensive? Check out this rant about Rogers in Canada. Wow.
We'll tests are starting to show that Comcast is indeed messing with BitTorrent traffic. Since there are at least some legitimate uses of BitTorrent it will be interesting to see how this progresses. I doubt your day to day MP3 pirate will bring a lawsuit against them, but perhaps some company who's business is hurt by this will.
I have also heard rumors of Comcast terminating VPN connections regularly. When contacted they claim that using your connection for business use (work) is against the service agreement.
Lina posts a new press release.
I've looked at these guys before. They claim "LINA enables Linux binaries to run with native look and feel on Windows, Mac, and Linux, without recompiling." The next paragraph indicates that they are "Linux command line and server applications". Wow, command apps with the native look and feel... Count me unimpressed.
Looks like Adobe is taking a page from Microsoft's product book and now has at least six inscrutable product versions. Not only is the product bundling tremendously confusing, but the pricing seems really over the top. It will now be even more absurd when they claim that each time a kid pirates a copy of their CS Master Suite, they're losing $2499 (the math doesn't work when the money was never there to begin with).
Now Microsoft is extending their wildly popular multi - SKU strategy to the Halo franchise. That's just great. Where do they come up with this stuff? My guess: They hired some marketing big-wig from McDonalds. "Would you like to super size that?"