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Comment: Mine is different than my wife's (Score 1) 57

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47534037) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

I'm up near 100% - assuming I can include my ripped movies and TV shows, which are "streamed" from my media server (an old Powerbook) to my television. If not, I'm still in the 60-80% bracket. My daughter's taste in movies and TV shows is similar to mine, and so she has pretty much the same viewing habits.

I'm not at 100% because we still watch (via Tivo) a few old TV shows - e.g. Hogan's Heroes and Seinfeld - that aren't always available via the streaming options I've got.

My wife, though, still watches a fair bit of network television - mainly those gosh-awful police procedurals and medical dramas. Some of those are watched on her iPad via the particular network's app, but most are Tivo'ed and watched that way.

Comment: Re:Data will be anonymous? (Score 1) 21

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47533949) Attached to: Google Looking To Define a Healthy Human

While I believe your statement to be true, I think given Google's history and business model it's unwise to assume the risks to the health data that'll be collected come only from government entities. And actually, the thought that the government might get at my health history through this doesn't particularly bother me since they likely already have acquired it legitimately for various reasons.

But Google could easily spin the "limited to medical and health purposes" to include health- and medical-related companies that pay them to serve you targeted ads, based on the data they "anonymously" have linked to you. It's how their overall ad system already functions. And if Google didn't see the potential for them to profit by this, they wouldn't be doing it in the first place.

Comment: Re:At fucking last (Score 2) 186

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47515301) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Always really preview before clicking submit.

Can we finally use the the <video> tag with H.264 files and just forget about the rest?

No, since Firefox is currently limiting the use of this plugin to WebRTC - which basically means it's not available for anything actual users want to do, such as watch html5 video.

Comment: Re:Trusting a binary from Cisco (Score 0) 186

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47515159) Attached to: Firefox 33 Integrates Cisco's OpenH264

Even though the codec source code is available, it is compiled by Cisco and provided to Mozilla. Something in me doesn't 100% trust that Cisco won't use this as an opportunity to put hidden spyware on everyone's computers.

I don't believe "everyone" is using Firefox these days - quite the opposite. So most of us aren't going to lose any sleep over this possibility.

Comment: I doubt most people care (Score 5, Interesting) 345

Most of the Netflix subscribers I know (including myself) are paying that monthly fee mainly for the privilege of having that red mailer sit on the shelf next to the TV and gather dust.

In any case, I doubt the typical Netflix subscriber will think this change impacts them in any significant way.

Comment: Re:Huge Caveat! (Score 4, Informative) 95

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47502677) Attached to: Researcher Finds Hidden Data-Dumping Services In iOS

That only happens if you enter your passcode then see the "Trust this Computer" prompt on a computer that has iTunes installed and you click "Trust" at the prompt. That creates a set of sync keys that the iOS device will then accept to access the various services.

The article made that very clear. But it's not clear to me where these keys are stored - is it on the disk, unprotected, or is it in your encrypted keychain? If the former, it seems to me that - unless you encrypt your computer's hard disk - this means anyone with unfettered access to your computer could get at these keys and thereby get at everything on your iOS device. If the latter, it would be much more difficult to do, even if they otherwise got access to your account.

The guy said he uses this to monitor his kids (which, depending on their age, might be a bit jerky in my opinion). However since he seems like an overzealous parent, I'm wondering if he has his kids' passwords etc., which would be necessary if these keys are in the keychain.

Comment: Re:Where were you when the Eagle landed? (Score 1) 204

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47495173) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45

I was eight. We were glued to the TV at home. Heck, we were glued to the TV at elementary school too! Everyone was in awe of this - anything seemed possible.

And then I remember Apollo 13 - biting my nails, hoping and praying those brave souls were going to make it home.

Back to the present, and wondering if we'll ever get out there again.

Comment: Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (Score 1) 191

by 93 Escort Wagon (#47492071) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

Editors are very important. They're the sanity check of the author. They're a reliable and honest reader. They help form the books by taking the often jumbled and incoherent source material that was jotted down in hundreds of sittings, sometimes in the wrong order, and shaping that into the final product.

If actual editing was still happening, I would agree with you - but my experience as an avid reader tells me publishers stopped doing any significant editing 20-30 years ago.

The most important early product on the way to developing a good product is an imperfect version.

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