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Comment: Re:IP Insanity (Score 1) 284

by Aladrin (#39498089) Attached to: Comcast Not Counting Their Video Service Against Bandwidth Cap

That's a download of a bluray disc every day of the month. I don't think anyone streams in anything near that quality. But I'm sure your argument wasn't just the number.

Is Comcast offering things through this service that they do not offer through their regular cable service? It's just their on-demand shows. The only difference is that it goes over IP to an XBox, instead of digital cable to a cable box.

As it stands, nobody else can offer their services through Comcast's digital cable lines, and there are no laws that would make them.

Why does it matter that this exact same service is now offered via a different protocol? The service doesn't ever touch the internet.

This is akin to AOL's special features back in the day. You could get to the internet through their service, but they had other non-internet offerings at the same time. Nobody argued that that was unethical or violated the spirit of the internet or anything like that. (The term 'net neutrality' hadn't been coined yet.) How is this any different?

Comment: IP Insanity (Score 4, Interesting) 284

by Aladrin (#39495313) Attached to: Comcast Not Counting Their Video Service Against Bandwidth Cap

Why do we get so crazy when data is sent over IP rather than another way? If they had done this with their cable lines and not used TCP/IP, nobody would bat an eye. In fact, that's how content was always served in the past. When they decide to cut costs and use the newer, better infrastructure for the old stuff, people freak out.

A company serving their own service over their own lines is nothing to freak out about.

I will agree that if they were doing this with other companies' data, it would be worrisome. But not their own.

Comment: Re:I am thankful for Wikipedia (Score 2) 288

by Aladrin (#39367571) Attached to: Wikipedia Didn't Kill Brittanica — Encarta Did

When I was a kid, my parents bought a very expensive set of hardback encyclopedias. When I got my second PC Clone, it came with a free copy of Encarta.

One day, I needed to do a report and cite references, so I looked up the same entries in each. They were absolutely identical.

Crap as it may be, it was the same as paper encyclopedias when it first came out, except that it also had video.

Comment: Re:Yeah, WASTELAND!!! (Score 1) 122

by Aladrin (#39350867) Attached to: Interplay Ex-CEO Brian Fargo Kickstarts <em>Wasteland II</em>

I posted news of this kickstarter campaign to Facebook and my *sister* replied, "We played the **** out of Wasteland!"

Wasteland has the distinction of being the one game from my childhood that was too hard to beat, AND that I came back years later to finally beat it when I had the skills. I can't think of another game that I came back to beat later. It's definitely in my top 5, if not top 2 games from childhood.

I can't freaking wait. :D

Comment: Promoting (Score 5, Informative) 743

"The man claims he was demoted and then let go for promoting his views on intelligent design,"

"alleges that he was discriminated against because he engaged his co-workers in conversations about intelligent design and handed out DVDs on the idea while at work."

Notice that he doesn't claim he was fired for having the belief. He claims he was fired for promoting it. His version of 'promoting' might be everyone else's version of 'harassment'.

"In the lawsuit, Coppedge says he believes other things also led to his demotion, including his support for a state ballot measure that sought to define marriage as limited to heterosexual couples and his request to rename the annual holiday party a "Christmas party."" ... So it wasn't just ID. He also spouted hate and political correctness.

""The question is whether the plaintiff was fired simply because he was wasting people's time and bothering them in ways that would have led him to being fired regardless of whether it was about religion or whether he was treated worse based on the religiosity of his beliefs," said Volokh." ... And wasting people's time at work.

"He sued in April 2010 alleging religious discrimination, retaliation and harassment and amended his suit to include wrongful termination after losing his job last year."

And he was already suing before he was fired, so this is an on-going thing. I think with a lawsuit in progress, they'd have to be pretty ballsy to fire him over the thing he was suing about, unless they had really, really good reason for it. A court will have to make that determination, though, as we don't have all the evidence. What evidence I've seen isn't pointing in a direction he'd like, though.

Comment: Re:Fun to decode? (Score 1) 128

I think that's an artifact of having to make it human-accessible. If you make it too complicated, too many people will complain about how hard they are. If you make them too simple, computers can solve them easily.

Unfortunately, what usually happens is that both of the above are true at the same time, which means there's no good solution there. You either let computers in, or you keep some humans out.

Comment: Fun to decode? (Score 5, Interesting) 128

Looking at the samples on the screen as he was talking, I think those would be fun to write a decoder for... And possibly even easier than image captchas.

Why? Because they're moving, and you have a better chance to figure out the outline of each shape because of it. Also, you can use traditional techniques on each frame of the video and submit the one that has the highest confidence, and you could do that with existing tech.

Honestly, I don't see this being better than what we have.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton

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