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Comment Amusing. (Score 1) 216

These kind of stories always draw half-cocked comments, spewed (along with flecks of Doritos) from the basements of parent-owned houses.

You can talk big, but you're not going to stick it to Comcast when you don't even pay the bill.

The rest of us just get on with our lives, using BitTorrent to grab an episode or two of a show the DVR missed. Occasionally we suck down entire seasons and don't worry too much about it. We leave a wireless "guest network" open and shut down torrents when we hit a 1.0 ratio. We have encryption and auto-updated blocklists.

We're smart geeks and we know the risks. We know it might piss someone off. Just like keeping up with highway traffic: technically we're speeding, but the chances of getting pulled over are slim to none. If we get caught and our ISP send us a nastygram, we knock it off for a while.

Comment Re:Too Often, Killed His Dog (Score 1) 367

You hear about it because the media knows it's going to get people like you who care about animals (not necessarily PETA types, just people who care) to tune in or give them page views.

Around the world? Well, killing someone's pets as intimidation is nothing new. Horse head in the bed and all that.

What about raids, arrests, etc... where no shots are fired and no one gets hurt? Happen every day, they just don't make the news.

Comment Re:dangerous idea (Score 3, Insightful) 151

Revenge? For what, a parking ticket?

If nothing else, I'm more OK with these cameras because there is a human behind them. This isn't an automated system, just an easier way for the bus driver to report offenders (much like that new flag button...)

The driver could always snap a picture with his phone if the bus didn't have a camera.

Comment Re:Both Parties are at fault. (Score 1) 300

"Shut down internet sites that oppose your viewpoint, call anyone who disagrees with you a terrorist and lock them away without any rights, and threaten the livelihood of anyone else who may be bold enough to get around your restrictions."

If that statement was anywhere close to reality, Slashdot would have been gone a long ago. So would Digg and Reddit. Not to mention Prison Planet and all the other truly crackpot sites that exist solely to promote or oppose an extreme point of view. For that matter, Alex Jones would be in GITMO along with many of the submitters and commenters here given their extreme viewpoints and supposed "knowledge of the REAL TRUTH"

Sorry, but you just seem overdramatic and undermedicated.

Comment Re:Mac Mini with EyeTV (Score 1) 232

There is. It's called Windows Media Center. Or TiVo. Or your cable/satellite box.

Point is there's not a lot of room for innovation in the DVR market. If Apple's TV is somehow different from the Apple TV we have now, it will be via something like Google TV... it will interact with whatever content is coming from your TV provider.

Comment Re:Why so small? (Score 1) 232

I disagree about the 60"+ market. If Apple is making a TV, they are smart to focus on the mid-sized sets.

People who buy big screens care a lot about picture quality and stuff like 120Hz, 3D, etc... more than they do about apps and such. They probably have home theater components and don't really care about an iOS device built into a TV set. To them that kind of functionality belongs in a box, not in the display.

Not to mention large displays have the whole plasma vs. CCFL LCD vs LED LCD debate ... each has distinct pluses and minuses and Apple isn't going to go there. Apple would pick one type of display, probably LED LCD as it is the most green, and lose at least half the potential market in doing so.

Apple has the potential to do something really different with TV if they stick to sizes where the consumers aren't going to be too picky about the display part of it.

Comment Re:And the thing that surprises the Chinese (Score 2) 173

Do not confuse lack of interest with censorship. Was your search language English? Google may have simply been excluding results that were in Chinese.

It could also be China is preventing non-Chinese search engines from indexing Chinese sites with so-called "bad news". Interesting form of censorship, but not something you can blame the search engines for.

Comment Re:Set-top boxes (Score 1) 839

Apple TV already has no reason to support CableCARD - They are already on the a la carte model. You can buy/rent episodes and season passes for current shows from iTunes.

Try this:
add up the cost of even just renting every episode of every show you watch now from iTunes.
Now compare that to your current cable TV package.
Now imagine your cable company went straight a la carte and allowed you to drop all but the "lifeline" channels (OTA feeds and probably some public-access type stuff), bringing your bill down to $20/mo or so, then you watch everything not on the OTA networks by either paying extra per channel or for on-demand.

Which of the three is really cheaper? If you follow a handful of shows religiously, you might be better off with OTA or lifeline + iTunes. If you only watch a handful of cable channels, you might save with the a la carte option a lot of people seem to want. But if you record a lot of different stuff so you have a variety of stuff to watch, you're probably better off with a cable package.

Where I am, the basic HD service doesn't have a whole lot of junk. I hear FIOS is even better. Getting a 4-tuner Ceton greatly increased the value of basic cable, and Comcast doesn't charge me for the CableCARD. Adding an extra TV means buying a used Xbox 360. That's it.

I personally would like to do package+a la carte. To get a few more channels I want (Science Channel, Nat Geo, BBC America) I need the "preferred" tier, which means I would also be paying for a lot of Encore/Flix-type movie channels that are made worthless by Netflix.

Hear that Comcast? I don't mind paying for cable, and I WANT to give you more money, but I want to only pay for the "preferred" channels I'll watch.

Comment Re:It's good, and I'd like it for Linux (Score 1) 584

The only quibble I see is that you have to do it as root.

If this kind of disclosure was enforced for Linux, it would be safe to let users install apps that didn't need anything privileged (like write to /usr/share/Music)

Where the app would live is another question... I'd say under ~/bin and ~/lib

and why can't we have per-user package management? apt-get should not have to run sudo or setuid to read the system's package DB and read/write the user DB.

User DB overlays system DB, so if a user tried to install a package that was already system-wide, they couldn't.

If a user went to install an app that needs to be system-wide, apt-get could sudo launch a helper provided the user is in sudoers.

User installed apps exist solely in the user's profile and are sandboxed from writing outside of it via something like chroot with a read-only mount of the root filesystem somewhere inside it.

Comment More proof opt-in is the ONLY way to do it right. (Score 3, Insightful) 134

If you RTFA, you'll quickly realize what Carbonite did was provide a 'do-not-spam' list to, well, a spammer... and then, surprise, surprise, the spammer misues or abuses it.

The list was Carbonite customers AND people who previously clicked the opt-out link in past Carbonite spam... So strictly speaking, this wasn't a straight list of Carbonite customers. Spam might be annoying, but there is a bigger issue here: If you wanted to phish Carbonite logins, you'd have a pretty good start.

Scrubbing the list in-house won't happen... Carbonite doesn't have huge lists, the spammers do. And the spammers are not going to give Carbonite their whole list to scrub, those things are money. So Carbonite has to give an opt-out list to the spammers and trust them not to spam it. Sure...

The article's suggestion of address hashes is kinda bogus, and especially dangerous if the hashed addresses are known to be customers. Assuming a spammer/phisher already has eleventy billion addresses, this is a hash collision attack. All the spammer has to do is hash their list and look for matches. Instant customer list.

Comment Enough with all this pi nonsense... (Score 1) 414

I know all about not reinventing the wheel, but what kind of idiot invented the wheel using a silly number you can never get to the end of? I say we just make it so pi=3. Going around the pi is three times across the pi. Not "3 and a bit," just 3.

an' I've got this here wheel to show you can do it...

Comment And with Siri... (Score 1) 692

...a bold new direction in robotics was born - the Genuine People Personality. Without a personality, people would become frustrated with their inability to relate to robots. With a personality, robots could be more than just machines. The could be friends and companions or, as the Marketing Department of the Corporation preferred to describe them in early advertising slogans, ‘your plastic pals that are fun to be with’.

- DNA

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