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Comment: Re:Good Business or Empire Building? (Score 2) 112

by Carewolf (#49544935) Attached to: Comcast Officially Gives Up On TWC Merger

This really suggests that the Comcast/TWC merger had more to do with empire building (or expanding an effective monopoly) than good business.

Too often, mergers and acquisitions are driven by ego and result in an overall conglomerate that is less efficient.

Mergers are always done as a way to create a bit of chaos and negotiation opportunities so that CEOs and top shareholders can pocket a bit of the wealth they control, but isn't theirs.

Comment: Re:How is it working in offline mode (Score 5, Funny) 117

by Carewolf (#49540029) Attached to: iOS WiFi Bug Allows Remote Reboot of All Devices In Area

Actually, after giving the article another read-through, I think I got it wrong in the summary.

Are you sure you're a Slashdot submitter?

Oh, I see you're new here. Don't worry, after a while you'll stop caring about having anything correct in the summary at all.

If you do manage to get the summary right, you can be sure an editor will fix that mistake.

+ - Comcast & Time Warner merger died

Submitted by andyring
andyring writes: According to Bloomberg News, the Time Warner/Comcast merger of raw evil is dead. Comcast plans as early as tomorrow to withdraw the merger proposal, "after regulators decided that the deal wouldn’t help consumers, making approval unlikely" according to the story.

Comment: Re:Dubious (Score 3, Informative) 676

by Carewolf (#49535549) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

I've only just turned 35 so am on the border of being a "millennial", but I thought that phrase referred to people around the 15-25 range who were teenagers around the 2000-2009 time frame. 34 seems a bit old... More like gen X or gen Y.

Generation X. The generation born by babyboomers, usually from 1970 to early 1980s. Teenagers in the late 80s and early 90s.

I think that what was shortly referred to as Gen Y are now millenials (Gen Y were those born too late to be Gen X).

Comment: Re:all they have to do is lure them to a webpage (Score 1) 132

by Carewolf (#49535003) Attached to: New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy On the CPU's Cache

...read the paper.

it's like he said, you can detect that the network is being used or that there "probably was some user input".

With a bit higher sampling though, you can significantly narrow the likely password range, simply by using the timing of key presses.

But yeah, I want to see something like that demonstrated before worrying about it.

Comment: Re:Nobody demanded publicly? (Score 1) 298

But somebody must have paid secretly. At one point in time this was called bribery and people doing this and got caught were put in jail. Nowadays it seems to be the law of the land... Oh no, the law of the chosen few - chosen by god or something like that.

Nobody Canadian did. The US has been demanding it publically for a long time.

Comment: Re:Raise Them To Infinity! (Score 1) 298

Or have the original architect or construction company forbid me from modifying my own house. Or prevent me from selling said modified house to a new owner.

Word of advise. Never buy an house designed by a known architect. They sometimes have those kinds of conditions. I shit you not. Though it is more common in big business or government offices that signed something stupid when they had their new building designed.

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 4, Informative) 298

Very little music is created in a vacuum, and the line between 'inspiration' and 'derived work' can be fuzzy and subjective.

So, are you ready to demonstrate, how copyrights have sniffled the development of Jazz, Rock-n-Roll, or Rap, for example?

If not, then your "concerns" about sniffling are nothing but attempts to spread FUD.

It has traditionally been allowed. All of those genres have grown up with being allowed to sample, make covers, and especially make music that sounds like other artists (what do you think genres are in the first place?)

Recently it was made illegal to make music that sounds like other artists: http://arstechnica.com/tech-po...

Comment: Re:$100 billion for 150 miles? (Score 2) 189

by Carewolf (#49522477) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

600km/h is 3/4 of the speed of a modern airliner (

No, it's 2/3rds, Boeing 777 cruise speed is 905km/h, 747-400, 787, and A380 are slightly faster, A340 is slightly slower.

Well, depends on whether the airline is in the jet stream or not. Anyway, it is certainly not half, 1200km/h is faster than the speed of sound.

Comment: Re:The Lack of Common Sense Everywhere is alarming (Score 1) 48

It's absolutely fucking insane that a business based on calling someone for a ride makes those with political power shit themselves with attempts to shut it down. Absolutely insane.

That is not the problem. The problem is that Uber is organizing crime, and continues to do so after beeing caught and fined once already.That is kind kind of a bad thing.

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