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Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 3, Insightful) 173

This sounds like why there are also so many bugs in software. I find that the more I learn about software development, the more difficult everything becomes. Once you start thinking about all the edge cases, and how many ways there are for something to break, every project becomes more difficult. Designing software is like designing a bridge, except you have to worry about how your bridge performs when people decide drive over it backwards. Somehow it will end up being the designer's fault when something goes terribly wrong. If I could just design a web application without worrying about how people are going to try to find security holes and steal all the data I would be a happy man. Does the guy who designs bridges have to make considerations to ensure it can't be attacked by terrorists?

Comment Re:Troll them! (Score 1) 153

This is probably a sure way of getting off their list. Telemarketing is only done because it generates a profit. If you can manage to tie up enough of their time to make it unprofitable then you can ensure that it's not worth it for them to be in that business. I think it would be a great AI project. Create a program who's job it is to keep the telemarketer on the line for as long as possible. They are really down to the line on how long a call can be. Most of the calls that I get you have to wait 5-10 seconds for the person to even start talking. Because they are queuing up the next call before the person is even done the previous one in order to maximize the amount of time the employees are actually talking to people. By extending the amount of time they are on the phone and not making a sale, you are making it more you make it so that they will stop calling you, or anyone at all for that matter.

Comment Re:Density is nice, but what about longevity? (Score 3, Interesting) 185

I think that the problem can be easily worked around by better designing the DVRs. Put 16 GB of RAM in there and buffer to that. You only need to write it out to the hard disk when you actually want to be recording a show. 16 GB should be enough for buffering the HD streams and allowing you to rewind shows as you're watching them.

Comment Re:Deny ALL Cookies (Score 1) 425

because the stupid webheads can't manage auth without cookies

The only alternative for managing sessions without cookies is to maintain the session key in the links. This is fraught with problems. As soon as you leave, or open a new tab window on the same domain without the key in the URL, you start a completely new session. Also, when bookmarking a url with a session key, people will often send URLs to a friend giving them access to their session. What method do you have for session management that doesn't require the use of cookies?

Comment Re:Device compatability / driver problems ... (Score 1) 148

Yeah, I ran into that when looking for drivers. The problem is is that the software is $40 (currently there's a sale) and I could probably go purchase a current model scanner for close to the same price. That might be a good idea for somebody who has a bunch of old scanners that they want to keep working but isn't a good value for me who only uses the scanner once every year or so.

Comment Re:Device compatability / driver problems ... (Score 2) 148

I have a scanner that I recently needed to get working again. It's a 15 year old scanner. First step I tried just plugging it in to my Windows 10 machine. It didn't work. Wasn't much surprised there. Then I remembered that I used to have it working on Linux. So I booted up a virtual machine with Ubuntu. The scanner was detected but trying to scan an image with XSane just caused it to crash. I might possibly be able to get it working, but didn't want to spend too much time messing around with it. I installed Windows XP in a different VM, and installed the drivers from the manufacturer's site. Everything worked perfectly. I don't think that Linux is any better than windows for keeping old hardware working. Some stuff will only work in Windows, and some stuff will only work in Linux. I'm pretty sure there's nobody testing old scanners every time they update the kernel or make changes to SANE. Sometimes you just have to run the same old software stack that you were running 15 years ago to get things working properly.

Comment Re:Nature Abhors a Vacuum (Score 1) 144

Yeah, I'm not a mechanical engineer, so I didn't want to chime in too early, but 14 PSI sounds like a pretty small pressure difference. If a thin bicycle tire can withstand a 100 PSI differential, then I'm sure they can make steel hold a partial vacuum. My bigger question isn't the tube itself, but rather the train. The train itself has to have an atmosphere so the people inside can breath. How do they prevent the air in the train from emptying into the tube.

Comment Re:Any VGA? (Score 1) 158

I don't see why more people aren't just opting for mini desktop like the Intel NUC machines. You can tote that back and forth to work a lot easier than a laptop. Most people I know with work laptops only use them at work and at home. They already have a monitor keyboard and mouse in both places. There's no reason to carry those things back and forth between work. Even those that travel for work would probably be better off buying a separate portable screen and keyboard to set up in the hotel room. For those that really need a full portable computer, I'd rather have the screen and keyboard be separate from the computing unit so that they can be upgraded and fixed independantly.

Comment Re:Apple doesn't need a new device! (Score 1) 428

Exactly. Apple can only go so long asking $700 for a phone with only 16 GB of non-upgradable storage. You can easily go out and and buy something like the newest Moto G with 16 GB + Micro SD slot for a little over $200, one has to wonder how Apple gets away with charging $700 for a phone. Even the more high end stuff with Android like the Nexus 6p is $600, but at least it comes with 32 GB of storage. I don't see why anybody buys these super high end phones. You could easily just buy a new $200 phone every year to ensure that you always have the newest OS, and have a phone with reasonably cutting edge features.

Comment Re:IPTV... (Score 2) 167

I kind of think it's odd that they are even having a conversation about this. There is no future for cable television or set top boxes. TV over the internet is the future. There's no need to stream hundreds of channels to every house and then filter them with a set top box. Netflix and other streaming providers are proof that you can deliver TV content and the only thing the customer needs is a web browser.

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