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Comment: Re:My prediction for the Apple Watch's success (Score 1) 162

by CastrTroy (#49547547) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches
Then again, I think that a $700 phone is kind of a novelty item, but people keep on buying the iPhone. Even people without a lot of money seem to think it's worth it for some reason. I'm due for an upgrade soon, and I'm trying to decide between the very new Moto E for $150, or the somewhat new Moto G for $250. I'm pretty sure I'm going for the $150 option. I really don't see the appeal of carrying around $700 worth of electronics in your pocket.

Comment: Re:Many small solutions through a day (Score 2, Insightful) 162

by CastrTroy (#49547469) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

It extends the battery life of your phone because you are not powering it on as often.

So constantly communicating wirelessly with a device on my wrist is more battery efficient than turning the screen on once in a while?

It's like a fitness band you wear all the time but without the single minded pointlessness.

Except that you can't wear it all the time because it's not waterproof. You even have to take it off in the shower. Also, it only gets around 18 hours of use on the battery, which means you have to plug it in every night, which means it can't track your sleep like a lot of other fitness devices.

Comment: Re:Dubious (Score 5, Informative) 112

See, it couldn't possibly be him, everybody knows the real Konami Code is:


The Start/Select-Start isn't part of the actual code, but rather just get's you into the game. You need to use Select if you want to play 2 player.

Comment: Re:Might have bottomed out (Score 1) 71

by CastrTroy (#49528109) Attached to: I predict that by next Earth Day Bitcoin will ...
I don't think you can really ban BitCoins. Sure some may try, but it really doesn't make any sense. You can trade whatever you want for whatever else you want and the government can't do anything to stop you. You could trade 50 bushels of wheat for a cell phone if both parties agreed they were getting a fair deal. There are obviously some restrictions such as drugs, but those are basically illegal just to own, regardless of whether you are trying to sell them or not. Banning the trading of certain goods which aren't inherently harmful by themselves seems like a dangerous precedent to set.

Comment: Re:And when capped internet comes then people will (Score 2) 278

by CastrTroy (#49527217) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal
Not sure about the US, but in Canada, here's how it has been since the advent of the internet
  1. Dial-Up limited by hours connected
  2. Dial-Up unlimited
  3. Cable/DSL unlimited time, unlimited throughput
  4. Cable/DSL with limited throughput
  5. Currently: Cable/DSL are slowly ramping up, offering more speed and throughput as time goes on.

Really, there was a period when everybody was just switching over to broadband where they could essentially give everybody unlimited because there just wasn't that much content out there to saturate the network with. Now, with the amount of stuff delivered online, it's quite easy to go through quite a lot of bandwidth. My kids were eating up a ton of bandwidth watching YouTube videos on their iPods. I set a speed limit on those devices in my router, to about 1 mbit/s and was able to cut their usage to 1/3 of what it was. If there was no limits, people would end up using a lot more bandwidth than they currently do. I have my Netflix set to low quality most of the time because if I don't, it eats bandwidth, and I don't really care most of the time when I'm watching on my tablet. If I had unlimited internet I would probably just leave it on HD all the time, and not set any limits on my kids YouTube, and we could probably easily get to 500 GB per month of usage. Having a limit forces people to think about how they utiilize the resources they are paying for.

Comment: As it should be (Score 1) 278

by CastrTroy (#49527031) Attached to: German Court Rules Adblock Plus Is Legal
Even if we ignore the main use of Adblock Plus, which is blocking advertisements, and looking at the broader functionality of "users are legally allowed to control what happens on their screens and on their computers while they browse the Web", then it would be quite detrimental if users were force to render content on web pages. I personally don't use Adblock Plus, as I like to support the sites I visit, and most of the sites I frequent have only a moderate number of ads. However I do use stuff like Flashblock to stop things like autoplaying movies and animations. I also don't like running Flash by default as there are a lot of exploits. Not allowing users to run what they want, and being required by law to run whatever script the webpage sends at them is a recipe for disaster.

Comment: Re:$100 billion for 150 miles? (Score 4, Insightful) 189

by CastrTroy (#49522293) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record
Not if you count the time getting through security. For me, this is one of the biggest comforts of riding a train. I use it for short city to city trips. Show up 20 minutes before scheduled departure to make sure you aren't late, walk on, walk off. Most train stations are in the middle of the city while airports tend to be on the edge of the city, which, depending on where you are going, can often add even more travel time to travelling by air. Also, sometimes minimal travel time isn't the biggest concern.

Comment: Re:Giving the customers what they want (Score 1) 214

by CastrTroy (#49518505) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming
Did you also notice how the episodes aren't scripted around the commercials? This is one of the biggest problems I have with network TV. The entire show is scripted around the fact that there are going to be commercial breaks at designated times throughout the episode. You can't have a 20 minute continuous sequence because they would have to shove a commercial in there every 10 to 15 minutes. And because they want to make sure you don't want to leave, they have to spend 2 minutes leading up to the commercial building up suspense, and then they usually put about 30 to 60 seconds of filler after the commercial to make sure nobody misses anything. So, not only are the episodes shorter, they waste even more time just working around commercials. The amount of actual story you get in a "1 hour" network show could probably be compressed to 35 minutes if they didn't have to work around commercials.

Comment: Re:$30 per month (Score 1) 214

by CastrTroy (#49518465) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming
HBO does have an online only subscription now from what I understand. However, it's $15 a month, which I consider to be quite expensive. At least they are starting to get the idea. If ESPN did the same, you would see huge swaths of people cancelling cable. The only problem I see in the future is that people will end up paying almost as much as they are with cable once they've signed up for all the content they want. If it's all ad free, then it's probably still a plus to the consumer, but it still doesn't mean any extra money in my pocket.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 536

by CastrTroy (#49518405) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires

224 units is not enough to build even an elementary school around

Why not? If the housing is meant for families, let's assume a modest 60 percent of the houses have families, and that they each have 2.3 children. That's a total of 309 children. My kids go to a school of about 350 kids. I understand that in some places they have huge schools with thousands of kids, but I really don't see the advantage of that. Smaller schools where everybody knows everybody have a lot of appeal.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 5, Insightful) 536

by CastrTroy (#49512253) Attached to: George Lucas Building Low-Income Housing Next Door To Millionaires
It's not really just about annoying the neighbours. If you stick all the poor people in the same neighbourhood, then all the poor kids will go to schools with poor kids, and all the rich kids will go to school with rich kids. Since schools are funded by property taxes, the poor kid schools always end up having less money. If you mix poor and rich kids in the same areas, and they attend the same schools, and benefit from the same property taxes, then things end up much more even. Instead of one school having everything, and another having nothing, you'd have all the schools with similar amounts of resources.

Comment: Re:May finally get servers updated... (Score 1) 118

by CastrTroy (#49495747) Attached to: Exploit For Crashing Minecraft Servers Made Public
Personally, I think that Minecraft needs a lot of work. The gameplay itself is pretty good, but it really needs to be reworked in terms of performance and stability. I was hoping that things would change with MS buying it as they could hire more people to work on it, but I don't think they've actually done anything noteworthy with it yet.

Comment: Re:How are you going to "cure" a ravaged brain? (Score 1) 313

Well, the kid was only 2 years old. You could presumably clone them and the kid would just be reset at birth. Sure, the kid would have a different personality because of different life experiences, but the kid should look pretty much the same. This brings up a good point. Why try to cryogenically preserve such a young child. It's not like they have any idea about what is actually going on. If you were able to revive them, they wouldn't have much of a recollection of their previous life. Most people don't remember events from when they were 2 years old.

Comment: Re:Artificial obsolence (Score 5, Insightful) 209

by CastrTroy (#49485795) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps
Exactly. When Google Reader was shut down, I switched to Tiny Tiny RSS. I didn't want to just go to some other system that I didn't control and that would end up being changed or closed in a couple years. Now I have a system that works, and I don't have to worry about someone else shutting it down. As long as I can find a hosting service with Apache and PHP, it will work for me.

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