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Comment: Re:I'm all for it (Score 1) 832

by DarkEmpath (#33644986) Attached to: Intel Wants To Charge $50 To Unlock Your CPU's Full Capabilities

I can understand having to pay extra for MPEG-2 support in a piece of software or hardware, as there are licensing issues with a third party, but you're Intel. This is your chip.

Not quite. Since AMD's 64 bit extensions to x86 became the de facto standard (over Intel's IA64 Itanium), Intel has had to licence x86-64 from AMD and is required to pay royalties. Yes, AMD has to pay royalties to Intel for x86 (and more) and they probably do some royalty-swap deals, but it's not quite as clear cut as "this is your chip".

But yeah, I agree this is a money-hungry cash grab and a dick move by Intel.

Comment: Re:Throttling to 28.8 Kb/s. (Score 1) 130

by DarkEmpath (#33631448) Attached to: 'Throttling' Broadband Provider Sued In Australia

That's insane.

I'm paying $49.95 per month with TPG, which gives me 120GB per month, and they don't pretend that's "unlimited" (they actually have an unlimited plan).

I'm having trouble getting my head around a cap as low as 12GB being called unlimited. From memory, Optus counts uploads toward your cap, too.

Comment: Re:Australian... with questions here (Score 3, Insightful) 222

by DarkEmpath (#33530386) Attached to: Australia's National Broadband Network To Go Ahead

So whilst it's great that we will have these kinds of speeds, how are we going to get data services fast enough to take advantage of them?

If you build it he will come.

At the moment, everything is overseas because it's not practical to have them here. As soon as we have the infrastructure in place, not only does it become more practical to mirror a lot of content and as well as provide additional services here, but it provides an underlying platform for new services to be created/invented.

You have to start somewhere :-)

Comment: Re:Greedo shooting first is far more hated ... (Score 1) 495

by DarkEmpath (#33412160) Attached to: How Star Wars Trumped Star Trek For Scientific Accuracy

While I agree that it's stupid that they made Greedo fire first, it was pretty obvious that if Han hadn't shot him, Greedo would have pulled his trigger


Greedo wanted to take Han to Jabba for the bounty, there was absolutely no chance he would have fired without Han forcing his hand. He even offered to let Han go if he bribed Greedo with Jabba's money. Han briefly tried talking his way out of it, but got visibly pissed when Greedo brought the Falcon into the conversation.

Greedo would NOT have fired unprovoked, not a chance.

For a Slashdotter, you really don't know your Star Wars very well.

Comment: Re:I wasn't impressed with it at the theatre (Score 1) 387

by DarkEmpath (#33377456) Attached to: First Review of <em>Avatar</em> Special Edition

It seemed to me to at least have a better plot then many many other movies, not that that is saying all that much.

My farts smell better than many other peoples farts. Doesn't mean you want a lung full.

Personally I really enjoyed Avatar and thought it should of been longer, but then I was more interested in learning more about Pandora the world then the story.

Good luck. Gargamel has been trying to get info on that place for decades, but keeps getting foiled at the last minute. Azriel has had no luck, either.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 387

by DarkEmpath (#33377398) Attached to: First Review of <em>Avatar</em> Special Edition

It might not be original, and maybe people can say "Oh pocahontas did it first!" but that doesn't change that it was a suspenseful, well-made film with some good points that people could think about.

How can it be suspenseful when you've seen it a dozen times before? I wasn't even thinking of Pocahontas, I was think of Dances with Wolves (the South Park guys agree - the mocked it with "Dances with Smurfs"). It's a very old and rehashed plot.

This is Slashdot. Of course popular movies (with their comfortable, predictable, paint-by-numbers plot) are going to be panned. The movies that don't follow a formula are never mainstream-popular, and the ones I like might not be the ones you like, so there'll never be consensus there.

Get over yourself. If you want to turn your brain off and follow the herd (hurd?) don't be surprised when thinkers look down on you.

Comment: Re:iPad? Seriously? (Score 1) 622

by DarkEmpath (#33336636) Attached to: Throwing Out Software That Works

and his Gentoo compiling microwave oven

My microwave compiles NetBSD , you insensitive clod!

Get over it, dude. Go take something apart.

Easier said than done. These unwashed masses are diminishing my options, and are dumbing down my devices. I can tune out most of the world-I-don't-care-about, but once that world starts impacting on my world, it's overly simplistic to dismiss my concerns with a "get over it" throwaway line.

Comment: Re:...And one generation behind on HTML5 (Score 1) 341

by DarkEmpath (#33295772) Attached to: Firefox 4 Will Be One Generation Ahead

Why is it that all Opera users assume they've discovered some grand secret, some golden app that trumps everything else and only they know about - and they must proselytise!

Look, this is Slashdot, we all know about Opera, we've all tried it, yet we don't use it. Get over it. Opera isn't "the shit", it's just shit.

Comment: Re:No, what Apple's products are is fashionable (Score 0, Offtopic) 497

by DarkEmpath (#33237488) Attached to: The Coming Onslaught of iPad Competitors

The iTunes lockin was necessary to keep the record labels from suing the living crap out of Apple

I hear this from Apple apologists a lot. And no matter how often you repeat it, it doesn't make it true

Apple loves lock-in. It had nothing to do with the labels. Apple could have licenced Fairplay to anybody, but they didn't, because they love lock-in. The labels wanted Apple to licence Fairplay to thirds parties, because it would have increased their revenue and increased marketshare, but apple loves lock-in, so they didn't.

Apple is a walled garden. They've never claimed otherwise (well, their fans do).

Comment: Re:No, what Apple's products are is fashionable (Score -1, Troll) 497

by DarkEmpath (#33236326) Attached to: The Coming Onslaught of iPad Competitors

Seriously. I'm a tech person. I use Linux. I'm not trendy, and I don't have any interest in being trendy. But if I'm going to own an MP3 player, I want one that doesn't have a terrible design, and for some reason Apple seems to be the only tech company interested in solving their customer's problems.

Now, seriously. I'm a tech person. I use FreeBSD (linux is for trendy try-hards). I'm not trendy, and I don't have any interest in being trendy. But if I'm going to own a media player, I want one that doesn't limit itself to MP3s and Apple's proprietary format, requiring shitware like iTunes to make it functional, and for some reason Apple seems to be the only tech company interested in lock-in and a "walled garden".

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas