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Comment: Re:ESPN can go eff themselves. (Score 2) 296

by Dracos (#49563327) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

ESPN is by far the most expensive channel block... every subscriber pays about $5/month for ESPN, whether or not they watch any sports.

Bundling is what keeps most channels alive, via bundling subsidy. Anything that even remotely represents a la carte will be fought by the content providers.

Comment: Re:Cripple Linux? (Score 3, Insightful) 174

by Dracos (#49529561) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

Makes me wonder about the economics of producing these things. Apparently something related to the OS choices makes it worth Intel's while to develop separate models and the infrastructure to build each one, rather than just building the higher spec model and slapping either OS onto it.

It's things like this that hearken back to the glory days of the Evil Empire, and why people find it difficult to trust MS now.

Comment: Still vapor (Score 2, Informative) 104

by Dracos (#49481383) Attached to: The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

That article is all about the miniaturization process they went through. Wake me up when the hardware specs are available: CPU speed, amount of RAM, wireless connectivity and range, etc.

I have serious doubts that these things will become popular anytime soon (if ever), especially if their per-unit cost is more than a few cents. Their size, coupled with the "if you lose sight of it, consider it lost forever" joke (read: warning), makes them seem impractical.

They should scale it back up to the size of that quarter.

Comment: Re:Graffiti? (Score 1) 140

by Dracos (#49454159) Attached to: Finding an Optimal Keyboard Layout For Swype

The 5 row hardware QWERTY keyboard is the reason why I still have my 4 year old Epic 4G (Galaxy 1) and refuse to upgrade it, because there is no new phone I want. The last Android phone with a hardware keyboard came out in 2012.

Apparently Sprint is desperate to sell me a new phone... they've started sending me upgrade offers via FedEx.

Comment: Re:this is really a story about.. (Score 1) 203

by Dracos (#49416425) Attached to: 10 Years of Git: An Interview With Linus Torvalds

Exactly, BitKeeper committed suicide by throwing a fit over their licensing for open source projects, the terms of which stipulated that copies of all commit messages must be sent to BitKeeper, and one of the kernel devs figured out (basically, IIRC) a way to circumvent that.

At the time of the fiasco that caused git to be created, the top two OSS projects (by lines of code) using BK were the Kernel and MySQL (the third was a PHP CMS that I was part of at the time). There used to be a OSS projects page with stats and other info, but that seems to be gone.

Comment: Is no one blaming Lucas? (Score 2) 360

by Dracos (#49383097) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

Star Wars is his brainchild. A half-formed, empty, vegetative brainchild. He conceived it, wrote it, and insisted on directing (the one of the six he didn't direct was by far the the best film of the lot).

The prequels were complete and utter garbage in every way. If any actual director afterward didn't think Natalie Portman could act, then that speaks to the colossal failure of directing by Lucas.

The real test will be if the Disney+Abrams films live up to the originals, but the prequels have probably cast their immutable shadow over the entire franchise.

Comment: GenCon belongs in Milwaukee (Score 2) 886

by Dracos (#49338525) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Having been to GenCon 7 times in Milwaukee and twice in Indy, Milwaukee is the better place for it. Cooler weather, cleaner city, Giordano's pizza, and The Side Door. One year in Milwaukee I was headed back to the hotel at 2am, and all of downtown was filled with the deafening roar of 250+ bikes starting their ride to Sturgis... probably can't get that anywhere else.

I hope there is some vague "business environment" clause in the contract between GenCon and the Convention Center that could be invoked to move GenCon elsewhere sooner than 2020. The economic impact will be welcome anywhere it goes, and bigotry like this shouldn't be rewarded. I wouldn't be surprised if the bill was partly aimed at GenCon attendees anyway.

Comment: OEMs should prepare for rage (Score 1) 362

by Dracos (#49305325) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Secure Boot is clearly a clumsy means to lock out alternative OSs, and this announcement is the next step toward the untlimate in vendor lock-in.

Any OEM who doesn't implement the secure boot option (even on a single model) will face a wall of rage. I'm sure MS is offering the OEMs some type of poisoned candy to not implement it, though.

Comment: Why wouldn't they? (Score 2) 317

by Dracos (#49278059) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

At this point the IE brand is so tainted that it's basically an albatross around MS' neck.

Because Spartan is a long-overdue pruning of the Trident codebase (which has been gathering ugly cruft for 17 years) rather than a clean sheet rewrite, it'll still carry a slight IE odor no matter how much they cut out. Even the name Spartan is ripe for jokes about it's feature implementation.

The moving cursor writes, and having written, blinks on.