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Comment: COPPA (Score 1) 66

by EvilSS (#48418251) Attached to: NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren
How does this not violate COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act) when it comes to students under the age of 13? The law requires "...verifiable parental consent, with limited exceptions, prior to any collection, use, and/or disclosure of personal information from persons under age 13" Wikipedia

Comment: Re:Legalities (Score 2) 301

by EvilSS (#48363867) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

Wouldn't the person require a release form and consent from the people in the video to upload it or use it anywhere?

Depends on the circumstances and where it was taken but in most cases no release is required in the US. On top of that, it's part of the public record so that also factors in. At that point it's like republishing an arrest report or similar record.

This is something that can be fixed with legislation. Take the video out of the public record and restrict it to police/prosecutors and those individuals directly involved in a particular incident. Put a request process in place so the media can go through an judge where the privacy vs reporting issues can be weighed on a case by case basis. We already do this with other records where privacy of the individual(s) involved outweighs unrestricted public access. Some states have also started to do this with things like mugshots to prevent them from being used on mugshot websites (which are just a legal shakedown scheme).

Comment: Re:I am not alone when I say.... (Score 1) 139

by EvilSS (#48155949) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

What "studios" are you talking about? Isn't this kind of thing up to the publisher/funder (i.e. HBO)? In any case, it doesn't detract from the point. If these decisions are up to the studio, then every single person involved with marketing for the studio is incompetent. They're incompetent in thinking that DRM has a point when non-DRM files will always be posted on piracy sites within minutes of an airing. Why would someone pay for something inferior?

This isn't per-episode. It's a subscription to HBO, but sans cable. So no, all the content they show is not theirs. The vast majority is not theirs actually.

Comment: Re:What's the PC Processor Usage Then (Score 2) 338

I suspect BS, but I'll hear out the argument if there is actual evidence. Sliding down the resolution to 900p from 1080p would mostly save you on GPU, and Graphics memory usages. In a more detailed artilce it was stated that they picked 900p because they didn't want to fight with the differences between the XBone and PS4. The main reason the PS4 keeps getting 1080p and the XBone does not is that the memory for the graphics is so much faster. So if someone actually has the PC version and can so that "AI" is burning every processor at 100% then I'll buy their argument as plausable. Until then the story has changed from day to day, and isn't believable. If the AI has something to do with it then the AI coder has probably deadlocked the system when they use multiple cores, and has been cheating by using only one core.

Well if Watch_Dogs (another UbiSoft title) is any indication then I would believe it. I bought the PC version (yea yea, I know, Watch_dogs!? Fool me once...) and ran it on a 2nd gen i5. Don't recall the model exactly but it was clocked north of 3Ghz. Not a beast by today's standards but not horrible either. With that and a 780ti, the game was horribly CPU bound. Constantly at 100% CPU. Upgrading to a i7 4790K and it still runs at around 60% CPU. So yes, I can completely believe that their games are CPU bound. Now, as to why, and if it's necessary or just massively unoptimized, well......

Comment: Re:Are we sure it is blood/meat contact? (Score 3, Insightful) 162

by EvilSS (#48064157) Attached to: AIDS Origin Traced To 1920s Kinshasa

Consumptions of infected simian meat has been the explanation for a very long time. Why does everyone seem surprised?

Because, at the same time, we've been told HIV can't spread orally.

Well since we don't routinely butcher and eat people, I imagine they felt they could leave that method out of the pamphlet. However blood-blood contact is also a known, disclosed method of transmission. It's just a lot less common in humans than sexual contact.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 1) 287

by EvilSS (#47999911) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Did you seal up the cooling vents? If a router overheats trying to run sustained full rate, or in this case a mere 1/10th of full rate, I think you need to get your money back.

Nope. Most consumer routers are crap and they cut corners on things like thermal management. I went through multiple brands, all with the same issue. And no, I don't live in a jungle. Well, the midwest US but still, I keep the house cool in the summer and downright cold in the winter. If I dropped to WAP, the problems went away, but I will not run my wireless network with WAP. Might was well turn off encryption all together.

Comment: Re:Someone's going to complain (Score 1) 208

by EvilSS (#47997673) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

a) Their constitution is based on ours. b) It's not really standard surveying work when it is targeting a specific area to collect money from tax evaders with drones and it is most certainly invasive if they are comparing it against people's tax documents.

You do know that state and county governments in the US have been using aerial photography to help validate tax records for decades now, right? Where do you think Google got all those aerial shots in the early days of Google Earth? The only news here is "...with a drone!!"

Comment: Gave up on rack-mount servers (Score 1) 287

by EvilSS (#47942531) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?
I ditched my rack mount servers when I came home one February when it was 20F outside and my AC was running. Just not worth the cost of operating them! I culled my equipment down to a pair of T110 quad core Xeon (with HT) Dell pedestal servers, and a build-from-scratch file server with eight 3TB drives, cheap AMD proc, mobo, and all with 16GB RAM. Drastically lower power consumption than my old setup (4 HP DL585 G1's) and more powerful as well. The T110's are setup to allow me to swap out the boot drives to change hypervisors in and out. They have dedicated 1 gig storage networks back to the file server where the vdisks for the VMs all live. Between the two I can run Xen, VMWare, or Hyper-V (my work requires me to work with all three) and on those I can run pretty much anything I need. I have some Cisco gear for when I need to play with it but for the most part those stay unpowered. I can simulate most of the networking for testing.

Other than that there is a pair of 8 port gigabit switches, router running Tomato Shibby, cable modem, Silicon Dust OTA networked TV tuner, and a wireless access point in the center of the house for phones/tablets. All living on a 4 shelf bread rack in my office.

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 3, Interesting) 287

by EvilSS (#47942487) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

Try streaming mpeg-ts captures from broadcast TV over wireless. They put Netflix to shame.

I've done this and it does work. The problem I always ran into wasn't the bandwidth, it was the encryption. I would cook the routers streaming 1080p TS files with WPA2 enabled. Eventually gave up and ran ethernet. Living in a rental townhouse, I had to get creative with runners and area rugs to do that without punching holes in walls...

Comment: Re:Biggest concern is the data usage (Score 1) 323

by EvilSS (#47918933) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

Not necessarily. Someone who only downloads small, cheap apps would want to download them immediately over their cellular connection and would not expect to have relatively large downloads forced upon them.

There are separate settings for auto-downloading music and apps. You can enable one and not enable the other.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 323

by EvilSS (#47918747) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

I haven't bought music through iTunes yet, so I'm hardly an expert, but it seems to me that if I were to PURCHASE music through a DOWNLOAD service, I would want to "download new purchases". It seems, then, that this would be the normal and expected setting - unless perhaps one expects to purchase on cell data service and then download later on wifi? in which case it would seem the better solution would be an option in the service to only download big files while connected on wifi, but I know Apple doesn't seem to care about little things like how much you spend (after all, you bought an Apple product, you want coolness!)

While there are reasons you would want to turn it on, you don't have to. If you attempt to play a song that is in your library but not downloaded, it will stream the song, playing it while downloading it to your device. This is nice if you have a smaller device (16 GB especially) and a large music collection. It will manage the music storage automatically. The user can control if they use their cellular data for this functionality. By default it's turned off.

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