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Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 1) 122

by GTRacer (#48030657) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
Actually, my wife and I do just that - we go to the cinema at least 25 times a year. Sometimes with the kids, sometimes without. It is most definitely a "shared experience" thing. No, we do not often buy sodas or snacks.

The rest of the time we watch movies is via streaming service or Redbox (automated physical DVD rental kiosks).

Comment: Re:Going Cable! (Score 1) 122

by GTRacer (#48029509) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
Look, I enjoy a good football game. It's something my parents and I have done from time to time, usually as the playoffs get closer. I also live in an NFL city, home to a lousy team which had to resort to trickery to get their stadium seating numbers to a point where they could sell / give away / foist tickets on people enough to lift the blackouts, plural.

Help me out here - those of you who live where /good/ teams are, don't you normally avoid blackouts because your team is worth watching? Wouldn't it be the stinkers that have to be propped up by rules like this?

Comment: Re:Some details about the 3D printer (Score 1) 129

by GTRacer (#47964191) Attached to: SpaceX Launches Supplies to ISS, Including Its First 3D Printer

Yes, I get it, space is like Heaven for atheists. You have the same mind-set as any religious person.

Look, I get you have your rant-dial cranked all the way to 11, and maybe you haven't had a nutritious breakfast yet. So I'll ignore the strange hostility against humanity's general tendency to want to explore.

I'm curious why you think space colonisation is the domain of the atheist. I'm Catholic and I've dreamed of space since I was little. I have no means now but I would *absolutely* go into space as a tourist (or professionally!) if I could. I have no idea why space itself or the desire to explore it precludes faith in God.

*puts asbestos suit on in preparation for anti-ID flames*

Comment: Re:Small setup (Score 2) 286

by GTRacer (#47944143) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: What's In Your Home Datacenter?

[...] and two Android phones (albeit I keep wifi off on mine)...

May I ask why you keep WiFi off at home? I completely understand keeping it off away from home (Thank you Llama!) to keep ad-snoops from trying to tag me in stores, etc... But home?

Then again, my poorly-positioned and very outdated Linksys WRT-54G can't get a VOD-capable signal into my room from the den some days, so it's mobile data at home a lot for me ><

Comment: Re:Nope (Score 1) 364

by GTRacer (#47872675) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

[...] software like the interlock concept doesn't exist on a phone.

What? I've seen a couple of products that do just that, but how well implemented is up for debate. Here's a two-year-old Tom's review of Scosche's interlock. I'm curious how the emailed alert that the interlock was disabled is supposed to work...

Comment: Re:Umm... WHY??? (Score 1) 368

by GTRacer (#47870311) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
They did, and do. It's called PlayStation Home. I used it regularly while I had my PS3. It's fun to find people to chat with, troll or counter troll (just like /. !). Also, some of the PS3 game promotions rolled out to Home were pretty well done. It supported voice chat and keyboards too.

Color me shocked then, when I switched to a PS4 for Final Fantasy 14 and Home was not available.

Comment: Re:Chip and PIN (Score 1) 132

by GTRacer (#47812361) Attached to: Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot
No thanks! Once my bank offered me a "Visa check card" - debit card processed through Visa's credit network - I signed up and haven't looked back. For me at least having a card isn't about spending future money, it's about not having a paycheck's worth of cash on me or my wife. It's about convenience in bill payments and purchasing. And these days, it's a wonder when paired with self checkout technology!

Also, I hate having to keep up with receipts. Electronic payments make recordkeeping so much easier.

Comment: Re:How do deal with copycats? (Score 1) 113

by GTRacer (#47755421) Attached to: Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?
Depends on your tolerance for installing and presumably uninstalling the clones as you work your way through their energy cycles. I personally loathe installing apps without first trying to figure out what they'll really be doing and why I need it. And I run XPrivacy so it's not like apps have free reign on my phone. I just don't like them leaving their junk everywhere or pitching ads to me.

Comment: Re:What was and wasn't working... (Score 1) 97

by GTRacer (#47746573) Attached to: Hackers Claim PlayStation Network Take-Down
As a U.S.-based player, I had no luck connecting to Final Fantasy XIV starting round 11am, giving up at 10:30pm. Not continuous login attempts of course - we had stuff to do during the day. But a good 3 hours of click - fail - click - fail - reboot - click - fail.

I played a little P.T., Last of Us and Pinball Arcade to pass the time but never could get into the PSN Store or to XIV's login screen.

A holding company is a thing where you hand an accomplice the goods while the policeman searches you.