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Comment: Re:Open Source Alternatives? (Score 1) 93

by Hydrian (#44425481) Attached to: The Old Reader To Close Public Site In Two Weeks (Unless It Doesn't)

Yes. I would recommend Tiny Tiny RSS ( ). I've been using it since Google announced Reader's demise. It is a web-based, PHP application but it does have a good JSON based API for other clients. There are already a couple of good clients for it on Android. There is also an iOS version but I cannot speak on the quality of it. I don't own any iOS devices. If you checked out your Google Reader data, you can import both the feeds via OPML and the starred items via a standard plugin. People have been using the free micro-instances of EC3 to host it with little issue if you cannot host it yourself. Shared hosting can be a bit more tricky because of watchdog process that hosting companies run.

Comment: Insecure by Nature (Score -1, Troll) 177

by Hydrian (#40300599) Attached to: Thunderbolt On Windows: Hardware and Performance Explored

Just like Apple's previous external bus, FireWire, Light Peak/Thunderbolt has an inherent security issue. Both of these buses allow DMA access. This makes it relatively trivial put on some type of password/PIN sniffer hardware. I wouldn't plan on using any Thunderbolt hardware unless the physical security is reliable. So to me, this is a useless technology on netbooks, notebooks, tables, etc...

Comment: Intent Matters (Score 5, Insightful) 370

by Hydrian (#39953467) Attached to: NY Ruling Distinguishes Downloading, Viewing Child Pornography

While this does give a loophole to pedophiles, I think it is an acceptable risk. Just having a 'child porn' photo in you browser cache should not be enough evidence to charge you as a pedophile. I know here in the USA, even being charged with a 'child porn' related crime is devastating. It can ruin your career whether you are guilty or not. How many times have you had a unexpected pop up from porn site or virus/trojan infected site that displayed possibly illegal content. Also this helps the people who are interested in something else on a site but the site also happens to have under age material also. This is a important because what if some add banner shows some underage content. In the past, this could have been considered enough evidence.

The big thing here is that viewing (browser cache) doesn't necessarily prove intent.

Comment: Re:Who funded the study? (Score 2) 380

by Hydrian (#39584663) Attached to: Millions of Subscribers Leaving Cable TV for Streaming Services

You would not see a drop in subscribers, just a drop/change in services. The subscribers still need the internet pipe. For me, it is cheaper for me to keep the cheapest package of cable TV so I can get bundling discounts. I get a one the premium cable internet services packages (20MB down / 6 MB up [ Comcast New England area] ). If i just got the internet package it would cost me $75 before taxes. if i bundle the two, I can both for $68 before taxes. I really only use the TV to watch one show (Conan O'Brien). I could go without it too.

If the pricing was worth while, I would love to drop cable TV and used the reclaimed money on NetFlix,Hulu, etc... but the number just don't work now. Honestly, I think the cable companies bank on that. With this messed up pricing, they still keep the majority of their money versus it going to another service. This also slows adoption of streaming services.

Comment: A good pairing (Score 1) 65

by Hydrian (#39344109) Attached to: Dell Announces Intent To Acquire SonicWALL

I have dealt with SonicWall Aventail E-series quite a bit. I am very familiar with their system because my companies security products integrate with them(along with Cisco, Juniper, Fortigat, NetScaler,etc..) They are nice robust systems. Their VM version of their product even runs a modified version on Debian. I have heard that the old SonicWall hardware was more orientated to SMB and was not as flexible or feature rich.

I think Dell is smart to acquire SonicWall. It is a good rounding out Dell's networking product portfolio. This give them a good content filtering system and a SSL VPN product.

PC Games (Games)

EA Shutting Down Video Game Servers Prematurely 341

Posted by Soulskill
from the sixty-dollar-yearly-fee dept.
Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"

Comment: Re:What about lower fees for low bandwidth users? (Score 0) 441

by Hydrian (#30381328) Attached to: AT&T Moves Closer To Usage-Based Fees For Data

I agree with you. I hate being charged $40/month for downloading 200MB/month. I have a non-3G phone (Treo 680) I don't think I could get 5GB per a month if I ran it 24x5 if I tried. They don't offer tiered plans anymore. Their old tiered plans were SO out of sync of what reality was you had to get an "unlimited" plan in order to not to be raped by per MB charges. The wireless ISPs need to come up with a better tiered packages. Maybe something like $10/1GB flat rate so there is none of all that surprising exorbitant overage charges. You pay what you use. Also companies wouldn't mind you going over and people who have to use 3G/4G networks for tethering and heavy laptop use. Some people can only use laptop cards because their local utilities (i.e. cable/telco) don't provide services there. Please don't mention satellite as a VIABLE solution, for home internet usage.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton