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Comment: Look Ma, No Card (Score 1) 269

by Immerial (#49275317) Attached to: Fraud Rampant In Apple Pay
Here's how it gets easier. No cards to carry. I don't know about you but I carry four credit cards with me. Heck I could even imagine no wallet. One less thing to carry. Touch phone to reader... done. Works for other things too... unlike your credit card. Hotel door room, electronic key for your car/house, airline boarding passes, movie passes. (Yes, I mixing the two... but that shows the simplicity of it.) One phone to rule them all! (small print: "And in the darkness bind them.") :D

Comment: I'm waiting for the fan edit as well (Score 1) 351

by Immerial (#48664843) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
...or in this case, it might as well be called the fan un-edit. I will definitely have a copy of all the movies... but will be one of the first to download a fan edit that is closer to the original story. Hopefully there is enough material in there to repair it. (First thing that comes to mind is the barrel amusement park ride.) If we are in luck, Peter captured a lot of extra footage that could be used from the extras. I still see it big enough for two movies.

Comment: Kickbacks... I wish (Score 1) 135

by Immerial (#48060649) Attached to: Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM
Sadly, the reason the RealMedia stuff is still around is due to legacy files. Since they were the leader in streaming for a bunch of years, there are still a lot of files still in this format. I currently have 569 RM files that I need to replace with the ones that I've converted to mp4 and mp3. The older stuff is lower priority so it probably won't be done for another year or two... ugh.

Comment: Technically it is supported (Score 1) 554

It may not be supported by the latest OS 10.9.x but it is still supported by Lion 10.7.x and Lion is still getting OS updates from Apple. So you are still supported. Eventually that will change once they release Yosemite in the next few months. Apple generally doesn't support more than a couple versions back... basically to cover their 3yr. Apple Care extended warranty. That combined with their OS versions gives you around 5 years minimum of support. While not ideal... it's not too bad.

I also think the hardware support will lengthen as most don't need much more power to email, browse, watch videos, etc. OS versions will probably support older and older hardware, unless some new feature comes along that needs more processing power (better language processing?). My Mac Mini (Early 2009) it will be supported with Yosemite 10.10... which means even if that's the latest it can support... it will end up with minimum of ~8years of support. I think that is pretty good.

Comment: Re:BBC (Score 1) 361

by Immerial (#46161063) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Online News Is Worth Paying For?
As a foreigner I view it as an outsider's view of the US news... which I value greatly. With Fox News making stuff up (man, they've got their tin foil hats on tight) and 20/20 doing NSA fluff pieces, it's hard to get anything real from inside the US. Now I know BBC news has it's own tilt, it's just no where near as bad as news from inside the US. Sadly I find myself sometimes agreeing with the "WTF is with Americans?" sentiment of some of the articles.

Comment: Correction: thousands of courses (Score 1) 51

by Immerial (#45917573) Attached to: MIT Begins Offering For-Pay MOOC In Big Data

MIT OpenCourseWare is up to around 2200 courses... let alone the 20+ they've done through MITx. MIT has spent tens of millions of dollars giving free education material to the world.

Disclaimer: I work for MIT OpenCourseWare and still get annoyed that we have a ton of people who don't know about us cranking away at free course materials for the world for more than a decade! (MIT OpenCourseWare was announced in 2001.)

Comment: Knowledge (Score 1) 104

by Immerial (#45359163) Attached to: Internet Archive's San Francisco Home Badly Damaged By Fire

MIT OpenCourseWare ( stores a copy of all the videos on its site on the Internet Archive. Currently that is 75 full video lecture courses and 17 full audio lectures courses, plus a ton of smaller one-offs and mini-series video and audio files. Over a thousand hours of teaching. I would like to think that would be something of use to the human race.

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