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Comment: Re:Incredibly bad live stream (Score 1) 730

by Lord Flipper (#47876883) Attached to: Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments
I had the same issues, logged-in from the SF Bay Area, but after 15 minutes of crazy, I VPN'd to Brazil, and guess what? Fifteen minutes went by before there was a trace of a problem with the stream.

So, I disconnected, and reconnected to Switzerland and all was well until 15 seconds after the first shot of the Apple Watch.Then it got bumpy for a minute, so I reconnected to Mexico, and blazango! No more issues.

A good chunk of the problem was in the fall-back thing; as the servers crashed under load the "color bar" (for want of a better label) popped up. As for the Chinese overdub, well, that wasn't on the streams from the distributed servers around Switzerland, Mexico and Brazil.

So, who knows? My VPN is encrypted, both the content, and the tunnel. No throttling anywhere, because it can't be ID'd as a VPN tunnel. Nice. (and, of course, IP readers don't see any proxy, either... extra nice).

That being said, there were some issues, on Apple's end, no doubt, but crappy traffic management in the US was a huge part of the annoyance.

Comment: About that (non)-Typo (Score 1) 159

by Lord Flipper (#47876711) Attached to: 3 Short Walking Breaks Can Reverse Harm From 3 Hours of Sitting

...causing arteries to start losing their ability to control the rate of blood flow.

I know this a bit off-topic, and for that, I apologize, profusely. Nevertheless, when I first glanced at the paragraph from which the above quote is taken, my first thought was,

"Isn't that supposed to be "loosing?"

I now know, beyond doubt, that I've spent too much time online. Thank you, and good night.

Comment: Re:Change to Mac File System (Score 1) 424

by Lord Flipper (#40779687) Attached to: OS X Mountain Lion Review

Are the files removable from the Apple app to VLC app?

Yes, they are. Select any file of the type you want to change. Hit Command-I, or Get Info from the file menu. You see a thing that shows the default app handler for the file in the Info window. The current handler is the text of a typical dropdown that allows you to change the handler to a different app.

You can also make the change of handler universal (for all files of that type, in other words). I did just that with mp3s. When I have loops or small mp3 files I just want to open them in QuickTime, rather than have iTunes launching. So I changed the handler to QT. Easy.

When I am in the iTunes environment, itself, the mp3s in iTunes open and play in iTunes, But if I want to go into my directories or Desktop (whatever) and listen to one thing (even a track that also would appear in the iTunes library) it'll open with QT. Fast, simple, etc.

Comment: Re:Here we see the difference between Free and Sla (Score 1) 424

by Lord Flipper (#40779415) Attached to: OS X Mountain Lion Review

If you are a Mac user, as a drinker of the Kool-Aid you have no choice. Whatever is coming out is insanely great, you simply must believe that because any other thought would lead to madness.

What a ridiculous, inaccurate generalization. You've been around long enough to "know better." Oh wait ... "knowing better" would probably hinge on not having one's mind welded shut years ago, wouldn't it?. oops.

Maybe this will remind you of a long-time theory regarding hardware/software choices. ( "long-time" referring to whenever it was that you decided that the purpose of computers and software was to facilitate endless tinkering with the OS, itself (you know, "forking," etc), rather than accomplishing some set task, or goals)

I couldn't give a rat's ass about Apple, as a company. But I use a Mac. why? Because I need to accomplish certain work, and the software I want to use runs on Apple gear. That ring any bells in your brain? Identify the task, select software , THEN select platform ...?

Don't misunderstandâ"although that's apparently one of your strong suitsâ"I worked for a while as an MRI tech, and definitely know my way around UNIX and SPARCstations, and whatnot, also. And, I went through a phase, during a long break in audio engineering-related work, to run Linux on whatever Mac box I had laying around. I liked messing with the operating system. But my enjoyment of, or interest in, my own pursuits vis a vis computers and their software, did not dictate that I must go all reactionary and make unfounded statements about everybody else.

A lot of idiots buy Macs. But guess what pal? A lot of idiots buy other gear, instead. So what? Ninety-nine, point nine nine nine percent of those users couldn't give a flying fuck what you or I "think" about them and their choices.Get over yourself. Life is short, fuck.

Comment: Re:Had to read the article... (Score 1) 114

by Lord Flipper (#39773063) Attached to: US Charges English Twins Over $1.2m 'Stock Robot' Fraud
Yes, banks in the States did the same thing, but this article is about a "civil" action, not a criminal one, so, there are no "charges", per se, even though they will try to show how the fraudulent activity worked, in order to get a financial judgment against the twins. The plaintiffs want their money back; they don't care about jail time, etc.

+ - Alternatives for Small Company Online Store/Cart? 1

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Lord Flipper writes "I'm in the process of building sites for a couple of small businesses. Both are using PayPal's Website Payments Standard for the transactions. After looking at numerous OpenSource and "paid" versions of Cart-based stores, it seems they're all determined to emulate butt-ugly eBay-like interfaces. The available (free, or otherwise) 'skins' or 'themes' are simply "putting lipstick on a pig" by employing beginner-level CSS.

My first question is: What have other developers used, or done, when faced with similar choices? And, secondly, how can I, as a third-party to the "banking" details (passwords, product IDs, etc), test whatever I end up with without forcing my clients to divulge info that they'd be crazy to share?"

Comment: About Law, not "right" (Score 1) 52

by Lord Flipper (#31808518) Attached to: FCC May Tweak Broadband Plan

The FCC lost the case because the Court said they lacked "statutory authority" only. It had nothing to do with "rights" as was alluded to in the article summary.

That means Congress can pass a law giving the FCC that statutory authority; the FCC's statement about looking at various aspects of their "Broadband Plan" to discern where they have "authority" and where they do not, is a bit on the disingenuous side, no? It's as if they're saying, "We'd like an open/fair internet access situation, but we just can't do it." Whether bought-off Senators and Congress-people can muster a little "independence" and simply enact a law giving them that authority is another issue.

My g-friend is an attorney who deals with legal/regulatory affairs for the Cable/Telecom industry, and her position (which was shared by Comcast, AT&T, Time/Warners, etc), before the ruling, was that the FCC lacked statutory authority. Whaddya know?

This was a simple, easily-ascertained fact, not an opinion, or "interpretation", and therefor, it seems obvious (to me) that the FCC was well aware of that same fact, and was just playing a "game" in order to get some jurisdictional precedent. Why would they do that? My guess: To appear "concerned' about net neutrality, on the surface, but to ratify the business-as-usual abdication of industry/utility oversight, the interests of the "Public" (and society, as a whole) be damned.

Comment: Re:Behavioral Momentum (Score 1) 425

by Lord Flipper (#31399264) Attached to: Correcting Poor Typing Technique?

If you just want to stop feeling awkward, get some videos of the Grateful Dead in concert, and look for closeups up Jerry Garcia's guitar playing. He was missing a finger and managed to not look awkward.

Jerry was missing a joint on his middle finger (okay, the "bird" finger) on his right hand, and had a deep background in both banjo and the pedal steel guitar. He had a very spare, ergonomic (in the sense of 'no wasted motions') style of playing that was fun to watch. (and pretty much unparalleled if you liked his sound, too).

But, things that involve 'muscle memory' can be relearned, believe me. Back in '69, or '70, I was doing a handful of benefits with an impromptu R 'n' B outfit, in the Santa Cruz area, and I met a rather brilliant blues guitar player (a young white guy), who had an unusual style: He played left-handed, and, on closer inspection, it was revealed that he was holding his guitar pick in his left hand (normal for a "leftie"), but he was holding it between his thumb and pinky finger!

He was missing the other three fingers on his left hand, entirely. They'd been 'lost' (at the knuckle!) in a nasty woodshop accident. That's bad enough, but it turned out the accident had only happened within the two years previous to the time I met the guy, and he was originally a right-handed guitarist! In other words, he'd played since early childhood, with all the fingers of his left hand being used to make the notes on the neck, while his right hand was the one doing the picking. I was astonished, no shit, and boy could he play.

This typing topic is interesting, sure, but let's not get carried away with switching keyboard layouts, or marginally faster typing, as being some sort of huge feat, eh?

+ - SPAM: Forrester: Tech downturn "unofficially over"

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The U.S. IT market will grow by 6.6% as high-tech spending rebounds in 2010, according to Forrester Research's latest estimates.The research firm based its projections on data reported for 2009, though its fourth quarter numbers are incomplete. Forrester says hints of a recovery surfaced in the third quarter, and now the company expects the global IT market to grow by 8.1% in 2010. "The tech downturn of 2008 and 2009 is unofficially over," Forrester's "U.S. and Global IT Market Outlook: Q4 2009" reads. "While the Q3 2009 data for the U.S. and the global market showed continued declines in tech purchases (as we expected). We predict that the Q4 2009 data will show a small increase in buying activity, or at worst, just a small decline.""
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