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Comment: Re:dongle (Score 1) 635

by Lord_Rion (#39113243) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Copy Protection Advice For ~$10k Software?

No it doesn't... the dongle isn't just checked.. it contains a function or functions that are integral to the program.. The program will not function without the dongle. If you remove the check you remove the critical functions. The only real way around that is to write a program that emulates the Dongle in all aspects. It works well..but you're stuck with supporting users who've had dongles go bad, get lost/stolen, or won't work with their system for some reason.

Comment: Re:Nickle and dimed to death (Score 1) 488

by Lord_Rion (#36741840) Attached to: Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

So $17.99 a month (with BlueRay) is $216 a year... They don't have enough new movies available that I want to watch ever month to make it work $18 a month. For $9 a month I can get HBO/Showtime from my cable company

Wait did you just argue that HBO/Showtime (@ $108 per year for those keeping score) is "good value" while netflix is "bad value" @ $216 (with unlimited streaming and bluray/dvd service).

I've had HBO, and its not half as good as good as netflix. So even at half the price its still not better value.

If Netflix was using that increase to payoff the ISPs to get their traffic excluded from the caps it might be worth it.

I see you are not a fan of net neutrality.

or rent a On Demand movie (when I can find one I want to watch for $6.00).

So if you watch 3 movies on-demand a month, you break even with netflix. On-demand only is good value if you barely watch movies at all.

1) Yes.. I am saying FOR ME.. HBO/SHOWTIME is a better value based on MY USAGE.. I'm sure it is true for some other people, but certainly not everyone.

2) I am a HUGE fan of net neutrality.. Net Neutrality doesn't have anything to do with Service Caps on your service. It is about blocking or rate limiting traffic based on source, type, etc. A ISP has every right to cap a customer, so long as it's agreed to in the TOS... as much as I don't like that... if Net Neutrality ever passed it would prevent ISP's from blocking or intentionally degrading say only netflix or Amazon Video Services.

      Right now I have a service cap at home.. which I routinely brush up against.. if Netflix was paying my ISP to allow their traffic to be sent to their customers without being counted against the cap it would definitly be worth it (TO ME) to pay $18/month just not to have to worry about it.

3) you are absolutely correct about OnDemand. I would become much more choosy about the movies I watched... which might not be a bad thing for me.

Comment: Re:Can't get premium TV without basic TV (Score 1) 488

by Lord_Rion (#36741652) Attached to: Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

Very True, I should have clarified... Since I already have extended basic (ABC, NBC, CBS, Etc + USA, TBS, FX, etc, no sports or movie channels) it's only a extra $9/month to get HBO/Showtime. I usually DVR shows I want to watch anyways so loosing netflix really didn't hurt me.. I'll just have to find a blockbuster if I want to watch something that isn't available from one of online streaming rental services that supports Roku or Ondemand.

Comment: Nickle and dimed to death (Score 0) 488

by Lord_Rion (#36739704) Attached to: Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

So $17.99 a month (with BlueRay) is $216 a year... They don't have enough new movies available that I want to watch ever month to make it work $18 a month. For $9 a month I can get HBO/Showtime from my cable company or rent a On Demand movie (when I can find one I want to watch for $6.00).

I wonder how many customers this will cost them? It J\just seems that with usage caps popping up all over.. it seems that increasing your fees and offering nothing more seems to be a really good way to shoot yourself in the foot. If Netflix was using that increase to payoff the ISPs to get their traffic excluded from the caps it might be worth it.

Comment: underestimate... (Score 1) 483

by Lord_Rion (#33700186) Attached to: Why Warriors, Not Geeks, Run US Cyber Command Posts

I think he underestimates the ability of geeks. We're geeks for a reason, not cause we can fly a plane, run with 75lbs on our backs or even do a obstacle course in under 10 minutes but because we learn technical things fast and we enjoy it. That's not to say that warriors can't.. but there is a reason they are warriors and we are geeks.

--LR

Games Industry To Double By 2011 34

Posted by Zonk
from the that's-a-lot-of-sequels dept.
GamesDailyBiz is reporting that the games industry will double in market size by 2011. This is according to a study, not some sort of time-scrying device. From the article: "The videogame industry has been growing exponentially in recent years, and a new study from ABI Research has indicated that the growth will continue. According to the study, the videogame market will expand from $32.6 billion in 2005 to $65.9 billion in 2011. Online and mobile gaming will be the primary source of the growth, while the rest of the market will see growth, but to a lesser extent."

ATI Claims HDCP Then Covers Its Tracks 328

Posted by Zonk
from the not-so-fast-hotshot dept.
BigControversy writes "It looks like a big can of worms is being opened. The DailyTech.com is reporting that ATI sold millions of video cards knowing that HDCP support was not enabled. Despite that, the cards were sold and advertised to its customers as having HDCP capabilities. A day or two after this information was revealed, HDMI.org went completely password protected and ATI is now modifying key areas of its website, removing any mention of 'HDCP-ready'."

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