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Comment: Re:I wonder.. (Score 1) 538

by Madball (#35483980) Attached to: AT&T To Introduce Broadband Caps

while their is a "real" difference it is still very very little.. - unicast to 5 people or multicast to 5 people you are still sending the content down the line to 5 people.. sure you can strip it down and not have a much over head.. but the content is what is the large part and you are still transmitting it..

It's not overhead... If two neighbors are watching the same show and are both on U-verse, the content appears on the majority of the network once, not 5 times (only being duplicated when network topology requires it). I'd call that more than overhead. If you and your 4 neighbors both request hulu broadcast of the same show at the exact same time, it's 5 times the content size.

Comment: EPA methodology vs. drained-battery random driving (Score 1) 657

by Madball (#33864374) Attached to: GM Criticized Over Chevy Volt's Hybrid Similarities
Let's see, let's compare EPA-preliminary controlled methodology to totally arbitrary and un-controlled random car writer random drive, and DRAIN THE DAMN BATTERIES.

When there's a large difference, let's call the manufacturer a liar and conflate this with government-ownership while we are at it.

What about the Nissan Leaf? Will it get the claimed 367 MPG in this writer's random non-plugged-in "test"?

No one will ever drive the exact EPA-mandated cycle in this car or any other. And I certainly hope no one will buy a Volt and never plug it in, or they get what they overpaid for...

As for whether it's better than a regular hybrid, one assumes that is a function of your commute. Mine is 13 miles, and I rarely get over 70 on the way to work, so in theory it's perfect. Would I get one? No, but that's because I like sports car style, and acceleration, which for me outweighs any environmental or monetary concerns (yes, I'm going to hell).
Games

New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances 342

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
ajs writes "World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion was staggered into 4 phases. The fourth and final phase, patch 3.3, was released on Tuesday. This patch is significant in that it will be the first introduction of one of the most anticipated new features in the game since PvP arenas: the cross-realm random dungeon, as well as the release of new end-game dungeons for 5, 10 and 25-player groups. The patch notes have been posted, and so has a trailer. The ultimate fight against the expansion's antagonist, the Lich King a.k.a. Arthas, will be gated as each of the four wings of the final dungeon are opened in turn — a process that may take several months. The next major patch after 3.3 (presumably 4.0) will be the release of Cataclysm, the next expansion."

Comment: Re:Hehe (Score 1) 333

by Madball (#30216336) Attached to: Bing Cashback Can Cost You Money
I believe the statement is a correct to the parent which stated "IE=Internet equation" (which btw I've never heard anyone say). This is in reference to Bing's attempt to conflate search with Bing, as IE has been conflated with the Internet (which I can attest to--ask your grandma or boss to open IE and they'll look at you confused, then ask them to open "The Intenet")...

Comment: Re:To reduce this to simpler terms......... (Score 1) 165

by Madball (#27922797) Attached to: Can Cable Companies Store Shows For Us?

Bad enough my cable company can figure out what I watch: I don't want them storing my stuff for me.

It's not "your stuff". Whether you can time-shift your consumption of it or not, it's not truly yours.

Even if it's legal to do so, it is not wanted, and I am sure the cable company will figure out how to make mincemeat of privacy once I allow them to store my TV shows and movies.

How is their storage of the content an additional invasion of privacy (beyond the tracking they already do)?

The more you allow others to do for you, the more you let others control you.

Might want to loosen the tinfoil.

Comment: Re:Stocks win, gambling loses (Score 1) 138

by Madball (#27764123) Attached to: Minnesota Latest To Try To Block Gambling Sites

But there is another key difference between casino gambling and stocks

As mentioned by several, there is more to gambling than traditional casino gambling (e.g. craps, roulette, slots). The proposed ISP blocks would have an effect on all types.

averaged over time, gambling loses you money and stocks earn you money.

How much time? How many stocks? If you are talking particular stocks, than you can definitely lose money over even long time periods (how is your Worldcom stock doing?).

Pick any stock index you like - it's nearly impossible to find a 10-year span where it has lost money

Hm. I dug up a really obscure index you may never of heard of, the S&P 500: http://www.google.com/finance?q=INDEXSP:.INX

Comment: Re:Kidding, I know....but.... (Score 3, Insightful) 138

by Madball (#27763931) Attached to: Minnesota Latest To Try To Block Gambling Sites

Wayyyyyy different than gambling. Gambling is random and even worse, the end results (risk/reward profiles) are heavily skewed toward your competitor (the house). Stock price moves are determined by the market. Just a bunch of buyers and sellers agreeing on the price - but it isn't random, like gambling.

Not all gambling is random in the same way you describe. Some, are non-random, house-favored, such as sports/horse betting. Then, there is poker... The house takes a cut of pot. While your starting hand may be random, the winner is far from random.

As in, you own it just like you own a bike or a computer or any other asset in your house. You have (some) legal rights and some "claim" on future earnings. That's what stock, aka common equity, represents.

Also, I would argue that all stock really represents is voting power. It is not an asset in any real way. Your share is not equal to Company Worth/Total Shares. It's worth either par value ($1) or whatever the market thinks it is worth--> which can be completely independent of the company's intrinsic value (if such a thing exists).

Comment: Re:They are fsck'ed and shares go up? (Score 1) 233

by Madball (#27516673) Attached to: Microsoft Ordered To Pay $388 Million In Patent Case

I do not really get all this crap about stock & shares ... I would certainly not put any money in that company ... Besides, since Microsoft have so harshly defended software patents, they should increase the fine 10 fold! Besides, product activation and GA and all that crap has "significantly" increased Microsoft's revenue stream, get the facts! http://www.klid.dk/statistics/mswin.html check the increase from 2001-2002, oops, that's when XP came out with product activation .... ahhhhh, that's why the figures double, then .... wintards!

I'm sure the stinking pile of ME had nothing to do with that, nor the XP product itself, nor their other products, or anything else--it was simply the product activation that made them all that money. Correlation != causation. Oh, and if you were to buy stock in Microsoft, unless it's an IPO, you're not giving them any money.

Comment: As for a jury interpreting the patent... (Score 2, Interesting) 233

by Madball (#27516629) Attached to: Microsoft Ordered To Pay $388 Million In Patent Case
Good luck with that. Here's a snippet of patent (claim 1).

1. A registration system for licensing execution of digital data in a use mode, said digital data executable on a 55 platform, said system including local licensee unique ID generating means and remote licensee unique ID generating means, said system further including mode switching means operable on said platform which permits use of said digital data in said use mode on said platform only if a licensee 60 unique ID first generated by said local licensee unique ID generating means has matched a licensee unique ID subsequently generated by said remote licensee unique ID generating means; and wherein said remote licensee unique ID generating means comprises software executed on a plat- 65 form which includes the algorithm utilized by said local licensee unique ID generating means to produce said licensee unique ID.

Say what?
The Media

The Guardian Shifts To Twitter After 188 Years of Ink 211

Posted by Soulskill
from the save-the-trees dept.
teflon_king writes with news that renowned British newspaper The Guardian will be abandoning its paper-and-ink distribution scheme and publishing all articles and news as Tweets. Quoting: "A mammoth project is also under way to rewrite the whole of the newspaper's archive, stretching back to 1821, in the form of tweets. Major stories already completed include '1832 Reform Act gives voting rights to one in five adult males yay!!!;' 'OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see tinyurl.com/b5x6e for more;' and 'JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?' Sceptics have expressed concerns that 140 characters may be insufficient to capture the full breadth of meaningful human activity, but social media experts say the spread of Twitter encourages brevity, and that it ought to be possible to convey the gist of any message in a tweet. For example, Martin Luther King's legendary 1963 speech on the steps of the Lincoln memorial appears in the Guardian's Twitterised archive as 'I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by,' eliminating the waffle and bluster of the original."
Worms

Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In 508

Posted by Soulskill
from the be-on-the-lookout dept.
Nieriko writes "Reports are trickling in about the impact from the Conficker worm, as infected systems passed zero hour at midnight and began downloading additional malicious components. Here are a couple of the more notable incidents caused by Conficker so far, according to published reports: — '... shortly after midnight local time, an ATM in the capital city of Reykjavik began spewing 100-Krona notes. ... A nuclear missile installation near Elmendorf Air force Base outside of Anchorage, Alaska briefly went on a full-scale military alert after technicians manning the bunker suspected that several of their control systems were infected with Conficker.'"
Slashdot.org

Slashdot Launches User Achievements 1582

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the can't-believe-it-took-so-long dept.
In a concerted effort to compete with more popular MMOs like World of Warcraft, we've decided to add an Achievement system to Slashdot. We've retroactively granted around 900,000 achievements to our logged in users. You can view them from your user page, or you can see my list if you're curious what a REAL achiever looks like. Many achievements have been sprinkled throughout the system and are awaiting discovery by dedicated Slashdot users, but a starter list of achievements is in the FAQ. I'll toss you one freebie: you can register your wow main for points if you're that kind of person. Now go forth and achieve!

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