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Comment Embrace the future (Score 2) 170

Seriously ;)
I have a spotify and lovefilm account that cost me under $30 a month in total for live streaming of paid content - with a vast collection of content at my fingertips.
I have youtube, lastfm, bbc iplayer and many more for free content.
I have itunes, youtube movies, lovefilm ppv for all my streaming one-off's that cost me nothing to maintain - but are there and cost something like $5 to stream .

I have a bt infinity connection that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.
I know that a lot of this stuff will be unavailable to a lot of people and you will stream illegally in lower quality because the services are unavailable or too expensive.

My point is:
To all the naysayers: streaming is now viable.

Yet I still end up buying hardcopies/blueray/dvd's/mp3's to enjoy in the highest quality on an ipod/hdtv when I consider it worth my money.
And yes, I mean Firefly and LOTR on awesomely-beautiful HD as well - I am a bit of a movie buff, and most likely am willing to spend more on this stuff then the average person, but then again - this is /. ...


White House Opposes Key SOPA Provisions 175

twdorris writes "Is this an example of our 3-part government actually working as intended? It seems the executive branch doesn't agree with the legislative on a key piece of SOPA. From the article: '"While we believe that online piracy by foreign websites is a serious problem that requires a serious legislative response, we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet," the White House said in a blog post.'"

Submission + - Skype plugs Android app privacy hole (

alphadogg writes: Less than a week after confirming that a flaw in Skype for Android could leak sensitive user information, the Internet calling company Wednesday issued an urgent update to fix the problem. Skype informed customers that "After a period of developing and testing we have released a new version of the Skype for Android application onto the Android Market, containing a fix to the vulnerability reported to us. Please update to this version [] as soon as possible in order to help protect your information." Skype says it has had no reported examples of third-party apps misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices, though is keeping an eye on things.

Submission + - Hacker takes stance against Sony in PS3 lawsuit (

mede writes: In an interesting turn of events, Sony might have stumbled into a>tough nut to crack. George Hotz (aka GeoHot) famous for his iPhone hacking achievements, is planning on fighting the big corporation on removing his free speech rights at utilizing his fully paid for hardware. Hotz has always claimed being anti-piracy (since iPhone activities) and expresses has never pirated any game or even signed to PSN agreements. He's asking for donations to fight Sony back and try to achieve something similar to what was previously accomplished by the EFF in regard to cellphones. I've already donated.

Comment Full quote (Score 5, Informative) 641

As it often happens the summary is rather sensationalist, as I would not dare accuse anyone of actually RTFA, here's Shuttleworth's full response (with which I could not agree more):

Mark Shuttleworth wrote on 2010-03-17: Re: [Bug 532633] Re: [light-theme] please revert the order of the window controls back to "menu:minimize, maximize, close" #167

On 15/03/10 23:42, Pablo Quirós wrote:
> It'd have been nice if this comment had been made some time ago,
> together with a deep reasoning on the concrete changes that are in mind.
> We are supposed to be a community, we all use Ubuntu and contribute to
> it, and we deserve some respect regarding these kind of decisions. We
> all make Ubuntu together, or is it a big lie?

We all make Ubuntu, but we do not all make all of it. In other words, we
delegate well. We have a kernel team, and they make kernel decisions.
You don't get to make kernel decisions unless you're in that kernel
team. You can file bugs and comment, and engage, but you don't get to
second-guess their decisions. We have a security team. They get to make
decisions about security. You don't get to see a lot of what they see
unless you're on that team. We have processes to help make sure we're
doing a good job of delegation, but being an open community is not the
same as saying everybody has a say in everything.

This is a difference between Ubuntu and several other community
distributions. It may feel less democratic, but it's more meritocratic,
and most importantly it means (a) we should have the best people making
any given decision, and (b) it's worth investing your time to become the
best person to make certain decisions, because you should have that
competence recognised and rewarded with the freedom to make hard
decisions and not get second-guessed all the time.

It's fair comment that this was a big change, and landed without
warning. There aren't any good reasons for that, but it's also true that
no amount of warning would produce consensus about a decision like this.

> If you want to tell us
> that we are all part of it, we want information, and we want our opinion
> to be decisive.

No. This is not a democracy. Good feedback, good data, are welcome. But
we are not voting on design decisions.


Comment someone didnt bother (Score 4, Informative) 68

to ask the source:

requires a login, etc but if your going to develop for an iphone you might as well save yourself some headbashing and sign up.


Embedding Video In a Site For iPhone/iPod? 68

Russ writes "Our corporate media delivery platform is in the process of being refactored (at long, long last), and one of the preferred requirements is the ability to serve streaming video to iPhone and iPod Touch devices, similar to the way YouTube does it — show a screen shot, and when the user taps it, the video should play full-screen and landscaped automatically. The problem comes from the severe lack of documentation Apple provides on how, precisely, this can be done. From what I can tell, YouTube still fires a Flash object to the iPhone despite its lack of Flash support. I have, to a certain extent, been able to review some of YouTube's Flash code and get a hack working on our platform (no screenshot, not landscape, but does play automatically), but I'm sure I'm missing a 'trick of the trade' somewhere that makes the process transparent to the user. Has anyone out there done this before, and if so, how? The standard (and non-standard) Quicktime object/embed codes seem to only provide partial functionality on the iPhone/iPod."

Submission + - 220MPH Solar-Powered Bullet Train on AZ horizon (

Mike writes: "An ambitious Arizona company has recently revealed plans for a solar powered bullet train that will streak across the desert at 220mph, traveling from Tuscon to Phoenix in 30 minutes flat. Proposed by Solar Bullet LLC, the system comprises a series of tracks that would serve stations including Chandler, Casa Grande, Red Rock and Marana, and may one day stretch as far as Mexico City. The train would require 110 megawatts of electricity, which would be generated by solar panels mounted above the tracks."
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Submission + - New iPhone upgrade details leaked (

Tom Jackson writes: "Rumors have been buzzing about a hardware update for the iPhone for a long time now, but a Chinese forum has just posted the most specific details yet. And they look pretty good. Among other things they suggest the expected memory increase up to 32GB, a built in digital compass, an improved camera CCD up to 3 megapixels with auto-focus, a back-lit home button, and most importantly a CPU boost up to 600MHz over the current 400MHz processor."

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