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Comment Re:Complete video stream pre-rolling (Score 1) 505

And if it's actually the content cartels making them do this, well fuck them. I've stopped subscribing to their services and stopped handing them my money.

You're always free to start your own movie studio, produce your own films comparable in production values to those of the major studios, and then offer them for streaming with full preroll.

Comment Redbox carries only new releases (Score 1) 505

Second if they could/wanted to wait for as little as half an hour, the customer would have gone outside and headed to their nearest Redbox or even (gasp!) brick and mortar store to get the DVD/Bluray themselves.

Brick and mortar DVD rental is dead, and Redbox carries only new releases, not the back catalog. Besides, buses to and from the store don't run on Sundays (source:

Comment Windows is already LTS (Score 1) 505

OS X, Solaris, IRIX, AIX, have turned a profit for a long time without [product activation] in place.

That's because these proprietary UNIX systems are meant to run on computers sold by the operating system publisher. Authentic hardware activates the operating system. "Don't Steal Mac OS X.kext" anyone?

a LTS release.

This already exists, provided that by "LTS" you mean something like Canonical providing security updates for each LTS release of Ubuntu for five years or Red Hat supporting RHEL for ten years. Microsoft has been providing extended support for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8/8.1 for ten years after release or seven years after the successor release, whichever is longer.



Comment Re:The problem is the user (Score 1) 505

For one thing, a completely unpowered computer cannot wake on LAN. For another, a physical switch is too easy to accidentally put in the wrong position: lose unsaved changes if suddenly turned off, or cause an expensive tech support call when the novice user cannot quickly find it to turn it on.

Comment USB is a support nightmare (Score 4, Interesting) 220

Unlike ethernet, which is pretty much standard from platform to platform and basically trivial to support, USB code is completely different between linux, OS X, and Windows, and is a mess, API-wise.

I write software defined radio stuff, and after one incredible nightmare getting a USB SDR to work on all three platforms using conditional compilation (I did succeed), I swore off. No more. If it doesn't have an ethernet interface, or a USB-to-ethernet server app compatible with the standard SDR protocols that makes it appear to me as an ethernet SDR, it's not happening.

Luckily, some of the best SDR manufacturers out there have done it right. Andrus, AFDRI, and RFSPACE. And there are some servers that have been built to hide the abortion of USB, but so far they are very much platform-specific, for the very reason I described above.

USB. Ugh.

Comment Low settings (Score 1) 267

i.e. game developers are constantly raising the bar on PC games

But you can turn down the detail level in options. The effort to also sell on PS3 was encouraging developers to make available settings suitable for a 2006 GPU, and this is continuing on PS4 which has essentially a laptop chipset.

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