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Comment: Re:That doesn't sound bad (Score 4, Informative) 430

by Orestesx (#48933225) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

So, if I get this right, 80% of the US Americans have at least 25MB/s download.

No. 80% of Americans HAVE ACCCESS TO 25 Mb download. As in they have the option to subscribe to. They may not be able to afford it, or they may choose not to subscribe, or they may be choosing to subscribe to a lower tier.

Comment: Re:Malware (Score 1) 181

by Orestesx (#48754685) Attached to: Inside Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware
Of course, the replication/snapshots are great for recovering for certain types of disasters, but they shouldn't replace tape backups...that's simply an extension of the old "RAID is not a backup." Do you actually work at a shop that only does replication and no actual tape backups, or have your heard of such a business? If so, please let me know so that can make sure that I'm not affiliated with them in any way.

Comment: Re: Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by Orestesx (#48728435) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"
Here's the argument: it's easier to write a contract based on physical location. What you are proposing is not technically difficult. In fact, it is probably even easier than what they are doing. Therefore we can conclude that the agreements that Netflix has in place with the movie studios is that they are allowed to distribute certain content to certain countries.

Comment: Re: A joke? (Score 1) 647

by Orestesx (#48499897) Attached to: Debian Forked Over Systemd

You can't buy Windows 7 retail anymore.

That is simply not true. You can buy notebooks with Win 7 pro installed from Dell. You can buy individual Windows 7 home/pro from Newegg and Amazon. There are plenty of places to get Windows 7 if that's what you want. Sure, if you walk into Best Buy and say "give me a 'puter" then you're going to get something with Win8 but it's not like Win7 is hard to find.

Comment: Re:Like LAME (Score 2) 270

by Orestesx (#47948633) Attached to: TrueCrypt Gets a New Life, New Name

"Clean Room Design"
"Chinese Wall Implementation"
"Brewer and Nash Model"

The key isn't replacing the's replacing the code in such a way that it does not infringe on the copyright of the original code. Usually this means new code created by someone with no knowledge of the original code, therefore it cannot be a derivative work, therefore it does not infringe on the original copyright.

Comment: Re: Simple (Score 1) 635

by Orestesx (#47797891) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

I looked up the power consumption of CRT vs. LCD TV's. Turns out for small screen sizes (around 30 inches), the difference isn't very big.

If your CRT TV is similar to the Toshiba 30HF83 (about the same weight as yours) it uses about 150 watts of electricity when in use, according to its manual. A new LED TV such as the Samsung UN32H5500 uses about 27 watts. Assuming 2000 hours of usage a year (about 6 hours a day) and 10 cents/kwh electricity cost, the LCD would save you only about $25/year on electricity. So that would be about 20 years for the $500 LCD to pay for itself.

Take it a step further, and say you invested that $500 at only 3% interest, and that $500 would earn about another $400 over 20 years. Not to mention that the LCD almost certainly wouldn't last 20 years, but the CRT might. I would say that if you are happy with the picture quality, then you got a pretty sweet deal. If electricity costs go up significantly, that would alter the calculus a bit. But as longs as they keep making devices with component outputs, I would say you're golden.

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