Beware if you have an older ATI card you might run into problems.
"Older," in this case, defined as anything prior to the HD3x00 series. My experience with 9.04 and a 2600XT is less than ideal.
Google is unsafe... for Microsoft's monopolies.
First allow me to say that I would *love* some form of rail transit. Where I live in Indianapolis is on the complete opposite side of town from most IT work, and it would be great to not have to maintain a car just for the "privilege" of driving to and from work every day. I'm not 100% certain that this initiative is going to do anything to alleviate that pain, but, for the sake of argument, I'll assume it is.
What scares me, though, is that this is going to end up being a big mess. Even if it does attempt to address the needs of, say, 50% of all people, I'm wary this will turn into some complete money sinkhole. I hope that, in the end, we don't end up with an overbudget, overdue, and mostly working system that far less people end up using than expected.
From the "up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-a-b-select-start" department?
Surely you meant "b-a." I'm pretty sure a-b didn't do anything.
If not, they need to be replaced with people who will.
I'm a computer guy with only a basic understanding of government... but doesn't the President replace the judges? If he wants to wield that much power over peoples' rights, won't he just put more justices up there that support his power grabs?
Also, I'm pretty sure the only way they get replaced is if they step down or... you know... die. I highly doubt they'll care about "getting replaced" in either of those situations.
I agree with what you say. The ads on Hulu really don't bother me. They are almost all under 30 seconds (with that latest Fedex one being around 8 seconds) and none are very annoying or intrusive. And, as you say, I want online TV to succeed.
The problem is, though, if this is truly successful, won't we start seeing longer, more obnoxious commercial spans in Hulu? At that point, it becomes just as bothersome as watching the show on broadcast TV. Also, how do you account for local advertising?
I recently came to this realization myself. We have AT&T's U-Verse "service," and it costs us about $85/month. The basic landline phone is another $40. I built two MythTV boxes, bought some cheap Pinnacle USB HDTV Sticks (800se, they were $29.99 on buy.com), and we should be getting rid of AT&T services in the next few weeks.
Apart from a few annoyances with setup (getting dvb drivers working with these HDTV sticks, antenna issues) things are going very well thus far.
If his idea works as well stated in the article, the guy deserves more than "a $25,000 scholarship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development." The fact that it's a seventh grader makes it even more astounding.
Philosophy: A route of many roads leading from nowhere to nothing. -- Ambrose Bierce