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+ - Netflix Stealthy Reduces Service, Keeps Prices the Same

Submitted by Nom du Keyboard
Nom du Keyboard (633989) writes "After seeing a drop in my DVD service from Netflix I got a customer service representative tonight to confirm that Netflix has ceased processing DVD returns on Saturdays nationwide. And that they did this without either notifying their customers, nor reducing prices to compensate for the reduced service. Given that the DVD selection still far outstrips their streaming selection, this may be news to others like myself who don't find streaming an adequate replacement for plastic discs. My experience up until recently, unlike Netflix's promise of a 1-3 day turnaround at their end which gives them lots of wiggle room to degrade service even further, had been of mailing in a DVD on day one, having them receive it and mail out my next selection on day two, and receiving it on day three. Now with them only working 5 days and many US Post Office holidays, they're still getting the same money for significantly less. Is Netflix still the good guy here?"

Comment: Re:This would actually be useful the other way aro (Score 1) 191

by Qzukk (#47501215) Attached to: New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

But just no, to the conversation mirror - most parents already don't keep their eyes on the road, we don't need to give them another excuse.

Ah, memories of my childhood. Things like my father flying down the freeway at 60 turning around in his seat and screaming "You look at me when I'm talking to you boy!" while everyone else screamed about oncoming traffic.

At the time I learned to drive, I considered my greatest achievement was being able to hold a conversation without looking at the person I'm speaking with.

Comment: Re:barf (Score 1) 154

That's also seen in bad console ports, by the way.

I've long since overcome my motion sickness (mom's van came with multiple barf buckets), but watching the screen move like I flicked google maps and it slowly pans to a stop (especially in any kind of curved motion) tickles the part of my brain that says "stop that, it's trying to make you sick".

Comment: Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (Score 1) 151

by Qzukk (#47476921) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

Only if the master process quit after forking twice. This is not typical

No, this IS typical. The double fork allows the original process to interact with the user ("Enter your private key password:"), then exit and return 0 to the init script so init can print [ OK ] on your console.

The middle process needs to close file descriptors and do other cleanup then fork and die, causing the final process to become re-parented to init. Init then becomes responsible for cleaning it up if it dies, so it won't become a zombie.

Step-by-step "how to daemon" guide here.

Comment: Re:This is not how you inspire confidence (Score 4, Informative) 151

by Qzukk (#47471281) Attached to: LibreSSL PRNG Vulnerability Patched

OpenSSL's RNG is used in many places separately from the SSL communication protocol itself, sometimes just for encryption in general (S/MIME) or sometimes someone just wants really random bytes.

Many servers fork twice in order to reparent to init, repeated forking is a common idiom in unixland.

Apache with MPM-prefork forks a bunch of children from a master process, which is typically itself a descendant of apachectl. In apache's case, this shouldn't be a problem since the "master-process-rng" would have recognized the fork and reinitialized on the first openssl connection, so the children are protected because they cannot have the same PID as the master-process.

Where it would be a problem would be an application or daemon that starts up, initializes the RNG, forks twice, then without this fork touching the RNG, starts forking children to do something random (say, encrypting one file per process or establishing a single SSL connection per process or something). Without having the RNG reset by the master process, one in 65534 or so processes will have the exact same RNG, because it will have inherited the original RNG untouched and be assigned the PID that created the RNG.

Comment: Re:Rand Paul's a plagiarizing misogynistic racist (Score 2) 525

by Qzukk (#47466317) Attached to: Rand Paul and Silicon Valley's Shifting Political Climate

with fewer regulations for everyone

Ahahaha whoa there now, slow down sonny. Those regulations are there for a reason, mostly to keep people from competing against me and to make sure that nobody smokes anything I wouldn't openly admit to smoking. Let's back up to that low taxes thing.

Comment: Re:user error (Score 1) 706

Leaving a computer on all the time causes the mechanical parts to wear out. The bearings in the hard drives won't last as long, and the fans won't last nearly as long. Electrolytic capacitors have finite lifetimes, many of them are only rated for 10,000 hours at their rated voltage (that's only slightly longer than a year!). Tin whiskers will grow faster. A computer that is left on will be exposed to all the power spikes and brownouts that come down the wall power instead of just those that happen to hit when the computer is running (granted a good UPS helps here). A computer that's on all the time will also accumulate dust and lint faster, and that can also shorten the lifespan if you don't keep on top of it.

I've found that my computers that I regularly turn off (or sleep) when I'm not using them typically outlast the ones that have to be left on all the time for whatever reason. In both cases, the failures are almost always the mechanical parts such as the fans and hard drives, or the power supply. While it's true that thermal cycling stresses things like the CPU, chipset, memory. GPU, etc. those parts I've found to be very reliable no matter how I used them and they fail very rarely. Well, maybe slighly more so for GPUs.

Comment: Re:Hard finding any worth it these days (Score 1) 499

Soundcards generally aren't high voltage or high current, and those are the situations where the bad capacitors made themselves known. That's not to say that it isn't the caps though, especially if the sound card was in a computer case that tended to run hot.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 499

Assuming that the scale setting controls some gain stage before the ADC, all they really need is enough bit resolution to match the number of vertical pixels on the screen. Considering some the screens I've seen put into digital oscilloscopes an 8 bit ADC would be good enough. Now, a fully analog scope with a CRT wouldn't have this particular problem.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."