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Comment NAS or MacMini get my vote. (Score 1) 253

I love my Mac Mini's! Just mount a little cage behind the tv and wire up the hdmi! Only issue with it has been lack of 3d support on my latest tv but the 4k modes look awesome on it. Add external firewire, USB3, or NAS and now you can play anything you've got in your library. Probably all fit behind the wall mount for your tv just like mine does.

Comment Re:Not caring != not knowing (Score 2) 621

So true dood...

The idea that people, or even children, need to be shielded from topics that surround us everyday in reality is ludicrous. The jury is STILL out on whether violent games cause violent behavior but if my experience can be humbly included it does not. It's a choice people gleefully want to take away from us for no other reason than exercising power over us.

Turning the world Micky Mouse does not help anyone and simply annoys me. I am reminded of a quote from Demolition Man:

Edgar Friendly: That's right. You see, according to *Cacteau's* plan. *I'm* the enemy. Because I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech, freedom of choice. I'm the kind of guy who would sit in the greasy spoon and think "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the big rack of Barbecued spare ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I *want* high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, butter and buckets of cheese alright? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinatti in a non-smoking section. I wanna run around naked with green jell-o all over my body reading a Playboy magazine. Why? Because maybe I feel the need to okay pal? I've *seen* the future, you know what it is. It's made by a 47 year-old virgin in gray pajamas soaking in a bubble bath, drinking a broccoli milkshake and thinking "I'm an Oscar-Meyer Wiener". You wanna live on top, you gotta live Cacteau's way. What he wants, when he wants, how he wants. Your other option: come down here, maybe starve to death.


Comment Wow... That was close... (Score 0, Flamebait) 318

I live in Canada and I was worried for a second there that I would have to start actively supporting creationists in the US! How else can the United States be made to fail? Can we out produce them? No. Can we out inovate them? Not yet... But we can out educated them! And by sabotaging the US education system we foreigners can force the once mighty United States to crash down like a house of cards.

Do you see the Chinese teaching their children worthless garbage? No. Good!

Do you see the Americans teaching their children worthless garbage? YES! GOOD!

All is right with the world!


Comment I could kiss the guy... (Score 5, Insightful) 1051

I am so tempted to kiss the guy! Linux can't have this type of _OBVIOUS_ audio sabotage at the kernel level if we expect game developers to ever make their products available on Linux. Linus NEEDS to reign this in, we just can't afford it. He is 110% right.

Keep the helm firm, man! That's exactly what we need!


Comment How to cure cancer... Possibly... (Score 1) 217

The people researching this cure are outraged that big-pharma refuses to help them, especially since it seems to be 100% effective even against cancers that are leathal... No human trials yet, but lots of recorded history for the drug and all point to it being safe and effective.


Comment Re:Can they coexist? (Score 1) 957

Religions cannot coexist. It is impossible. Eventually the leaders of each religion will realize that the only way to make more money or control more people is to destroy the other religions. There is no religion without the greedy and intolerant wanting to be in control of everything they see.

Even the bible itself is a great example of this; why did god throw the devil into hell? Because god didn't want to share his toys. Greed is the foundation of religion and the very reason that these people want intolerance enforced on all; so that no one can question their domination.

Without greed being the entire equation, there would be no need for intolerance.


Comment Re:Finally Intellegent IP... (Score 1) 169

That is very possible.

I am by no means saying definitively that they were not in legal hangaring since they first posted their rfc's (or whatever they call them). Just that from the average Canadian; I saw none of that...

I blame media outlets that shape what news they will allow the public to know about...


Comment Re:Finally Intellegent IP... (Score 1) 169

I see the CSIRO thing as a completely valid case; from what we saw here in Canada, CSIRO did exactly what you say they didn't. We see nothing, nothing, wait... nope nothing, nothing, nothing, PAY ME OR DIE! Where the (place of no return) did that come from!?!

As a Canadian, I see no reason why any company from any country shouldn't be able to make a profit from it's inventions... For a time... After that - it's public domain time and the writing's on the wall to innovate again or DIE... It's the big time out there now, people. Get your big kid pull ups on. If you want to get ahead, you have to out innovate the entire planet now, not just your neighbor. Intellectual Property rights were a cudgel to help foster local monopolies, but in this day and age monopolies just can't exist anymore - not that they were ever a good idea. The guy from Winnipeg has the same right to copy your innovation as the guy in Bombay.

And that's exactly the way I like it.


Comment Finally Intellegent IP... (Score 4, Insightful) 169

I so wish 3 months was the standard for all IP. Imagine all the good it would do!

If obscure companies had no way of showing up years later and demanding payment for ideas they helped write the initial specs for but never put any effort into.

If you could sing "Happy Birthday" on tv without getting sued.

If movie compression algorithms could be implemented on hardware based on what works best, not who's gouging the least or who's pet project it is.

The definition of IP is to intentionally HURT the end users of your own products as well as your competitors by maintaining a monopoly, retaining ownership even when sold, and requiring licensing long after the usefulness of such is insane.

I think it's high time to get rid of IP permanently.


Comment Something to think about.... (Score 2) 665

A couple of years ago, I saw a comparison of Apache/Red Had vs. IIS/Windows that left a lot of people scratching their heads. The central test of the comparison was a comparison of a couple of hundred clients trying to read the same files from the server at the same time. Anyone that knows networking basics would know that 100 clients trying to create http sessions over tcp/ip would each require the files to be spooled to them one at a time and the maximum through put of the 10baseT network they were using would be 10Mbps / (8 data bits + 1 stop bit) = 1.111MB/s which is exactly what the Red Hat server maintained. The windows server magically transported 100MB/s over the same wires! How could this be?!? My thoughts about this have always been that IIS was not using http over tcp/ip, it was using http over udp. That meant that all 100 clients could be added to a multicast group and receive the files at the same time. This does mean that you could never attain the same throughput over https, though, because each session would be forced to be separated.

Just a quick thought..


Scientists Find Tears Are the Anti-Viagra 207

An anonymous reader writes "The male test subjects didn't know what they were smelling, they were just given little vials of clear liquid and told to sniff. But when those vials contained a woman's tears (collected while she watched a sad movie), the men rated pictures of women's faces as less sexually attractive, and their saliva contained less testosterone. Is this proof that humans make and respond to pheromones? The researcher behind the study doesn't use that controversial word, but he says his findings do prove that tears contain meaningful chemical messages."

365 Days of drinking Lo-Cal beer. = 1 Lite-year