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Comment: Re:Just get f.lux! (Score 3, Informative) 179

by Radak (#48658465) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

I can't speak for the Windows and Linux versions, but I know from Little Snitch that the Mac version attempts to talk to port 443 on their webserver when it starts up, presumably for an update check. Additionally, it attempts to contact doubleclick.net and googleapis.com when you search for location. I just block all this traffic and haven't seen any adverse effects.

Thanks for the pointers to g.lux and redshift. I'll check those out and see if they offer anything better for me.

Comment: Re:Just get f.lux! (Score 2) 179

by Radak (#48658447) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep

f.lux isn't designed for outdoor use (although there's no reason you couldn't use it there). The idea is that the light coming off your screen matches the colour temperature of the natural light you'd be receiving if you were outdoors (and whatever might be coming through your windows), so that your brain's neurochemistry (melatonin in particular) matches what it should be doing at that time of day, helping you maintain a natural circadian rhythm, which it seems to accomplish in spades.

Comment: Just get f.lux! (Score 4, Informative) 179

by Radak (#48658129) Attached to: Study: Light-Emitting Screens Before Bedtime Disrupt Sleep
I use f.lux on my MacBook and it's great (also available for Windows and Linux, but I haven't tried those versions). It adjusts the colour temperature of the screen, using your location and the time of day, to match the colour temperature of the natural light of that time of day. I have noticed a significant difference in the quality of my sleep since I started using it. Plus, whenever I happen to get up during the night and want use the computer for something, I'm not blinded by the screen.

Comment: Boycott (Score 1) 589

by Radak (#48623973) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

You're missing the point. They didn't choose not to show the movie because of a terrorist threat. They chose not to show the movie because it would cost them money. Regardless of what they say, they are not taking the threat seriously. What they are taking seriously is the number of customers who would choose not to come see The Interview, and particularly the number of customers who would choose not to come see anything at a theatre that is merely showing The Interview, out of fear for their own safety. The potential for empty theatre complexes for an entire holiday season scared the shit out of the theatres, and they made the safe financial decision.

Their reaction has nothing to do with terrorism, and everything to do with the almighty dollar. Claming it's a reaction to the terrorist threat is merely the popular way to present the financial decision to the terrorist-sensitive public.

Comment: Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (Score 1) 131

by Radak (#47735449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

Everybody's said it already, but here's another vote for Anker. I've bought batteries from them for three phones and they've all been great, and if you read Amazon reviews, you'll find their customer service in the rare event of problems is second to none.

Comment: Re:"we provide network access as part of rent" (Score 1) 185

by Radak (#47141283) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

Except that in my example (which is my real life), water is not billed by consumption. My water comes with my rent, no matter how much I use. But I'm sure it's still "unlimited" just as "unlimited" net connections are. However, the leasing company doesn't tell me that I can use water to bathe, but not to make tea, so that's really where my comparison falls apart.

Regardless, the point was more about the renter of a property having some rights, even if unwise to exercise, to control the use of resources that are provided as an extra feature in a tenant's rent. In OP's situation, I think it would be unwise of the rental company to attempt to wield that power, but there's nothing legally to prevent them doing so.

Comment: Re:"we provide network access as part of rent" (Score 2) 185

by Radak (#47140877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

If you provide network access as part of your rent, you provide network access as part of your rent, period.

It's not really that simple. My apartment provides water as part of my rent. If I start filling swimming pools, they're going to get upset. I realize this is more akin to data caps on internet access rather than net neutrality, but the point is that "providing network access" isn't completely cut and dry. If some service is provided with a property rental, and not billed separately by consumption, the renter does have some rights to restrict the use of said service, especially in cases where the tenant has other options to receive the same service himself, at his own expense.

However, blocking access to certain sites unless said sites pay up is akin to extortion, so I think it's a very bad idea. The points made by CrankyFool are exactly right. Big companies like Amazon and Netflix don't care if 35,000 people can't access them because of some apartment company's attempts at extortion. They will ignore the situation, accepting that those 35,000 people can't access them, and many of those 35,000 people will get pissed off at the property rental company and rebel in one way or another. It wouldn't be pretty, and in the end would only harm the property rental company, whose reputation would be damaged when they are painted by their own tenants as censors at the same time as those tenants circumvent or move.

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