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Comment: Re:He's being polite. (Score 1) 113

by SeaFox (#49140493) Attached to: Schneier: Everyone Wants You To Have Security, But Not From Them

...and the number of people who identify as techies and still have no clue whatsoever about technical things is on the rise.

Worse is some of them are selling their services as a "techie" to normal people.

I talked to an auto parts store a couple weeks back replacing a POS PC and it couldn't get online, but the other machine in the store could, and they were calling us (the ISP) about the issue. They were both hardwired to a router (that was not supplied by us) and the store's third-party tech who installed the computer was there. He didn't know how to check an IP address and hadn't even looked at the router itself. He'd just connected the wires from the old computer they replaced to the new one and expected it to work.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 1) 59

by SeaFox (#49133537) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

In fact, the Pi's CPU is used in set top boxes right now - I believe if you go to your favorite electronics retailer (online or off), pick up a Roku 2. The same CPU powering the Pi powers that. (Same amount of RAM, too I believe, and Ethernet.).

Roku 2 doesn't have Ethernet.
Only the Roku 3 does from the current generation, and it has a more powerful processor.

Comment: Re:Media streamer? (Score 4, Insightful) 59

by SeaFox (#49132601) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

While the NUCs are overkill for HTPC duty, the PIs are also not sufficiently there either. A PI just has problems keeping up with the user interface (XBMC).

No, I don't think a NUC is overkill for HTPC. The only reason a Rpi works for HD is because of hardware acceleration for video playback. But throw it a file in a format that doesn't meet the qualifications for acceleration and pbbbbbt! So, no 10-bit h264 or HEVC, let alone if you want to do rendering of subtitles, filtering, or chroma upscaling to improve the picture quality of normal 4:2:0 video.

Comment: Re:Gigabyte Brix Pro is still the mini-PC champ (Score 1) 59

by SeaFox (#49132283) Attached to: Intel Updates NUC Mini PC Line With Broadwell-U, Tested and Benchmarked

While the width/depth of the NUC/Brix machines are great, I'd rather they make one with more vertical volume -- to allow for a larger and much quieter cooling solution. Like a cube form factor that's still smaller than a CoolerMaster Elite 110 case.

Comment: Re:Just Remember (Score 1) 188

by SeaFox (#49131443) Attached to: Google Now Automatically Converts Flash Ads To HTML5

I cannot even begin to count the number of commenters here who pushed HTML5 as the best way to end, once and for all, those incredibly invasive and annoying Flash ads.

I remember what they were doing is pushing HTML5 as a way to deliver rich content that oftentimes was not supported on $favoriteOSSplatform due to reliance on proprietary plugins. HTML was supposed to help maintain the (original) spirit of the Internet as a platform-agnostic information source.

They forgot that once they get access to the content, those same companies now also have a way of delivering marketing content to the audience.

Comment: Re:Do they have pay for repeats? (Score 1) 303

by SeaFox (#49115253) Attached to: Pandora Pays Artists $0.001 Per Stream, Thinks This Is "Very Fair"

If you want fucking songs, there's always youporn and redtube although I wouldn't exactly call the audio "songs".

Those sites both have categories for vintage porn -- which include a large number of full-length professionally produced porno films from the 60s to the 80s with music scores.

Comment: Re:iPad too fucking expensive (Score 1) 139

by SeaFox (#49103201) Attached to: L.A. School Superintendent Folds on Laptops-For-Kids Program

While it's true that many parents made piss poor decisions in life (like having children they cannot properly raise), it's irrelevant to this topic.

That whooshing noise is you missing the point. The parents shouldn't have to work three jobs to put food on the table. Their absence in their children's lives is the result of the Haves screwing the Have-Nots on a living wage. Their kids don't have the guidance they need to help succeed in school, and can't compete in the real world -- which is already stacked against them when you have to have a $40,000 college diploma to get any decent job at all. Wonder if the three-job parents have money for their kids to go to college -- probably not. The whole thing is a cycle that makes it impossible for people to improve their situation, or their kids'.

No amount of genius can overcome a preoccupation with detail.