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Comment: Re: Nosedive (Score 0) 598

by Miguelito (#48742669) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

I always laugh at the hate for iTunes.. Yeah, I wouldn't mind something less "everything in one program" setup, but as a single point for media, I get it.

I've got 6.25TiB of data in my library, mostly video (obviously) and a pretty good mix of ripped vs purchased (I dropped all but basic cable and get season passes for the few shows I care about and don't want to wait until after the season is over) and it works fine for me. I've never had any real issues with it really. For rips, I use iFlicks to update the metadata (especially with TV show imports) when I import and things ripped vs bought look pretty much the same.

I sync to/from it all the time. I do probably 85% of my TV/Movie watching using it and it works. Once in awhile I need to reboot an appleTV because it seems to have an issue talking back to itunes. That takes 10seconds and only happens every 2 weeks or so max, but that'd be my one gripe these days.

Comment: Re:3-digit /. UID? (Score 1) 82

by Miguelito (#48622911) Attached to: Manufacturer's Backdoor Found On Popular Chinese Android Smartphone

Ah.. really classic gaming.

The Colecovision baseball that had the specific controllers was a lot of fun.. until we learned the pitch that was a strike but couldn't be hit. Then games became a challenge of who could continue to pitch that exact pitch without making a mistake.

Man the intellivision had some great games though... B-17 bomber was awesome with the voice module. Tron Deadly Discs was a marathon game if there ever was one. My friend was the best at TDD and could play for hours until it finally got crazy hard.

Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 440

by gatzke (#48611263) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

How is it different? In both cases, the police are accessing publicly available visual information. In one case, you have officers and another a camera. Surveillance was not illegal before, but now it is? Can cops still sit and watch without a warrant?

Just do your illegal stuff in the privacy of your own home with the blinds drawn.

Comment: I use a virtual host as an MX relay.. (Score 2) 405

by Miguelito (#48379853) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

When the entire RoadRunner residential IP spaces were blocked, I just got a virtual server (now a Linode) and simply run that as my MX. Helps on inbound mail as well for any times my home connection goes down.. it'll queue up there. I use trusted certs for relaying from home and send mail via authenticated SMTP (TLS required) for mobile devices, via the same virtual host avoiding issues with connectivity to home (which was rare, but now I don't have to worry). I also have the connections between the VM and home box use a port other than 25 to avoid any blocking of port 25 by my ISP (which, for San Diego at least, hasn't happened in years).

It comes down to $20 a month for the size of vm I got (I also started using it for a few other things too). I also do my greylisting and other anti-spam measure there before it even tries to deliver to my server at home.

Comment: Re:HTC (Score 1) 201

by gatzke (#48153491) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

I will admit I hate that so much cruft is installed by default. They have this "Blink feed" crap that takes up a whole panel and there is no way to remove it. Not cool.

Then Verizon force-installs a bunch of crapware too. I don't want to spend time rooting my phone to purge that crap. Forced software installs are my only complaint on this phone...

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.