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Comment: Re:Lets be frank (Score 1) 83

by quantaman (#49517125) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

They're a company that wants to stay in business. TV's about as locked in as can be and even they're draining audiences in one form or another. The internet is an amazing levelling field, and even if terrestrial TV packed up and quit tomorrow, there'd be no firm reason NetFlix alone would dominate the internet markets. They're playing the same game by locking up good content behuind their platform so that if/when the sh hits the fan, they'll have something to keep loyal customers paying well for their services.

I might phrase it differently as adapting to the eventual market.

Netflix isn't going to be the only big web distributor for long. Not only are cable companies putting out their own distribution networks but so are the Networks who produce content. When there's 10 services available people are going to go to the service with the hit shows, if each service is also a content provider they can create the exclusive hit show that preserves part of the audience, if not they wither away and die as their audience is slowly siphoned away.

If Netflix wants to survive they need to produce a show so they can control the distribution. Hopefully this leads to cross licensing so you can watch everything by choosing among competing services, but even if not a fragmented market is better than a monopoly.

Comment: Re:Every Dog's Day (Score 1) 83

by UnknownSoldier (#49517061) Attached to: Netflix Is Betting On Exclusive Programming

Cable TV can't lower their bills much -- the licensing fees for the premium cable networks are spiraling out of control.

Netflix doesn't have the money to license cable networks like Starz. Netflix philosophy is "if we can't afford to license the content, we'll simply make our own." They really don't have much of a choice.

Cable TV isn't in any trouble (yet). They have a near monopoly on content.

+ - Japan to land unmanned lunar probe in 2018->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning to attempt Japan’s first lunar landing in fiscal 2018, sources close to the project said Sunday. JAXA has said it will use unmanned probes to study the possible use of materials on the moon as well as its environment, which could pave the way for future manned missions. JAXA is expected to brief a government panel on the project with the aim of securing funding for mission preparations from the budget for fiscal 2016, which begins next April, the sources said

The lunar probe is likely to be launched on an Epsilon advanced rocket, the sources said

The SLIM mission is aimed at establishing a method for pinpoint landings that would make it possible to approach a target area with a level of accuracy ranging in the hundreds of meters"

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+ - Something Smells: Cities Use High Tech to Investigate Intrusive Odors

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Kate Murphy reports at the NYT that local governments are beginning to regulate intrusive and unpleasant smells using high tech devices. If you time-traveled back 200 years or so, you’d likely scrunch up your nose because our forebears threw sewage out their windows, and the primary mode of transport — horses — relieved themselves in the streets. These days 'we have so reduced the level of background odor pollution, we are becoming more sensitive to anything we smell,” says Pamela Dalton, an olfactory researcher at Monell Chemical Senses Center, a nonprofit group in Philadelphia that studies smell and taste. In the past offenders were typically livestock operations and wastewater treatment plants, but more recently odor inspectors are getting calls about smells emanating from ethnic restaurants, coffee roasters and candle and bath shops. In an effort to be objective, a growing number of locales have begun using a device called a Nasal Ranger, which looks like a megaphone for the nose and measures the intensity of smells according to a so-called dilution ratio (PDF). An odor is considered intrusive if the average person can smell it when it is diluted with seven parts clean air — a decades-old threshold of stinky.

New York City received more than 10,000 odor complaints last year, many from residents upset about cooking smells wafting into their apartments from restaurants and coffeehouses — smells that might be pleasing when patronizing those same establishments. “A lot of it has to do with tolerance level in neighborhoods that are getting gentrified,” says Ben Siller. “People at lower socioeconomic levels may tolerate something much better than someone who moves into the same area and buys a house, sinks a fortune into remodeling and then goes out in the backyard and smells a pot grower, charbroiler, pet food manufacturer or something stinky like that.”"

+ - Hubble turns 25->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "The Hubble Telescope was launched on April 24, 1990, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery from Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Currently it is flying about 340 miles over the Earth and circling us every 97 minutes

While the telescope itself is not really much to look at, that silver bucket is pure gold for astronomers

Scientists have used that vantage point to make ground-breaking observations about planets, stars, galaxies and to reveal parts of our universe we didn't know existed. The telescope has made more than 1 million observations and astronomers have used Hubble data in more than 12,700 scientific papers, "making it one of the most productive scientific instruments ever built," according to NASA

The truly spectacular images of the cosmo have also led to a scientific bounty that has far exceeded Hubble’s original goals: measuring how fast the universe is expanding; figuring out how galaxies evolve; and studying the gas that lies between galaxies

NASA aims to keep Hubble operating through at least 2020 so that it can overlap with its successor. The James Webb Space Telescope is due to launch in October 2018 and begin observations in mid-2019

The institute is reviewing scientists’ proposals for telescope time and mulling if some projects merit special attention as Hubble nears its end. Typically, the program receives about five requests for every hour of available telescope time

“There’s clearly there’s no lack of things to do with this observatory in its remaining years. The question is what do we do?” Sembach said at a recent American Astronomical Society meeting in Seattle

More links @"

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+ - Tor is building the next generation Dark Net with funding from DARPA->

Submitted by Patrick O'Neill
Patrick O'Neill (3863175) writes "After years of relative neglect, Tor has been able to dedicate increasing time and resources to its hidden services thanks to funding in part by DARPA, as well as an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. DARPA's funding lasts 1-3 years and covers several projects including security and usability upgrades that close the gap between hidden services and the everyday Internet."
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+ - Baltimore Police say Stingray phone tracking use exceeds 25,000 instances->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Baltimore Police Department is starting to come clean about its use of cell-phone signal interceptors — commonly known as Stingrays — and the numbers are alarming. According to recent court testimony reported by The Baltimore Sun, the city's police have used Stingray devices with a court order more than 25,000 times. It's a massive number, representing an average of nearly nine uses a day for eight years (the BPD acquired the technology in 2007), and it doesn't include any emergency uses of the device, which would have proceeded without a court order."
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+ - AMD Publishes New "AMDGPU" Linux Graphics Driver->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AMD has made available its new AMDGPU Linux graphics driver comprised of a brand new DRM/KMS kernel driver, a new xf86-video-amdgpu X11 driver, and modifications to libdrm and Gallium3D. This new AMDGPU driver is designed for supporting AMD's next-generation hardware with no support differences for currently supported Radeon GPUs. While yet to be released, this new AMDGPU driver is the critical piece to the new unified driver strategy with Catalyst where their high performance proprietary driver will now become limited to being a user-space binary component that uses this open-source kernel driver."
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Comment: Re:Finally a good reason for an assault. (Score 1) 116

I'm ashamed that vi vs. emacs never ended in a knife fight. The youngens are showing us up!!

Years back I heard a rumour that at a conference in Australia that Theo de Raadt and a relatively big name Linux contributor got in an argument over autoconf which ended with them being physically restrained.

I don't know if it's true but it's one of the more awesome things I've heard.

Comment: Re:And Microsoft 'saved' Apple... (Score 1) 106

It's news because it wasn't known before and it tells us a lot about Google that we've only had hints on before. It's also an interesting recap on the early days of Tesla. Tesla wouldn't be the first company that released (despite their best efforts, I'm not blaming them) overpriced underspec'd crap at the beginning that could have severely dented their future business, but it's often hard to remember that.

Remember the original iPhone? EDGE only? Required special SIM cards? Barely supported text messaging, and didn't support MMS messages at all? Didn't run third party apps at all? You don't? Nobody does? It's true!

Yet the iPhone survived all that and nobody remembers how awful the first version was. Turns out Tesla's original sedans were a similar story. I didn't know that. I thought they were always cutting edge.

Comment: Re:Interstate Water Sharing system (Score 1) 585

> What would happen if we diverted most of the Colorado river to a piping system to southern California?

The worlds longest garden hose? California already tried that.

See the fantastic documentary Cadillac Desert . Details Mulholland's Dream, aka the rape and pillage of Owen's Lake and then tried to do the same with other river systems.

Thankfully the other states told California to fuck off before they destroyed their ecosystem.

First Contact is coming ~2024. Are you ready for a new perspective?

Comment: Re:Why not? (Score 3, Informative) 585

Indeed. Cadillac Desert is a fantastic documentary about Mulhollands Dream, aka the rape and pillage of Owen's Lake.

In 9 parts


First Contact is coming 2024. Are you ready for a new perspective?

Comment: Re:The first paragraph of TFA ... (Score 1) 69

by squiggleslash (#49510575) Attached to: Chrome 43 Should Help Batten Down HTTPS Sites

No that's what the summary says, but is not what Chrome is actually doing.

Spoiler for those not reading TFA: Chrome did do what the summary suggests in current/earlier versions (as do IE and Firefox), but will instead change "http" to "https" behind the scenes in future for internal links on a page fetched using HTTPS.

Is this a good idea? In my view, I'm going to be bold here and answer with a firm, unambigious, "perhaps"...

Comment: Re:I guess he crossed the wrong people (Score 1) 313

by quantaman (#49502707) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

Are you so mentally deranged that you claim a blog post is evidence? No, it's not! Instead of wallowing in your pathetic OPINION step back and review FACTS.

Uhh, the blog post was by a medical doctor, and it was filled with facts.

Was he reprimanded in any way by any medical board? NO

Was he found guilty of any form of malpractice? NO

Probably because his actions on a talk show aren't covered by malpractice.

If the doctors want to claim he is a quack they must provide evidence. If you claim he's a quack YOU must provide evidence. No evidence == delusional opinion.


For recommendations in The Dr Oz Show, evidence supported 46%, contradicted 15%, and was not found for 39%.

If it's not in the computer, it doesn't exist.