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Comment: A simple solution (Score 5, Interesting) 97

by TWX (#46674385) Attached to: FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee
How about cancelling cable TV and finding something else to do with your time?

We had cable. "Extended analog cable" if I remember, which was to say, no premium channels, no "digital" channels (this was as DTV was kicking off but was not yet mandatory), so about 80 channels of content, perhaps 60 channels that weren't some variation of an OTA broadcast.

With eighty channels there were times when we couldn't find anything that we wanted to watch. We would end up watching complete and total crap, because we were paying for it and felt obligated to watch it. One day I realized that I was coming home from work, watching four or more episodes of CSI, and going to bed. Eventually I started seeing the same episodes over again, and realized that this needed to stop.

We got rid of our cable TV subscription. Still have Internet, still have phone, but now I don't have to pay to find that there's nothing on TV, and since TV doesn't cost me anything I don't feel guilty about not turning it on. I go play music or work on something or read or even surf the Internet.

Just let it go. Trust me, it will be okay.

Comment: Re:correlation does not prove causation (Score 1) 137

by TWX (#46657369) Attached to: Study: Exposure To Morning Sunlight Helps Managing Weight

Could it be that the fat people are just lazy and get up later, and don't get outside early. Maybe fat causes people to get less light in the AM. See the problem with the headline?

I find it more likely that these people work outside during that part of the day and probably for much of their day, and since most jobs that work outdoors are more labor-intensive than most jobs indoors, that physical activity from the time one starts one's day may have more of an effect.

The only way that this can really be studied is to measure a lot of other factors in order to figure out how to normalize them against each other, including actual amounts of exercise, actual food intake, and probably a lot of other factors that I'm not even considering. This study is interesting enough to prompt a bigger study, but this will definitely require more individuals to make it work.

Comment: Re:Max RAM? (Score 1) 353

by TWX (#46654831) Attached to: An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)
I do not game, but I run Linux and have to run Windows VMs for certain user tasks that cannot be run natively in Linux. I have 8GB and I'm glad that I do, as running even a single VM with only 4GB wasn't so pleasant.

On the flip side, the computer that I use when lounging on the couch has only 2GB RAM and a single-core "Mobile" processor, and it's fine for browsing the web. It was a little slow when it had only 1GB, but thankfully I was able to locate a couple of cheap 1GB DDR2 SODIMMs to upgrade. The bigger problem is that web designers aren't designing for variable-width pages anymore, so some pages require horizontal scrolling on the 1024x768 screen.

Comment: Can this actually fill a timeslot? (Score 2) 167

by TWX (#46643161) Attached to: Wil Wheaton Announces New TV Show
The most significant common thread on daytime pop-culture discussion shows on television is that they talk about people. It's fairly easy to fill 22 minutes of content in a half-hour timeslot if one talks about this or that celebrity and their antics, as opposed to actually presenting us with significant content. Additionally those programs tend to tell you, during an early segment, what they'll tell you in-detail about in a later segment, eating up time. You end up with a TV show that if condensed down to the actual information could probably be watched in less than ten minutes.

Good luck to CleverNickName, but I don't see how he'll be able to fill enough time to keep the show running without resorting to these same tactics, or without the show being massively disjointed.

That's one of the reasons why several people that make Youtube content make several different, mostly-unrelated shows. That's why John and Hank Green, as examples, run at least four distinct Youtube channels, with significant and discreet subjects acting as sub-channels between them. It's a lot easier to run five, ten, or 15 minutes of content than it is to run 20+, or 45+ for a half-hour or hour-long TV spot. The Green brothers have already invested in the equipment and studio space to make their programs, now they can produce enough diverse content to justify the expenses, and the viewer can choose to watch only one type of production if they don't have interests in the other subjects.

We'll just have to see how it turns out.

Comment: Almost 5 hours, 47 total comments... (Score 1) 67

by TWX (#46643017) Attached to: Interviews: J. Michael Straczynski Answers Your Questions I write this as replies to this thread.

I don't know exactly what that means, but I know that it shows that even among the nerd-centric how short our memories are for off-camera media production folks, even when the shows that those people worked on are certainly nerd-centric. I wonder if Chris Carter or even Ron Moore would do much better.

Comment: Why is anyone surprised... (Score 4, Insightful) 75

by TWX (#46627955) Attached to: DVRs Used To Attack Synology Disk Stations and Mine Bitcoin this?

I'm more surprised that we haven't seen reports of infected DVD and Blu-ray players whose only purpose is to seek out more powerful devices (PCs, smartphones) on peoples' networks to compromise and turn into bitcoin zombies. After all, it only takes a few people to come up with the exploits in the first place, and then 5kr1p7 k1dd13s can use the tools others have created.

Comment: Re:Obligatory Fight Club (Score 5, Interesting) 357

by TWX (#46618541) Attached to: An Engineer's Eureka Moment With a GM Flaw
Why can't lawsuits touch CxOs? Is it because no one is willing to sue them?

If a dock worker can be criminally prosecuted to serve almost two decades in prison because he set what he intended to be a small fire in a submarine compartment to get off work early, ultimately for that fire to get out of control and to destroy the craft with no loss of life, then why can't individuals at the top be held civilly liable for decisions that they make that kill people, especially when they kill in multiple discrete instances?

It looks like it should be a fairly simple matter. Find out who the corporate officers were when the part changed, assuming that it was changed after the first documented incident. Sue them for knowingly making a change to future vehicles to remove the possibility of future models having incidents that led to more deaths due to a consumer products safety issue. Sue them for the entire quantity of bonus that they made working for the company as a punitive action.

Comment: Re:Fuck BlackBerry (Score 2) 205

by TWX (#46617519) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban
Android and iOS give the buying public what they want. Apple is continuing its personal computer paradigm of having an OS that goes with their somewhat more upscale hardware and Android has essentially pulled a Windows and been the "clone" OS to use. Both offer fairly sophisticated suites of interconnected applications that also tie-in well to computers.

I honestly couldn't tell you what Blackberry does. And that's their biggest problem.

Comment: Re:patented keyboard technology? (Score 3, Insightful) 205

by TWX (#46617505) Attached to: Typo Keyboard For iPhone Faces Sales Ban
I hadn't heard of this keyboard until this Slashdot article.

With the angle-topped keys and the particular choice of layout, I think that I actually agree with Blackberry on this one, though I'd think this would fall into trademark territory more than patent technology. Maybe the curved ridges on the keys somehow have a patent I guess...

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