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Comment: Re:It's all about sales (Score 2) 666

by Traegorn (#36220068) Attached to: Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

We, as consumers, are idiots.

Stop being a consumer. Manufacture what you need. Personally, every time I hear the word "consumer", I think of an infant on a teat. When I think about the degree to which I am a consumer despite my best efforts not to be, I'm ashamed of myself.

So you build your own LCDs from scratch now? I'd love to see your hand crafted motherboard! :P

Comment: Why I love my 3g iPad... (Score 1) 395

by Traegorn (#35886732) Attached to: The Tablet Debate: 3G Or Wi-Fi?
I travel to conventions, and while many hotels have free wifi, in my experience it's often flakey... And actually some of the nicer hotels (like, say, the Twin Cities Sheraton) charge like 20 bucks a day for wifi. It's because of that, that I got the 3g iPad. I only pay for the dataplan a few months of the year too, so it's not like I have a constant bill for it. I also found that I was thankful I had a 3g iPad last night when I lost power for an hour. My wife and I propped up the iPad onthe smartcover and watched a show on Netflix over 3g. Very, very handy.

Beware the Airport Wireless 120

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the far-too-trusting dept.
schwit1 writes to tell us that a recent study by a Silicon Valley-based security company shows that black-hats have been ramping up their use of tempting free or unsecured wireless access points in high travel areas like airports and hotels. "According to their study, even the 'secure' networks weren't all too safe. Eighty percent of the private Wi-Fi networks at airports surveyed by Airtight were secured by the aging Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol, which was cracked back in 2001. Almost as many — 77 percent — of the networks they surveyed were actually private, peer-to-peer networks, meaning they weren't official hotspots. Instead, they were running off someone else's computer."
Music

ASCAP Starts To Act Like the RIAA 272

Posted by kdawson
from the rebrand-as-ashattery dept.
Scott Lockwood writes "Below Average Dave, a Dr. Demento style parody artist, has been shut down by the ASCAP. This collective, acting as badly as the RIAA, is now attempting to ignore the 2 Live Crew Supreme Court decision that parodies are new derivative works. Just like the RIAA, ASCAP seems intent on misrepresents the law. If you know anyone who can help BA Dave in his plight, please contact him." This artist doesn't have the resources to fight the ASCAP, even though the law is pretty clearly on his side. Anyone at the EFF or the ACLU interested?
Movies

Netflix Throttling Instant Video Streaming 207

Posted by kdawson
from the bandwidth-available-but-not-to-you dept.
rsk writes "For the last few weeks I've been experiencing terrible streaming video performance from Netflix on both my Xbox 360 and PC. While my Xbox 360 would at least stream at a lower resolution, my PC cannot seem to avoid 2-hr. buffering times before playback even started. I smelled shenanigans and started digging. With some help finding the debug menu for the streaming video player, I set out to figure out why playback was so slow. It seems that Netflix is significantly throttling Watch Instantly users (on the PC) down to an unusable cap — in my case, 48 kbps — on a per-connection basis."
Networking

Console Makers Pushing For More Network Reliance 198

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-escape-the-cloud dept.
There's a story on Joystiq about the convergence of games consoles and network play, suggesting that the industry is slowly moving away from physical media, preferring the control and simplicity of online distribution. The article points out that Microsoft's Games for Windows Live, despite being relatively unpopular, has seen continued development with an eye toward interacting with Xbox Live. Quoting: "While it's unlikely that the next generation of consoles will completely forgo disc-based media, downloads are quickly becoming a much bigger part of the experience. Some games, such as Rock Band 2 and Gears of War 2, are now shipping with codes for free downloads. This isn't because the publishers like you and want to give you free stuff. It's part of a larger strategy to increase the importance of the online presence, where content can be tightly controlled and decrease the importance of physical media, and thus, used-game sales and rentals."

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