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Comment: Re:How many? (Score 3, Informative) 334

by Xenx (#46826365) Attached to: Aereo To SCOTUS: Shut Us Down and You Shut Down Cloud Storage
ABC(and others) offer content effectively for free via local broadcast. Their profit comes from commercials. All Aereo is doing is providing the antenna and DVR capabilities over the internet, thus allowing you to view from alternative locations and devices. The users are paying a small premium to have the hardware, storage and upload bandwidth managed offsite. There is nothing about this setup that an individual couldn't do with their own equipment. Aereo isn't taking any more money from the content providers than any other DVR/VCR would.

Comment: Re:Ah, the Planet Pluto (Score 1) 138

by Xenx (#46512253) Attached to: Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood
Just because some people use the newer naming convention doesn't make either one wrong/right(better/worse). They should of codified kilobytes(etc) earlier on, before it actually became an issue. The standards from the IEC didn't come into place until after the non-codified standard was entrenched. There was no reason to change it, aside from sticking their nose in things. It was a well understood naming convention for the number of bytes. To prevent the people(marketing departments) from abusing the situation, they could of used the defacto standard as the official standard.

Comment: Re:Ah, the Planet Pluto (Score 2) 138

by Xenx (#46510969) Attached to: Pluto Regains Its Title As Largest Object In Its Neighborhood
Because it's a truthful lie to make the drives look bigger, as was pointed out in the link you provided. The sole cause of confusion, was marketing people wanting to pad their products stats. This could all of been solve quickly in the beginning by firmly defining kilobytes(etc) and forcing manufacturers to uphold truth in advertising.

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