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Comment Re:Expected lifetime 3 years. (Score 4, Interesting) 129 129

And this is why I never bothered with a SmartTV. Aside from the HD TV tuner, I prefer my TV to be just a monitor. Give me ports and let me plug in other devices which provide smart functionality like a Raspberry Pi or Chromecast or console, etc.

I watch YouTube on my TV. Find the video via the Android App, share it with the Kodi remote app and it starts playing on my TV. Easy.

Comment Re:LEGO (Score 1) 209 209

My LEGO went to my nephews so I have been rebuilding the collection. Been mainly buying Creator and City sets as they have lots of more "generic" pieces in them. Have a decent amount now and my little 3 year old loves playing (under close supervision) with the cars, planes, caravan, houses, RV etc from the City series. While she isn't at the stage where she can assemble them yet she does get an immense amount of joy playing with the assembled models.

Comment Dropbox use AWS (Score 5, Interesting) 275 275

Amazon have never chased the consumer business, they don't want that. Their focus is fixed on supplying IT services which companies can then build their solutions on. Dropbox is powered by AWS, they are the wholesale provider.

Amazon reducing their prices should only be a good thing for them as that will reduce the operating costs of Dropbox.

Comment Re:Can someone explain... (Score 2) 159 159

Just because a patent is granted doesn't mean it is valid, it just means you have paid some fees to register your "innovation". Unfortunately, the patent offices get a lot of applications and have been working in "rubber stamp" mode for quite a while. You put your application in, pay your fees and get a rubber stamp on it. Done. There is no real review of the validity of the patent anymore, that stuff just took to long.

The patent office's approach is to approve almost everything and let the lawyers, judges and courts sort out what is valid or not.

Comment Re:Drill-charger (Score 1) 398 398

We have similar with our camper trailer which has a 60 litre tank fitted (nowhere close to 100 gallons!!). One real plus is the LPG fridge we have plus 2 x 9kg bottles. Those can keep our fridge/freezer going for around 5 weeks. Add to that our deep cycle battery and our 4.5kg LPG bottle for the camp stove and we are set.

If the fertilizer hits the ventilator I will grab our archery gear (2 x compound bows, 1 x recurve and good range of arrows including broad heads) pack the trailer and off we go. Just hope the kangaroo sits still long enough so I might actually have a chance of hitting the bloody thing.

Comment Browser support by sites (Score 1) 299 299

I use Chrome and still come across some sites which have really stupid browser support. The site will support Firefox and Internet Explorer but somehow manages to not support Chrome and doesn't function at all (eg. Microsoft Online Services Admin Centre). It is also annoying when sites use Browser detection and say they only support IE, Firefox or Safari. Stupid!

Comment Membership? (Score 2) 257 257

Can they really claim someone is a "member" of the site if that person hasn't even heard of the site before?

If they decide to do this there should be some marker on that profile to say it has been created from public information obtained without that person's consent or knowledge.

There also needs to be some way to allow you to verify your identity and take ownership of the profile they have setup for you which should include the option to remove your profile.

Submission + - Boxee Box having difficulty with GPL?

synthesizerpatel writes: For those of you unfamiliar with the XBMC fork Boxee, it's recently been released as an appliance in the form of D-Link's Boxee Box (retail: ~$200 USD). The Boxee Box has an Intel CE4100 Atom processor and runs the Boxee fork on top of a Linux based operating system. However it seems that they're having some difficulty with the GPL.

While Boxee does commit their code back to XBMC, XBMC's SCM doesn't seem to include their CE4100 code (or doesn't yet? I'll give them the benefit of the doubt). Boxee's SVN ( server is password protected so you can't download from their SCM — You can download tarball that is preported to be the source code for the CE4100 port from their webpage. Their documentation seems to cover their developer environments and doesn't take into account a fresh install. There's a fair amount that is right but it's mixed in with incorrect or out-of-context information and requires a bit of time to pick through.

Boxee also provides a link to the Intel CE4100 Environment 13.7.10304.125504, which comes with a broken installer stating that an unnamed (NULL) dependency is not met. You can unpack the SDK by hand with a little bit of effort and if you understand how cross-compiling works you'll eventually figure out how to start a build.

You then run into another problem.

Both the SDK and the Boxee source code are missing the drivers for the Intel CE4100 platform. Neither source or binary are provided even though the Boxee binary links against them (in their GPL code) and ships them on their Linux based platform. Its very difficult to find documentation on the CE4100. Intel's public website seems bereft of any information on it beyond press releases. You can sign up for an embedded products account but without a corporate backed account (NDA anyone?) you won't get access to the good stuff design guide, platform SDK, etc.

A word of warning in regards to people interested in hacking the Boxee — its made some efforts to be a closed product. They sign their filesystems which get checked before mounting, any root-shell acess methods that are published seem to get quickly fixed. After the latest root access methods were documented the holes were patched fairly quickly. . That being said, it's still fairly simple to get access to the root filesystem and to execute arbitrary code.

Lets all root for Boxee and D-Link to make things right. I'm sure it's simply an oversight but given that their product is based on the GPL software — I think it's reasonable to ask for the source code we're entitled to as customers.

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