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Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 79

by jedidiah (#48197591) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Everything is relative.

Netflix compares poorly to a $200 cable package.

It compares very well to raw broadcast TV or even broadcast TV filtered through a Tivo.

Plus antenna reception is a very tricky thing. It's often far from perfect both in terms of the channels you can get and how well you can get them. It's very much a YMMV proposition and is a very fussy sort of thing. Most people don't want to mess with that crap. That's why they have cable.

Comment: Re:android = windows (Score 1) 91

by jedidiah (#48196845) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

No, not really.

In Windows, you don't need a special binary to deliver a payload like this.

The article is retarded. Sure, if you try hard enough you can write a trojan to do something stupid. If you are going that far, you don't even need to hide the payload in an image.

At that point, you could probably "exploit" VMS.

Not terribly interesting really.

Comment: Re:Across Devices? (Score 1) 79

by jedidiah (#48196637) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Life tends to interrupt entertainment.

One of the great advantages of current video technology is the fact that you aren't shackled to the idiots lantern. You can watch stuff whenever you want, rather than when they say it will be on. You can watch as much or as little as you want in one sitting depending on things that aren't TV.

A "networked" playback device is especially useful for serialized content and modern households that have more than one playback device.

The "gap" could be one minute or 6 months and it could be the 2nd half of that new movie or the next episode from that classic series from 40 years ago.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 3, Insightful) 79

by jedidiah (#48196501) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Most of those channels are religious and Spanish channels.

Of what's left, Netflix does a much better job of replicating most of their content in a superior format with a better user interface.

Netflix is like the 32 of those rerun dominated channels from your 500 channel cable package.

Comment: Re:Irrelevant. Comes down to users. (Score 1) 100

by Andy Dodd (#48194837) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?


I've had so many devices that people claimed had shitty battery life, when I had no issues whatsoever. Like the Nexus 4.

(The N4 DID have some issues on initial release with the GPU frequency governor and broken wifi ARP offloading, but once these were fixed the device was great.)

Same with the Nexus 5. Google had some nasty power management bugs that killed battery on some wifi networks, but they had commits on AOSP within days that fixed the issue on the next OTA.

Comment: Re:I think they way you tune it can be bigger (Score 1) 100

by Andy Dodd (#48194813) Attached to: Which Android Devices Sacrifice Battery-Life For Performance?

This is only if the phone's broadcast/multicast filters are broken.

A proper wifi chip SHOULD filter out broadcast/multicast when the device is suspended.

Unfortunately, it's a common item for vendors to screw up. The Nexus 4's ARP offload was broken for example, leading to all sorts of issues. The original Galaxy S2 had a Broadcom chip that fully supported ARP offload and broadcast/multicast filtering - but Samsung disabled the filters, allowing everything through!!! (They do this on a regular basis on multiple devices...)

Comment: Re:Trolls are the lowest form of life. . . (Score 1) 479

by Bogtha (#48192597) Attached to: In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

My phrase "near absolute" in context to the rest of my writings could be interpreted in many different ways.

No, there's only one meaning: not quite, but almost, absolute. Now it's debatable exactly how near you have to be to qualify as "near absolute", but TubeSteak did a good job of pointing out that SCOTUS has several large failings in this area, which is enough to demonstrate that it is not near absolute.

The fact that you are still stuck on debating the semantics of my original post demonstrates you have nothing of actual value to contribute to the conversation.

You said something untrue and dumb. You are repeatedly insulting and dismissing people who point that out. The people who are pointing out your mistake are signal, you are noise. Learn to ignore your ego and admit when you are wrong and maybe you won't drag discussions into the sewer so much.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 2) 99

by peragrin (#48192145) Attached to: China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

So how many times has the NSA done the same thing? oh that's right the NSA merely forces Cisco to install hardware that lets them monitor such connections.

The NSA has done far far worse to Americans, let alone everyone else in the world. China at least primarily limits it's attempts to it's own citizens.

+ - Help stamp out CVS and SVN in our lifetime->

Submitted by mtaht
mtaht (603670) writes "ESR is collecting specifications and donations towards getting a new high end machine to be used for massive CVS and SVN repository conversions, after encountering problems with converting the whole of netbsd over to git.

What he's doing now sort of reminds me of holding a bake sale to build a bomber, but he's well on his way towards Xeon class or higher for the work.

What else can be done to speed up adoption of git and preserve all the computer history kept in source code repositories?"

Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:UNIX Philosophy (Score 1) 478

by jedidiah (#48189115) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

> However, do these programs follow the do-one-thing-and-do-it-well principle: web servers like Apache, database servers like PostgreSQL,

Yes they do actually.

One serves web pages and the other enforces the relational model on data. They aren't one huge behemoth that includes both of these as well as some other application level features.

Comment: Re: How on earth? (Score 1) 81

by Duhavid (#48189065) Attached to: IBM Pays GlobalFoundries $1.5 Billion To Shed Its Chip Division

So, once the sale is done, the new owners will have them over a barrel, and will use that to make this profitable?

They are going to pay for it one way or another. Keeping it in house keeps control.
The only advantage I would see would be that competitors to IBM might consider the chips more favorably.

Are we running light with overbyte?