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Comment: Re:This never works (Score 1, Funny) 251

by barc0001 (#49548005) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Of course they care. You're supposed to buy it on DVD/BR to watch on your TV, then buy another copy in iTunes/Play to use on your tablet. Duh! You just cost them a sale with your tricksy format shifting ways. Won't someone think of the poor entertainment execs who have to slash their coke and hookers budget due to piracy like yours?

Comment: Re: Figures (Score 1) 350

by barc0001 (#49539603) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

>If you leave insecure connections open for XP clients, you are leaving insecure connections open for anyone as it's likely trivial for the client to say "Yeah, i'm using XP honest, gimme the insecure shit so I can hack away"

If you already own the client box, why are you bothering to listen in to their iTunes connection? Surely you can do something far more productive like mine for bitcoin or scan the hard drive for credit cards or encrypt pictures of their mistress and hold the decryption key for ransom or similar?

And a certificate expiring doesn't make the protocol stop working, but sure there would need to be a bit of extra code for XP in iTunes to allow the expired cert. Still doable.

Again, in this case it's largely a customer service question. And it seems Apple decided that it was easier just to cut off all their paying XP users than spend a modest amount of resources to accommodate them.

Comment: Re: Figures (Score 0) 350

by barc0001 (#49538111) Attached to: iTunes Stops Working For Windows XP Users

Sure, and why is that, exactly? Did some invisible sky wizard change the gravitational constant of the universe on any PC running XP or something? No. Apple updated their services to exclude those clients, probably to fix an SSL exploit by turning off older SSL protocols for all clients. If Apple really wanted to, they could have left that version of SSL running only for XP clients and updated iTunes to not use that protocol on any non-XP OS, but they didn't. Poor customer service if you ask me.

Comment: Re:Cheap in which universe?! (Score 1) 172

by barc0001 (#49530831) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

Well, your comrade just posted one at that price point that has half the memory and storage, so maybe a bit. Everyone still isn't getting the memo though. You don't buy a dongle for portablility and you don't buy a tablet to hook it up to a TV. They're two different devices with different use cases.

Comment: Re:Cheap in which universe?! (Score 1) 172

by barc0001 (#49530791) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

Oops, should have looked at all the pictures before commenting. I see the mini HDMI port on there so that's nice. Still half the RAM and storage though. And I've never heard of this company before so rather than taking a chance on some unknown, I would recommend you get an HP Stream 7" tablet:!

I have one of these and it does what it says on the tin and it has 32 GB of storage. No HDMI out though.

Comment: Re:Cheap in which universe?! (Score 1) 172

by barc0001 (#49530745) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

So for $110 it comes with a microhdmi cable that also leaves a USB port free, or do you need to also buy a hub and hope that doesn't cause interference with the video signal out? And what does that do for OTG function or are you just entirely SOL on that with the display plugged in? And of course how does one mount that neatly and out of sight to their TV/retail display for free? Duct tape or something a little more elegant?

It's also worth mentioning that this tablet has half the storage and half the memory of the Intel stick. So it's not really apples-to-apples spec wise other than the processor.

Comment: Re:Specced too low, weird form factor (Score 1) 172

by barc0001 (#49530059) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

I think one of the main markets for this are store displays, trade shows or similar where it does indeed make sense to plug it into a large display, fire up a local media file and let it loop or run a simple interactive terminal for entering addresses and the like. For those kinds of tasks a Chromecast or Apple TV won't work and a NUC or Brix is both overkill and you also now have a little box that needs mounting whereas this thing just slots into an HDMI port and it's done.

Comment: Re:Cheap in which universe?! (Score 3, Informative) 172

by barc0001 (#49530015) Attached to: Intel 'Compute Stick' PC-Over-HDMI Dongle Launched, Tested

These HDMI sticks are meant for a certain thing, and replacing a tablet isn't one of them. But try taking any one of those cheap tablets and connect it neatly to your TV and let me know how that's working for you. I am betting none of them have HDMI out capability at that price point.

The point of these sticks are to be a media device, or a low power workstation/presentation device and to be relatively simple to integrate into a large display for both uses, which it is.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 892

This is one of the most bizzare conversations I've ever been in. I worked hard, *and was compensated for it.*

Found the source of your confusion. The tech companies we're talking about are the ones who like to pay people for 40 hours of work and want 60-70 hours of work once you get in the door. Which is unfortunately way too many of them.

One place I worked at when I was younger had a 3 month death march to launch a new version of the packaged product and when it was all over I did the math on the hours we all worked I realized we would have made more working at McDonalds because at least McDonalds would have been forced to pay time and a half for all the overtime.

Comment: Re:What the hell is going on a the USPTO? (Score 1) 58

by barc0001 (#49455721) Attached to: After EFF Effort, Infamous "Podcasting Patent" Invalidated

No, I think the problem is software patents. Almost every software patent isn't for something novel and unique, most of it is extrapolation of current practices and new ways of using the same, which is seen in the fact that almost all of these patent suits are not going after people who "stole" someone else's idea, but rather came up with the same thing all on their own and didn't even know these people existed until they got sued by them. Aside from a few interesting compression algorithms, I'm struggling to think of any software patent that's been awarded that is actually something novel, unique and worth protecting.

Hell, during the Oracle Java trial their lawyers were going on and on about how amazing these functions that Google "stole" were, until it was revealed that the judge in the case had learned Java himself and realized that many of these functions were necessary for any good programmer to do work with Java and on top of that, the work involved to create them was minutes, not weeks or months like Oracle's lawyers were claiming.

Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 4, Insightful) 892

You know, when I was in my 20s and even 30s I thought the same way you did. Looking back on it I realize there were a lot of tech companies that got a lot of free work that was left on the table from me and my peers because of those attitudes. Sure, staying late a couple of nights to finish something or booking time on the weekend is fine *as long as your company is also fine with giving you that time back somewhere else*. Most companies aren't, treating it as a one way street, especially in software/tech and that's not right.

Companies love attitudes like yours because it helps weed out the people who won't be taken advantage of.

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