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Comment: bandwidth too cheap, studios scared of piracy (Score 1) 147

by bigwavedave33 (#47111539) Attached to: Virtual DVDs, Revisited
Bandwidth is too cheap for virtual DVDs. You can get connected almost anywhere and stream. And if you are really in need of content that badly you'll buy it from the "store" of your choice and download it. They make more money this way. Its toooooooooooo easy these days to break encryption, so once its busted its busted for life and the content owners don't want to have to keep reinvesting in newer tech/encryption schemes, so they won't offer it. Example... DVD / BR... Even CDs are almost a thing of the past since they are clear digital music and the content owners don't want it shared out in the open.

Comment: content owners + broadband = bad for consumers (Score 1) 154

Its really a content owner vs broadband/content distributor issue. Combining the 2 have made for bad business for consumers and something should be done now before it gets worse. Take Netflix, DISH, DirecTV et al, they are all at the mercy of the content owners. If the content owners wanted to put any out of business today they could. The content distributors have no tangible fixed assets except their satellite head-ends and birds in space. The rest of their value is customers and their own proprietary gadgets worth nothing to the rest of the world. Comcast owns tons of stations and will own more if joined with Time Warner. This will bring higher prices to all the content distributors small and large wishing to carry Comcast owned content. If you are a DISH or DirecTV customer you have lost stations because of this.

Comment: been there, doen that, NO.. (Score 1) 141

by bigwavedave33 (#42093047) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Management Software For Small Independent ISP?
Without the time and resources to do it right the answer is simply no. You would have to write it on your own. I owned and operated a small ISP with dialup, DSL, and 4 different flavors of wireless. there exisits no central management tool. You're best bet is to find a decent customer front end product for billing, ticketing, etc probably a commericail product would be best. Then use open source products to monitor your network(s). Either way you will have to do some glueing together of things as state above using the APIs and scripting. It can be done, but by the time you plan, write, and implement, your production network will have changed and so will your requirements.

Comment: DON'T DO IT!!!! (Score 1) 239

by bigwavedave33 (#41908711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Way To Become a Rural ISP?
I was an ISP for 10 years in a Rural area with 40sq miles of wifi coverage. It was nothing but headache. Licenced is the only way to go if looking at wireless. Putting fiber to the home is the only real solution, but is not going to fit in your budget. There is no profit to be made and only headaches to be gained. I still own part of a fiber optic company now if that tells you anything. Best thing to do is see if you can get Verizon to put a tower close by and use LTE.

Comment: hooooorah no can they please pay back double... (Score 1) 171

by bigwavedave33 (#41894125) Attached to: GM Brings IT Dev Back In House; Self-Driving Caddy In the Works
This is total Michigan propaganda. the Big 3 have been dead for years. They know they are on a sinking ship. Before they hire all these on shore IT folks could they please pay double back the bailout monies from profits made by overseas branches only.

Comment: economics 101... (Score 1) 629

by bigwavedave33 (#40313403) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Are Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Pure and simple... economics. There isn't a billion hearing aids sold a year. Compare the number of hearing aids sold to the number of gaming consoles or tablets or any other electroic device. Companies are out there to profit and not just keep the doors open. If you have a staff of 100 and have to keep the doors open selling 100,000 devices a year instead of 100,000,000 how much do you have to charge. I bet you you complain about how much you are paid, but don't realize the economics behind how much you are paid and why and don't care you just want to get paid. Well so does the guy selling you a hearing aid, groceries, gas, tablet, etc. Ohh and you have the government and insurance companies involved in hearing aids... There's your sign.
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40 Million Year Old Primate Fossils Found In Asia 91

Posted by samzenpus
from the look-who's-coming-to-dinner dept.
sosaited writes "It has been widely believed that our ancestors originated out of Africa, but a paper published in Nature by Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists puts this in doubt. The paper is based on the fossils of four primate species found in Asia which are 40 million years old, during which period Africa was thought to not have these species. The diversity and timing of the new anthropoids raises two scenarios. Anthropoids might simply have emerged in Africa much earlier than thought, and gone undiscovered by modern paleontologists. Or they could have crossed over from Asia, where evidence suggests that anthropoids lived 55 million years ago, flourishing and diversifying in the wide-open ecological niches of an anthropoid-free Africa."

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