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Comment: Some front page editing? (Score 1) 408

C'mon /. editors. The example at the end of this summary paragraph is really graphic, jarring and terrifying. It's a little much for a front-page headline summary and frankly unnecessary to the subject of the story anyway. A little bit of journalistic couth would be appreciated.

Comment: Re:Get What You Pay For (Score 1) 163

by binarybum (#48762431) Attached to: In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

Yes. your question has only a few limited scenarios - there are many many more that could be listed - trying to reasonably rank those without context is completely unreasonable. Even looking at your examples I'm having a hard time figuring out what order to try to rank those options in - I'm sure there would be as much agreement as with selecting pizza toppings.

A good ISP (there aren't many) should announce their average upload download rates and paying users should expect to experience those numbers regardless of how they choose to use the bandwidth. Sliding scale charges for very high usage isn't unreasonable in my mind - shady throttling is.
Go-go charges a lot for their air service, and every time I have used it I can barely tolerate basic web-page load times. My prodigy dial-up account was faster than their wifi. They should probably be offering it as a free teaser for now and charge more when they have a reasonable service to offer.

Comment: Re:May want a disclaimer here... (Score 2) 304

by binarybum (#48700877) Attached to: Putting a MacBook Pro In the Oven To Fix It

Here is a simplified guide for those wanting to try this.

Step 1: place macbook pro in oven at 340 degrees
Step 2: Remove (with mitts!).

  Now for decision tree:
    Option A: your mac is fixed! the apple logo has melted off and it boots Ubuntu just fine.
    Option B: your macbook has melted shut - if you've been using Mac products long enough you are used to all kinds of restrictions on hardware and software that you thought you "owned" so this probably doesn't even bother you.
Option C: The fumes from your oven wake you from your fugue state - Go and buy a Surface Pro - but turn your oven off first.

Comment: Re:Remove != Improve (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by binarybum (#48509619) Attached to: Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

exactly. I don't know why the responses here are so positive. Getting rid of a primarily vector based library that takes up little space and is available locally is not a great move at all. If you don't like it, fine don't use it. But your points are well taken - this move to online everything is tedious, slow, and frustrating. I need my documents in a cloud, but I sure don't need my bloody word processor in the cloud.
Think Global, install Local.

Comment: Re:who cares? (Score 1) 101

by binarybum (#48494301) Attached to: Forbes Revisits the Surface Pro 3, Which May Face LG Competition

Have you tried any of those apps on an ipad? They are really dumbed down and extremely frustrating to anyone that has experience with the full flegged versions of any of those packages. I got a keyboard and wireless mouse for my ipad (jailbroken of course for simultaneous use) and tried my darned best to make it replace my laptop with apps such as you described and all kinds of jailbreak hacks. It drove me to near madness always getting near what I wanted to accomplish done or getting it done with 5 extra steps each time. I switched to the surface 3 and have never looked back - it is so gratifying being able to run real software for content creation but being able to switch to tablet mode for consumption.

    You have to keep in mind that Apple does not want you creating content on the ipad, thus it is not at all optimized for it. If you question this for a second, consider why in the world you would need to jailbreak the darn thing just to use a mouse and keyboard. Eventually the surface will force Apple to make a content capable tablet, and who knows, it could be better than M$'s. Until then, M$ has the most advanced and capable tablet currently in my mind.

Comment: Re:One of the biggest challenges? (Score 1) 56

by binarybum (#48064967) Attached to: WSJ: Google X Display Team Works Toward Bezel-Free Modular Displays

agreed. pay article, but I suspect the summary may be leaving some detail out here. I'm not sure why this would be an issue at all. Pixel 4000 is last one on screen one - pixel 4001 is first on screen 2. Giant jumbo tron screens are modular - this seems like a solved problem. I wonder how you protect the edge of a bezel-free monitor though?

Comment: Not Surprising at all (Score 1) 200

by binarybum (#47540523) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

"Related: an article at Gizmodo explains that it takes surprisingly little hardware to replicate (at least most of) Netflix's current online catalog in a local data center. "

It's not surprising. It all boils down to the compression algorithm used. By maintaining a library of nearly exclusively B list movies Netflix is able to seed their algorithm with just a few titles like "Plan 9 from Outer Space", "Catwoman", and "Gigli". The rest of the movie files contain quite a bit of material that has a high degree of overlap with these films which allows for heavy compression. Did you know that "Hitch" for example only takes up 6mb when referenced across a library of these 3 films using the netflix compression schema? It's true.

Comment: Re:Not really (Score 3, Interesting) 381

by binarybum (#47440121) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

What do you mean a specific phone or vendor? The Pebble has been around for a long time and has no such allegiances.
And ugly? Have you seen the Steel? It's more handsome than the majority of watches I've owned.

    Calendar alerts, live weather, caller ID, and text messages all have made me a fan of my Pebble. Try one for a couple of weeks - I'm pretty sure you'll become a convert. I'm sure it varies based on style, but I've discovered that I probably only respond to about 30-40% of text messages (some are ignored, others are received ends of conversations). The rest can be viewed on my watch without having to ever mess with the phone.

  With a watch and a blue tooth head set soon enough the question will not longer be who needs a smartwatch, it will be who needs a smartphone - I think the mini-tablet will ultimately reign supreme and act as a hub for tiny peripherals. That's what I'm hoping for at least.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"