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Comment: $230 isn't the problem (Score 5, Insightful) 436

by JustinOpinion (#47719933) Attached to: Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year
Actually, I would be entirely happy to pay $230/year for ad-free Internet; meaning that I would continue to have access to all the sites that I want, but those sites would be directly supported by my yearly subscription, and so they wouldn't need to display ads or be otherwise beholden to advertisers. I'm sure a great many people would be willing to do so.

The problem is that such a state of affairs is impossible. If people actually started paying for subscriptions, the ads would disappear only temporarily. Eventually companies would realize "Sure, they're paying subscription fees, but if I just put a little unobtrusive link to 'related products' in the sidebar, no on will complain. And, yeah, sure, I'll get a little extra money on the side for displaying links to specific (paying) partners..." Soon enough, the ads are back (in some form or other), and we're now paying for the content twice. (We've seen this happen many times before; e.g. subscription cable-TV was supposed to be ad-free. More recently I've noticed that digital downloads from iTunes or Google Play have ads for other shows added to the beginning.) Moreover, oftentimes 'ad-free' really just means the ads are less obvious but more insidious (product placement, 'trusted' reviewers being bribed to give positive reviews, etc.).

The simple fact is that we cannot ever trust companies to actually honor the social contract of subscription models. Since they cannot stick to the rules, the only option is for end-users endure the constant ads, since at least in this case we don't have to pay subscription costs.

Comment: Re:Why such paranoia ? (Score 1) 267

The ability to brick phones without the consent of the one who possesses the phone inherently indicates that the user does not actually control their phone.

Any information a company possesses on your behalf, including any codes, messages, or instrumentality necessary to brick a brickable phone, must be disclosed if the government agent has a warrant. Your consent is absolutely not required by any known legal principle.

That's just bog-standard liberal-democratic law, consistent with the constitutional order of any modern western country, no need for secret spy agencies or black sites. You don't have allodial title to your cellphone.

Comment: Re:which turns transport into a monopoly... (Score 1) 271

by iluvcapra (#47716521) Attached to: Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

Except it's not, because of scale. If your elevator sucks, you can just move to the next building over.

I admire how this crystalizes the contrary position. If a building's elevators stop working, telling families they can move out whenever they want is preferable to The State (evil music here) ensuring elevators are in working order.

The terminal libertarian solution to every problem: move. Your city too congested? Move to the suburbs. Too far from work? Get another job. Isolated from friends, family and culture? We have Internet now, and Internet (praise be upon it) replaces all forms of community interaction.

And just remember, you might not like living in the exurbs, 20 miles from a movie theater, making ends meet with freelance coding and Uber shifts, but the alternative was putting up kiosks where you could order a rideshare, you monster.

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 300

...If only there was a Debian based distribution which did not force the systemd into their users.

Ubuntu doesn't use systemd. Yes, I know it might be a stretch these days to call it "Debian based", but at least it still uses Debian packages, and I've even pulled stuff in from Debian repos with no trouble so far. I've uninstalled the cutesy 'Software Center', and I either use apt/aptitude from the command line, or Synaptic, depending on what I'm doing. My Xubuntu setup 'feels' very 'Debian' to me, without the downside of systemd.

Comment: Re:Go back to Debian stable... (Score 1) 300

why I haven't addressed your specific issue with networking? I have no idea what it might be and without lots more detail -totally out of the purview of this forum- no one would.

Thanks, but I wasn't looking for that anyway. I used to love doing things TO my computer, but I've gotten to the stage where I'd rather concentrate on doing stuff WITH it, and I no longer have much patience for tracking down this kind of problem. Changing to Xubuntu was simpler, and aside from the Windows-like rebooting after updates, it's been pretty good.

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 300

Missing a driver for new hardware is hardly limited to Linux... An alternative approach is to use a well supported USB network adapter to complete the install, then load an out of tree driver for the network hardware.

I considered doing that so I could install Wheezy, but I didn't really want to jump through hoops to install an older version that would have required me to try backporting for the newer versions of Kicad. And in Wheezy, Suspend functionality didn't even work on my old box, so I wasn't keen to try it on a new one.

As for Jessie, it's called testing for a reason :-)

I know, I know... But I ran what became Squeeze and Wheezy when they had only spent a few months in Testing, and I only ever had minor issues, so I came to think of Testing as being pretty solid. I guess I got complacent...

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 1) 300

I had already long-ago banished Pulse from my system - I've never liked it and always had problems with it. (Not surprising that systemd and pulseaudio are from the same developer). Anyway, I actually got desperate enough to ADD pulseaudio to try to fix the audio. It restored functionality in some programs but not others, and I was unable to sort out the 'default device' problems. (Not that I was too motivated - having broken two critical functions with one update had soured me on Jessie).

And now I'm on Xubuntu, which comes with Pulse installed by default. I don,t love it, but sound works now so I'm inclined not to dick with it.

+ - Another Silicon Valley Supercar 3

Submitted by jenningsthecat
jenningsthecat (1525947) writes "Four-and-a-half years in the making, The Coupe, billed as "the first all-electric American supercar", was revealed on August 17 of this year at the Pebble Beach Concours by Silicon Valley firm Renovo Motors. Slated for availability in late 2015, the $500K-plus car does 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, and is spec'd at 500 brake horsepower and 1,000 pound-feet of torque. Top speed is said to be 120 mph. The fast-charge time is 30 minutes — not surprising given the rather small 100-mile range. The car is modelled on the '64 Daytona coupe and has a Shelby chassis.

Lots of cool factor there, and lots of grunt off the line. But if you had enough money for only one supercar, would you pay more than $500K for something that only gets 100 miles per charge?"

Comment: Re:Expert?? (Score 2) 435

by jenningsthecat (#47692709) Attached to: Is Storage Necessary For Renewable Energy?

Engineering is merely the slow younger brother of physics.

Robert Heinlein defined the difference between a physicist and an engineer as something like this - warning, mild misogyny ahead:

"Put an engineer and a physicist across the room from a beautiful woman, and tell them that if they approach the woman each step must be no larger than half the distance of the previous step. The physicist gives up because he knows he can never reach her, while the engineer starts walking because he knows he can get close enough for all practical purposes".

I once worked for an engineer who previously had a physicist working for him. The physicist couldn't understand why a couple of 6-volt lantern batteries in series wouldn't start his car - after all, they were putting out 12 volts...

Comment: Re:It isn't only Windows 8 (Score 3, Informative) 300

There's more than one Linux, and it's very easy to choose a stable distro that doesn't live on the bleeding edge.

Do you mean like Debian Testing, (Jessie), that broke both my sound and my ability to suspend during the last dist-upgrade? Or do you mean like Debian Stable, (Wheezy), which won't work with my wired network hardware so I can't even install it in my new machine without a bunch of CD's and a few prayers? Or perhaps you mean Ubuntu, (I moved to Xubuntu when I got fed up with trying to get Debian working), which prompts me to reboot after updates a couple of times a week like some crappy Windows box?

I don't think I could ever really go back to Windows, (especially given my recent experiences with 8.1 on my GF's new laplet), but recently there have been days when I've toyed with the idea...

Comment: Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (Score 1) 197

by iluvcapra (#47689945) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

This is something I don't have enough information on -- I figure they're doing something like this, but Dolby is being somewhat vague with the branding and not really making a clear distinction.

I wonder how much this will complicate mixes though. As it is, we can spend a month doing the final mix on a big action movie, and then two months making all of the deliverables:

  • 7.1 (2D and 3D)
  • 7.1 home theater (2D and 3D)
  • 5.1 (2D and 3D)
  • 5.1 home theater (2D and 3D)
  • Atmos (2D and 3D)
  • Auro 13.1 (2D and 3D)
  • Auro 11.1 (2D and 3D)
  • IMAX (which has its own system) (2D and 3D)
  • stereo
  • Dolby SR (2D and 3D)
  • Dolby Pro Logic 2 (2D and 3D)

All of these mixes are slightly different, mixed on appropriate speakers, and then you do a second version of most of these for the 3D, to accentuate panning effects. I guess to this we'd add to that the Atmos home theater mix.

Comment: Re:im a music mixer in hollywood... (Score 1) 197

by iluvcapra (#47689871) Attached to: Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

Again, you highlight the key argument here: how is the incremental cost justifying the incremental benefit? 3D did the same thing and I doubt the theater owners ever recovered their investment.

3D doesn't actually cost theaters that much. The business model is very slick for them-- all the projection hardware is leased from Real3D (or whatever) and paid for with some percentage/per-seat formula off the top of each ticket sold. Real3D handles all the glasses, the DCP and other delivery chain items are basically the same. The downside risk to offering 3D for an exhibitor is actually quite low, the upfront costs are marginal and they're effectively guaranteed a return as long as they get butts in seats.

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