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Comment: That sucks (Score 1) 648

by dr.banes (#39852879) Attached to: Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions
This why we need Google, Apple and hell even throw in Microsoft to start laying down their own fiber/pipes. The same way Apple negotiated with the label, these guys need to with the studios and content providers. The problem with Netflix, Hulu and any other steaming service is that you have pay the cable provider. Satellite is cheaper but for Internet I still need to pay a cable provider.

Comment: Re:Mixed Feelings. (Score 4, Insightful) 138

by dr.banes (#38207278) Attached to: Facebook Settles With FTC, Admits Privacy Violations

On the one hand, good on the FTC. Especially for the followup reviews.

On the other hand, this once again proves that it's far easier to just do something contractually and ethically questionable yet massively profitable and wiggle out of the consequences later (especially if you've the money for a squadron of lawyers) than to do things above the board from the get go.

Yeah, better to ask for forgiveness than ask for permission.

Comment: Hilarious (Score 1) 429

by dr.banes (#34772646) Attached to: For Mac Developers, Armageddon Comes Tomorrow
This article has so many holes that swiss cheese is jealous. I'm not sure if it was sarcasm, a joke or something else. This App store may turn out like Ping. This may help a few developers but are people going to pay .99 for Air Hockey when some free Flash version resides on some website? I'm not sure if this will even drive gaming on the Mac, We'll take a "wait and see" approach with the Mac "App Store"
Image

IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347

Posted by samzenpus
from the bad-idea dept.
aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."
Security

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.
Image

The World's Smallest Legible Font 280

Posted by samzenpus
from the because-he-can dept.
hasanabbas1987 writes "From the article: 'Well 'technically' they aren't the smallest fonts in the world as if they were you wouldn't be able to read even a single letter, but, you should be able to read the entire paragraph in the picture given above... we did. A Computer science professor called Ken Perlin designed these tiny fonts and you can fit 500 reasonable words in a resolution of 320 x 240 space. There are at the moment the smallest legible fonts in the world.'"

Comment: And? (Score 1) 353

by dr.banes (#34004718) Attached to: Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself
I think it's a good idea considering the numerous updates Adobe does to their player. Windows also requires you to download the player from Adobe. I remember the good ol days when it was Macromedia Flash....I don't see it much different than updating video card drivers, by the time you get a machine or new card, the bundled drivers are outdated.

Comment: Re:What letter's behind his name? (Score 1) 426

That's true and I hate when they do that. But what people really need to see is that they are just 2 factions of the business community party or big business. One wears red the other blue-biggest gang in the nation. Their voting records are almost indistinguishable.
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Medieval Copy Protection 226

Posted by samzenpus
from the thou-shall-write-your-own-book dept.
An anonymous reader writes "In medieval times a 'book curse' was often included on the inside cover or on the last leaf of a manuscripts, warning away anyone who might do the book some harm. Here's a particularly pretty one from Yale's Beinecke MS 214: 'In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. In the one thousand two hundred twenty-ninth year from the incarnation of our Lord, Peter, of all monks the least significant, gave this book to the [Benedictine monastery of the] most blessed martyr, St. Quentin. If anyone should steal it, let him know that on the Day of Judgment the most sainted martyr himself will be the accuser against him before the face of our Lord Jesus Christ.'"
Education

Monkeys Exhibit the Same Economic Irrationality As Us 254

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-wanna-spend-like-you-oo-oo dept.
grrlscientist writes "Laurie Santos is trying to find the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primates make decisions. This video documents a clever series of experiments in 'monkeynomics' and shows that some of the stupid decisions we make are made by our primate relatives too."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-is-relative dept.
sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"
Biotech

First Halophile Potatoes Harvested 117

Posted by timothy
from the integrated-dill-is-the-next-step dept.
Razgorov Prikazka writes "A Dutch-based company from Groningen is trying to create a potato race that is able to survive in a saline environment. The first test-batch was just harvested (English translation of Dutch original) on the island Texel and seem to be in good shape. The company states that rising sea-levels will create a demand for halophile crops. I do wonder if one still has to put salt on ones potatoes when they are grown in salt water."
Cellphones

Motorola Planning 2GHz Android Phone For Later This Year 183

Posted by Soulskill
from the soon-we-can-expand-crysis-jokes-to-phones dept.
rocket97 writes "On Wednesday, at the Executives Club of Chicago, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha reportedly decided to chat about the relatively near future of the mobile landscape as he sees it — which, in part, includes the ultimate demise of mobile computers in favor of highly-capable smartphones. This being his vision, Jha discussed Motorola's plans for a smartphone with a 2GHz processor — by the end of this year. While Jha did not want to divulge any further information, Conceivably Tech cites another anonymous Motorola executive who was a little more chatty, talking up a device intended to 'incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today.'"

Comment: It was OK (Score 1) 861

by dr.banes (#32389710) Attached to: <em>The Hurt Locker</em> Producers Sue First 5,000 File-Sharers
Not for nothing...I heard of this movie and all the hype. I saw it after it one at the Oscars. At best, this was an HBO/Showtime movie. I think it's Oscar winnings were for more pandering to the Military Industrial Complex than anything else. It was alright, nothing special. As a matter of fact, wasn't it them that leaked the screener online? And now they want to sue everyone? The main question is how did this movie get online in the first place--That's where the real problem is. The same thing happened with American Gangster a few years ago...I don't see Ridley Scott or Denzel suing everyone...
Earth

Japanese Researchers Make Plastic Out of Water 117

Posted by timothy
from the what's-kanji-for-boffin? dept.
greenrainbow writes with this excerpt from Inhabit: "The material shown in the picture above is just ice, right? Look again. Elastic water, a new substance invented by researchers at Tokyo University, is a jelly-like substance made up of 95% water along with two grams of clay and a small amount of organic materials. As is, the all-natural substance is perfect for medical procedures, because it's made of water, poses no harm to people, and is perfect for mending tissue. And, if the research team can increase the density of this exciting new substance, it could be used in place of our current oil-based plastics for a host of other things."

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.

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