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Comment Re:News Flash! Water is wet! (Score 1) 393

I don't store my information in a phone book, and even if I did, it doesn't have my birthdate alongside pictures of me alongside a publicly accessible list of my acquaintances. The issue is too much information being available to be cross-referenced by ME all in one place. Yes, there are CERTAIN people I would love to share that information with, however facebook has shown quite clearly that they don't respect my wishes on that, so I don't keep much information on there.

Comment Re:Consumer upgrade #4231844 (Score 1) 594

I would have to fork over $1000/year to Comcast to "turn on HBO". Why would I do that, compressed or not? The series all come out on DVD/BD eventually, and $108/yr to Netflix, is a lot better. Especially when you spend your comment digging on it, why the hell would you pay for that crap?

Comment Re:thrusting (Score 1) 594

And add to that I've got a $30 replacement DVD drive coming in the mail for my Xbox360 that the wife is currently streaming a marathon of 24 in "HD" off of Netflix Instant, and we're happy as clams 2 generations behind.

Comment Re:thrusting (Score 1) 594

I won't get a 3D set if I don't replace the 720p DLP rear projection set I've got sitting in my living room, or if I make the plunge into my preferred front projector setup that constantly has new midrange hardware getting better and better at the $1000 price point. I can very easily avoid 3D just as I've avoided BluRay and all the other hyped up crap.

Midrange is now King. People have seriously woken up in this recession that the premium for "cutting edge" isn't worth it, nor is the unplanned format abandon-ware (HD-DVD anyone?).

Then again, I build my own network storage, my own htpc's, and roll my own pvr and media streamer, so maybe I'm not the perfect demographic. But I know one person with a 1080p set, and he's 25 and fresh into a good paying job, so he's a fairly strange case. I'm 30, have plenty of cash if I wanted to buy these things, but just don't see the point.

Comment Re:Good... (Score 2, Informative) 94

You just used a lot of words to say that they don't really do much aside from cripple that data you're trying to use for SIP calls by prioritizing their own traffic above it. I don't bother with the cell network at all, as I'm pretty much always near wifi, and over a standard network, SIP call quality is fantastic. Over 3G, it sucks, and its only because of "QoS" crippling.


White House Unveils Plans For "Trusted Identities In Cyberspace" 202

Presto Vivace writes with news that the Obama administration's cyber-security coordinater, Howard Schmidt, yesterday unveiled a national plan for "trusted" online identities. Schmidt wrote, "The NSTIC, which is in response to one of the near term action items in the President’s Cyberspace Policy Review, calls for the creation of an online environment, or an Identity Ecosystem as we refer to it in the strategy, where individuals and organizations can complete online transactions with confidence, trusting the identities of each other and the identities of the infrastructure that the transaction runs on. For example, no longer should individuals have to remember an ever-expanding and potentially insecure list of usernames and passwords to login into various online services. Through the strategy we seek to enable a future where individuals can voluntarily choose to obtain a secure, interoperable, and privacy-enhancing credential (e.g., a smart identity card, a digital certificate on their cell phone, etc.) from a variety of service providers — both public and private — to authenticate themselves online for different types of transactions (e.g., online banking, accessing electronic health records, sending email, etc.)." You can read the full draft of the plan (PDF), and the White House is seeking public comments on it as well.

Comment Re:Programmable Number Plates (Score 2, Informative) 624

Here's a very edifying collection of those statistics. The "libertarians" amongst us are actually receiving the most benefit from our socialist policies, while the "socialists" amongst us are actually those that are quite self sufficient.

Comment Re:That's very nice of you Adobe (Score 1) 515

You're leaving out one important (to me) detail about that setup. SD fullscreen flash runs like CRAP on my lowpower dual core AMD HTPC under Linux. Boxee is totally hamstrung by this, but MythTV can decode full HD on the fly in the gpu, h.264. Flash is completely hamstringing my setup from doing what I would like it to for No Good Reason. I have a hardware h.264 decoder in my gpu. I can use it to playback local file beautifully and no, the "latest flash" doesn't play them back using my hardware and the OS that does what I want with the rest of the hardware.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".