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Comment: Mission Acomplished (Score 1) 64

by guevera (#48066089) Attached to: Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

Verizon and the rest of the cable/telco cartel have succeeded in extorting rents from Netflix, so now they have no need for an alternate service. A content play was never a natural move for Verizon. Much easier and much more profitable to simply shake down the two or three leading streaming services -- but until they were able to do that, having something like Redbox streaming was an important part of their threat.

Redbox streaming likely only existed to use as a threat: "nice little business you've got here. Pity if anything started happening to your deliveries and our company took all your customers."

Comment: I'd love to mock this grant... (Score 1) 126

by guevera (#47775531) Attached to: Indiana University Researchers Get $1 Million Grant To Study Memes

...but I'm finding it hard to really get too worked up about.

We are planning to buy almost F-35s at a price of approx. $188 million per. This is a plane that in the words of Rand corp (hardly an anti-military outfit) "can't turn, can't climb, can't run" well enough to dogfight.

We are planning to buy a total of 10 Ford class aircraft carriers, at a cost of more than $11 billion per ship. The Chinese seem to think they can neutralize our carriers with cheap ballistic missiles and attack subs. Lots of experts think they may be right. But even if they aren't that will leave us with twice as many fleet carriers as the rest of the world combined.

Compared to that, I think a million bucks to study the life cycle of memes is a bargain.

Comment: Why is this on /.? (Score 0) 190

by guevera (#47257459) Attached to: U.S. Democrats Propose Legislation To Ban Internet Fast Lanes

It's a bill sponsored by members of the minority party in the House of Representatives. It has zero chance of becoming law, and a nearly zero chance of ever making it out of committee. Why are the editors wasting our time with this? Do they not understand the first thing about how congress works?

Comment: Re:Turn the tables around (Score 2) 114

Sure, but is "intuitive user interface for capacitive touchscreen device" actually patentable? If it is, then Apple's got a case and the patent system is even worse than I thought. If it's not, then Apple's just scum trying to manipulate the legal system to win what they can't win in the market.

As for nuking Apple from orbit? I'd happily do it even if there was no such thing as iOS, Android or even cell phones. I'd nuke them even if I had to give the launch order over a landline with a rotary phone.

Comment: You can still get cable descramblers? (Score 1) 548

by guevera (#46905135) Attached to: Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts

I had no idea you could still get cable descramblers that work worth a damn. Anyone know if they're legit? Anyone wanna point me toward a good source?

I used to get hacked DirectTV access cards back in the day and they were awesome...but I thought those days were over for good.

I've sworn to never pay for cable again, but I would sign up for a basic package if I could get everything else for free like back in the day.

Thank you DOJ; without your stupid initiative I woulda never known.

Comment: Depends on the state (Score 1) 1374

by guevera (#46895285) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

And as for the "what if this is the only gun you can buy" counterargument: there are a few hundred million guns in the USofA, and the people that make them have considerable clout. The notion that suddenly all those other, conventional firearms will disappear, and that gun manufacturers will be forced to make only this type of gun, is delusional.

Ruger has already been forced to quit selling new guns in California because of a requirement that all new pistols include 'bullet stamping' technology -- technology that is not near ready for regular use and will make pistols at least two to three times more expensive than they are now when it is finally reliable.

Other manufacturers will be affected by the new regulations as they refresh their model lines (and in Cali, that can include things like a different color finish).

Comment: Re:So much nonsense in terms (Score 1) 258

by guevera (#46792077) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops
Looks nice...but still not as dense as what I'd expect under HIDs...I really want to be excited about LEDs but I just haven't seen them work well enough on a per watt or per sqft basis...yet. They've gotten a lot better in just the last couple of years....and someday soon they'll be ready for prime time.

Comment: Re:Cartels will be fine.... (Score 0) 258

by guevera (#46785893) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

Except for that's not how it's panning out in places like Colorado and the Netherlands, where it's largely smaller growers who are making money....

Sure, as long as it remains illegal enough that no legitimate corporation is willing to touch it. The minute you've got real legalization, as opposed to just decriminalization or some sort of nebulous status like Colorado (legal state, illegal under federal law) then it'll be a whole different type of criminal running the show...the same business a$$hole$ who run the rest of the economy.

Comment: Re:So much nonsense in terms (Score 2) 258

by guevera (#46785587) Attached to: Criminals Using Drones To Find Cannabis Farms and Steal Crops

LEDs aren't there yet. You can't get cannabis to flower properly under LED lighting, nor can you get the sort of growth rates you'll get under HID lights. It might be useful for cloning...but flourescents work fine for that.

Also, the newer digital HID ballasts are silent. Even older magnetic ballasts don't make much noise, especially if they're installed properly. Your biggest noise issue is going to come from exhaust fans, but that can be minimized as well if you know what you're doing. Or so I've heard..."

The tree of research must from time to time be refreshed with the blood of bean counters. -- Alan Kay