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Comment: Re:This never works (Score 1) 224

Other shows have about the same ratio, though smaller totals.
We can quibble about why more people download lower res versions, but it's clear that people are.
1080p is currently losing to 720p is losing to SD across the board.
Maybe that's because of the file size, but that's just another way of saying 1080p isn't that important to people.
Personally, with my equipment, I can't see a difference between 720p and 1080p, even up close, so I assume that's the reason (some) people don't bother with 1080p.

Comment: Re:This is called "rubber hose cryptoanalysis" (Score 1) 139

Also, stop the nonsense about duress-passwords. They do not work.

There is a reason why they call the drug courier a mule and it isn't because he is the brains of the outfit.

The right question to ask --- the first question to ask ---- is not where and how to hide the insanely dangerous files you are carrying about on your person but why you are doing anything so stupid in the first place?

Comment: Poker Night with Pinocchio. (Score 0) 139

You cannot demand keys for something you don't know of.

The cop or the border guard spends his entire working life learning how to read faces, body language, as if his life depended on it, which, of course, it often does.

It is not the machine that betrays you. It's you.

Comment: Re:This never works (Score 2) 224

Just checked a torrent site for Game of Thrones S05E01

Res:624x352, Size:424 MB, Seeds:8622, Leeches:399
Res:720p, Size:1013 MB, Seeds:6849, Leeches:643
Res:1080p, Size:2.66 GB, Seeds:2181, Leeches:171

So it looks like about 10% want 1080p, 40% want 720p, and the remaining 50% are fine with 352p
From that, I'd guess 80% of the market can't tell the difference between 720p and 1080p.

But the main takeaway is that most care more about the story than they do about resolution - the acting isn't any better at 1080p.


Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs 224

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-what-users-wanted dept.
writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. "Older generations of PCs used software-based DRM technology. The new hardware-based technology will know who you are, what rights your PC has, and won’t ever allow your PC to unlock the content so it can be ripped. ... Unfortunately, it looks like the advent of PlayReady 3.0 could leave older PCs in the lurch. Previous PlayReady technology secured content up to 1080p resolution using software DRM—and that could be the maximum resolution for older PCs without PlayReady 3.0." Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content." It looks like we may be facing it again for 4K video.

Comment: Games? (Score 4, Interesting) 148

by nine-times (#49547273) Attached to: Apple Watch Launches

Ars has an article about the difficulty of making games for the Apple Watch

Honestly, I think games are a bit of a stretch. Maybe I'm just a stupid old man, but I kind of feel like smart-watches should do very little, but everything they do, they should do in a simple, obvious, transparent manner. If you want to play games, just pull out your phone.

Now of course someone is going to say, "What's wrong with extra functionality? If you don't want it, just don't use it." All I would say is, if I had my say in the design, I'd make the UI as simple as possible, and make the battery last as long as possible. Adding a bunch of unnecessary features and games that require a bunch of processing power are likely to run contrary to both of those goals. If you gave me the choice of being able to play Angry Birds on my watch, or shaving off a couple of ounces while extending battery life for 5 hours, I'd definitely choose the latter.


Groupon Refuses To Pay Security Expert Who Found Serious XSS Site Bugs 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the pay-the-man dept.
Mark Wilson writes: Bounty programs benefit everyone. Companies like Microsoft get help from security experts, customers gain improved security, and those who discover and report vulnerabilities reap the rewards financially. Or at least that's how things are supposed to work. Having reported a series of security problems to discount and deal site Groupon, security researcher Brute Logic from was expecting a pay-out — but the site refuses to give up the cash. In all, Brute Logic reported more than 30 security issues with Groupon's site, but the company cites its Responsible Disclosure policy as the reason for not handing over the cash.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 99

by westlake (#49541537) Attached to: Bloomberg Report Suggests Comcast & Time Warner Merger Dead

Much like in the old dialup days. We paid for the Phone Line, then we paid for the ISP.

The good old days.

In the outer ring of suburbs where we lived, the only realistic and affordable Internet solution before broadband cable was dialup AOL --- combined with a unlimited regional calling plan.

Not much has changed in all the years since.

Comment: Re:so....why? (Score 1, Insightful) 91

by MightyMartian (#49541425) Attached to: Gen. Petraeus To Be Sentenced To Two Years Probation and Fine

Well, thanks for showing up to tell us. It's so good of you to come on to a topic that you believe completely does not belong on /. to tell us how it does not not belong on /. You are a true champion through and through! Now use your powers to find out if that pack of 100 jelly beans in fact has 100 jelly beans, or 99 or 103.

America needs people like you!

"In my opinion, Richard Stallman wouldn't recognise terrorism if it came up and bit him on his Internet." -- Ross M. Greenberg