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+ - Bell Media President says Canadians are 'stealing' US Netflix content->

iONiUM writes: Today the Bell Media president claimed that Canadians are 'stealing' US Netflix, saying the practice is “stealing just like stealing anything else.” She went on to say that it is socially unacceptable behaviour, and “It has to become socially unacceptable to admit to another human being that you are VPNing into U.S. Netflix. Like throwing garbage out of your car window, you just don’t do it. We have to get engaged and tell people they’re stealing." Of course, I'm sure the fact that Bell Media profits from Canadian content has nothing to do with these remarks...
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Comment: Re:The future of MIDI (Score 1) 106 106

That's what you want, and others on Slashdot. But "you" must accept you aren't the typical user.

If these are the features that would help sell phones, then those are the features people would get. Do you seriously think Apple, Samsung, LG etc. does no market research before prepping a new release of a phone? If there was such a huge market out there demanding these phones and willing to spend money on them, of course there will be phones to buy to fill that market and get the money!

This is the same argument about women in the workforce being "cheaper" (underpaid). We hear the (rightful) argument all the time on Slashdot that if women are so much cheaper than men, companies would just hire women and save money. It's the same thing here -- if making these phones is going to all of a sudden give a huge boost to a company's revenue, they would have already done it. Time to face reality - most users don't want these things.

Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396 396

No problem! Always happy when someone takes the time to post real, hard stats that are backed by reputable sources. This is why I read Slashdot, for comments and links like this. Many love to just throw out anecdotal or un-referenced "information", so it's nice to see this.

Plus, these kinds of worldly stats are what I really find interesting. I wish they were more mainstream.

+ - Private Media Tefuses to Talk About Adblock->

iONiUM writes: After the recent article on Slashdot talking about Adblock Plus's new fork of Firefox for mobile, you would think some non-tech media outlets would also pick up this story. However, as is often the case with news which makes media uncomfortable, so far only 2 state-run news agencies have picked it up: the CBC, and the BBC.

It amazes me that news agencies are able to show such a strong bias with their news selection, and yet nobody appears to say anything or care. Where are the articles on CNN, Fox, Reuters, or even TechCrunch, Engadget or WIRED?

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Comment: Re:Yes to Brexit (Score 1) 396 396

Thank you for posting this link, this is really cool.

For the record, the US 15% number is actually their 2001 stat (14.7%), whereas the 2011 stat is 14.4% (which presumably you would round to 14% instead).

This is from the XLS which I assume you used for the data:

Comment: Re:Warning: RAID 0 (Score 1) 226 226

For the record, I have a 6 year old machine running Windows 7 with a RAID-0 setup (asus p5k-e motherboard, WD 250gb drives), and it has never had an issue. It it typically on 24/7, but it has gone through many power outages where the UPS ran out of battery and it hard-reset.

I do, of course, keep all data on a separate regular drive, along with an external back-up of that. So if the RAID-0 did die, it wouldn't be a big deal (and I could finally move to SSD!).

Anyways, the point I am trying to make is that RAID-0 is not as "crazy unreliable" as some people would have you believe.

Comment: Re:It's weird... (Score 1) 258 258

My last sentence is a testament to the fact that "your" (I don't know if you're American or not) elections are already bought, so what's the difference?

In Canada, they are not, and electronic voting can be fairly secure. Nothing is 100% secure, but it can be made mostly secure.

By the way, all of your examples - hacking, social engineering, threatening, they all already could be done to game the system. After the physical ballets are counted, someone could tamper. Before someone goes into the polls, someone can (and already do by handing out things) tamper. Threatening is obvious. And others, such as using dead people. So why do you worry so much about this?

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