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Comment Re:It's going to take some time still (Score 1) 55

Yeah, I can see that for decent-sized operations. I've actually been looking at cloud services (EC2 and Azure) lately in order to gather telemetry data from beta software, in order to help with the design and refinement process. We're such a small operation that there's no way we could or should do dedicated servers, nor would it be economical. I can actually rent the smallest server for less than $15 a month with continuous operation, and proportionally less than that if I'm only turning it on part-time, like during development and testing. Best of all, as the need arrives, I can simply scale up as needed. Both Microsoft and Amazon's offerings are roughly on par regarding pricing and services.

For all the idiocy about the cloud bandwagon and people using it inappropriately, the ability to rent and dynamically scale virtual servers on demand is actually really handy in many cases.

Comment I've seen nothing but Bizarro World from them (Score 1) 37

Bush and Christie hitting one-time Senator Rubio out on lack of experience when Bush's Texas governor brother took the white house in peacetime with a balanced budget and in a boom and left with two wars, the worst economy since the Great Depression, and history's largest deficit. Then a one term Illinois Senator took that and is leaving office with low unemployment, a lower deficit, and a good economy. They're nuts.

Not that Rubio is any more sane.

Comment Re:hyperloop without the hyper or loop (Score 1) 195

How much does the battery cost to replace?

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Unknown since it is not known how soon one needs to replace it. With the first round of the batteries in the MS (i.e. 2012 version), it appears that somewhere around 200-250K miles, is when the battery pack will be around 85% level. So most ppl think that it new packs will be needed around 2020-2022. At that point, it might costs 5K for a change.
Of course, with 200-250K miles on an ICE car, you will most likely have to rebuild the engine, along with all of that nasty maintenance.

Comment Re:Want big Hollywood movies? Eliminate Hollywood (Score 1) 144

A cracked copy is always going to more be useful. A player that does things it's not allowed to, is always going to be more useful than one that does not. The so-called copy-protection schemes don't do any thing of the sort and never did. All they do is reduce the usefulness of "legitimate paid for copies".

Even if you actually did pay for it, it's still more useful to strip the DRM yourself or have someone else do it for you.

That's even assuming that the work in question is being made available.

Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 1) 144

> 1: Satellite is hack-proof, and hasn't been compromised.
> 2: The latest HDCP handshake has been the bane of pirates everywhere.
> 3: Blu-Ray (BD+ actually) has yet to be cracked.

I think these three are just wrong.

I decrypt BDs all the time myself. The other two also have well known cracks that are often discussed in forums more specialized than this one.

Or were you attempting sarcasm...

Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 1) 144

> Old music outsells new music because there's more of it.

The new shiny shiny should be able to outsell the back catalog regardless. The new shiny shiny is getting all of the marketing support. The fact that the back catalog is selling better than the new stuff is still pathetic, even if it's only in the aggregate.

Submission + - Sen. Blumenthal demands lifting of IT 'gag' order (computerworld.com)

dcblogs writes: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) is asking the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the layoff and replacement of IT workers by foreign workers at a state energy utility. But he is also demanding that the utility, Eversource Energy, drop a particularly restrictive non-disparagement clause that laid off employees had to sign to receive their severance. This clause bars discussion "that would tend to disparage or discredit" the utility. [emphasis added] He wants the employees, who had to train foreign replacements, to be able to state "honestly what happened to them."

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