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Comment: Re:Sharing channel == worse picture quality (Score 1) 80

by kb7oeb (#47891913) Attached to: L.A. TV Stations Free Up Some Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

So two stations that were previously using 6 MHz bandwidth each, will now share one channel, presumably using 3 MHz each.... and so each will have a 50% drop in picture quality. How is this a good thing for the consumer?

They are sharing 19MB data stream, it means dropping PQ or Sub channels or both

Comment: Its just like teachers picking text books (Score 1) 359

by kb7oeb (#47827373) Attached to: How the Outdated TI-84 Plus Still Holds a Monopoly On Classrooms
When I was in high school we were told to buy a specific model TI ( I don't remember the number) because thats what the teachers knew how to use. If you were the kid who bought the cheaper Casio with more features and a color screen you were on your own to figure out how to use it.

Comment: This is stupid (Score 1) 215

by kb7oeb (#44936623) Attached to: Apple Offers Refund To Stiffed Breaking Bad Season Pass Customers
I'm surprised Apple caved on this one, I don't think they were in the wrong. $22.99 / 8 is about $2.87 per episode. That is pretty much the going rate. On Amazon a season pass just buys each episode as they are released. The price is the same as everywhere else but I think its more clear. The plus to amazon is if the season you subscribed to starts to suck you can just cancel the season pass and cut your losses.

Comment: Re:Story submitter here (Score 1) 607

by kb7oeb (#36086848) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is It Time For SyFy To Go Premium?

if SyFy had been a paid cable network

SyFy is and SciFi was a paid cable network. Every customer who has SyFy in their lineup is paying somewhere between 20 cents to a dollar a month for the channel. The problem with any niche channel is once they get broad distribution it is more profitable to show generic garbage that gets more viewers than the niche content that started the channel. The fact that the Science Channel is showing science fiction content is another example of a niche channel going for a broader audience.

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Hollywood Stock Exchange Set To Launch In April 100

Posted by samzenpus
from the put-me-down-for-$10-on-portman dept.
You can buy and sell actor or movie "stock" for virtual cash on the website Hollywood Stock Exchange (HSX). Starting in April the company plans on letting you turn those movie performance predictions into real dollars. HSX filed with the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission for approval as an active trading site in November 2008 and has just entered the final phase of regulatory review. Richard Jaycobs, president of HSX's parent company, said, "The number of people who visit movie theaters each year and form opinions about a film's success is in the tens of millions. We believe that's the reason the public response to this product has been very positive."
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Outlook 2010 Bug Creates Monster Email Files 126

Posted by timothy
from the rodents-of-unusual-size dept.
Julie188 writes with this snippet from Network World "Office 2010 is still in beta and a patch is already out. Microsoft is trying to fix a bug in the email program Outlook 2010 Beta that creates unusually large e-mail files that take up too much space. The Outlook product team has offered a bug fix for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems that fixes the problem going forward, although previous emails will remain super-sized. This could be a problem for email programs that limit message sizes, such as Gmail or BlackBerry."
PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

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