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Comment: Re:No equal? (Score 2) 665

by mkendall (#40881227) Attached to: Why We Love Firefox, and Why We Hate It

My understanding is that AdBlock on Chrome doesn't work the same as it does on Firefox. On Firefox it blocks the downloading of black-listed items; on Chrome it just blocks the rendering. So your browser still makes bandwidth-wasting requests to ad-brokers, and sends and receives cookies to them, you just don't see the results. Which is not really the same thing.

Comment: Re:get a mythtv (Score 1) 98

by mkendall (#30233958) Attached to: Google's Reach Hits Your Tivo

It works pretty well most of the time for me. There are several algorithms used for program break detection. The ones that seem to work best are blank frame detection and station logo detection. I find it works well on Discovery, A&E, CBC Newsworld and Speed TV (blank frames), and AMC and other movie channels (logo detection down in the black letterbox bars). It works passably on network TV but tends to get a bit confused when they run the final seconds of the show and the credits in a sidebar next to station promos.

Comment: Re:Wrong. I take it you are an American? (Score 1) 107

by mkendall (#28344767) Attached to: Canada Telecoms Launch Mobile Payment Service

Canadian's don't carry cash. Period. At least not Canadians under 30. This is one area in which the US and Canada are vastly different... cash is now hardly used for any transactions in Canada anymore, at all.

I think perhaps you are overstating the case. I rarely have less than a couple of hundred dollars in my wallet, and I see people pay with cash in supermarkets and so on probably around one third of the time.

And if you never pay for anything with cash, how do you accumulate change for parking meters and such?

Comment: Re:Quityerbitchin! (Score 1) 109

by mkendall (#26993531) Attached to: Google Blames Gmail Troubles On Maintenance Goof

The logic is quite simple: if you can't live without something, then get a guarantee in writing, and pay the premium for that extra service. In Gmail's case, there is no premium service, so you'd better start looking elsewhere.

Actually there is. Gmail is available as part of Google Apps for Your Domain. Premier Edition costs $50 per user per year and offers a 3-nines uptime guarantee.

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An anonymous reader writes "Charlie Demerjian over at The Inquirer has a brilliant and impassioned rant about DRM infections, who causes them, who wants them and why hardware vendors don't have the spines to stand up for their rights and for the rights of users. From the article: "THE RECENT BILE directed at DAMMIT [ATI+AMD] over the framebuffer lockout is entirely misdirected. Or, at least, the reason to blame the firm is wrong. The hardware providers may be guilty as hell here, but not for this — the real evil here is Microsoft with its DRM fetish. The loser? You, once again". Read the article here."

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