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Comment: Re:Multiple PCs and multiple copies (Score 1) 195

...which still doesn't allow two different Steam logins to play the same game at the same time unless it is in both their game libraries.

I'm surprised there are console games that allow you to buy one copy and play on more than one console at the same time, as tepples seems to imply in the GP post.

Comment: Re:$300 for a GPU (Score 1) 195

How do PC gamers address this problem? We don't play AAA titles designed for a console the same year that console was released. They suck for PC anyway.

And, they also might have less tweaks for graphics so that in a few years when that $75 card can run the game at max settings, you still can't get any better quality with a $300 card (which matches today's $700 cards). All the $300 card will do is allow you to run at a higher overall resolution, which eventually will start to expose things like lower polygon counts, lack of anti-aliasing (even injected after the fact sometimes doesn't work), etc.

Comment: Re:Seems excessive... (Score 2) 85

by nabsltd (#47400575) Attached to: Netflix Is Looking To Pay Someone To Watch Netflix All Day

Because that has worked out so well for IMDB and TMDB. Try looking at their genres sometime, especially ones like "comedy" where if there is anything even vaguely humorous no matter how passing or unintentional the movie gets classed as a comedy.

"Genre" isn't really a problem on IMDB, as users can't directly set that. I believe you are thinking of "plot keywords", which are really nothing but tags, and have become silly.

How does a "loud shirt" have anything to do with the plot of the listed titles?

Comment: Re:Big Difference (Score 1) 210

by nabsltd (#47400217) Attached to: Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

You see, there's a "broadcast flag" developed in the DVR software that is really the "can't copy flag" that would take away you ability to move that file around.

The MyHD DVR ignores the setting of the broadcast flag, as does pretty much every other OTA HD recorder. This is primarily because it has never been intentionally set on any program.

Try that with a PPV movie, an HBO/Showtime or similar movie. Try that with HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher... it won't work.

When those are broadcast OTA (over the air, i.e., TV using the same frequencies and antennas as has been used for 50 years) and can be decoded by any ATSC-compliant device, I suspect I'd have no problem moving the program anywhere.

Comment: Re:Incoming international flights (Score 1) 657

by nabsltd (#47399587) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Find an outlet and plug it in for a while....or carry one of those spare charger thingees.

Or, if you really are a terrorist and want put a bomb in your laptop, just replace the 8-cell battery with a one-cell, which will give you enough power to pass this test while still giving you lots of room for explosives.

Comment: Re:Would be different (Score 1) 185

by nabsltd (#47377429) Attached to: Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

I'm still waiting for the Teeth of the Tiger shopping-mall attacks. We saw what happened in Kenya recently. Just imagine that in several malls across the US.

The scenarios from Larry Bond's The Enemy Within are also pretty scary. If they came to pass, it's likely the entire US highway system would be completely TSA'd.

Comment: Re:Why do we have screen savers? (Score 4, Informative) 348

by nabsltd (#47368831) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

You can't have burn in when it's a blank black screen.

LCDs use more power when displaying a completely black screen (since they have to charge the cell to have the crystals become non-transparent), and thus are more likely to get a dark image "stuck".

Turn off the video signal to the monitor and let the power saver mode kick in.

The problem is that a reasonable timeout that will provide you some sort of protection is way too short if the power to the display is truly being turned off. It takes my TV about 5 seconds to recognize that the video signal has come back, and it would be very painful if after two minutes (my screensaver timeouts on boxes I can configure) of pause, I have to hit some "do nothing" button to wake up the display so that I can then hit play and not miss anything.

Also, if you have any of the auto-sensing video switches/receivers, it's a real pain when then source signal completely disappears, as the unit switches to the next input with a signal.

Comment: Re:Conspiracies, please. (Score 2) 130

Limiting number of RCPT TO lines is a fucking awful way to handle spam, and explicitly discouraged by RFC 2821:

All that says is that you should not reject the message based on the number of recipients. You can, however, temporarily reject (using a 4xx status code) recipients after some set number. Any good MTA will retry the tempfails.

I currently have a variation of this in place where any e-mail to a "special" address (like postmaster or webmaster) can't have any other recipients at my mail server. Right now, it's a log-only rule, and hasn't been triggered very often, but I wanted to make sure I don't reject or filter messages to those addresses, but I also don't want them to be used to allow unfiltered spam to be sent to everyone else in the domain.

OTOH, if the e-mail is a bounce (defined as from ""), I do reject it if it has multiple recipients, directly in violation of the RFC portion you quote. The is because a bounce is to notify the sender that something went wrong, and it's impossible to have more than one sender.

Comment: Re:Big Difference (Score 1) 210

by nabsltd (#47352239) Attached to: Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

VCRs always needed to use "analog hole" methods and unencrypted signals.... DVRs were not allowed to move programs without permission.

Sure they were...I did it all the time with recordings of OTA HDTV using a MyHD card in my PC.

I think you are assuming that "DVR" == "device supplied by cable or satellite company to record encrypted signals".

Comment: Re:CASL bad law and affects more than email (Score 1) 145

by nabsltd (#47341037) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

The nonsensical phrase 'double optin' points strongly in that direction.

That phrase is just a shorter way of saying "opt-in plus confirm". If a website gets a request for adding an e-mail address to their list, sends a "confirm that you really wanted this" e-mail to the address, and doesn't send any more e-mail unless you click the link and confirm, they definitely aren't a spammer. Honestly, anybody who has a true opt-out that really stops e-mail isn't a spammer...they just aren't as nice as the ones who require opt-in for everything.

I use a separate e-mail address for every website I deal with, and I can tell you that with over 500 e-mail addresses, only one or two has ever had a problem where I couldn't opt-out of marketing e-mail. OTOH, my real e-mail address (that only friends have) gets lots of true spam attempts. When you run your own e-mail server, you get to see what really happens, and the reality is that legitimate companies already try to do the right thing as far as opt-in/opt-out.

And, e-mail isn't really a big deal...I'm much more annoyed by companies that auto-check the "remember my payment information" box, and then require you to jump through hoops to change to a different payment method on the next purchase.

Comment: Re:The Failure of good intentions. (Score 1) 145

by nabsltd (#47340969) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

It's a matter of reasonable effort. How can a company determine that a given email destination is Canadian?

It's impossible without also collecting the user's physical address. A Canadian citizen living in Canada using a gmail.com should be covered by this law, while a US citizen living in the US who happens to have an e-mail provider with servers located in Canada should not be covered by the law.

Comment: Re:Linux? (Score 1) 145

by nabsltd (#47340905) Attached to: Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" Emails

Canada is the party at fault, Microsoft is just responding to a stupid law.

Whats stupid about requiring people to opt-in?

Because this law (and any anti-spam law) is just like DRM...it only really affects honest people.

Large companies like Microsoft generally try not to "spam" you. Yes, you may technically receive an unwanted e-mail from them, but they do use some sort of opt-in right now. On the other had, true spammers don't care...they are just blasting e-mail to any e-mail address they can get their hands on. Then, when it comes time to enforce the law, only companies that are easy to find will actually be prosecuted...the fly-by-night spammers will never be bothered by this law, and if they are, it's likely they won't end up paying any penalties anyway, as their assets won't be as easy to find.

What this law does is make any company that wants to send you e-mail have to have opt-in plus confirm for every change of preferences, plus they will have to keep a lot more information about you, and this law seems to prohibit them from giving you a choice to receive "non-related" e-mail. Every e-mail under this law must fit a narrow category for which you opt-in. So, if you signed up for e-mail about "Windows 8.1", if MS releases "Windows 8.2", they cannot send you an e-mail in the "Windows 8.1" category that says "hey, Win 8.2 is out, it's great". This means that their categories will end up being broader, and this will inevitably result in more spam complaints about them, as they would "annoy" people by sending Windows 8 info on the "Windows" list, when all some people want is Windows 7 info.

A small business/website will be impacted even more. I recently got an update from a website that said they had partnered with a different company for their Android app, so the old app won't work anymore, and you'd have to download the new one separately. How in the world could I have opted-in to that e-mail before the fact, since blanket opt-in isn't permitted by this Canadian law. A few complaints from Canadian users, and this small site would have been bankrupted by the fines.

And, again, real spammers won't have to care about any of these issues, and you will still get phishing e-mail from "Expedited Shipping" about "Delivery Notification".

Comment: Re:No Question the Drive is His, No 5th Amend. Iss (Score 1) 556

The Fifth does not have a catch-22. Invoking it may not be considered an admission of guilt.

The case in the GP post (LEOs know you have the key, ask you for it, but don't suspect there is evidence on the drive concerning you) does turn into catch-22.

Your two choices in that instance are to provide the key or not. Providing the key means that obviously there is nothing on the drive concerning you (unless you are really stupid).

Not providing the key gets you thrown in jail for obstruction unless you invoke your right to avoid self-incrimination. Thus, if you invoke your 5th amendment rights, LEOs know that there has to be something on the drive concerning you, since it has been upheld that "pleading the 5th" when it doesn't actually apply is illegal. So, when you invoke your rights they can throw you in jail for obstruction (claiming you are lying about the contents of the drive incriminating you). OTOH, if you really do have a valid 5th amendment claim, this means that they have certain proof that something on that drive is evidence of a crime you committed...the trick is proving which crime.

Which is where the catch-22 comes in...in this case, invoking your rights leads to the inescapable conclusion that there is definitely evidence against you of a crime on that drive. The only real question is whether LEOs having a search warrant for the drive concerning somebody else could then use information on the drive as evidence against you in an unrelated crime. If they can't, then of course you happily turn over the key 100% of the time.

Basically, this boils down to the 5th amendment only really protecting you when you are the target of the investigation. When you aren't the target, have evidence about the target, and have committed crimes yourself, you end up being SOL unless somebody wants to grant you immunity.

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