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Comment Re:kept my Netflix dvd subscription (Score 1) 293

As far as I'm concerned, the DVD subscription has never *not* made sense. I've had a 3-disc-at-a-time subscription since 2002. The streaming service was pretty much useless when it was introduced. That wasn't much of a problem when it was a freebie, but when they started charging $8/month for something I never used, I dropped it pretty quickly.

Don't underestimate the bandwidth of three Blu-rays in your mailbox.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 744

I was under the impression that Gentoo still had OpenRC as default while allowing the selection of systemd as an alternative.

systemd is available as an option, but (as you noted) it's not the default and you're not forced into using it. (Except maybe if you want GNOME, later versions of which depend on systemd? I've never used GNOME, so I'm not 100% positive on that.)

Comment Re: It's not about the crime (Score 1) 263

21 you can finally buy beer, but still cant rent a car

I was 19 the first time I rented a car. Mine was in the shop for collision repair (dumbass backed into me in a parking lot right as I arrived at work). There weren't as many options and they charged more per day than if I had been 25, but I was able to rent a car. It beat biking through the summer heat to get to work.

Comment Re:The problem is Android (Score 1) 208

That's why you need to upgrade to CyanogenMod. It's all the bloatware and adware that's eating up the battery life.

I have been getting better battery life out of my Moto X since unlocking it and putting CyanogenMod on it. I think a big part of that, though, isn't a matter of stock settings or installed apps, but more a matter of increased flexibility in power settings. CyanogenMod lets you do things like turn LTE and 3G on and off that I don't think the stock firmware allows. With Tasker, I can have it automatically disable LTE when WiFi is available, and reenable it when out of range of WiFi. If I'm doing something that's not too data-intensive, I can manually cut data speeds back to 3G or EDGE. Sometimes, the battery ends up lasting longer now than it did when my phone was new, and I've had it for more than a year and a half now.

Comment /. says a subject is needed (Score 1) 92

Charles Murray covers this matter at length in his most recent book, By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission . His proposed solution is to set up legal defense funds with the aim of making regulatory enforcement so expensive and burdensome for the government that it backs off and shrinks back somewhat toward its proper scope. It's a good read.

Comment Re:900MHz *is* monitored (Score 1) 38

it's the GSM mobile band.

Oh yes, I think the FCC might have something to say about that.

GSM operates on the same 850-MHz band as other cellular services, not 900 MHz. Properly-functioning 900-MHz equipment should stay well away from the cellular band...about the only equipment (other than a phone) you're likely to run across that tunes into the cellular band are old TVs (built up to the mid-'80s or so) that tuned up to channel 84, and they're receive-only.

Comment Re: Why not just forgo paid content? (Score 1) 128

If you don't want a crippled DRM stick? Then accept you are gonna need an HTPC. You can get one of the Chinese ARM boxes but I find they are rather limited on the amount of software you can run on 'em, a better choice IMHO would be to get one of the AMD Socket AM1 chips which is what I've been using at the shop. Crazy low power (average around 8w-12w according to kill-a-watt), GPU powerful enough to do 1080P with no sweat or lagging, and if you don't want to spend $$$ on an OS you can slap on OpenELEC and have a 10 foot UI OOTB.

With something a little more powerful, you could also throw a Plex server on there and stream your own library to a Chromecast while on the road. My home media server runs on a headless A4-3300. One TV is driven by an nVidia ION nettop and another is driven by a Raspberry Pi; both run OpenELEC. The combined setup might use a little more power, but it's definitely more flexible. The server, for instance, uses Greyhole to manage storage across multiple disks with varying levels of redundancy (more for documents and photos, less for movies and TV shows).

Even though your monitor's equipped to handle HDCP-crippled content, your Linux box works just fine with it. Likewise, there are non-DRM content options (including serving up your own media) for gadgets like the Chromecast and Fire Stick.

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