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Comment: Re:The only solution... (Score 2) 65

by Sockatume (#47521891) Attached to: Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

From your sarcasm, I'm going to assume that you'd rather that AIDS was characterised as a disease of gay people and minorities who should therefore be ostracised, it wasn't spoken about, and where its very existence was denied?

That's what happened in the 1980s and it caused the fucking problem in the first place.

Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 0) 63

by Sockatume (#47516381) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

I would not recommend holding onto the stocks of a company whose overall balance sheet has been stagnant for about a decade, and where its core revenue source is sufficiently threatened that they're undergoing a major restructuring to pivot away from it altogether. One quarterly earnings report is nothing to make investment decisions about.

The last time I saw this sort of acquisition, layoff, and rehiring cycle from a major company, it was Pfizer, and that did not end well for the shareholders.

Comment: Re:Hm. (Score 1) 74

They pull no punches on that one. Regarding video chat - which is useful for communicating using ASL:

Accordingly, we are concerned about the Commission’s proposal to permit
broadband providers to degrade applications to a “minimum level of access” in lieu of a
full-throated no-blocking rule. A “minimum level of access” rule would open the door to
a two-tiered Internet, placing users who are deaf or hard of hearing that depend on
performance-intensive video and other applications to communicate at the mercy of their
broadband providers’ willingness to negotiate with the users’ application providers of
choice—and the ability of those providers to pay for sufficient access. This ability to pay is
especially in doubt for niche providers that serve primarily the market of people with
disabilities and have little mainstream market penetration, such as relay service providers,
remote interpreting services, and other innovative accessibility services. To ensure access
for both users who are deaf or hard of hearing and application providers on equal terms,
the Commission should strongly consider its alternative approach of banning priority

Comment: Re:Face tracking? (Score 1) 51

by Sockatume (#47515195) Attached to: Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

One potential perk that they didn't think of is automatically orienting the phone's screen to face you without relying on the accelerometer. (If I put my phone down on the desk or hold it at a shallow angle, it doesn't know which way's "up", but the Fire Phone knows where my face is so this shouldn't be a problem.)

Comment: Re:Face tracking? (Score 1) 51

by Sockatume (#47515185) Attached to: Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

There were rumours before the phone's announcement that it would allow you to look at items in their catalogue at various angles in a natural way. Perhaps the content for that didn't turn up or they realised how time consuming it would be to make a Quicktime VR of every single item they sell.

Comment: Re:Content is the King! (Score 1) 51

by Sockatume (#47515093) Attached to: Amazon Fire Phone Reviews: Solid But Overly Ambitious

That's kind of what the UK's Project Canvas was supposed to do. TV guide entries and on-demand catalogue entries both point to the same object in the database, so if you try to watch a show or movie that's not currently airing, it quietly redirects you to the appropriate streaming service instead. When you throw IPTV support into the mix you suddenly have a platform where there's no functional difference between content coming off the web, HDD, or airwaves, recorded or live. From that it's a short hop to a situation where every streaming content provider is offering up its wares (ad-supported) to the same audience and it's all consolidated in one place.

Of course with no generic live IPTV broadcasts in the UK, what happened is that each communications company built their own live IPTV silo that only their subscribers could use, and chased after exclusivity deals on streaming providers. Ultimately all that happened is that communications companies got the broadcasters and the licence payer (including the BBC) to fund their set top box R&D. Admittedly this raised the standard of set top boxes considerably because they were total garbage.

Microsoft tried a similar integrated interface thing for the Xbox 360, where one search box could take you to whatever streaming providers sold what you were looking for. The same interface would also have live IPTV. I don't know about the rest of the world, but in the UK most of the streaming apps just plain don't show up in it. The IPTV functions didn't appear at all.

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