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Comment: Re:pure rubbish (Score 1) 394

by Cid Highwind (#47253937) Attached to: Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

"normal draw is less than 140 watts, put it in standby and get 15 watts"

That's less than 500, but still an order of magnitude more than a set top box should need! IIRC power supply ratings on Apple TV and Roku box are both under 10 watts, real usage is probably 3-5. Add a WD green or similar hard drive (6-8W) and a couple of tuners and encoding ASICS and it still shouldn't break 20 watts at full load.

Comment: Re:What a joke.. (Score 2) 186

by Cid Highwind (#47240447) Attached to: The Nightmare On Connected Home Street

One device to compromise. If malware infects the LAN-of-things gateway, it can tell your pillows to play deadmau5, tell the lights to flash, and tell the security system to upload shower-cam photos to facebook.

(But then, computer viruses that just annoy the user with sounds and flashing text are deader than dial-up. Connected home malware would probably wait silently for bad weather, then lock you out and demand 0.25 bitcoin to let you back inside, or steal your amazon credentials when the refrigerator orders more milk, or turn on everyone's air conditioner at the same instant to DDoS the power grid.)

Comment: Re:we don't know what happened AT ALL (Score 5, Informative) 582

by Cid Highwind (#46761517) Attached to: How Does Heartbleed Alter the 'Open Source Is Safer' Discussion?

"Yes, we can trace the changelogs in the software & note who was checking the changes and missed them, but that all can be circumvented."

Actually it can't. That's kind of the point of git.

"The fact is we don't know if Heartbleed was an honest mistake or not...we don't know who knew and when..."

We do know who and what and when, because the person who wrote it and the person who signed off on it have commented publicly about the bug.

Maybe you're thinking of Apple's "goto fail" SSL exploit where we really don't know who or what or when and probably never will because it's not likely Apple is going to release their RCS logs.

Comment: Re:And if they make me have a Facebook account... (Score 2) 199

by Cid Highwind (#46294743) Attached to: Facebook To Buy WhatsApp

Facebook says they don't, law suits against Facebook Ireland say they do (and that it's a violation of EU data privacy laws).

Personally, I think it would be too easy for a company that has the data on hand, and no concept of "boundaries" or "no, that's creepy" to resist. They already have millions of users complete address books from the find a friend feature, faces of people they know IRL tagged in photos, locations from check-ins, etc. it's just a matter of writing the right queries to tie them all together into a barebones profile. They either built shadow profiles for non-FB-users until the legal complaints started, or they still do but they keep them in US data centers where "your data is our trade secret" trumps "I never agreed to that!".

Comment: Die, cable, die. (Score 2) 578

by Cid Highwind (#46191629) Attached to: US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

Is this a money play by Comcast/NBC to get some subscribers back?


Should the FCC step in and require NBC to at least provide a stream of their OTA content?

No, but the IOC should, if they want the games to be a thing Americans still watch in 15-20 years. The FCC already failed when they allowed the anti-competitive Comcast/NBC merger in the first place.

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Comment: Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 1) 2219

by pr0ntab (#46181239) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
I mean, you're saying that if a site looks old, then people won't stop to check it out right?

Well what if the site looks new and fresh and updated and has those same articles everyone else has posted,,, and no comments.

What then? You're definitely not getting a repeat visitor once that person has decided this site has nothing over any other news echo chamber. They might even take a more negative view feeling their time was wasted sifting through a content-free but slick-looking abyss.

Better to alienate a casual who was unlikely to be a repeat visitor than someone interested in the actual discussion who will likely be tempted to check back.

Comment: Re:Just be honest - it's not for *US* (Score 5, Interesting) 2219

by pr0ntab (#46181209) Attached to: Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
You're really not getting it.

The people who contribute to slashdot right now have very clear expectations. No slick bs on the front page, show whole summaries, UTF-8, high contrast, fluid layout, use my whole widescreen monitor, javascript optional, show all user info on comments, make the comment UI unimpeachable.

These are the expectations of people that make Slashdot worth visiting _at all_. You've been told this many, many times since announcing the beta.

These design goals may not meet the expectations of new or casual users of other sites or iphones. Well guess what? If you compromise the design of slashdot to cater to these people which add no value to the site then you alienate your core contributor. Users use slashdot for the community in spite of the perceived-backwardness of the boring older-style web UI and judging by active posters with high IDs who also complained they grow accustomed to it.

All of the people that Slashdot Media loves to talk about here: Those 4000+ commenters a day that are the supposed value add to Slashdot?

Kiss them goodbye.

Suggest you just sit there and wait till life gets easier.