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Comment: Re:why does the CRTC need this list? (Score 1) 316

by c (#47950815) Attached to: Canadian Regulator Threatens To Impose New Netflix Regulation

Personally, I like the idea of that. It encourages and funds a lot of Canadian artists that might otherwise get swamped out of the market by monied American interests.

Personally, I would much, much, much rather the CRTC enforce rules for true network neutrality for Canadian internet users and find some other way to promote Canadian content.

Or, more accurately, for someone else to force the CRTC to go that way, because there's pretty much zero probability that they'll do it without coercion.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 2) 466

by c (#47946283) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

The problem with relying for support for separation from the younger generation...

Well, yes. It still takes at least a generation for them to work it out of their system. 40 years might do it, but seeing where we are now in Canada I think it's going to take another 20 or so before we can really feel comfortable that separation is truly dead.

The reality is that there's more people in the RoC (Rest of Canada) who would vote to kick Quebec out than there are Quebecers willing to pull the trigger on separation.

Oh, definitely. And to some degree, I think the growing understanding that Quebec wouldn't be able to unilaterally dictate the terms of a separation actually proceeded is one of the biggest factors in killing the movement.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 1) 344

by c (#47946095) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Apple also sells music in its lossless format, and there it's hard to get "robust" without annoying the listener.

No argument that it's hard.

But if Apple (I highly doubt U2 is directly involved in the research itself) did manage to develop a robust audio watermark that doesn't suck, it's understandable how someone would get the impression that it might result in an "unpiratable" format, at least within the bounds of the Apple walled garden.

Comment: Re:Everyone loses (Score 1) 466

by c (#47945451) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

The separatist movement here has burned itself out, the generation who were pushing for it being seen as burned-out old farts. Go back to the UK in 40 years and tell me that everyone lost.

From what I read of the demographics, it's mainly the younger generation of Scots that supported separation. They're pretty much at the stage of Quebec in the 70's.

Comment: Re:Canada & Quebec (Score 2) 466

by c (#47945397) Attached to: Scotland Votes No To Independence

I wonder if this will silence or encourage the separatists that want Quebec to leave Canada?


The margins are way too close. If it would've been more like 75% against, the Quebec separatists might have taken a bit of a morale hit, but 55% ? That's a "Please Play Again" for a separatist. The 1980 referendum was 59% against and it certainly didn't stop them.

The real question is whether the Scots are going to be smart enough to tar and feather the next bunch of politicians that decide they want to run a country? I'm not optimistic.

Comment: Re:confused (Score 1) 344

by c (#47945283) Attached to: U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

Because it shows that neither know what they are talking about. If I can HEAR it, I can copy it. And the quality can get pretty damn good depending on how the sound is captured.

The only way I can see something like that working is a robust audio watermark containing the purchasers iTunes information. Won't stop copying directly, but would theoretically allow them to go after a "source" and possibly publish revocation lists that some devices could support to suppress "pirated" music.

Of course, that would only be applicable to online stores (I assume the record companies would force other stores to toe the line on the technology) and likely could only be enforced on iDevices. It obviously could be trivially defeated by ripping the music from a CD (for that short while we still have mass-pressed anonymous, physical media), pirates buying music using throwaway store accounts, or other peoples accounts being hacked.

But, let's face it, at this point the best they can hope for is deterrence rather than outright prevention.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 126

by Sloppy (#47945057) Attached to: Next Android To Enable Local Encryption By Default Too, Says Google

Already the industry is realizing what it needs to do.

Yep. In the wake of Snowden, people need to feel better. Performing encryption on a computer that you can't trust, is the best of both worlds and gives everyone what they need.

Users will be put at ease, manufacturers can check the "encryption" bullet point, and thanks to the computer working for someone other than the user, various other parties who "need" the data will be able to quietly get the keys without an unpleasant confrontation with the user. Everybody wins.

Comment: Re:You mean... (Score 1) 239

by Sloppy (#47938243) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise

Except Netflix offers to deliver an entire bakery to the the table.

Yes, one bite at a time. You're not allowed get your second bite of cake onto your fork until you have swallowed your first bite, and you're sure as hell not allowed to have your cannoli on the table until after you have finished your tiramisu.

Say you have a waiter who isn't delivering your individual bites fast enough. Maybe he's legitimately crippled, or maybe he's just a spiteful asshole, but you're stuck with that waiter. What would you do about it? I'd tell the chef wearing the Netflix apron in the kitchen, to send me a whole slice of cake, and let's forget this whole bite, ack, bite, ack, bite nonsense. I'm hungry (and this baking analogy isn't helping!) and intend to minimize the waiter's impact upon my meal.

I suppose I see how using timeshifting to make speed less relevant, has a downside: it removes our incentive to increase performance. Ok, then go ahead and remain vulnerable to networking problems (whether it's due to your ISP being assholes, or because someone else in the house is using the Internet for something else, or whatever) for political reasons, both as a protest and to keep your own passion inflamed (so that you'll stay activist). But when AT&T starts suggesting that bulk video get special QoS, the bluff is starting to get a little too real. There are people taking this idea seriously. That is bad.

It's going to increase your Netflix bills and it's going to increase your AT&T bills. So here is what I suggest instead: take the monthly amount of money that they're taling about increasing your bills by, and spend it once on SSD or spinning rust instead, and stick that storage into your player computer (since apparently it doesn't already have any?!?). Have a download process that writes to files, and a player process that reads from files. Then don't start playing a video until you're pretty sure you're not going to "catch up" to however much has downloaded so far (or if that sounds complicated, then just don't play things until you're finishing downloading them).

You just saved a shitload of money, made it so that your internet speed doesn't really have an effect on whatever video bitrate you use (if you want to use a huge high-res TV at a house with a slow connection, that'll be fine), and now you're more resistant to "weather" (kid in other room's torrents, ISP-ISP and ISP-video_provider contract disputes, etc: all that stuff fades in significance).

What's not to like? Everyone wins except the spiteful waiter, except that even he just got an easier job, even if it's instead of the raise that he wanted.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 950

by roca (#47933545) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Christians throughout history have understood that the laws God prescribed for Israel in the Old Testament are not mandatory outside that context, and in particular are not to be applied wholesale to gentiles (i.e. almost everybody). This isn't some modern opportunistic innovation, it's explicit in the New Testament (e.g. Acts 10-11,15).

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1) 950

by roca (#47933519) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

The Protestant reformers would have objected violently to your characterization. To them, rejecting the human authority of the Pope in favour of 'sola scriptura' was a move *away* from secularism. You're right that ironically it provided room for true secularism to grow.

But the grandparent post is right nevertheless. The Christianity of the New Testament is fundamentally compatible with secularism and pluralism because it grew up as a minority faith in the Roman Empire and took hold through mostly-peaceful implementation of the teachings of Jesus. There have been a lot of deviations from that course but those deviations can be corrected/stripped away without doing violence to the core, and in the modern era have been.

Comment: Re:Keyboard (Score 1) 212

by c (#47932393) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

I think you're overselling it somewhat. I've tried the swype systems, and I always devolve to just tapping. Same with my friends that have access to it. Out of 4 of us, all of us hate swype based systems. That's not data, obviously, it's just an anecdote.

I think the GP is overselling it a bit too, but I've been using the standard Android keyboard for a bit now, which includes swype-like typing, and I'd have a tough time switching back to just tapping. It's substantially faster and generally as accurate as tapping and quite a bit better than any miniature hardware keyboard I've tried. I don't know that if it wasn't built if I'd have bothered downloading Swype or Swiftkey, but it's nice to have the option.

In some ways, it reminds me of the difference between Newton HWR and Palm Graffiti; you had to learn some new patterns to use Graffiti, but when you got used to it, it was light years ahead of the performance of the natural handwriting recognition of the Newton.

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