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Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 111

by jedidiah (#48198723) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

PVRs are great for caching live events. Let it start the recording and leave it be for 15 or so minutes so that you've got enough "buffer" so that you won't catch up to those ads.

This approach is also good for sporting events where there might be a lot of nonsense and commentary that you don't necessarily want to see.

If it's a less interesting sport like soccer or most of what's on the Olympics, you can fast forward to the interesting parts.

Plus you don't have to worry about "starting on time". It's actually better if you don't.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 111

by jedidiah (#48198653) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

> Maybe, but it's good enough for me because I don't give a fuck about sports.

+...or new content.

Netflix is great as a "rerun channel". It's like a juiced up version of MeTV or AntennaTV on steroids.

Beyond that, it kind of sucks and there's really no point in denying it. Netflix by itself is no cable substitute. There's no point in pretending Netflix is something it's not. There's no point in trying to give people the wrong idea.

Fortunately the streaming landscape is not merely limited to Netflix.

Although more complete options will require you to be not a complete cheapskate.

Comment: Re:I don't accept the premise (Score 1) 465

by jedidiah (#48198149) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

I am fascinated by that other guy that says that these "programmers" were nothing more than secretaries that managed the punch cards. There used to be a lot of grunt work and manual labor in computing that isn't there anymore. Those jobs just disappeared.

We have to be careful about which computing jobs we're talking about because even now they all aren't created equal.

Some jobs are more interesting than others. Some jobs are more lucrative than others. Some jobs require less training and education than others.

The same goes for law, medicine, and science.

Comment: Re:1..2..3 before SJW (Score 3, Insightful) 465

by jedidiah (#48198081) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

That might be the same article that mentioned that Cosmo used to push the idea of women programmers. Do they still do that or did they stop doing that in the 80's.

It's the SJW ninnies that are trying to pretend that nerds are the perpetrators here when they are generally powerless and denigrated.

Nerds are the tail end of the problem. You're expecting them to wag the dog when it's the greeks and the jocks that control all of the really relevant media outlets.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 1) 111

by jedidiah (#48197591) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Everything is relative.

Netflix compares poorly to a $200 cable package.

It compares very well to raw broadcast TV or even broadcast TV filtered through a Tivo.

Plus antenna reception is a very tricky thing. It's often far from perfect both in terms of the channels you can get and how well you can get them. It's very much a YMMV proposition and is a very fussy sort of thing. Most people don't want to mess with that crap. That's why they have cable.

Comment: Re:android = windows (Score 2) 103

by jedidiah (#48196845) Attached to: Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

No, not really.

In Windows, you don't need a special binary to deliver a payload like this.

The article is retarded. Sure, if you try hard enough you can write a trojan to do something stupid. If you are going that far, you don't even need to hide the payload in an image.

At that point, you could probably "exploit" VMS.

Not terribly interesting really.

Comment: Re:Across Devices? (Score 1) 111

by jedidiah (#48196637) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Life tends to interrupt entertainment.

One of the great advantages of current video technology is the fact that you aren't shackled to the idiots lantern. You can watch stuff whenever you want, rather than when they say it will be on. You can watch as much or as little as you want in one sitting depending on things that aren't TV.

A "networked" playback device is especially useful for serialized content and modern households that have more than one playback device.

The "gap" could be one minute or 6 months and it could be the 2nd half of that new movie or the next episode from that classic series from 40 years ago.

Comment: Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (Score 3, Insightful) 111

by jedidiah (#48196501) Attached to: Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

Most of those channels are religious and Spanish channels.

Of what's left, Netflix does a much better job of replicating most of their content in a superior format with a better user interface.

Netflix is like the 32 of those rerun dominated channels from your 500 channel cable package.

Comment: Re:UNIX Philosophy (Score 1) 508

by jedidiah (#48189115) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

> However, do these programs follow the do-one-thing-and-do-it-well principle: web servers like Apache, database servers like PostgreSQL,

Yes they do actually.

One serves web pages and the other enforces the relational model on data. They aren't one huge behemoth that includes both of these as well as some other application level features.

Comment: Re:And this is why Linux will never win the deskto (Score 4, Insightful) 508

by jedidiah (#48189031) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

Are you kidding. Linux doesn't even need to be installed. You can just run it straight from the install media.

This is handy when you have a Windows install that can't even run it's own wired network interface and it can't tell you what driver it needs because it's too dumb to do that.

Linux liveCD to the rescue!

Boot up.
Interrogate hardware.
Proceed with beating the bushes to find Windows drivers.

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