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Comment: Re:A call for Write Protect (Score 1) 84

by silas_moeckel (#48913915) Attached to: Researchers Tie Regin Malware To NSA, Five Eyes Intel Agencies

Trust as in how do you know jumping through those hoops stops the NSA? Maybe the use the secret courts to require a backdoor, maybe they alter the chips themselves.

The NSA etc needs a clear directive by the president and congress that this is not ok. As long as they get only a minor slap of do not do that again it will not stop.

Comment: Re:How many people have this setup to start with? (Score 1) 328

by silas_moeckel (#48894299) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

I have a 10+ year old 1080 flat CRT no HDCP support hell it's got DVI not HDMI. Screen looks beautiful the whole were going to obsolete your gear because you might pirate our content BS was the last straw for me. The content got pirated anyways and pirated content plays just fine on my "ancient" TV, flankly it works better than the store content no unskippable 30 minutes of ad's and I can trans-code it for any device I care to.

Comment: Re:I won't notice (Score 1) 328

by silas_moeckel (#48894183) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

So I'm supposed to by some low density read only plastic disk with a movie on it with heavy DRM. To put into a player that is beholden to the media companies who happen to have a horrid history for security.

I'll stay with downloaded content, aside from an unlikely unrecoverable raid 6 failure they content is mine and I can do what I like with it forever. No I do not want to rent your content, I do not want to have to view it on approved displays (I'm still using a pre HDMI 1080 CRT 10+ years old). I do not want to be beholden to your licencing servers allowing me to view something. I will format shift and re-encode my content as desired (thank you plex). I do not want to have to use your player app and/or use your god awful myopic library app. I will not be forced to watch your previews or use your "cool" custom menu system. I will use whatever subs I choose including the original language translation vs your horrid dub script.

If somebody will let me pay retail pricing for that, with the content I want to watch I'm happy to pay for it. Frankly even the stuff I buy for the sake of owning the dvd box set etc I never actually watch from the included media.

Comment: Re:I have an even better idea (Score 1) 304

by silas_moeckel (#48893163) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

We did have that right early on, the anti car people (aka buggy whip association) pushed to get that snowball rolling to put ever increasing restrictions and idiotic ordinances in place.

You do not have an effective freedom to associate if you do not have the freedom to travel one requires the other to be effective.

As to how to fix it I do not have a good answer but right now the balance is off.

Comment: Re:No thanks. (Score 1) 228

by silas_moeckel (#48884563) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Our Perception of the Internet Will Fade

I split the difference I want my world to work for me. I do not want others to see me as data to be sold and traded. To that end my home automation is local, it sources data externally for weather forecasts and the like. I want the lights to come up and light the room to my preferred levels when I walk into a room. For my music choice to follow me about. For my door to unlock when I get home. I want to track my power usage with a good amount of detail, already finding that there is value in this data from spike loads changing when things turn predicting failure etc etc.

I'm already seeing that I want things to be more connected, to different levels. I want my TV to be fully IP it consumes information and gets replaced in the 10-20 year timeframe. My dishwasher or dimmer I want something secure and dumb with the brains in a smarter device. Turning something on and off and relaying sensor data does not take much local brains. I also do not want to have to replace my light switches every generation.

Comment: Re:Layers (Score 1) 101

It's baked into the MVNO's, to my knowledge none of the MVNO's upcharge for domestic roaming.

The economics are thus Sprint etc have huge expensive retail outlets that pay layers of commission. T-Mobile is sitting about a gross profit margin of 50% Sprint a little less. Ting is reselling Sprint and soon t-Mobile and making a profit and I doubt that Sprint is selling to them at a loss.

If it takes off I can see them trying to reign back the MVNO's but that gets more complicated if the phones work with all carriers. It's really making it look like the transit bandwidth market since you have at least a handful of company's that can support the back end competing for most of the market. Sprint tries to jack the rates preference t-mobile if your big enough other carriers will deal as it's a huge chunk of revenue for them to set you up as a MVNO. To the MVNO it's a question of ranking the carriers cheapest first.

Comment: Re:Layers (Score 1) 101

You do not need all the carriers just 2 to get roaming to all of them, Sprint and T-Mobile gets you everything.

Apple and Google seem to be coming from entirely separate directions, Apple did a deal to make it a fashion accessory and hype via the AT&T exclusive. Hell the MVNO have to fight to get apple products allowed for their use. Google fought to get one phone to rule er work with them all and undercut the carriers pricing. Sure it seems like they want your data to mine. Apple sells trendy hardware Google sells your data very different priority sets.

Comment: Re:Layers (Score 1) 101

While not forcing them to converge Google looks to be leveraging the carrierlessness of the nexus line, where it can connect to CDMA and GSM networks simultaiously. Ting and others have already announced this feature. And it looks like more phones will support this after Google forced the carriers to allow it lest the nexus line not work on them.

Comment: Re:Nothing new here (Score 1) 101

I have plenty of 20 somethings that switched and cut there bills by 2/3's or more. If you want unlimited everything for a single phone republic wireless tends to be the better choice.

Google can afford to buy a network or two if they wanted, that would position them to data mine all those 20 somethings constant phone use.

The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up.