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Comment: Re:WTF is TV? (Score 1) 443

by static0verdrive (#44552059) Attached to: Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated
Yes. You remember seeing your grandparents watching golf, Matlock, Murder She Wrote and The Price is Right? That was on a TV, not a computer. I know you don't believe me, but it was in 480i at best!!! And they'd have to sit through commericials and wait until the show started! At least it was free! Hahaha! It's true!

Comment: Re:Broadcast TV (Score 2, Informative) 443

by static0verdrive (#44551347) Attached to: Despite Global Release, Breaking Bad Heavily Pirated
Exactly. In Canada, thanks to TV being completely digital now, there is no such thing as 'free tv' like there used to be - where having commercials made sense (they paid to show us their ads, while we didn't pay for channels). Now, we can't get TV for less than about $40 a month! Well guess what: I'm not watching commercials if I pay. PERIOD.

Next up we have the format. I can't be available to watch it exactly when they want me to watch it. I want to be able to watch it on whatever device I want, and I want to be able to pause it whenever the need arises. I have computers etc so I'm not paying for a PVR, especially when they don't have a lot of space and half time stick you with commercials, prevent FF through them, whatever.

Last, I'm sick of "them" (be they the channels, producers of the shows, whoever) thinking piracy is so bad - once upon a time you'd blast that shit free to everyone (see first point). Now you have proof people love it, and rather than pump out DVDs Blurays and merch, you'd rather spank people and get them to overpay for channels that play garbage and ads the other 99% of the time because otherwise you'll go broke even though you have a great show to provide?! GET A NEW BUSINESS MODEL. Many are still somewhat blind sheep, but too many have woken up and there simply is no going back. You can't fool all of the people all of the time.

+ - Satellite Reign on Kickstarter, Spiritual Successor to Original Syndicate Games 24

Submitted by static0verdrive
static0verdrive (776495) writes "Satellite Reign, a game in development by 5 Lives Studios, is intended to be the "spiritual successor" and third installment (not counting EA's recent first-person disappointment) to Syndicate / Syndicate Wars from the late Bullfrog Studios. 5 Lives includes staff who worked on the original games. The kickstarter fundraising campaign, now in it's final 24 hours, highlights a few very interesting stretch goals as well. Satellite Reign will incorporate the same real-time strategy and dystopian setting that made the Syndicate series so popular. Gamer fans of any kind of cyberpunk, from Syndicate to the works of Philip K. Dick and William Gibson should check this project out!"

+ - Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be "Abolished"->

Submitted by MetalliQaZ
MetalliQaZ (539913) writes "Last week, Dr. Joseph Bonneau learned that he had won the NSA’s first annual “Science of Security (SoS) Competition.” The competition, which aims to honor the best “scientific papers about national security” as a way to strengthen NSA collaboration with researchers in academia, honored Bonneau for his paper on the nature of passwords. And how did Bonneau respond to being honored by the NSA? By expressing, in an honest and bittersweet blog post, his revulsion at what the NSA has become: "Simply put, I don’t think a free society is compatible with an organisation like the NSA in its current form.""
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+ - English High Court bans scientific paper->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The High Court — England's highest civil court — has temporarily banned the publication of a scientific paper that would reveal the details of a zero day vulnerability in vehicle immobilisers and, crucially, give details of how to crack the system. Motor manufacturers argued that revealing the details of the crack would allow criminals to steal cars. Could this presage the courts getting involved in what gets posted on your local Bugzilla? It certainly means that software giants who dislike security researchers publishing the full facts on vulnerabilities might want to consider a full legal route."
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+ - Software-defined data centers might cost companies more than they save->

Submitted by storagedude
storagedude (1517243) writes "As more and more companies move to virtualized, or software-defined, data centers, cost savings might not be one of the benefits. Sure, utilization rates might go up as resources are pooled, but if the end result is that IT resources become easier for end users to access and provision, they might end up using more resources, not less.

That's the view of Peder Ulander of Citrix, who cites the Jevons Paradox, a 150-year-old economic theory that arose from an observation about the relationship between coal efficiency and consumption. Making a resource easier to use leads to greater consumption, not less, says Ulander. As users can do more for themselves and don't have to wait for IT, they do more, so more gets used.

The real gain, then, might be that more gets accomplished as IT becomes less of a bottleneck. It won't mean cost savings, but it could mean higher revenues."

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Comment: Re:What about Apple? (Score 1) 92

by static0verdrive (#44317285) Attached to: Patent Trolls Getting the Attention of the Feds
Is that worse than buying competition to create a monopoly the way corporations like Microsoft do? IMO Patents aren't as much the issue so much as the laws surrounding corporations and their free run on power. Power derived from money. A good example is how they can do illegal/dangerous/harmful things if they want because often a fine is less than the profit they'll make. Shouldn't they be put out of business and their cash given back to the public or shareholders rather than scolded mildly so they can repeat the offense?

Comment: Re:Doing what is right... (Score 1) 955

by static0verdrive (#43962269) Attached to: USA Calling For the Extradition of Snowden
I guess it depends on if you think anything anti-government counts as treason. Some think the government is somewhat anti-freedom, which is another form of treason? In this case, I wonder about the secrecy of the documents he released myself. Just saying a document is "top secret" doesn't make it top secret, I'm sorry. It has to contain info that would endanger lives or the good of the country. You can't have douchebags marking every document "top secret" just to prevent it from being shared because they know it will incriminate them. Did these documents contain the info gathered or just let us know that info was being gathered?

"There is no distinctly American criminal class except Congress." -- Mark Twain