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Comment: Re:Doing it wrong (Score 1) 409

by surfingmarmot (#29878867) Attached to: What is the Current State of Home Automation?
"No need for remote stuff there." To you maybe because you don't do much more than microwave or stir fry. But long cooking techniques would indeed benefit. I have a remote thermometer on my smoker and my BBQ for reason--to monitor internal meat temperatures remotely for long cooking and smoking so I don't have to stand out there in the weather. that would be nice in the kitchen too for roasting, baking, etc. I coudl heck the time remaining without having to go into the kitchen to see the timer says 1 hour 23 minutes left and then checking the thermometer--it would be very to cool to check both from my iPhone and maybe raise/lower the oven temp som number of degrees if I wanted to. How about an intelligent oven that sent me an estimate when the roast was 20 minutes away from being done so I could start the short courses? You just lack imagination me thinks

Comment: The current business model cannot/won't hold up (Score 4, Interesting) 334

by surfingmarmot (#27807819) Attached to: The Problem With Cable Is Television
Of course this is a generalization, but in the main the paradox is that free content usually ends up not being worth paying for because quality producers won't make it for long leaving largely low cost/low quality content over the long run. Quality producers and distributors stick to channels where the business model provides a sufficient fee structure (ad revenue, subscribers fees, etc.) via channel control to provide them revenue and profit. But consumers will only pay for content they value--both in quality and speed. The problem right now is most US internet connections are mostly too slow to provide high quality and delivery speeds that will command cable TV-level fee structures for advertising and subscriber fees. The US is way behind the EU in this. So the cable companies and telcos have a huge investment in infrastructure ahead of them before they can profit in the general market. Which is why they want a tiered internet--to phase infrastructure in slowly and match costs and revenues better to stay profitable. Their greed early on has them no painted into a corner--but you can bet they are figuring out how to make to consumer fund their rescue.
Games

+ - ioquake3 1.36 Gold

Submitted by
Time Doctor
Time Doctor writes "The de-facto standard in Quake 3 engine technology, ioquake3, has hit version 1.36 recently. It includes a garbage bag full of improvements: in-game VOIP; optional external Mumble (voip); OpenAL; IPV6; Anaglyph stereo rendering; Full x86-64 architecture support; Rewritten PowerPC JIT compiler, with ppc64 support; New SPARC JIT compiler, with support for both sparc32 and sparc64; Improved console command auto-completion; Persistent console command history; Improved QVM (Quake Virtual Machine) tools; Colored terminal output on POSIX operating systems; Multiuser support on Windows systems (user-specific game data is stored in their respective Application Data folders); PNG format support for textures. Of course there are even more fixes for security holes and other bugs in there. So if you don't like ads and queues in your Quake 3 experience, get a copy off of Steam and copy your data files and key into your ioquake3 directory."

Comment: No big deal (Score 1) 211

by surfingmarmot (#27765841) Attached to: Adobe Confirms PDF Zero-Day, Says Kill JavaScript

I just opened up Adobe Reader on my Desktop Mac and disabled Javascript in the preferences...

And then I just opened up Adobe Reader on my laptop Mac and disabled Javascript in the preferences...

And then I just opened up Adobe Reader on my stand-alone PC and disabled Javascript in the preferences...

And then I just opened up Adobe Reader on my XP Pro Parallels VM on my desktop Mac and disabled Javascript in the preferences...

And then I just opened up Adobe Reader on my VIsta Home Pro 64-bit Parallels VM on my desktop Mac and disabled Javascript in the preferences...

And then I remembered all my VM snapshots and my Mac TIme machine backups that would need to be changed if I ever used them..

OMFG! Why didn't they just disable such bloat as the default? Stupid is as stupid does.

Comment: Intentional or not is not the issue and problem (Score 3, Insightful) 332

by surfingmarmot (#27614313) Attached to: Microsoft Family Safety Filter Blocks Google
We have been led to believe Microsoft does extensive testing of products and features. Even if the blocking was unintentional, certainly they must have noticed it and the fact they don't block there own server. As a result, they should have either, white-listed Google or at least expressly and clearly stated Google was being blocked. Given Microsoft's past history, this kind of "aw shucks look it blocks Google but let's just mirk and ignore it" behavior is not acceptable and is predatory in nature in keeping with past behavior. Convicted monopolists are held to higher standards than average companies because they are on parole.

Comment: The flawed "style" argument (Score 1) 993

by surfingmarmot (#27600221) Attached to: "Apple Tax" Report Backfires On Microsoft
I am so tired of the "all Apple gives for the extra charge is style" flawed analysis that I have to respond to this. It is utter nonsense--most Apple buyers, when pooled mention ease of use. power, flexibility and reliability over style. Style is the icing on the cake not the core reason to buy. This is the same bogus emotional ignore the facts appeal as the Republicans used to call the Democrats tax and spend, even though Republican presidents spend more and, worse, borrow to do it. Not quite the whole story, you are also paying a robust 32- and 64-bit UNIX with a remarkably easy to use GUI and free apps for video, photos, mail, web publishing, and more that few commercial apps rival n terms of ease of use. There are otehr platforms advantages too: I can run OS X, many falvors of Windows (in VM or mative boot), plus many flavors of UNIX and Linux in VM on one machine.On my 8-core 13GB Mac Pro right now I have running: OS X Leopard, Ubuntu Server 8.10, SuSe 10 desktop, and Window Vista Home Premium 64-bit. I am cross-developing OpenGL/SDL and Qt apps for all three platforms on OS X using UNIX tools. No other OS or System let's me do that on one box at one time. Plus Final Cut Studio kicks a*s compared to Similarly-priced Windows alternatives.
The Internet

China Denies Role In US Grid Hacks 91

Posted by timothy
from the stopped-beating-my-wife dept.
Slatterz writes "The Chinese government is denying any involvement in the reported infiltration of US electric grid systems. Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu as saying that any sort of involvement from China in the incident 'doesn't exist at all.' The denial follows a report in the Wall Street Journal which claimed that agents from China and Russia along with several other countries had infiltrated the computer systems charged with managing electricity in the US and left behind software payloads which could be used to control or disable electric grids in the US." Bruce Schneier is skeptical about the whole story.

Comment: Why do they try to stop him? (Score 4, Interesting) 161

by surfingmarmot (#27546215) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Tries To Shut Down Dissident Blogger
People try to make sense of GS catapulting this guy to fame to their detriment when they should properly just keep him in the shadows. Isn't it obvious why? One small Word, one big object: EGO The people who run Goldman-Sachs are used to running everything--including the Fed, Congress, and the Presidency. They have saddled everyone of us with a debt of $165,000 for the bail out (so far) and most of that money goes into their pockets in bonuses, guarantees for their failed investments, and other devious ways they bilk people for cash. It sticks in their craw that some little nobody on the net can flip them the bird and blow raspberries at them and be untouchable. And they just cannot accept that. Their egos cannot stand it.

Comment: Re:While this is the awesome... (Score 1) 337

by surfingmarmot (#27237405) Attached to: Dell's Adamo Goes After MacBook Air
Ahem...a ...no. The AIR is several hundred dollars cheaper comparing the base configurations for both machines. You pressed that knee-jerk moronic "apple is expensive" reflex button again without thinking. Where do you think you are posting? Some place where people hate facts and prefer unfounded opinion, rumors, innuendo, and fiction like Slashdot? Oh wait.

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