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Comment: Re:Too little too late (Score 1) 157

by terrab0t (#47338841) Attached to: YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

More than that, Google is buying Adding these new features matches both's video quality and viewer donation feature. This makes perfect sense if they are planning to buy them and partner more closely.

Hopefully they won't make the same mistake again by trying to link all users to a Google+ account and generally break things.

Comment: Re:Let them drink! (Score 4, Interesting) 532

by terrab0t (#47329341) Attached to: NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

Here in Canada we have a strategy that works. For tobacco, which is clearly proven to cause a range of costly health problems, we levy a tax that the government uses to cover the extra public healthcare costs that come from smoking. All Canadians get the same public funded healthcare. The ones who are doing something that clearly puts a larger burden on the system pay for it.

Comment: Re:Entitled Asshole Mentality (Score 1) 199

It would be nice if the existing big studios were intelligent and competitive enough to eventually catch up with technology, but if even the piracy they rave and lobby the government over won't push them forward, they may never join the rest of us.

The future lies in content producers who already sell their work mainly online. It woudn't surprise me to see releasing an app like Netflix, or adding their library to any number of other convenient online media stores. They get it. Digital distribution is better for them and their customers.

The existing large media companies will only follow suit long after we have all abandoned them for the ones who do things sensibly. However, that will never happen unless we stop giving them our money and start giving it to people who use services like

+ - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

Submitted by wbr1
wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

+ - Slashdot BETA Discussion-> 60

Submitted by mugnyte
mugnyte writes: With Slashdot's recent restyled "BETA" slowly rolled to most users, there's been a lot of griping about the changes. This is nothing new, as past style changes have had similar effects. However, this pass there are significant usability changes: A narrower read pane, limited moderation filtering, and several color/size/font adjustments. BETA implies not yet complete, so taking that cue — please list your specific, detailed opinoins, one per comment, and let's use the best part of slashdot (the moderation system) to raise the attention to these. Change can be jarring, but let's focus on the true usability differences with the new style.
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Comment: A New Era Begins (Score 1) 198

by terrab0t (#46133907) Attached to: First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening

Domain Squatters, start your engines.

Many organizations will be caught off guard by this and have their names grabbed under the new TLDs. On the bright side, this will temporarily give us a chance to grab decent names instead of paying a squatter. It also drops the value of their holdings.

Aside from that, looking at the list, I think some of these should have also had abbreviations. .software, .engineer and .attorney look nice, but I would immediately want a shortened version as well.

Comment: Re:why do we need generic top level domains anyway (Score 3, Informative) 198

by terrab0t (#46133781) Attached to: First New Generic Top Level Domains Opening
According to Wikipedia, Tim Berners Lee mostly agrees with you on the URL format. From the Wikipedia page:

Berners-Lee later regretted the use of dots to separate the parts of the domain name within URIs, wishing he had used slashes throughout. For example, would have been written http:com/example/www/path/to/name. Berners-Lee has also said that, given the colon following the URI scheme, the two slashes before the domain name were also unnecessary.

Comment: Re:I don't use providers HQ in the USA (Score 1) 178

by terrab0t (#45260035) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Are the Complete Hosting Providers?

“retard” is a good word for this. For a server hosted inside the US, it makes things much more expensive (but not nearly impossible) for the NSA.

From the article you linked:

...there are other actions powerful adversaries could take. For example, they could convince the server operator to simply record all session keys.

So, the NSA cannot quickly pick out your server's traffic at their traffic hub monitors and decrypt it with the root SSL certificates they coerced vendors to give them.

What they can still do, if your server is in the US, is coerce the server operator to record all session keys so they can decrypt all traffic from that point onwards. This is much more expensive though.

The nice part about this is that a server hosted outside the US would only have to worry about less-powerful, less-funded government spies going through all of this. In Japan, the government may not do it at all unless your server's activity warrants a criminal investigation.

Comment: Re:They're gross looking (Score 1) 655

by terrab0t (#44427841) Attached to: What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

There is a new product in pre-production the does exactly what you described. It's nutrition shake, not a solid food though. They should be shipping regular orders by sometime this fall.

For something closer to what you described, and more relevant to this post, NASA is funding research on a complete daily nutrition solid that may use an insect source for protein. This may be licensed as a commercial product sometime in the future.

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