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Comment: Re:Online Sports Network (Score 1) 36

by CastrTroy (#48029735) Attached to: FCC Rejects Blackout Rules
What's worse is that the people at the stadium still have to deal with the ads. I grew up watching junior hockey because there was a rink across the street from my house. Didn't realized it until I was older and I went to my first NHL game that they had breaks for commercials in the middle of the period. You pay $100 for a ticket. You don't want to sit around with nothing to do because some TV network you aren't watching wants to play some commercials. It really breaks up the game. For something that's fast paced like hockey it really takes away from the enjoyment when they stop playing so they can play some commercials.

Comment: Re:What about legitimate uses? (Score 1) 179

by fyngyrz (#48029669) Attached to: CEO of Spyware Maker Arrested For Enabling Stalkers

the current administration has done more than any previous administration to expand it's[sic] intrusive power

No, sorry. Nothing's been done during Obama's terms that even remotely compare with the instantiation of the PATRIOT act and the TSA as far as harmful changes to the previously existing state of affairs by the government.

And then during Obama's terms, we've seen the drug war lighten up on marijuana, we've seen expansions of gay rights, we've seen increased rights and capabilities for consumers and less for credit card companies, access to Cuba has opened up, private sector spaceflight has been encouraged...

Obama's got his warts, all right -- constitutionally speaking, the man seems to be insane -- but on the scale of making life worse for all of us, he's done nothing even close, singly or in aggregate, to measuring up to the Bush/Cheney administration's insults to the body politic.

Comment: Re:How does it handle Pinterest? (Score 1) 122

by CastrTroy (#48029623) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
This mistake is made time and time again when people do a teardown on something like the latest phone,tablet, or gaming console and try to figure out how much profit the manufacturer is making (or losing) on each device. The reality is that unless you are actually working for the manufacturer or supplier and in charge of arranging the deal about how much things will cost, you have no idea what the price of these components are. You get huge discounts when you order 100,000 of an item. And it doesn't just work like this in the technology industry. It's like that in every industry. It's the same reason you can buy a bike for less than it would cost you to buy the components. It's not because the manufacturer is losing money on every bike. It's because the bike manufacturer got a deal because they are ordering parts for tens of thousands of bikes.

Comment: Re:what brand smart TV? (Score 1) 70

I do have an LG. There's technically a Plex app that showed up recently, but I've never used it. I just use the DLNA features and I've never had a problem with it. Although I think everything I've watched has been h.264 encoded. I agree that there's probably better options, but at the same time I can't bring myself to spend money on a dongle when my TV already has all the features built in. Perhaps when the TV is a few years old and newer stuff no longer works with it. In that case I would probably go with the newest version of the Roku, or whatever is similar at that time. They are cheap enough that the additional features between that and something like Chomecast is well worth it.

Comment: Re:Should be free (Score 1) 122

by CastrTroy (#48029461) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
I have a Surface 2 RT as well, and although I don't open many office documents with it, I find that it's much nicer than any tablet I've used before. Just the fact that you can plug in USB drives, or access network drives natively from any app is a big plus. The browser actually quite good. And the onscreen keyboard is one of the best touch screen keyboards I've had the pleasure of using. There aren't a ton of apps for it, but it has enough apps so I can do the stuff I want to do on a tablet. Plus it's got a really big screen. There are very few 10+ inch tablets out there. And most of them are around the same price as the Surface 2.

Comment: Re:That's a reasonable price point... (Score 1) 122

by CastrTroy (#48029305) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet
Yeah, but those cheap android tablets can't run full Windows applications either. This runs the full x86 version of Windows. That gives you a lot of power you wouldn't get from cheap Android tablets. If it's like most other x86 devices and has HDMI and USB, then you could conceivably just hook it up to an existing monitor+keyboard+mouse and use it like a traditional desktop.

Comment: Some pi with that? (Score 1) 70

Just wish it had some level of IR control in addition to wifi.

Consider a Raspberry Pi B+. You can add IR (or bluetooth), it's full HD, has four USB so you can add WiFi and other stuff, has a camera interface, there's a media player configuration to fool with right out of the (NOOBS) box, Youtube et al are all available over the web, etc... and it's pretty easy to move, too. HDMI cable, power supply, that's all. Presuming you've an IR or bluetooth remote working with it.

And it's all about as open -- hardware and software -- as most stuff tends to get, which is handy if you want to get all hammer and tongs on it.

Comment: Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (Score 1) 222

by CastrTroy (#48028147) Attached to: Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time
Except that it will push users in the direction of doing things more efficiently. Getting rid of the start menu may be painful to the people who used it to launch programs, but it was a terrible way of launching programs. We needed to get rid of it. From the time I got Windows 7, and I could just press "start" type the first few characters of the program name and launch it, I never had to browse through a folder tree in order to find the program I wanted. It saved so much time. There was no more need for the start menu. Anybody who used it was just wasting their own time.

Comment: Re:Chromecast (Score 1) 70

I can see the appeal if you have a "dumb-tv". I bought a "smart TV", and found that I don't need any additional dongles hanging out of my TV taking up HDMI slots. I can play videos or display the screen directly from the tablet or notebook, play videos files off my Plex server, watch Netflix, all directly from the TV. I handn't really planned on getting a Smart TV, but all the TVs that were the size I wanted, with the features I wanted also happened to be smart TVs, or weren't any cheaper than the smart TVs.

Comment: No sensible person ever though it was impossible (Score 3, Informative) 113

by daveschroeder (#48027003) Attached to: Apple Fixes Shellshock In OS X

But even here, again, when you look at a typical OS X desktop system, now many people:

1. Have apache enabled AND exposed to the public internet (i.e., not behind a NAT router, firewall, etc)?

2. Even have apache or any other services enabled at all?

...both of which would be required for this exploit. The answer? Vanishingly small to be almost zero.

So, in the context of OS X, it's yet another theoretical exploit; "theoretical" in the sense that it effects essentially zero conventional OS X desktop users. Could there have been a worm or other attack vector which then exploited the bash vulnerability on OS X? Sure, I suppose. But there wasn't, and it's a moot point since a patch is now available within days of the disclosure.

And people running OS X as web servers exposed to the public internet, with the demise of the standalone Mac OS X Server products as of 10.6, is almost a thing of yesteryear itself.

Nothing has changed since that era: all OSes have always been vulnerable to attacks, both via local and remote by various means, and there have been any number of vulnerabilities that have only impacted UN*X systems, Linux and OS X included, and not Windows, over very many years. So yeah, nothing has changed, and OS X (and iOS) is still a very secure OS, by any definition or viewpoint of the definition of "secure", when viewed alongside Windows (and Android).

Comment: Re:Moron (Score 1) 85

by CastrTroy (#48026739) Attached to: Robotic Taster Will Judge 'Real Thai Food'
That's fine if they want to take some of the spice out to appeal to local people, but they should at least add something else to account for the lost flavour. I've been to too many Indian, Thai, and other restaurants that serve food which is very bland because they didn't add enough spice, which would be present in the traditional dish, and didn't add any additional ingredients to make it taste good. Also, there's a certain expectation that goes along with calling a dish by a specific name. If I order chicken vindaloo, jerk chicken, jambalya, or pad prik khing, I expect it to be spicy. Serving something that isn't spicy means you are serving me some other dish.

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