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Comment Re:Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes se (Score 0) 394

Because the viewpoint you're posting with is exactly why I felt the need to make my first post at all. Slashdot is unfortunately filled with so many zealots that it's hard to put out a moderate viewpoint sometimes. Your assumption that "DRM is always bad because it's DRM" comes off pretty extremist to me. Sorry if I somehow misread your sentiment though...

Comment Netflix is one of the places where DRM makes sense (Score 4, Interesting) 394

I know it's blasphemy to say so, especially on Slashdot, but I have zero problem with Netflix using DRM. Why? It's a rental service. I have not purchased these videos. I do not own them. Therefore I have no expectation of any sort of rights to do what I want with them. So, as while I'm totally against it for things like iTunes or a BluRay. It completely makes sense to me that Netflix needs some sort of mechanism, even if it only keep 99% of people from keeping a local copy.

Comment Re:not much better (Score 3, Insightful) 394

The point of DRM is not to give you absolutely no way to capture the content, but simply to make it difficult enough that the average person doesn't just right click and say save file to disk. It's like the lock on my front door. Do people know how to pick it? With enough effort can it be knocked down by brute force, sure. But most people will not attempt to open a locked door, so it serves it's purpose.
Data Storage

ZFS Hits an Important Milestone, Version 0.6.1 Released 99

sfcrazy writes "ZFS on Linux has reached what Brian Behlendorf calls an important milestone with the official 0.6.1 release. Version 0.6.1 not only brings the usual bug fixes but also introduces a new property called 'snapdev.' Brian explains, 'The snapdev property was introduced to control the visibility of zvol snapshot devices and may be set to either visible or hidden. When set to hidden, which is the default, zvol snapshot devices will not be created under /dev/. To gain access to these devices the property must be set to visible. This behavior is analogous to the existing snapdir property.'"
Firefox

Emscripten and New Javascript Engine Bring Unreal Engine To Firefox 124

MojoKid writes "There's no doubt that gaming on the Web has improved dramatically in recent years, but Mozilla believes it has developed new technology that will deliver a big leap in what browser-based gaming can become. The company developed a highly-optimized version of Javascript that's designed to 'supercharge' a game's code to deliver near-native performance. And now that innovation has enabled Mozilla to bring Epic's Unreal Engine 3 to the browser. As a sort of proof of concept, Mozilla debuted this BananaBread game demo that was built using WebGL, Emscripten, and the new JavaScript version called 'asm.js.' Mozilla says that it's working with the likes of EA, Disney, and ZeptoLab to optimize games for the mobile Web, as well." Emscripten was previously used to port Doom to the browser.
Announcements

Submission + - Turbogears releases first beta for version 2.0 (turbogears.org)

Derick writes: "Turbogears, the megaframework for Python web development has released their first beta for the new version 2.0 series. The new revision, while mostly backwards compatible, is now based off Pylons, SQLAlchemy, Repoze, and many other powerful, yet easy to use WSGI components. New features for TG2 include the ability to support multiple databases, horizontal data partitioning (sharding), extensibility via WSGI middleware, and support for numerous Javascript/AJAX toolkits all in a MVC design structure."

Comment Too many factors (Score 4, Insightful) 198

I could see the mosquito based evidence as enough to consider him a suspect, maybe even to get a search warrant perhaps (although that's already a stretch), but by no means should this even remotely count towards conviction as that mosquito could have come from almost anywhere. Still if finding the DNA in the mosquito leads them to find actual evidence, I suppose it's okay.

Comment Re:Boring games (Score 1) 446

Yeah, I do that all the time. I've played 100's of games over at my friends' houses over the past few years and within half an hour, I've more than gotten my fill. For every game I've found fun enough to warrant a purchase (as well as investing the time to play them) there are hundreds that I was more than happy to skip. Poor quality, plus over inflated price equals you don't get my money.

For example: Thank god I didn't buy Spore! What a dissapointment... I was so excited for that game over the past 3 years, but then this guy had to ruin it. Not even beginning to mention the draconian DRM.
Microsoft

Submission + - GameStop drops Microsoft's Zune (www.cbc.ca)

Maow writes: GameStop, which operates in Canada and other countries through its EB Games brand, has decided to stop selling Microsoft Corp.'s Zune digital music player because of a lack of demand.

Microsoft earlier this month announced it had sold two million Zunes since their launch in November 2006 ... Apple in its most recent quarter sold 10.6 million iPods, or more than five times Microsoft's cumulative total over a year and a half.

The Courts

Submission + - Dell Punishes Workers By Closing Call Center

An anonymous reader writes: After employees at Dell's Roseburg, Oregon call center filed a lawsuit about violations of state and federal labor law Dell responds by closing the call center and stating "the closure has nothing to do with a lawsuit filed by employees of the Roseburg center in February". This act in itself seems to be another violation of labor law due the closure being a retaliatory act.
Music

Submission + - Multiformat Listening Test at 64kbps 1

prospective_user writes: "Do you think you have good ears? Think again.

The community at Hydrogenaudio has prepared a Public Listening Test for comparison of the most popular audio codecs (AAC, Vorbis, and Microsoft's WMA included) in a battle to see how they stand at compressing audio at 64kbps.

Many of the participants right now have expressed their surprise at being unable to determine which is the original and which is the compressed version of 18 samples covering a vast amount of musical styles.

The results of this test (and other that are conducted at Hydrogenaudio) will be used by the developers of the codecs to further improve the "transparency" and let this kind of test be even harder.

Everyone is invited to participate and show how good your listening is!"
The Internet

Submission + - The Pirate Bay About To Relaunch Suprnova.org 3

kungfujesus writes: The Pirate Bay crew has been working on this secret project for quite some time now. Back in April they wrote a cryptic post on their blog announcing that something was coming. In a response to this announcement TPB admin Brokep told TorrentFreak: "The past, the present and the future. It's all the same, but one thing's for sure, we will radiate for weeks", today it became clear that he was referring to the resurrection of Suprnova. Article Here

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