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Submission + - "PlayStation is poison to children" (google.com)

KMouri writes: Tropical coupist and tyrant says Sony's PlayStation video game console is "poison" and leads children down the capitalist "road to hell" ... In expanding on his dislike of western toys and games — he already slammed Nintendo for promoting "selfishness, individualism and violence," Chavez Sunday took on the world's top selling game console, Sony's PlayStation. "Those games they call 'PlayStation' are poison. Some games teach you to kill. They once put my face on a game, 'you've got to find Chavez to kill him.'"The firebrand leftist dictator said any game that "bomb cities or just throw bombs," are sold by capitalist countries to sow violence so they can "later sell weapons".

Comment Re:Correction (Score 1) 284

Your statement is literally true, but the design of the truck contributed to the severity of the accident. One presumes that there are building sites in Europe, yet somehow they manage to use trucks there.

Nope, sorry, for safety reasons all of our building sites use Smart cars.

Submission + - Suddenlink Communications hits 40Mb/s in east Tx

An anonymous reader writes: Suddenlink Communications has recently upgraded the east Texas area (Tyler/Longview) to DOCSIS 3.0. I purchased the 20Mb/s Down and 2Mb/s Up Package today and was pleasantly surprised to find that my Motorola Surf Board 5101 was topping out at 19Mb/s Down and 2Mb/s Up. However, the Sales Rep. informed me of a little secret. A DOCSIS 3.0 certified Modem would give early adopters higher download speeds until it becomes standard, and boy, he was not kidding!!! I purchased a Motorola Surf Board 6120 at Best Buy for approximately $80, called Suddenlink again to set-up the new modem, and ran some speed tests. I live in an apartment complex in Tyler, and I am getting approximately 45Mb/s Down and 1.85Mb/s Up. I am not sure why I cannot hit 2Mb/s Up with the new modem, but I think the download speed is newsworthy.

Comment Re:HTML5 for the win? Sorry, that's not a codec. (Score 1) 297

Wow, do you work for the H.264 guys or something?

Yes, it's trivial to support Theora, not to mention no licensing costs. H.264 costs money today, and will cost even more from 2011.

As for content, duh. See what the actual Slashdot story is all about?

For Google, it's probably cheaper to pay slightly more for Theora storage than the outrageous cost of H.264 in the future.

The point with control is that smaller platforms/companies won't easily be able to pay the insane prices the owners are going to charge.

BTW, that last link of yours is from 2007. Using Theora 1.0. Epic fail on your part.

All you seem capable of is spreading FUD and lies against Theora.

Comment xvid is less demanding (Score 2, Insightful) 619

Xvid and divx (mpeg-4 part 2) are far less resource-intensive than h.264. I don't know if anyone's ever tried playing a reasonably sized h.264 encoded video on a PIII, but it usually doesn't work out so well. Avi and divx I'm not so sure about, but I don't see why they had to get rid of xvid. Maybe I'm behind the times, but most of the time when I decide to re-encode something it's because I need to play it on a slow budget box like the ones they have at school.
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - In other news Conan to sell Tonight Show on E-Bay (cnet.com)

stilldead writes: In what appears to be a bold move to make some extra money off the Tonight Show before Leno comes in with something that I'm sure will be completely different it appears that Conan will be offering the show to the highest bidder on E-Bay. Of course he may end up using Craigslist instead. Now all we have to hope for is that he'll add in Triumph the Comic insult Dog and the Gaseous Weiner to really sweeten this deal.

Comment You're an idiot. (Score 0, Troll) 172

The whole idea behind this question is to show that offering to pay someone to do something illegal is, in itself, illegal.

So in your world, telling someone about a company's products is the same as murder?

Now are they asking someone to do something illegal?

Such as?

Last time I checked, telling people about a company's product isn't illegal.

Now, they may *possibly* be asking people to break and NDA, but that would be a civil matter, not a criminal one, and therefore it wouldn't be illegal.

Comment Re:when is enough? (Score 2, Interesting) 90

Well if they file for a patent, they obviously think its worth the cost. You can't always directly measure the return either, since you don't know if you holding the patent lowers competition.

Also remember that because the system is like this, companies that aren't patent trolls still need to file for the patents if they want to defend their technology. Blame the system, not those who have to play by its rules.

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Submission + - Facebook McAfee 'fans' get free security suite

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook has inked a deal with McAfee that will see all 350 million members of the social networking platform eligible to receive a free copy of the firm's Internet Security suite for six months — if they become a 'fan' of McAfee. In addition, if consumers take up the offer and then find their Facebook account is hijacked, the companies have developed a process to help clean up the victim's system and restore their Facebook profile.

Comment Re:On Hybrid Vehicles (Score 1) 594

1) The replacement rate on hybrid battery packs is *extremely* low, and they're not that expensive any more. *New* Prius batteries cost $2,229 for the first-gen and $2,588 for the second-gen. Used packs can be bought for several hundred dollars.
2) Where are you getting "similar highway ratings"? The Jetta TDIs score just above 40mpg (depends on what year you got).
3) Diesel mpgs != gasoline mpgs. Diesel is a denser fuel, representing more oil per gallon and releasing more CO2 per gallon. The proper comparison is gravimetric, not volumetric.

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