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Comment Re:News Flash! Water is wet! (Score 1) 393

I don't store my information in a phone book, and even if I did, it doesn't have my birthdate alongside pictures of me alongside a publicly accessible list of my acquaintances. The issue is too much information being available to be cross-referenced by ME all in one place. Yes, there are CERTAIN people I would love to share that information with, however facebook has shown quite clearly that they don't respect my wishes on that, so I don't keep much information on there.

Comment Re:Consumer upgrade #4231844 (Score 1) 594

I would have to fork over $1000/year to Comcast to "turn on HBO". Why would I do that, compressed or not? The series all come out on DVD/BD eventually, and $108/yr to Netflix, is a lot better. Especially when you spend your comment digging on it, why the hell would you pay for that crap?

Comment Re:thrusting (Score 1) 594

And add to that I've got a $30 replacement DVD drive coming in the mail for my Xbox360 that the wife is currently streaming a marathon of 24 in "HD" off of Netflix Instant, and we're happy as clams 2 generations behind.

Comment Re:thrusting (Score 1) 594

I won't get a 3D set if I don't replace the 720p DLP rear projection set I've got sitting in my living room, or if I make the plunge into my preferred front projector setup that constantly has new midrange hardware getting better and better at the $1000 price point. I can very easily avoid 3D just as I've avoided BluRay and all the other hyped up crap.

Midrange is now King. People have seriously woken up in this recession that the premium for "cutting edge" isn't worth it, nor is the unplanned format abandon-ware (HD-DVD anyone?).

Then again, I build my own network storage, my own htpc's, and roll my own pvr and media streamer, so maybe I'm not the perfect demographic. But I know one person with a 1080p set, and he's 25 and fresh into a good paying job, so he's a fairly strange case. I'm 30, have plenty of cash if I wanted to buy these things, but just don't see the point.

Comment Re:Good... (Score 2, Informative) 94

You just used a lot of words to say that they don't really do much aside from cripple that data you're trying to use for SIP calls by prioritizing their own traffic above it. I don't bother with the cell network at all, as I'm pretty much always near wifi, and over a standard network, SIP call quality is fantastic. Over 3G, it sucks, and its only because of "QoS" crippling.

Comment Re:Programmable Number Plates (Score 2, Informative) 624

Here's a very edifying collection of those statistics. The "libertarians" amongst us are actually receiving the most benefit from our socialist policies, while the "socialists" amongst us are actually those that are quite self sufficient.

http://www.good.is/post/the-anti-tax-states-get-a-great-deal-on-taxes/

Comment Re:That's very nice of you Adobe (Score 1) 515

You're leaving out one important (to me) detail about that setup. SD fullscreen flash runs like CRAP on my lowpower dual core AMD HTPC under Linux. Boxee is totally hamstrung by this, but MythTV can decode full HD on the fly in the gpu, h.264. Flash is completely hamstringing my setup from doing what I would like it to for No Good Reason. I have a hardware h.264 decoder in my gpu. I can use it to playback local file beautifully and no, the "latest flash" doesn't play them back using my hardware and the OS that does what I want with the rest of the hardware.

Comment Re:Consider how long Theora has been out (Score 1) 399

They can consider it patentable all they want, but to patent something (which I have done) you MUST file before you exhibit it publicly. If you exhibit a technology publicly before filing a patent, you lose the right to patent it. What could possibly be more of a public exhibition than releasing an implementation's source code under a public license?

Making available and exhibitions of products

Publicly available products also count as prior art, even though it may be very difficult to determine exactly what the product is made of or how it works. If a device is put on the market before the patent application filed on a feature in that device, the feature is no longer novel. Usually, the sale or other disposal of the product is enough to make all its features prior art for later filed applications. If the product is not sold, but only demonstrated to the public, then only those features which the public could observe count as prior art.

http://www.iusmentis.com/patents/priorart/

Comment Re:Consider how long Theora has been out (Score 3, Interesting) 399

IANAL, but, wouldn't that make a good case for estoppel? Saying that there were well known, visible implementations of this technology in the field for years, and the rights holder waited until commercial viability and adoption to give economic incentive to litigate. Seems like the definition of estoppel to me (in my NAL understanding).

Comment Re:Fight them (Score 4, Informative) 857

And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. But may we hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this most venerated reformer of human errors.

-Thomas Jefferson, Letter to John Adams, April 11, 1823

I never submitted the whole system of my opinions to the creed of any party of men whatever in religion, in philosophy, in politics, or in anything else where I was capable of thinking for myself. Such an addiction is the last degradation of a free and moral agent.

-Thomas Jefferson, letter to Francis Hopkinson, March 13, 1789

Where the preamble declares, that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed by inserting "Jesus Christ," so that it would read "A departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion;" the insertion was rejected by the great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend, within the mantle of its protection, the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mohammedan, the Hindoo and Infidel of every denomination.

-Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography, in reference to the Virginia Act for Religious Freedom

I almost shudder at the thought of alluding to the most fatal example of the abuses of grief which the history of mankind has preserved -- the Cross. Consider what calamities that engine of grief has produced!

-John Adams (letter to Thomas Jefferson, Sept. 3, 1816)

Of all the systems of religion that ever were invented, there is no more derogatory to the Almighty, more unedifiying to man, more repugnant to reason, and more contradictory to itself than this thing called Christianity.

-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish church, by the Roman church, by the Greek church, by the Protestant church, nor by any church that I know of. My own mind is my church.

-Thomas Paine (The Age of Reason)

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