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Comment Re:spamassassin (Score 2) 190

I don't think there's any such thing as "pretty much finished", especially with a piece of software involved in the arms race that is spam vs. filtering. There's only so much you can do with rules before you need to revisit your engine. Also, it's not just the software that's been stagnant for two years. The website itself hasn't been updated in as long. Not a single news item since 2011. The other respondent mentioned that dev is still active, but dev is not production. Dev is dev. Ever since Spamassassin moved to Apache, it's been pretty much dead.

Comment Re:spamassassin (Score 2) 190

Latest News: 2011-06-16: SpamAssassin 3.3.2 has been released, a minor new release primarily to support perl-5.12 and later. Visit the downloads page to pick it up, and for more info.

Last update was more than two years ago. I know you can refresh your rule sets periodically, but is the software even still maintained?

Comment Amazing (Score 2) 86

I think it's amazing how far-ranging the sharks are. It's interesting that it swims in a wide circle that includes Bermuda. How did it navigate to the island? How did it find its way back to the mainland? I would have expected a much more meandering course, but it's almost like it made a bee-line for it and then another bee-line back to the coast, but in the opposite direction.

Comment Re:more like (Score 1) 329

No, I haven't changed my requirement. My requirement was "I'd like to find one single device that can stream from all of my sources natively". In this case, my NAS happens to be one that supports SMB, but that's not really relevant. What IS relevant is my point that there is no one device that can stream from all sources without requiring some sort of hacked-in add-on. My tablet can stream from a NAS over SMB, why can't Roku? Roku can stream Netflix, why can't XMBC? I had high hopes for the Chromecast, and it's still a nifty little device for what it is, but I was afraid that they were going to lock it down and that's exactly what they're doing.

Comment Re:more like (Score 1) 329

And that's where it falls down. Every option is missing some key ingredient. With XMBC, it's Netflix. With Roku, it's local streaming. There are always work-arounds, but why not build it into the core so it actually works well? One device that streams everything, that is small enough to throw into my suitcase so I can take it when I travel. Chromecast had promise, but falls flat in so many ways.

Comment Re:more like (Score 1) 329

If you really want to go straight from your NAS to your TV, then by one of those set-top boxes that have slots or USB ports for hard drives.

How are you missing the point? I don't want to use Plex. Period. Plex is a third-party add-on with a component that runs on the local PC. I want native, built-in support (that doesn't require me to run a server agent on another box) in whatever streaming device I select.

If you really want to go straight from your NAS to your TV, then by one of those set-top boxes that have slots or USB ports for hard drives.

What? How does that even make sense? If I want to stream from a NAS, I should get a set-top with a USB port?

Comment Re:more like (Score 4, Informative) 329

Again, this just illustrates the hack nature of this process. That the Plex service (or Roxsbox, which is essentially the same thing) can run directly on the NAS is irrelevant. It's still a collection of third-party tools that involve setting up remote agents off of the player unit (the Roku, in this case). I can stream on my Android tablet from a plain SMB NAS with no additional agent software or intermediary. Direct. I should be able to do the same thing with a Roku (or any of the other similar devices on the market).

Each one of them lacks a key feature. Either they can't stream from an SMB NAS, they don't have YouTube, they don't do Netflix, etc. There's always something. That each of these can be streamed from SOME device means that they're being deliberately left out of the ones that "can't".

I'm not asking for transcoding, either. If your device doesn't have enough power to transcode, that's fine. But I can copy a file from my SMB NAS to a thumbdrive and play it directly on my Roku. That is a bush league hack in 2013. It already has network access, there should be no reason to force me to use sneakernet.

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