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Comment Re:MediaPortal (Score 1) 516

I can second this. MP is really great if you have an extensive collection of video, tv-rips, photos and/or music. Only thing I haven't been able to do with it well is web-streaming (NetFlix, etc.) I use Boxee for that.

Setup and media indexing is pretty simple, if a bit time consuming. There are several good walk-throughs on the MP forums.

I have it running on my HTPC, and even my wife is happy with it in the living room. As far as XBMC goes, MP is a fork from a couple of years ago, so they have a lot in common. I've found that the movie/tv-show handling is better with MP, especially with the Streamed MP skin.

Comment Re:Costs for what? (Score 1) 420

for 30$/gb/month they are probably using the "outsource the backup to a monastery where teams of monks slave tirelessly, day-and-night, to hand transcribe all your data onto painstakingly hand illuminated parchment made out of the skin of Cashmere goats born during the summer solstice in alternating leap years" backup strategy. It's all a question of quality.

Comment Re:Paul is ahead of the class, not behind (Score 1) 799


I mean are you really going to rush breathlessly to the defense of a breathless guy with only a tenuous connection to the science and engineering involved in this disaster? One who can't even spell/fact check his own friggin' tag-line? When he's name-dropping? About friggin' astronauts? That his dad supposedly got to the moon?

Or did I miss the legendary but forgotten Apollo astronaut, "NEAL" Armstrong somewhere in all the ridiculous hype around NEIL Alden Armstrong?

Dude, you need to turn in your nerd card.

Comment Solsoft.. I mean Exaprotect... I mean LogLogic... (Score 1) 414

I was looking for something like this a few years ago when I was working on a carrier-grade scalable multi-tenant CC project. Pretty much the only thing I could find was from SolSoft (which has morphed somehow into LogLogic in the meantime) called "Solsoft Security Change Manager". In the end, we decided to go with the high-paid admin approach so we didn't do any serious testing, but it might be what you are looking for. FWIW, I got the tip for Solsoft from a guy who worked on Netfilter.


Treading the Fuzzy Line Between Game Cloning and Theft 235

eldavojohn writes "Ars analyzes some knockoffs and near-knockoffs in the gaming world that led to problems with the original developers. Jenova Chen, creator of Flower and flOw, discusses how he feels about the clones made of his games. Chen reveals his true feelings about the takedown of Aquatica (a flOw knockoff): 'What bothers me the most is that because of my own overreaction, I might have created a lot of inconvenience to the creator of Aquatica and interrupted his game-making. He is clearly talented, and certainly a fan of flOw. I hope he can continue creating video games, but with his own design.' The article also notes the apparent similarities between Zynga's Cafe World and Playfish's Restaurant City (the two most popular Facebook games). Is that cloning or theft? Should clones be welcomed or abhorred?"

Comment Re:Schadenfreude (Score 1) 241

Lived here since 1989, sometimes you do see them with MP's and shotguns. Like when there was a raid on an Apartment complex near where I live - about 30 cops, heavy artillery, vests and dogs never found out what actually happened - or on patrol in the vicinity of some of the embassies (Turkey, for example).

But the worst thing about german cops is the fact that they get to carry guns, but hardly ever get to actually fire them (something about cost cutting and the cost of ammo and range time). It turns out that they average something like 1 or 2 range days a year. I shoot more than that when I'm on vacation, and I can't hit the broadside of a barn. Every once in a while you hear about an arrest involving the use of a police sidearm. Usually ends up with someone other than the criminal being shot. I.e. the guy who stabbed the egyptian woman in a courtroom in Dresden earlier this year - the cop shot her husband instead of the killer. Or the cop who discharged her gun in the middle of the very crowed Nürnberg train station at rush hour while in pursuit of a suspect (no one was hurt). Or the two cops who shot each other during a traffic stop gone bad, because they positioned themselves on either side of the car, at the front window and then opened fire on the driver.

There are more stories, but the general theme is when you hear about a cop using his gun in germany, it tends to include some mention of which person or object - other than the suspect - was wounded or damaged.

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