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Comment Re:So what is VideoLAN anyway? (Score -1, Flamebait) 299

So it sounds like Windows Media Player, except it's not modular and easy for end users to add new codecs? And it's just now getting Blu-Ray support?

Not that I've ever really had a problem with codecs. Videos just seem to work on WMP and MPC just fine every time I try, and I never install any "codec pack" or anything other than XviD perhaps.

Honestly I can't figure out why I'd want this still. "Self contained" seems like a big downside to me. It doesn't even compete with VNC or RDP?? The name is pretty misleading as well.

Comment So what is VideoLAN anyway? (Score 0, Troll) 299

So what is VideoLAN anyway? Seems like something to stream video, over a LAN, based on the name at least?

Doesn't DLNA pretty much obsolete that? DLNA seems to be built into all my devices (tv, xbox, squeezebox) and Windows by default now, and works just fine.

I'm confused as to what this software is for, and why I should care about it.

Comment Re:What about Slashdot comments? (Score 5, Informative) 210

AT&T **always** has removed text charges I complain about. And I call and complain about a 9 cent charge I didn't want. I don't even have a text plan, and don't text anybody. I keep telling them to block all texts always no matter what, but whenever one shows up on my phone, I get charged for it. Again, it has, fortunately, been super easy to call AT&T and complain, every single time.
Pretty sure they're paying the support staff a lot more money for the time spent on the call to reverse a 9 cent charge. If everybody did this, I'm sure cell companies would lose enough money to get their act together.

Comment Re:2 watts idle? (Score 1) 164

I guess I figured smartphones might have a bigger battery than my RAZR's 3.7v 900mAh.

1200-2400mAh for something that does all kinds of applications and web access seems pretty small if 900mAh is what they give phones to people who don't even care about texting.

Comment Re:2 watts idle? (Score 1) 164

I think batteries are rated in mAh, not mWh. For example, my Netbook has a 6600mAh battery that outputs 11.1v. I think that's basically 73.26Wh, or 36 hours of idle time at 2W. I don't have any smartphone to compare, nor do I know the actual idle usage of the Atom CPU in my netbook, or the other components in it.

Comment Re:Power (Score 2) 255

I think the fact that almost nothing I watch on Netflix is even available in HD makes the Wii a fine choice. That, and I'm not about to pay any amount of money for a "gold" account to use my Xbox 360 for the same function. What a frickin rip-off! Not sure where Microsoft gets off thinking that's a good idea.
Anyway, 480p is DVD quality, and while it's not HD, I'm perfectly fine with it, even on my 60".

Comment Removed (Score 1) 231

Glad I removed all my downloads from cnet a few years back. I was really getting pissed at them for hosting my files, after explicitly telling them they were not authorized to, and could only link to the download on my website. Yet they kept changing the links back and distributing my software with no rights to do so.

They're largely irrelevant now thanks to Google, so I didn't miss much. They like to think they're important and matter, but they're really no different than any other PAD-file-generated spam site that auto-awards 5 stars to everything you submit.

Comment Re:Bleh (Score 2) 69

You can repeat monthly and select [The Last] [Day of the month] in the custom options. Don't just select every 31st, because obvious some months don't have a 31st day!
You can also repeat monthly and select Recur on day(s) and click 1 and 15.
Don't see any issue here.

Comment Re:What about legit keys? (Score 1) 187

It might be theoretically somewhat possible, if the keys are just random number indexes into a database (requiring an online check) and you have 1.7 million in order, maybe you can figure out the seed and formula for the pseudo-random number generator used. With the right information (which may be much more than 1.7 million sequential numbers) I know it's eventually possible to predict the output of a pseudo-random number generator. Although a single reset of the seed number (re-calling srand() with some random time as the seed) would make all your work useless.

Comment Re:Wow.... (Score 1) 314

Some people care about doing it legally. A lot of random sites on the internet probably aren't licensed to distribute the anime. Half the time it's only subtitled bullshit anyway, or 240i quality. Netflix is easy, legal, and integrates with people's TV/blu-ray players without any trouble.

Comment Re:sort of like? (Score 1) 375

I'm pretty sure it's possible to change Windows to not use Explorer.exe anymore too, just edit the "Shell" entry at:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

You can probably set that to load Firefox as your shell instead, and them use other group policies to prevent other applications from being started (from ctrl+shift+ESC - Task Manager), for a kiosk-mode for example.

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