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Comment Bittorrent is not the enemy (Score 1) 234

The TV studios need to realize that the internet and bittorrent are not going away. They need to adapt and learn to use these technologies to their advantage.

They should release directly and officially to bittorrent with tastefully inserted ads. If the ads aren't overly obnoxious, people will be more likely to stay with the official, legitimate version and less likely to remove them or grab copies with the ads already removed.

Bittorrent also has the practical advantage of providing ratings with an enormous sample size. Even if the viewer to downloader ratio isn't exactly 1:1, bittorrent tracker stats would still be a good indicator of popularity.

I would suggest replacing the station ID watermark with a static "Sponsored by..." notice that changes at the points when there would otherwise be a commercial break. These would be better than banners because they'd be harder to remove without destroying part of the picture and would be far less annoying and offputting than the animated [unprintable] found in some OTA broadcasts.

If advertisers are unwilling to pay as much for such watermarks tucked away in the corner of the screen, classic-style commercials interspersed at certain intervals, but these would be easier to remove or just fast-forward through. These are more annoying and disruptive if not skipped, but customers (and advertisers) are used to them. DVR and VHS have had fast-forwarding for ages with time-shifted watching. Perhaps torrent streaming could be the answer to this for those who want their shows *right now*, before the download finishes all the way.

Hulu is a step in the right direction, but Flash is annoying, restrictive, and has performance issues for non-Windows users.

Comment Re:computer generation gap (Score 3, Informative) 939

As a Missing Option how about the "SysRq" part of the Print Screen button... What the heck does that do?

It's useful for sending commands to the kernel.

For instance,

Alt+SysRq+{REISUB} (mnemonic: "Raising Elephants Is So Utterly Boring" or just "busier" backwards) is used to reboot an unresponsive Linux box:

  • R changes the keyboard mode
  • E sends SIGTERM to everything but init
  • I sends SIGKILL to everything but init
  • S attempts to sync all mounted filesystems
  • U attempts to unmount all filesystems
  • B immediately reboots the system.

It is useful, but it's inconvenient enough that it should avoid the watered-down fate of ctrl+alt+delete.

Comment Re:CAPS LOCK (Score 1) 939

CapsLock is for trolling, overexcited teenage girls on AOL IM, and other such unenviable situations.

Just remap the key to something useful, such as Compose or, as with the Colemak keyboard layout, a second backspace.

The key itself isn't useless, but its default function is rather redundant and encourages bad behavior. Hold shift down if you really need to shout your emphasis. The added discomfort should serve as a reminder to use it sparingly.

Comment Re:Scroll lock == KVM change system key (Score 1) 939

BTW, I voted the "Windows key" since I strictly run Linux. For me, it doesn't even have the functionality of the scroll lock key.

For goodness' sake, man, slap a Tux logo over that key and call it "meta" like the KDE folks do. KDE4 uses it for a number of global shortcuts. I've been using it to control Amarok since before KDE4 was thought of (meta+Z = play/pause; meta+shift+Z = stop; meta+alt+Z = stop after current track). I'm sure Gnome and XFCE users can think of similar uses for it.

(and before anyone suggests Compose/multi_key, I have that mapped to CapsLock, a key which is otherwise rather useless in most cases.)

Comment Re:Market Share (Score 1) 308

Ah, I forgot about something. Not just the JavaScript engine is probably win32 specific, but Chrome also relies heavily on inter-process communication (since each tab in each window has its own process).
I'm betting good money that this is very hard to do properly cross-platform.

What about dbus? Would that meet the requirements of what they'd need?


Submission + - OS2 Open Source Petition (

Kim Haverblad writes: "More than two years ago on September 25, 2005, OS2 World.Com sent IBM a letter with a petition that contained 11,613 signatures requesting IBM to release the source code of Operating System 2 (OS/2 Warp) — or at least release the source code that IBM owns — to the public under an open source license. Sadly IBM was ignorant enough to not answer the first letter and this is why we sent a second letter to IBM.

On November 19, 2007, OS2 World.Com sent the second letter to IBM where we insisted on implementing the stipulations contained in this petition because we believe that OS/2 is an important part of the history of the Operating System, and furthermore, it still contains values that the computer science field considers unique.

The petition can be found at following url:"

Operating Systems

Submission + - Petition to open OS/2 source, round/2 ( 1

The_Wilschon writes: On September 25, 2005, sent a petition with 11,613 signatures to IBM, asking them to release some or all of the source code to OS/2. Oddly, given IBM's embrace of the Open Source movement, the letter was ignored. So, on November 19 of this year, sent a second letter. They have also opened up a second petition round in order to show even more support to IBM for their requests. In particular, the System Object Model (SOM), Workplace Shell (WPS), and OS/2 kernel could both spur new OS/2 development and provide some fresh ideas to the Free Software world.

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