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Comment Re:Thanks, Obama! (Score 0) 205

Perhaps part of the reason you don't have to worry about it so badly is that numerous governments are constantly conducting investigations, surveillance, and operations to keep terrorism at bay. Nothing is 100% guaranteed of course. How much worse might it be if they did nothing? Much has been done to contain Al Qaeda and ISIS, or their supporters. It's a bit like saying, "Why am I paying my mechanic for all this maintenance upkeep on my car, it never breaks down". Is money being spent frivolously as well? It sure is, that's the nature of government services.

I suspect, however, physical damage and carnage are secondary concerns to the topmost levels of government; the primary reason governments want to squash terrorism is because of it's negative effect on Wall St. Markets are very high strung and touchy, and even a little terrorism goes a long way.

Comment Re:Heat? (Score 2) 102

Isn't AZ too hot? Do you really want a data center where the temperature quite often approaches 110 degrees?

Las Vegas isn't much cooler than Phoenix (maybe 10 degrees most of the time), yet Switch is doing booming business here with datacenters popping up all over town. The temperature outside hasn't been much of an impediment for them.

Comment Re:Marketing to the Cult (Score 1) 168

Well, there's always jailbreaking.

While on the subject though, I have to say the one big flaw in iPhone, to me, is iTunes, and lack of basic MTP capability for file transfers. You can copy your photos off your iPhone to desktop easily enough, but not the other way around, and no other file types without that crapware that is iTunes.. it's a pain. But otherwise, the thing functions simply, solidly and responsively.

Comment Re:Marketing to the Cult (Score 1) 168

Because that defines everything about the device? If that's all you care about, maybe you should just get a computer. I've rooted my Nexus 7, but it's no big deal to me; it's cool to run Cyanogen on it, but it still does the same stuff. My iPhone does what I need it to do too.

Comment Re:More slashdot fake news (Score 2) 574

Given the intelligence of the typical Washington Pest reporter, this really shouldn't be a surprise:

When I came home from my last TV hit, the kids, ages 4 and 5 months, were asleep. The house was quiet. I was still full of caffeine and do-gooder energy and decided to tidy up.

Among the clutter on the coffee table, I found my 4-year-old’s Party Popper, a bright yellow gun that fired confetti. For some reason, I held the gun up to my eye and looked down the barrel, the way Yosemite Sam always does.

It looked unloaded.

Then, for some reason, I pulled the trigger.

When I got to the ER, I had a swollen face, metal-foil confetti in my hair and a faint odor of gun smoke. Finally, the doctor could see me.

“I shot myself in the eye with a glitter gun,” I said. I showed him the Party Popper, which I had brought with me, in case he wanted to send it off to the National Institute of Morons for further study.

I got home from the hospital with a scratched cornea and a tube of eye ointment. The next day, with some of my dignity permanently lost, I got started on a bigger story.

Comment Re:use cases? (Score 1) 143

If I pop a commercial DVD in my DVD drive, Handbrake won't decode it automatically. It relies on a third-party library, libdvdcss_1.4.0, to do that. Handbrake doesn't include decryption libraries to avoid hassles from The Man so they used to tell you to install VLC. Now VLC libraries don't decrypt anymore so you need to get the old decryption library.

Comment Re:use cases? (Score 1) 143

What a PITA that was. I have it sorted now. I have Handbrake 1.0.1, VLC 2.2.4 and I replaced libdvdcss_2.x.x with libdvdcss_1.4.0

I was able to rip an encrypted Get Smart episode to h.264 and also to h.265 using Handbrake, and VLC could play them both back. Handbrake can also decode ProRes movs. Success!

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