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Comment OTA TV (Score 1) 236

I've got a Mac Mini pluggued to my HDTV with 3 tv tuners hooked to it. It runs EyeTV from Elgato, I pay about 20$/year to get the program list automatically. The tuners are hooked up to an antenna in the hattic. The thing can record 3 shows at once. The software lets be watch recorded shows and live TV on my iPad/iPhone if I whish so. The media library is also shared to my other computers in the house. I've been using the setup for years and it's a joy to use.

Comment Re:Corporations are not people (Score 1) 139

I agree that corporations need to be held accountable for their actions, but imagine what could happen if we do what you suggest.

Let's say it's your bank. Your ATM card, credit card, check book are now all useless. You can't pay your bills. You can't buy groceries.

Or maybe it's your power company. If they're not allowed to produce, your lights go out. All of the food in your refrigerator goes bad. You don't have heating/air conditioning. You may not have hot water to bathe in.

Or what if it was your employer? Some ass hole managers or salespeople that you may not have ever even met bribed someone, which you had nothing to do with. Now you don't get a pay check. Depending on how long it is, you may not have a job any more.

If you shut down a whole corporation, you punish everyone that does business with them (who may not have a real option of doing business with anyone else), and you punish all of their employees (whether they had anything to do with the crime or not).

I think it's better to punish the people who actually committed the crimes. And the people who knew about it but didn't do anything. And the people above them who reasonably should have known but were negligent in trying to stop or detect such things.

Submission + - Kid Outsmarts the TSA (cnn.com)

HugeFatty writes: A nine-year-old boy managed to get past the airport security checkpoint and onto a plane without a boarding pass. Yet more evidence of security theater instead of real security.

Submission + - Microsoft Downplays Threat of New Windows Zero-Day (batblue.com)

Batblue writes: Microsoft downplayed the threat posed to Windows users by a recently-revealed vulnerability, saying that it was unlikely the bug could be exploited to compromise a computer.

"Based on our initial investigation this vulnerability cannot be leveraged for remote code execution (RCE) on 32-bit platforms," said Jerry Bryant, a general manager in the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC). "We are still investigating the possibility of code execution on 64-bit platforms, but so far have not found a likely scenario that would result in reliable code execution."

A successful attack that exploits the SMB bug would instead result in a "denial of service," said Bryant, using the term that describes a Window crash that would require rebooting the PC. Windows crashes often inform users of the dire situation with the infamous "Blue Screen of Death."

Comment Re:90's OS (Score 1) 312

Sorry, but you're wrong!

There was a kernel, it was called nuKernel. The boot ROM was used to launch the machine and provide the hardware information. You could replace the Finder with any other app and make the computer boot and work, but the System file was necessary for anything to function.

For the WaitNextEvent thing, what you describe is cooperative multitasking in an OS without memory protection.

Oh.. and DOS was an OS too...

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Man Builds His Own Subway 174

jerryjamesstone writes "Everybody is into rail these days; it is the greenest way to get around next to a bike. Leonid Mulyanchik has been into it for years since before the Berlin Wall fell, since before the first Macintosh, building his own private underground Metro railway system. English-Russia says that he has been doing it with his pension, that it is all legal and approved and that he is still at it. Gizmodo calls it 'Partly the traditional, inspiring, one man against all odds type of persistence, but more the obsessive, borderline insane persistence.'" Update: 06/02 07:33 GMT by T : And if you're the type to visit Burning Man, you can actually ride a home-made monorail this summer, too.

Comment iPod storage ads (Score 2, Informative) 99

iPod storage is advertised in terms of "song" and "movie" because normals don't know (or care) about bytes!

Apple sold their "inferior" device to zillions of people who don't care about how it's technically "less good" than other options, because they value things other than specifications - ease of use, style, etc. Those are valid selection criteria, even if *you* don't value them, obviously the market *does.*

Consumers on the whole will never understand nor care about "data". They will care about music and movies and other entertainment.

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"a" - not
"muse" - think

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