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Comment Recording component output (Score 4, Informative) 466

Ironically, there is only one product I know of that can even record content that comes out of the component output, and that's the Hauppauge HD-PVR. It's not like people all over the place are using the component video outputs to steal content (and those who do could probably just as easily hack around HDCP).

Comment Close, but not quite right... (Score 2, Insightful) 345

In fairness, the FCC requires the equivalent of the channels that you would receive over-the-air to be unencrypted (so-called "must-carry" channels). So in reality, you should expect pretty much everything other than those to be encrypted (so channels like TBS, TNT, USA, etc will be encrypted but channels like NBC, CBS, Fox will continue to be unencrypted).

Comment Re:uh (Score 2, Interesting) 136

50k? Are you insane? I worked at a company that built similar products, and we had six developers working on it for five years.

Don't trivialize how hard it can be do build a piece of high performance equipment (especially where you are doing crypto in hardware).

Comment Stupid computer geeks (Score 1) 547

First off, anyone in the psychology field would be offended by what has been done here. A large portion of effectiveness of this test relies on people not having seen it before.

Second, you want to argue that 75 questions constitutes fair use? Like if I throw the first three chapters of a book onto the Internet?

Third, this test is *never* used for employment purposes. It's purely one of many tools to evaluate psychological conditions on a variety of scales, and while the questions seem silly there are *very* good reasons for them. There is a rather large book that goes with test and the scoring system is both very sophisticated and highly validated.

This was outright irresponsible.

Comment Re:America (Score 2, Interesting) 111

I write open source drivers for the Linux Kernel and I live in New York City. I've easily spent a thousand bucks in the last year buying hardware I didn't need so I could make it under Linux work.

People might think the $200 is a token gesture, but for me it's real money. It's another two or three devices I could add support for.

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