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Comment Blah (Score 1) 465

One of my fears was that either Yahoo or Gmail would simply pack up or discontinue their email with no notice. That is why one of my (at least once a month) is to make sure I download all emails/content from Gmail, Yahoo and Facebook (if you are not familiar with Facebooks way to download an archive of your facebook account you may want to look into it).

Comment This isn't a victory for Behring-Breivik. (Score 3, Insightful) 491

Someone once pointed out that hoping a rapist gets raped in prison isn't a victory for his victim(s), because it somehow gives him what he had coming to him, but it's actually a victory for rape and violence. I wish I could remember who said that, because they are right. The score doesn't go Rapist: 1 World: 1. It goes Rape: 2.

What this man did is unspeakable, and he absolutely deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison. If he needs to be kept away from other prisoners as a safety issue, there are ways to do that without keeping him in solitary confinement, which has been shown conclusively to be profoundly cruel and harmful.

Putting him in solitary confinement, as a punitive measure, is not a victory for the good people in the world. It's a victory for inhumane treatment of human beings. This ruling is, in my opinion, very good and very strong for human rights, *precisely* because it was brought by such a despicable and horrible person. It affirms that all of us have basic human rights, even the absolute worst of us on this planet.

Comment Its a problem with its image (Score 1) 116

Its not that there is no interest. Its more probable that because of all the recent CryptoLocker type attacks that seem to always want payment in bitcoin, as well as TV shows such as CSI: Cyber which have tarnished the image of bitcoin making it seem that it is only used by Malicious Hackers or Blackmailers.

Comment So..... any self respecting ........ (Score 1) 98

The first thing I did when I got my PS4 was to take out the measly 500gb drive and replace it with a 2TB7200 rpm drive immediately..... Anyone with a Playstation Plus account would really be advised to do so anyways... [I upgraded my PS3 drive to a 7200rpm 1 tb as well recently also to take advantage of PS+ as well)

Comment Re:No media center? Windows 10 is DEAD to me... (Score 1) 468

The Prime (either the HDHR3-CC or HDHR3-6CC-3x2) ARE supported for the SD DVR.

From the FAQ:
"Unfortunately the HDHR-US and HDHR3-US models don't support the HTTP and channel management features of the newer models used by the DVR system. The HDHR3-CC, HDHR4, and HDTC models are all supported."

User Journal

Journal Journal: SiliconDust DVR KickStarter to replace WMC

Now that Microsoft will no longer support Windows Media Center in Windows 10 it is great that SiliconDust, makers of the HDHomeRun TV tuner devices, has a Kickstarter campaign to develop a DVR software to replace WMC. This DVR can playback on Windows, Mac, Android and the recording engine can run on Windows, Mac, Linux and some NAS devices

Comment Put back WMC (Score 1) 85

Unfortunately with MS taking WMC out of WIndows 10 it is making it very difficult (ie: not possible) for many to upgrade to windows 10. This is almost as ill-thought of as the PS4 taking out DLNA or Vista UAC. I realize that the article is about the phone OS, but the path they are going with this makes it very difficult to "Trust" the MS eco-system... it would be like if Apple suddenly decided that it would no longer support AirPlay on its next OS release....

Submission + - Google/Samsung changes to SD card behaviour in KitKat (4.4.2) breaks apps. (

TeddyR writes: With the widespread release of Androif 4.4.2 (kitkat) to many Samsung devices worldwide and specifically now with the US rollout by major providers in the US it seems that Samsung has decided to implement Googles latest API regulations for SD Card storage. This breaks MANY third party applications since only the Google/System/OEM/Carrier signed apps can now write to the external SD Card thus making MANY paid applications useless.

Confirmed affected: TMobile and Sprint Samsung Note 3 and potentially the Galaxy S4 and upcoming Galaxy S5. This change affects ALL Samsung KitKat 4.4.2 devices, including the Note 2, S3 once KitKat is released to those devices.

Time to call your carrier and lodge a complaint to ask that they request that this "feature" be returned to the original behavior.


Comment Re:I was once filed an order to pay for a tape onc (Score 3, Interesting) 467

Yup... The blockbuster in Amarillo at the time insisted that I did not return the items. They were rude and tried to bill me full price for two DVDs. It was only when I insisted that they watch some security tapes from the night in question that clearly showed me returning the items did they stop harassing me. That was when Netflix was first starting in 1997..It was a no brainer to switch from Blockbuster to Netflix right then and there and I am still with Netflix... And people wonder why Blockbuster went out of business.... :-0

Comment What about EMV (chip and PIN) cards in the US? (Score 2) 151

One reason that you may not hear of these breaches in places outside the US is that many use PIN and CHIP cards that make it MUCH more difficult to use or steal the credit card numbers.

Visa and MasterCard and Amex already use these outside the US... and they are supposed to be mandatory for the us in the next couple of years. Maybe the deployment should be expedited? For a standard that has been in wide use for over 15 years elsewhere, its about time that the US finally catches up....

Comment Password? (Score 1) 306

well... at least is not as confusing as having the password be "password"

General:: the deactivation password is "password"
Operator: whats the password...
General: "I Said... the deactivation password is PASSWORD"
Operator: ok but whats the password.......
Genaral: The....."; oops too late

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