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Submission + - Malibu Media stay lifted, motion to quash denied

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: In the federal court for the Eastern District of New York, where all Malibu Media cases have been stayed for the past year, the Court has lifted the stay and denied the motion to quash in the lead case, thus permitting all 84 cases to move forward. In his 28-page decision (PDF), Magistrate Judge Steven I. Locke accepted the representations of Malibu's expert, one Michael Patzer from a company called Excipio, that in detecting BitTorrent infringement he relies on "direct detection" rather than "indirect detection", and that it is "not possible" for there to be misidentification.

Comment Re:This is surprising! (Score 1) 27

I think one of the craziest ideas a marketer ever had was to put up ads with a sexy woman pretending to send you a private message saying she only lives 2 miles away from you and she wants to have sex, right now!

The craziest idea being the ads which are essentially the same except with a fat, ugly granny. And I browse for teen-midget-in-clown-costume-on-donkey action, so I have no idea how the tracking cookies dumped me into such a distasteful marketing list...

Comment Re:I'm a consumer whore! And how!! (Score 1) 191

The masses don't replace their own screens, so how difficult it is doesn't matter, just how much it costs to get someone else to do it; price seems to vary more by shop than by model as far as I can tell (corrections welcome). And judging by the number of people who walk around staring at the screen oblivious to all else, I'd say forethought and disaster preparedness isn't the selling point you might think.

When it comes to batteries I'm of two minds: now the battery in my phone is dying I'd like to be able to replace it without having to buy a pentalobe driver and deal with an expensive, tiny jigsaw puzzle. However, it's taken three and a half years to get to the point where I want to change the battery once, so on balance the extra volume required for a quick release mechanism, which is a point of failure in itself, isn't worth it to me. And if it's about using more than one battery in a day, is there really such a difference between carrying around spare batteries and carrying a modest battery bank? Think about it: battery banks aren't model specific and work with any device that charges from USB (and if you're like me you've probably had a drawer full of useless batteries for obsolete or dead devices at some stage), they usually have several times the capacity of a replacement battery for the same price, and it's only one thing to plug in at night. The only real down side is having to plug the phone in for ~1 hour for a full charge, but the trade-off is you don't need to shut down the phone as you would when you change an internal battery.

Put simply, I doubt the boost in sales from either of those ideas would be significant enough to be compelling for a manufacturer.

Comment Improving windows! (Score 2, Insightful) 79

The attack allows an admin user to execute code in a high-integrity context without requiring the user to approve the administrative action via the UAC pop-up.

Thank goodness! I've been looking for a way around those annoying popups ever since they first arrived in Windows, and I know I'm not the only one.

Comment Re:How do I stream to multiple TVs in my house (Score 1) 204

VLC is a client for playing video and audio files

There's a VLC client app for FireTV. The description page says it plays network streams, but if that's true, there's no visible way to use this functionality in the app.

Meanwhile, the VLC on my PCs can stream and be received by VLC on other PCs. I'd like to do similarly with the VLC app on the FireTV stick.

Comment Re:Aw (Score 2) 59

I missed most of DS9 when it originally aired. My wife and I watched through the whole show two years ago, and I was amazed to see him because up till that point I only knew him as Lieutenant Murtaugh. Who was exactly the way you describe Star Trek admirals, so I was quite surprised to see the same actor portray someone so differently on DS9. Very versatile guy.

Comment I never have this problem (Score 3, Insightful) 159

I recently ran into troubles trying to get reasonable quality of support from an anti-virus vendor

rotfl, I can't imagine getting much support at all for that.

How do other Slashdotters look to address companies that behave poorly and seek to only provide at best their minimum legal requirements?

I don't buy proprietary software.

Comment Re:How do I stream to multiple TVs in my house (Score 3, Insightful) 204

Why would you want to perform streaming at the application level like that? SMB or NFS are so much more flexible, convenient, widely supported, and you can use any media player program you like. Seriously what's the appeal of app-level streaming?

I want multiple TVs in my house to be playing the same video or audio at the same time, at the same point. I'd like to be able to start a movie for the family in the living room, go into the kitchen 20 minutes later to make popcorn, and turn on the kitchen and see the same program the family is watching in the living room.

Can I use NFS or SMB to do that?

Comment How do I stream to multiple TVs in my house (Score 3, Interesting) 204

I recently installed the VLC app for FireTV stick and figured out how to stream from VLC on my PC. But I found that the VLC app couldn't work with a stream; it could only play files from network accessible storage like an SMB shared drive.

I'm not necessarily asking the developers here - can anyone tell me how to stream to my three FireTV sticks across the house? Do I need to replace the FireTV sticks with some other more capable device? Will the FireTV VLC app ever support streaming?

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