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Comment Conspicuous Silence (Score 3, Insightful) 93

The service, according to Comcast, allows you to download a 5GB HD movie in 40 seconds, [ blather... ]

Uh-huh. I notice they're being conspicuously silent on upload speeds. "Gee, how nice I can download a movie in a couple minutes, but how long will I have to wait to upload the video of my daughter's ${WINTER_HOLIDAY} pageant?"

Meanwhile, Google Fiber is 1Gb/sec symmetric.

Comment 35 Years of Rank Incompetence, And Counting... (Score 4, Interesting) 219

Microsoft says it introduced the changes to prevent an issue that was resulting in duplication of encoding the stream (poor performance).

I see. Because squirting 720p or 1080p video as uncompressed YUYV over a USB2 link never results in performance problems...

Comment Um... What Access Control? (Score 5, Insightful) 62

The developers are fairly up-front about this:

Redis is designed to be accessed by trusted clients inside trusted environments. This means that usually it is not a good idea to expose the Redis instance directly to the internet or, in general, to an environment where untrusted clients can directly access the Redis TCP port or UNIX socket. [ emphasis mine ]

There is an "authentication" feature, but it's amazingly primitive, and the credentials are sent in the clear -- in other words, next to useless. The rest of the page makes it fairly clear: If you are running a Redis server accepting connections from the open Internet, you are an idiot.

Comment A Complete Mess (Score 2) 188

Shorter IOC: "No dissemination of audio, photos, video, or any other form of media recording Olympic(R) events, participants, or organizers is permitted without the express permission of the IOC, granted solely to organizations that have agreed to all of our non-negotiable terms, and paid us a usurious fee."

Seriously, I'm having trouble deciding whether this is old-fashioned out-of-control money-grubbing, or it's the IOC trying to keep a lid what is shaping up to be a gigantic figurative (and, in the case of the swimming events, literal) shit-show.

Submission + - CP/M Creator Gary Kildall's Memoirs Released as Free Download (

An anonymous reader writes: The year before his death in 1994, Gary Kildall—inventor of the early microcomputer operating system CP/M—wrote a draft of a memoir, “Computer Connections: People, Places, and Events in the Evolution of the Personal Computer Industry.” He distributed copies to family and friends, but died before realizing his plans to release it as a book.

This week, the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, with the permission of Kildall’s children, released the first section and it is available for a free download. The rest of it, which they say did not reflect his true self, will not be made public.

Comment Re:Setup should be via web interface (Score 1) 234

That presupposes that the household also has a local network with other computing devices on it, which is not always the case.

It seems the "Smart" TV kids are beginning to learn what some of us have known for decades -- that a rubber-domed joypad is a terrible input device, barely good enough for games, much less controlling a complex computing device.

Comment Market Expectation (Score 2) 182

Regardless of how the regulatory arcana reads ("information service" vs. "telephone service"), the expectation of subscribers to Internet service is the same expectation they have for telephone service -- namely, that The Phone Company will operate as a Common Carrier and will not listen in on phone calls.

It would be interesting to know if Comcast makes any attempt to differentiate VoIP calls from other IP traffic and avoid snooping on it.

Submission + - NVIDIA Proposes Class Action Settlement; Offers $30 to GTX-970 Buyers (

ewhac writes: Shortly after NVIDIA's release of the GTX-970 in 2014, which was advertised as having 4GiB of RAM, gaming enthusiasts measured a precipitous drop in performance when memory consumption rose past 3.5GiB. NVIDIA later admitted that the initially published specs were wrong, and a design limitation left a 512MiB block with far less bandwidth, as well reducing the card's ROP count from 64 to 56. Although NVIDIA's drivers strove to avoid this memory block where possible to minimize its impact, buyers filed a class action lawsuit in 2015 alleging false advertising. On 29 July 2016, NVIDIA proposed a settlement to the suit, offering to pay GTX-970 buyers a USD$30.00 refund, as well as USD$1.3 million in plaintiff's attorney and legal fees. The proposed settlement is awaiting approval from the court.

Submission + - Seymour Papert, creator of the Logo language, died aged 88

gwolf writes: The great educator, creator of the Logo programming language, and the enabler for computer education in the 1980s has passed away. Listing his contributions is impossible in an article summary, but the ACM has published a short in-memoriam note for him.
Papert is, without exaggeration, one of the people I owe my career and life choices to.

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