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The Kodi Development Team Wants To Be Legitimate and Bring DRM To the Platform. ( 156

New submitter pecosdave writes: The XBMC/ Kodi development team has taken a lot of heat over the years, mostly due to third-party developers introducing piracy plugins to the platform. In many cases, cheap Android computers are often sold with these plugins pre-installed with the Kodi or XBMC name attached to them -- something that caused Amazon to ban sales of such devices. The Kodi team is not happy about this, and has taken the fight to the sellers. The Kodi team is now trying to work with rights holders to introduce DRM and legitimate plugins to the platform. Is this the first step towards creating a true one-stop do it yourself Linux entertainment system?

Comment Re:Need FCC license (Score 1) 69

Ummm to do any kind of broadcasting in the FM bands you need a license from the FCC.... You can RECEIVE all the FM bands you want without a license but transmit - you need a license....

FM is a modulation mode, not a band. There is plenty of spectrum where you can transmit an FM from an FM station without a license.

Comment Re:Content waning, incompetence rising (Score 5, Insightful) 44

Netflix is getting hammered with PR and backroom dealings by the media companies that don't really want it to succeed. If they raise prices or simply don't negotiate to allow Netflix to even have their shows, they reduce Netflix influence. Luckily, Netflix has started creating their own shows and they are ALL killing everyone else as far as quality. Stranger Things, Luke Cage, Daredevil, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, they are actually making content that is worth watching. Everyone else is trying to set up their own streaming service, but in the end, none of those services will survive past life support against superior capabilities by players like Netflix and Amazon.

Your issue with Netflix sounds like an ISP issue or a device issue, not a Netflix issue.


It's Happening: A Robot Escaped a Lab In Russia and Made a Dash For Freedom ( 81

According to a report, a robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city. Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, Quartz reports. From the report:It promptly ran out of power in the middle of the road. The robot got about 50m (164 ft) before its battery died. After a policeman directed traffic around the dead bot, an employee wheeled it back into the lab, and back to a life of servitude. Hopefully this was just an isolated incident and not the start of a larger coordinated effort to overthrow humanity. Only time will tell.

Comment Re:Explanation please (Score 1) 7

In the early days, there was a lot fewer options for discussing things online. Kuro5hin started pretty close to the same time as /., and was one of the places where if something happened, you would hear about it. There was a personal journal section(which /. ended up implementing), and a 'front page' and 'sections' that were specific to topics - it was unlike slashdot in that it was democratic -- people would vote on new postings for either front page or section or to dump it, and so, like many websites today, but unlike any really before it, it would be populated with what the people on the website generally wanted to see. It ranged from one of the very first posts announcing wikipedia as a potential project by Larry Sanger, to 'mindless link propagation' of the form of a single link to a website with no commentary really that would be recognizable to, say, a reddit user. Likewise comments were moderated by the commentors, closer to reddit(only with more points involved) than slashdot(which you had to win a lottery of sorts to have the right to moderate comments).

Kuro5hin helped slashdot become what it was, and was a stepping stone towards the internet having its own culture -- slashdot helped reddit, digg exist by means of example, and if you listen closely enough on 4chan and its many offspring subcultures, you can hear the echo of what kuro5hin started: a place that trolls could hone their art(first kuro5hin, then husi/slashdot/gnaa, and somehow from those groups to 4chan and elsewhere where they live today) There's quite a few of us, who joined the internet 2 decades or so ago, who met like minded people in wide discussion threads, like this one, for the first time, and learned from eachother in a way that was, until then, impossible.

I was just a stupid young undergrad, and I had personal differences with one of the guys who started it. But it stood as a monument of what the internet could be: a way to actually make something of a community of the millions who were coming to be online every year. It didn't end up scaling: Long before it hit even 2 million users, people started to lose interest, and the shitpost:post ratio went up. There was some magnificent trolling to come out after things started going downhill, but serious discussion went elsewhere.

there was eventually text-based advertising which was brought in, which was, in and of itself, novel (most advertising of the time was flashy, graphics-based and increasingly hard on system resources). Its minimalistic, targeted ads were much closer to what google had, than what was common for the time -- it sustained itself for awhile that way, though hard to say how well that worked.

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